I have a Raspberry PI 3 and I want to install Kali Linux onto my RPI so I downloaded the RPI image file from https://www.offensive-security.com/kali-linux-arm-images/. Then with Win32 Disk Imager I wrote the image onto my micro SD card. I put my SD card into my RPI, plugged my RPI into a monitor threw VGA with a HDMI adapter, then plugged in the power cord for my RPI. All I got was a blank screen from my monitor and a red light from my RPI. The monitor sensed that there was something plugged into it but that was all. My micro SD card has 32GB space and I got it with NOOBS preinstalled on it, but deleted it on my card.
I had the same experience. For me the problem was hdmi output. I added these to config.txt file in the SD card:
config_hdmi_boost=4 hdmi_force_hotplug=1 hdmi_drive=2