debrown93
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Connecting RPi3+ to monitor

Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:38 pm

When I try connecting my RPi3+ to a monitor, with either HDMI to HDMI or HDMI to VGA, I get "There is no signal coming from your computer." I formatted the SD card with SD Card Formatter, then installed NOOBS on it. There is no file in it called "config.txt". I tried making a file called "config.txt" in the boot, with "hdmi_force_hotplug=1" in it, but this didn't work either. Also, the ACT LED on the Pi is not lighting up.

Is the problem with the SD card? I am a beginner, so could I get a detailed list of tasks in order to solve this problem? Thanks

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Re: Connecting RPi3+ to monitor

Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:18 pm

Start with downloading Buster directly, check the SHA is correct and the burn to SD with Etcher.

Do not use NOOBS to start with.

Then pop the SD in the Pi and power on.

This takes out any issues with NOOBS and just gets you up and running.

Let us know how you get on.

By the way - what power supplier are you using?
Can you ID your Pi exactly? There is a 3A+, a 3B+, a 3B and a compute module 3+ If it’s the latter what board are you using?
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debrown93
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Re: Connecting RPi3+ to monitor

Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:32 pm

I have a 3B+ and a CanaKit 5V power supply that came with it.

Why would I need Buster when NOOBS includes Raspbian?

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Re: Connecting RPi3+ to monitor

Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:36 pm

debrown93 wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:32 pm
I have a 3B+ and a CanaKit 5V power supply that came with it.

Why would I need Buster when NOOBS includes Raspbian?

NoobS is an installer / chooser....

Raspbian Buster is the currently supported by the RPF / RPT Operating System....


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Re: Connecting RPi3+ to monitor

Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:59 pm

I know NOOBS is recommended for beginners, but it often causes more problems than it solves, and it doesn't update with the OS so it gets out of date over time.

Installing Raspbian with Etcher is actually easier than using NOOBS, and it usually works for people who've had trouble with NOOBS. If you are connecting your Pi to a TV or monitor with a keyboard and mouse, this is all you need to do.

  1. Download the latest Raspbian image from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
  2. Download the Etcher image writing software from https://www.balena.io/etcher/
  3. Use Etcher to write the Raspbian image to your SD card.
    • You don't need to extract the image or format the card prior to writing.
    • Just run Etcher, choose the Raspbian .zip you downloaded, pick your SD card and write.
    • If you have trouble, verify the SHA256 checksum of the download.
    • Writing an image to your card will erase everything previously on it!
When Etcher has finished writing and verifying the card, you're done. Plug the card into your Pi and boot it up.
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debrown93
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Re: Connecting RPi3+ to monitor

Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:01 pm

Ok I got it working by installing Raspbian with Etcher. Does anyone know why NOOBS doesn't include the config.txt file?

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Re: Connecting RPi3+ to monitor

Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:12 pm

debrown93 wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:01 pm
Ok I got it working by installing Raspbian with Etcher. Does anyone know why NOOBS doesn't include the config.txt file?
It does not need it :lol:

As other OS packages could by loaded by NOOBS or PINN then config goes a bit odd - I’m sure I used it once but that was all.
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