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Change Raspberry Pi Default Configuration

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If you are a US user of the Raspberry Pi, you will discover that when you type, the characters displayed do not match our keyboard. One of the biggest problems is with with assembly language programming when you type [shift][#] to indicate an instruction uses the immediate addressing mode, instead you get the British pound symbol. This is because Raspbian (and NOOBS) defaults to UK keyboard settings.

You're given the opportunity to configure settings the first time you start Raspbian, but what US user would dream that the default keyboard setting is UK? You can change the default character set and keyboard setup by running raspi-config at the command prompt.

piraspberrypi ~ $ sudo raspi-config

Raspbian configuration menu

To work with the Raspbian configuration menus, use the up⁄down arrow keys to highlight a selection, then press [Tab] to highlight or cancel, then press [Enter].

Raspbian Internationalization Configuration

In the configuration memu that appears, highlight Internationalization, then [Tab] [Enter]. In the Software Configuration Tool menu that appears, highlight Change Locale [Tab] [Enter]. A long list of character set options appears. Use the up⁄down arrow keys to select en_US.UTF-8 then [Tab] [Enter].

When the configuration menu appears, again highlight Internationalization, then [Tab] [Enter]. In the Software Configuration Tool menu that appears, highlight Change Keyboard Layout [Tab] [Enter]. A long list of keyboards appears. Use the up⁄down arrow keys to select Generic 104-Key PC [Tab] [Enter].

From there you have to complete several more menus, using the up⁄down arrow keys to select the proper item, [Tab] [Enter]. After you have completed all configurations [Tab] to and press [Enter].

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