Set up your Raspberry Pi for the first time

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer use Linux-kernel based operating systems. Debian GNU/Linux, Iceweasel, Calligra Suite and Python are planned to be bundled with the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is powerful and inexpensive, allowing you to create a home media center, internet radio, or even your own VPN server on the cheap. To set up your Raspberry Pi you will need:

  • A Raspberry Pi:
  • HDMI to HDMI / DVI lead or RCA video lead.
  • SD card: Minimum size 4Gb class 4 (the class indicates how fast the card is). We recommend using branded SD cards as they are more reliable.
  • A standard USB keyboard and mouse.
  • An ethernet cable: Networking is optional, although it makes updating and getting new software for your Raspberry Pi much easier.
  • Power adapter: A good quality, micro USB power supply that can provide at least 700mA at 5V is essential.

Ras Pi Quick Start Preparing your SD card for the Raspberry Pi: In order to use your Raspberry Pi, you will need to install an Operating System (OS) onto an SD card. An Operating System is the set of basic programs and utilities that allow your computer to run; examples include Windows on a PC or OS X on a Mac. Full instructions can be found in Raspberry Pi’s quick start guide, but in summary you will need to: 1. Insert an SD card that is 4GB or greater in size into your computer 2. Format the SD card so that the Pi can read it a. Windows

  • a1. Download the SD Association’s Formatting Tool from (The built in Windows formatting tool will only format the first partition that Windows can read not the entire disk. For this reason we advise using the official SD Card Association Formatting Tool.)
  • a2. Install and run the Formatting Tool on your machine
  • a3. Set “FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT” option to “ON” in the “Options” menu
  • a4. Check that the SD card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool
  • a5. Click the “Format” button

b. Mac

  • b1. Download the SD Association’s Formatting Tool from
  • b2. Install and run the Formatting Tool on your machine
  • b3. Select “Overwrite Format”
  • b4. Check that the SD card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool
  • b5. Click the “Format” button

c. Linux

  • c1. We recommend using gparted (or the command line version parted)
  • c2. Format the entire disk as FAT

3. Download the New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) from: 4. Unzip the downloaded file

  • a. Windows Right click on the file and choose “Extract all”
  • b. Mac Double tap on the file
  • c. Linux Run unzip [downloaded filename]

5. Copy the extracted files onto the SD card that you just formatted 6. Insert the SD card into your Pi and connect the power supply Your Pi will now boot into NOOBS and should display a list of operating systems that you can choose to install. If your display remains blank, you should select the correct output mode for your display by pressing one of the following number keys on your keyboard;

  1. HDMI mode this is the default display mode.
  2. HDMI safe mode select this mode if you are using the HDMI connector and cannot see anything on screen when the Pi has booted.
  3. Composite PAL mode select either this mode or composite NTSC mode if you are using the composite RCA video connector
  4. Composite NTSC mode
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