On a fresh install of Raspbian Jessie I tried to changed the password once in the raspi-config and one time in the UI (2 fresh installs). When I reboot I was never able to get past the log in screen. Not with my new password, nor with the default pi:raspberry credentials.

Any one else noticed this issue? Any fix for this?

I added a new user manually and logged out of the default loggedin user (pi), tried to log in, again "wrong password".

Note: This is on a new Raspberry Pi 2B with a 16GB Sd card.

  • In order to rule out the obvious are the cap locks on? Dec 8, 2015 at 22:34
  • @SteveRobillard Yes caps lock is of. This is my 4th RPI but the first with Jessie, never had problems on other distro's.
    – Bram
    Dec 8, 2015 at 23:12
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    I am totally serious, i once charged 120 for an in person support visit for the caps lock. Dec 8, 2015 at 23:17
  • @SteveRobillard Easy money ;) but no idea why this is a problem? Is it just me?
    – Bram
    Dec 8, 2015 at 23:18
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    @PradhyumnaNarain No, and since this is an question of about 4 years ago, this issue is probably fixed in newer versions :-)
    – Bram
    Apr 6, 2020 at 19:22

2 Answers 2


I had same problem and I discovered that the issue was because my password have special characters and the default keyboard layout is English(UK), so when I thought I'm typing @ I really is typing ". I changed the keyboard layout to English(US) using raspi-config and changed the password after that, and it worked perfectly. Hope it helps.


I had the same issue. The first thing the raspberry pi requests when you start it up is to change the default password. If, for example, you choose a password with he letter # in it, you will be stuffed if you then change your keyboard to a US keyboard. You will never be able to log in. The Shift-3 key sequence is £ The British currency symbol, once you change to a US keyboard, it becomes a # symbol.

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