piuser562
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Set up Raspberry Pi without Keyboard

Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:24 am

Hi,

I have just received my raspberry pi and am eager to start using it. Unfortunately I seem not to have a usb keyboard anywhere but do have a usb mouse. I don't want to order a keyboard and not be able to use my pi during that time. I am hoping to use some type of onscreen keyboard. Is there anyway to do this. Thanks in advance.

bmwhite
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Re: Set up Raspberry Pi without Keyboard

Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:01 am

The best thing is to run "headless": no keyboard, mouse or monitor. Instead use another computer to connect remotely. There are several good tutorials around for remote connect. To start with just the command line, load the Debian Wheezy beta which has SSH enabled and then use a SSH program (on windows use Putty). Here are some links:
http://elinux.org/RPi_Remote_Access
http://www.penguintutor.com/linux/raspberrypi-headless
(Remember with Wheezy you do not have to follow any steps to enable SSH. It is there by default. This is not true with the Squeeze release. It has to be turned on locally which requires a keyboard).

Once you get the command line working then use a VNC program to get the graphic screen.
http://www.penguintutor.com/linux/tightvnc

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Re: Set up Raspberry Pi without Keyboard

Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:33 am

Thank's for the Reply! One more question. If i were to buy a usb bluetooth adapter would it work with my apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse?

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Re: Set up Raspberry Pi without Keyboard

Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:45 am

If it works, then the keyboard you use does not matter. Have a look at the wiki to see if and how Bluetooth works. I have a feeling you may have to configure it.

Rather than wait for a keyboard you could always go down to ASDA or TESCO and buy a very cheap one. (Those brands are known to work with the RaspPi).

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Re: Set up Raspberry Pi without Keyboard

Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:46 am

As long as you can connect the pi to ethernet temporarily, you can easily get the pi running without any other hardware connected to it.

Setting up a Headless Raspberry Pi: no Monitor, Keyboard, or Mouse (optional: WiFi)

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