Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video.

The Raspberry Pi measures 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 17mm, with a little overlap for the SD card and connectors which project over the edges. The SoC is a Broadcom BCM2835. This contains an ARM1176JZFS with floating point running at 700Mhz, and a Videocore 4 GPU. The GPU is capable of BluRay quality playback, using H.264 at 40MBits/s.

SD Card Creation
Replace sdX in the following instructions with the device name for the SD card as it appears on your computer.

  1. Start fdisk to partition the SD card:
    fdisk /dev/sdX
  2. At the fdisk prompt, delete old partitions and create a new one:
    1. Type o. This will clear out any partitions on the drive.
    2. Type p to list partitions. There should be no partitions left.
    3. Type n, then p for primary, 1 for the first partition on the drive, press ENTER to accept the default first sector, then type +100M for the last sector.
    4. Type t, then c to set the first partition to type W95 FAT32 (LBA).
    5. Type n, then p for primary, 2 for the second partition on the drive, and then press ENTER twice to accept the default first and last sector.
    6. Write the partition table and exit by typing w.
  3. Create and mount the FAT filesystem:
    mkfs.vfat /dev/sdX1 mkdir boot mount /dev/sdX1 boot
  4. Create and mount the ext4 filesystem:
    mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX2 mkdir root mount /dev/sdX2 root
  5. Download and extract the root filesystem (as root, not via sudo):
    wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-rpi-latest.tar.gz bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-rpi-latest.tar.gz -C root sync
  6. Move boot files to the first partition:
    mv root/boot/* boot
  7. Unmount the two partitions:
    umount boot root
  8. Insert the SD card into the Raspberry Pi, connect ethernet, and apply 5V power.
  9. Use the serial console or SSH to the IP address given to the board by your router. The default root password is 'root'.

Architecture

ARMv6l

Processor

Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz

RAM

512MB

SD

Full SD

USB

2

Ethernet

10/100