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    Default Raspberry pi not booting - initramfs unpacking failed

    Hello there!

    I have an issue with the newest image of tumbleweed. I can't boot into it! I get to grub, then both the failsafe and normal boot option error. What happens is as follows:
    1) Pi boots to grub
    2) Option is selected
    3) takes longer than leap to load linux image and initrd.vmx
    4) black screen, white writing:
    Initramfs unpacking failed: write error
    Kernel panic - not syncing: no working init found.

    It then reboots after 90 seconds

    More info:
    Leap image works fine.
    I am booting off the USB but same error with SD card, the only modification I have made to the pi is enabling usb boot!

    I am using a Mac keyboard which has caused issues (if plugged in, pi doesn't find usb boot stick, but error persists without keyboard plugged in. I am yet to try without keyboard, booting of SD)

    I am using the 64bit os

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    James

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    Default Re: Raspberry pi not booting - initramfs unpacking failed

    Quote Originally Posted by yobson View Post
    Hello there!

    I have an issue with the newest image of tumbleweed. I can't boot into it! I get to grub, then both the failsafe and normal boot option error. What happens is as follows:
    1) Pi boots to grub
    2) Option is selected
    3) takes longer than leap to load linux image and initrd.vmx
    4) black screen, white writing:
    Initramfs unpacking failed: write error
    Kernel panic - not syncing: no working init found.

    It then reboots after 90 seconds

    More info:
    Leap image works fine.
    I am booting off the USB but same error with SD card, the only modification I have made to the pi is enabling usb boot!

    I am using a Mac keyboard which has caused issues (if plugged in, pi doesn't find usb boot stick, but error persists without keyboard plugged in. I am yet to try without keyboard, booting of SD)

    I am using the 64bit os

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    James
    Hi and welcome to the Forum
    I have an open bug report on this.... (I boot from USB as well)
    https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1070470

    Add yourself and ask for an update....?

    I also use a serial connection as well...
    Cheers Malcolm °¿° SUSE Knowledge Partner (Linux Counter #276890)
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    Default Re: Raspberry pi not booting - initramfs unpacking failed

    Thank for such a speedy response!
    I'll add myself now

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    Default Re: Raspberry pi not booting - initramfs unpacking failed

    I've found a fix I'm happy to say

    At the grub menu press c
    Now type:
    set prefix=(hd0,2)/boot/grub2
    set root=(hd0,2)
    set
    linux /boot/linux.vmx root=/dev/sda2 to
    initrd /boot/initrd.xmx
    boot


    Then, to update grub once logged in,
    grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

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    Default Re: Raspberry pi not booting - initramfs unpacking failed

    Quote Originally Posted by yobson View Post
    I've found a fix I'm happy to say

    At the grub menu press c
    Now type:
    set prefix=(hd0,2)/boot/grub2
    set root=(hd0,2)
    set
    linux /boot/linux.vmx root=/dev/sda2 to
    initrd /boot/initrd.xmx
    boot


    Then, to update grub once logged in,
    grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
    Be sure to contribute your fix to the bug report.

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