I’m trying to get the setup as described in this article up and running for my grandma. I don’t have a lot of experience with Raspberry’s and/or Linux, but do have Home Assistant running successfully on another Raspberry so I’m no idiot either and happy to learn
Unfortunately, after writing the image to the SD card, plugging it in the Raspberry and booting, very little happens. It seems like there’s a basic bootup sequence, but it halts after the following lines:
[timestamp] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p2): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
[timestamp] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p3): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
[timestamp] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p5): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
[timestamp] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p6): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
[timestamp] random: crng init done
Nothing happens after that and I don’t see anything Balena-related.
- Trying to use WIFI, so I selected “Ethernet+WiFi” while creating the image.
- Am absolutely sure SSID and password are correct.
- Using version raspberrypi4-64-2.60.1+rev5-dev-v11.14.0
- I am aware of the bug that’s referenced in the blog, but I seem to get stuck in an earlier phase.
- Did a general scan through the files on the SD after I let it run overnight, but couldn’t find anything that looked like a log that might help out. Am I looking in the wrong place, am I blind or is it just not there?
- I don’t think my router settings are weird. I read balena uses port 443, but shouldn’t that be open automatically when the Raspberry first calls out to your server? (I did have port forwarding on 443 to my Home Assistant setup, but I have disabled that when working with this setup)
- Green LED is not blinking at all, so no error codes)
- Running on a new Raspberry Pi 4B, 2GB ram
- Connecting a keyboard will be recognized by the system, but any keystrokes don’t seem to be processed
- Just noticed that while the image download is ~160MB, the image inside ~1GB and the SD-card 16GB, looking at the SD card on a windows computer shows only the 1 partition containing the “Overlays”, “Splash” and “system-connection” folders reporting 32.0MB free of 39.3MB. Can I assume the actual image is on a hidden partition?
- Tried the Ethernet-only version, same problem.
- Reflashed the SD card several times using BalenaEtcher with no errors shown during or after flashing. Selected both the downloaded .zip-file as well as the image inside the zip.
(Post edited a few times to add bullets above)
Any advice or pointers on where to dig are most welcome, thanks in advance!