Yesterday, I introduced you to everything you need for setting up a new Raspberry Pi. At the end of that article, I left you with powering up your Raspberry Pi for the first time. Today, I want to continue from that article by walking you thru what to do when your RPi turns on the first time. If you missed yesterday’s article, I would advise you go back and check it out before continuing with this article since everything in this article will be based on the Raspbian “wheezy” Operating System I showed you how to install in yesterday’s article. Once you are done with that article, come back here and we’ll move on.
When you power up your RPi for the first time, it will go thru a standard booting process that will end on a screen called the “Raspi-config” screen. From here, you can configure your RPi by pressing the arrows keys to navigate thru the menu. The first thing I do when booting my RPi for the first time is to scroll down to “expand_rootfs” and press the enter key. This will tell Raspbian to utilize the entire SD card. For example, all of my RPi’s have 32GB SD cards. If I do not tell Raspbian to expand the root partition to fill the entire SD card, I run out of storage space extremely fast. So, by enabling this option, Raspbian will expand the root partition to use all 32GB of the SD card. You can always create other partitions later. But, for the purposes of my articles, we’ll just have Raspbian use a single root partition.
Next, I typically go ahead and set the timezone and enable SSH. But, we will save both of those for other articles since this article is only focused on booting the RPi for the first time. Once you are finished making any changes to the config, press the right-arrow key until “Finish” is highlighted and press enter. It will ask if you would like to reboot. Go ahead and select “Yes”.
After the RPi has finished rebooting, you should be left with a blinking cursor that is asking for you to enter your username and password. For the username, enter “pi” (without the quotes) and press enter. For the password, enter “raspberry” (again, without the quotes) and press enter. If everything went according to plan, you should now see a $ (dollar sign). If so, type “startx” (without the quotes) and press enter. This will log you into the Desktop where you can begin enjoying your Raspberry Pi for the first time.
That’s it! You have now logged into your Raspberry Pi for the first time. When time permits, I will upload a video walking you thru all of these steps.
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