D&C GLug - Home Page

[ Date Index ] [ Thread Index ] [ <= Previous by date / thread ] [ Next by date / thread => ]

[LUG] Pi mystery


My son's Raspberry Pi rev B boots from its 4GB SD card (Raspbian) only intermittently. It was running fine at home before we shut down (properly) and disconnected it to take it to Exeter. At Exeter, to our not very great surprise, it again refused to boot. Paul helped us eliminate several possibilities at the Pi Jam in Exeter on Saturday; here's the latest update.

First to recap (well, it's a recap for Paul), at the Pi Jam, with Paul's help, we tried the following (all failed to do anything but show the board's ROM start screen):

* Different power adapter
* Different card, same board
* Different board (Paul's, also a Rev B), same card

* Mount and check our card on Paul's board booting from Paul's card, using Paul's USB card reader

So we gave up and enjoyed checking out everyone else's geeky stuff, and it was great, and we went home, and we plugged everything back in the way it was in the morning, and it booted and ran fine first time.

So, I conclude, that the explanation is one of the following:

1. Our board likes using analog composite video out, which is what we have here, a bit more (but not enough to be deterministic even here) than digital HDMI-to-DVI-D which is what we had in Exeter; or

2. Our board likes the power supply in our house better than it likes the power supply in Exeter Library; or

3. Our board doesn't like being too close to sea level; or

4. Our board likes the east Somerset bit of the earth's magnetic field and doesn't like the Exeter bit; or

5. Our board, with no sensors attached, likes the angle of incidence of sunlight here and doesn't like it further south and west; or

6. Cosmic rays mumble mumble; or

7. Kinda y'know quantum <waves hands>.

Phil Hudson                  http://hudson-it.no-ip.biz
@UWascalWabbit                 PGP/GnuPG ID: 0x887DCA63
The Mailing List for the Devon & Cornwall LUG
FAQ: http://www.dcglug.org.uk/listfaq