Setting up The Raspberry Pi – Part 2


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I strongly recommend getting the CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ from Amazon! It’s very quick and easy to get setup. Be sure to take your time and read ALL of the documentation that comes with the Raspberry Pi (RPi). The only thing the documentation doesn’t describe is how to install the heat sinks. Install the RPi in the case FIRST. Then, take the plastic off each heat sink and carefully place them as shown below. Or, you can check out this YouTube video.

Buy and Configure your Raspberry Pi
After you carefully install the RPi into the case and install the heat sinks, be sure to gently insert the MicroSD card, as shown here. Make sure the gold contacts are facing towards the top of the case, and the lettering is facing down. Don’t force it. It should go in easily.

Then, hook it up to your monitor and usb devices (keyboard, mouse), plug in the power, and turn it on.

You should soon see the desktop. It may present you with some initial setup options, so go ahead and do that.

Since it’ll be connected to the internet, using WiFi or ethernet (hard wired), for the sake of security, you’ll want to change the RPi admin password so no one else can do anything to your RPi, regardless of how unlikely that may be. Click on the Raspberry “Start Menu” > Preferences > Raspberry Pi Configuration”.

Click ‘Change Password’. The default password is: raspberry

If you want to use WiFi, you’ll need to enable it. You should be able to click the “network” or “WiFi” icon, then ‘Turn On WiFi’, select your network, enter and password, and easily connect.

Next, download the updates and install them. To do this, open Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update (and press enter and wait until it’s done)

sudo apt-get upgrade (and press enter and wait until it’s done)

Then restart your Raspberry Pi. Type “sudo reboot” (w/o quotes) Or Start Menu > Shutdown > Reboot

It’s also worth getting a real-time clock memory module. If/when the power goes out, the Raspberry Pi may not maintain accurate time, but the battery-powered clock module will. That being said, be VERY delicate and gentle when you install the real-time clock. Those pins on the RPi can be easily broken. Install the real-time clock module as described in this article (if that article is no longer available, view or download the PDF version here), and be sure to follow the instructions to tell your RPi to use the module as the system clock, not the built-in RPi software clock.

To install the RPi real-time clock module, turn off and unplug the power from the RPI, then GENTLY line up the module exactly as shown above, with the battery facing down and the pin holes in the module connected to the inside far end row of pins (facing the “GPIO HEADER” label). The module should be connected to the first 5 pins on the row. ensure the module is snug and no part of those five pins are exposed. Once that’s done, plug it back in, turn it on, and follow the instructions on the previously mentioned page (or the PDF version here) to configure the RPi to use it, then reboot your RPi for good measure.

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