Do I need a monitor to do the first boot with Raspbmc? I know it needs wired internet connection to update and all how long does it usually take? (I have a very fast connection) I can hook up a keyboard if needed for first boot. Otherwise i will just ssh to get my stuff together.

  • Take a look at this question. It outlines how to get everything working to use SSH without using a screen, including how to configure a static IP address so you don't have to figure it out the hard way, and so that it maintains the same IP every time even after reboots. raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/38/…
    – Kibbee
    Oct 31 '12 at 0:57

The first boot doesn't need any interaction. The second boot will start ssh and generate the keys.

You'll have to figure out the IP by looking at your router or attempting to ping the Pi.

You can log on over ssh with the default credentials.

The only issue here is that if the first boot script fails for any reason you won't know about it. I have a 20MB connection and it took around 10 minutes.

  • How does one know the 'first boot' has finished, and has finished successfully?
    – klokop
    Jun 25 '13 at 19:42
  • @klokop Your Raspberry Pi will be on, and be showing a user interface.
    – Jivings
    Jun 28 '13 at 7:38
  • Hm, in my case the downloading of root fs etc. took FOREVER (quite literally), and the unit kept rebooting. Switched to different OS.
    – klokop
    Jun 28 '13 at 12:13

If you have a computer nearby, you can watch the bootup messages from the serial port on the GPIO

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