Raspberry Pi questions

Tim Kientzle tim at kientzle.com
Wed Dec 26 05:58:16 UTC 2012

On Dec 25, 2012, at 3:55 PM, Ian Lepore wrote:
>>> This is so close to working.

I know what you mean….

I've almost got my scripts building bootable RPi images now using
the new boot sequence that Oleksandr's been working on.

There's clearly been a huge amount of progress:  memory config
now works, the HDMI video console works.

But I am still having a few inexplicable issues:

1) Building U-Boot.

I'm trying to build U-Boot from the sources at
They build but the result won't boot.   Can anyone
point me to the U-Boot sources that do work?  For
now, I'm using the binary blob that Oleksandr built.

2) Random failure to mount root.

This is weird.  If I insert the SD card into my Mac and open
the MSDOS partition, then eject, the card will boot (sort of,
see below).  Otherwise, the kernel can't mount root.  I'm
entirely baffled.

3) Doesn't quite make it to multi-user.

When root does mount, it goes through the init
scripts (generates SSH keys, etc), then prints the
date and time and stops.  I know the kernel is running
since I get insert/removal messages if I plug/unplug a
keyboard, but getty never seems to launch on either
HDMI or serial console.


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