Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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    What is the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?
    The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B is the latest single board computer to be released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is the highest spec variant of the Raspberry Pi, perfect for learning, coding, and creating your own projects.

     

    How much does it cost?
    $35 USD (excluding sales tax, shipping & handling fees)

     

    What is the difference between the Raspberry Pi Model B+ and Pi 2 Model B?
    It runs 6X Faster than the B+, and comes with 1GB of RAM--that's double the amount of RAM of the previous model. It's equipped with a new ARMv7 quad core processor that's lightning quick, runs an updated OS, and is compatible with all B+ accessories. The new Raspberry Pi is backward compatible with nearly all your existing Raspberry Pi accessories. (See the next question for additional information about this.)

     

    Want to compare even more Raspberry Pi products?

    Raspberry Pi 3, Pi 2, B+, A+ Comparison Chart

     

    What accessories are compatible with the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?
    All of the Raspberry Pi Model B+ accessories are compatible with this new model. We always recommend you purchase the 16GB NOOBS SD Card with the Operating System pre-loaded to get started as quickly and easily as possible.

     

    Please note: the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B V1.2 requires the latest operating system for full functionality. Please download and install the latest version available from RaspberryPi.org/downloads onto your microSD card before booting. We also recommend purchasing a case for protection. You can shop for expansion boards, cases, and other cool items on our Pi Accessories page.

     

    Are any new accessories available that I can purchase for my new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?
    Of course! Check out our Pi Accessories page to see our whole range of cool accessories!

     

    If the Raspberry Pi 2 is not in stock, how long will it be before it becomes available?
    All orders for the Raspberry Pi 2 are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Placing your order now ensures that as soon as we get more units in stock, your new Raspberry Pi 2 will be shipped. You can expect to receive your Raspberry Pi 2 within the delivery time quoted on our websites.

     

    Which countries can I buy a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B from?
    The Raspberry Pi is available for sale in the majority of countries around the globe. Check out our Raspberry Pi global sales page for a complete listing.

     

    How do I get started, and will I need a new OS to run the Raspberry Pi 2?
    To 'Get Started' with your new Raspberry Pi 2 you will need to download the latest version of the 'Out of the Box' Software (NOOBS) from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B V1.2 requires the latest operating system for full functionality. Please download and install the latest version available from RaspberryPi.org/downloads onto your microSD card before booting.

     

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    What software will be made available and where can I download it?
    The latest version of new ‘Out of the Box’ Software (NOOBS) or a specific Operating System image are all available to download from the Raspberry Pi Foundation's website. More details and downloads are available from http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

     

    What power supply do I need?
    We recommend a good quality 5 Volt Micro-USB power supply with at least 1.8 Amp output.

     

    For UK and European AC Outlets:

    http://uk.farnell.com/stontronics/t5582dv/psu-raspberry-pi-5v-2a-micro-usb/dp/2427499

     

     

     

     

    For North American AC Outlets:

    http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/28-17985

     

     

     

    Will the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B support more than just the Raspbian Operating System?
    Yes, within NOOBS there are Raspbian and 5 other Operating Systems . You can choose which one you want to install on the microSD card.

     

    Is there a size limit on the SDCard with the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?
    Card sizes up to 32GB have been verified to work without any problem.

     

    Can the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B be over-clocked?
    At the time of writing we do not believe the Raspberry Pi Model B will have an over-clocking feature.

     

    What is the GPIO pin-out of the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?
    It is the same 40 pins as the Raspberry Pi Model A+ and B+. The first 26 pins are are as per the original Model B to facilitate backwards compatibility. The Raspberry Pi 2 is also fully HAT compatible.

     

    My processing monitor in Raspbian only shows one processor graph! Where are my other three?
    Some software will combine the processor usage, others may just show one core - this is software dependent.


    However in Raspbian if you open a terminal and type the command:


        top


    You can see each of the processor cores if you then press:

     

        1


    This should show a breakdown of central processing unit usage per core.

     

    How can I connect the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to a display screen?
    Via HDMI, or composite video using a break-out cable for the 3.5mm jack connection which will break-out the audio connection to audio and composite video. The PiView HDMI to VGA adapterPiView HDMI to VGA adapter available from element14 works with the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B.

     

    Can I use the HDMI to VGA adapter on the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?

     

    Yes, the PiViewPiView HDMI to VGA adapter available from element14 works with the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B.

     

     

     

     

    For Resellers

    How can I become a reseller of the Raspberry Pi?
    We are always interested in expanding our network of Raspberry Pi resellers around the globe. Please contact your local Premier Farnell/element14 sales office with your details, including which country you intend to sell the Raspberry Pi and a link to your website. We will get in touch with you.


    I am a Reseller. How can I obtain bulk stock of the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?
    Please contact your local account manager, who will be happy to provide you with a high volume quote and delivery.


    I am Reseller. Is there any marketing content and product data available for the new board?
    Please contact your local account manager who will be happy to set up your access to an online portal, where you will be able to retrieve all the marketing content and product data you require to promote the product online.

     

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