jamieadenuga
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Starting up an old Pi

Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:11 pm

I purchased a Raspberry Pi a few years ago, tinkered with it for a few months and eventually lost it (or so I thought). Recently I found it in the back of a cupboard and decided to try and get it up and running again.

When I first booted it, I noticed that the green LED was glowing faintly rather than blinking as it should be, and there was no image on my monitor. From this I recognised the problem as an issue with the booting program on the SD card. I formatted the SD, redownloaded the Raspbian operating system and transferred it to the card according to guidelines that I found on here.

Even after doing that, when I booted the Pi I still got the faintly glowing green LED, suggesting that what I did did not fix the problem. Is it a hardware issue? Or did I do something wrong?

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Re: Starting up an old Pi

Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:28 pm

I'd say check your power supply. also, try a different SD card if you have one
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Re: Starting up an old Pi

Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:18 pm

I tried it with a new power supply, then with a new SD card running NOOBS, neither worked. Is it a hardware problem with the circuiting then?

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Re: Starting up an old Pi

Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:02 pm

jamieadenuga wrote:I tried it with a new power supply, then with a new SD card running NOOBS, neither worked. Is it a hardware problem with the circuiting then?
Do you know which version of "older Pi" you have? It may be an issue with SD card slot** and/or the contacts - one, crude, solution to ensure the card was "connecting" was the use of a "clothes peg clamp".
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** including failure to hold the card in etc. :
http://www.cpmspectrepi.webspace.virgin ... ilure.html
Still running Raspbian Jessie or Stretch on some older Pi's (an A, B1, 2xB2, B+, P2B, 3xP0, P0W, 2xP3A+, P3B+, P3B, B+, and a A+) but Buster on the P4B's. See: https://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_pi/raspiidx.htm

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