Red Light


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by Getphazed » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:35 pm
I have tried numerous images for my pi but i get a lot of red lights and no booting. It only happens on certain images like debian squeeze, pwnpi, and a few others. I know its not my SD cards as i can run other images like xbian and rasbmc. Tried different programs to flash the images like win32diskimager, fedora arm installer, etc. Any help would be appreciated.
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by RaTTuS » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:53 pm
Getphazed wrote:I have tried numerous images for my pi but i get a lot of red lights and no booting. It only happens on certain images like debian squeeze, pwnpi, and a few others. I know its not my SD cards as i can run other images like xbian and rasbmc. Tried different programs to flash the images like win32diskimager, fedora arm installer, etc. Any help would be appreciated.

so what's the problem?
some work - use those
what exactly are you wanting to put on your SD card
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by Getphazed » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:04 pm
If i wanted to stick with the images that worked i wouldn't have posted asking for help. Trying to use images like debian squeeze, pwnpi, magnimpi. My problem is when i flash them to an sd card and i put it in the pi and power it up i only get a red light, so im looking for a solution. Maybe its a issue with the image, maybe with the way im flashing it.
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by itimpi » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:17 pm
If one image works, then all the standard ones should work! I would still be suspicious of the SD card or the way that the SD card image is being written.

I had problems at one point due to the SD Writer hardware I was using. I fixed that by getting one of these USB based SD card adapters (I am told you can get an equivalent even cheaper from Poundland if you have one near you). The given adapter also works well in the Pi which is useful you want to write images there.
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by MattHawkinsUK » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:23 pm
Have you tried the latest Raspbian image from the Download section?
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by Getphazed » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:27 pm
Using a few different writers and sd cards. Using a lexar micro sd card reader with a couple micro sd cards, a sony multi card reader with sd cards which im using a couple different ones, and on my laptop using the card reader with sd cards and microsd cards with adapter. Im thinking it might be the images or the software writing the images, but i cant be the only one having this issue.

As for raspbian some of the software i want to use wont run on it, which is why i want to use squeeze.
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by bgirardot » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:36 pm
Is it always 100% consistent that some distros work and some distros do not?

When you say no booting does that mean nothing appears on the screen at all?
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by Getphazed » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:40 pm
Ya i get nothing but a sold red light, nothing on the screen, which leads me to believe its an issue with the image on the sd. Just wondering if im doing something wrong when i flash it since from what i have seen other people are able to use the same images.
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by RaTTuS » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:02 pm
lets take one
with the latest wheezy you have
1) extracted the .zip file
2) written this to the SD ard
3) booted off it
what files and partition sizes do you see from windows ?
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by Getphazed » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:29 pm
I downloaded wheezy, setup with win32diskimager, booted it up. Attached images is what you asked for.
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by hennertype » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:55 pm
Hello

I am having exactly the same problem, red light on Raspberry Pi, but does not boot, will try another SD card, have you had any success, thank you.
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by hennertype » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:36 pm
I tried the PwnPi SD card in my other RaspberryPi this is the 256 mb model and it worked, even after updating the 512 mb model it still does not work, thank you.
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by Getphazed » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:48 pm
So it worked on the 256 board but not the 512? I haven't managed to get mine working yet.
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by Elwood_G » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:08 am
Hi,

I have the exact same problem with pwnpi. I have to Pis (256 and 512MB). And two SDCards.
Archlinux works on both cards and both pis. pwnpi (now it gets crazy) used to work but now I get a short glimpse of the green LED and then it stays red.
Anybody has an idea why this is happening?
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by VinceBrowning » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:16 pm
bump

Having the same issue on the card I just received today. Anyone find a solution yet?
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by Getphazed » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:20 pm
If its a card that came pre flashed it will more than likely need to be flashed with a newer release of the distro.
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by VinceBrowning » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:39 am
I've tried three different SD Cards (all class 4 and up and all 4 GB and up) with different (Current) distros. I have tried two power supplies and checked the power with a multi/meter (all after having issues with the SD cards and OSs) and checked the pins of the SD Card slot. Nothing seems to be out of the ordinary on the board and the cards are all new. All voltage and current readings are fine. I dont know what the problem could be.
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by VinceBrowning » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:42 am
BTW: I set up all three SD cards myself, using the raspi wiki step by step for installing from linux command line. I double checked every step prior to execution. I did install to the device (sdb) not a partition of (as in sdb1). Any thoughts? Im about to rage myself into taking a hammer to my new... thing thats not even heavy enough to be a paper weight.
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by Getphazed » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:54 am
Do you have hdmi and network cables plugged in? And are you using a hdmi converter or hdmi to hdmi?
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by VinceBrowning » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:01 am
Yes to the cables, and hdmi to hdmi
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by hennertype » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:05 am
VinceBrowning what distro are you talking about Raspbian or Pwnpi, thank you.
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by VinceBrowning » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:08 am
I've been attempting raspbian and some of the others from the raspberrypi.org download page.
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by hennertype » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:13 am
Maybe you have a faulty board, do you know someone that has set-up their on board?
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by VinceBrowning » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:15 am
Unfortunately I'm in the military and not anywhere near any friends who are remotely interested in tech. Forums and manuals are the only help I am privy to.
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by VinceBrowning » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:18 am
I'm thankful for your help, even though its not what I want to hear. Unfortunately I'm probably not going to be able to let it go with my recently acquired anger issues... Hammer time it is.
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