I recently purchased a Raspberry Pi. These things are pretty amazing little computers all for only $35 (or $25). Before you get too excited about the price tag, I would recommend have a few extra dollars for power (standard cell phone charger should work), SD card (recommend class 10 or better), USB keyboard / mouse (optional), and usb wifi (optional), as well as a case (recommended!). I purchased a set from ebay that came with usb wifi, usb keyboard / mouse combo, a Kingston 4gb SDHC, and an HDMI to VGA cable.
Out of the box, it would not provide video or audio. This caused me a little concern until I was able to get video with an old rca style cable. Also, I noticed the red PWR LED constantly lit (which seemed good) however, there is a green LED labeled OK that was blinking intermittently. At the time, I thought maybe something was wrong with the R-Pi but later learned that the LED blinks when the SD card is being accessed. Moving on…
I intend to keep a log of the steps I take to get this little sucker up and running how I like. Maybe this will help someone else and possibly a tip or too might appear in the comments section.
I am running the Raspbian OS
HDMI output did not work “out of the box” so I updated config.txt to add
If you have visual access to the Pi via another method, just edit the /boot/config.txt file. Otherwise, put the SD card in another system and edit the config.txt file. I did it from Windows 7 with notepad.
To disable X Server on boot up this tip worked:
sudo update-rc.d lightdm disable
To auto login the “Pi” user:
sudo nano /etc/inittab
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty –noclear 38400 tty1
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty –autologin pi –noclear 38400 tty1
That’s it for now (02/20/13). The system boots to pi user logged in in 38 seconds and I can view it with a hdmi->hdmi cable. Next, I want to get audo via hdmi to work, hdmi -> vga output working, and shorten boot time.
Now running the Raspberry Pi with Puppy Linux installed from BerryBoot.
Boots to X from the BerryBoot menu in 34 seconds.
Next, I am going to auto start chromium in fullscreen mode.
edit .bashrc in user’s home directory to include
chromium-browser –kiosk www.google.com