The standard Raspberry Pi, $35 version, seems to come without any cables. Assuming standard plugs are available, what cables and devices will be needed to use the device in a mouse-click graphical interface with internet connection?

  • I would think this would somewhat subjective. As people's idea of a normal computer differs. – user46 Jun 12 '12 at 20:13
  • your question is a bit broad, for instance you need a SD card, HDMI/VGA cable, Monitor/TV with VGA/HDMI/DVI connector, network cable, usb keyboard/mouse etc... all of which has a localised cost – EdChum Jun 12 '12 at 20:13
  • Well the suggested OS is a graphical system, right? I think the cost part is subjective, and the rest could be made non-subjective, although I might need to edit the question a bit. – AlanSE Jun 12 '12 at 20:15
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    This is answered in the Quick Start Guide and may not be a good question for the site. – ramblinjan Jun 12 '12 at 20:35

You will probably need (it is not the bare minimum but in order for it to be usable as a PC):

  • An SD card (Class 4 / 4 GB works fine)
  • A HDMI cable to connect to display
  • A USB keyboard
  • An USB mouse (or not)
  • A power supply (in some cases your mobile phone/tablet charger will do, since it uses a standard Micro-USB connector)
  • USB-Micro USB cable for power
  • Network cable to connect to your router / USB Wi-Fi dongle

If you plan to attach external storage such as USB hard drives, you will probably need a powered USB hub as well, since disks tend to drain a lot of power from USB (and there are only two ports on Raspberry Pi)

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    From experience, 2GB SD also works fine. – Jivings Jun 12 '12 at 20:16
  • True, but then your additional software choices will be very limited. – user13 Jun 12 '12 at 20:19
  • I have everything that I need installed in Arch. – Jivings Jun 12 '12 at 20:21
  • How about Eclipse or OpenOffice.org? You would quickly run out :) – user13 Jun 12 '12 at 20:39
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    If I want to run any intensive applications then I use X11 forwarding from my main rig. I bet they run horribly on the Pi! – Jivings Jun 12 '12 at 20:47

At the very least you need:

  • Micro USB Power Cable
  • Network connection (Ethernet)
  • SD Card (4GB suggested, 2GB possible)

This setup will allow you to install an Operating System, ssh into the box and configure it.

If you want a display you will also need a HDMI cable and monitor.

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