Setting & Booting up Raspberry Pi 3

This is a step-by-step procedure to setup and boot up Raspberry Pi 3 board.

Here are the contents in this post.
1. Hardware Requisites
2. OS Image Preparation
3. Booting up Raspberry Pi board
4. What’s next?

 

1. Hardware Requisites
First, let’s prepare the hardware. The list below shows the hardware requisites.

Raspberry Pi 3 board
– Power supply
– Micro SD Card & adapter
– LCD Display with HDMI input
– USB mouse
– USB keyboard
– Windows PC

 

2. OS Image Preparation
Raspberry Pi 3 loads OS image from micro SD card, so next let’s prepare the micro SC card.

2-1. Start downloading the latest Raspbian OS image from the official site to your PC. You can choose either Desktop or Lite (no desktop environment) version.

2-2. Download the installer for “Win32 Disk Imager” from here and install it.

2-3. Extract Raspbian OS image from the downloaded zip file.

2-4. Launch “Win32 Disk Imager”, select the OS image, and press “Write” button. The writing process takes a while.

2-5. After complete the write process, safely eject the micro SD card. Your micro SD card is now ready.

 

3. Booting up Raspberry Pi board
3-1. Connect keyboard, mouse and LCD display with your Raspberry Pi.

3-2. Insert the micro SD card.

3-3. Connect the power supply cable and turn it on.

If everything is fine, Raspberry Pi board boots up.

 

4. What’s next? 
Now Raspberry Pi is up, from here is totally up to you, but before starting your project, here are some suggestions.

– Keyboard layout change
The keyboard layout is set for UK by default. So, you may want to change it first.

Wi-Fi setup
Raspberry Pi3 has on-board wi-fi chip and it makes it easy to connect to the Internet and/or your private network.

Enable SSH
By enabling SSH, you can access Raspberry Pi’s console from your development computer.

Free up SD card space
SD card storage is relatively small and you may run out of the free space as your project goes on. Here are some tips to free up your SD card space.

Update software
Whatever you gonna do with Raspberry Pi board, it’s better to have the latest software. Enter command below and get the package list and software updated. For detail, please see the official documentation.

– Disable Screen Sleep
By default the screen goes to sleep after some minutes of inactivity. It can be disabled by editing configuration file.

 

Reference
– Raspbian Download Page:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/

– SD Card Formatter for Windows Download:
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/eula_windows/

– Win32 Disk Imager:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

– Updating and Upgrading Raspbian:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/raspbian/updating.md

 

 

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