I've been running Raspbian on a few Raspberries with months of uptime. Now, I've started to try out Windows 10 IoT Core on a Pi 3 in order to run F# programs with an up-to-date .NET (Raspbian has a very outdated Mono, 2+ years old). I'm running headless, logging in with SSH.

After 2-4 hours of running Windows, the Pi stops responding. SSH connection drops, it stops replying to pings, it disappears from the IoT Dashboard "My Devices" list and the CPU gets too hot to touch. Reboot doesn't help, I have to reflash the SD card in order to boot the Pi again.

Does anyone recognise this problem?

(I'm controlling my Pi:s from a laptop and don't have a monitor. Never needed one for trouble shooting before, because Raspbian never gave me trouble like this.)

  • The temperature of the CPU you mention hints at an early demise for the Pi. Aug 31, 2016 at 13:16
  • The Pi itself seems to be ok. Raspbian boots and runs flawlessly with a cooler CPU. Aug 31, 2016 at 13:22
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    If you are just wanting to run an updated version of Mono, I'm running Ubuntu Mate 16.04 on my RPi3 and mono --version reports
    – Ron Beyer
    Aug 31, 2016 at 18:51
  • @RonBeyer Thanks, switching to Ubuntu Mate sounds like the easiest way for me to run F# on the Pi. Aug 31, 2016 at 22:51
  • Bummer - Booting with Ubuntu Mate, I can't reach the Pi via SSH. Apparently Mate is not made for headless installations, so it needs a screen and keyboard to enable SSH. Any way this can be fixed by editing some file on the SD card? Sep 1, 2016 at 0:25

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Its very likely iot is updating at that time. Generally, iot updates will download and then an update/reboot will be issued a few hours later. You can force the update by going to the web management console and clicking Update.

  • I had already updated and rebooted through the management console before IoT died. Sep 1, 2016 at 18:16

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