We will be using the official Raspberry Pi guide to set up the Pi 4. Head over there for instructions on how to get your Pi up and running.

Set up the SD card

The SD card linked in the "parts" section of the "overview" page has NOOBS pre-installed on it so if you have an SD card with NOOBS installed already, skip ahead to the "Connect your Pi" section. However if you have another SD card and want to install NOOBS follow the steps in the "Set up the SD card" section.

Connect your Pi

  • Insert the SD card into the slot on the Pi
  • Connect keyboard and mouse via the Pi's USB hubs
  • Power up display then connect to Pi via micro-hdmi cable
  • Add any other optional connections


Start up your Pi

  • Power up the Pi via usb c cable
  • Download Raspbian via NOOBS

Finish the Setup

  • Configure country, language and timezone
  • Set up password for Pi
  • Connect Pi to wifi network
  • Install any necessary updates

Update the OS to Raspbian Buster

Follow the instructions via video or text below to update your Pi

First, open a terminal window

Click the black square icon on the top left of the desktop to open a terminal window

In a terminal window type and return:

sudo apt-get update

Next type and return:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

When prompted, y/n type y and return.

This will update your Pi's operating system to Rasbpian Buster which may take some time. (10 - 15min)

When the update is complete, restart the Pi by running the command:


Trouble Shooting 

Problem: My screen is not showing any output from the Raspberry Pi.

Potential Solution 1: Make sure all connections are in place before booting up Pi. 

Potential Solution 2: Double check that your SD card has NOOBS correctly installed.

Now that we're all set up, it's time to get Scratch up and runnin'!

This guide was first published on Sep 21, 2019. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (Set up the Pi) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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