Python error all the time!

Hi Everyone

Please help an absolute beginner in the whole raspberry pi universe.

Got it delivered a while ago. now assembled and started up. first the DI SD card seemed corrupted (never started up into GUI) so i followed instructions and returned the SD card on my Mac with the image provided from DI.

I can connect via the Mac Terminal via SSH and try to follow your instructions to start up the GoPiGo for the first time but I always com the error you’ll see below. Any advice?

pi@raspberrypi ~ cd Desktop/GoPiGo/ pi@raspberrypi ~/Desktop/GoPiGo cd Software/Python/
pi@raspberrypi ~/Desktop/GoPiGo/Software/Python $ python
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “”, line 2, in <module>
from gopigo import *
File “/home/pi/Desktop/GoPiGo/Software/Python/”, line 30, in <module>
bus = smbus.SMBus(1)
IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied

Hey catullus, can you try using
sudo python

on the third line instead of


Oh! Yes that was it! Thank you very much John!!

Maybe this can be corrected on this site:

or is it obvious to anyone but me :wink: ?

Just made the correction.

Thanks for letting us know about it.