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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 or messages) but start.elf started.

Copying start.elf from raspberrypi-firmware-20120418-2 (old firmware) causes it to boot, but then the kernel panics.

Kernel panic - not syncing : Attempted to kill init
PANIC:Attempted to kill init!

Removing all the USB devices it managed to boot into a crippled state.

cmdline.txt

smsc95xx.turbo_mode=N dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=ttyAMA0,115200 kgdboc=ttyAMA0,115200 console=tty1 loglevel=2 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rootfstype=ext4 rootwait

Why won't the new firmware work at all?

EDIT: All of the firmware packages in the mirrors are useless except for the old image

closed as too broad by goldilocks Dec 21 '14 at 18:38

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  • Can you give a dump of the whole boot log? That error message means that something quite serious has happened. – Jivings Jul 30 '12 at 7:37
  • Did you check the md5/sha1-sum of your downloaded image? – Joost Jul 30 '12 at 7:50
  • @Joost: He's only upgraded the firmware on a working image. – Jivings Jul 30 '12 at 8:21
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    This question appears to be off-topic and should be closed because it is has received no attention (aside from edits) since April of 2013. No answer has been provided and this question would most likely carry limited usefulness now. – RPiAwesomeness Dec 3 '14 at 1:28
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    @RPiAwesomeness This is a legitmate question, though. It's not unclear and it is definitely pi specific because it involves a firmware issue. I suspect it might be "too broad" (because there is not enough information to say one thing definitively) but I am not sure. – goldilocks Dec 3 '14 at 16:36