Is there any way to capture the log of the boot process you see on screen to a file on the FAT partition when it's not getting to the point of booting from the root fs?

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Yes, you have to derive a serial console out of the GPIO of the Raspberry Pi and then connect it to your development PC. This post and this page show how to do it. However you'll need some basic knowledge in electronics to have it work properly.

  • Thanks, I guess until I get this, I will just have to transcribe error messages from the screen.
    – Cade Roux
    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:36

You may not be able to create a file, but you can go low tech and hookup a VCR or use a camcorder to capture the text as it scrolls across the screen.

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