Booting the Pi

Booting the Raspberry Pi is pretty much a plug and play operation; however, you have to pay close attention to the order or connecting the peripherals. Start by sliding the micro-SD card in the designated card slot. This Sd-card contains the operating system and is a crucial part of the board. Don't remove it while the machine is powered on!

The Raspberry Pi either boots to HDMI or to an analogue signal; once booted you can't change it unless you reboot the device. This means that you'll have to connect your HDMI-screen to your Raspberry Pi before powering it on. You start the Pi by connecting it to the mains. The easiest way to ensure this is by powering the raspberry Pi on the same circuit that's used to power the connected HDMI-screen. Doing this means that you can use the circuit-breakers as a rudimentary on/off switch.

Please note that the Raspberry Pi has to be shut down (just like an ordinary computer) before powering it off entirely.


  • Start by putting the heatsinks on your Raspberry Pi, this is an optional step, so don’t worry if you haven’t got them.
  • Insert the Micro SDCard into the SD-card slot of the Raspberry Pi, do this by turning your Pi upside down so that the side where the USB-ports, HDMI-port and Ethernet port lay on the table. Near the short side you’ll see a metallic slot, slide the Micro-SD card in that slot, the metal contacts should be facing your Raspberry Pi.
  • Grab you power supply, and connect the Micro USBcable to the Micro USB-port; don’t power your Pi on just yet.
  • Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on the Raspberry Pi, make sure the screen is powered on before turning on the Raspberry Pi.
  • Now you can power on your Raspberry Pi.
    • The green and red LED’s will start flashing.
  • When your machine boots for the first time, you will briefly see a blue screen, don’t worry about this.



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