Raspberry Pi Install

Okay so i bought my raspberry pi today.
The plan is to run it with a raspdebian, that is an image of debian ported to the raspberry pi hardware.

You can find all types of images on raspdebian.org

I decided to use the darkbasic image, as it uses Hard Float binaries (floating point operations are done in hardware instead of software emulation, that means higher performance)

So I downloaded the whole image and the flashed it to the sd card using Win32Diskimager (to see details scroll to the bottom of this post)


Finally flashing was done, i connected the Pi to the network, inserted the sd scard and booted it for the first time. Everything worked like a charm.

So i check the clients on my router and found the ip that the pi got from my router (dhcp) –

I connected through ssh, the username is root for darkbasic and the password raspberry. You can change this with standard linux tools.
After that, you need to configure it using the following commands:

dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
to configure your timezone

dpkg-reconfigure console-data
keyboard layout (note: it’s good idea to connect the keyboard before doing this)

dpkg-reconfigure locales
so for austria you’ll need to get de_AT.UTF8


So the next step is to connect the pi to a display and install xbmc.

If you don’t want to compile it on the pi, which can take some time ~12h according to a post i read,
you can use the  XBMC package of Michael Gorvan.

Flashing the SD Card using Windows

Using the Win32DiskImager program

  1. Download the distribution from the raspberrypi.org downloads page or from a mirror or torrent. Make sure the distribution is for the Raspberry Pi, as others will not work. Usually these are zipped (compressed) files ending in .zip or .gz (something like “distribution-name.zip”).
  2. Extract the image file from the downloaded .zip file, so you now have “distribution-name.img”.
  3. Insert the SD card into your SD card reader and check what drive letter it was assigned. You can easily see the drive letter (for example G:) by looking in the left column of Windows Explorer. You can use the SD Card slot (if you have one) or a cheap Adapter in a USB slot.
  4. Download the Win32DiskImager utility (it is also a zip file). You can run this from a USB drive.
    Win32DiskImager screen
  5. Extract the executable from the zip file and run the Win32DiskImager utility; you may need to run the utility as Administrator! Right-click on the file, and select ‘Run as Administrator’
  6. Select the image file you extracted above.
  7. Select the drive letter of the SD card in the device box. Be careful to select the correct drive; if you get the wrong one you can destroy your data on the computer’s hard disk! If you are using an SD Card slot in your computer (if you have one) and can’t see the drive in the Win32DiskImager window, try using a cheap Adapter in a USB slot.
  8. Click Write and wait for the write to complete.
  9. Exit the imager and eject the SD card.
  10. You are now ready to plug the card into your Raspberry Pi. See RPi_Hardware_Basic_Setup for the other things you need.

In Windows, the SD card will appear only to have a fairly small size once written – about 55 to 75 MB. This is because most of the card has a partition that is formatted for the Linux operating system that the Raspberry Pi uses which is not visible in Windows. If you don’t see this small directory with files such as kernel.img then the copy may not have worked correctly.