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My apartment experiences frequent power outages. After a power outage there is an about 50% chance of the pi not booting. Unplugging it and plugging it back in usually causes it to boot. Is there anything I can do in software? Like waiting a few seconds after connecting to power for booting or trying again after some time? Are there logs I can look at?

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    Is a UPS out of the question? – Seamus May 19 at 11:58
  • If there is any way to easily fix it in software I'd very much prefer that. If there is not I will probably have to look into that for this one and a few other devices. – Hans May 19 at 12:00
  • This has presumably happened more than once. What have you been doing to get the Pi booting again? – joan May 19 at 13:25
  • Unplugging it and plugging it back in again. Works most of the time. if not: repeat. – Hans May 19 at 13:42
  • I am thinking of DIYing an UPS for my 12V LiPo Power Bank for Rpi. I found the following discussion interesting. Viability of using a USB power bank as a UPS? - rpi.org Forum 2018jun15 raspberrypi.org/forums/… I might try it later, if the long paragraphs are not boring me to death. – tlfong01 May 20 at 4:45
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The Pi should boot when power is applied.

There is a hardware watchdog in the SOC which can be used to reboot of failure.

See https://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/a/68332/8697 (NOTE the bug mentioned is fixed in Stretch)

  • I set this up. So far it booted every time. – Hans May 20 at 8:41

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