Ras Pi help - please.
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Ras Pi help - please.

by ElectronicOz on Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:54 pm

(Gee I bet I am going to flamed for asking, but here goes)

I know this is ADA fruit, but believe me, I am at wit's end.

I have a PI, and downloaded KALI for it. That in itself was trauma enough.

I copied the image to the SD Card (Sandisc class 10 I am sure) and turned it on.

As it boots, I see the USB keyboard and mouse. Then a couple of RD lines scream past and it loads the log in screen.
Keyboard and mouse are non-functioning.

During the boot, the "Num lock" key works, as does the "Caps lock". But when it gets to the log on screen: NADA!

I know this is NOT the KALI site, but I am begging: Please, someone, help me!
The Kali site sets off "how to install KALI on a Pi" and has a few options from where.
As I have a PC, I chose that. Tried to download the disc imager and the link was broken, though the ACTUAL program was written by some other company and the link was to a third party link. BAD WEB SITE!
Anyway, that was just the start of a trail of problems, so really I don't know/think/believe they will actually know what the problem is.
Some help threads mention a PS keyboard.... Yeah, right.
The keyboard and mouse work - this post is testament to that.
If plugged into another PI, they work.
The PI I am using is BRAND SPANKERS! Taken out of the box today. Others bought in the same batch are working.
This one does work/boot. Just the keyboard/mouse are dead at the log in screen.

P-L-E-A-S-E-! Someone.
I am doing a security course and getting it working will help me so much as it is designed for penetration testing of sites for security risks.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Ras Pi help - please.

by marke3 on Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:28 am

Given the quality and reliability of the Adafruit Learning System, maybe try their approach:


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Re: Ras Pi help - please.

by ElectronicOz on Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:46 am


Ironically I have just taken the next stop and SSL'd into it.

That works.

So I am "in" but now confused to why I can't use the keyboard/mouse to log in on the pi if I let it run its course.

I shall take a peep at the link and see if there is anything useful there I can find.

Ok, thanks, but the link wasn't really that helpful.

I am still confused why I can SSH into it, and that is fine. But it hangs if I let it "boot" with an HDMI monitor it loads a "log in" screen.

The keyboard can't enter a log in name and password. So I don't know what to do.

I shall not persist asking here as I am aware it is not really ADAFRUIT's problem/responsibility.

I shall now hope that someone at their site can be more forthcoming with a solution.

Again, thanks.

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