Thursday, March 21, 2013

Raspberry Pi Basic Setup - Hardware

Since I got my hands on the Raspberry Pi (Model B) its been tinkering and tinkering. As you can see in the image above, I built my own case with the help of JKUAT Arch. colleague of mine who assisted with the dimensions and the white cardboard.
Away from that, today I want to show you the basic hardware that when out together with the Pi will make a successful run.



  1. Sound. For TV-Pi connection, this cable is worth KES100 (1.17 USD). The cable has a 3.5mm Jack and 2 Audio Jacks for the TV.
  2. Keyboard. A standard USB Keyboard will do.KES300 (3.50 USD)
  3. Memory Card Reader. Stabdard Memory card reader worth KES200 (2.33 USD)
  4. Video Cable - A normal video cable for DVDs and PS2 KES100 (1.17USD)
  5. PC Mouse - A standard USB PC Mouse will do.KES200 (2.33USD)
  6. Power cable - Same cable that comes with the Huawei IDEOS or Nokia PC Cable KES400 (4.66USD)
  7. Storage - A Stanbdard USB Disc <16GB. KES500 (5.82USD)
  8. USB Extension Cable - Great for keeping you away from the TV Screen. KES200 (2.33USD)
  9. The Raspberry Pi
  10. Power Supply- 5V USB Power Supply.
From the list above its funny how the Pi is only USD35 yet you have to have an array of components that you have to purchase in-order to successfully boot it, but worry not since they are equally cheap. In Kenya here apart from the Pi itself, the rest are much available from electronic shops in the capital.

There are some readers who had expressed interest in having their own Pi, I have not forgotten, am waiting for a size-able number in order to make a shipping so as to reduce the cost, so patience please :-)

Substation Project
This is an update on the Substation Model Project, you can read info about it here.
I have aquired some great resources for the project and the best book I have ever come accross is this...
Electric Power Substations Engineering 1st 2nd and 3rd Editions by John D McDonald. I have the 2nd Edition and the author has gone really deep into this matter.
 Image Credits: tower.com
Image Credits:ImageShack
Been going through the book since the beginning of March to gain the knowledge, then the project will start in April, so till then, Great Engineering.

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