Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Tutorial – Let’s Get Started

Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Guide 2018 - Let's Get Started

Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Guide

Hi everyone, this is Aamir Hussain and welcome to Raspberry Pi 3 starter guide !! In this article you will learn what is Raspberry Pi, how to set it up and what cool things you can do with raspberry pi. Raspberry Pi is world’s smallest single board computer, developed in United Kingdom by Raspberry Pi Foundation on 2018.

The main purpose of this device is to provide education to small kids in developing countries in very low possible cost. It runs on Debian based operating systems to learn coding, programming and basic computer knowledge.

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But from 2008 to 2018 world is changed very fast and people loves to use Raspberry Pi as various platforms like Hacking, Programming, robotics, Multimedia, Weather Device, Gaming and thousands of projects. In this article i am helping beginners to get started with Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and how to do those amazing projects. Let’s get started !!

The Raspberry Pi is not available in normal computer store, its available on online shopping sites. You can order your Raspberry Pi 3 and its accessories from banggood.com, its a most popular website witch provides cool Electronics Gadgets, RC Helicopters, Toys etc. Its ships products all across the world without delivery charges. I got my Raspberry Pi 3 & its all accessories from banggood.

I said accessories right !! Yes guys to run the pi you will need its accessories, a power adapter and a Micro SD is compulsory to run the pi. But there are lots of cool gadgets available on banggood.com such as Pi Case, Heat sinks, Touchscreen LCD, Camera, Battery, sound card, cooling Fan, Game controller and many more things. Check out all cool stuffs from the links given Below. But first Watch the Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial Video to learn How to set it up.

Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial Video – Watch It & Learn

— Raspberry Pi 3 Hardware Review: 01:33 — What Accessories Needed to Setup: 02:21

— Heat Sink Installation of Pi: 03:00 — Raspberry Pi Case + Pi Fan Installation: 03:35

— How to install Raspbian on MicroSD Card: 06:04 — Pi Display Monitor Guide: 09:48

— Connect VGA monitor on Pi: 10:05 — Setting up with Raspberry Pi 3: 11:31

— What you can do with Raspbian OS: 11:57 — 5″ & 3.5″ Touch Screen LCD Install: 17:00

— How to make Raspberry Pi Portable: 17:27 — Raspberry Pi Operating Systems: 19:27

— Play 1080p Video on Raspberry Pi 3 using OSMC: 20:35 — Pi Gaming using Retropie: 22:11

— Playing Mario on Raspberry Pi 3: 22:40 — Playing Tekken 3 on Raspberry Pi 3: 24:19

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Raspberry Pi 3 & Accessories Needed to Get Start πŸ™‚

Shop your Raspberry Pi here, i have given links for all useful stuffs which needs to start a Raspberry Pi at first time and some recommendation are also present. Use This Coupon Code to Get 5% Off on Banggood: dc0b7b

Select a Raspberry pi 3 or 4 Unit.

Raspberry Pi 3 Only

Raspberry Pi 3 Only

Raspberry Pi 3 (4 in 1 Pack)

Raspberry Pi 3 (4 in 1 Pack)

Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB)

Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB)

Select a Display and Power Supply for Pi.

3.5 Inch Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi 3

3.5 Inch GPIO LCD

5 Inch Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi 3

5 Inch HDMI LCD

Raspberry Pi 3 Power Adapter

[EU] 5V 2.5A Power Supply

[US] 5V 2.5A Power Supply

[US] 5V 2.5A Power Supply

US 5V 2.5A Power Supply

[UK] 5V 2.5A Power Supply

Select Micro SD , Card Reader, Power Bank and VGA to HDMI Converter.

Sandisk 16GB MicroSD

Sandisk 16GB MicroSD

Sandisk 32GB MicroSD

Sandisk 32GB MicroSD

Memory Card Reader

Memory Card Reader

Anker 10000mah Power Bank

Anker 10000mah Power Bank

VGA to HDMI

VGA to HDMI

If you want to use Raspberry Pi on a PC monitor & you have old monitor with VGA, you can use VGA to HDMI Converter. Power Bank is useful when you are operating Pi with 3.5 or 5 inch display, it will make it portable. In memory card , 16 GB is enough for beginners but if you are an advanced user you can go on to 32 GB or more. I am recommending these items because i am using  them and i have showed the uses of every item in my video tutorial.

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How to Install Operating System in Raspberry Pi

There are many operating systems (OS) for Raspberry Pi, some are for hacking, Gaming and Media stuffs. But all beginners starts with Raspbian Operating system which is officially developed by raspberry pi foundation and you can download it from the raspberrypi.org. The best part of the Raspberry pi all operating systems are free of cost. Now i am Going to show you how to install raspbian on raspberry pi. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download the Raspbian OS here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/

(Make sure to Download the full desktop Version)

Step 2: Extract the OS image file with 7-Zip, Download it: http://www.7-zip.org/

Step 3: Insert your Micro SD card on a PC or Laptop using the Card Reader.

Step 4: Now you have to Download the Image flashing software, here it is: https://etcher.io/

Step 5: Open Etcher and select the Raspbian OS Image file , also select the memory card then click on flash.

Raspbian Flash with Etcher

Step 6: After flashing unplug the memory card from the PC and Insert it on the Raspberry Pi SD Card slot.

Rsapberry Pi Desktop

Congratulation !! You have successfully install Raspbian OS to the Raspberry Pi. Now Connect your Keyboard & Mouse to Raspberry Pi USB slot, Connect a PC monitor on Raspberry Pi Via HDMI cable (You can also connect it on TV).

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How to Connect Raspberry Pi on VGA Monitor ??

Raspberry Pi have only one slot for display in the board, Which is HDMI. But if you want to connect the Pi to a old monitor which is have only a VGA port, then you have to use a VGA to HDMI Connector to do that. Just order the converter  from the link above, then once you got connect it to the VGA cable just like the picture below.

VGA to HDMI Converter

Now You can plug the HDMI end to Raspberry Pi and the VGA end to the Monitor.

How to Install LCD Display on Raspberry Pi ??

If you are wondering install LCD to Raspberry Pi, there are many versions of LCD for Pi but the popular and the cheap one is 3.5 inch LCD. This small LCD is easy to install, you just have to connect the LCD to the GPIO pins on Raspberry Pi. Just like the Image below.

3.5 Inch LCD on Raspberry Pi

Plugging the LCD will not work for the first time (you will get a white screen only) unless you have done some coding in Raspbian OS. Below are the very easy steps how to install a 3.5 inch LCD on Raspberry Pi.

Step 1: Connect your Raspberry Pi to a PC monitor, also connect the 3.5 inch LCD to Pi.

Step 2: Turn on the pi and make sure its connected to the Internet via WiFi or LAN.

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Step 3: Open terminal in Raspbian desktop, and type the following commands.

sudo rm -rf LCD-show 

git clone https://github.com/goodtft/LCD-show.git 

chmod -R 755 LCD-show 

cd LCD-show/

sudo ./LCD35-show

Step 4: Congratulation !! You have successfully installed your Raspberry Pi LCD.

Raspberry Pi LCD Install

But now the display will not visible on the monitor, it will only visible to the Raspberry Pi LCD. If you want revert back to the monitor, Open the terminal and type commands to get back.

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chmod -R 755 LCD-show 

cd LCD-show/ 

sudo ./LCD-hdmi

Note: If you want to install the 5 inch or 7 inch LCD or any, follow: https://goo.gl/nVxkDF

Build Retro Game Console with Pi (Watch Video)

So you learned how the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B works, its world’s smallest computer. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, if missed something in this article give your feedback in the comment section i will fill that point in the article. Thanks for reading and watching Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial, if you have any doubt comment me below i will like to give answers πŸ™‚

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61 Comments

  1. do you knwo how to turn down, or off the backlight of lcd while HDMI is in use ?

    i have read that older versions supported Numeric values.

  2. i entered the coding to change from monitor to 3.5 lcd screen. then it stuck at Started Load/Save RF Kill Switch Status. what should i do?

  3. Did your 3.5 lcd guide and it worked great. The only thing is I would like to rotate the screen 180 degrees. Everything I have done, does not rotate the screen. All the guides are for the official Raspi 3.5 lcd. Can you do something for the 3.5 lcd ( I have the same you did your demo with) to flip the screen on the raspberry pi 4b?
    Thanks for your assistance videos.

  4. Thank you. This got my screen working in seconds, while I’ve been trying for days searching google with no luck. It really is super easy.

    However, is there a super easy way to uninstall it? Not revert it back to HDMI, or disable it, but completely remove the script, or completely undo what the script does?

    Thanks!

  5. Hi,

    Thank you for the tutorial, works fine, only I would like to see the screen on my lcd and hdmi at the same time, is this possible? I have a raspberry pi 4.
    Is there a solution or way so you can choose between the 2?
    Only lcd or only hdmi, or both?

    Thx!

  6. Tjis is basically a hole page saying:

    To install the 3.5 screen, start your pi in console-mode and type:

    sudo rm -rf LCD-show
    git clone https://github.com/goodtft/LCD-show.git
    chmod -R 755 LCD-show
    cd LCD-show/
    sudo ./LCD35-show

    To revert, just type:

    chmod -R 755 LCD-show
    cd LCD-show/
    sudo ./LCD-hdmi

    So much scrolling for that. Get me right here. Love the help and would probably not have made it without it, but damn. I got here from some other guy that thought this needed a hole video. Why watch a hole frekkin video for this? I mean, a hole I’ll-talk-for-atleast-30-minutes-about-a-lot-not-related-to-this-solution-beside-being-my-boring-thoughts-on-rasberry…. Gah! Frekkin youtube that have an algorim that make everyone have to drag out their videos forever just to get clicks. ;:(

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