I have a Raspberry Pi 2 B with a fresh install of the latest Raspbian.

I had this trouble before, started researching it, rebooted a couple of times and then the problem seemed to resolve itself. It happened again though and I will need this device to be able to restart and auto login headlessly in the future, so I need to fix this.

Everything seems successful and at the end of the long list of code messages that run on start-up it says

Show Plymouth Boot Screen...

and the next screen (of death) shows an image saying

Welcome to the Raspberry Pi Desktop (logo image) Powered by Raspberry Pi"

under that image it says


then has a flashing cursor. No keyboard or mouse input is accepted.


I'd get a fresh compatible sd and try with that.

If it weren't a 'fresh' install, I'd say:

Check to see if the keyboard Caps Lock light can toggle. If thats unresponsive then most likely a frozen pi. Probably not if the cursor is still blinking.

Have you made recent changes to an rc file in the rc startup tree?

  • Hi, yes it can toggle NUM LOCK and CAPS LOCK on and off. The SD card was a new Sans Disk I bought earlier that day from Micro Center. The only change I made was to enable auto-login – Hack-R Feb 12 '18 at 17:26
  • The Pi hardware is still running by response from the Caps lock toggle working, but seems to be waiting on a response from the systemd.hostname.service perhaps. Are you hard wired through ethernet? Enabled SSH option in raspi-config? Can you see its ip via ethernet? I'd re-image a fresh install of Raspbian onto the SD, remove all hardware from the pi, except keyboard, and monitor, and see if you get a boot to a default prompt / setup on the freshly imaged card.. If you get same results as well with this fresh install, SD prob FAIL run badblocks -v -n /dev/xxxxx etc to check the SD card – mrSidX Feb 13 '18 at 3:13
  • Yes, I see your logic. It's not hardwired - configured to logon to the ethernet and yes I enabled SSH and auto-login via raspi-config so that I can hopefully get it to where it can turn on and off without my needing a monitor. I can try the drastic steps, but man it's going to cost me some time because I just finished putting together a hat and a cardboard enclosure with a speaker. It seems to work fine sometimes just not everytime... – Hack-R Feb 13 '18 at 14:16
  • I know what you mean, its sometimes hard to physically get to an SD in an embedded project. Can I seek clarification when you mention 'get it to turn on and off' ... What is your method of 'turning on and off' ? I want to deduct reason why your card is doing that with a fresh install, I have to say that I've got a small handful of funky SD's that tend to give me problems when trying to install Raspbian. I'd have to buy new SD's at this point to get anywhere. Even new-ish SD's can go funky early when hosting a full blown +rw OS. I know its a drag,, you might need to open and check SD – mrSidX Feb 13 '18 at 18:25
  • I picked up 2 new micro SD's today so I'll give it a try tonight. By get it to turn on and off, I meant for instance that I'd like to unplug it at home, take it to my office and plug it in there to show people etc, without needing to connect to a monitor. – Hack-R Feb 13 '18 at 21:17

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