Questions tagged [setup]

This tag covers everything related to setting up the Raspberry Pi including flashing SD cards and changing the default user.

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Prepare for ssh without a screen

I have a Raspberry Pi model B at home, but I do not have a screen. My plan is to connect it to the Ethernet and then ssh into it. But this means that the SD card with the operating system (Debian ...
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Installing Raspbian from NOOBS without display

I am trying to install Raspbian from NOOBS, but I have no other screen/keyboard available than my laptop screen/keyboard. I find enough information about using a laptop screen/keyboard for a Pi, but ...
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Why is it necessary to “expand the file system”?

I'm new to RPi and and confused about why a step to "expand the file system" is frequently listed as part of the standard instructions for setting up a RPi (using a downloaded OS image). Why is it ...
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Prepare SD card for Wifi on Headless Pi

I need to SSH my Pi over wifi but because it is a model A board (using a usb hub is not possible - ever) and I have no ethernet, i can't configure the Pi to connect to my secured wifi network. I want ...
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Can I install Android?

Is there an Android port for the Raspberry Pi, and if so, where can I find out more about it?
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How do I get the serial number?

Where can I find the serial number of the Raspberry Pi I am currently using?
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PH-4502C pH Sensor Calibration and ADC using MCP3008, PCF8591, and ADS1115

I have a pH meter (DIY-4502C) hooked up with Raspberry Pi. However, the instructions to calibrate is in Chinese and seems outdated. Does anybody know how to calibrate it for measuring pH4-7?
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Is it possible to update, upgrade and install software before flashing an image?

It seems silly to use our limited SD write cycles to upgrade the software shipped on the images. Can we upgrade the software and install new software before flashing an image to the SD card?
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How to set up Raspberry Pi without a monitor?

I recently bought a Raspberry Pi, type B model. I want to set it up directly to my laptop screen, without any other monitor. I have not set it up yet. How do I connect my laptop's screen as the ...
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How do I install an OS image onto an SD card?

I have just ordered my Raspberry Pi, and I want to prepare my SD card. How do I install an OS image onto an SD card?
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How can I protect against intrusion and malware before connecting it to the internet (especially on a public IP address)?

With the large number of Raspberry Pis in the wild, and the fact that large groups of them are configured identically (when a newly-flashed SD card is installed with one of the few available images), ...
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How could one automate the raspbian raspi-config setup?

I have found myself repeatedly setting up all my pi's with raspbian in pretty much the same manner using raspi-config. Is there a way to extract all the settings that I've made using raspi-config ...
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Switch between AP and client mode

I am working on a RPi radio project, and I'd like to be able to switch between a "setup mode" where the RPi acts as a Wi-Fi access point, allowing the user to send his/her home Wi-Fi credentials via a ...
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Installing Raspbian from NOOBS without display V2.1 and beyond

So it appears there have been significant changes to the "New Out Of the Box Software" (NOOBS) system with version 2.1 and beyond. According to the release notes included with the package: 2016-11-...
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How do I install new software?

I am aware that Linux distributions usually have 'package managers' to allow me to download and install software from the command line, and that I should also be able to download and compile source ...
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How do I install Arch Linux?

How do I install Arch Linux on my Raspberry Pi? Related: What are the benefits of using Arch Linux over the standard Debian build?
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What password to use to log in after the first boot?

The first time I boot up my Raspberry Pi I get a login screen. What username and password should I use? That is, what is the default password for Raspberry Pi?
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Is it possible to dual boot from the SD card?

Say I wished to have Debian Squeeze and Arch Linux ARM on my SD card. Would it be possible to dual boot from Grub?
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How do I create a new user?

Are there any security implications for creating (or not creating) a new user? If need be, how do I create a new user or change the default user?
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Change default username

I want to change the default username (pi) to something, I tried usermod -l newusername pi but that gives me usermod: user pi is currently used by process 2104 Is there another way to modify the ...
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Can I install Ubuntu?

To my understanding, the Raspberry Pi supports Debian. Has anyone had any success running Ubuntu on it?
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Can I install Windows?

I recently bought a RPi and it came with Debian, which I think is a Linux distribution. I'm more used to Windows; can I install it?
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Initial setup without a monitor or keyboard

A similar question has been asked before: How to set up Raspberry Pi without a monitor? However, given that the accepted answer doesn't appear to offer an appropriate solution, and given that there's ...
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Enable SSH in NOOBS before install

In the last release (2.1) of NOOBS the developers have "disabled by default" SSH, so it's not possible anymore to connect to a Raspbian via SSH, which is installed via NOOBS, without enabling SSH ...
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How to make 3.5" Resistive Touch Screen Usable

I just got this touchscreen that you attach to the gpio. It comes with a special image for the Rpi 2 under a red link called "Materials for the latest raspberry pi 2". In that zip is an *.img file. ...
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Set up a Raspberry Pi Zero W without monitor or ethernet module

I bought the new Raspberry Pi W but I don't have right now an mini-HDMI adaptor (to connect it to a monitor) neither an Ethernet module to connect by SSH. Can I connect somehow by SSH through USB? ...
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How do I configure the Raspberry Pi to boot with an NFS root?

How can I make my Raspberry Pi use an NFS server for the root filesystem, instead of the SD card? I'd like to be able to set up my Raspberry Pi to have its root file system on a remote machine via ...
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Starting ssh automatically at boot time

I'm following a number of tutorials that explain how to setup an SD card that boots automatically enabling ssh in the process. I'm doing this as I only have a laptop and no spare keyboard, screen, etc....
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Are there any non-Linux operating systems available?

Some variation of Linux is the de facto standard for Raspberry Pi. However, smaller, lesser known operating systems do exist and some would seem appropriate for such a small device. Are there any ...
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How do I get my bluetooth keyboard to pair automatically before I log in?

I asked how to install bluetooth, so I can use an existing mouse and keyboard. I was able to get that to work, but the keyboard ceases to function when the GUI is logged out. That means that I still ...
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How do I change the IP settings by mounting the SD card in another computer?

I'm away from a network and unable to use my RPi. I've got a laptop with a SD card reader, would it be possible to mount the SD card in the laptop and configure the ethernet interface on the Pi with a ...
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Apache fails on startup

New Pi user here - I popped it out of the box and immediately went to work trying to turn it into a web server. I managed to install Apache, PHP5 and MySQL5 no problem. I can SSH in without issue. ...
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Headless wifi configuration ( AP mode )

I'm looking for a solution for configuring wifi in headless mode, the same way as IoT devices : when not known wifi in range, toggle to AP mode with a predefined SSID, run a small web-server to list ...
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NOOBS won't start

I am setting up the NOOBS (New Out-Of-Box Software) that has just been released. Once I have formatted and copied the data onto my Class 6 SDHC card, and plug my Pi in, the power light turns on, but ...
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How can I use a PC laptop or Mac Book to run a Raspberry Pi?

I want to let some smart programers play with a few Raspberry Pi boards at an event I am running. They will all have laptops and internet access. We probably won't have access to keyboards and screens ...
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How do I find out the IP address of my Pi?

So I do not have an HDMI monitor or any monitors around but I do have a computer with an ethernet port and I know that I can SSH to my pi via putty but the problem is that I do not know how to get the ...
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Pairing my Raspberry Pi with my Mac

I'm as new as possible to Raspberry Pi, and I'd like to configure the following: My Raspberry Pi connected directly to my Mac via an Ethernet cable, so that I can setup and run the RP entirely from ...
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Is it possible to build a Raspberry Pi yourself?

As covered in this question, the Raspberry Pi isn't open source. However, if one were to manually buy all the components on the board and solder them in an identical manner, what further steps would ...
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How do I access the distribution's name on the command line?

I have a number of distros I'm playing with. I label the SD cards, but: They are in upside down I'm usually in another room from the RPi I set up a service in init.d which lets me know via Pushover ...
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How can I setup the video / graphics on the Raspberry Pi 3?

There seem to be redundant accelerated video module options for the Raspberry Pi 3. I read that the Raspberry Pi uses a device tree (a rather clever solution for ARM systems which do not have the ...
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Simultaneous SSH and monitor

Can I SSH into my Pi and have a monitor reflect the activity? Is there a way to force a refresh of the monitor via SSH? My setup doesn't include a keyboard so SSH is my current option.
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How to start up with a raspberry pi b+ with a laptop

I have just got a Raspberry PI B+ and I don't really know how to set it up. I have read some guides and they say that you need a monitor and a mouse, I only have a laptop. Can someone please help me ...
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Raspberry (HDMI) to monitor(VGA) Does a cable work?

Now I have seen some HDMI to VGA Cables, but on some forums people say it won't work. I have a monitor with just VGA input and I want to connect my Raspberry Pi to it. Will a HDMI to VGA cable work? ...
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How to connect Raspberry Pi 4 to sparkfun SSD1306 / SSD1309 OLED transparent display?

I just got the an OLED transparent Display from Sparkfun and I want to make it run, I youtube it but didn't found anything. Please help me with that.
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Raspberry-pi not detecting network when connected to a router via Ethernet cable

I have installed a fresh version of raspbian wheezy to my 8GB card.It is working fine when connected directly via hdmi.When i am connecting to the network via ethernet cable to a router,raspi is not ...
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Direct SSH from Mac to Raspberry Pi on its own wifi

I'm as new as possible to Raspberry Pi, and I'd like to configure the following: My Raspberry Pi connected directly to my Mac via an Ethernet (or other) cable, so that I can setup and run the RP ...