A Raspberry Pi is one of my favorite deserts, and also the name of my newest electronic toy. It's ...
...called Raspberry Pi because it's a cool name. But actually its a complex little computer that is about the size of a debit card.
Broadcom chip that contains BCM2835 700Mhz CPU
GPU - Broadcom VideoCore IV - can run 1080p30 videos
Composite video, HDMI, 2x USB2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
SPI, I2C, 8x GPIO pins
B model includes Ethernet port 10/100
So lets get to business, first there are a few parts that you are going to need. First is a power cord with a micro-B connector. If you don't know what a micro-B connector is, then google it. Next you'll need some form of wall wort to power it, I used the one from my motorola phone. The important thing is that it has 500-1000mA of current and 5V. I also used a HDMI->DVI cable, a mouse and keyboard (low power ones work best). The last thing needed is an SD card, I used the one I got from Fry's for $5.
From your PC you can do one of two things when installing Debian, you can use windows or linux. Most my blogs are on linux but i'm going to use windows because I tried it and it worked great on my first try.
Download the debian file here------> FILE TO DOWNLOAD (443MB)
or go to http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads for more downloads
Next you'll want to verify you downloaded it correctly so do a checksum on it. check for the following number.
InstallationSo the next part is installing Debian onto your Raspberry Pi. I used a tool called Win32-image-writer. Make sure you go and download the binary version.
Once this is download you can run the tool. It looks like this:
Load into the Pi
Now that the Debian image has been written to the SD card, put it in the Raspberry Pi. Hook up an Ethernet cable, HDMI, USB keyboard and mouse and connect the power!
The system will boot up and load for the first time, mine required a reboot once through the process. Once it has fully rebooted and is asking for a login, here is the default password and user name.
Username: piThe system is essentially a Debian server with a few added packages. Now most people that are new to the world of Linux won't like the Terminal feel. This is where you will want to start the Graphical User Interface (GUI). To do this type:
You should see it boot into this screen, and everything is up and running.
One of the last things you should do is update the system. To do this you need to update the list of updates by running:
sudo apt-get update
Then you will want to apply these updates by:
sudo apt-get upgrade
About 20+ minutes later your Raspberry Pi is up and running.
Also, once you boot you'll see a black border around your screen. Add the following to /boot/config.txt and this will fix that problem. Now this file didn't excist for me, so I had to create it first
sudo nano config.txt
add the following line:
Thanks for reading my tutorial about how I got my Pi up and running. Please feel free to comment and ask questions below. I will be doing more tutorials about other features of the Raspberry Pi as time progresses.
Great reference sites: