How to set up your Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.


  • Unbox the Raspberry Pi. We will need following accessories along with Raspberry Pi

    • Power Supply
    • SD Card with Operating System
    • Mini HDMI to HDMI Adapter
    • Raspberry Pi Zero Case (Optional)
    • Keyboard and Mouse (Optional, if you already have one)
  • Take the Raspberry Pi and place it with USB ports facing your right side

  • Install the fan by connecting RED wire to second pin and BLACK wire to third pin in top row from left side

  • Install heat sinks on CPU, RAM and USB controller chip

  • Safely attach the Raspberry Pi and fan to the case

  • Insert the SD card into the SD Card slot

  • Connect HDMI cable, keyboard/mouse and power cable. Turn on the power and wait for device to boot

  • Device will boot up and will ask you to install an operating system

  • If you need more operating system choice then click on Wifi Networks and connect to your network

  • Successful connection to WiFi will bring in additional operating system options as shown below, Select the OS you like and proceed with the installation. In this case I choose Raspbian Full

  • Select ‘Yes` on the warning message

  • Install will take few minutes to finish

  • You should see below message after the install finishes

  • At this point the desktop will boot up and with a welcome window

  • Set a new password for your machine

  • Set up the screen, Select the This screen shows a black border around the desktop incase you are seeing the black border

  • Connect to the Wireless Network. You can just click next if you have already configured WiFi previously

  • Update Software and Reboot the machine if required

  • Now, Go to Preference –> Raspberry Configuration

  • In the configuration, Update Hostname to preferred name

  • In the configuration, Enable SSH

  • Open Terminal session and install xrdp for RDP access.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install xrdp

Now initial set up of Raspberry Pi is complete. The Raspberry Pi can be accessed using ssh OR RDP from the home network now.

Hope this was helpful. Did I miss something ? Let me know in the comments OR in the forum section.

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