Raspberry Pi won’t boot into XBian, OpenELEC or DarkELEC

XMBCAnother round of brick wall head contact and I think I’ve figured out why I couldn’t get Xbian, OpenELEC or DarkELEC to boot on my Raspberry Pi.

Simple answer: It was my SD card, specifically a SanDisk Class 10 16gb model number SDSDU-016G-U46.

The long and the short of it is, not all SD cards are compatible with every operating system available for the RPi. In this case, the only media centre I could successfully install (and keep running after I rebooted) was Raspbmc. However other makes and classes of card did not have a problem.

A list of different SD cards and their success rates is available from eLinux, although this didn’t help me much, as I guess everyone is still figuring out what works with what.


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    • No, not that I recall. From what I remember the screen initialised, but would boot no further and since I had another SD card handy, I didn’t need to debug the config.txt file. Its worth giving it a try though, let me know if it works and I’ll update the post.