The Pi 3 – Boot up !

Posted: August 3, 2017 in Pi3 B, Raspberry Pi



Ah… here I am again … Well I recently shifted and once again its a shared accommodation (Same story different place) and once again I didn’t wanna be put up with doing a headless install on the Pi2 B. Also this time, I’d saved up a bit (skipped beer for about 3 weeks) and was feeling itchy about spending so I went up on Amazon and ordered the Pi 3. And then while I was at it – decided to get myself a monitor as well.


So after shifting into my new digs and unpacking – I decided it was time to fire up the new Pi 3 B. And behold, I dove right into the pile of the bits and bobs (the usual suspects – USB cables, flash drives, memory cards , adaptors and stuff )  and finally found an unused SanDisk 64GB Micro SD Card (Class 10) and I was elated.

So I proceed to format and flash the SD card and loaded the latest version of Raspbian from the Pi Web site. And just when I thought that the Pi3 B was now up and ready for the taking – bang, there it came up with the boot up problem. Seems like there was an issue with the Panel files in (~/.config/lxpanel/LXDE-pi). After wasting about 90 minutes, I decided to just re-flash the SD card with NOOBS.

Here are a key points to note:

  1. If you are using an SD card upto 32GB – the Windows Disk Formatting utility allows you to format the SD card with the File Format as either NTFS or FAT32 (Most of you would already know this).
  2. What’s interesting is that if the SD Card is larger than 32GB – then the default Formatting Options available are NTFS and exFAT – FAT32 is not supported by the Windows Disk Formatting Utility.
  3. Now,  but now NOOBS didn’t fire up and I was once again flustered. A bit of digging around led me to the fact that for NOOBS to work as a bootable CD, the SD card needs to be formatted with the FAT 32 option as the Raspberry Pi does not support exFAT.
  4. To get out of this I used EaseUS Partition Master (The Free version of course) and finally booted up the Pi3 B.


One of the biggest advantages of the Pi3 B over the Pi2 B is the inclusion of on-board Bluetooth and WiFi support. This frees up 2 Additional USB Ports on the Pi3 B or the USB hub which I preferred as I had a couple spare lying around (Damn, I’ve got way too much stuff, I thought to myself, but hey it did come in handy and so I silenced my inner voice of reason).

So after the “sudo apt-get updated” , “sudo apt-get upgrade” and “sudo apt-get clean”  and a reboot , it was time install VNC Server. But wait! – Hold the presses, this just in, the latest version of Raspbian comes with the VNC server ! Yippee!!! All you’ve gotta do is enable it from the Raspberry Pi Configuration Settings. The same goes for the SSH Interface as well.

WhatsApp Image 2017-08-03 at 22.35.16


So that’s me booted up and running the Pi3 B.


WhatsApp Image 2017-08-03 at 22.44.12

Next up on the docket is see if Bluetooth works as flawlessly as expected or whether I need to enable a few packages / install a few dependencies and stuff like that.

Exciting Times Ahead!





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