I have only just received my Raspberry Pi and something has gone wrong. When I get to the stage of logging in my Pi types in 'pi' fine, but the password 'raspberry' does not type in.

The blinking dash: _ stops for a sec when I type in a letter on the password stage as if it reconised me typing in something, but then it displays nothing. Is this normal? Am I not meant to see the password? Or is this an error?


For security reasons, it is normal the password is hidden.

Please make sure you have a qwerty keyboard layout. In France, we have an azerty keyboard layout. So, to enter the password raspberry, we have to type rqspberry. To make sure you have the good keyboard layout, try to type the password in the user field without validating it.

Once you are logged in, you can change the keyboard layout by running sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration and following the prompts. These instructions are for a Raspbian distro.

  • Yes, I do have a querty keyboard. So this was normal. Phew! I thought it was broken on the first day of going on it.
    – horIzoN
    Jan 7 '13 at 12:05

You have to type the password in capitals to make it work . it worked for me so i hope it works for you.

  • 3
    This is not correct.
    – Jivings
    Jul 2 '13 at 21:21

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