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Getting the parts

You're going to need some things.

First of all, a Raspberry Pi from RS Components. The plastic delivery box of theirs makes for a nice case. Get the B model, you ain't gonna regret it.

Second, a screen. This one has a composite jack, perfect for the Raspberry Pi. They also have larger screens, but they can't be fed from the RPi itself. So just take this one. Or any other that's happy with 5V and less than 250mA.

A WLAN USB adaptor is highly recommended as we're gonna get the forecast from the Internet and cables suck. I had this tiny WLAN adaptor lying around for quite a while.

And of course, the usual RPi stuff, an ethernet cable, some way to attach a keyboard and mouse and an AC adaptor. You can order that stuff right with your Pi. If you buy that elsewhere, make sure that the AC adaptor can deliver about 1,2A. And don't forget the SD card, 4GB of space is allright.

Assembly

Like I said, the RPi Comes in a convenient plastic box. Cut some holes into it! One hole to lead out the power cable, one hole to make some space for the WLAN adaptor and you're gonna need one lengthy hole on the top to mount the screen. The plan is to use double-sided sticky tape to mount the screen on the outside and the driver board for the screen on the inside. This way, the ribbon cable is safe&sound and can't be damaged anymore.

As for the leads, we need to do some work here. The power can be drawn from the RPi itself, that's why I told to get a screen for 5V. Connect by any means you like (you can just aswell solder it) the power leads to Pins 2 and 6 (see some documentation) of the RPi. The RCA connector has to be cut off, the box doesn't have enough room for using it. Instead, solder the leads to the bottom of the RPi, right to the RCA pins there.

And that's pretty much it! Stick the WLAN adaptor, stick the USB hub with your keyboard and mouse, plug it into your router and get ready to install the software!

Last edited Apr 25, 2013 at 6:34 PM by ReBoot, version 4

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