Firmware is the code usually stored in flash ROM and contains the instructions for communicating with the other computer hardware.

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Raspbian keeps stalling at “[…] Starting OpenBSD Secure Shell server: sshd” during boot

I have the most up-to-date version of Raspbian (2014-06-20) freshly-installed, and went through the configuration screens without a problem. However when I shut it down, plug in a wireless USB adapter ...
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Does the firmware update corrupt the filesystem?

I regularly make ISO images of my SD cards (for many reasons), and I have noticed that whenever I issue the rpi-update command, I can no longer make these images, instead getting this error: sudo dd ...
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Are the BIOS and firmware located on the SD card?

Reading this answer I get the impression both the Raspberry Pi BIOS and firmware are located on the SD card. Is that correct? What is exactly located on the SD card? There's nothing stored on the Pi ...
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Raspberry Pi Firmware version [duplicate]

How can I determine which version of the Raspberry Pi firmware is installed on my Raspberry Pi?
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Ethernet connection lost after starting X server

Prior to starting an X server running OpenBox, I am able to ping networks successfully. I have tested this by successfully pinging 8.8.8.8 (Google's DNS server). Soon after launching any graphical ...
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Custom firmware on Raspberry Pi?

Is there a way to use the Raspberry Pi like an Arduino? That is, without an operating system? Just connect it to the USB of your computer and download code onto it, and the next time the Raspberry Pi ...
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What is the difference between firmware update and apt-get update?

What is the difference between rpi-update (firmware) and apt-get update and apt-get upgrade? /Cheers
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What does rpi-update do?

I am thinking about upgrading the firmware on the Raspbery Pi 512 using rpi-update. However, I can't figure out what updating the firmware does. Does it make the Pi more stable? Or faster? I can't ...
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Do I still need rpi-update if I am using the latest version of Raspbian?

I have a 512MB Pi. I am trying to make sure I am getting the most out of it. I just downloaded the latest version of Raspbian and installed it on the Pi. Do I also need rpi-update? Is rpi-update ...
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Improper shutdown, now 3 flashes on boot

I had to do a hard power off on my Pi, as it had crashed. Now, when I turn it on, I get 3 flashes of the OK LED, which means either loader.bin or start.elf is not found. I have plugged the SD card ...
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How do I upgrade Raspbian?

I have my RPi setup how I want, but I have an older version than what is currently available (2012-10-28-wheezy-raspbian.zip). How do I upgrade the kernel, firmware, etc? I have upgraded some this ...
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Error at firmware update

I got this error when run this firmware update command. Before this update was succesfully completed by this command: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade pi@Raspi-2 ~ $ sudo ...
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How can I zoom out the HDMI output in order to fit in areas of the screen that are being clipped?

At present every time I load up my RasPi via HDMI the edges of the screen are clipped, making it difficult to see what is being typed at the bottom of the screen and to read output on the left side. ...
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Raspberry Pi hangs after boot

I have two Raspberry Pi's. One will boot up into Raspbian just fine. If I take the same SD card, network connection, keyboard and mouse and use it with the other Raspberry Pi, it boots and then hangs ...
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Why does the Raspberry Pi need a MPEG-2 licence?

Since August 24, it is possible to buy a licence to hardware-decode MPEG-2 videos. Here are my questions: Does it mean that, without this licence, the RPi cannot handle at all MPEG-2 video, or it ...
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What Distro Are The Stock Images Built For?

When I take a look at the firmware github repo I can download kernel images. But to what distro do they belong, are compatible to?
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Arch Linux kernel panics and firmware not working

Before the update I had linux-raspberrypi-3.1.9-33-arm and raspberrypi-firmware-20120418-2 installed. After I upgraded to raspberrypi-firmware-20120729-1, the kernel refused to boot (no kernel panics ...
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How can I determine the current firmware version number?

Is there a way to find the current firmware version number? Either the running version or the version currently installed in /boot? uname -a shows only the kernel version, not the GPU "binary blob." ...
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How do I update software and firmware?

I understand that the Software on the Raspberry Pi is divided into 3 sections: the closed-source GPU firmware, the patched ARM Linux kernel and the user space software. Is the GPU firmware on the ...