The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

Installing Raspbian on a R-Pi

Raspbian OS Logo

I have used a number of Raspberry Pi’s for things, and despite there being more than one linux distribution available for the R-Pi I have not tried anything other than the Debian based Raspbian “wheezy”, These instructions are written assuming that you are using a Mac Running Mountain Lion.

Raspbian is an optimised version of Debian, and contains LXDE, Midori, development tools and example source code for multimedia functions.

  • Username: pi
  • Password: raspberry

These instructions should get you started with a base install, on an SD card, once you have done this, you can look at Running it as a Headless R-Pi

These instructions should work for any linux, Risc, or even NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) distribution for the R-Pi.

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The Process

  1. Get the OS image from, download, extract and place the image file somewhere easy to get at.
  2. Insert your SD Card,
  3. Open Disk Utility, and un-mount (do not eject it, or you have to reconnect it) the partition, and check the Disk Identifier/Disk name (I am going to use disk3)
  4. Using terminal you want to use the command:
    sudo dd if=path_of_your_image.img of=/dev/diskn bs=1m

    in my case it is

    sudo dd if=~/Downloads/wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/disk3 bs=1m
  5. Wait a LONG time!
  6. You’re done! Insert it in the Raspberry Pi, and have fun.
  7. You can now follow the guide to running your R-Pi headlessly

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