Getting Started With Raspberry Pi – For Absolute Beginners

Deepak Radhakrishnan
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 I have set today’s tutorial completely for Raspberry Pi as per the request of my fellow followers who support me to a great extend to write more. Even though there is plenty of tutorial out there on the web, I hope this one helps you, people, to learn it a simpler way.

If you are an absolute beginner to Raspberry Pi or someone who wants to learn raspberry pi this tutorial is tailor-made just for you.

Contents

Overview

A Raspberry Pi is, in fact, a full-blown mini-computer, that has the capacity of doing whatever a computer does. Your options are staggeringly large rather than not having many choices. From playing high-definition video, making spreadsheets, word processing, playing games to browsing the internet, you can expect it to do whatever a desktop computer can do. Exciting, isn’t it?

What is Raspberry Pi?

In simple words, it is a low-cost computer which is just a credit card-sized, that can be plugged into a TV or a computer monitor and make use of a mouse and a standard keyboard. What makes it special is its ability to support people of all ages to learn, how to program in languages like Python and Scratch.

Why Raspberry Pi?

The people who already know how to code make use of Pi for coding electronics for physical objects. Whereas people who want to learn how to code, also buy Raspberry Pi. You can make use of Raspberry Pi as server monitoring devices, home security cameras, voice-enabled IoT devices, media centers, and much more.

It gives you the total control instead of you making use of a proprietary closed system. Don’t we just love the opportunity of creating our own home automation projects? Let us dive right in!

Alternatives

  • Orange Pi Prime
  • Banana Pi M3
  • Rock64
  • Odroid XU4
  • UDOO Bolty
  • ASUS Tinker Board
  • LattePanda Alpha
  • Onion Omega2 Plus

Setting up your Pi

Things Required. Let’s go shopping!

  • Raspberry Pi (any)
  • Memory Card 8GB or above preferred
  • Power Adapter for Raspberry Pi
  • HDMI cable
  • TV/HDMI supported Display
  • Memory Card Reader
  • A desktop computer /Laptop

Now, you are ready to carry on with the steps to set up your Pi.

Step 1 : Download OS & Raspberry Pi Manager

Click Here to Browse to the downloading section of the Raspberry Pi ‘s official website. You will get the latest software available for your Pi.

First things first! Start off by downloading Raspberry pi manager. There you get to see three options like windows, Linux, and Mac. Depending on the current operating system you are working on, you should choose among them.

Secondly, we have to download Raspbian OS (You can go for any OS listed over there). As a beginner, I would suggest that you choose the Raspbian OS as it is pre-installed with many software that you will need. It is going to take a while for the OS to get downloaded. Have a tea break 🙂

Step 2 : Installing OS

So by now, I hope the download is complete. So now we have to write the downloaded OS to a memory card. For that to happen, connect the memory card with your laptop/PC with the help of a card reader. Now open raspberry pi manager and select OS as Erase. Select the memory card, then click write. This should format the card and get the system ready for writing the OS. Now select OS as Custom and select the card. Click on Write.

It may take a while but believe me this is the most trusted way to write the OS to Memory Card. I made use of win32 disk imager before, which is pretty faster than Raspberry Pi manager. Also, you get a message saying the writing is done, once the process is done.

First Boot

This is where the magic happens. Insert the memory card containing the OS which we have burned. Connect an HDMI cable with the Raspberry Pi, connect it to an HDMI display or TV. Power it up. You can see a rainbow screen appearing. If nothing happens, check your memory card for the writing process might be corrupted. If everything is good you can see some raspberries on a black screen and the system wil be booting.

Automatically it will open the default user account ‘pi‘. Congratulations you have installed Raspberry OS on your Raspberry Pi .

Conclusion

So this shall conclude on how to Install Raspberry Pi OS on raspberry Pi and Boot it. In the next tutorial, we are going to cover how to enable ssh for remote connection, setting static IP VNC server, and more.

Until next time learners, stay in touch and I do appreciate your honest feedback which is what helps me to do better every day. Happy Coding, homies! 😊

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