Raspberry Pi First Setup & Installing Raspbian OS

Bought a Raspberry Pi? Then get started with this First setup tutorial.Whether you have a model B or model B+, or the very old version, the installation process remains the same.The installation of software does not require any prior knowledge in coding, Its very easy and this guide will help you in the process of installation so that you can Explore your Raspberry Pi.

Things you need:

  • Raspberry Pi (1/2/3)
  • Minimum 8 Gb SD Card( Micro sd for 2 and 3 version)
  • SD Card Adapter
  • USB Mouse
  • USB Keyboard
  • Wifi Adapter or an Ethernet Cable
  • Internet Connection
  • Monitor(For First Setup)

Preparing SD card for Raspberry Pi

First, you need to download the latest Raspbian image file from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

and extract the zip, You will now find a .img file.

Now Download the “win32 disk imager” from herehttps://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ and write the Raspbian Image file to your SD card.To write the image File,

1.Install and open “win32 disk imager”.

Win32 Disk Imager
Win32 Disk Imager

2.Now select the Raspbian.img file in the Image file section.
3.Use a sd card adapter to connect your sd card to your computer.
4.Select the drive of your SD card
5.Write the image file by pressing “Write”.

Now your SD card is ready with the Raspbian image.

Setting up your Raspberry Pi

Insert the SD card into your Raspberry Pi.Connect your mouse and keyboard to your pi as there are required for the setup and even using the Raspbian OS further.Now connect a Display to your Raspberry Pi using a HDMI supported display via HDMI cable,If you don’t have a HDMI display,borrow a display from your Friend for some time,you will require a Display only for first set up after the first setup you can use ethernet port of your laptop to connect to Pi and use laptop as command shell or you can use a wifi adapter and connect your Raspberry Pi wirelessly using VNC server.

After connecting all peripherals connect a power source to you raspberry(should not exceed the current limit rated in manual).If the Raspberry pi asks for login and password


raspiconfig Setup Screen
raspiconfig Setup Screen


        If you miss the setup screen and the Raspberry pi Directly boots in Raspbian OS, you can always set it up afterwards by typing command sudo raspi-config in the command shell, You will be followed bt same setup screen.
Now select the first option of the setup options window, the “Expand Filesystem” option and press enter key. This is done to make use of all space present on the SD card as a full partition. All it does is, expand the OS to fit the entire space on the SD card that can then be used as the storage for the Raspberry Pi.
        After that move downwards and select the third option in the setup options, the “Enable Boot To Desktop/Scratch” option and press enter key.Another window will pop called the “choose boot option” window.
Boot Options Raspbian
Boot Options Raspbian

        Now select the second option “Desktop Log in as user ‘pi’ at the graphical desktop” then press enter key after that select “OK” and it will take you back to the “Setup Options”.This makes us able to boot into the desktop Mode like windows, Else it will Boot you into Terminal Window like the command prompt in windows.Now select the “finish” button at the bottom of the page and it should reboot automatically.

Raspbian OS
Raspbian OS

        After reboot you will see this screen, this is your Raspberry Pi desktop screen.To see if there are any updates available, open LX Terminal and type the command sudo rpi-update this will download updates if there are any.

You are now ready to explore Raspberry Pi!!!

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