How I installed Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi 2b
Step-by-step installation of Raspbian on Rasberry Pi 2bAt least... this is how I did it.
This play by play will go through installing Raspbian on a microSD card and then using that card in your Raspberry Pi 2b to boot into the Raspbian operating system. My shopping list includes HDMI cables because when I did the install, I wanted to see the GUI.
Step 1. Download all your Software
Download your software and have it ready to go on your PC. The Raspbian download may take awhile, so start that first. Start downloading the rest and take your beloved out to lunch. It should be all ready to go when you get back. Hopefully.
Step 2. Writing the Raspbian Image to your MicroSD card
Your download is a zip file. Go ahead and extract it and you will see a folder with a single file in it. That is your new OS – Raspbian! We need to write that to our MicroSD Card. In the shopping list, I suggested the one I am using. The better the card the better performance.
Open Win32DiskImager and select the image file location and the drive location of your MicroSD card. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT DRIVE. You don’t want to go messing up your C Drive.
SDFormatter – If something happens during this step and your 32GB SD Card seems to only have 32M… you can format it with SDFormatter to get it back to the 32GB (Well, it’s actually like 28GB something) capacity.
Step 3. Insert your MicroSD Card into the Raspberry Pi 2b
Now you have the OS installed on the Micro SD Card. Plug it into the bottom of the Raspberry Pi 2b and power it up! I was powering mine off of my laptop with my phone’s USB cable. I had it plugged into an old laptop screen via an HDMI cable to view it.