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The SD card slot of my Raspberry Pi was broken. I tried to replace (solder) it with one that i bought at eBay but with no success.

I know that a SD slot is required but is there another a way to get my Raspi working without a SD card?

  • Removing the SD slot can be difficult. Buy something called "Quick Chip" It has this amazing solder that stays liquied for 30 seconds. That means you do not Burn the PCB by constantly heating it. You might have damaged the PCB for life now :( Can you upload a pic? Did you heat the PCB for extended periods of time. These jobs should not take longer than 1 minute a go to avoid damage! – Piotr Kula Aug 20 '13 at 11:40
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No, you absolutely positively can not boot without SD slot.

You should get another Pi or try to fix the one you have.

  • Why can "you absolutely positively…not boot without SD slot"? – Geremia Dec 27 '16 at 18:40
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My Raspberry Pi 3 is booting without an SD card.

I flashed the same distro image (LibreElec) onto an SD-card and an USB stick (using Linux and with the dd command). After that I've changed the

root=/dev/[sdcard] 

to

root=/dev/[usbstick] 

in cmdline.txt in the boot partition from both, SD-card and USB stick.

Finally I've added program_usb_boot_mode=1 to both config.txt files, which enables booting from usb stick.

I don't think that'll help you, however it could be helpful for someone else.

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Buy an SMD REWORK STATION and try put it out, clean the zone that being used and then try solder again as it should be, or you just can buy another RPi.

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Here are instructions to fix the SD card slot.

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