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Learn the Raspberry Pi 3 from the experts!
Raspberry Pi User Guide, 4th Edition is the "unofficial official" guide to everything Raspberry Pi 3. Written by the Pi's creator and a leading Pi guru, this book goes straight to the source to bring you the ultimate Raspberry Pi 3 manual. This new fourth edition has been updated to cover the Raspberry Pi 3 board and software, with detailed discussion on its wide array of configurations, languages, and applications. You'll learn how to take full advantage of the mighty Pi's full capabilities, and then expand those capabilities even more with add-on technologies. You'll write productivity and multimedia programs, and learn flexible programming languages that allow you to shape your Raspberry Pi into whatever you want it to be. If you're ready to jump right in, this book gets you started with clear, step-by-step instruction from software installation to system customization.


The Raspberry Pi's tremendous popularity has spawned an entire industry of add-ons, parts, hacks, ideas, and inventions. The movement is growing, and pushing the boundaries of possibility along with it are you ready to be a part of it? This book is your ideal companion for claiming your piece of the Pi.




Get all set up with software, and connect to other devices
Understand Linux System Admin nomenclature and conventions
Write your own programs using Python and Scratch
Extend the Pi's capabilities with add-ons like Wi-Fi dongles, a touch screen, and more


The credit-card sized Raspberry Pi has become a global phenomenon. Created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to get kids interested in programming, this tiny computer kick-started a movement of tinkerers, thinkers, experimenters, and inventors. Where will your Raspberry Pi 3 take you? The Raspberry Pi User Guide, 3rd Edition is your ultimate roadmap to discovery.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 188 x 233 x 18mm | 570g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4th Edition
  • 1119264367
  • 9781119264361
  • 69,930

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Build amazing creations with the ultimate beginner's guide to the Raspberry Pi (R) The Raspberry Pi was created to make programming interesting and accessible to kids; with over 9 million sold, the small but mighty Pi has become a phenomenon for all ages. The Raspberry Pi User Guide is the unofficial "official" guide to getting started, with step-by-step instruction from the Pi's creator and a leading Pi guru. Covering everything you need to know about the board and its software, this book starts from the very beginning to get you up and running in no time. You'll discover how to add a camera, keyboard, storage, and more, and how to take your project to the next level by connecting to other devices. No experience? No problem! Clear instructions and expert advice walk you through each step so that you can get the most out of your Raspberry Pi. This little credit-card-sized computer has spawned a global community of thinkers and tinkerers, inventors and creators. Where will your Pi take you? Find out, with this book as the guide for your next big adventure! Updated to cover the latest revisions to the Raspberry Pi board and its software, this new fourth edition of the Raspberry Pi User Guide shows you how to: Install software and connect to display, audio, network, and more Master Linux nomenclature and conventions Write your own software using Scratch and Python Install, run, and explore Minecraft Pi edition Hack hardware and troubleshoot common issues Customise your Pi with software, hardware, and network configuration Extend the Pi's capabilities with add-ons like Wi-Fi dongles, a touch screen, and more
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Table of contents

Introduction 1


Programming Is Fun! 1


A Bit of History 3


So What Can You Do with the Raspberry Pi? 8


Part I The Board 11


CHAPTER 1 Meet the Raspberry Pi 13


A Trip Around the Board 13


Model A/B 16


Model A+/B+ 16


Raspberry Pi 2 17


Raspberry Pi 3 18


Raspberry Pi Zero 19


A Bit of Background 20


ARM Versus x86 20


Windows Versus Linux 21


CHAPTER 2 Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi 23


Connecting a Display 23


Composite Video 24


HDMI Video 25


DSI Video 26


Connecting Audio 26


Connecting a Keyboard and Mouse 27


Installing NOOBS on an SD Card 29


Connecting External Storage 30


Connecting the Network 31


Wired Networking 32


Wireless Networking 33


Connecting Power 34


Installing the Operating System 35


Installing Using NOOBS 35


Installing Manually 37


Connecting Bluetooth Devices 41


CHAPTER 3 Linux System Administration 43


Linux: An Overview 43


Linux Basics 46


Introducing Raspbian 46


About Raspbian s Parent, Debian 51


Alternatives to Raspbian .51


Using External Storage Devices 52


Creating a New User Account 54


File System Layout 54


Logical Layout 55


Physical Layout 57


Installing and Uninstalling Software 57


Managing Software Graphically 57


Managing Software at the Command Line 58


Finding the Software You Want 60


Installing Software 61


Uninstalling Software 62


Upgrading Software 62


Shutting the Pi Down Safely 63


CHAPTER 4 Troubleshooting 65


Keyboard and Mouse Diagnostics 65


Power Diagnostics 66


Display Diagnostics 68


Boot Diagnostics 69


Network Diagnostics 69


CHAPTER 5 Network Configuration 73


Wired Networking 73


Connecting to a Wired Network via the GUI 73


Connecting to a Wired Network via the Console 75


Testing Your Connectivity 76


Wireless Networking 76


Connecting to a Wireless Network via the GUI 77


Connecting to a Wireless Network via the Console 79


CHAPTER 6 The Raspberry Pi Configuration Tool 85


Running the Tool 85


The System Tab 86


Filesystem 86


Password 87


Hostname 88


Boot 88


Auto Login 88


Network at Boot 89


Overscan 89


Rastrack 89


The Interfaces Tab 90


Camera 91


SSH 91


SPI 91


I2C 91


Serial 91


1-Wire 92


Performance 92


Overclock 92


GPU Memory 94


Localisation 94


Locale 94


Timezone 96


Keyboard 96


CHAPTER 7 Advanced Raspberry Pi Configuration 99


Editing Configuration Files via NOOBS 99


Hardware Settings: config.txt 101


Modifying the Display 102


Boot Options 105


Overclocking the Raspberry Pi 106


Disabling L2 Cache 110


Enabling Test Mode 110


Memory Partitioning 111


Software Settings: cmdline.txt 112


Part II Building a Media Centre or Productivity Machine 115


CHAPTER 8 The Pi as a Home Theatre PC 117


Playing Music at the Console 117


Dedicated HTPC with OSMC 119


Streaming Internet Media 122


Streaming Local Network Media 123


Configuring OSMC 124


CHAPTER 9 The Pi as a Productivity Machine 127


Using Cloud-Based Apps 127


Using LibreOffice 130


Image Editing with the Gimp 131


Part III Programming the Pi 135


CHAPTER 10 An Introduction to Scratch 137


Introducing Scratch 137


Example 1: Hello World 138


Example 2: Animation and Sound 141


Example 3: A Simple Game 144


Interfacing Scratch with Hardware .149


Further Reading 152


CHAPTER 11 An Introduction to Python 153


Introducing Python 153


Example 1: Hello World 154


Example 2: Comments, Inputs, Variables, and Loops 159


Example 3: Gaming with pygame 164


Example 4: Python and Networking 172


Further Reading 179


CHAPTER 12 Minecraft Pi Edition 181


Introducing Minecraft Pi Edition 181


Installing Minecraft 182


Running Minecraft 182


Exploration 184


Hacking Minecraft 185


Part IV Hardware Hacking 191


CHAPTER 13 Learning to Hack Hardware 193


Electronic Equipment 193


Reading Resistor Colour Codes 195


Sourcing Components 197


Online Sources 197


Offline Sources 198


Hobby Specialists 199


Moving Up from the Breadboard 199


A Brief Guide to Soldering 202


CHAPTER 14 The GPIO Port 207


Identifying Your Board Revision 207


GPIO Pinout Diagrams 208


GPIO Features 210


UART Serial Bus 211


I2C Bus 211


SPI Bus 211


Using the GPIO Port in Python 212


GPIO Output: Flashing an LED 212


GPIO Input: Reading a Button 216


Soldering the Raspberry Pi Zero s GPIO Header 220


CHAPTER 15 The Raspberry Pi Camera Module 223


Why Use the Camera Module? 224


Choosing a Camera Module 224


Installing the Camera Module 225


Enabling Camera Mode 228


Capturing Stills 230


Recording Video 232


Command-Line Time-Lapse Photography 233


CHAPTER 16 Add-On Hardware 237


Official Raspberry Pi Case 238


Installation 239


Raspberry Pi 7" Touchscreen Display 240


Installation 241


Sense HAT 244


Installation 245


Programming the Sense HAT 247


Part V Appendixes 251


APPENDIX A Python Recipes 253


Raspberry Snake (Chapter 11, Example 3) 253


IRC User List (Chapter 11, Example 4) 255


GPIO Input and Output (Chapter 14) 257


APPENDIX B Raspberry Pi Camera Module Quick Reference 259


Shared Options 259


Raspistill Options 264


Raspivid Options 266


APPENDIX C HDMI Display Modes 269


Index 277
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About Eben Upton

Eben Upton is the co-creator of the Raspberry Pi board, and the co-founder of the UK nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundation.


Gareth Halfacree is a veteran tech author and an expert on the Raspberry Pi.
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