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How I installed Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi 2b

Setting up Raspberry Pi 2B with Raspbian OS

Things Needed in this Project:

Step-by-step installation of Raspbian on Rasberry Pi 2b

At 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.

Raspbian Image Download Screen
Win32 Disk Imager - Used for Raspbian

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.