towserthewolf
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Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:31 pm

I just put NOOBS onto a micro SD card that was formatted using SDFormatter however when I put the micro SD card into the Raspberry Pi both the red and the green LEDs come on and stay on and there is nothing on the screen. I tried using BerryBoot instead and that didn't work, I also tried reformatting the micro SD card as it stated in the sticky about Raspberry Pis not booting. please can you help me get it to boot?

drgeoff
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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:50 pm

Try using Etcher to put Raspbian image, not NOOBS, on the card.

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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:57 pm

Welcome to the forums.

What size SD card are you using? What file system type did you apply when you reformatted the card?

towserthewolf
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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:34 pm

W. H. Heydt wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:57 pm
Welcome to the forums.

What size SD card are you using? What file system type did you apply when you reformatted the card?
the SD card is 128GB and i used SDFormatter to format it

drgeoff
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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:48 pm

towserthewolf wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:34 pm
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:57 pm
Welcome to the forums.

What size SD card are you using? What file system type did you apply when you reformatted the card?
the SD card is 128GB and i used SDFormatter to format it
Well, that's the problem. Cards of 64 Gbyte and larger get formatted as exFAT. RaspberryPis cannot boot from a card when the boot files are in an exFAT file system.

Either do as I said in my reply above or read https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... n/noobs.md paying particular attention to the section headed "How to format an SD card as FAT"

towserthewolf
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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:41 pm

drgeoff wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:48 pm
towserthewolf wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:34 pm
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:57 pm
Welcome to the forums.

What size SD card are you using? What file system type did you apply when you reformatted the card?
the SD card is 128GB and i used SDFormatter to format it
Well, that's the problem. Cards of 64 Gbyte and larger get formatted as exFAT. RaspberryPis cannot boot from a card when the boot files are in an exFAT file system.

Either do as I said in my reply above or read https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... n/noobs.md paying particular attention to the section headed "How to format an SD card as FAT"
thank you so much, reformatting via easeus partition manager as FAT32 fixed this problem and the Raspberry Pi now appears to boot up just fine

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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:06 pm

Does this mean that, as the normal sizes of most people's average SD cards tends to move towards being in the 64 and greater category, that the standard advice of "Use SD Association formatting thing" is going to be phrased out?

(Since it apparently doesn't do the right thing with large cards)
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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:52 pm

There exists another reason to avoid NOOBS already for a long time. NOOBS is not supposed to get updated. If you obtain a new Raspberry Pi model, you can't reuse your existing SD cards without new installation from scratch.

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Re: Raspberry PI Model 2 B won't boot

Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:03 pm

That's not strictly true. See viewtopic.php?f=63&t=212452 for details of how to update noobs.

But PINN is a much better choice:
1) there is an image version that can be flashed with Etcher to avoid the exFat issue
2) it is self updating
3) you can update or replace OSes individually
4) now you can backup and restore OSes.
5) it can install a much wider range of OSes.
+ many more options
PINN - NOOBS with the extras... https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=142574

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