Finally after waiting for months my Raspberry PI finally arrived:
When you open the box & get it out you then realize how tiny the thing is:
Now when I ordered this I also ordered a PSU (normal micro-USB) and a 4Gb SD card. The other required items like HDMI & USB keyboard/mouse I already had, so the next thing was to download Debian & install it on the sd card.
I followed the instructions on elinux.org as I couldn’t get RasPiWrite to run but then it was a simple task. It will take a while to copy to the card.
Once done plug everything in and start it up. At first you’ll see it boot & it’s pretty quick. Once you get the login prompt login and type startx. You’ll then get the desktop.
There’s a simple browser provided which works to a point – some things don’t work but it’s early days.
There’s only one thing that’s not right is that the screen doesn’t fit the monitor – but then I blame the monitor than the PI – it’s a cheap TV/DVD from Asda which I know has an odd resolution (1400×900) & the PI is detecting it with a higher resolution, but other than that, initial use shows it’s working pretty well.