Let’s Get Started

Here at The Pi Factory, we understand that knowing where to start is the most important part of any project. That’s why we started ‘How To Set Up’ tutorial series. We’ll be covering how to set up your Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards and get working on your next project. To kick things off, let’s start with the bread and butter of it all the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B! If you just bought a shiny new Model B and don’t know where to start…you’ve come to the right place.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B on Element14 Box

Things You Will Need, And Probably/Hopefully Already Have

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B: (These Steps Will Work With Other Raspberry Pi’s As Well. The Rasbian Operation System Is Compatible With Them All. Thanks RPF!)
  • Monitor or TV and an HDMI Cable: to connect your Raspberry Pi. This makes things easier by allowing you to actually see the operating system. Not that you need to necessarily…more about that in a future article.
  • Keyboard and Mouse: to use with your Pi. These will allow you to control the operating system and input alphanumeric characters and symbols. Just like a Windows, Mac or any other computer that you’ve most likely used before.
  • MicroSD Card: and a way to put it into your computer. If you have an sd card preinstalled with NOOBS, you won’t need to connect it to a separate computer as the Raspberry Pi will install the operating system itself. You’ll want a card anywhere from 8gb – 64gb. It all depends on how much space you think you’ll use. If you just want to tinker around and not install or do much, and 8gb card should suite you fine!
  • Micro USB Power Supply: Don’t use a cheap phone charger! You’ll want to read the fine print and make sure it has 5v and at least 2.5amps of power or you’ll be under-powering your pi which can cause issue/sd card errors.

Let’s Begin – How To Set Up Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

We LOVE the Raspberry Pi. We might go as far as to say it’s our favorite computer ever! One of the most important things is getting your Raspberry Pi set up correctly and updated with all the proper packages. So let’s get to it.

STEP ONE: Install Raspbian onto your SD card

NOOBS and Rasbian Download Page From The Raspberry Pi Foundation Website

You can do this directly or using NOOBs…no not like what people yell at each other on Call of Duty.

NOOBs stands for New Out of Box Software. It’s a small installer package that allows you to easily select and install Rasbian (and other operating systems/media players).

To download Rasbian or NOOBs you’ll need to head over to the Raspberry Pi Foundations download page(s). Download NOOBS here. Download Rasbian here. Don’t worry too much about which way you decide to install, both are simple and both yield the same result!! We’ll cover both ways as we move along through this tutorial. So just download one and keep on movin! Both download’s will be in a .zip format. You’ll want to unzip the folder which will give you a disk image. You will then want a disk mounting program. We use and recommened Win32DiskImager as it’s lightweight, simple and always get’s the job done. After you’ve installed Win32 or equivalent mounting software you’ll want to follow these steps:

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer/reader.
  2. Open Win32DiskImager and click on the blue folder button to the left of ‘Device’.
  3. Navigate to your unzipped disk image of Rasbian or NOOBS that we downloaded/unzipped earlier and click ‘Open’.
  4. Next, in Win32DiskImager, you’ll want to select the drive that we’ve formatted from the drop down on the right under ‘Device’. In our case it’s drive [D:\].
  5. Once selected all you need to do is click ‘Write’ and let it do the rest of the work. This is usually a pretty quick disk imaging.

Now we are done! Your SD card is ready to go into your Raspberry Pi!

STEP TWO: Hook Up Your Raspberry Pi

Go ahead and slide your SD card into the slot on the bottom of the Raspberry Pi. If you’re folding the Raspberry Pi upside down, the colored/branded side of the SD card will face up.

Then you’ll want to connect your HDMI cable to your monitor and your Pi as well as your USB keyboard and USB mouse.

Lastly go ahead and plug in your power adapter. Plugging it in will automatically start the booting process.

STEP THREE: Set Up Raspbian

Raspberry Pi NOOBS Installation Screen Interface List of Available Installations

  1. If you installed Rasbian directly onto your sd card, the Pi will boot directly to the desktop of your new operating System!
  2. If you installed NOOBS you will be prompted with a list of operating systems (if you connect to the internet through the button to the right) or just Rasbian if you stay offline.
  3. You’ll want to go ahead and check Rasbian and select your language at the bottom of the screen and then click to continue through the installed.

After about 10 or 20 minutes the system will restart and send you straight into the Raspbian desktop.

STEP FOUR: Configure Everything On Your Raspberry Pi

Now’s a good time to get familiar with the operating system. You’ll find that it function very similarly to Windows or Mac OS. There’s a star bar where you can access you programs as well as a file manager that lets you browse and edit files. Once you’ve got a feel for things, let’s continue on.

  1. Connect an Ethernet cord from your internet router into your Pi’s Ethernet jack. Or connect your Pi to your wireless internet. Whatever floats your boat.
  2. Ethernet you simply plug in and you’re all set. Wifi, you’ll want to click on the network/wifi icon in upper right of the start bar and select ‘turn on wifi’.
  3. Select your network and Rasbian will prompt you for your internet password. Go ahead and type that in and hit enter.

Boom. You’re now online.

Connect Bluetooth Devices

Want to pair a Bluetooth device?

  1. Click the Bluetooth icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Click “Add Device.”
  3. Find the device you want to pair, click on it, and follow the on-screen directions to pair it up.

Bluetooth? Check

How To Set Up Raspberry Pi Connected to USB, HDMI & Ethernet
Photo From PC Mag

STEP FIVE: Update & Upgrade Your Pi

Now that you’re connected to the internet and have all your devices set up, it’s time to do the most important part of setting up your Pi. Updating & Upgrading!! This makes sure you kernel and operating system are all up to snuff. We highly recommend this to avoid any complications or errors when working on projects int he future. An up to date Pi is a healthy Pi.

Doing this is almost too easy! Simply open up Terminal. The black box pinned to your start bar. It’s essentially the same thing as command promt on Windows, this is just Linux.

Once in Terminal you’ll want to type the following command

sudo apt-get update

and then hit enter. Terminal will then start fetching updates from your source library. It will then ask you if it’s ok to download and continue. You’ll want to type “y” and then hit enter. Your system will now update itself. Just go ahead and let it run. The update will take a few minutes.

Next you want to upgrade your system to make sure you’re not missing out on any newly added functionality or kernel additions. To do this, you want to type into Terminal

sudo apt-get upgrade

It will prompt you if the install is ok, type “y” and hit enter again, and let it install. The upgrade will take some time, so go grab a cup of coffee or juice box and relax. Once finished we recommend a nice system reboot with the command

sudo reboot

Once rebooted, you are done! Whew! That wasn’t so hard. But things are only just getting started. You’ve now joined the endless world of the Raspberry pi & the Maker community. We welcome you and can’t wait to see what you create!

For more tutorials and projects, stay tuned to The Pi Factory homepage.

[Source(s): Raspberry Pi FoundationLifehacker]