I know NOOBS is recommended for beginners, but it often causes more problems than it solves, and it doesn't update with the OS so it gets out of date over time.
Installing Raspbian with Etcher is actually easier than using NOOBS, and it usually works for people who've had trouble with NOOBS. If you are connecting your Pi to a TV or monitor with a keyboard and mouse, this is all you need to do.
- Download the latest Raspbian image from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
- Download the Etcher image writing software from https://www.balena.io/etcher/
- Use Etcher to write the Raspbian image to your SD card.
- You don't need to extract the image or format the card prior to writing.
- Just run Etcher, choose the Raspbian .zip you downloaded, pick your SD card and write.
- If you have trouble, verify the SHA256 checksum of the download.
- Writing an image to your card will erase everything previously on it!
When Etcher has finished writing and verifying the card, you're done. Plug the card into your Pi and boot it up.
My mind is like a browser. 27 tabs are open, 9 aren't responding,
lots of pop-ups...and where is that annoying music coming from?