My machine will boot with this older Raspbian image, but I cannot update/upgrade the installation. I run:
sudo apt update
WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts. Get:1 http://raspbian.raspberrypi.org/raspbian buster InRelease [15.0 kB] Get:2 http://archive.raspberrypi.org/debian buster InRelease [32.6 kB] Reading package lists... E: Repository 'http://raspbian.raspberrypi.org/raspbian buster InRelease' changed its 'Suite' value from 'stable' to 'oldstable' E: Repository 'http://archive.raspberrypi.org/debian buster InRelease' changed its 'Suite' value from 'testing' to 'oldstable'
I spent time trying to decode this man page, but it is not my main goal in life to become an apt expert when I suspect that hardware/boot/EEPROM may be faulty.
Version 1 8GB RPI4 Model B (bootloader 6efe41bd 2022/01/25) board: d03114 328abcf6 dc:a6:32:bb:3f:a6
The boot process DOES attempt to do NETBOOT if I don't have an SD card plugged in, but that is another whole magical mystery tour.
I can boot this old raspbian image, but nothing more modern. I cannot update the software on this machine due to the stable vs. oldstable and if I skip ahead to trying to install a newer 64-bit image of Raspberry PI OS or Ubuntu, I never progress past the "color wheel" and then there is no more signal on the HDMI port.
Other machines which show that they are Raspberry PI4 B version 1.4 have no difficulty booting the more modern OS images.
Any suggestions on how to move forward other than buying a newer Raspberry PI4 to match my other newer ones?
Per Millways suggestion, I have updated my question
Searching for EEPROM update yielded:
https://raspberryexpert.com/update-raspberry-pi/ titled How to Update Raspberry Pi (OS, Firmware, EEPROM & Kernel)
and got the following output
BCM2711 detected BOOTLOADER: up-to-date CURRENT: Tue 25 Jan 2022 02:30:41 PM UTC (1643121041) LATEST: Tue 10 Sep 2019 10:41:50 AM UTC (1568112110) VL805: up-to-date CURRENT: 000138a1 LATEST: 000137ad
When I ran:
sudo rpi-eeprom-update -a
I got identical output and no update was performed.
Side note.. this did successfully update a different PI4 w/8GB.
I also took a flash drive out of another PI4 w/8GB RAM and tried on this machine and it failed to boot.
It showed the Color Wheel/Rainbow splash screen and then there was no power to the HDMI screen.
It appears up to date.
Per Joan's answer: I also prepared a fresh copy of Ubuntu 22.04 desktop using the RPI Flash tool. Same problem of color wheel and then no power to the HDMI port. RED LED is on and small green LED is slow flashing.
Later... Well now I seem to have "bricked" my PI4 with 8GB of RAM. I followed the directions in: [https://jamesachambers.com/raspberry-pi-4-bootloader-firmware-updating-recovery-guide/]
I followed the Recovery Procedure to make a bootload recovery MicroSD card. This part seemed to work, but now both Ubuntu 22.04 and Raspbian 2002-02-13 will fail to boot. I can't decode the blinking light pattern to decide what the underlying problem might be.