My Raspberry Pi works!
I received it a few weeks ago, but have been busy doing overtime for work, so it’s taken me a wee while to get all of the bits I needed together and sort everything out. But I finally got it up and running last night here’s a quick rundown of the steps to get to this point …
0) Register interest in Pi, wait on waiting list, order, etc …
1) Receive Pi (Model B)
2) Start collecting bits. You need: an SD card (which is effectively its hard drive), a 5V 1A micro-USB power supply (I’m using my kindle charger), a monitor/TV that will take HDMI input (our TV does), an HDMI cable (thank you Argos), USB mouse and keyboard.
3) Sort out the SD card. This was a bit of a faff, but not too difficult. I’m running the recommended Debian “squeeze” image, downloaded from here:
(where there are also some instructions). Basically: download the debian file. Unzip. Download a program to write the file onto the SD card (you can’t just copy and paste it on). Open that program, tell it to write the unzipped file onto the SD card. Done!
(I tried to do the SHA-1 hash check thing to make sure that the file I’d downloaded was fine, but couldn’t get that to work, so gave up after a few tries).
4) Connect everything up! It helps if you know the difference between mini- and micro-USB, I had them the wrong way round in my head for a while which was a bit confusing (luckily I have cables for both so it didn’t matter. Plus, you can’t plug the wrong sort of thing in as it won’t fit). Connect the power up last as this will automatically start it up – there’s no “on” button.
5) (assuming you’re using Debian “squeeze” like I am): When you get to the point when it’s asking for a username, use the pre-set-up non-root account: username pi, password raspberry. Then type “startx” to open a graphical user interface (i.e. the sort of desktop thing most people would recognise).
Ta-da! Ready to explore this is pretty much as far as I’ve got. More to follow in future, I hope!