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Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

Meeting the Raspberry Pi

Hope that you should have purchased the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ starter kit. Now let’s introduce you with the Raspberry Pi

  • USB ports — These are used to connect a mouse and keyboard. You can also connect other components, such as a USB drive.
  • SD card slot — You can slot the SD card in here. This is where the operating system software and your files are stored.
  • Ethernet port — This is used to connect the Raspberry Pi to a network with a cable. The Raspberry Pi can also connect to a network via wireless LAN.
  • Audio jack — You can connect headphones or speakers here.
  • HDMI port — This is where you connect the monitor (or projector) that you are using to display the output from the Raspberry Pi. If your monitor has speakers, you can also use them to hear the sound.
  • Micro USB power connector — This is where you connect a power supply. You should always do this last after you have connected all your other components.
  • GPIO ports — These allow you to connect electronic components such as LEDs and buttons to the Raspberry Pi. The picture given below is the detailed GPIO pin representation of the Pi –


 

 Formatting the SD card


 Installing Raspbian with NOOBS

  •  Downloading NOOBS
    →  Using NOOBS is the easiest way to install Raspbian on your SD card. To get hold of a copy of                   NOOBS:

Visit:  https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

 

→ You should see a box with a link to the NOOBS files. Click on the link ( As Shown Below )

 

  →  The simplest option is to download the zip archive of the files


 Formatting the SD Card

If the SD card on which you wish to install Raspbian currently has any of your personal or Important      data, you should get the backup of at any other place as it will be erased after format.

  • Visit the SD Association’s website and download SD Formatter 4.0 for Windows or Mac.
  • Follow the instructions to install the software.
  • Insert your SD card into the computer or laptop’s SD card reader and make a note of the drive letter allocated to it, e.g. F:/
  • In SD Formatter, select the drive letter for your SD card, and format it.

Extracting NOOBS from Zip Archive

Next, you will need to extract the files from the NOOBS zip archive you downloaded from the Raspberry Pi website.

  • Go to your Downloads folder and find the zip file you downloaded.
  • Extract the files and keep the resulting Explorer/Finder window open.

Copying the Files

  • Now open another Explorer/Finder window and navigate to the SD card. It’s best to position the two windows side by side.
  • Select all the files from the NOOBS folder and drag them onto the SD card.

  • Now eject the SD card safely

Booting from NOOBS

  • Once the files have been copied over, insert the micro SD Card into your Raspberry Pi, and plug the Pi into a power source.
  • You will be offered a choice when the installer has loaded. You should check the box for Raspbian, and then click Install.

 

  • Click Yes at the warning dialog, and then sit back and relax. It will take a while, but Raspbian will install.

 

  • When Raspbian has been installed, click OK and your Raspberry Pi will restart and Raspbian will then boot up.

Connect your Raspberry Pi

Let’s connect up your Raspberry Pi and get it running.

  • Check whether your Raspberry Pi already has an SD card in the slot at the underside, and if not, insert an SD card with Raspbian installed (via NOOBS).
  • Find the USB connector for your mouse, and connect the mouse to one of the USB port on the Raspberry Pi (it doesn’t matter which one).
  • Connect the keyboard in the same way.
  • Look at the HDMI port on the Raspberry Pi — notice that it has a large flat side on top.

Now make sure your monitor is plugged into a wall socket and turned on

  • Connect the monitor cable to the Pi’s HDMI port — use an adapter if necessary.
  • Plug the power supply into a socket and connect it to the micro USB power port.

 

You should see a red light on the Raspberry Pi and raspberries on the monitor. 

The Pi will boot up into a graphical desktop as shown.


 

Finish the Setup

When you start your Raspberry Pi for the first time, the Welcome to Raspberry Pi application will pop up and guide you through the initial setup.

Follow the steps – Set your Country and your time zone. Then set a new password for youe raspberry pi.

You are now Done with the set up of Raspberry Pi. Now with Raspberry Pi SKY is the limit !!!!!!

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