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Download Raspbian

Raspbian is the official operating system for the Raspberry Pi, and based on the excellent Debian Linux distribution. Raspain comes in to flavors: full Raspbian with the Pixel desktop, or Raspbian Lite with no desktop. So go ahead and visit the Raspbian Downloads page, download the appropriate version for your project. The version we will be using is: Raspbian Stretch with desktop and recommended software

Raspbian comes pre-installed with plenty of software for education, programming and general use. It has Python, Scratch, Sonic Pi, Java and more.

Burn Raspbian to SD Card

Once you have finished downloading the Raspbian Zip file, follow the instructions below to burn the IMG file to your MicroSD card.

  1. Unzip the .img file and take note of the file location ( I would create a folder on your desktop and call it RPi)

  2. Visit etcher.io and download the Etcher Image Burner for Windows, MAC or Linux and install

  3. Insert your MicroSD card into your PC’s card reader, take note of the drive letter assigned to it

  4. Run Etcher and select the .img file you unzipped earlier

  5. Make sure Etcher has selected the correct drive letter, if not then change it to your SD card’s drive letter (Important!)


  6. Once you’re sure the right .img file and drive letter is selected, click the Flash! button 


Approve the change to the SD card with your laptop password

This process will take about 5 minutes - so relax and have a look at the following tutorials.


Students must view before setting up the RPi.

Tutorial 01: Parts of the RPi

Tutorial 02: Setting Up the Rpi to work in the Digital Zone

Plug the Raspberry Pi in. Remember to connect:

  1. Keyboard
  2. Mouse
  3. Network Cable and connect to the wall.
  4. HDMI monitor cable and connect to the monitor

Note: Check the shape of the connection and Use the HDMI port next to the existing cable.

Place the micro SD card into the RPi and turn on the power.

Setup Raspbian

Once you have your Raspberry Pi setup and plugged in, turn the power switch on via wall socket (there is no on/off switch for the Pi) and look for the boot up screen which resembles a Debian-like boot up process and then a welcome screen as below:


Debian will automatically expand the filesystem and reboot. After the reboot sequence has finished, you should now be looking at the Desktop or a login prompt.

For school you should have a desktop


If you are logging in at the command prompt the you will need to login with the default username pi and password raspberry (use the Enter key after each command):

1. pi

2. raspberry



Basic Configuration

From the desktop select the Raspberry in the top left corner.

1) Select Preferences

2) Raspberry Pi Configuration


From the Raspberry Pi Configuration

1) Change the Hostname from raspberrypi to LAMP and the number given to you by your teacher (e.g. LAMP001)

1) Select Interfaces

2) Enable SSH

3) Enable VNC

4) Select OK and Reboot the raspberry pi with a Yes.


Configure the Default Settings:

  1. Australia
  2. Australian English
  3. Brisbane
  4. Use US keyboard = checked


Use the Default Password!!!! All lower case.



Select WiFi Network

Skip this at this stage.


Update Software

Select Next

You will need to wait for several minutes (can take up to 20 minutes at school) while the RPi updates all it's softeare and links.

Reboot the Pi when this is finished.

You are now installed and have your Raspbian up to date and read for the LAMP.


How To Install a LAMP



If you are working from the command line in terminal:

Now let’s setup your Pi, enter the following command (type raspberry if Debian requests a password for sudo):

sudo raspi-config


…then change the following settings (or follow the slideshow further below):

  • Note* Use the Arrow keys to move up and down, use Enter key to select/confirm, use Tab key to select Cancel or Finish
  • Select HostnameOk to alert prompt, then type lamp and the number given to you by your teacher (e.g. LAMP001) for hostname then Ok
  • Select Interfacing Options, select SSH, then Yes to enable, then Ok
  • Select Interfacing Options, select VNC, then Yes to enable, then Ok
  • On Home Screen, hit Tab key until the <Finish> item is selected, hit Enter to reboot

  • You Raspberry Pi is now configured

  • From the terminal rubn the following commands:
  • sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get upgrade



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