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3b.4: Starting your Pi the First Time

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    Starting Your Pi for the First Time

    The first time we start the Pi will be in Desktop Mode, where we will set up the preferences and get the system MAC address so that we can remotely access the Pi through VNC.   Before we connect the monitor, keyboard and mouse we need to install the microSD card.  Figure \(\PageIndex{7}\) shows the correct and incorrect way to install the SD card.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{7}\): Insert the micro SD card into the Pi before connecting monitor, keyboard and mouse.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{8}\) shows a Pi in desktop mode.  Note, the last thing you should connect is the power supply. If you are using a Pi 4 there are two mini HDMI ports (0 and 1).  If you are only using one monitor you want to hook up to port 0, which is closest to the HDMI port.

    clipboard_e58aadac6a604f4e55f4749a904a8f31b.pngFigure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Pi 4, note micro hdmi port 0 is near usb power port, and this is the one you hook up if you are only running one monitor. (Belford, cc 0.0)


    clipboard_e3b5b719a617071fd077d9cd6fdca6fbc.pngFigure \(\PageIndex{8}\):  Raspberry Pi 3 in Desktop Mode, note the wireless mouse and keyboard dongle in the USB 2.0 port

    Turn the Pi on and you will be taken through a startup menu.  Follow the instructions.  

    clipboard_eb382f13b5e3f6c739a9d86d3177bd70d.pngFigure\(\PageIndex{9}\): If you live in Little Rock Arkansas choose US, American English and Chicago as your time zone.  Also click "Use US Keyboard".  Then enter a new password as everyone has the same default password (raspberry).  If you are on campus you need to skip Select WiFi Network as you need to register your RPi's MAC address with IT services before you can hook up.  If you are at home you can now connect to the WiFi Network.

    Proceed through the setup menu, when you get to update software you should skip it if you are in the class as we do not have time, but do it if you are logged in and doing this from your home.  In the next section we will learn how to update the software from the command line, and you can do that from home.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{10}\): Do not update the software if you are doing this during class as we do not have enough time.  


    Now that the Pi has been setup you can go to preferences and double check your configuration.


    Figure \(\PageIndex{11}\): 


    1. Set Country:  Choose United States, American English, Chicago (if you are in Little Rock), and click "Use US Keyboard".


    This page titled 3b.4: Starting your Pi the First Time is shared under a not declared license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Robert Belford.

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