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enter image description herebrand new user here. Actually my son, but trying to help him. We got a used pi 3 B off Ebay. it came installed with retro pi. My son didn't want that so from the dropdown menu he clicked uninstall. Now all we see is a very long boot up string but never comes to a home screen. I'm thinking he uninstalled or deleted more than he should have. Do we have to start from scratch and make a new sd card? Would it be easier just to buy a new sd card with the latest os on it?

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    Writing an image to the SD card is easy if you have PC and an SD card writer. See raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian. Could you provide a legible photo of the boot up string?
    – joan
    Jul 28, 2018 at 16:35
  • the boot screen scrolls so i wouldn't be able to capture the whole string. So did he really "wipe out" the sd card?
    – user90066
    Jul 28, 2018 at 16:38
  • I doubt it. Could you describe or provide a photo of the screen once it is settled?
    – joan
    Jul 28, 2018 at 16:41
  • done. i'm currently downloading both NOOB and rasbian stretch
    – user90066
    Jul 28, 2018 at 16:53
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    It is booting normally to the command line. If you don't need to keep anything on the card I would write a fresh Raspbian Desktop image to the card using Etcher. See raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images
    – Dirk
    Jul 28, 2018 at 19:04

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It is booting normally to the command line. If you don't need to keep anything on the card I would write a fresh Raspbian Desktop image to the card using Etcher. See http://raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images

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