Get the basics for setting up Raspberry Pi.
March 14 is known as Pi Day because the date represents the first three numbers in the mathematical constant π (3.14). We’re celebrating with our coverage of everything Raspberry Pi related. If you’ve never even thought of what HTML means, you can still create amazing gadgets using Raspberry Pi and a bit of imagination.
The Raspberry Pi is a mini computer that was specifically created to make tech learning easier. It has a lot of components for computer-based projects, like USB ports, an ethernet port, an SD card slot, Wi-Fi antenna ports, and more.
It does not come with peripherals, like cables, a keyboard, a mouse, or a monitor. It is great for learning program languages, like Python, Scratch, and Wolfram. Most Raspberry Pi enthusiasts like making single-process builds to show off their do-it-yourself talents.
For example, you could create a dedicated gaming device or an external storage box for movies and music. There are a plethora of Raspberry Pi projects that cover all manner of possibilities, each one with different specifications. We have a guide for getting started with Raspberry Pi to help you understand what you will need for your first (or next) project.
The Raspberry Pi ships as just the single-board minicomputer. There are a few additional components you will need before you can get started. So, when making your purchase, keep in mind that you’ll need the following extras.
An ethernet cable (or Wi-Fi dongle) — A connection to the Internet is not required for setup, but many Raspberry Pi projects use them.
The first step to getting started with Raspberry Pi is to reformat the microSD card that you will use to download the operating system. Even brand new SD cards will have some extraneous files on them. Reformatting it will remove all files and completely clear the card.
Insert your microSD card into the USB card reader.
Download SD Formatter 5.0.
Double-click on SDFormatter_5.00B.pkg in your downloads folder in your Dock to install SD Formatter 5.0.
Click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. It looks like a silver rocket ship.
Click on the SD Formatter 5.0 app to open it. A formatting window will appear on your desktop.
Click Format in the bottom right corner.
When the reformat is complete, you will get a notification window. Select OK to close the window.
The next step is to get NOOBS onto the microSD card. Once it’s loaded, you can plug it into your Raspberry Pi and configure the operating system. The microSD card should already be connected to your computer at this time.
Download the ZIP file of NOOBS Version 2.4.5. It is a large file and will take a while to complete. You will want Raspbian, so do not download NOOBS Lite.
Double-click on the NOOBS file from the Downloads folder in your Dock to open it.
Drag and drop all selected NOOBS files into the SD card icon on your desktop. You don’t have to open the SD card drive.
Select "Eject [SD Card Name]".
Insert the microSD card into the card slot on the underside of the Raspberry Pi.
Plug the USB mouse into one of the USB ports
Alternatively, connect the Bluetooth adapter into one of the USB ports.
Connect the other end of the cable into the Raspberry Pi.
Connect the other end of the cable to your Raspberry Pi.
Alternately, connect the Wi-Fi adapter to the Raspberry Pi.
Plug the power supply into the power outlet. This will turn on and boot up Raspberry Pi. A power indicator light will begin to glow, letting you know that you are connected,
Beginners should start off using the Raspbian operating system. It is the easiest to use and there are hundreds of projects out there that use the Raspbian operating system. If you want to use a different operating system later on, you can reconfigure your Raspberry Pi then.
Once you have successfully followed the steps above, a start screen will appear on your monitor or TV.
Wait for the installation process to complete.
Once the installation process is finished, Raspbian will automatically begin to boot.
When Raspbian begins to load a bunch of lines of code will appear. This will continue until the boot process has completed. Then, the Raspbian Home screen will appear. You will need to configure your Raspberry Pi system in order to add your location, date, and time.
Click Menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
Select Preferences in the dropdown menu.
Select Raspberry Pi Configuration under Preferences.
Click on Set Keyboard… to set your keyboard language.
Reconfiguring your Raspberry Pi will require a reboot. When the reboot window appears, click Yes to continue.
You are set up and ready to start using Raspberry Pi. The mini computing world is your oyster. The only question now is, what project will you build?
Updated March 2018: Added information about Raspberry Pi Zero W.
via iMore – The #1 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch blog http://ift.tt/2wXLuOw