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How to Test a Breakout Board for Your Raspberry Pi

To test your homemade breakout board for the Raspberry Pi, you need a multimeter, a device for measuring current, voltage, and resistance. You can obtain a cheap one from a thrift shop for less than [more…]

How to Control GPIO Pins on Your Raspberry Pi

In order to have the Raspberry Pi gain access to the GPIO pins, you must install a Python module that acts as an interface between the language and the pins. This allows a program to read in what is happening [more…]

How to Use GPIO Pins as Outputs on Your Raspberry Pi

GPIO lines can be made to act like a switch between the 3V3 power rail on the Raspberry Pi and the ground. Put that into action and use that switch to control something. The first thing you should control [more…]

What Can You Do with a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a fully featured computer, and you can do almost anything with it that you can do with a desktop computer. When you switch it on, it has a text prompt, but you can use a graphical windows [more…]

Limitations of the Raspberry Pi

For something that costs so little, the Raspberry Pi is amazingly powerful, but it does have some limitations. Although you probably use it as a desktop computer, its power is closer to a mobile device [more…]

Which Linux Distribution Should You Use on Your Raspberry Pi?

There are several different Linux distributions available for the Raspberry Pi, and you can find an officially endorsed list on the Raspberry Pi site. As you might expect, with such vibrant communities [more…]

How to Use Raspi-config to Set Up Your Raspberry Pi

The first time you use the Raspberry Pi, it goes into a program called Raspi-config, which you use to change some of the settings on your Raspberry Pi. Raspi-config options are changed from time to time [more…]

Browser Options for Your Raspberry Pi

When it comes to browsing the web on your Raspberry Pi, you have three browsers to choose from. Midori is the recommended browser for most websites, although it’s good to be aware of the others because [more…]

How to Use Midori to Browse the Web on Your Raspberry Pi

The Midori layout on the Raspberry Pi is similar to other browsers you might have used in the past, with a thin toolbar at the top, and most of the screen given over to the web page you’re viewing. To [more…]

How to Use the Leafpad Text Editor on Your Raspberry Pi

Among the accessories in the Programs menu of your Raspberry Pi is Leafpad, which is a simple text editor. You can use it for writing and word processing, but it’s not ideal for creating print-ready documents [more…]

How to Install Games and Other Software on the Raspberry Pi

Lots of free Linux software is available for the Raspberry Pi, and you can install it in two different ways. The most obvious and user-friendly is to use the Pi Store in the desktop environment, but a [more…]

Programming in Scratch

The Raspberry Pi was created partly to inspire the next generation of programmers, and Scratch is the perfect place to start. With it, you can make your own cartoons and games and discover some of the [more…]

Raspberry Pi For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Raspberry Pi is perhaps the most inspiring computer available today. It comes with the tools you need to start making your own software, and you can connect your own electronic inventions to it. It's [more…]

What to Expect in Raspberry Pi For Dummies

Raspberry Pi For Dummies co-author Sean McManus offers a quick overview of the fun and many uses you can have with the Raspberry Pi computer ��� from set up and Linux OS basics to editing documents [more…]

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