Getting Started With Raspberry Pi 2

The Raspberry Pi 2 is the second generation Raspberry Pi that was released by the Raspberry Pi foundation on the first week of February 2015. We could not cover the features of the Raspberry Pi 2 in the book. We decided to make any tips and tricks available on this website.

In order to get started with the Raspberry Pi 2, the following items are required:

  1. Raspberry Pi 2 (Available from Distributors like Newark Element 14).
  2. MicroSD card with SD card adapter (atleast 4GB – E.g.
  3. Micro USB cable with USB wall wart (5V, 1A E.g. Link)
  4. The latest Raspbian image (It may be downloaded from here.)

The first step is making use of the SD card adapter to flash the microSD card with the Raspbian image. If you have a laptop/PC running Windows 7, the microSD card (inserted into the adapter) could be flashed using Win32DiskImager.

Once the Raspbian image has been downloaded, extract it a local folder. After the identifying the memory card’s enumeration, the Raspbian image may be flashed using the tool as shown in the figure below:


Flashing Raspbian Image using Win32DiskImager

Upon completion, the microSD card may be inserted into the socket on the bottom side of the Raspberry Pi 2. The setup of the Raspberry Pi 2 is more or less similar to the previous generation Raspberry Pi except for the fact that the former uses a microSD card while the latter uses an SD card. Refer to the book for detailed instructions for flashing the microSD card using a Linux machine.