To begin with, it's always a good idea to make sure you have formatted your SD card. You'll need to make sure your computer has a built-in SD card reader, or you can use a USB SD card reader.
ATTENTION: This step will delete your SD Card completely. Make sure you safe or backup your data.
To make sure your Card is formatted correctly we are using a Programm called:
After downloading and installing the Programm for either Windows or Mac your screen should look like this:
Select your Drive and click "Format". Now your SD Card is formatted and ready for the next step.
The recommended operating system for use with the Raspberry Pi is called Raspbian. Raspbian is a version of GNU/Linux, designed specifically to work well with the Raspberry Pi. You have several options when it comes to getting hold of a copy of Raspbian.
The easiest way to get NOOBS or Raspbian is to buy an SD card with the software already installed. You can get a pre-installed Raspbian card from Farnell or Amazon.
If you are using a empty SD Card from "Step 1" you need to download the free Noobs/Rasbian from the Raspberry Pi Webpage.
You need to choose between a "Desktop Version" or a "Lite Version". Which version you pick depends on what your project will be. If you have enough space (8GB or more) on your SD Card I would recommend to download the "Desktop Version".
After downloading extract the file like a normal .zip or .rar file.
To write your Image on the SD Card you need a Disk Imager. In this tutorial I am using a free software called Win32 Disk Imager.
Download the Win32DiskImager utility as an installer file, and run it to install the software.
After installing your screen should look like this:
Select your device and the image file you extracted earlier in "Step 3".
Be careful to select the correct drive. If you choose the wrong drive you could destroy the data on your computer's hard disk!
Click 'Write' and wait for the write to complete.
Exit the imager and eject the SD card.
Now it is time to start your Raspberry Pi for the first time.
Insert the SD Card into the Raspberry Pi slot on the bottom of the device. You should also connect a Display via HDMI and a Keyboard & Mouse.
Connect the power supply and your Pi will boot. After booting (5-10sec) the screen you connected should look like this:
Now all you need is to update your Pi. Make sure your Pi is connected to the Internet via LAN.
How to setup Wi-Fi, read my "How to Setup Wi-Fi on a Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial".
Open the terminal on the top left or press STRG+Alt+T on your Keyboard.
Typ in the following instructions and follow the screen:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Congratulations your Raspberry Pi is now ready to use.
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