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by pugsl33 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:47 pm
I have tried several things to get started with my RPI.
step:
1.) I formatted my SDHC Transend 32 GB Class 10 to run Raspbmc with the premade image on the website.
2.) I plugged everything in, the power light (red light) comes on but no image is displayed on my TV.
I tried a HDMI cord and a yellow composite cable not luck!

I just got it in the mail today and haven't even completed the first steps. I did not see any prompts to set up because nothing displayed on my TVs. I am beyond noob, I am good at putting electronics together, but coding and programs are beyond me. I have read and read before my purchase but seems like I missed a step from the get go. I really would like to enjoy my PI, but it seems like I need your help first.

Thanks in advance,
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by 1HzCoder » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:20 am
Did you use a disk imaging program to put the OS on the disk?
Dragging and dropping won't work.
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by obcd » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:38 am
Besides the power light, do you see the green act/ok led next 2 it flashing?
If it's flashing, it looks like the OS is loading, but something prevents your display to work.
If it's not flashing, it's an issue with your sd card or the way you put the image on it. (Could be an issue with your Pi or it's supply as well.)
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by rurwin » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:54 am
And if it is flashing in a regular sequence (one flash, two flashes or three flashes etc. followed by a pause and then repeating) then it is an error indication.
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by pugsl33 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:20 pm
It is just a solid red light displayed on the power led. Their is absolutely no flashing. Do you need to install a OS first before the HDMI works or is that just plug n play?
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by RaTTuS » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:23 pm
the image is not written correctly
what does it look like when you view the SD card in windows [or mac]
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by pugsl33 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:24 pm
I used the Raspbmc imaging tool that formats The SD card and burns the image for you.
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by pluggy » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:09 pm
Using an SD card a bit less 'cutting edge' might offer some relief. The Pi by most accounts has less problems with 'ordinary' SD cards. Sandisk 8 Gb Class 4 are reasonably cheap,work well and you probably won't notice the very slight difference in performance. After power (the real fly in the ointment) the Pi's biggest hangup is SD cards. It might be worth testing the voltage across TP1 & TP2 just to rule power out, although the SD card sounds more likely.
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by drgeoff » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:41 pm
pugsl33 wrote:It is just a solid red light displayed on the power led. Their is absolutely no flashing. Do you need to install a OS first before the HDMI works or is that just plug n play?

Yes, without something valid on the SD card you won't get anything on any display.

To repeat what someone asked earlier, if you plug the supposedly written SD card into your computer what files can it see on the SD card?

Perhaps you should start with Raspian Wheezy. You can re-write the SD card to Raspbmc later.

There is a good deal of useful trouble-shooting info on the wiki. http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting
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by pugsl33 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:46 pm
So what should I get to display the information on the initial boot?
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by pugsl33 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:54 pm
I am not currently at home to read the SD card. I will post the results ASAP.
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by drgeoff » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:09 pm
pugsl33 wrote:So what should I get to display the information on the initial boot?

If you have a suitable OS written to an SD card that is RPi compatible(*) then a monitor connected to the HDMI port or a TV on the composite socket should show many lines of text as the RPi boots.

(* The vast majority of both SD cards and micro-SD ones in adaptors are RPi compatible.)
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by pugsl33 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:04 pm
Here is a screen shot of what my SD card reads, I hope this helps resolve the issue.
Thanks!
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by RobHenry » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:54 pm
There's nothing there that will allow your Pi to boot. It's a while since I tried Raspbmc but I think you need to run the executable on a windows machine in order to write the preliminary image to the sd card and then boot your Pi with the sd card while attached to ethernet to allow the full image install to take place.

Did you do this?
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by pluggy » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:06 pm
I'm not familiar with Rasbmc, but that looks like a windows installer rather than a Linux operating system. Windows wouldn't be able to see the actual linux partition.
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by wizza » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:11 pm
RobHenry wrote:There's nothing there that will allow your Pi to boot. It's a while since I tried Raspbmc but I think you need to run the executable on a windows machine in order to write the preliminary image to the sd card and then boot your Pi with the sd card while attached to ethernet to allow the full image install to take place.

Did you do this?


+1 exactly the problem.
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by Lonewolff » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:33 pm
Is your power supply providing enough 'juice'. Borderline power will stop your Pi from working too.
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by pugsl33 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:37 pm
I have a 5.1 v cell phone charger.
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by pugsl33 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:54 pm
I have researched all day and I am trying OpenElec now. I down loaded an image .zip and have extracted it finally. I also downloaded win32 to write it to my SD card. If this image doesn't work I am certain it is my SD card, and I will be making a trip to the dreaded Walmart. lol, I will post what happens. THANX FOR THE HELP AS OF NOW! :D
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by pugsl33 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:45 pm
I finally wrote to an SD card correctly!!!! Thank you everyone for your help.
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by rurwin » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:59 pm
You missed the solution for Raspbmc that three people gave you.

The Raspbmc files are a windows installer to install an application to write the SD card. You should run them on Windows, not copy them to the SD card.
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by pugsl33 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:14 am
rurwin wrote:You missed the solution for Raspbmc that three people gave you.

The Raspbmc files are a windows installer to install an application to write the SD card. You should run them on Windows, not copy them to the SD card.


After I leaned how to format with Openelec, I installed Raspbmc no problem. I am currently downloading root filesystem. I never have never done this before, one reason I decided to get a RPi. It's so easy, I was making it harder then it really is. lol :roll:
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