The Raspberry Pi Model A Revision 2.0 is a really classic device. On of the early devices to be made in early 2011 and its still working upto this date.

I have been having it for a while but these days I normally use it for learning purposes, mostly a general purpose computer.

This manual is for those who dont have a HDMI or RCA cable for setup. I will be connecting it up on a serial port which is quite handy.


  • Raspberry Pi Device
  • USB-Serial Cable with 3.3V RS-232 Level Converter

Console Seial Parameters

The following parameters are needed to connect to the Raspberry Pi console, and apply on both Linux and Windows.

  • Speed (baud rate): 115200
  • Bits: 8
  • Parity: None
  • Stop Bits: 1
  • Flow Control: None

Raspberry Pi serial connection

Connect the USB-Serial cable as per the image below.


Linux PC Setup

On the pc check whether the USB-Serial Device is being identified:

ls -l /dev/ttyUSB0

If its listed, thats good, now proceed to launch gnuscreen. If its not installed, please install it.

screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200

Power on the Raspberry Pi and the information should be available on the pc terminal screen.