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Scenario

I am yet another victim of thinking my rpi 3 B+ was broken when it wouldn't boot up. It turns out that the 3 B+ is looking for some special boot instructions.

I currently have:

Ubuntu Mate 16.04 armhf - Boots on 3 NOT on 3 B+

and

Raspbian Stretch - Boots on 3 B+

Question

Is it possible to copy files from the raspbian SD card to the Ubuntu SD card in order to make Ubuntu Mate boot on 3 B+? Note, I tried copying all files except for the kernel* files with no success.

EDIT

No idea where this guy found / created a version of Mate that runs on 3 B+ but until a version exists from Ubuntu directly you can follow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7xcd3I72Gw

Or download directly using this torrent.

It downloads as a zip and unzips as an iso. To install:

diskutil list
diskutil umountDisk /dev/disk[get-number-from-list]
sudo dd if=Path/to/UbuntuMate.iso of=/dev/disk[get-number-from-list] bs=1024m

Plugged sd card into the rpi and violá. Display, mouse, keyboard, bluetooth, wifi, it all works.

Regarding the original question I would still know how to perform the boot upgrade myself, ultimately so I can do it for 14.04 trusty.

EDIT 2

The person who made the ubuntu 16 armhf iso said he just copied files over from raspbian. So far my attempts at this have failed but once I figured it out I'll post back with an answer.

  • the likely issue is that the kernel has some 3B+ magic in it as well – Jaromanda X Jul 24 '18 at 0:16
  • After your edit: is the question answered now? – Ingo Jul 25 '18 at 0:15
  • @Ingo The answer would involve HOW to turn a regular Ubuntu Mate ISO into the one that I listed in my edit. – Jacksonkr Jul 26 '18 at 22:58

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