Lets take a look at the basic guide for getting started with Raspberry pi 2. Firstly, we need to understand what actually a Raspberry pi 2 is and what it is capable of doing.
Basically its nothing but some kind of chip which is considered to be a computing machine. It has all the power that a normal computer systems have. Its loaded with 1GB of RAM which makes it pretty fast compared to previous versions. One can use it as a secondary computer for testing and research. Normally researchers use it for testing different kind of stuffs. Its very famous among Hackers community too.
As you can see from the picture, it has four USB hubs, one HDMI port, one ethernet RJ45 port, a power connector port, a sound output, a port to connect your Video cameras and lastly one area for connecting external display to the device. The four USB hubs can be used for connecting your mouse, keyboard and external harddisk for storage. The HDMI is used to connect your device to the larger screen to display the contents from the Pi. The small charger port is where you can supply power to your Pi to boot up. You also require a class 10 SDCARD of atleast 8 GB capacity for the Operating System to boot. And yes the SDCARD slot is behind the Raspberry pi.
Steps that you need to do in order to boot the Pi :
- Download the Operating System that you want to run or you can downlaod its own OS called RASPBIAN OS or you can also downlod the basic version of it called NOOBS OS. You can get the Operating System links from the Raspberry Pi [website].
- Once you download the Operating System image for the Raspberry Pi, Download the Disk Imager software for windows called WIN32 DiskImager. This software is used to clone the .iso image file to the SDCARD.
- Now connect your SDCARD to the Rapsberry pi and attach your mouse, keyboard and also connect the HDMI cable to your screen or whatever you have got.
- The only thing left to do is boot up the Pi, Connect the power cable to the Raspberry pi and leave the pi alone once you see the red and green lights blinking. It will now boot up the operating system and once its done loading the OS you can then make the username and password and login to your new Raspberry pi based Operating System. You might wanna connect external wifi adapter for internet to work.
If your a Linux user then Now you know what all to do from here, If not then go to Raspberry pi site and check out the Documentation for further details. Well thats it, Welcome to your smart Computer 🙂