I tried booting in recovery mode (holding down shift from a USB keyboard attached to the Pi2) and still can't boot to fix.

Any solutions?


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    Reformat the SD card
    – Quintin B
    Aug 7, 2017 at 14:43
  • I agree with @QuintinBalsdon, the quickest fix is to reformat the SD card. There might be a fix for this, but it would take a bit of tinkering. If you don't have a second Linux Machine it's still fairly easy to backup any important files on the SD card. For Windows you can install DiskInternals Linux Reader which will allow you to make a backup of any of the files on the SD card. I've used it before and it's very easy to use.
    – Darth Vader
    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:39

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I had to press Shift when the splash screens appears. Not before. Duh. In config file, gpu_mem was at 64210!!! Changed it to 256. Now it boots.

  • This is equivalent to reformatting the card. I actually saw this last night when I used Apple-Pi Baker to install an image on an SD card - glad you found your answer
    – Quintin B
    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:46
  • Please accept your own answer with a click on the tick on its left side. Only this will finish the question and it will not pop up again year for year.
    – Ingo
    Jan 6, 2020 at 20:25

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