I bought a new Pi 3 Model B to use as a Kodi media centre. I based my Micro SD card choice on this tutorial:


...and I bought the SD card recommended in the tutorial: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RJU4R0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008RJU4R0&linkCode=as2&tag=diglivroo-20&linkId=FAZETLSC5G3GW573

However, I cannot boot my Pi and now think this card might not be supported? Can anyone confirm and recommend me a good SD card which is definitely compatible?

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    What makes you think that the problem is that your card is not supported? What happens instead of booting? What do you actually see on your screen?
    – Bex
    Sep 22, 2016 at 7:41
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    Hi. Have you checked the list on elinux? The have an ever updated and comprehensive list of working sd cards elinux.org/RPi_SD_cards
    – Ghanima
    Sep 22, 2016 at 7:42
  • I assume it is the SD card because when I boot, I get the red LED on light but no output to the monitor. I have changed HDMI cables and re-seated the card but wtill no luck.
    – Steerpike
    Sep 22, 2016 at 8:00
  • My card is not appearing on the elinux list but a close fit is: Extreme Pro (95MB/s UHS-I) (SDSDQXP-016G-AFFP) which shows as not working. I am just confused as that tutorial specifically links to the card I bought.
    – Steerpike
    Sep 22, 2016 at 8:01
  • Most of the posts about SD Cards are rubbish. There are some bad cards out there, but any card from a reputable manufacturer will be OK. There is absolutely no point in buying fancy cards, as the Pi doesn't support them. Anything beyond Class 10 is a waste, and you will be hard pressed to tell any difference from a Class 4. Manufactureres DO NOT rate cards on the most important characteristic for a Pi viz. frequent small writes.
    – Milliways
    Sep 22, 2016 at 8:06

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The SD card you have bought is indeed compatible. Unless your card is defective or physically damaged (which you would have discovered when flashing it), it is not the source of your problem.

You may want to run a flash testing tool of your choice to be sure. Something like FakeFlashTest or H2testw would do.

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    @Steerpike you can't boot the Pi without even installing an operating system on the SD Card Sep 22, 2016 at 8:08
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    @Steerpike Now there's your problem, you simply have no software on your card. Considering your tutorial, you probably want either OpenELEC or OSMC. Those download pages have links to installation instructions. Sep 22, 2016 at 8:13
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    @Steerpike you can check official raspberry pi guide here raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images Sep 22, 2016 at 8:16
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    @Steerpike Gosh you're impatient! Read the tutorial you have found in full. Or check the download pages I've linked to: they also have instructions. Sep 22, 2016 at 8:17
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    OK - the information I have been missing is that I need an SD card reader to be able to insert the SD card into my PC to download the image.
    – Steerpike
    Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31

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