Raspberry Pi 3. Setting It Up, for Beginners!

How to set up your Raspberry Pi 3, and installing the Raspbian Operating System (OS), for Beginners!

It’s pretty simple to set up your Raspberry Pi 3 (I think it’s the same for the other 2 models too), it just takes a little time and attention. Lets’s get started, shall we?

Here are some of the basic things you will need, besides your Raspberry Pi 3:

  • 8GB or larger microSD card and adapter (class 4 is fine, but I used a class 10).
  • Micro USB power supply.
  • vga to hdmiHDMI cord to connect it to your TV or Monitor (you can also use a HDMI to VGA adapter, to connect a monitor that only has VGA),
  • A USB mouse and keyboard!
  • Powered Speakers, if you want sound.

noobs install and raspbian osTo install the OS, you will need these:

  • A download of the NOOBS installer (recommended for beginners) or Raspbian image, that you will find here.
  • The SD Formatter, that you can find to download, here, for your version of windows or mac.
  • And then just follow the guides on the raspberry.org website after clicking on the icon of the installation you are wanting to use. NOOBS Setup Guide | Raspbian Installation Guide (to install the Raspbian image, you will need an image writer that’s specific to the type of computer system, i.e. Windows, Linux, Mac, etc, you are using. There are links to them in the guide).

As a beginner, I went with the NOOBS installer and it was pretty simple!

Install the OS:

connections to raspberry pi 3Connect all your devices to the Raspberry Pi 3 (mouse, keyboard, TV or monitor, speakers), put the installation SD card in the slot, and then plug in the USB power supply cord (plug it into the electrical source). Switch on your monitor or TV (tune to the HDMI/Video input on your TV if you used that).

raspbian install screenOn 1st load, you should see a screen that has the big Raspberry Pi icon and a loading box with a blue line moving back and forth, and then it will show the installation image you downloaded to the SD card. You can also click on the Wifi Networks in the middle (unless you use a wired connection), on top of the box and choose your router or network name in the list and add your password key to connect, and it will also load other OS choices you can try. But for now, we are just installing the recommended OS of Raspbian, to get started with.

choose your language Before you install it, look at the bottom of the screen and you can set your language.

Click the little empty box to the left of the OS you want to install in the list, to select it (X). Then click on Install Icon that looks like a hard drive, in the top left of the box. It will start installing. It may take a while to complete, and during instillation, it will show you a highlight of some of the programs included.

install successfullOnce done, you should see a box that says, installed successfully. Click Ok, then it will reboot and you should see a screen with a lot of code and stuff running down your screen.

screen on reboot of raspberry pi

Once it’s done rebooting, you should see the desktop screen loaded.

desktop raspberry pi

There you go! The OS system is installed and ready! Easy Peasy!

Check out some of my quick tips, tricks and tweaks here!

If you have questions, please post them in the comments below!

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