Raspberry Pi

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi 4

For those people who are familiar with the Raspberry Pi, they don’t feel any difficulty in starting with the Raspberry Pi 4. For beginners, a guide needs to be provided so that they may be able to start using Raspberry Pi 4.

People who don’t know how a small device can become their portable desktop computer; they will feel happy knowing that they are just a few steps away from making their own desktop environment. They will be able to enjoy almost all those features which they can get from a simple desktop computer.

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi 4

In order to start working on the Raspberry Pi 4, you will require a few items and if you don’t have you can purchase those from any website. The below are the components which are required to initialise the setup of Raspberry Pi 4.

LCD Screen/ Monitor

You need an LCD screen or monitor to view the desktop environment of your Raspberry Pi 4. If you don’t have an LCD screen, you should purchase it in order to use it with your Raspberry Pi 4 device. Note that you need a monitor with HDMI cable for successfully connecting Raspberry Pi with it and  if you are using an older monitor with VGA connector then will need a converter that will convert VGA to HDMI.

You can purchase a good LCD Monitor from the Amazon store by visiting the link below where you will find a recommended monitor for your Raspberry Pi.

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A Standard Keyboard and Mouse

With an LCD screen, you certainly need a standard USB keyboard and a mouse so that you may be able to start using your Raspberry Pi 4. For that you need to pair them with your Raspberry Pi 4 device.

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A good quality Power Supply

If you want to protect your Raspberry Pi from any damage, you are required to purchase a good quality power supply that can increase the lifetime of your Raspberry Pi 4. In Raspberry Pi 4, you need to have a type C USB power supply that will provide your Raspberry Pi 4 good enough voltage.

You can buy the recommended power supply from the amazon store by visiting the link below.

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A good quality SD Card

Storing the data is necessary and you need some storage device so save your data on it. A good quality SD card will do the trick for you. You need to have a minimum 8GB SD card in order to start Raspberry Pi 4 and you need to have a quality SD card that won’t damage easily and helps you to protect your data.


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HDMI Cable and Convertor

You need an HDMI cable and a convertor to connect your LCD monitor with the Raspberry Pi 4. You will buy an HDMI cable and converter from the below given links.


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Ethernet Cable

The raspberry pi 4 comes with WiFi but if you need to connect the device with ether then you need ethernet cable. You can buy a good quality ethernet cable by visiting the link given below.


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Installing Operating System on SD Card

The below are the steps that will help you to install Raspberry Pi OS on your Raspberry Pi 4 device.

Step 1: Before beginning the installation, you will be required to first format your SD card using the NTFS file system in order to successfully boot your OS on the SD card. After the format is completed, you can then start the installation process. To format the SD card, you will need an SD card reader and if you have purchased it then you can put the SD card into the reader and plugin into the PC and then start the format process.

Step 2: Next, you will need a program called Raspberry Pi Imager which will install the Raspberry Pi OS on an SD card. You can download the Raspberry Pi Imager through its official website.

Step 3: There you will see multiple options of downloading and if you need to choose the options according to your operating system. For the users of Windows OS, they will have to choose the option “Download for Windows”.

Step 4: After downloading and installing the Raspberry Pi Imager, open it and you will see a window as shown below. First choose an operating system by clicking on the option “Choose OS” :


Step 5: Next, you will need to choose Raspberry Pi OS, Select the recommended option as shown in the image below or you can select another OS by clicking on the second option as it depends on your choice.

Step 6: Now you will need to select your storage device where you will install your Raspberry Pi OS so select the second option which is your USB storage. Note that your USB storage is your card reader where you have put your SD card in it.

Step 7: After the selection, click on the “WRITE” option to start creating an image of Raspberry Pi on your SD card.

Wait for the process to complete and do not remove your SD card until you will be informed to remove your SD card from the system.

Step 8: After the installation is completed, you can safely remove your SD card by clicking on the “CONTINUE” option to accept it.


Step 9: Next, after inserting the SD card you will need to turn on your Raspberry Pi 4 device by plugging all the required cables into the port of your Raspberry Pi 4 device. Wait for some time when turning on the device, and then put in the SD card into its port. You will need to wait for a few minutes and after that you will see your Raspberry Pi OS on your LCD monitor.

Conclusion

Getting started with Raspberry Pi 4 is pretty easy and you won’t feel and for that you will only need to do the above steps one by one and it will take an hour to make the Raspberry Pi OS ready for your right on your LCD screen.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.