Today, I am going to show you that how to use Raspberry Pi Zero for the first time!
"Ladies and centlemen, please welcome to the big Raspberry Pi family's new child:PI ZERO !!!" Bay Yolal
The Need List:
1. Raspberry Pi Zero (It was so hard to find it in Istanbul. But today, I have it.)
2.2. Mini HDMI cable
3. Voltage source for Pi Zero (***See the step two***)
6. Micro SD card (Class 10 and minimum 4GB is the prefer reason.)
8. Your computer
Step 1: The Operating System and SD Card Processes
Raspbian is used on this instruction. To do that:
- Download NOOBS
- On the left you will see "Offline and network install", click on "download ZIP" or torrent if you want.
- When you download the ZIP file, create an empty folder on your desktop and extract all files into this file and rename it as NOOBS
- Plug in your SD card into card reader then connect it to your computer.
- Go to the SD card on the file manager, right click then format as FAT32.
- Copy all files from the folder named NOOBS located on your desktop to your SD Card.
- Eject the sd card from your computer by right click from my computer.
- Plug in your sd card to Pi Zero.
Step 2: How to Give an Energy to Raspberry Pi Zero
While I am developing on other Raspberry Pi boards like Raspberry Pi 2 Model B v1.1, I use 5V 2A adaptor to give an energy.
For Pi Zero, I tried to use this adaptor, and it is worked fine. But, I think 2A is maybe high for Pi Zero, although it is working very well with 2A. I need to warn you! You can use 5V adaptor with micro USB pin, that's okey, but consider the ampere range of your voltage source because you may harm and make your board burn! So, you may try to use min 700mA as mentioned on the datasheet of Pi Zero.
Here is my advice, for the first time to use, if you feel that you are in stress of the power supply, you can give an energy from your computer's one of the USB ports. I made a test, and it is working good from computer's USB port's energy level.
On idle, 65mA is need for Pi Zero. The source of this information
Step 3: How to Connect Pi Zero to Screen Via HDMI Cable
There are two options to choose:
- HDMI-HDMI cable
- Mini HDMI-HDMI cable
If you have mini HDMI to HDMI cable, you don't need to use converter connector.
If you have HDMI to HDMI cable, you should use mini HDMI to HDMI converter connector.
I have got both. Also both way works. It is up to you to choose. By me, if I lost the converter connector, I need to use mini HDMI to HDMI cable to progress.
Step 4: First Time Run
When you are ready, give an energy to Pi Zero and check your screen.
I prepared a video about that. Check the subtitles as English soon.
Step 5: SD Card's After Usage Error
When you close Pi Zero, and plugged out the SD Card, connect it to your computer via card reader, you will see that your SD card's storage area are went down. To make it back, read my instructions about it.
Step 6: Bonus: What I Think About Pi Zero?
I think, Raspberry Pi Zero is full of success! Very special thanks are going to the developer team and the producer team. The price is also a perfect point for makers, users, computer world members and for everyone. I think, the dimentions will narrow in the future. We will see tiny boards, and they gonna achieve different tasks easily.
On Pi Zero board, the developer team may consider to change the power socket except for using micro female usb. That's maybe chosen because of micro usb socket's popularity, I mean, in today's world, anyone can easily find micro USB pinned cable. But, some people may confused between OTG pin and power pin in a minute. That may happen if it is the first time to see Pi Zero. If you are not familiar with electronics, you can easily see two micro USB are just for general purpose; the left is for mouse the right is for the keyboard. But this is untrue. When you cover the Pi Zero, you can't able to see the board directly, so you have got the same micro USB slots. Which one is for power? Think about it. And maybe open the plastic cover. That's maybe not a good idea for everytime.
Why don't we use square board instead of rectangle? And even flexible board. Or, why can't we bend the board from the middle to minimize?
I think, for the further, there is no mini HDMI slot. I guess, the developer team will use micro HDMI slot to gain more space on the board.
I think, the developer team will consider to add camera and display slot on the board for next boards. They may be use bottom side of Pi Zero to do that.
I think, there will be more sensors and connection methods will be used such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, XBee, GPS.
That's all !
Step 7: BONUS: Reading This Instructable
NOTE: This instructable's step is aimed for visually impaired people to hear the sentences to learn what's going on here. Watch the video, it explains all steps.