No doubt you’ve heard of the Pi Zero by now, we’ve reserved this place to curate all the frequently-asked-questions, tips and tricks you might need to get started.
What spec is the Pi Zero?
The Pi Zero is effectively the same as the Model A+, however it’s shrunk in size and the larger ports have been replaced with mini versions of themselves.
It’s officially a 1Ghz CPU (with an overclock by default) and 512MB RAM.
How to I get HDMI out?
You’ll notice that a full-sized HDMI cable wont fit in the Raspberry Pi Zero. You need either a Mini HDMI to HDMI cable or adaptor. Our Raspberry Pi Zero bundle includes the two adaptors you’ll most likely need.
How do I connect a USB peripheral?
You’ll notice the port marked USB is actually a tiny Micro USB port which wont fit your normal USB keyboard or WiFi dongle. You’ll need a full-sized USB to USB “On The Go” adaptor, which will let you plug one USB peripheral in- such as a WiFi dongle or a keyboard.
If you want to use more than one USB device you’ll need to connect a USB hub. This may or may not need to be powered depending on what peripherals/power supply you use, but I’ve had success using the USB hub/WiFi adaptor from our shop with our starter kit mouse and keyboard.
My Pi Zero wont boot!
As far as we know, and from our own testing, the Pi Zero doesn’t like NOOBS and will not boot SD card images using alternative OSes that are specifically prepared for your Pi 2. The best way to get set up and running is to download and flash a clean install of Raspbian Jessie.