In the first lesson of this series, we showed you how to prepare an SD card containing an operating system for your Raspberry Pi. In this lesson, we will show you how to setup your Raspberry Pi the first time you boot it up.
We do this using a tool called Raspi-Config that runs automatically the first time you boot your Raspberry Pi. This starts before the windowing system and so you have to use the cursor keys and Return key to navigate the menu system.
It is a bit like adjusting the BIOS settings on a PC, once you have things right, you probably won’t need it again.
We will start with the options that are most important and then look at some of the other options that you may wish to configure.
When you buy a Raspberry Pi, it may or may not be sold with an SD card. The SD card is important because this is where the Raspberry Pi keeps its operating system and is also where you will store your documents and programs.
Even if your Pi came with an SD card with the operating system on, it is a good idea to update it to the latest version, as improvements and bug fixes are going in all the time. Since putting the operating system onto an SD card wipes everything else off the card, it is worth considering using a USB flash drive for your documents, so that when you install a new version of the operating system, you dont’ have the complication of copying them off somewhere self before reformatting the SD card.
If your Pi did not come with an SD card then the minimum size you should get is 4GB, but buy a bigger SD card if you think you will need the space.
This lesson shows you how to create an SD card for your Raspberry Pi.
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have been following the Pi progress this past year and think teh educational aspect is simply amazing.
i have a problem however in that I was thinking about offer Pi’s to my niece and nephews but I have zero computer knowledge so I am wont be able to help them. To buy them a Pi and have no one to teach them is kind of useless.
ive been looking at the educational aspect and while there are quite a lot of vidoes and tutorials, I have yet to see anything that could teach a child/adult how to do the most basic of things that someone with no computer skills cant do on his own that is comprehensive and follows a logical progression.
I think that the idea of having teachers/geeks teach everyone is too limited. You should be able to give a child a Pi and they should be able to use videos, online tutorial and such to follow a teaching plan.
your lessons are probably the best Ive for the total newbie and along wth your Pi packages that make buying all the necessary accessories does make a compelling case.