I'm a newbie at Raspberry Pi. I created a boot sd card with raspbian and I don't know what to do next because what I have is only a laptop and a tablet. I don't have an extra monitor to plug in an hdmi cable to. There is an hdmi port at my table, however, although it's hdmi its size is kind of small, smaller than on my laptop and, thus, I don't know how it could help me.

Is it possible for me to interact with my Raspberry Pi and how?

My laptop is on Linux, by the way.

  • any HDMI/DVI/VGA ports on your tablet/laptop are probably output only, used to connect these devices to a screen. Your best bet for interacting with your Pi is as @joan says, SSH
    – kolin
    May 6 '14 at 12:54
  • @kolin, how exactly?
    – Oskar K.
    May 6 '14 at 14:15
  • Open a terminal window in linux and type ssh where 192.168.... is the ip address of the Pi
    – kolin
    May 6 '14 at 14:40
  • @kolin, and why would my Pi happen to have the ip address?
    – Oskar K.
    May 7 '14 at 2:11
  • @OskarK. it's default/shipped-out-of-the-box config has DHCP enabled on eth0 by default, so if you'll have a router with DHCP server enabled(most of home routers do have it by default) - your RPi will obtain an address Mar 11 '16 at 18:44

It's much easier if you can connect a keyboard and screen for initial set-up.

Two things to try.

1) connect the Pi to a the same router as your laptop. Boot the Pi. It should grab an address from your router. Use ssh from your laptop to login to that address.

2) connect your laptop to the Pi's serial link (P1-8 is TXD, P1-10 is RXD, P1-6 ground) using a 3.3V serial dongle. Start minicom or similar on your laptop. Boot the Pi. You will be able to login via the serial link.


  • just to add some extra info for answer (1) you can probably get the IP address from your router by logging into your router, something like
    – kolin
    May 6 '14 at 12:52
  • 1) there is no router, I use my cell phone as a modem. 2) I don't have such a dongle. I have only usb and hdmi cables
    – Oskar K.
    May 6 '14 at 14:25
  • 1) is it possible to do that for wifi router? if so then how?
    – Oskar K.
    May 11 '14 at 5:58
  • I have a network cable. I can connect the computer and the Pi. But there must dhcp server (I know I can run it on my computer). Is it sensible to buy a router also?
    – Oskar K.
    May 11 '14 at 6:02

I find using a console cable very helpful in this circumstance, and much of my time interacting with an RPi is done this way. Use the instructions in the link above and get a terminal program such as putty. Note that the cable currently sold by Adafruit doesn't work with Windows 8.

  • I would have to order a console cable and it would arrive in a month only. I want something else which I can use right now.
    – Oskar K.
    May 6 '14 at 14:12
  • well, I have it. But just plugging it into the computer doesn't solve the issue, does it? Because there must be a dhcp server. So should I also buy a router?
    – Oskar K.
    May 11 '14 at 5:58
  • Can you tell me if you followed this tutorial and where you are getting stuck? May 11 '14 at 15:30

Do you have a TV?

Just plug it into the TV using either HDMI or Composite (or use a composite to scart plug).

  • I have a TV but it's an old one, it doesn't have hdmi.
    – Oskar K.
    May 11 '14 at 5:59
  • 1
    Gerben said HDMI OR composite. Old TVs use composite. The Pi outputs a composite signal on the yellow jack.
    – joan
    May 11 '14 at 7:23

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