I just got my first RPi, and installed NOOBS on an SD card etc etc. Followed the official guide and all went fine and Raspbian was installed then it shutdown.

So I removed the power plug, waited a while and inserted it again. Now when it boots for a brief second I see the splash screen, then it goes to a white background with the RPi logo and "hold shift for recovery mode" then shuts down very fast. Sometimes I can hold shift and go to the install screen, sometimes it shuts down too fast.

Edit: I'm using a brand new 5V = 1A charger, and tried 3 more before buying the new one. So the power shouldn't be the issue.

  • Have you checked to see if the MD5sum of the image file you used to image to the Pi's SD matches the official one? Sometimes a network hiccups and the download glitches. Sometimes this doesn't affect anything, and sometimes it does. Try this first, it often is a cause. Oct 10, 2013 at 11:34
  • No I don't know how to do that, and I trusted the official link. Oct 10, 2013 at 11:35
  • Are you using Windows or Linux? Oct 10, 2013 at 11:36
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    At least TRY a larger power supply before you start mucking about with anything else. The supply you mention is at the low end of the range amperage wise. If there isn't another one handy right now, then set this aside until there is -- someone, somewhere, must have a 1A+ supply you can borrow for 10 minutes.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 10, 2013 at 13:26
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    @goldilocks Changed to another apple usb connector (5.1V = 2.1A) with the samsung usb cable (might not be able to keep up) and the problem is the same, BUT it doesn't shut down as fast as before. The recovery screen is there for 1-2 more seconds. Might just be a coincidence. Oct 10, 2013 at 13:38

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hustlerinc found his answer thanks to my mentioning of the issue with certain SD cards with NOOBS 1.3 Quote: RPi Awesomeness

Another thing, what version of NOOBS are you using and what SD card? If you are using the newest (NOOBS 1.3) there is a known issue with a certain brand of SD cards.

He asked me to post as answer, so here it is.

Glad to help!


This sounds similar to my problem (Question 10210, Sorry I do not know how to make that a link.). Since you say that you loaded Raspbian perhaps my solution will work for you too. I gave up on NOOBS and just installed Raspbain directly, following the instructions here http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads (look under Raw Images).

I know it says it is for advanced users but it is pretty straightforward.

Good luck

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