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How To: Use Raspberry Pi as a stand alone PC

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Are you a geek who is trying to get his hands on a Raspberry Pi ? are you a newbie to Pi operations? this article is for you. In this article we will see how we can use a Raspberry Pi as a PC which is one of the basic ways of using the Pi.

Requirements:

SD Card

  • We recommend a minimum of  8GB SD card preinstalled with NOOBS. You can download NOOBS here.
  • Note that all the latest Pi boards support micro SD cards.

Display and connectivity cables

  • Any monitor or TV with HDMI/DVI ports should work as a display for the Pi . For best results, use one with a HDMI input, but other connections are available for older devices. Use a standard Ethernet cable for internet access. The Pi 3 includes built-in wireless LAN.

Keyboard and mouse

  • Any standard USB keyboard and mouse will work with your Raspberry Pi.

Power supply

  • Use a 5V micro USB power supply to power your Raspberry Pi. Be careful that whatever power supply you use outputs at least 5V; insufficient power will cause your Pi to behave in strange ways.

Internet connection

  • To update or download software, we recommend that you connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet, either via an Ethernet cable or a WiFi adapter.

PLUGGING IN YOUR RASPBERRY PI

Installing NOOBS

Get an SD card with minimum storage of 8GB and format it.

  1. Using a computer with an SD card reader, go to this link.
  2. Click on the Download ZIP button under ‘NOOBS (offline and network install)’, and select a folder to save it to.
  3. Extract the files from the zip.
  4. Once your SD card has been formatted, drag all the files in the extracted NOOBS folder and drop them onto the SD card drive.
  5. The necessary files will then be transferred to your SD card.
  6. When this process has finished, safely remove the SD card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.

BOOTING UP

  1. Plug in your keyboard, mouse, and monitor cables.
  2. Now plug the USB power cable into your Pi.
  3. Your Raspberry Pi will boot, and a window will appear with a list of different operating systems that you can install. We recommend that you use Raspbian – tick the box next to Raspbian and click on Install.
  4. Raspbian will then run through its installation process. Note that this can take a while.
  5. When the install process has completed, the Raspberry Pi configuration menu (raspi-config) will load. Here you are able to set the time and date for your region, enable a Raspberry Pi camera board, or even create users. You can exit this menu by using Tab on your keyboard to move to Finish.

LOGGING IN AND ACCESSING THE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

The default login for Raspbian is username pi with the password raspberry.Note that you will not see any writing appear when you type the password. This is a security feature in Linux.

To load the graphical user interface, type startx and press Enter.

There you have it, If you have any queries, comment down below.

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