Raspberry PI Jumpstart

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Quick tutorial on how we setup a Raspberry PI from scratch.

Raspberry Pi arrived– now what? We'll talk you through it! These are the steps we follow to get our new Raspberry Pis up and running. We're using Raspberry Pi 2 in this tutorial, you will need a Raspberry PI (any model should work), a micro SD card (preferably with 8GB or more), some kind of screen with HDMI input or appropriate converters, a keyboard and a mouse.

Raspberry Pi with Red Case

The LucidTronix 3D Printed case gives protection and access.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 0 Gather the Ingredients.

You will need a Raspberry PI (we are using a Raspberry Pi 2), an SD Card (8GB or more), USB keyboard and mouse, a screen that accepts HDMI input (or appropriate converters), a micro USB cable for power, and an HDMI cable. Optionally, you may want a wifi dongle or ethernet cable for network connectivity.

Step 1 Download NOOBS

Download the NOOBS operating system installer from the Raspberry Pi site. It is a big file so it will take some time. Don't worry, you can format your SD Card while you wait.

Step 2 Prepare the SD Card

The easiest method to prepare the SD Card is to buy a pre-burned SD Card. However, they are quite a bit more expensive than a regular SD Card. The Raspberry Pi website has great instructions for installing images on SD Cards. We use a a Mac and the SDFormatter program to prepare ours. We will walk you through that process. If you use Linux or Windows check the Raspberry Pi site for instructions.

Step 3 SDFormatter

Download the SDFormatter program from the SD Card website. Open up the program and insert the SD Card you wish to use. (Remember 8GB or more.) Select the Overwrite Format option and click the format button. This will take a little while so be patient.

Step 4 Wait for it...

After a while, depending on the size of your SD Card, the formatting process will be complete.

Step 5 Copy Noobs to your Formatted SD Card

Copy the NOOBs OS that you downloaded and unzipped onto your freshly formatted SD Card. Make sure you copy the files directly to the root level of the SD Card. Do not copy the NOOBS folder onto the SD Card, rather copy the contents of the NOOBS folder directly into the root level of the SD Card.

Step 6 Plug it all in

Plug you keyboard, mouse, and screen into your Raspberry Pi. Insert the SD Card with NOOBS into the Pi's SD Card slot. Plug in the micro USB power cord. Power up your screen. After the rainbow square, and some startup text, you should see the screen with a bunch of OSes to select. Choose Raspbian.

Step 7 Select Language

Select the keyboard language you wish to use. By default, English UK is selected and this keyboard layout has several differences to the US layout so make sure you select the one you want. You can change this later under Menu > Preferences > Mouse and Keyboard Settings.

Step 8 Install Raspbian!

Once you have your language and Raspbian selected press the install button to begin the installation process.

Step 9 Wait for it...

Installing the OS will take a little while. Grab a drink or sandwich... you're pretty much done!

Step 10 Done!

If all goes according to plane you will be greeted by this lovely dialog box. Now you're all set, Raspberry Pi to your heart's content!


Title Description # Cost Link Picture
Raspberry Pi 2 Raspberry Pi 2 - Model B - ARMv7 with 1G RAM 1 $39.95 Link 2358-01
LCD Screen Used Goodwill stores usually carry a number of still functioning LCD screens with VGA input for $5 - $25 1 $15.0 Link Images-1
HDMI Cable Standard HDMI cable 1 $4.3 Link 10v3-411xx_04
Keyboard USB Keyboard 1 $3.99 Link Unknown-8
Mouse USB Mouse 1 $3.99 Link Images-3
SD Card (Micro) 8GB micro SD Card Value: 8GB 1 $2.99 Link 51_tnk1upll
Ethernet Cable Ethernet Cable 1 $2.0 Link Images-2
USB Cable Micro 3 Foot Micro USB Cable Value: 3 Foot 1 $1.55 Link Unknown-7
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