cjswish
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Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corner

Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:20 pm

Hello all,
I just received a Rasp Pi and an SD card pre-loaded with NOOBs Lite 1.4 from Adafruit. I installed Raspbian using the NOOBs menu upon startup. After the installation was complete, it began spitting lots of startup/config text out and looked like all was well. After that, the screen went black and there is a cursor flashing in the top left of the screen. I have tried two different SD cards and two different pi's, both having the same problem. Anyone know what the problem may be?

Thanks!

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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:48 pm

I had something very similar to this. Like so many things Pi-related, it proved to be a power problem. I replaced the cheap-but-convenient angled micro-usb cable with a decent quality charging cable, fed it from a good PSU (5.2v 2.5A) and the problem went away.

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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:16 am

Get a fresh copy of NOOBS 1.8 and replace the stuff on your card with that.
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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:11 pm

I am using a 5V, 2A power supply direct to the main, so I don't believe that is the issue. I just tried a brand new version of NOOBS Lite, same issue. I only have a 4GB SD card so I am not sure if I can put the full version of NOOBS on it. I will give it a try though. May have to purchase a larger card.

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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:15 pm

4GB just install raspbian lite - not noobs
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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:37 pm

RaTTuS wrote:4GB just install raspbian lite - not noobs
Tried this method and couldn't get to desktop using 'startx' command. Looked like from another thread that the lite version doesn't come with it. Ran the following in an attempt to download the desktop.

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y raspberrypi-ui-mods
sudo reboot
Got most of the way through the process and ran out of room. Is there another way to go about this?

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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:30 pm

Maybe you can use DietPi. It has a smaller footprint (from the docs I gather it uses about 2GB with desktop included).
See viewtopic.php?t=100976

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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:06 pm

Works like a charm. Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Raspbian won't boot, only blinks cursor in top left corn

Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:58 am

raspbain lite does not have x
4GB is too small for the foundation raspbain - that is why lite is there
^ glad you are sorted
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