Raspberry Pi2 Set up

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Hello, total newbie here, so forgive my ignorance. I am trying to set up a Raspberry Pi2 to use as a display in our School district. If I can get it to work, we will deploy about 20 signs. I using instructions from a document I found "Set up Instructions for Raspberry Pi2" and it says You can skip the process of manually configuring your Pi 2, per the instructions below, using a pre built image that can be downloaded from the links below: Linux and MAC: link Windows: link. I have tried to load that doewloaded file to multiple 8 GB and 16GB micro SD cards with no luck, even though the space on the card exceeds the size of the extracted file. Suggestions?
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Steve,

Are you following the instructions here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/README.md to install the image onto your SD card?

Justin
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Nope. I'll do that. Thanks,
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OK, I did that, but now I cant get the Raspberry Pi to boot up with the card.
I downloaded Win32DiskImager and used it to install the file I downloaded from the "Set up Instructions for Raspberry Pi2." Did I miss something?
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Tried 2 8GB cars that came with the RPi2 kit from Canakit. Both of them said there is not enough room on the card. Trying another 16 GB card. Same type as the other, but using a USB adapter instead of the micro SD to reg. SD in the SD slot.
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The image of Ubuntu will only fit on a 16Gb if I recall correctly. Ran into that issue myself.

Steve, for the purpose of troubleshooting could I ask you to install RASPBIAN (Debian Wheezy) https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ on one of the 8GB cards and see if the RPi boots up?

At least this way we can be sure your RPi is not damaged/defective.

Let me know your results... if the RPi boots.

If so, I will take some time to format an SD card with the image you mention above and try with one of our RPi2's.
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OK, I am trying that now. I finished trying the new card in the USB adapter but no dice.
I really appreciate you help!
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I know that 8GB cards can either be actually 7.95GB or 7.86 (I think) GB.  The image on that page is for a 7.95GB card.  If you try and put it on a 7.86 GB card it will fail the way you describe.  I don't know why it wouldn't work on a 16GB card however, it should just leave the unformatted, unpartitioned free space at the end.

Having said all that, I did at one point resize the 7.95GB image and get it on the smaller card, but that involves using mounting the image file on Linux and using gparted to resize it.
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We MIGHT be good! Even though I hooked up the HDMI adapter and VGA to another device and it work on the monitor, the RPi2 didn't like it. I found a monitor that iw HDMI ready and went directly and it WORKS!
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Big thanks to J Juno for helping me move forward with this!!!
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Very happy to help out Steve.