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Discovering the Raspberry Pi

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Filling the Pi

Take a Look at the Inside of the Pi While We Insert an SD Card (OS)


The Raspberry Pi uses SD Cards to store the Operating System (the software that controls your computer­ — like Windows on a typical laptop or desktop computer) and software you can use. We will be getting each of you to put a prepared SD card into Pi, and while we’re at it, we’re going to look at what the Pi’s looks like inside, and talk a little about what the Pi is.

  1. Begin by placing your SD card into the SD card slot on the Raspberry Pi. It will only fit one way.

What is The Raspberry Pi?

  • A full-blown computer capable of running a desktop
  • Based on a different processor (brains) than a typical laptop or desktop

Raspberry Pi hardware setup

  1. Put the Pi in its case and put the case together.
  2. Next, plug your keyboard and mouse into the USB ports on the Raspberry Pi.
  3. Make sure that your monitor or TV is turned on, and that you have selected the right input (e.g. HDMI 1, DVI, etc).
  4. Connect your HDMI cable from your Raspberry Pi to your monitor or TV.
  5. When you’re happy that you have plugged all the cables and SD card in correctly, connect the micro USB power supply. This action will turn on and boot your Raspberry Pi.

Plugging in

The Pi desktop

  • Once your Pi is booted, you should see a desktop that looks similar to older Windows with the taskbar at the top instead of bottom.

  • TBD: Screenshots of Pi with Applications menu open

  • The ‘Application’ menu in the top left (which has a Raspberry icon) is the primary way to launch programs on the desktop.

  • Screenshot of opening Mu

  • For now we’re not doing anything with the Pi desktop, except launching the ‘Mu’ editor from the ‘Programming’ menu in the Application menu (often this type of location is written in the same form as Applications|Programming|Mu).