Building The Raspberry Pi: System Configuration Tool

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on building my new Raspberry Pi; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

The first time you start the Raspberry Pi, it will automatically load the System Configuration Tool; this is where you can change a number of settings like the password, language or network settings.

I’m going to run throuhg the settings I changed, starting with option 1; change the user password:

Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool menu with Change User Password selected

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Building The Raspberry Pi: First Run

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on building my new Raspberry Pi; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

When you start the Raspberry Pi for the first time, the new Raspbian Lite OS will start and progress to the logon prompt.

The default logon credentials for the Raspbian OSes are:

  • Username = pi
  • Password = raspberry

After logging in I would very strongly recommend that the password be reset which you can do in the System Configuration Tool. I’ll cover this tool in the next post.

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Building The Raspberry Pi: Install Operating System

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on building my new Raspberry Pi; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

With the Raspberry Pi built it is time to install the operating system.

The SD Card which arrives in the starter kit from Canakit is already loaded with NOOBS, which is an easy operating system installer which contains Raspbian and LibreELEC; it also provides a selection of alternative operating systems which are then downloaded from the internet and installed.

As I will be using the Raspberry Pi as a Pi-Hole, I will be using Raspbian Lite.

Start the Raspberry Pi and wait for NOOBS to start. Scroll down and mark the box next to Raspbian Lite and then click the Install button on the toolbar:

NOOBS with Raspbian Lite selected

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Building The Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi Build

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on building my new Raspberry Pi; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

The build of the Raspberry PI kit is easily the easiest computer build I’ve done.

The starter kit from Canakit is contained within a small box (the separate SD Card in the photo was bought in addition to the one which arrived in the box):

Canakit Raspberry Pi box

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Building The Raspberry Pi: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Complete Starter Kit

Raspberry PiThis post is part of the series on building my new Raspberry Pi; this series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi.

I have no prior experience dealing with the Raspberry PI, so I went the easy route and bought a starter kit from Amazon:

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (B Plus) Complete Starter Kit - UK Edition (32 GB Samsung EVO+)

This starter kit includes everything necessary for a working Raspberry PI and includes the most recent version of the Raspberry Pi itself. It includes the following:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (B Plus) with 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU (BCM2837B0)
  • 1 GB LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • On-board WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 32 GB Samsung EVO+ Micro SD Card (Class 10) pre-loaded with NOOBS
  • USB MicroSD Card Reader
  • CanaKit 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply (UK) with Noise Filter
  • Premium Raspberry Pi 3 Case
  • High Quality HDMI Cable with CEC support (6-foot cable)
  • Set of 2 Aluminum Heat Sinks
  • GPIO Quick Reference Card
  • CanaKit Full Colour Quick-Start Guide

in the next post, I’ll be assembling the Raspberry Pi.

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Building The Raspberry Pi: Series Index

Raspberry PiThis series is a sub-series of the Adventures with a Raspberry Pi, which I am going to take a look at the building of my new Raspberry Pi.

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Adventures With A Raspberry Pi: Series Index

Raspberry PiI’ve looked at the Raspberry Pi a number of times over the years, but never bought one as I both lacked a convincing use case and have virtually zero experience with non-Windows operating systems. However, more recently, I have reached my limit with how intrusive online adverts have become and have finally bought a Raspberry Pi and installed Pi-Hole.

I have a number of posts about my adventures with a Raspberry PI in which I am going to be looking at how to assemble and install the Raspberry PI as well as my experiences with Pi-Hole and probably some other software.

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PSA: Booting A Non-Bootable Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Dynamics GPI bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 back in the November sales in 2014; I got the i5 8GB model for what I regarded as the best ration of power to price.

Overall I think it is a great device although it overheats when playing 1080p video (only since I upgraded it to Windows 10). It is a very capable machine for working on; I have written two books on it which included running a Hyper-V VM with SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics GP running.

Until now, the only bug bear I have had with it is the lack of a Print Screen button (apart from the crashing on videos which I didn’t do very often anyway). But this morning when I got up the Surface was displaying the splash screen. The Surface had been left on last night and set to go to sleep.

I hit the power button and held it down to switch it off and came back this evening figuring I would see what the problem was.

Well, unfortunately, the problem was a persistent one. When I switched it back on again it got as far as the Surface splash and stayed there. I switched it off again by holding down the power button and restarted it, but the problem persisted.

The solution to the problem is as follows:

  1. Press and hold down the power button for at least 30 seconds and then release it.
  2. Press and hold down the power and volume up buttons and hold both down for at least 15 seconds; the screen may flash between showing nothing, the Surface splash screen and a boot menu. Release both buttons at the same time.
  3. Click Exit on the boot up menu which displays.

Your Surface should now boot.

Microsoft Surface Announced

MicrosoftAs recently rumoured, Microsoft announced a self-built tablet yesterday adding to their current hardware line which includes mice, keyboards and the XBox 360.

Branded the Microsoft Surface it is available as both Windows RT, arm powered 32 or 64GB memory, or as the Windows 8 Pro, powered by an Intel i5 and with either 64 or 128GB of memory with both versions coming with built in Micro SD slot for more, exchangeable memory;

Microsoft Surface

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