Getting your Raspberry Pi 2 up and running

WP_20150226_14_57_56_ProMy Raspberry PI 2 arrived today. Once again, it came in a really small package and just drives home the fact that these things are so small and, yet, so powerful.  And inexpensive. Forty plus dollars, including shipping.  This Pi is a quad core, 1 gb of RAM and nearly a gigahertz in speed.  It is six times faster than the original Pi and, yet, cost the same.  Remarkable.

Upon unboxing the unit, I created the NOOBS SD card and…had nothing but trouble from the start.  An interesting thing to note is that the SD cards you created for your original PI WILL NOT WORK with the Pi2.  Those had to be formatted using exFAT while this one uses FAT32. WP_20150226_20_24_49_ProThe instructions on the PI website are wrong.  Use a FAT32 formatted card.  I gave up on NOOBS and downloaded the Raspbian image and used Win32DiskImager to drop the image on the SD card. Doing so allowed the PI 2 to boot right up.  It is much faster booting than the original.

The included software, Python, Scratch, Wolfram Alpha, Python Games, Mindcraft and the Raspbian applets all start right up and work just fine.  I have yet to do much with it, it took a while to get it going and family time took precedence so I’ve had little time to WP_20150226_20_54_33_Proplay.  That is coming.

Just wanted to get my experience out there so others may have an easier time getting going.  Below are the summary steps I took.

  1. Format your SD card (Micro SD) using a FAT32 formatter
  2. Download the RASPBIAN Linux image from here.
  3. Use WinDiskImager32 to install the image on your SD Card.
  4. Insert the card in your PI 2 and boot it up.

That’s it.

Here are some more detailed instructions, but the four steps above will do the same thing.

Let us know how your experience went and stay tuned for more on the Pi 2.

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