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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Connecting a Monitor or TV

You can connect a display device to your Raspberry Pi in one of two ways, depending on the type of screen you have available. This means one of the Raspberry Pi’s display sockets will always be unconnected.

Connecting an HDMI or DVI display

On the top surface of your board, in the middle of the bottom edge is the HDMI connector (see Figure 3-1). Insert your HDMI cable into that, and then insert the other end into your monitor.

If you have a DVI display, rather than a HDMI display, you need to use an adapter on the screen end of the cable. The adapter itself is a simple plug, so you just plug the HDMI cable into the adapter, and then plug the adapter into your monitor and turn the silver screws on the adapter to hold the cable in place. Figure 3-3 shows the HDMI cable lined up for insertion into the DVI adapter.

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Figure 3-3: A photo showing how the HDMI cable is inserted into the DVI converter.

Connecting a television using composite video

If your television has a HDMI socket, use that for optimal results. Alternatively, you can use the round yellow and silver socket on the top edge of your Raspberry Pi for composite video (see Figure 3-1). Connect your RCA cable to this, and the other end to the Video In socket on your television, which is also likely to be silver and yellow.

You might need to use your TV’s remote control to switch your television over ...

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