[Solved] BPI-M2+ red LED won't boot


My BPI just shipped in!

I ordered a 5v/2a power cable…it was DOA but I found a replacement in my home (PSP slim cable is 5v/2a).

I bought a Verbatim 8GB SDHC Class 10 micro sd card and burned the Debian Jessie Mate image from 2016-05-16. The MD5 is: ea6660f5d3284c61e8950af6704bb76e

I had to use diskpart and dd for windows to write the image because win32diskimager would not load maybe because I was using an SD adapter??? The steps I took were:

  1. diskpart
  2. select Disk 1
  3. list partition
  4. select partition 0
  5. delete partition 0
  6. select partition 1
  7. delete partition 0
  8. dd bs=1M if=c:\banana.img od=d:
  9. verified write was successful

When I plug in my board the red LED comes on but it will not boot. The HDMI shows no display. Any ideas?

(bpi team) #2

please check this documents:



I’ve virtually followed all of the steps listed in the document.

I was able to get win32diskimager working and wrote 2016-07-12-raspbian-lite-bpi-m2p.img to it after formatting. Still get a red LED with no display via HDMI.

(BPI_Justin) #5

HI: Please follow the following steps.

Step 1: Check your SD-Card path , Please run this command > sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdb: 7969 MB, 7969177600 bytes
246 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1020 cylinders, total 15564800 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0008c7e4

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1          204800      307199       51200    b  W95 FAT32
/dev/sdb2          307200    15564799     7628800   83  Linux

Note: My sd-card path is /dev/sdb

Step 2: Put the image to SD Card with DD command.

sudo dd if=2016-06-14-busybox-1.24.2-preview-bpi-m3.img of=/dev/sdb bs=10MB


I was able to get my pi running earlier this week. I put in a non-brand sd card and it booted up instantly. All is working well now. Will post a review soon!

(Ivan Ip) #7

I think it is the problem with your image burnt into the SD Card, try burning it in Linux environment as it would be more reliable.


(Tobias Schultz) #8

Hi there,

I’m completely new to the Pi topic. Nevertheless I got into it through reading Internet articles. I received my 4 Banana Pi M2 + 1 day ago. Now I am trying to get this thing running.

  • Plugged in HDMI
  • Plugged in power supply (5v, 2,5A)

Installed 2 branded SD cards (Class 10) (Samsung and SanDisk) with Ubuntu mate 16.04 Image as the instructions say here: http://wiki.lemaker.org/BananaPro/Pi:SD_card_installation

However the Banana Pi won’t boot. The LED continiously shows a red light and nothing happens when i push the power Button.

Help would be highly appreciated!


Just follow Armbian’s instructions step by step: https://docs.armbian.com/User-Guide_Getting-Started/#how-to-check-download-authenticity

And I would recommend to also start here instead: https://www.armbian.com/banana-pi-m2-plus/

(Tobias Schultz) #10

Hi There,

got it running. The LED won’t change to green or whatever during bootsequence. It just stays red but the Ubuntu Mate 16.04 from the banana Pi website booted up anyway.

I just was too focused on a green or changing LED on the Banana Pi instead of looking at the boot sequence i guess. Sorry for the newbish question.

Thanks a lot for the help.