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I have one of the newer Raspberry Pi 2 B, and wish to install Pidora. I have downloaded Pidora-2014-R3 (the [latest?] version available from the front page of the Pidora site) and copied it on to a microSD card, and inserted it into the microSD slot on the RPi. When I power up the Pi, the green ACT LED lights momentarily, but then goes out and the RPi does not boot.

I have followed the installation instructions from Pidora as well as the two guides from Raspberry Pi Documentation: Installing Operating System Images on Mac OS - and Installing Operating System Images using Windows. I have tried both copying Pidora on to the microSD cad from both a MacBook Pro, using the various command line methods, and a Windows 7 laptop, using the Fedora ARM Installer.

The microSD card is fine as I have checked it with h2testw and also, if I copy Wheezy onto it then it boots sans problème. I have also formatted it correctly, using SDFormatter.

Why will Pidora not boot on a RPi 2?

  • It might be possible that pidora doesn't support arm v7. Just a guess. Not sure. Try booting it on Rpi v1. – dhruvvyas90 Jul 25 '15 at 8:07
  • @dastaan - OK, good call. I hadn't considered that it was a processor related issue. Unfortunately I don't have a v.1 RPi. – Greenonline Jul 25 '15 at 8:11
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    I faced similar issue recently while burning an old raspbian to an SD card, and running it on Rpi 2. ACT blinks momentarily and then nothing. I solved it by updating kernel and raspberry bootloader by running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade which booting it on Rpi 1. Once upgraded, it works fine on Rpi 2 as well as Rpi 1. – dhruvvyas90 Jul 25 '15 at 8:14
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You can see from the name of the image that it is an "old" image! - 2014 the Raspberry Pi 2 wasn't out and so it won't support ARMv7! ...see this thread at the Raspberry Forum for more information.

  • as dastaan pointed out (if you have a Raspberry Pi 1) you can try to upgrade the Kernel (and all other software) via
    su
    yum check-update
    yum upgrade
    exit
    and then use it in your Raspberry Pi 2.
  • some users have managed to build some Pidora-images themselves as you can read here or here...
  • or you can use one of the official Fedora ARM images.

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