Tim Babcock

I.T. support since 1984




Raspberry Pi Devices

The audio of the video incorrectly stated the processor is 64 bit, 8 core. The processor is 64 bit, 4 core and has been corrected.

These instructions are only applicable to Raspberry Pi 4b devices. While there are other current and previous models available, they may not work with the particular applications that will be presented on this website.

This website will not be covering how to use these devices for video game machines. While there are some options avaialble, they do require ROM packs (the video game software) purchased and/or installed on the device. There are options to acquire the ROMs that may not be legal due to copyright concerns.

Packages

Raspberry Pi can be purchased with just the motherboard or as a package with the case, heat sinks, power cord, fan, memory card, and card reader.

If this is your first Raspberry Pi, it is a good idea to purchase the kit. Amazon has several options for purchasing the kits.

It's an 1980's computer

If you are used to your phone, Windows, and Macs, there are great many things that appear when you first plug the device. With Raspberry Pi, that isn't the case. It is empty (remember, this is Linux device). While your phones and Mac computers operate under a Linux operating system, the OS has been taken care of by the manufacturer to make the device easy for you to use.

If you purchased the kit, with the memory card included, the operating system should be on the memory card. It is just a matter of inserting the memory card into the memory card slot (located on the bottom of the motherboard) to work.

Once installed, there are a few things you will need to plug into.

Power

These devices operate with a USB C adapter (rated at 5 volts with 700 miliamps minimum (5.1V, 3000mA maximum)). With the kit, the power supply contains a button or rocker switch to turn the device on or off. If you choose to use a standard usb port from another source, it may only be rated for 5v with fewer volts resulting in less power to the device.

Video

One side of the device provides two HDMI outputs. These outputs are designed to use Micro HDMI cables.

If you purchased the kit, you may have two micro HDMI cables included with standard HDMI connectors on the other end of the cable. These devices will support dual monitors. For setup purposes, this video will focus on one cable to go through the setup process.

Audio

Micro HDMI doesn't supply audio through the smaller cable (you can turn it on in the settings). If after turning on the audio HDMI in the settings doesn't work, the audio cable can work when connected to speakers.

Raspberry Pi's do include bluetooth so that bluetooth speakers will work for the device (saving you a cable you don't have to plug in).

USB

Raspberry Pi's include four USB ports. Two are USB2 while the other two are USB3.

For this installation, the keyboard and mouse will be using the USB2 ports, while the external hard drive (to be shown later) will use the USB3 port.

Network

Rasberry Pi's contain ethernet (Gigabit) and wi-fi (802.11ac) connections.

For this installation, wire ethernet will be used. The video will discuss how to setup wi-fi connections as well.

One setup option that you will have to be aware of. Since this device is being used as a permanent server applicaton, it is important to have a static IP address connected to the network so that the device address doesn't change.

This video seriew will demonstrate how to create this in the network settings of Linux at a later time. This can also be accomplished in your router settings by reserving the IP address to this device as well.