Setting Up a Raspberry Pi 2

2017-04-04 08:00:52 by

There are plenty of guides out there on setting up a Raspberry Pi but I thought I would walk through how I recently setup my Raspberry Pi 2 using an Ubuntu Linux system.

The first thing to do is to get an SD micro card and make sure it’s formatted properly to install an operating system OS on the Raspberry Pi. I recommend getting a class 10 (the class defines it’s read/write speed) SD micro card so something like this from Amazon would work:

Next insert the SD card into a card reader connected to your Linux box and you should see it show up:

Go to search and open up the ‘disks’ utility:

For the Raspberry Pi 2 the partition type needs to be FAT32. Most SD cards you buy will be this format by default – if not you can use the formatting tool in Disks and re-format to the right type. Just be aware that this will erase anything on the card.

Next go to the Raspberry Pi website and download the latest version of NOOBS. NOOBS – New Out of the Box sofware – is an installer for the Raspberry Pi that allows you to install different operating systems on your Raspberry Pi.

Download to your Linux box desktop:

Unpack (or unarchive) the zip folder to the desktop:

Copy all of the unzipped files to the SD card:

Now your SD card is all setup to be used with your Raspberry Pi!

Insert your SD card into your Raspberry Pi 2. It can really only go in one way (you can tell by looking at the fingers on the SD card). A couple of photos below show the right way to insert the SD card:

Now you need to connect a mouse, keyboard, HDMI monitor, and power supply to your Raspberry Pi and install the operating system of your choice.

We are going to install the default Raspbian OS:

The next set of screenshots walk you through rest of the setup until the OS is installed and boots you into the desktop:

It’s a pretty painless flow these days to get your Raspberry Pi up and running and it’s even easier if you do it on a Linux box.


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