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Offline iDooT3

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Can't get FPP to Boot
« on: May 23, 2018, 12:33:19 AM »
I can't get my Pi to boot, all it does is show a rainbow screen. I followed the install instruction using SD card format and then copied v1.8 files to SD card.
Any ideas how/what to troubleshoot? - thx

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 03:53:45 AM »
FPP 1.8 is a compressed file that needs to be extracted - did you just copy to SD, if do - it needs to be extracted to SD

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 05:38:37 AM »
Easiest way is to use the SD card formatter and then Ethcher to extract it properly onto the card


https://etcher.io

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 06:15:07 AM »
What your saying makes sense, however, FFP 1.8 is a compressed file not an image (http://www.falconchristmas.com/wiki/Main_Page). Did I download the wrong file? I tried using Ethcher and it gave me an error - invalid archive image.

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2018, 06:23:21 AM »
maybe the older version does it different then the 2.x betas


make sure when you download the image you then extract all the files to the SD card, the root of the SD card should then have a bunch of files and folders, not just the 1 image file you downloaded.


the instructions are here - http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,483.0.html

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2018, 08:03:27 AM »
FPP 1.x and FPP 2.x are both distributed as a single .ZIP file.  HOWEVER there is a big difference between them regarding what is inside the .zip file:

FPP 1.x is a zip of multiple files in a file folder structure.  You can extract (unzip) the whole file structure directly to a freshly formatted SD card -OR- you can unzip the file structure to a local folder on your hard drive and COPY the whole file structure (multiple files and subfolders) to the SD card

FPP 2.x is a zip of a single image file.  You MUST use an SD Image Writer tool (free download) to write the .img file to a freshly formatted SD card.    Some tools (like "dotNet Disk Imager" or Etcher) can unzip and write the image in a single step.  Others (like Win32 Disk Imager) need you to extract the .img from the .zip first and then write the .img to SD.


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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2018, 08:09:28 AM »
What your saying makes sense, however, FFP 1.8 is a compressed file not an image (http://www.falconchristmas.com/wiki/Main_Page). Did I download the wrong file? I tried using Ethcher and it gave me an error - invalid archive image.

Correct a .zip file.  Just extract file  to a clean SD, put it back in Pi and retry your boot.  Assume you have a (FAT formatted) USB drive in place.

If you are seeing the rainbow screen, then you have HDMI monitor in place.  At the end of the boot, do not try to connect there [thatis still Pi] you want to go to your connected computer and access FPP via the web browser . Type http//FPP/ [return]

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2018, 03:41:11 PM »
A rainbow screen can also mean you do not have a large enough power supply.
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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2018, 09:07:21 PM »
Thanks all, I'm using the PS that came with it, however I did try another one with the same result. I decided to send CanaKit an email to see if they will replace it.

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2018, 09:35:58 PM »
If you have an Android phone usb charger cable, just plug it into your computer and the Pi.  I run my test Pi this way.

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2018, 10:15:39 PM »
Tried my phone adapter and noticed the green drive LED does not light.

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2018, 10:28:20 PM »
Phone adapter likely not enough power - suggesting a mobile adapter cable - usb plug

Edit: I don't think its your power....try to reload your sd from scratch.  Format with no partitions. Then extract Zip file to SD
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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2018, 05:31:42 AM »
I have had a defective SD card that also gave me the rainbow screen.

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Re: Can't get FPP to Boot
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2018, 07:17:59 AM »
found out v1.8 wont run on the 3B+, installed v2.0 and it works - thx all for your help.

 

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