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The Raspberry Pi is a very small computer, it is great for trying small projects on. The device has Analog Video Out, Audio Out, 2x USB 2.0 Ports, Ethernet, HDMI and Micro USB for Power.

NOOBS

There are a variety of operating systems avaliable for the Raspberry Pi, but for this tutorial we are going to be using the “New Out Of the Box Software”, otherwise known as NOOBS.  You can download this from the Raspberry Pi website here. There are two options available, an offline and network install and a network install only version. The only difference is that the offline and network install include Raspbian pre-downloaded, choose which one you want to download and we shall continue.

Copying NOOBS to the SD Card

Once you have downloaded NOOBS, format your SD card by going onto This PC (Computer on Windows 7) and right click on your SD Card, click format and then click Start. Once that has completed you can close the format window and open the SD card and open up the NOOBS zip file. All you need to do is copy all the files from the zip folder to the SD card. You can now remove the SD card from your computer and put it into the Raspberry Pi.

Installing Raspbian

You now want to plug in a keyboard (and mouse if you want to), ethernet, and either HDMI or Analog Video and wait for the Raspberry Pi to load NOOBS. As I said before, there are a variety of operating systems on the list, but for this tutorial we are going to install Raspbian as it is recommended for beginners. So on the list select Raspbian and then click the Install button and wait for the install to complete. Once it is done just click OK and the Raspberry Pi will boot up into the Raspberry Pi Configuration Tool, here you can configure your Raspberry Pi as you want.

Finishing Off

Congradulations! You have now installed Raspbian onto your Raspberry Pi, if you want to load the desktop put

startx

into the terminal. But otherwise that’s about it, thank you for reading this tutorial and I hope it helped.


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