My Raspberry Pi appears to boot but there is no HDMI output.

I’ve tried various troubleshooting steps but with no success.

Before I go down the route of buying another Pi I was wondering if there’s an OS image out there which would install with SSH (or VNC) enabled and which I could configure to connect to my Wi-fi automatically after installation ?


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just put an empty file named ssh in the boot folder and ssh will be automatically enabled


For this, you will need access to your router:

  1. Flash a normal RaspiOS 32-bit installation to the SD card.

  2. Plug the drive into a computer and add a file named ssh or ssh.txt or SSH.txt (the file can be empty it doesn't matter) to the BOOT drive.

  3. If you want a WiFi connection create another file wpa_supplicant.conf

    ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
            ssid="Your WiFi SSID goes here"
            psk="Your WiFi password goes here"

    Obviously change the SSID and password to your values. Change Country=GB to your local value.

    Or Connect the Pi to your router with an ethernet cable.

  4. Power it on.

  5. On your routers page search for the Pi and note down the IP address.

    Now on linux type: ssh pi@youradress. Or since the RPi is running mDNS try ssh [email protected]

    On Windows download PuTTY and connect to [email protected] or [email protected]

  • in 999/1000 home setups ... ssh raspberrypi.local will work - so step 5 is probably not required :p - also, windows 10 HAS ssh already Commented Dec 27, 2020 at 11:41
  • Thank you.If I download an OS image to an SD card, won’t the installation require a keyboard/monitor connected to the Pi?
    – CodingGuy
    Commented Dec 27, 2020 at 17:46

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