Pi – Operating System

Raspberry Pi – Teh Operating system

This should be a fairly straightforward operation. Install Wheezy on the SD Card

http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads

Plug in the SD card, monitor, an ethernet cable, and the power supply. It’s all pretty basic at this point, but we do need to go over all the possibilities.

If you are new to Raspberry PI use noobs to test the whole process. Raspian is what we are going to use for this website, it’s based on debian. Just run through the process of formatting the SD card, and writing the image to the SD card.

Once the operating system is on the SD card we have to play this game of ‘how to get control’ of the little bugger. It’s entirely up to you how you accomplish this. There are several strategies, depending on what you have around. The most important thing to know about at this point is the indicator lights. Activity, Power, and the three network lights. If you don’t see any activity, then the thing is not working. However, you have to stare at the activity light for a good half a minute sometimes to figure out if the thing is active. It’s really awkward.

The simplest case is hooking the thing up your monitor, and hoping that it shows a screen on boot, or even a prompt. A prompt means that you will have to hook the thing up to a keyboard, and type commands. Some of us don’t have that luxury ‘extra’ keyboard laying around.

The usual way is hooking the pi up to your local router, getting control of the thing, and setting up the wifi through a desktop/laptop.

Strategies:

  1. Hook the Raspberry Pi up to a wired local router (NAT) – the typical way
  2. Wireless – configure wifi the normal way through the wired router

–OR– any of these

  • Direct access using a spare keyboard and/or mouse
  • Using Virtual Machine Software to ‘pre-program’ the thing to connect to wifi
  • Direct wired connection (when you don’t have a router)
  • Wireless Adhoc – Out of our league for right now

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