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So I do not have a monitor. I just put the raspbian image onto the microsd card using the instructions from https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/linux.md. When I put the microsd card in the raspberry pi B model 1 and boot it up, the only led lit is the red one (the green flashed once, I think). The ethernet port isn't flashing at all.

Shouldn't it autoconnect to ethernet and then provide ssh?

  • Possibly an issue with your SD card. Try to reflash a clean Raspbian or NOOBS and try again. Make sure to check the md5 to be sure it's a complete, valid image. – user32264 Dec 8 '15 at 23:51
  • Depends on what distribution you have and how recent it is but I don't think SSH is active at boot. Maybe the most recent Raspbian's do enable SSH by default but chances are you need a HDMI-enabled monitor to run raspi-config and enable SSH on boot. Someone might need to confirm. – user29510 Dec 8 '15 at 23:54
  • "The ethernet port is flashing at all." That's bit of ambiguous sentence as it looks like you forgot the word "not". Did you mean "not at all" or (sth like) "all the time" ? – Diederik de Haas Dec 9 '15 at 0:04
  • @DiederikdeHaas Sorry. Typo. – PyRulez Dec 9 '15 at 0:07
  • @HeatherBrown They only give a hash for the zipped file. I can't verify it after is on the microsd card. – PyRulez Dec 9 '15 at 0:07
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Your question is really broad and instead of a plain a precise answer, this should be a series of questions. Not enough information to give you just -one- answer. Let's try.

Unless your previously configured your RPI O/S, it is not trivial to work without a monitor, also, will be convenient to have a UART to USB cable plugged to GPIO 6/8/10 and use Putty to talk through the 'console', however, not having them is not the end.

You did not mention your RPI model, nor the O/S your are trying to use, I must add that you can't start with the default NOOBS distribution: you will need interaction (and a monitor)

Now, the following is the most basic and generic setting for a headless unit, also works with Zero:

  1. Download the latest Wheezy or Jessie image from the Raspberry PI site
  2. Extract the image from the zip file
  3. Use win32DiskImager to create a new SD card
  4. Install the memory card on the device
  5. Connect your Ethernet cable.
  6. Connect the power micro USB.

You will need to find the DHCP assigned IP address then fire your Putty SSH connection.

  • If you had read the comments on his question, you could've easily concluded that he did do step 1-6, but then things went wrong ... – Diederik de Haas Dec 9 '15 at 3:23
  • Deaderik: the place to modify the question is on the question, edit if you need to add more information; answers are answer to the main question not to comments.When a question match your need, you don't read every comment, just look for a qualified answer. – fcm Dec 9 '15 at 13:38

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