[colug-432] Debian on Pi

Greg Sidelinger gate at ilive4code.net
Sun May 5 13:04:16 EDT 2013

I had a very similar issue with my Pi last December. I can't recall exactly
what I did to fix it but I'm thinking it may have been something as simple
as I messed up the dd when transferring the initial image to the SD card.
 I think after reading about what the lights on the PI mean during boot I
ended up starting from scratch and got it right the 2nd time.

Not much help but then I can't say I have used my Pi since I stopped using
the python Arduino library.


On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 8:06 AM, Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net> wrote:

> I bought a Raspberry Pi, finally.
> I intend to use this headless, so the Fedora Remix and the Raspbian
> distributions both seem like more than I need.  A good old fashioned
> minimal install of Debian should suffice.
> >From the http://elinux.org/RPi_Distributions page, I downloaded the
> following image:
> http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/images/debian/6/debian6-19-04-2012/debian6-19-04-2012.zip
> I flashed the image onto two different SD cards: one 4GB class 4
> device, and one 8GB class 10 device.
> When inserting either card into the Pi and applying power, nothing
> happened.  The red power LED illuminates, but the green SD card access
> light never lights up.
> I flashed the official Raspbian image
> (http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads) onto the 4GB card, and the Pi
> boots. The green SD card access LED illuminates, the NIC lights flash,
> and I can access the device over the network.
> I'd really rather stick with stock Debain, rather than Raspbian, if at
> all possible. Is there a better Debian image I should be trying,
> perhaps?
> Thanks,
> Scott
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