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OFFICIAL OCN RASPBERRY PI OWNERS CLUB!
Disclaimer: I am in no way an electronics wizard or a programming junkie. I'm a typical "IT guy" who loves to tinker with this kind of stuff. I am creating this club for community/collaboration purposes to discuss and share projects, ideas, etc.
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What's a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It's a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

Where can I buy one?
You can buy the Raspberry Pi through Premier Farnell/Element 14 and RS Components. Both distributors sell all over the world. You can also obtain one through eBay but you'll pay a premium.
Update: You can get a Raspberry Pi (1-2-3-0) from just about any major electronics retailer anymore (Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct, etc.)

What's the difference between all the different models?
Model A has 256MB RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet (network connection). Model B has 512MB RAM, 2 USB port and an Ethernet port. Model 2B has 4 USB and a quad core CPU @ 900MHz. Model 3 now has built in WiFi and LE Bluetooth plus a 1.2GHz quad core 64-bit CPU. Pi 2 and 3 also utilize a Micro SD card instead of full sized SD like 1st gen Pi's.

Cost?
Model A - ~$25
Model B - ~$35 (now much cheaper if you can find them)
Model 2B - ~$35 (price will likely go down/expect deals since the 3 is out)
Model 3B - ~$35 (a little hard to find at this point, expect to pay $5 or so for shipping)
Model Zero - $5 (good luck finding this guy in the near future, nearly impossible to find without price gouging)

What's needed to get started
*Micro USB charging cable (5 volt 1000mAH/1A or higher is recommended) (5V 2.0 AMP is the minimum recommended for models 2 and 3 now)
*HDMI or Composite Video cable (the yellow one)
*Keyboard/Mouse or HTPC remote with USB receiver
*SD Card 2GB or higher (SDHC Class 6 and above cards preferred) SD Card Compatibility List (thanks to Ardalista)
*Case for the board is optional but I wouldn't want to finger it up repeatedly for ESD reasons.
*Monitor with HDMI support or TV with composite input.
*Ethernet cable (needed for some OS's to boot up properly)

Accessories
Cases, Starter Kits, Etc.

Getting Started
http://www.raspberrypi.org/quick-start-guide
http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/04/raspberry-pi-getting-started-guide-how-to/

Operating Systems
XBMC (Easy to use HTPC OS)
Raspbian (Recommended starter OS)
RISC
Windows 10 IoT
RetroPie (my fav)
More OS's

Installing the OS to a SD card
http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup
Win32 Disk Imager (this is a must for Windows users)

GPIO (26 pin for first gen 40 pin for 2 & 3)




The cable...


Raspberry Pi running Quake!

Raspberry Pi Mini Arcade (aka Picade)

Gmail LED notification project

Again guys, by all means lets get some input into this. I am only a beginner myself and would love to see some contribution to this club.
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Perhaps this is the wrong place for this thread (I was thinking pocket PC's as in pocket sized lol)
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Any mods able to put this in the correct place?

btw... My Pi

 

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Here's a quick and dirty club sig
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[CENTER]:p[URL=http://www.overclock.net/t/1344434/raspberry-pi-owners-club]Raspberry Pi Owners Club[/URL]:p[/CENTER]
 

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I got mine in the second wave of shipments. Model B


Call me a beginner or tinkerer
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When was the "second wave"?
 

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When was the "second wave"?
I got a place in line the day they announced the official release. Took me hours to get through... It came in mid June.
 

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I got a place in line the day they announced the official release. Took me hours to get through... It came in mid June.
Wow, thats a good 4 months in between right? I ordered mine October, came in late November, and my wife "gave" it to me on Christmas. So you've had it since June, have you done anything interesting on it yet?
 

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Add me in. I have the model B.

I'm a beginner. I don't really know what to do with it. I used it to play movie on my big TV but I still need to pass a rj45 cable to the living room.
I need to buy a breakout kit, a breadboard, resistor, led and wire before I start with hardware.
 

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Add me in. I have the model B.
I'm a beginner. I don't really know what to do with it. I used it to play movie on my big TV but I still need to pass a rj45 cable to the living room.
I need to buy a breakout kit, a breadboard, resistor, led and wire before I start with hardware.
Do you have a quick pic of your setup?

I just spent $15 at Radio Shack tonight on some project stuff. I bought a small bread board, some red, amber, and green LED's, and some assorted 1/4 watt resistors. Curious as to what is the best wire to use without getting the GPIO cable kit. I have some solid 24 gauge cat5 cable but I would like to find something with the crimped connectors to connect to the GPIO interface.

Something like these, the ones like motherboard headers for front panel LED's...
 

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No, I don't have a way to take picture (no phone, camera, webcam). I only have my post in show your linux http://www.overclock.net/t/115329/show-your-linux/4290#post_18722046
I will most probably buy some hardware in bulk from newark canada.
NP, added.
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Anyone know the technical term for these "jumper" cables?


Edit: Did some research and they are indeed called "jumper" cables. Just search male/female bread board jumper cables.
I bought a ribbon of 40 (8 in long) for $5 on eBay here.
 

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Just got my model B today (case was backordered :/ ). No specific plans yet, but I love the possibilities for this little guy.
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Curious as to what is the best wire to use without getting the GPIO cable kit.
Get an IDE cable and cut off the connector so that you have the right number of pins
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On the other end, either cut the end off and expose the wires to plug into the breadboard. Or if you got the set of bread board wires that radio shack carries, then take the small ones, straighten them out and plug them into the board and into the connector.
 

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Get an IDE cable and cut off the connector so that you have the right number of pins
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On the other end, either cut the end off and expose the wires to plug into the breadboard. Or if you got the set of bread board wires that radio shack carries, then take the small ones, straighten them out and plug them into the board and into the connector.
That's a good idea but I ended up ordering this from eBay for $5
 

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I just got my Pi up and running today. I'd like to join the club. Surprised not as many people are in the club already, the Pi's are so cool!

I have a Model B, and I'm a beginner. Intent? Trying anything and everything with it.
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I want a Pi so bad.. but I'm way too impatient to cough up the money for something and have no estimated delivery date.. and ebay is not an attractive option.. oh well.. guess i'll just have to wait till they're a lil easier to get my hands on..
 

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I want a Pi so bad.. but I'm way too impatient to cough up the money for something and have no estimated delivery date.. and ebay is not an attractive option.. oh well.. guess i'll just have to wait till they're a lil easier to get my hands on..
Now that we're past the holidays it shouldn't be but a couple weeks to get one. It took me a little less than a month to get mine and I ordered in October.
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I just got my Pi up and running today. I'd like to join the club. Surprised not as many people are in the club already, the Pi's are so cool!
I have a Model B, and I'm a beginner. Intent? Trying anything and everything with it.
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