Issue resolved by using branded 8GB SD card, ejecting media before removing from PC, using a thicker & shorter power cable even though the voltage was measured at 5.00V DC. Now the red LED stays on and I'm up and running.
Which of the above was the culprit? my guess the noname SD card or all of them. Lesson learned, no shortcuts. Thanks one and all.
Hi guys'n gals
I'm a greenhorn with Raspberry Pi Linux and all that.
It's a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B V1.1 only a few days old.
When NOOBS does it's thing it spits out these errors:
"Persistent settings partition seems corrupt" Reformat? I answer Yes
then it complains format failed SD card may be damaged, Close I close.
It goes back to the OS install menus but there is no space available to install anything and there is no way to exit except to power down.
I did get to the stage twice where it downloaded 2384MB of Raspian OS, I think, which ran, sort of, but locked up after spitting out lines and lines of what looked like booting info but locked up with errors such as:
Error executing partition setup script
Error mounting settings partition
blah bla blah /dev/mmcblk0p5
some sort of partitioning problem, right? I don't understand.
Using Windows fdisk I note the 16GB MicroSD card looks like this
RECOVERY I: 819MB FAT32 Healthy Primary Partition (Where all the NOOBS stuff went?)
14.79GB Healthy Primary Partition ( Empty space for whatever)
32MB Healthy Primary Partition ( Where the Persistent settings should go?)
Back in the 1980s I used to build Alpha system (hardware) and had to learn a little Windows NT, DOS & Unix forgot most of it.
I thought you could only have one Primary partition?
Why are there no drive letters assigned to the extra partitions? A DOS only thing, maybe?
Is there a way I can FAT32 format those partitions without the Pi, say with Windows or SDFormatter?
BTW before I started, I deleted the partition on the SDcard with Windows fdisk.
I formatted the SDcard with SDFormatter.
The NOOBS thing created the 3 partitions. Maybe it couldn't format them?
Downloaded the NOOBs file the usual way and with a Torrent, same results.
I unzipped with Windows and copied the directories and files into the root of the SDcard.
I tried 3 times and failed 3 times. 3 times 2.5GB downloads, I want to get it right next time.
I'm tempted to just buy the ready NOOBS SD card but it'll take 3 weeks to get here at the bottom of the earth.
Would that help?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and an even bigger thank you if you can come up with a solution.
I'm officially a SOB (silly old bugger) so I'm allowed to ask stupid questions.