I recently bought a Raspberry Pi 4 (8Gb model), and am having problems booting into any operating system. I’m using the official RPI power supply, and the HDMI cabling works with another RPi4.
I had prepared a Micro SD card with Ubuntu 18.04 (64bit). See screenshot, it stops booting saying the board requires newer software.
I also tried the following:
Perform the “Pi 4 EEPROM boot recovery” from the
https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/, but this didn’t change the boot problem. Install the latest raspberry pi OS, and I still get a boot problem, see screenshot
I tested the MicroSD card images on another RPi4 (2Gb), and they both boot ok to the OS.
Any further suggestions, let me know.
I was able to resolve the problem by reformatting the SD card and installing Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit) Lite. This allowed me to boot into the OS and do updates and upgrades.
Glad to hear that it’s now working correctly. For future reference of any readers on this forum I’ve attached some extra debugging steps below. All the best with it!
If Pi 4 - Ensure that HDMI is connected before the power and is connected to HDMI0 on the Pi4
If using your own uSD, you will need to use the
newest version of Noobs or Raspbian for support of new board variants.
If using your own uSD (not a preloaded NOOBS from us), we recommend
BalenaEtcher to write the freshly downloaded image to your USD (this fixes most boot issues, due to incorrect formatting methods)
If Pi 4 - Check that the Pi4 bootloader is correct with the
Have a look over this thread that has a lot of
advice on boot issues.
Check that the SD card has not been damaged by a drop or mishandling (uSD should be removed when installing Pi into a case to avoid snapping the uSD).
Ensure you are using a power supply that can provide 5.1V (not just 5 Volts) at a minimum of 2 Amps
Check the HDMI cable connectors for damage. Shine a light (phone torch would suffice) into the connectors and check for dislodged/damaged pins.
Check the Power Connector (both on the Pi and on the lead) in the same way, inspecting for dislodged/damaged pins.
As all RPi boards are electrically tested post-manufacture, in the majority of use cases we find the uSD is at fault (
we have replacements here if you don’t have one handy).
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my boot loader boasts sep 9 2020…so it just could be out of date or has become unstable…
i agree with Bryce on this issue…need to reinstall the boot loader…
you casn write into the loader file before you flash it i have re-flashed mine using ubuntu i changed the boot order so it boots fron the usb port if it cannot find a op-sys on the usb it then looks at the sd-card
you can have a look here…
also this page may be of assistance to many users…having the fault codes…
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this may be handy as well…
i have got the rpi-4 board to boot from usb…that is working
the usb 3 ports still seem to have an issue using 20,10 ubuntu…
i swapped out my hdd over to the usb 2 ports and it works ok…
so is there still an issue with the usb 3 ports…
ok so i limited the memory to 3 gig like i did in the past to get the usb 3 ports to function …i dont think i ever have and i have had my board for approx a year now…i`d say…
i`m running an m-2 and usb bridge adapter it is really good butr would be faster o…