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
Note: You may buy readymade SD cards from the RaspberryPi shop.
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 .
- 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 !