I have just jacked in and booted up my first Raspberry Pi (512Mb) and what a delight! It more or less worked the first time. I have configured it together without a case, and as a play space with white board available for hardware hacks. The board is currently not being used.
I followed the exact convention for creating the disk image on a SD card from the following citation:
Copying an image to the SD card in Mac OS X (mostly graphical interface)
- Download the image from a mirror or torrent
- Extract the image by double clicking on the download file
- Connect the SD card reader with the SD card inside; note: must be formatted in FAT32!
- From the Apple () menu, choose About This Mac, then click on More info…; if you are using Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion then click on System report.
- Click on USB (or Card Reader if using an in-built SD card reader) then search for your SD card in the upper right section of the window; click it, then search forBSD name in the lower right section: must be something like diskn where n is a number (for example, disk4). Note this number
- Unmount the partition so that you will be allowed to overwrite the disk by opening Disk Utility and unmounting it (do not eject it, or you have to reconnect it). Note: On Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion, “Verify Disk” (before unmounting) will display the BSD name as “/dev/disk1s1″ (or similar), allowing you to skip the previous two steps.
- From the Terminal run:
- sudo dd if=path_of_your_image.img of=/dev/diskn bs=1m
- Remember to replace n with the number that you noted before!
- Wait a LONG time! On the order of 5-10 minutes!
- You’re done! Insert it in the Raspberry Pi, and have fun
I also purchased a shiny new LED HDMI monitor (ASUS 24″ with speakers) for $180 from Fry’s and I’m very happy with it. In addition, I scarfed up a D-Link 7 port hub, with 2 ports having 1 Amp charging capability. The keyboard and mouse were what I had lying around. I found some difficulties with keyboard mapping – and some important keys (linux pipe) and not to be found… so more fiddling to be done.
The system is really cute, but very slow. I am eager to overclock, but that will only improve it by 50% at the max. Worth it, however!