Getting started with Raspberry Pi – First start

You’ve got your brand new Raspberry Pi. What now? You need to install operating system (OS) to it. The easiest way is using NOOBS.

Downloading NOOBS

You can easily install OS using NOOBS. I recommend you install Raspbian on your SD card. Firstly, we need to download NOOBS:

  • A box with a link to the NOOBS files should pop up. Click on the link.
  • The easiest way of getting everything working is with ZIP file.
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Formatting the SD card

Note: Formatting will remove everything from the SD card, be careful!

  • Get SD Formatter 4.0 for Windows or Mac.
  • Follow the instructions to install the software.
  • Insert your SD card into the SD card reader and make sure to remember the letter of it, e.g. G:/.
  • In SD Formatter, select the drive letter for your SD card, and format it.

Extracting NOOBS

Next, you have to extract the files from the ZIP archive you’ve downloaded.

  • Find the zip file you downloaded (usually in Downloads folder).
  • Extract the files and keep the window open.

Copying the files

  • Now open another window and open SD card.
  • Select all the files from the NOOBS folder and move them over to the SD card.
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  • Safely eject the SD card.

Booting from NOOBS

  • Once the files have been copied over, insert the micro SD Card into your Raspberry Pi, and plug the Pi into a power source. Make sure to use powerful USB charger, it’s best to use one which can supply up to 2 amps.
  • You will be offered a choice when the installer has loaded. You should check the box for Raspbian, and then click Install.
  • Click Yes at the pop up dialog.
  • When Raspbian has been installed, click OK and your Raspberry Pi will restart and Raspbian will then boot up.



Author: EuroReview

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