• I do not yet have a wifi adapter so I plugged the PI into my router
  • On a Mac I tried “ssh pi@raspberrypi.lan” but I got “ssh: Could not resolve hostname raspberrypi.lan: nodename nor servname provided, or not known”
  • I could see on my router app the IP of the PI so I was able to connect with “ssh pi@”
  • The default password was “raspberry” for the user “pi”
  • I typed “sudo raspi-config” and the config UI showed up in my terminal app

I found this helpful guide for the config menu

  1. Expand Filesystem: no need to do this — some may disagree on this point
  2. Change User Password: up to you
  3. Enable Boot to Desktop/Scratch: by default, this is set to console, which is what we want to keep
  4. Internationalisation Options: set your timezone (if in the US, choose America, then find the correct city with your timezone)
  5. Enable Camera: no (you can always change this later)
  6. Add to Rastrack: no
  7. Overclock: this is up to you, I usually choose Medium, which makes the Pi run a little bit faster at the expense of power and potential component damange
  8. Advanced options: choose A4 SSH - this will enable secure shell access, which means that you can control your Raspberry Pi from a remote computer (extremely useful)
  • Number 8 was done for me
  • I set the timezone
  • I ran “sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade”
  • I indeed have wheezy and I have ARM hardware as shown by these lines:
Hit http://raspberrypi.collabora.com wheezy Release
Hit http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy/main armhf Packages

To open config files in the nano editor

  • network “sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces”
  • keyboard “sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard”

Log continued…

  • When using my keyboard I noticed some characters weren’t what I typed
  • In the keyboard file I change XKBLAYOUT from “gb” to “us”
  • nano is a simple built-in editor. Type in ctrl-X and Y then enter to overwrite to save the file.
  • Make these keyboard changes take effect by rebooting: “sudo reboot”

List of commands to know

  • “sudo raspi-config” This opens the configuration screen for the operating system
  • power off “sudo poweroff”
  • “sudo shutdown -h now” (or sudo halt)
  • reboot “sudo reboot” or “sudo shutdown -r now”
  • apt-get update <–updates the list
  • apt-get upgrade <–installs the updates
  • apt-get autoclean <–cleans up afterwards if necessary
  • You can substitute “aptitude” for “apt-get.” Aptitude is an Ncurses viewer of packages installed or available. Aptitude can be used from the command line in a similar way to apt-get. See man aptitude for more information.
  • “startx” start GUI from prompt
  • “lsusb” to display a list of usb devices
  • “ls” command can be used to list items attached
  • “cat /proc/cpuinfo” display hardware info
  • “cat /proc/meminfo” displays details about the Raspberry Pi’s memory
  • “cat /proc/partitions” reveals the size and number of partitions on your SD card or HDD
  • “cat /proc/version” shows you which version of the Pi you are using.
  • “vcgencmd measure_temp” vcgencmd series of commands, which can reveal things like CPU temperature
  • To check all your environment variables “env”

Log continued…

  • I want to play sound through the audio jack
  • Check to see if sound is ready
"lsmod | grep snd_bcm2835"
  • It shows bcm2835 is there
  • Grab a WAV file “wget http://www.freespecialeffects.co.uk/soundfx/computers/bleep_01.wav”
  • Play it using “aplay bleep_01.wav”

Play mp3 files

  • To play mp3s “sudo apt-get -y install mpg321”
  • Get an mp3 “wget http://www.freespecialeffects.co.uk//soundfx/various/fire_burning.mp3”
  • Play “mpg321 fire_burning.mp3”
  • Play with volume at 50% “mpg321 -g 50 fire_burning.mp3”

Installing NodeJS

  • Latest stable node.js package available from the node-arm site “wget http://node-arm.herokuapp.com/node_latest_armhf.deb”
  • Install it “sudo dpkg -i node_latest_armhf.deb”
  • Check to see if we get a version number “node -v” it says “v0.12.1”
  • Check NPM “npm -v” it says “2.5.1”

Using NodeJS

  • Another check to see Node working is to type “node” and then at the prompt “new Date()” it says “Sun May 31 2015 09:25:09 GMT-0500 (CDT)”
  • After SSH we are in /home/pi folder
  • Make a directory called node_programs “mkdir node_programs”
  • Change directory to node_programs “cd node_programs”
  • Make and change to new folder helloworld “mkdir helloworld && cd helloworld”
  • Initialize a new node project here “npm init” and click enter through all the prompts
  • Start an empty file named index.js “nano index.js” - the nano editor opens to a blank file.
  • CTRL + X to exit, Y selects Yes, and Enter completes and closes it.

For setting a static IP address

  • Get the needed numbers below by typing “ifconfig” and “netstat -nr”
  • Typed “sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces”
  • Changed this:
auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet manual
auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual
  • To this:
auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet static
address //something higher than the amount of dhcp devices
  • “sudo reboot” - once back in run “ifconfig” to reveal your new settings.


  • Installed Chromium “sudo apt-get install chromium-browser”
  • Chromium in Kiosk Mode: “chromium –kiosk http://www.google.com” - ALT + F4 to close it

Add a user

  • “sudo adduser admin” follow the prompts to complete the new user
  • as pi “sudo su” and then run “visudo” which allows you to edit the /etc/sudoers file. add a line exactly matching the one for pi

Use nodejs to play a mp3

  • “npm install mpg321” in the node program folder created above
  • Put an mp3 in the current folder “wget http://www.freespecialeffects.co.uk//soundfx/various/fire_burning.mp3”
  • Open to edit the index.js file “nano index.js”
  • Paste the following:
var mpg321 = require('mpg321');

var proc = mpg321()
  .loop(0) // infinity loop

// SIGINT hack - stops running on ctrl + C in the terminal
process.on('SIGINT', function (data) {
  • Run the index.js file with node “node index.js”
  • The mp3 plays through the audio jack

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