How to get started with Raspberry Pi

NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) is an easy operating system install manager for the Raspberry Pi.

Step 1 – Format your SD card with Gparted

It is best to format your SD card before copying the NOOBS files onto it. To do this:

First remove all other hardware from you computer.

Open Synaptic and search for Gparted.This is a program to edit partitions with. Remove all partitions on your SD card.

Make a new partition and save it in fat32 format. You don’t have to change anything, just use the default settings for your version of ubuntu.

Step 2 – Copy and paste NOOBS files to your SD card

Once your SD card has been formatted, unzip the NOOBS file and extract it. Copy  all the files in the extracted NOOBS folder and paste them into the SD card drive.Remove the SD card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.

Step 3 – First boot

Plug in your keyboard, mouse and monitor  cables.

Now plug in the USB power cable to your Pi.

Your Raspberry Pi will boot, and a window will appear with a list of different operating systems that you can install. Choose fe Raspbian and click on Install.

Raspbian will then run through its installation process. Note this can take a while.

When the install process has completed, the Raspberry Pi configuration menu (raspi-config) will load. Here you are able to set the time and date for your region and enable a Raspberry Pi camera board, or even create users. You can exit this menu by using Tab on your keyboard to move to Finish.

Step 4 – Logging in

The default login for Raspbian is username pi with the password raspberry. Note you will not see any writing appear when you type the password. This is a security feature in Linux.

Step 5 – Accessing the graphical user interface

To load the graphical user interface type startx.

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