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NOTE : This page is meant to become a simpler introduction to the RaspberryPi than 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)

Highly Suggested extras are

  • a USB mouse
  • a powered USB Hub
  • a USB A male to MicroUSB male cable ( for using different power sources )
  • and for Internet , 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 400 mA or more from the moment it is connected to the mains socket on. You can use the charger of a mobile phone . Just check if it fits in the specs and its plug 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 required)
  • a powered USB hub
  • a special wall wart with USB port(s)

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.

Plug the card into the connected cardreader, and use PiCard.

Setting up