Connect it to a monitor
You can connect your raspberry pi to a HDMI monitor using an HDMI cable. In this case the resolution will be great. You can also use the composite cable. In this case the resolution will be medium. Take care that you do not buy a HDMI -> VGA adapter and try to use a VGA monitor. VGA is analog, HDMI is digital. This means you will need a HDMI -> VGA connector not adapter. This difference can easily cost you some weeks of waiting for a device which will prove worthless in the end.
No start without bootable SD card
I got myself a RaspBerry Pi and did one mistake: I just started it to see if it works. I did not have an SD card in it and I expected it to show
No bootable medium found
Or something similar. Beware! The Pi will not even start without a bootable SD card in it. Also an SD card that is not bootable does not help. Do not send the Pi back, create a bootable SD card and boot from it.
Create a bootable SD card
http://www.raspberrypi.org/quick-start-guide is incomplete, it does not tell you how to dump your file to SD card, here is how I tried:
dd if=2012-12-16-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/sdc
This worked, the OS came up.
User is pi, password is raspberry
Playing with it in the default config:
tweedleburg:~ # nmap 192.168.178.0/24 Starting Nmap 6.01 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2013-05-23 17:51 CEST [...] Nmap scan report for 192.168.178.43 Host is up (0.0036s latency). Not shown: 999 closed ports PORT STATE SERVICE 22/tcp open ssh MAC Address: B8:27:EB:06:57:BA (Raspberry Pi Foundation)
Using it as NFS Server I get 8 MB/s when writing on it using the command
dd if=/dev/zero of=datei bs=4096 count=10000
- 1 micro-USB for power supply
- 1 HDMI for video out
- 1 yellow composite video out
ideas what to do with it
- http://elinux.org/RPi_Debian_Auto_Login - Auto-Log-In for raspbIan