My Raspberry Pi Zero arrived last week (see “A Raspberry Pi for $5! What are your decision factors?“), and finally I have found an hour to try it out. Because the ‘bare board’ $5 version was sold out at that time, I ordered a package with 8GB SD card, micro USB cable and mini HDMI adapter. That way I had all the needed cables, including the mini HDMI adapter cable:
NOOBS (New-Out-Of-the-Box-Software) is very easy way to get a Raspy up and running, and I have used it successfully in all my Raspy projects.
- Raspberry Pi Zero
- 5V Micro USB Power Supply rated at least 1A
- 8 GB Micro SD card (with card adapter to use it on a host)
- Micro-USB to USB cable (USB OTG cable)
- Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter
- A mouse, a keyboard and a HDMI monitor
Adafruit has a package with most of the parts available: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2817. A HDMI-to-VGA adapter is something I use too for montors without HDMI input.
Using the Zero is not much different from the normal Raspberry Pi:
- Use SD Formatter to format the micro SD card.
- Download a Linux image from the Raspi Downloads. I have used the NOOBS V1.5.0 distribution. (note: V1.4.0 does not support the Pi Zero!)
- Extract the content of the image/zip to the micro SD card.
- Insert the card into the Raspy
- Power and boot the Raspy
- This then will go through the setup
- It takes about 15-20 minutes until all the files are installed
- The system boots and the system is up-and-running 🙂
I’m using a wireless mini keyboard with touchpad with the Zero:
With that setup, my Raspberry Pi Zero is running fine 🙂
In order to use a WiFi dongle in addition to the mouse/keyboard, I had to add a USB hub:
Setting up the Pi Zero is not much different from the ‘normal’ one. Having only one USB port requires a joint keyboard/mouse or using a hub. Would have been kind of cool if the Zero still would have the camera interface: that would make it a smart camera with a small form factor. For using the WiFi USB dongle I would need that anyway, or I have to disconnect the Keyboard/Mouse. That USB converter cable is kind of ugly because it kinds of destroys the coolness of this board. But I’m sure there will be soon some mini-adapter cables/dongles.
Happy Zeroing 🙂
- A Raspberry Pi for $5! What are your decision factors?
- SD Card Formatter: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
- Setup Raspberry Pi Zero in Headless Mode: http://davidmaitland.me/2015/12/raspberry-pi-zero-headless-setup/
- Adafruit Raspy Zero Tour: https://learn.adafruit.com/introducing-the-raspberry-pi-zero/a-tour-of-the-pi-zero
- Adafruit Mini USB Keyboard with Touchpad: https://www.adafruit.com/products/922
- Raspberry Pi Zero Pack: https://www.adafruit.com/products/2817