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

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Can I safely remove non-free software on a Raspberry Pi 2 running Raspbian?

I am the lucky owner of a Raspberry Pi 2 on which I installed Raspbian: $ cat /proc/version Linux version 3.18.11-v7+ (dc4@dc4-XPS13-9333) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140303 (prerelease) (crosstool-NG ...
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Firmware modules not available in rasbian os

I am working on a project. I have rasbian installed on my raspberry pi. When i do sud lsmod i have no output. I cannot use lirc and i2c module has this require firmware modules.I have to submit the ...
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How do I find the firmware repository commit which matches the firmware version reported by vcgencmd?

For example, vcgencmd version might report: Feb 14 2015 22:20:17 Copyright (c) 2012 Broadcom version 7789db485409720b0e523a3d6b86b12ed56fd152 (clean) (release) How do I determine which ...
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What firmware version will rpi-update install?

How can I determine what version of the firmware will be installed by running rpi-update, without making any modifications to the installation?
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Garden Automation

I am about to change my garden automation project and was wondering if anyone had experience using this rayshobby.net OpenSprinkler? Or does anyone have other good approaches for an garden automation ...
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Do I still need to purchase the MPEG-2 and VC-1 license keys for the Raspberry Pi 2?

Do I still need to purchase the MPEG-2 and VC-1 license keys for the Raspberry Pi 2? If so, will the same MPEG-2 and VC-1 licenses available in the Raspberry Pi store work with the Raspberry Pi 2?
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What firmware parts non opensource (yet)?

What parts of the RaspberryPi (A,B,B+) are not open-source (yet)? I mean any part of the device which requires some kind of software to run.
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Is it possible to flash the Pi's firmware live?

I already have few Raspberry Pi devices running Raspbian + my custom scripts. These device is internet connected and mounted at area which is hard to access, (e.g on top of a building) Over the ...
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Failed to run camera app. Please check for firmware updates

Trying to get the pi cam working with open cv per http://thinkrpi.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/opencvpi-cam-step-5-basic-use-display-a-picture/. Finally have the program built, but now I get this: ...
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Should I expect an error message if booting without SD card?

This question is just a sanity check. I couldn't find this information anywhere else. If I turn on the pi without an SD card attached, does the firmware print any error messages to the screen (via ...
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Raspberry pi B+ first boot

I got Raspberry pi B+ and I tried to boot by using NOOBS v1.3.10 and RASPBIAN Debian Wheezy Version:September 2014. Then I got two different problems. These are my component information, ...
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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 2012, 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 ...
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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 [closed]

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 three sections: the closed-source GPU firmware, the patched ARM Linux kernel and the user space software. Is the GPU firmware on the ...