LCD Screen with Mouse and Keyboard


#1

Hi, I am new to the Raspberry Pi and planning a build post supply from Santa. I intend using a Starter kit and LCD display.

I have a an early question - can I still use the mouse and keyboard on the LCD screen setup? I note there is an option for an onscreen keyboard and assume this is in addition.

Thanks:


#2

Hey! Absolutely! The onscreen keyboard is completely optional. In fact, you’d have to install one to use it. I almost always use a proper keyboard and mouse and only really use the touchscreen for quick taps when I want to change window or shutdown or something.


#3

Thanks, that answers the question. I assume you mean a keyboard is required at startup to setup screen (180 screen turn etc) and other start-up parameters?

I guess I will see at Christmas (assuming Santa does not go on strike too!).

I may be back with more questions.


#4

no, you can setup a Pi without a keyboard, over ssh for example, if you want to. You can also rotate the screen just after you flashed the SD (or more generally by editing /boot/config.txt) from another computer.

What @sandyjmacdonald meant is that if you wanted to use a virtual keyboard solution, you’d have to install one from the repository (of Raspbian software), such as florence… at least I don’t think there are any installed by default.

To be honest, these virtual on-screen keyboards are far from adequate IMHO for day-to-day use so while it’s possible to use a Pi without keyboard via touchscreen, in practice this approach is only suitable for certain types of applications (Kodi kiosk for example).


#5

Thanks both for the help. Enjoy Christmas and Happy New Year to you!