New stable firmware update


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by stevenewbs » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:40 am
Will there be a re-jig of the "soft-float" version as well?
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by stevenewbs » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:29 pm
stevenewbs wrote:Will there be a re-jig of the "soft-float" version as well?


Ignore that - just re read the original web post
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by mbramwel » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:33 pm
I have done the update. rebooted. All ok.

I ran raspi-config and dropped the GPU mem to 16.
Before: Absolutely stable headless rpi.
After: does NOT boot properly.

I will be setting the GPU back to 64meg.

Any chance that the other people with difficulties also had their memory set to 16?
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by Mark » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:15 pm
mbramwel wrote:I have done the update. rebooted. All ok.

I ran raspi-config and dropped the GPU mem to 16.
Before: Absolutely stable headless rpi.
After: does NOT boot properly.

I will be setting the GPU back to 64meg.

Any chance that the other people with difficulties also had their memory set to 16?


Same here - won't boot with 32 or 16. I won't have time to investigate until tomorrow.
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by asb » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:22 pm
Mark wrote:
mbramwel wrote:I have done the update. rebooted. All ok.

I ran raspi-config and dropped the GPU mem to 16.
Before: Absolutely stable headless rpi.
After: does NOT boot properly.

I will be setting the GPU back to 64meg.

Any chance that the other people with difficulties also had their memory set to 16?


Same here - won't boot with 32 or 16. I won't have time to investigate until tomorrow.


Do you have 256 or 512MiB Raspberry Pis?
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by Mark » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:33 pm
asb wrote:
Mark wrote:
mbramwel wrote:I have done the update. rebooted. All ok.

I ran raspi-config and dropped the GPU mem to 16.
Before: Absolutely stable headless rpi.
After: does NOT boot properly.

I will be setting the GPU back to 64meg.

Any chance that the other people with difficulties also had their memory set to 16?


Same here - won't boot with 32 or 16. I won't have time to investigate until tomorrow.


Do you have 256 or 512MiB Raspberry Pis?


256 for me. It boots fine with 16 using the older firmware.
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by malakai » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:35 pm
I have tested:

32 on a 512 board it booted just fine

32 on a 256 board it boots fine

Here is free mem on the 256

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free mem
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:        221612      50096     171516          0       8456      24100
-/+ buffers/cache:      17540     204072
Swap:       102396          0     102396


wheezy image on both updated to latest firmware.

16 on 256 board boots ssh'd in works

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free mem
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:        237868      50020     187848          0       8440      23996
-/+ buffers/cache:      17584     220284
Swap:       102396          0     102396
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by mbramwel » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:45 pm
I am running on a 256 but have a 512. I was at 64, dropped it to 16 and strange things occurred. I have just set it to 32meg.

Since this supports 512 boards, I'll swap it out tomorrow (I have a 512, new in the bag).

The pi runs a web server: http://gizmo.rootsgate.ca/
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by birdman » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:41 pm
I too ended up with a system that would not reboot after doing:

aptitude update
aptitude safe-upgrade
aptitude clean
I suspect the main problem was that I only have /boot on the SD card - root is on USB.
So the newly installed cmdline.txt was wrong (for me).
And the config.txt was pushing the overclocking further than i do, and had the "wrong" memory split.
I've now edited that to have:
# for more options see http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt
core_freq=300
sdram_freq=400
over_voltage=0

# Amount of memory to use for the GPU
#
gpu_mem=16
and it now boots OK.
(Time to update the bug report...)
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by Mark » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:05 pm
I just had a chance to test this again and it boots fine with:

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arm_freq=1000
core_freq=500
sdram_freq=600
over_voltage=6
gpu_mem=16


Maybe I had a typo the last time I tried it, or maybe it'll prove to be unstable. I'll leave it running and report if I see any more problems.
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by yeahbox » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:41 pm
I also ran into some boot trouble after updating. I had 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian installed on my 256 MB RasPi. I was using the standard settings before so I wasn't modifying anything regarding overclocking or memorysplit. So I would say that my setup was pretty much standard and now it won't boot. I run it from a 8 GB card. No big problem if I need to reinstall using a new image. But there might be some issues with the sudo apt-get update/upgrade from a 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian on a 256 board.

This is a (very incomplete) transcript of the output on the screen at bootup

*** buffer overflow detected *** fcsk.vfat terminated
FATs differ but seems to be intact
...
fsck: Warning... fsck.vfat for device /dev/mmcblk0p1 exited with signal 6
...
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by GeerGuy » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:11 pm
Did "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install raspi-config libraspberrypi*" on a 512 unit and everything appeared to work fine. Rebooted to console fine, but "startx" caused it to hang up. Removed config.txt and rebooted, same thing. Back to old image.
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by howardsternisbatman » Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:27 am
raspi-config is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 15 not upgraded.

Should I be worried? What to do?
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by Geefer » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:15 pm
Pi crashes since upgrading:
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I upgraded with the process detailed in the first post on this thread and have had stability problems ever since and finally today my system fails to boot.

My 256MByte Pi has been running and stable for several months as a headless server with the root partition (and separate home partition) moved onto a USB stick. When I upgraded I set the GPU memory to 16MByte and tried medium levels of increased speed using the raspi-config tool to set them.

Since upgrading the system would occasionally crash. Sometimes it was totally unresponsive and sometimes I found that ping would respond but not ssh. My system is headless so I could not see any console errors. I backed off the speed to default 700MHz and no over-volting and also increased GPU memory to 32MBytes since someone had reported issues with 16MBytes.

Today I logged in via ssh and saw "journal commit I/O error" messages coming from syslogd. Finally the system crashed and now will not boot. Plugging a monitor in I see a kernel panic with the message "unable to mount root fs on unknown block (8,1)".

Looking at the sdcard the boot partition appears to be ok (I can read the various txt files ok). I don't have another linux system to check the usb stick partitions at this point at this point but could re-flash another sdcard and then mount the usb stick to check.

Any thoughts? It does appear that something in the new firmware has caused this problem so there may be some lurking issues.
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by azeam » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:21 am
asb wrote:You should be able to upgrade with:

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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install raspi-config libraspberrypi*




This doesn't upgrade my system.

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Hit http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy InRelease
Get:1 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy InRelease [12.5 kB]
Hit http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy/main armhf Packages
Get:2 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/main armhf Packages [7,378 kB]
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy/main Translation-en
Get:3 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/contrib armhf Packages [23.3 kB]
Get:4 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/non-free armhf Packages [47.3 kB]
Get:5 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/rpi armhf Packages [14 B]     
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/contrib Translation-en_GB       
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/contrib Translation-en           
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/main Translation-en_GB           
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/main Translation-en             
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/non-free Translation-en_GB       
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/non-free Translation-en         
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/rpi Translation-en_GB           
Ign http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org wheezy/rpi Translation-en               
Fetched 7,461 kB in 43s (171 kB/s)                                             
Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'libraspberrypi0' for regex 'libraspberrypi*'
Note, selecting 'libraspberrypi-bin' for regex 'libraspberrypi*'
Note, selecting 'libraspberrypi-dev' for regex 'libraspberrypi*'
Note, selecting 'libraspberrypi-doc' for regex 'libraspberrypi*'
libraspberrypi-bin is already the newest version.
libraspberrypi-dev is already the newest version.
libraspberrypi-doc is already the newest version.
libraspberrypi0 is already the newest version.
raspi-config is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.


But I'm still running (after reboot):

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Linux raspberrypi 3.2.27+ #160 PREEMPT Mon Sep 17 23:18:42 BST 2012 armv6l GNU/Linux


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Sep 18 2012 01:45:27
Copyright (c) 2012 Broadcom
version 337601 (release)


Raspi-config now allows me to choose a memory split by typing in the number manually and I've tried setting it to 32 and 64 MB but I'm still only seeing 256 MB total (have the 512 MB version). Any ideas why it won't update the firmware/kernel?
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by rspitz » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:36 pm
Updating to this version via apt-get upgrade failed, see my thread apt-get upgrade broke on kernel-update in the troubleshooting forum, which I wrote before discovering this thread. The redirection of the files from /boot to /usr/share/rpikernelhack/ couldn't be reverted by rpikernelhack and left the upgrade process hanging indefinitely, so I had to pull the plug on my Pi and restore the files in /boot manually. The Pi is working again and updated to the newest kernel with rpi-update, but now I'm left with a broken dpkg database which tells me to run "dkpg --configure -a" on every apt-get operation. Running this command will again result in the above problem, because the upgrade of raspberrypi-bootloader is not finished in the dpkg database, and there are other upgrades pending.

What can I do to resolve this?
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by jackjt8 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:32 pm
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/rpi-update
I got a permissions error. Do I need to be root user to do this?
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by mixpc » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:38 am
Hello,

Before editing config.txt in order to have MPEG2 playback capabilities in my RPi, the pdf I've been emailed reports...

Please make sure that you are running the most recent version of the Raspberry Pi firmware; only versions dated after 8 August 2012 support this feature.


Since I'm running XBian1.0a3 updated with the latest Kernel package (Kernel 3.6.10), should I follow the steps at
http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting#Updating_firmware
or
https://github.com/Hexxeh/rpi-update

Or there's no need to upgrade in that case? Please, see in the snapshot firmware and GPU versions...

Image

Thanks for reading!
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by dom » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:43 am
mixpc wrote:Thanks for reading!


Your firmware is new enough to support MPEG2. There are other fixes since then.
You are better off askign in the Xbian forums whether rpi-update is safe - it depends on whether they have kernel changes in their image.
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by BerryPicker » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:39 pm
For me, the new recommended 2012-12-16-wheezy-raspian is unusable. The reasons are:
- the console is blurred (text looks like upscaled low definition character rendition)
- alsa is broken (by pulseaudio)(i.e. speaker-test and aplay no longer work)
- the GUI (startx) uses only the center part of the TV display (i.e. the desktop is smaller).

I like the 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian because it has a sharp edge to edge display, and because the alsa sound works.

Is anyone finding benefits from using the 2012-12-16 recommendation?
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by dom » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:00 pm
BerryPicker wrote:For me, the new recommended 2012-12-16-wheezy-raspian is unusable. The reasons are:
- the console is blurred (text looks like upscaled low definition character rendition)
- alsa is broken (by pulseaudio)(i.e. speaker-test and aplay no longer work)
- the GUI (startx) uses only the center part of the TV display (i.e. the desktop is smaller).

I like the 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian because it has a sharp edge to edge display, and because the alsa sound works.

Is anyone finding benefits from using the 2012-12-16 recommendation?

What does
/opt/vc/bin/tvservice -s
return on old and new image?
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by BerryPicker » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:20 pm
dom wrote:What does /opt/vc/bin/tvservice -s return on old and new image?

state: HPD high|HDMI mode|HDCP off|composite off (0x12001a), 1920x1080 @ 50Hz, progressive

I have found that 'raspi-config, change overscan, disable' fixes the console and desktop.

And alsa seems to work if alsamixer is first used after each boot. But, not seeing any benefit from pulseaudio, I'll likely apt-get --purge remove pulseaudio.
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