I have installed a new kernel, but for some reason, it won't boot. I generated the kernel.img with imagetool-uncompressed.py, but now my Raspberry Pi fails to boot. I have made a backup of the old kernel.img, and want to restore it. I need to know the NOOBS root password (you can access a terminal with ctrl-alt-f2) to restore it.

  • in the arch linux build, the root password is root, but you shouldn't have to know it, why can't you just use sudo?
    – John
    Jun 26, 2013 at 3:31
  • I am at NOOBS, and I push ctrl-alt-f2 to get to a login screen, from there, what is the password for root?
    – built1n
    Jun 26, 2013 at 23:27
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    if you want to restore the old kernel, all you have to do is put the SD card back into your computer and mount the /boot partition (it should mount automatically). From there just replace your corrupted kernel with the backup one.
    – John
    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:49
  • @John I don't have an SD card reader
    – built1n
    Mar 25, 2014 at 22:24

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According to https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs/blob/9127ef2ce9301c3c8bf91b5c2ef09af90bf00216/buildroot/.config

User:pass = root:raspberry


For the Rescue System: User = root Password = raspberry

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    – Ghanima
    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:22

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