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Installing NOOBS for first time without screen or key board

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:09 am
by iamharshkumar
I have a Sony Vaio laptop and want to run NOOBS for the first time on it.
How can I do it since SSH is disabled.?
Is there any other way to do so like using HDMI cable and laptop or something else?

Re: Installing NOOBS for first time without screen or key bo

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:17 pm
by fruitoftheloom
iamharshkumar wrote:I have a Sony Vaio laptop and want to run NOOBS for the first time on it.
How can I do it since SSH is disabled.?
Is there any other way to do so like using HDMI cable and laptop or something else?
NoobS is an installer / chooser and not an Operating System and can be configured to install (Advanced Usage) your chosen Operating System without user input:

https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs/bl ... /README.md

Even if you are using your Pi without a display, you can still use NOOBS to easily install an OS of your choice. To set up NOOBS to automatically and silently (i.e. without requiring any user input) install a specific OS, follow these steps........

Re: Installing NOOBS for first time without screen or key bo

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:19 pm
by Martin Frezman
Yes, as FotL has said, it is technically possible to setup and use NOOBS w/o a keyboard and screen, but one has to wonder why you'd want to. Note that both of the following are true:

1) The official position of the RPF is that if you use NOOBS, you need a keyboard and screen.

2) All of the benefits of using NOOBS accrue when you are using a keyboard and screen.

It is also true that if you're savvy enough to setup and use a headless system, then you're probably savvy enough to use a raw image (i.e., do the bit-copying needed in order to install a raw image).

Re: Installing NOOBS for first time without screen or key bo

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:34 pm
by mikerr
If you want the pi to autoinstall raspbian on boot, then add the word silentinstall into the recovery.cmdline file on the SD card.

Similarly adding the word vncinstall lets you do the pre-install over VNC

SSH has been removed by default in NOOBS, and it's not possible to renable it without booting the pi at least once with keyboard/mouse.

If you need SSH on first boot without keyboard & mouse, the solution is to use the full Raspbian image (not NOOBS), and create a file called SSH on the SD card
https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/