When I look at the sd card in windows I can see what looks like a boot partition, then there is a larger partition that can been seen by windows but is unreadable. I presume this is a linux partition not fat32? I get a power and act light solid on my board. nothing on screen. doesn't show up on router. enter image description here

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    Yes... the larger partition on your SD card will be ext4, whereas the boot partition is fat32. Your best bet for access to this partition is to make a bootable USB thumb drive (Ubuntu is a good one), and use this bootable drive to boot your Windows machine into Ubuntu.
    – Seamus
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 18:52

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Though the Pi supports many filesystem types, the most common is called 'ext4'.

Windows does not natively know how to attach an 'ext4' filesystem, but there are a number of free utilities for Windows that do this.

You might try one of these:

And I'm sure there are many others.

  • used an app called ex2explorer thank you.
    – birddseedd
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 23:44

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