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=About this Article=
 
 
'''''NOTE : This page is meant to make a user get his RaspberryPi up and running faster than reading through the page [[RaspberryPiBoardBeginners]]'''''
 
 
 
That said, some things this article will not tell you:
 
* What do do with your Raspberry Pi - use your imagination!
 
* Where to buy the things mentioned here, and what exactly to buy.
 
* How to wire any special ports.
 
* How to use any part of the Pi that is not strictly necessary in order to use it as a simple PC.
 
 
 
=Finding all the right hardware=
 
 
 
You will need the following:
 
 
 
* Raspberry Pi board
 
* USB keyboard
 
* Power source with a MicroUSB plug (see below for advice - this is important!)
 
* Video cable (HDMI or RCA/Cinch "composite" with yellow plugs)
 
* Preloaded SD card (we suggest Linux)
 
* TV or display with either HDMI or RCA input (RCA is very common, HDMI gives very good quality)
 
 
 
Highly suggested extras include:
 
* Case
 
* USB mouse
 
* Powered USB Hub (important for Model  A, good for model B)
 
* USB A male to MicroUSB male cable (for using alternative power sources)
 
 
 
To connect to the Internet, you may use a USB WiFi adaptor (Model A/B) or a LAN cable (Model B).
 
 
 
=What Power source to use=
 
 
 
First , the Power Source has to deliver '''5V at 500 mA or more from the moment it is connected to the mains socket.'''
 
You can use the charger of a mobile phone - just check if it matches the specs and if the end fits into the RaspberryPi!
 
 
 
If you have a USB A to MicroUSB plug cable (shipped with many Phones and MP3 players as data cable) you may use :
 
* a laptop / PC
 
* a powered USB hub
 
* a special wall wart with USB port(s)
 
* many others, such as rechargeables, solar power etc. (requires circuitry)
 
 
 
=Where to get the preloaded SD Card from=
 
 
 
''' Note: You may buy ready-made SD cards from the RaspberryPi shop.'''
 
 
 
Many digital cameras use SD cards. Any SD or SDHC card between 2 and 32 GB should work.
 
Be sure to backup all data and photos on your card before use.
 
You will need a PC with Linux and a compatible cardreader.
 
 
Plug the card into the connected cardreader,  and use [http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/projects-and-collaboration-general/picard-gui-sd-preparation-tool PiCard] .
 
 
 
=Setting  up=
 
 
 
# Plug the preloaded SD Card into the Pi.
 
# Plug the USB keyboard or USB Hub into the Pi. Connect the Hub to power, if necessary.
 
# Plug the video cable into the screen (TV) and into the Pi.
 
# Plug your extras into the Pi (USB WiFi , USB mouse , LAN cable etc.). As you see, this is where you may need a USB Hub.
 
# Plug the power source into the mains socket.
 
# Check if the USB Hub (if any) and the screen is working.
 
# Leave the screen on and plug the other end of the power source into the Pi.
 
# The Pi should boot up and display messages on the screen.
 
 
 
You're finished!
 
What should you do next? Have a look at [[R-Pi_Hub]] for ideas!
 
 
 
Have fun!
 

Latest revision as of 11:55, 26 January 2012