Raspberry Pi Setup, Tips and Tricks

Hardware Setup

  • We have one Raspberry Pi for each Screen on the Wall
  • They are attached to the backside of the wall (small black boxes)
  • Each of them is connected to an HDMI switch that switches between the PasPi output and the input from the "Datapath X4 Module"
  • The HDMI splitter only works when powered by the HDMI port of it's RasPi - so the RasPis need to have power even if you want to use input from the Datapath!

How to get a working image on a Pi SD-Card

Preparing preconfigured images using "PiBakery"

This can save you a lot of work: http://www.pibakery.org/

Working with SD-card images

In order to install your images on your Raspberry Pi you can follow those instructions found on the official Raspberry Pi website: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/

For OSOperating System – for instance Apple's OS X stands for the tenth version of the OS X you can alternatively use this GUIGraphical User Interface Interface to format, flash, and backup your SD-cards: https://www.tweaking4all.com/software/macosx-software/macosx-apple-pi-baker/

Remote desktop

x11vnc server for Raspberry


install and set password

  • sudo apt-get install x11vnc
  • x11vnc -storepasswd

create autostart entry

  • cd .config
  • mkdir autostart
  • cd autostart
  • nano x11vnc.desktop
  • paste following text:
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=x11vnc -forever -usepw -display :0 -ultrafilexfer

save and exit (Ctrl-X, Y, <Enter>). This start x11vnc when lxde starts.

Restart raspberry

  • sudo shutdown -r now

VNC Viewer

Download and install for your operating system from https://www.realvnc.com/download/vnc/