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How2Setup a Raspberry Pi console to display on my PC

One of a set of simple easy to use guides for beginners to set up a Raspberry Pi computer.

OK I am fed up going to look at the console of my Pi on a monitor in my study, so I will explain how you can display the console on your Laptop or PC.
Please NOTE:- I will explain how to connect using Xming perhaps later I will explain how to use cygwin.

1. You firstly need to download 2 programs
     putty - the instructions for downloading are in the How2Setup Remote access to a Raspberry Pi computer(Please follow all these instructions as you will need remote access to your Pi anyway - Please NOTE the Wheezy installer does the ssh(Secure SHell) setting up for you).
     Xming which is an X Windows client for a PC, and gives you access to your Pi in a similar way to Remote Desktop in Windows.

This can be downloaded from but when you go to this page just wait for the download to start, or you will end up installing a download manager as well.

2. When your file is downloaded, just install it as you would with any other windows program, defaults are fine.

3. Right we need to setup the Xming config to allow a connection to be made so lets create an xming connection file - press the Windows [Start] button and go to [Programs] - [XMing] and click on [Xlaunch].

4. Running this program will show the following screens, choose the settings i have configured - i will stop you when you need to do something else.

5. Firstly type in startlxde in the [Start Program] field the default is xterm and this wont do what you need. Then setup the correct I.P. address, username [pi] and password for your Raspberry Pi . Then somewhere on this page either when you click on the using putty selection or on pressing [Next] a screen asking for the location of plink.exe will be shown, just browse to c:\Program Files\putty and click on plink.exe and then click [OK] or [Save] or whatever is shown, this will then take you to the next couple of pages.

6. Now click on [Save Configuration] and save the file to the Desktop so you can find it again, then press [Finish].
Now be fairly patient as the screen on my PC takes about 30 seconds to display the Raspberry Pi desktop with a 128Mb/128Mb memory split, or about 50 seconds for a 224Mb/32Mb memory split machine. You should see the following screen(on a wheezy build) - yee ha success.

7. If you click on your shortcut you will see the following screen, and on entering your password and clicking on [Finish] your Pi console from step 6 will appear on your PC.

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