I have been using a RPi3 for the last year without any issues. I have had rpi-update as part of a regular update process (cron job). Lately I have been experiencing crashes. I started to investigate, and while there is nothing helpful in the syslog I saw a new warning message that rpi-update updates to pre-releases of the linux kernel tree and Videocore firmware. That might be causing my crashing problems.

So how do I roll back to the latest stable Videocore firmware and kernel without reinstalling Raspbian?

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"In normal circumstances there is NEVER a need to run rpi-update as it always gets you to the leading edge firmware and kernel and because that may be a testing version it could leave your RPi unbootable". https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=916911#p916911 Even the rpi-update documentation now warns "Even on Raspbian you should only use this with a good reason. This gets you the latest bleeding edge kernel/firmware."

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install --reinstall raspberrypi-bootloader raspberrypi-kernel will put it back to the latest supported kernel/bootcode.

  • Do that today and you'll get exactly the same kernel and firmware. Because they've rebuilt the Raspbian packages in last week. But your advice is generally the recommended process.
    – Dougie
    Aug 21, 2019 at 17:36
  • Thanks for the reinstall command - that was what I needed. Since the warning is now coming up when you call rpi-update I am aware of the problem.
    – user643011
    Aug 21, 2019 at 21:41

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