03) Basic set up of Raspberry Pi

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Plugin your USB keyboard, USB mouse and connect your monitor to the Raspberry Pi using an HDMI cable.

Connect the PSU to the RaspberryPi and make sure that the MicroSD card is in place.

Note: Do not connect the RaspberryPi to your network at this stage.

Power on the RaspberryPi.

The RaspberryPi will then boot up.

The default username and password is user name pi with the password of raspberry.

You can get to the Raspberry Pi configuration utility any time from a Terminal by entering:

sudo raspi-config

In the configuration we need to make the following modifications:

Change the Pi Password

Change the password for the default user name of pi to something else to improve the level of security.

Disable Boot to Desktop

We will not be working with the desk top GUI and so we can set “Enable boot to desktop” to “no”.

Update your local settings

Make sure that your location and time zone are set appropriately.

Set your hostname

Go to Advanced Options > Hostname and change the hostname to something you can easily remember, for example “paulserver”.

Set the memory split

As we are not using the GUI desktop we can change the amount of memory that the GPU can have.

So in Advanced Options > Memory Split set GPU memory to 16 Mbytes.

Ensure that SSH is enabled

Make sure that SSH is enabled in Advanced Options > SSH.  SSH is the protocol that we will use to communicate remotely to the Raspberry Pi.

Save the configuration and reboot

Make sure that the changes are saved, and reboot the Raspberry Pi.

You can reboot the Raspberry Pi from the Terminal using:

sudo shutdown -r now

or just shutdown using:

sudo shutdown -h now

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