Setting up Raspberry Pi for first time

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Raspberry Pi is a small credit card sized open source electronic processor board generally used for projects, electronic and robotic applications. It runs on linux based OS’s like Debian Jessie. Even Android can be installed in Raspberry Pi with few limitations in operation.

To know more about the functional and technical aspects of Raspberry Pi visit their official website ” ”

The very basic things you need for setting up a Raspberry Pi are:
  • A model B rev Raspberry Pi.
  • An SD card (4GB or more) and SD card adapter to insert into Raspberry Pi.
  • USB 2.0 mini pin charger( Charger of your android phone).
  • A TV with s-ports and s-wires (or) A HDMI support monitor with an HDMI cable.
  • A keyboard and a mouse.
  • A laptop or a desktop.


Step 1:

Download “Raspbian Jessie” OS for RPi from the given link below. You can also choose OS of your choice, but starting for the first time, Jessie holds good.


Select the “Raspbian” OS from the list. Download it directly or use torrent if your internet connection is unstable or slow. The file size may be 1.32GB approx.
Unzip using winrar, you will find a “.img” extracting out of it.

Step 2:

Download “SD card formater  from the below link.
Insert SD card into its adapter and plug it to your laptop or pc.
Open the “SD card formater” software and select the drive path of your SD card in your lappy or pc.
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Open options and set the mode to “full erase” and “format size adjustment”  to “OFF”.
Click OK and then click “FORMAT”
Your SD card will be formatted.

Step 3:

Download “Win32DiskImager” software from the below link.
Open the software in “Run as administrator” mode.
Select the “Raspbian Jessie” image to the image bar and also select the drive path of your SD card. Click “write”. This process is gonna take pretty long time.
Now, your SD card is a bootable OS bearer.
Safely Remove the SD card.

Step 4:

Insert the SD card along with the adapter to the RPi. There will be a slot to insert SD card along with its adapter at RPi’s back.
Connect keyboard and mouse to the USB ports of RPi.
Connect HDMI cable to RPi
Now connect the power source to the RPi by simply plugging in the Android charger pin to RPi and switch on the charger.
Power up the monitor also.
You will see a long boot program of linux on the monitor and finally end up in a screen shown below.
Use “UP and DOWN” arrow keys to navigate.
Go to boot behavior and and press enter. A promt pops up asking “Should we boot straight to desktop?”. Navigate to “YES” and press enter.
Now again “Raspi-config” page appears, navigate to finish and press enter.
The RPi reboots and boots straight to its graphical user interface (similar to a desktop screen).
Thanks for reading…
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