The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, small sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.
It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the Internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.
What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras.
- Basic Requirements:
- SD Card
- Recommend an 8GB class 4 SD card – ideally pre installed with NOOBS pre-installed.
- Display and connectivity cables
- Any HDMI/DVI monitor or TV should work as a display for the Pi . For best results, use one with HDMI input, but other connections are available for older devices.
- Standard Ethernet cable for Internet access.
- Keyboard and mouse
- Any standard USB keyboard and mouse will work with your Raspberry Pi.
- Power supply
- Use a 5V micro USB power supply to power your Raspberry Pi. Be careful that whatever power supply you use outputs at least 5V; insufficient power will cause your Pi to behave in strange ways.
- SD Card
Setting up NOOBS
Other helpful resources
- Internet connection
- To update or download software, via an ethernet cable or a wifi adapter.
- Headphones or earphones with a 3.5mm jack will work with Raspberry Pi.
Plugging in Raspberry Pi:
Before pluging anything into your Raspberry Pi, make sure that we have all the equipment listed above to hand. Then follow these instructions:
- Begin by slotting SD card into the SD card slot on the Raspberry Pi.
- Next, plug in USB keyboard and mouse into the USB slots on the Raspberry Pi.
- Make sure that monitor or TV is turned on, and that you have selected the right input (e.g. HDMI 1, DVI, etc).
- Then connect a HDMI cable from your Raspberry Pi to your monitor or TV.
- If you intend to connect your Raspberry Pi to the Internet, plug in an ethernet cable into the ethernet port next to the USB ports, otherwise skip this step.
- When you are happy that you have plugged in all the cables and SD card required, finally plug in the micro USB power supply. This action will turn on and boot your Raspberry Pi.
- If this is the first time your Raspberry Pi and NOOBS SD card have been used, then you will have to select an operating system and configure it. Follow the NOOBS guide to do this.
Logging into Raspberry Pi:
- Once your Raspberry Pi has completed the boot process, a login prompt will appear.
- The default login for Raspbian is username pi with the password raspberry.
- After successfully logged in, will see the command line promptpi@raspberrypi~$
- To load the graphical user interface, type startx and press Enter on your keyboard.
Real world example: