My 1st day with a RaspberryPi
(I'll be altering the facts here to protect the guilty but the gist will be right :) )
Got my Pi this morning but was detailed domjobs before being allowed to play and of course the F1 practice went on a bit so that's my excuse for not getting it to the running a nuclear power station state :)
1st prob - no HDMI monitor but bought a £5 HDMI-DVI lead from Chorley market.
So download the standard debian distro, used my galaxy tab usb charger as the psu, plugged kbd and mouse into usb and it worked :)
The pi boys decided to make things hard and just present you with a linux login !
After googling/twitting/edugeeking for 2 hours - I eventually found the piece of paper in the box with all the details as to what to do next and entered the user pi, password raspberry and then typed startx
I then ran up Scratch from the menu (bit slower than I'm used to even on my XP netbooks) and stopped for a rest.
After tea/Raiders of the Lost Ark/Superstar it was back to the table and see if we can get it on the net.
Ran a long lead from dining room to living room router - that worked but obviously wanted wireless facitilities
Now - thats when it starts to get geeky.
I had a 3Com wi-fi dongle around (RA2870 chipset it turns out to be) - I needed to get a USB hub up and running as now need 3 ports (kbd/mouse/dongle) - lots of googling and eventually after apt-getting the latest drivers for it and finally getting the syntax right for a non-encrypted wi-fi setup (for some strange reason there's not a lot of info on that configuration!)
(I'll post my config once I'm back at pi tomoz)
Anyway - Pi finally picked up a DHCP address from my wifi router at 23:30 but then failed to actualy display a real T'internet page (it will let me ping the router and even log into it via Midori (the Pi browser) but no futher ! :(
At that point I stopped and decided I'd nearly won and 5 mins in the morning and it'll prob work :)