Questions tagged [boot]

These questions refer to the initial starting up of the Raspberry PI.

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Why does my Raspberry Pi keep on rebooting?

I have a Raspberry Pi running Debian. The boot.rc file in the boot partition is replaced with the boot_enable_ssh.rc so that I can access it with ssh. After that did not work, I connected it to a ...
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What is the power on state of the GPIOs?

What is the state of the GPIOs when power is applied? eg High, Low, Hi-Z? Also does any OS change the state of any GPIOs when it loads? Hopefully not.
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Starting NTPD hangs when booting

I have a Debian downloaded from http://www.raspberrypi.org/. When I boot it up, it hangs when staring NTPD, and takes a few minutes to get to the login. A message shows up after this showing its IP ...
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Rebooting the system

I've noticed that rebooting my RPi doesn't work. It just halts and doesn't come back up. To get it back I have to disconnect and reconnect the power. I'm rebooting using the simple command $ sudo ...
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Running Headless - checking boot screen messages

It's fairly easy now to run headless from scratch with a Raspberry Pi. One area that might have an issue though is debugging issues with devices that have been added to the Raspberry Pi. Often you ...
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Can I use a different filesystem type for the boot partition?

I downloaded the Archlinux arm .img file for the Raspberry Pi and installed it onto my SD card. Is it possible to use a different partition instead of FAT16 that is in the .img? Or will the GPU not ...
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Raspberry Pi fails to turn on

I have a problem with my Raspberry Pi. When I plug in the power, the device fails to power on. The POWER LED turns on, but nothing else happens. My display still says No signal, the OK LED does not ...
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How do I load a module at boot time?

As stated in Why is my Audio (Sound) Output not working?, to initialise the sound driver, you must run sudo modprobe snd_bcm2835 every time you want to output sound. How do I get this to run on boot? ...
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Boot from USB hard disk?

Is there a way to boot from an external hard drive connected to the device through the USB port (as opposed to booting from the SD card)?
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What password to use to log in after the first boot?

The first time I boot up my Raspberry Pi I get a login screen. What username and password should I use? That is, what is the default password for Raspberry Pi?
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How do I configure the Raspberry Pi to boot with an NFS root?

How can I make my Raspberry Pi use an NFS server for the root filesystem, instead of the SD card? I'd like to be able to set up my Raspberry Pi to have its root file system on a remote machine via ...
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Auto-start X-windows / gdm on the standard Debian build

I've built a bootable SD from the official Debian release. Is there an easy way to get GDM to auto-start when the machine boots (like a typical Linux desktop)? For bonus points, is there a way to ...
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fstab not mounting partitions automatically [closed]

When I create new partitions on the flash drive I'm finding that they are not being mounted at boot. Here is my fstab: devpts /dev/pts devpts defaults 0 0 shm ...
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What could cause a failure to display anything on the HDMI output?

Occasionally, when I power up my friendly RPi, the screen stays blank as if there is no output from the HDMI. I can still ssh to the device, so it is working. Can anyone suggest reasons why it may be ...
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Is it possible to dual boot from the SD card?

Say I wished to have Debian Squeeze and Arch Linux ARM on my SD card. Would it be possible to dual boot from Grub?
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Is there anything I can do to improve boot speed?

I love my Pi, but it takes a considerable time to boot. If I want to use it as a Media Centre, it's quite important that it powers up quickly. Are there any steps I can take to improve boot ...
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What is a typical boot time for the standard Debian distribution on a typical SD card?

How long does the RasPi take to boot when using the standard Debian distribution on a typical SD card? Are we talking less than a second? A couple of seconds? 10 seconds? 100 seconds? This isn't too ...
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Emulation on a Linux PC

How can I connect an SD card containing a Raspberry Pi OS to my Linux PC, and boot the OS in an emulator? Why won't VMWare work? What are the limitations of this method? Related: Emulation on a ...
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What's the quickest way to start playing a movie after attaching power?

I want my Raspberry Pi to start looping a predefined .mp4 movie (/home/oliver/awesome.mp4) as soon as possible after attaching power to the device. This has to happen without any user interaction and ...
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Problems while booting [closed]

Having difficulties booting would mean that your SD Card is written the way it is supposed to be and the OS starts loading but doesn't proceed and most certainly doesn't prompt you for logging in. ...
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