Raspberry PI (2)



Raspbian is a Linux version that can run on the Raspberry PI.
It is like a Lite version of Ubuntu.
So it is stript of all unnecessary things.
Standard it will come with the programming language Python.

With this, you can program external connected acc. for the Raspberry.
Like lights, motors, printers/plotters etc

Raspbian can be downloaded from the Raspberry site.
On the page you can find several downloads.

For the beginner, you can download NOOBS
This is an installer for Raspbian.
But for people who wants a challenge or just want the stand-alone version, they also can download the image of raspbian.

Once the image is on your micro SD card, you just put it in your Raspberry and turn it on.

The first time Raspbian is started, you will go throught several questions.
This is the setup/installation of Raspbian.
This part is very simple and should not be any problem.
But make sure you will choose the option “Expand Filesystem”
Once that is done, you are ready to go.
Most probably you need to reboot once before it is complet.

I first had connected the Raspberry to my VGA monitor.
Once it started i noticed that there was a black border around the desktop.
The first time it is ok, but later it was not so nice any more.
After some searching I found the way to remove the border and make the screen a little bigger.
It was a short movie on youtube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRLYYWv5EVs)
When I followed the instructions, I still did not like the screen resolution.
When I had gone to the screen settings, it was not possible to change it to a higher resolution. There was only one option.
So I just left it like that.

Later I connected the Raspberry to my 40 inch flat screen in the living.
First it was nice, but after a minute or so, it was too small.
Again try to change the resolution, but again there was only one option.

After some searching again, I found a great website with all the setting for the configuration of the Raspberry. (https://elinux.org/RPiconfig)
The Raspberry uses a config.txt file because the Raspberry itself does not have a bios, like a normal/regular computer.

In the config I changed the screen resolution for my VGA monitor.
Much better now.
But because this was changed in the config.txt, I tried to see what it would do on my flat screen.
So I connected the Raspberry there and now it was much better also.
Not to small.

So far it is working great.
The boot-up is really fast.
And when you are finished, just give it a shut down, remove the micro SD card, insert an other one and you are ready for the next thing.

Maybe the next thing I want to do with the Raspberry is turn it into a Retro Gaming Console.

We will see.

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