Test & Configure

If you plan to use multiple SD cards, it is not a bad idea to label the card, or for microSD cards label the little plastic case they usually come in.

Testing the card is easy - insert it into your Pi, then connect a keyboard to the USB port and a NTSC/PAL TV to the composite port or an HDMI monitor to the HDMI Port. Then power it by connecting a Micro USB cable to the Pi and powering it via a computer or a USB wall charger.

For Raspbian, you should see something like the following, an Adafruit/Raspberry logo in the top left, and a ton of text filling up the screen:


In the next tutorial, you will find out how to configure your Raspberry Pi the first time you boot it up.
This guide was first published on Dec 03, 2012. It was last updated on Oct 21, 2018. This page (Test & Configure) was last updated on May 04, 2015.