Posted on | June 8, 2012 | No Comments
1. Physical connections
DVI screen, network, usb keyboard, power.
2. Prepare SD card
I m using Debian Squeeze as supplied here: http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/download.php?file=/images/debian/6/debian6-19-04-2012/debian6-19-04-2012.zip
It s the “image we recommend you use. It’s a reference root filesystem from Gray and Dom, containing LXDE, Midori, development tools and example source code for multimedia functions.”
Downloaded it, insert SD card, which in my case mounts as /dev/sdb1
# umount /dev/sdb1
# dd bs=1M if=~/Downloads/debian6-19-04-2012/debian6-19-04-2012.img of=/dev/sdb
1859+1 records in
1859+1 records out
1950000000 bytes (2,0 GB) copied, 947,865 s, 2,1 MB/s
3. First boot
Inserting it into the Pi.
Not so good: the card sticks out from the board quite a bit.
Well. nobody said to expect a cased designer product.
Power supply is known to be critical – i ve chosen a 5V/1200 mA – that should be margin enough.
Plug it in, boots without a problem.
Log in – some people noticed that the Pi comes with english keyboard settings as standard, so check whether you are QWERTY or QWERTZ.
# dpkg-reconfigure locales
as root to adjust your locales settings.
4. Summary so far
No surprises, install and boot is easy, following the guides linked from the raspberry site –
and some guides out there .
Now we are starting running various tests, trying different images, seeing how the CPU copes, whether the board gets hot, etc.
to be continued