Quick Start to Raspberry Pi

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

By Timothy Coyle

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This is a quick primer on getting up and running with the Raspberry Pi B+.

What Is Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, small computer that you can hook up a mouse/keyboard/monitor and use like a normal computer plus interact with the world around you (like sensors) and program it all in Python. It's been adopted as a learning platform for children intestest in technology and makers and hackers have adopted it as well for numerous projects due to it's ability to easily be modfied and hacked.

Buy a Kit

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I recommend buying a Raspberry Pi kit that has everything you need to get started included a formatted SD card that has the different operating systems already installed. And you should buy the latest which is Raspberry Pi 2. The kit will give you the Pi computer, power supply, wifi dongle, and SD card with OS already on it. This kit is similiar to what I bought for the Pi B+ and it all worked out of the box for me.


There are already a lot of great resources available on setting up and getting your Raspberry Pi going. I'm going to go over the basic steps and include a few things that tripped me up but otherwise it should be smooth sailing.

    1. Install Raspian from Noobs on boot which should be pre-loaded on your SD card
    2. Once it's done installing it will boot into the raspi-config men
    3. Inside raspi-config: Expand filesystem
    4. Inside raspi-config: Enable camera
    5. Inside raspi-config: Enable boot to Desktop (next time will boot to Desktop and not this config menu)
    6. Hint: Use arrow keys to move around the raspi-config menu
    7. Select reboot and should boot into Desktop
    8. Use Wifi Config icon on Desktop to setup the wifi adapter
    9. Wifi Setup: scan for your wifi network
    10. Wifi Setup: select your network and enter password
    11. Wifi Setup: see wifi icon in system tray
    12. Wifi Setup: run ifconfig to check network connection
    13. Run Updates: use command 'sudo apt-get update' first
    14. Run Updates: then use command 'sudo apt-upgrade' next
    15. If you have issues connecting to monitor over HDMI you need to edit the config file which is /boot/config.txt. Search google for the right HDMI resolution/settings for your monitor.
    You are now ready to use your Raspberry Pi!


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