What is it and how can it be used ?

My aim here is to get you up and running with the Raspberry Pi 2 and get you comfortable with using it. Think of the Raspberry Pi as a little computer, like your laptop, phone, tablet or desktop PC. It requires a small amount of power to load and run an operating system. There are plenty of operating systems for you to choose from and this opens up opportunities for you to decide what you want your Raspberry Pi devise to do. The Raspberry Pi 2 has 4 on-board USB connections where you can attach other hardware like a Keyboard, mouse, or printer – much like a regular desktop computer. It also has a HDMI connection for a monitor. As we go on learning about the Raspberry Pi I will expand on the possibilities available by attaching devices to extend its capabilities. To really learn about the Rasbperry Pi 2 you must be prepared to experiment with it. I want you to treat the information I give you as if they are tasks and work alongside with me as I guide you through the foundations of the Rasbperry Pi 2. To understand how you could use the Raspberry Pi for your own projects you will need to experience to do good installing a operating system – it’s the fundamental building block on which enables everything else. One of the first things I advise any one new to the Raspberry Pi 2 is to experiment by loading a variety of operating systems onto the devise. Some distributions are more suited to different task, some are prettier, some more responsive than others, some have more help and information about them.  As you become more experienced you will start to think about how useful your Raspberry Pi 2 could be.  Projects which utilise its convenient size and its requirement for only a small amount of power is its obvious advantage.


MicroSD card

You will need to buy a MicroSD card. They are widely availiable and quite inexpensive but as I reccommend buying a few it’s worth shopping around. They also vary in price. Generally the larger the storage capacity and faster the speed (40mb/s to 80mb/s) the greater they cost. You may also find it useful to buy a card with a SD adapter which usually comes as part of the package. These are useful for storing the MicroSD card when not being used, aswell as being able to use it for direct access slot into your PC if you have one.

  • MicroSD card 4gb / 8gb / 16gb (recommended) / 32gb / 64gb
  • Class 4,10,
  • 40, 80 mb/s

Prepare the MicroSD card

When your first insert the card into the computer it may automatically recognise it and it may be ready to accept the image file. Even if this is recognised it is best to go through this step so you understand how you can wipe the card clean and reuse the card again for another operating system. To format the MicroSD card you will need to download and install SDformater from the link below.

This software will erase anything saved on the card.


Transfere the image to the MicroSD card

You will need to download and install another piece of software that installs the image file onto the MicroSD card.