NOOBS installation is what you'll most likely want if you're using a Raspberry Pi B, B+ or A+ board.
This is the installation method you'll most likely want if you're installing FPP on an "unofficial" debian based distribution.
Preparing your SD card for the FPP on your Raspberry Pi
In order to use your Raspberry Pi with the the Falcon Pi Player Software, you will need to install an Operating System (OS) onto an SD card. An Operating System is the set of basic programs and utilities that allow your Pi to run; examples include Windows on a PC or OSX on a Mac.
These instructions will guide you through installing a recovery program on your SD card that will allow you to easily install the OS and to recover your card if you break it.
1. Insert an SD card that is 4GB or greater in size into your computer 2. Format the SD card so that the Pi can read it
a. Windows i. Download the SD Association's Formatting Tool* from https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/eula_windows/ ii. Install and run the Formatting Tool on your machine iii. Set "FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT" option to "ON" in the "Options" menu iv. Check that the SD card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool v. Click the “Format” button b. Mac i. Download the SD Association's Formatting Tool from https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/eula_mac/ ii. Install and run the Formatting Tool on your machine iii. Select “Overwrite Format” iv. Check that the SD card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool v. Click the “Format” button c. Linux i. We recommend using gparted (or the command line version parted) ii. Format the entire disk as FAT
3. Download the FPP Alpha New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) from https://sourceforge.net/projects/falconpiplayer/files/latest/download?source=navbar
4. Unzip the downloaded file
a. Windows Right click on the file and choose “Extract all” b. Mac Double tap on the file c. Linux Run unzip [downloaded filename]
5. Copy or extract the files into the root/home folder of the SD card that you just formatted
6. Eject the SD card and insert into your Pi and connect the power supply
Your Pi will now boot into NOOBS and will select the FPP image and start installing on your SD card. This process takes aprox 8 min. After the install is complete your Pi will reboot into the Falcon Pi Player software.
If you should need to select the correct output mode for your display by pressing one of the following number keys on your keyboard;
1. HDMI mode this is the default display mode.
2. HDMI safe mode select this mode if you are using the HDMI connector and cannot see anything on screen when the Pi has booted.
3. Composite PAL mode select either this mode or composite NTSC mode if you are using the composite RCA video connector
4. Composite NTSC mode
- Note: The built in Windows formatting tool will only format the first partition that Windows can read not the entire disk. For this reason we advise using the official SD Card Association Formatting Tool.
This is a video showing the FPP install process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYcvyr1JTc0
Raspberry Pi 3 & Zero
This video shows how to install Falcon Pi Player on the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi Zero. These Pi models require the NOOBS installer to be run on a Pi, then an upgrade script must be run before it will work on a Pi 3 or Zero. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DUMZeEaVRg