Video 1: Unboxing and Setting up the Peripherals

This is the first video in our five-part Get Started With Pi series.

Purchase these parts to follow along with Cabe and Jenny as they go through the steps of setting up their Raspberry Pi.

 

 

Episodes in this Series:

 

  Unboxing and Setting up the Peripherals


Video 2: Exploring the Raspberry Pi


Video 3: Getting your Pi Online


Video 4: Your First Pi Project


Video 5: Exploring Accessories and Projects

 

 

The Get Started with Pi video series makes it easy for anyone to follow along step-by-step to get started using their Pi.
The Starter Kit Includes:

  • Model B Raspberry Pi
  • Power Supply
  • 8GB NOOBS Software pre-programed SD Card
  • Protective ABS plastic case

You'll also need

  • A monitor (television or computer monitor will both work, provided they have the right inputs)
  • A Keyboard and Mouse

Connectors

  • See the list of suggested cables and connectors to choose what you need for your needs

 

 

Running Raspberry Pi Configuration

To get to the configuration tool after your initial install of the operating system, open LXTerminal and type: sudo raspi-config

 

Set the locale

The format is a two-letter abbreviation for language followed by an underscore “_” followed by a two-letter abbreviation for the country.  Always select the UTF-8 option, if one is available. Link to table of location/language values:  http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Table_of_locales

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The en_GB.UTF-I UTF-8 option will be pre-selected by default (the Pi comes from the UK after all).  Be sure to unselect this option (unless you’re in the UK) when you’re selecting your appropriate locale.

 

Time Zone Selection

Your Pi will not show the current time until you connect it to the internet, even after you select the time zone from the NOOBS configuration menu.  The Pi doesn’t have a real-time clock.  It will automatically get the time using the Network Time Protocol.

 

If you don't have an Internet connection then you can use the date command to set the date / time appropriately.

 

sudo date -s "Jul 5 08:10"

 

Part List

 

Product NameDescription
Raspberry Pi Starter KitRaspberry Pi Starter KitModel B Board, 8GB NOOBS Software pre-programed SD Card, enclosure, Power supplyBuy this partBuy this part

 

 

Cables and Converter to Connect to a Monitor or Television

 

Product NameDescription
HDMI Audio/Video CableHDMI Audio/Video CablePRO SIGNAL lead, 1m high speed HDMI cableBuy this partBuy this part
PiView HDMI to VGA ConverterPiView HDMI to VGA ConverterPiView converts HDMI signals from the Raspberry Pi into analog signals so VGA monitors can be usedBuy this partBuy this part
VGA Monitor CableVGA Monitor CableGC Electronics - 6ft, putty VGA video monitor cableBuy this partBuy this part
HDMI A Plug to DVI-D Cable PlugHDMI A Plug to DVI-D Cable PlugPRO SIGNAL lead 2m HDMI to DVIBuy this partBuy this part
HDMI to DVI-1 AdapterHDMI to DVI-1 AdapterMulticomp adaptor, HDMI rcpt to DVI plugBuy this partBuy this part