Wow, hey, I haven’t used these forums in a long time, I kinda forgot this place existed, though I’ve been keeping up with the youtube show for the most part, ANYWAYS…
I’m trying to setup a Raspberry Pi for the first time with Linux. This is my first time trying to do anything with a Raspberry Pi and only my second time trying to put Linux on anything. I’ve been following this guide:
I been following this guide for everything except for the overclocking part, I’m interesting in doing the “Lubuntu” as he suggested. But when I plug in the Raspberry Pi and it fires up… I get nothing, just a black screen. The Raspberry Pi must be sending something through that HDMI cord because the “No Signal” message on the screen goes away, but I’m not getting anything other than a blank, black screen. Going through some trouble shooting guides on the official Raspberry Pi website, I think there may be something wrong with my SD card. I’ve tried re- flashing several times, with Etcher, I tried re- flashing with the official Raspberry Pi Imager, I tried reformatting it multiple times(every time I tried firing up the Raspberry Pi it was with FAT32 formatting on the card), I even tried a different SD card, but I still got the same results, just a black screen.
…and now I’m just kinda flummoxed. I have no idea how to proceed in trouble shooting the card itself. Is the card bad? Is my Raspberry Pi bad? I don’t know what to do next. I’m all for problem solving myself and digging deep into trouble shooting guides, but I just don’t know where to look next.
I was wanting to set up this Raspberry Pi as a desktop to keep it connected to a Wacom Tablet at all times and use it as like an “art station” of sorts in a different place in the house as my daily machine so I can really focus on enhancing my drawing skills on the Wacom. I’d really appreciate any help that can be offered, thought I probably can’t work on this again until this weekend. Thank you!
The power supply should be fine, I’m using one of those starter kits I got off of Amazon that comes with a case and everything. The plug in even has the Raspberry Pi logo on it. Let me know if you want more details.
Glad you have the pi displaying now. I assume the above means you have keyboard and mouse and have gone through initial setup.
Ok we need a little more detail. Are you still using Ubuntu?. If so then it may need you to do further configuration before you can access software sources. If you are using raspbian it should have taken you through a dialogue box to configure the network on first boot.
A couple of things to test.
can you access a website using the browser?
try the WiFi connection and make sure that can connect.
I’m still trying to install ubuntu, yes. I get to the part where I type in “sudo apt install lubuntu” and it gives me the cannot find package message(I tried with the regular “ubuntu” also and got the same result). I assume I’m missing a step with setting up the ethernet connection.
Let’s take this back to basics to help us understand your problem.
You have a raspberry pi4 fully connected to monitor mouse keyboard and wired ethernet.
you have an SD card.
that SD card has an operating system on it?
when you turn on the pi Ito boots into a desktop environment (I assume raspbian) and from there you are opening a terminal to type apt-get Ubuntu?
if you have raspbian installed you can’t overwrite it with Ubuntu with apt-get. Raspbian is based on Debian and is cut down to run on the arm processor and an SD card, so would be missing the Ubuntu base packages.
if you want to run Ubuntu on the pi Go to the Ubuntu website and download the iso.
You would need to flash that to an SD card (blank one ideally) and plug that into your pi. Boot it and it will work.
There is a tutorial linked at the URL above.
If this is not your problem please could you explain what you are trying to do?
Also no. I’m not doing anything with Raspbian, I just want to put lubuntu on it. (Should I be doing something with Raspbian? I was under the impression that I could just put straight ubuntu on it without Raspbian.) Watch the video I linked in my initial post, I’ve been following every step in that video EXCEPT for the part that allows me to overclock it. But when I get to the part to type in “sudo apt install lubuntu” I get the cannot find package message.
Again, I think I’m missing a step to establish a connection to the internet through that ethernet cord.
Okay, so that command started doing its thing but then gave me a huge list of “failed to fetch” messages ending with suggesting me to run “apt-get update” but then that gave me a short list of “Permission denied” messages. Gonna try googling how to fix this, let me know if you want more details.
Okay, I reflashed and figured out somethings I was doing wrong, I did have a simple problem with my connection. But I got a successful install and I got to the desktop of lubuntu! There’s some other problems to be solved but for now I’m just pleased to have a successful installation.
I’m getting alot of really weird graphical glitches. Janky artifacts and such. And when there was a second window on top of another, the screen would flicker to black and go out for seconds at a time(it did this once before, today, before I had successfully installed, maybe the pi just doesn’t like this monitor). And when I opened up Firefox it slowed down so badly that I couldn’t do anything at all and had to unplug it without a proper shutdown. I’m done for today. But at least I did get it connected to my wifi (though I didn’t get the chance to test the connection) and set up some other user accounts, so that’s a start. Thanks everybody.