Category Archives: Beginners

Switching on your Pi for the first time

You have got your Raspberry Pi, chances are with some accessories like an SD card and various cables, but what do you with them? First a quick check on what actually is needed. What makes up a Raspberry Pi? The most obvious is the Raspberry Pi itself, the credit card sized computer. Since its launch the Raspberry Pi design has changed a bit, but the functionality hasn’t changed. If your… Read Article →

Installing Raspbian from an image

Raspbian is the recommended distribution for the Raspberry Pi, which is designed especially for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Included by standard is the Pi Store, Minecraft and Mathematica. Preparing the SD card Although not usually required, it is best to prepare your SD card by fully formatting it. Formatting an SD card ready to use Getting latest Raspbian Image First thing you will need to download is the entire Raspbian… Read Article →

Which Pi do I have?

To date, the Raspberry Pi foundation have released a various number of Raspberry Pi models, each have slight variations and improvements on the previous. Raspberry Pi Model B (Revision 1) This is the first Raspberry Pi released February 2012 Features Broadcom BCM2835 CPU, GPU and SDRAM 256MB of RAM Full size SD card 2 USB ports 10/100MBit/s Ethernet HDMI Output Composite Video Analog Audio 26 Pin GPIO Header Raspberry Pi… Read Article →

Formatting an SD card ready to use

The Raspberry Pi is at heart a fully functional computer, similar to a laptop or smart phone, and as with any computer it needs somewhere to store its information. Everything on the Raspberry Pi is stored on the SD card, this is effectively the Hard Drive. Take care of the SD card, if it gets lost or damaged there is no way to save your work that is done on… Read Article →