Gather the Ingredients.
You will need a Raspberry PI (we are using a Raspberry Pi 2), an SD Card (8GB or more), USB keyboard and mouse, a screen that accepts HDMI input (or appropriate converters), a micro USB cable for power, and an HDMI cable. Optionally, you may want a wifi dongle or ethernet cable for network connectivity.
Prepare the SD Card
The easiest method to prepare the SD Card is to buy a pre-burned SD Card
. However, they are quite a bit more expensive than a regular SD Card. The Raspberry Pi website has great instructions for installing images on SD Cards
. We use a a Mac and the SDFormatter program to prepare ours. We will walk you through that process. If you use Linux or Windows check the Raspberry Pi site for instructions.
Download the SDFormatter
program from the SD Card website. Open up the program and insert the SD Card you wish to use. (Remember 8GB or more.) Select the Overwrite Format option and click the format button. This will take a little while so be patient.
Wait for it...
After a while, depending on the size of your SD Card, the formatting process will be complete.
Copy Noobs to your Formatted SD Card
Copy the NOOBs OS that you downloaded and unzipped onto your freshly formatted SD Card. Make sure you copy the files directly to the root level of the SD Card. Do not copy the NOOBS folder onto the SD Card, rather copy the contents of the NOOBS folder directly into the root level of the SD Card.
Plug it all in
Plug you keyboard, mouse, and screen into your Raspberry Pi. Insert the SD Card with NOOBS into the Pi's SD Card slot. Plug in the micro USB power cord. Power up your screen. After the rainbow square, and some startup text, you should see the screen with a bunch of OSes to select. Choose Raspbian.
Select the keyboard language you wish to use. By default, English UK is selected and this keyboard layout has several differences to the US layout so make sure you select the one you want. You can change this later under Menu > Preferences > Mouse and Keyboard Settings.
Once you have your language and Raspbian selected press the install button to begin the installation process.
Wait for it...
Installing the OS will take a little while. Grab a drink or sandwich... you're pretty much done!
If all goes according to plane you will be greeted by this lovely dialog box. Now you're all set, Raspberry Pi to your heart's content!