I’ve set up my fair share of Raspberry Pis in my time. I think all but one were RetroPis but the process is generally the same.
This Mother’s day my family purchased me a Pi 3B+ and a touchscreen monitor so I could put together a family calendar/info/command center. I figured I’d just throw NOOBS on there and get started. The Pi had other ideas.
I literally went through 6 MicroSD cards. One of which I think is legit corrupted but the others seemed to work fine on my laptop but the Pi would not boot. I tried NOOBs, I tried Raspbian images, I did a little dance as an offering to the Pi gods. Nada.
So here’s my tips on getting a Pi working when things are just not happening. This is all stuff had I done a little more research I would have maybe found from the beginning. But like I said, I had already set up several Pis and didn’t run into these issues. So, whatevs I guess!
- Download NOOBS or Raspbian from the official Raspberry Pi site.
- If you are on a Mac use the Unarchiver to unpack any of the zip files (NOOBs or Raspbian, etc).
- Use Etcher to write your image to your SD card (you don’t have to mess with formatting or anything like that — and this is where I think a lot of my issues lied? lay? laid?)
- Plug everything in, and if you’re lucky, Bob’s your uncle!
Stay tuned for my family command center! I’m exited!