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    You need a SD card, 2GB minimum preferably 4GB and as fast as you can get (speeds up writing). Get a couple.

    Download the operating system file from raspberry-pi.org Start with Raspbian “wheezy”. It’s easy enough to change later on.

    Unzip the download and you get a image file (.img) that has to be loaded onto the SD card. Not simply copied over.

    I use Linux and this worked for me (change the img file location and SD card designation to suit):

    sudo dd bs=4M if=/home/paul/Downloads/apps/raspberry_pi/2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/sdd

    This will take a few minutes or a long time if you have a slow SD card.

    Put the SD card in the R-Pi, connect a TV, keyboard and mouse.

    Power up the R-Pi using a 700mA or greater phone charger or similar 5V DC power supply.
    You should see the boot up on the TV leading to a setup menu that only appears on first time boot.

    Add a new User

    To add a new user

    sudo adduser paul

    To make the new user a super-user:

    adduser paul sudo
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