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Raspberry pi – Initial setup instructions with pictures

You will need the following before you can start using your raspberry pi this walk-through is designed to be used with a windows based PC to do the download of the raspberry pi image and the setup of the SD card.

1 x SD card with a minimum capacity of 2GB

1 x USB / SD Card Reader

Part 1 – Download the SD card transfer program

First you will need to download the SD Card writing software for here – https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer

In the downloads section on the right hand side of the screen download the win32diskim…-binary.zip

Find and Extract win32diskimager-binary.zip to your PC and the following folder will be created win32diskimager-binary

Part 2 – Download the Raspberry pi image

Download the Raspberry pi image from the following location – http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads

Select the up to date standard Raspberry pi image (Debian Squeeze at time of this blog) and download

Find the debian6-19-04-2012.zip on your PC and extract and the following folder will be created debian6-19-04-2012

Part 3 – Write the Raspberry pi image to the SD card

Insert your SD card into the reader and if necessary plug the reader into the windows PC

Open the win32diskimager-binary folder you created earlier and double-click on Win32DiskImager.exe and you should see the image below.

In the image file box you will need to put the location of raspberry pi image you downloaded in  part 2. You are looking for  the file that ends in .img

For example (C:\Users\Me\Downloads\debian6-19-04-2012\debian6-19-04-2012\debian6-19-04-2012.img)

In the device box enter the drive letter of the SD card Sometimes the box will autofill so always check you have the correct drive letter for the SD card and not your local PC hardrive.

For example (D:\)

Left click the write button and you should see the following happen.

Once complete you will get the following screen

Click ok and eject the SD card from windows and put in your Raspberry pi

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