Tuesday, December 4, 2012

First day with Raspberry Pi

Finally, I ordered a Raspberry Pi (model B) from Element14.  With the efficient service, it shipped within 4 days (incl weekends).

Upon its arrival, my first thing was to hook it up with a keyboard, a mouse, a LAN cable and HDMI cable to my TV.

 Starting off with a 2G SD card, I downloaded the image from


On my mac, I just use the following command to dump the image into the SD card

$ diskutil umount dd if=2012-10-28-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/ bs=1M

When this is done, I booted it up and enabled SSH. 
 The default username and password is 'pi/raspberry'. 

Via the command 
$ startx 
the X (UI) was working like a charm. 

For my personal testing, the following packages are installed. 
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install mplayer 
$ sudo apt-get install vnc-server 
$ sudo apt-get install zd1211-firmware 
$ sudo apt-get install python-setuptools 

zd1211-firmware is to enable the wifi dongle (PCI/Planex GW-US54GZL) that I bought 4 years ago for my PSP XLink. With the wifi-conf tool, located on the desktop, configuration of the wifi network is very smooth.