I bought my son a 'starter' bundle, minus USB hub and monitor. Are any suitable or do they need to be specific? I noticed that some are VGA, others DVI, etc.

Also what should I look out for in a USB hub.

I'm looking to spend the minimum to see if he takes to it. Also any starter books that would be suitable as both parents are stupid.

  • Welcome... "shopping list" type questions are generally frowned upon, so this may get closed quickly!
    – Andrew
    Nov 23 '12 at 12:18

Any monitor with a HDMI input should work with the Raspberry Pi. If your monitor has a DVI input, a HDMI to DVI adapter will be required.

I bought a used Dell monitor and I use a DVI --> HDMI cable to connect to my Raspberry Pi. You should look into a powered USB hub. The Raspberry Pi's power supply may not be sufficient to drive all USB powered devices.

Also any starter books that would be suitable as both parents are stupid.

You are the smartest parent because you bought a Raspberry Pi for your son. I don't know your son's age. The Raspberry Pi has got a scratch programming interface especially to teach programming to kids. If your son has some basic programming experience, this book might be helpful to work independently.

  • Great, noticed some monitors were only VGA so ignore those.
    – dave
    Nov 22 '12 at 15:28
  • @dave: I was able to get HDMI --> DVI working. I have not tried VGA to HDMI on the Raspberry Pi.
    – Sai
    Nov 22 '12 at 15:32
  • @dave if your Screen is VGA, there are also HDMI -> VGA converters! Dec 21 '14 at 21:08

Pretty much any monitor will work, but you may need to play with your output in the configuration file (force hdmi) if it is really old.

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    Thanks for your feedback and welcome to the StackExchange community! :) Your answer is probably right but it may be better with explanations about where is the configuration file, what to modify, etc. or at least a link (not really recommended but still better than nothing). Even if dave didn't asked for, it could help other users looking for a solution to the problem of old hardware. Nov 24 '12 at 12:42

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