enter image description hereI have recently got my first Raspberry Pi. It is a Pi 0 (without wifi). I installed NOOBS (version 2.9.0) onto my PC, then copied it across to my SD Card(formatted using the SD association formatter) where I extracted the files. Once this was done, I popped it into the Raspberry Pi. I plugged the HDMI into a monitor but no signal was recognised. I have not plugged in an ethernet as of yet. I have also tried donwloading LIBREELEC to my SD, but that shows no input too. Have I done something wrong?

  • Did you copy the zip to the SD card before unpacking? Did you remove the zip afterwards? What files can you see on the SD after unpacking? And 8GB is fairly small for Noobs + Raspbian Desktop.
    – Dirk
    Oct 13, 2018 at 14:48
  • I zipped it once it was already on the SD card is that important?
    – Nainman
    Oct 13, 2018 at 18:42
  • I zipped it I assume you mean 'unzipped'. Can you answer the other questions, please?
    – Dirk
    Oct 13, 2018 at 20:11
  • I meant unzipped sorry, I have added a picture of the files from LIBREELEC folder, and nothing displays, however I have noticed the green activity light has turned on(didn't realise it existed), and I am fairly certain that it wasn't on before
    – Nainman
    Oct 13, 2018 at 20:32
  • Are those the contents of the card after unzipping? And are those all the files? That looks more like Noobs Lite (unless it's something completely different). If you don't have a working internet connection you cannot install an OS.
    – Dirk
    Oct 13, 2018 at 20:47

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If you are just after Raspbian (recommended OS) - don't bother with Noobs.

  1. Download Raspbian Stretch with Desktop https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
  2. Flash to sd card using Etcher https://etcher.io (no need to format, nor unzip)
  3. Place in Pi and turn on
  • I'm mainly after LIBREELEC, but would like to have it from NOOBS instead of downloading it straight
    – Nainman
    Oct 13, 2018 at 11:17
  • Btw, I did everything raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/81997/… does, but I do not get a screen to show up, and my SD card is only 8gb. Also, does it matter that I am using a TV instead of a standard monitor?
    – Nainman
    Oct 13, 2018 at 12:53
  • For the initial boot, I don't need to plug ethernet in do I? I highly doubt it will make a difference to turn it on will it?
    – Nainman
    Oct 13, 2018 at 13:48
  • @Nainman: if you want to install Raspbian and LibreELEC you will need a network connection straight away. Only Raspbian is delivered with Noobs full and other OSs need to be downloaded. 8GB will probably not be enough.
    – Dirk
    Oct 13, 2018 at 14:52
  • What power supply are you using? Have you selected the hdmi input on the TV? Are the hdmi cables plugged in tightly?
    – CoderMike
    Oct 13, 2018 at 16:56

What does "I installed NOOBS onto my PC" mean? You CAN NOT installed NOOBS on a PC. Is there any reason you DID NOT follow the instructions on the Foundation site?

NOTE you will need at least a 16GB SD Card for Raspbian and LIBREELEC.

Personally I wouldn't use NOOBS but PINN - which is functionally similar, but more efficient and flexible.

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