Installing an OS on your Raspberry Pi

Today we will overview the fast process of installing an OS on your Raspberry Pi using Windows.

What you will need:

  • An SD card  with at least 8 Gigs of storage, and which is not slower the Cl 10
  • A Raspberry Pi
  • Micro USB PSU which outputs at least 5 Volts and 2 Amps.
  • USB Keyboard (any keyboard will do, event fully led backlit will function properly)
  • USB Mouse
  • HDMI cable
  • A monitor with HDMI input
  • SD card reader (even an android phone will do, I will explain this latter in this article)
  • Internet and an Ethernet cable
  • A case (optional)

So lets begin!

If you have a case, don’t put you Pi in it at first, I made this mistake myself, pulling out the SD card is harder (depends on the case you have) then you think.

Take your Pi and connect it to the Internet via an Ethernet cable, plug in your mouse and keyboard and plug in the monitor via the HDMI cable. Do not connect the power just jet.

Take your SD card and plug it in your SD card reader, the card must be formatted as FAT32 if it’s not then formate it. I don’t need to explain the formatting part to you guys, you already have a Pi so you must be good with tech, and if you don’t know how I would me more then happen to help you out in the comments.

In my case, I couldn’t follow the guide on raspberry.org which insisted on you using Win32DiskImager. I’ve tried it and my Pi would boot-up. So here is my way of doing it.

Download the Image for NOOBS, extract all the files and coppy all of them to you Raspberry Pi, you can do this event with your phone, just put the SD card in your phone and plug it to the computer.

Now put the SD card in your Pi, connect the power cable and wait. The Pi will bootup and propt that there is no MBR sector on your SD card, click next next next etc. nothing to hard, and you will get and error. Now unplug your Pi, take the SD card out connect it again to your computer (it will be empty), copy the same NOOB files again to your SD card.

Put your SD card again in to the Pi, connect the power cable and BAM!, it’s booting up again and you will not get that error again.

Just wait a minute and this will appear:

noobs

The Raspbain OS is already selected (this is the OS you’ve downloaded), now you can change the OS language and your keyboard layout. After choosing your preferences click install, and it’s all done, just wait for it to install.

Most probably at some time you will be asked to choose the GPU memory size, leave it at default (64) you will be able to change it latter in the OS itself. After a successful bootup, shut down the Pi using the raspbian OS (not unplugging it) to solidify the software. To boot it up just reconnect the cable.

If you will ever have to login in to your Pi remember that the default login is Pi and the default password is raspberry, I highly suggest you change it as soon as possible if you will be following my other guides, because they will contain thins such as exposing your Pi to the internet!

In the next guide I will explain how to connect to your Pi via SSH, how to install a basic version of Apache, and how to forward ports on your router so you can access you Pi from anywhere! (every body will be able to do it so make your Pi passwords strong)

If you have any questions or suggestions please leave them at the comment section or contact me via email paulius@janciukas.lt

 

 

2 thoughts on “Installing an OS on your Raspberry Pi”

    1. Thank you for the suggestion!
      It’s not necessary, most probably the whole video would be about me typing in terminal commands, so the written format suits it much better. But I will include much more pictures and code samples, I promise.

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