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'''''NOTE : This page is meant to make a user get his RaspberryPi up and running faster than reading through the page [[RaspberryPiBoardBeginners]]'''''
=Finding all the right hardware=
You will need
* the Raspberry Pi board
* a USB keyboard
* a power source that has a MicroUSB plug (IMPORTANT , read on )
* a video cable (HDMI or RCA/Cinch with yellow plugs)
* a preloaded SD card (we suggest Linux)
* a TV or display with either HDMI or RCA input ( RCA is very common , HDMI gives very good quality)
Highly suggested extras are
* a case
* a USB mouse
* a powered USB Hub ( important for Model  A  , good for model B )
* a USB A male to MicroUSB male cable ( for using different power sources )
For Internet ,  you may use a  USB WiFi adaptor (Model A) or a LAN cable (Model B)
=What Power source to use=
First , the Power Source has to deliver '''5V at  500 mA or more from the moment it is connected to the mains socket.  '''
You can use  the charger of a mobile phone . Just check if it matches the specs and if its one end  fits into the RaspberryPi !
If you have USB A to MicroUSB plug cable ( shipped with many Phones and MP3 players as data cable ) you may use :
* a laptop / PC
* a pack of 4 AA batteries (soldering and circutry required)
* a powered USB hub
* a special wall wart with USB port(s)
* many more things like rechargeables, solar power etc. (requires circutry)
=Where to get the preloaded SD Card from=
Many digital cameras use SD cards . Any SD or SDHC card between 2 and 32 GB should work.
Backup all data and photos  on them.
Now get a PC with Linux and a compatible cardreader.
Note: You can buy  readymade SD cards from the RaspberryPi shop.
Plug the card into the connected cardreader,  and use [http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/projects-and-collaboration-general/picard-gui-sd-preparation-tool PiCard] .
=Setting  up=
# Plug the preloaded SD Card into the Pi.
# Plug the USB keyboard or USB Hub into the Pi. Connect the Hub to power , if necessary.
# Plug the video cable into the screen (TV) and into the Pi.
# Plug your extras into the Pi (USB WiFi , USB mouse , LAN cable etc.) . As you see , this is what you may need the USB Hub for.
# Plug the power source into the mains socket.
# Check if the Hub (if any) and the screen is working.
# Leave the screen  on and plug the other end of the power source into the Pi.
# The Pi should boot up and display messages on the screen.
You're finished !
What do next ? Have a look at [[R-Pi_Hub]] for ideas !
Have fun !

Latest revision as of 11:55, 26 January 2012