In this post we’ll cover the software setup part. The raspberry pi is an empty computer, empty of peripherals and os. the first step is to install the os.
raspberry pi 3
- sd card at least 8gb
- hdmi cable
- usb mouse
- usb keyboard
only power and hdmi cable + monitor needed if testing if installation ok. tv passes as monitor
Installing the OS
the steps are outlined as follows ;
- format sd card
- download the os pack
- extract to sd card
- add empty ssh file (optional)
format sd card
download the sdcard association’s formatter [windows]
insert the sd card on your pc (the sd card is in the holder, you insert the holder on your pc)
use the formatter to format the sdcard to FAT32
download the os pack
download NOOBS from [here]
NOOBS stands for New Out Of the Box Software. It is an installer with many programs included, including raspbian, the linux flavoured distribution.
extract the zip file to the formatted sdcard (choose the sdcard location)
add empty ssh file (optional)
create an empty ssh file (filename : ssh, no extention) in the sdcard (root directory). this will enable ssh by default.
ssh can also be enabled by gui after boot
insert the sd card in the pi at the sd card slot at the bottom, plug the hdmi cable to your monitor and pi and power on.
you should see some installation instruction
choose raspbian and click the install tab/button above.
that’s it !