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!

Hi and welcome to the Forum :slight_smile:
I have an open bug report on this… (I boot from USB as well)

Add yourself and ask for an update…?

I also use a serial connection as well…

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

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)
linux /boot/linux.vmx root=/dev/sda2 to
initrd /boot/initrd.xmx

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

Be sure to contribute your fix to the bug report.