Bitstoc Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit Assembly and Getting Started Guide
The Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit (1GB) includes all the parts you need to create your own Raspberry Pi powered desktop computer! Simply plug an HDMI computer Monitor or HDMI TV and a keyboard and mouse and you’ll have your own Raspberry Pi based personal computer. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer. There are many applications you can do with a Raspberry Pi such as browse the internet, create documents, learn programming and electronics, create software programs, create your own home multimedia system, make wireless server/data network and many more!
Inside the Kit you’ll find the following parts for the Raspberry Pi Computer Setup:
- 1x Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (1GB)
- 1x MicroSD Card with Raspberry Pi OS (16GB, Class10)
- 1x Raspberry Pi Wall Adapter Power Supply – 5.0V, 3.0Amps (USB-C)
- 1x Raspberry Pi 4 Case (Clear)
- 1x micro-HDMI (Male) to HDMI (Female) Adapter
- 1x Premium Carrying case
In this Tutorial we will prepare and assemble your Raspberry Pi Computer. We’ll go from assembling the Pi computer case, to inserting the peripherals and accessories up to setting up and configuring the Raspberry Pi OS and desktop software.
Additionally we will learn basics for Raspberry Pi commands and explore stuff you can do with the Pi like programming!
In this part we will assemble our Raspberry Pi Desktop Computer!
From your kit carrying case get the parts one by one and prepare them on your computer table.
Part 1: Attach the Raspberry Pi Computer Case
Start your Raspberry Pi Computer Assembly by opening the Raspberry pi carton box and get your Raspberry PI 4 Board.
Then get the Raspberry Pi Case (Clear) and detach the three-part case with top, middle and bottom parts.
First detach the top case. Check the notches on the red marks below and slowly pull them apart.
Next detach the middle case from the bottom case by slowly pushing them apart. Hold the case on the 3 sides then push down with force the middle of the bottom case.
Now you have 3 parts of the case detached.
Now lets put a case for the Raspberry board. First attach the Raspberry Pi board to the bottom case following the orientation from below. Make sure to check the board is lock in place.(The one with a notch in the clear case sits in the side of raspberry pi with red mark.)
Next, attach the middle case to the Raspberry Pi board inserting from the top. The case’s hole for the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins should go to the side of Pi’s GPIO pins. Make sure to check the board is lock in place.
Push down the sides with a little bit of force to snap the middle case to the bottom case’s base.
You’ll see there are notches that locks in place on the sides as shown below. Check that the board is alligned and all slots inserts well.
Then finally, attach the top cover case to the top of Raspberry Pi. A small notch near the top aligns to the board. Make sure to check the board is lock in place.
A little space for cooling.
Part 2: Add the Micro SD Card Computer memory storage
Now insert the Micro SD Memory card to the Raspberry Pi. The Micro SD Card is already pre-installed with Raspberry Pi OS.
Turn to the bottom of the Raspberry Pi board. In the SD Card port slowly insert the Micro SD Card. Make sure the microSD card goes thru the end of the SD Card socket. The microSD card’s end will be almost aligned with the trasparent case.
Part 3: Connecting the display Monitor
The Raspberry Pi 4 now uses a micro-HDMI display port connector. Our Raspberry Kit comes with a micro-HDMI to regular HDMI Adapter.
Get the adapter and connect the Male micro-HDMI port to the female micro-HDMI port of the Raspberry Pi display port.
Now connect one end of your Computer/TV HDMI wire to the HDMI port of the micro-HDMI Adapter.
The other end of your HDMI wire connects to your Computer Monitor/TV HDMI display port.
Part 4: Adding Mouse and Keyboard (wired/wireless)
Get your wired or wireless mouse and keyboard. Connect it’s USB end to the USB port of the Raspberry Pi.
Note: Connect it to the “black” colored USB port. The blue USB port is USB 3.0 capable it is suitable for connecting USB 3.0 devices such as USB 3.0 thumb drive, external hard disk etc. You may connect the mouse and keyboard in these USB 3.0 ports though, but we suggest you leave it for the USB3.0 devices that you will use soon.
Part 5: Powering the Raspberry Pi Computer
The kit comes with a high power Power Supply for Raspberry Pi. Additionally the power supply has it’s own On/Off switch so you won’t have to deal with the USB connector to power on or off the Raspberry Pi.
First connect the USB-C connector of the Power Supply to the Power connector of the Raspberry Pi board.
Then connect the power brick connector to your wall adapter or extension wire power cable.
Now press the On/Off button switch to turn on your Raspberry Pi computer.
Note: to turn off the Raspberry Pi board do not use the switch directly, you will need to shut down the Raspberry first in the desktop screen before pressing off the power button. You will know the steps in turning off the Raspberry Pi in the desktop on the following steps.
Great! Now your Raspberry Pi Computer is assembled!
Welcome to your Raspberry Pi Desktop home screen!
Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Computer
Parts of Raspberry Pi Desktop Home Screen
Just like a typical desktop computer the Raspberry Pi Computer’s desktop consist of common controls for a computer. In the home screen you will see the following control and information.
- Home Menu (Raspberry Pi Logo) – Home menu that drops down all the additional softwares and applications installed in the Pi.
- Internet Browser – Yes! you can browse the net, access social media, play youtube videos and many more!
- File Manager – View and edit files in your computer.
- Terminal Command Line – A software that allows you to control the Raspberry Pi using only text command line.
- Clock – shows the current time and date.
- Volume Control – control audio volumes.
- WiFi Status Bar – shows and navigates to your WiFi connection.
- Bluetooth Stats Bar – shows and navigates to your Bluetooth connection.
- VNC Status bar – shows status for your virtual/remote desktop use of the Raspberry Pi.
Configure WiFi connection
Here we’ll setup the Raspberry Pi to connect to you WiFi Network. This way we can do more with our Pi, download and install apps and update on your Raspberry Pi.
In your home screen upper-right, click on the WiFi connection icon.
Find the WiFi connection you want to connect to, click on it and enter the WiFi password. Then click OK.
Now you’re connected. You can point to the WiFi connection icon and at a glance you’ll see your connection connection and your IP address.
Proper Power off/Shutdown of the Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi is a computer and needs to be powered off properly in order to not damage or corrupt the memory storage.
To power off the Pi click on the Raspberry Pi icon found on the upper left of the screen, then click Logout.
Then click Shutdown.
From here on you’re setup to do anything with your Raspberry Pi. You can create your own home WiFi connection and storage network, multimedia cloud station and many more. In the next section we’ll show suggestion for your geeky dreams, learning to program!
Learn Programming with Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is a small computer board that embeds all the components of a regular desktop computer. There are many great things you can do with the Pi aside from surfing the web, creating documents and accessing files over the internet. One of the great things you can do with the Raspberry Pi is to learn Programming and Building Electronic circuits
Scratch is a visual programming tool which allows the user to create animations and games with a drag-and-drop interface. It allows you to create your own computer games, interactive stories, and animations using some programming techniques without actually having to write code. It’s a great way to get started programming on the Raspberry Pi with young people. To find out more about Scratch, visit the website at scratch.mit.edu.
You can check out some of these section to explore Scratch and programming: