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by timg236
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 bootloader update package
Replies: 55
Views: 4323

Re: Raspberry Pi4 bootloader update package

I know it's early days on EEPROM bootloader updates and documentation. I hope I can be helpful and get some help at the same time. I succeeded in updating my bootloader to the July 15th release. I ran into some glitches and posted in the wrong thread (Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta) whe...
by timg236
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 bootloader update package
Replies: 55
Views: 4323

Re: Raspberry Pi4 bootloader update package

Will 'critical release' cover ethernet booting? ie, if I just cron this, will I eventually get a message telling me an update is required and, upon installing it, magically gain proper netbooting? Eventually. New features will be released by 'beta' first then possibly a 'stable' tag (TBD) which wou...
by timg236
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Superseding beta firmware with apt-get
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Superseding beta firmware with apt-get

Ignoring fruity's silly pedantry for a simple typo, yes. An apt upgrade will replace the kernel with an updated one if there is one available. If There has been no updates to the apt repository since the last one was installed that way, and rpi-update has been run to install a new testing kernel, t...
by timg236
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 bootloader update package
Replies: 55
Views: 4323

Raspberry Pi4 bootloader update package

We've recently published a Debian package which makes it easier to update the bootloader EEPROM when new features and bug fixes are available i.e. no need to swap sd-cards EEPROM updates are delivered by apt updates (it doesn't poll the network) and the default behaviour is to update to the latest c...
by timg236
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

Just dropping in to say thanks to everyone who made this package and/or the 7-15 bootloader. Just used it to update my Pi last night- and the package was easy to use and understand, for anyone who might be wondering. I'd be comfortable trusting it with future updates. The USB ports have been cooler...
by timg236
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspberry pi 4, 4GB won't boot with a 512 GB Micro SD card.
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Raspberry pi 4, 4GB won't boot with a 512 GB Micro SD card.

Was the green light flashing with a regular pattern or random activity ? If it’s not a regular error pattern then I think the bootloader has run and start.elf has initialised HDMI. It’s hard to tell if Linux is running without a UART cable. I often test with 256GB card and the only real problem is t...
by timg236
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

The update package works by placing the updater (recovery.bin) and the image (pieeprom.upd) in the boot partition of the sd-card. I wasn't aware of that. I thought the update package procedure would update the actual Boot Eeprom just as flashrom was doing previously. That it doesn't hasn't been ver...
by timg236
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

The update package works by placing the updater (recovery.bin) and the image (pieeprom.upd) in the boot partition of the sd-card. Normally, this is /boot but on NOOBs it's something else and the script attempts to resolve that. Please can you try running 'sudo rpi-eeprom-update -a' and verifying tha...
by timg236
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

The rpi-eeprom package has been moved from untested to stable so it can be installed with just

apt update
apt get rpi-eeprom

Whilst the rescue image is still available for fixing corrupted EEPROMs the documentation (PR pending) will point users towards rpi-eeprom for feature upgrades / bug fixes.
by timg236
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Pi 4B beta firmware 2019-09-06
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: Pi 4B beta firmware 2019-09-06

Not yet, it will be when the Debian package is updated but not until next week. Feel free to

apt update
apt install rpi-eeprom

then use "rpi-eeprom-update -f" to install the beta.

The changelog is just the SDRAM changes. No new features
by timg236
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

The scripts for updating and configuring the bootloader EEPROM are now hosted on Github. The pieeprom binaries will also be hosted here

https://github.com/raspberrypi/rpi-eeprom
by timg236
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 usb boot?
Replies: 325
Views: 66143

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 usb boot?

Don't forget that a recovery.bin on a fresh SD card will ALWAYS recover the system and remove any malware that, in very unlikely circumstances, corrupt the EEPROM. BTW, I know of no disgruntled Brcm employees. And there certainly are no RPi ones! <fud> Since the VLI USB controller firmware is also ...
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

As I said the manual process requires root. Try it :)
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

I've got another couple of questions: Firstly, upon checking for a new EEPROM firmware, the rpi-eeprom-update tool currently reports '*** UPDATE REQUIRED ***'on my Pi 4. I'm wondering if perhaps it would be better worded as '*** UPDATE AVAILABLE ***'? Secondly, does the rpi-eeprom-update tool, when...
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

I've got another couple of questions: Firstly, upon checking for a new EEPROM firmware, the rpi-eeprom-update tool currently reports '*** UPDATE REQUIRED ***'on my Pi 4. I'm wondering if perhaps it would be better worded as '*** UPDATE AVAILABLE ***'? Secondly, does the rpi-eeprom-update tool, when...
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

Can you possibly confirm that the MESA packages are not required for the new firmware and the firmware tools? I don't want to touch MESA at the moment. Correct they aren't required, just a warning that apt-get dist-ugprade will update all packages. It should be possible to install the package by it...
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Re: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

Updated the post to include a link to the documentation + release notes, although the release notes may end up in a separate page at some point

https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... teeprom.md
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta
Replies: 57
Views: 5058

Raspberry Pi4 EEPROM update package - beta

EDIT: The package is now in the normal apt repositories so there is no need to use the 'untested' repository. You can remove untested from /etc/apt/sources.list.d/raspi.list and use just update/upgrade using regular apt repo We have just released BETA of the new Debian package for updating the Rasp...
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: PI 4 PWR Led Flashing no boot, STICKY: Is your Pi not booting? Read throughugh
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: PI 4 PWR Led Flashing no boot, STICKY: Is your Pi not booting? Read throughugh

Very odd. Any chance of a photo (both sides of the board) or short video clip ?

When you see PWR LED flashing, is this a regular pattern or is it an irregular flicker ?
by timg236
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: pi 4 32GB sd card doesn't work.
Replies: 51
Views: 5402

Re: pi 4 32GB sd card doesn't work.

Got a replacement pi today. It boots off all 32gb and the 64gb cards that the other didn't. It was a pi issue I will hook up a uart and post the results to the old one. What linux file do I look in for boot error logs? Startup errors would be in the /var/log/syslog however, it look as though it was...
by timg236
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Network (Ethernet) Boot for Pi4
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Re: Network (Ethernet) Boot for Pi4

Ethernet boot is weeks away maybe a month for general beta. It’s approaching feature complete but lots of debug/test left to do. General firmware stability issues are still higher priority than advanced boot modes. Anyway the first boot related thing will be the beta EEPROM updated apt package. The ...
by timg236
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pi4 solid red and green led
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: Pi4 solid red and green led

Do you get any output on the display ?

If you have a UART then that might help
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... on/uart.md
by timg236
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: pi 4 32GB sd card doesn't work.
Replies: 51
Views: 5402

Re: pi 4 32GB sd card doesn't work.

I do have a USB UART. After making the connections, simply boot the pi and watch the serial console? Since it looks as though your system has the Linux kernel running it should just be a simple config.txt / cmdline.txt https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/uart.md config.txt enabl...
by timg236
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: pi 4 32GB sd card doesn't work.
Replies: 51
Views: 5402

Re: pi 4 32GB sd card doesn't work.

I've put some of the units into a tighter reboot loop to ensure that the problem is reproducible on a reasonable timescale. I'll try out the UHS disable; any other diagnostics worth attempting? The most useful diagnostics would be a UART cable with BOOT_UART=1 in the bootloader. https://www.raspber...
by timg236
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Unattended bootloader updates on the Pi 4
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: Unattended bootloader updates on the Pi 4

Unless internal testing finds any really bad bugs we hope to share the APT package on Wednesday and promote the current beta release of the EEPROM to production.
Let’s see what happens ;)

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