- CPU - Broadcom BCM2835 - runs up to 1 Ghz
- 512 megabytes of RAM
- Power - 5V via micro USB drawing 160mA
- Video/Audio - 1080P HD video output. audio output via mini HDMI connector
- Storage - Micro SD
What You Will Need
How To Get Raspbian
You can download Raspbian from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/.
Click on the "Download ZIP" link below Raspbian Jessie as this is the latest version.
How To Install Raspbian To An SD Card Using Windows
Click "Next" to allow Win32 Disk Imager to create a start menu folder.
Leave the "Create a desktop icon" box ticked and press "Next".
Finally click the "Install" button to start the installation.
Create Raspbian SD Card Using Linux
sudo dd if=2015-11-21-raspbian-jessie.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=8m
These commands cannot necessarily be typed verbatim. You might need to adjust them.
The first line changes your current working directory to be the Downloads folder under your home folder. If your downloaded zip file is in a different location then you need to cd to the relevant location.
The zip file is correct at the moment but for future releases the date will of course change and it might not be called raspbian jessie anymore therefore you need to replace the unzip command with the correct zip file name.
The final line writes the raspbian image to the SD card. There are many things that might need to change on this line.
For instance not all distributions use sudo. If sudo is not installed on your computer you will need to use an account with the appropriate permissions to run the dd command and with permissions to write to an SD card.
The .img file name may also be different and so you might need to amend this in the future. (This is the bit after if=).
The of= section chooses the output location for the image to be written. If your SD card isn't located in /dev/mmcblk0 then you need to amend it to be the correct location.
Setting Up The Raspberry PI Zero
The above image is a side view of the Raspberry PI zero. The first port from the left is a mini HDMI port.
The two sockets on the right are micro USB ports.
The first thing you need to do is take the micro USB to USB converter as shown in the image above and insert it into the micro USB socket closest to the mini HDMI port as shown in the image below.
The images above connect a micro USB cable from the hub to the Raspberry PI Zero via the micro USB converter.
Setting Up Raspbian
First things first, lets start with connecting to the internet.
Click on the network icon in the top right corner and choose the appropriate wireless network. Enter the security key when it is requested. (Assuming your network is secure).
Now open up the Raspberry PI settings screen by clicking the menu icon in the top left corner and selecting "Preferences" and then "Raspbian Configuration".
When the Raspberry PI Configuration screen appears click on the "System" tab (if it is not selected by default) and click the "Expand Filesystem" button. This allocates the entire SD card to the operating system.
Click the "Change Password" button and choose a new password. You don't want to leave it as the default. It is the same as people who leave routers with the admin password set to admin.