Debian “wheezy” public beta

Alex has produced a new reference image based on the upcoming Debian “wheezy” release. This incorporates Dom’s latest firmware, and numerous kernel patches for performance and stability. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be running a public beta program to identify major bugs, and in particular regressions relative to the existing Debian “squeeze” image.

Although this is a beta release, you will almost definitely find it a worthwhile upgrade. Please give it a try, and report issues here.

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Default login Username: pi Password: raspberry

Thanks to everyone on the forums who tested an earlier version of this release, and in particular to lb for investigating SD card performance issues and contributing patches. Notes:

  • It will fit on a 2GB SD card, but 4GB will leave you with a more comfortable amount of room; we now include a tool to make it easy to resize the filesystem to use the full SD card.
  • Future firmware updates will be delivered via apt-get upgrade.
  • The first boot is expected to be slower than subsequent boots.


NickMon68 avatar

Is there any “whats changed lists” anywhere?

eben avatar

We don’t have a consolidated changelist I’m afraid. Pretty much everything has been touched to one degree or another.

Chris Evans avatar

Have the I2C drivers and DS1307/1338 Real Time Clock made it into this release?

asb avatar

I’m afraid not. bootc’s I2C/SPI drivers are written for and tested against the 3.2 kernel, while we’re currently on 3.1. We could backport them, but the better solution is likely to move to the 3.2 kernel at some point in the not too distant future.

selsinork avatar

There are backports of the I2C & SPI drivers to 3.1.9 available for anyone willing to compile their own kernel, but if you’re willing to try that then you could just compile bootc’s 3.2.20 kernel anyway.

Haaris avatar

I need help please because when i orderd the Pi on the 31/05/2012 after 2 hours i cancelled my order because i ordered the wrong part and i have gone through all the steps to resolve the cancellation it but I still havent recieved new a Authorisation code

JamesH avatar

This is the wrong place to ask that question. You need to talk to RS or Farnell, depending on who you ordered with. There is also a section on the forum that may be able to give advice.

mtrx avatar

Is there a way to update the previous “squeeze” Debian to this without formatting the card and losing everything on it?

asb avatar

Not really, though my intention is to support upgrades from this point on (though note this *is* a beta, but I’ll do what I can).

puikku avatar

Sorry, do I understand it correctly that if I install current beta I may need to reinstall the release version instead of just running apt-get update && apt-get upgrade?

asb avatar

I think it’s unlikely you’ll have to do a complete reinstall.

touriga avatar

That’s good to know. I’m now up and running on wheezy.
However, if I have to start from scratch it’s not the end of the world. As a noob the more times I have to go through all the fiddly configuration stuff the better I’ll get at it. :)

mtrx avatar

Cheers mate, I’ll wait for the stable version if that’s not too far away in the future, as the project I’m currently working on requires 24/7 raspi uptime. :)

asb avatar

Or rather, you can apt-get dist-upgrade to get the wheezy packages, then update to the latest firmware and it will start to look a little similar (but without the various config tweaks and cleanups). It’s not an upgrade path I can offer support for.

nameless avatar

happy to see it up, but how comes my Rpi can’t wget it? it stops just after starting… XD ;) well, who cares. Thanks for this one, I’ll be sure to test it… extensively.

WetDogNose avatar

I assume this build is still using softfp and is not optimised for hardfp?

asb avatar

Yes, this is for the most part using the standard Debian ‘armel’ packages, which are software floating point. libjavascriptcoregtk-1.0 and libwebkitgtk-1.0 are actually compiled to use the floating point unit (but still the soft fp ABI of course), as I had to cross-compile new versions with the Javascript JIT disabled (

Mard0 avatar

I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but in what way does this image differ from the raspbian image? Except for the softfp of course. AKA how could you improve raspbian?

asb avatar

Well, I’ve talked with mpthompson and plugwash and we thought it would make sense to apply the work myself and others have been putting in on creating a polished image download (and maintainable scripts to generate it) to the raspbian packages. It also gives a great opportunity for a side by side comparison.

m0ntala avatar

A big THANK YOU to all the ‘team’ who have been working on this… I am downloading it now!

Steve Gill avatar

Seeding now :o) – can’t wait to try it out. Thanks asb!!

Slatter avatar

Can’t wait to try it out. My Pi arrived today from RS. So happy :)
Hope my SD-Card(s) will work fine with this.

Glen Lowry avatar

Wow, seems to be moving quickly! I’m a n00b, therefore I’ll hold off a wee while longer ’till it’s out of Beta, which won’t be long by the sounds of it! Just got my media downloading and sharing running well :-)

liz avatar

It’s worth sticking it on a separate SD card and seeing how you go. I’m finding it a big improvement (SD card read speeds are up now, for one thing, and it’s happy with more cards than the old version) even though it’s still in beta.

Glen Lowry avatar

Hmm… I don’t take much encouragement to tinker… I’ll probably back up my card and try the new release :-P

Anonymous avatar

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Direct link:

Chris avatar

Not sure you’re fully understanding the way torrents work. It’s not really a client-server type of download. You’re downloading bits (lol) and pieces from everyone else who’s downloading and sharing it, as well as sharing it yourself.

Michele Renda avatar

First of all, I want to say thank you to Alex

I am an old Debian user and I just received my Raspberry, so I have two questions:

1) Is it available a “base” Debian image, cointaining only the packages installed by base debian installer and no gui? It would be nice to have a base enviroment where “advanced” user can build their own system.

2) The personalized kernel and/or diver are available in a custom Debian repository? (may be hosted at foundation?)

Thank you!
Michele Renda

asb avatar

I agree a minimal variant of the image would be useful. The scripts I use to build these images are actually publicly available at – the output at ‘stage3’ has the benefit of being nice and minimal while having a number of niceties already enabled (ifplugd, sudo, a few udev rules).

The kernel and ‘firmware’ is the same as the most recent available at The packaged deb version (thanks to Will Thompson at Collabora) is available at the apt repository.

Michele Renda avatar

It was really what I was looking for, but I was not so brave to ask :)

Thank you again

Martin Trobäck avatar

Hi, thanks for the info! I have been trying to figure out what kernel source to download and compile for my raspi running wheezy, and this post has been the one with most information this far. But I fail to find the packaged deb version, probably because I’m not sure what I’m looking for. Which package should I install to get the source? Looking around in using my browser didn’t help me. Thank you!

Matt Hawkins avatar

Please tell me there is support for webcams and capturing images in Python!

Jon Macey avatar

How much different from the alpha is it? Also if I do an apt-get upgrade will it update from the alpha image to the beta? At present I’m using the alpha and it is all working well so don’t really want to update unless I have to

asb avatar

Differences are a number of config tweaks, moved to an official apt repository (and fixed the versioning on some of the packages I modified), new firmware. There’s not a desperate need to switch, but you will want to at some point.

Jon Macey avatar

ok thanks. I’ve downloaded it so will have a go later

Alexander Langer avatar

“we now include a tool to make it easy to resize the filesystem to use the full SD card”

Wouldn’t it be nice to mention how this tool is named? Makes execution a lot easier ;-)

asb avatar

It is raspi-config, which is really just a thin layer over various standard utilities (parted and resize2fs for enlarging the rootfs, dpkg-reconfigure for other options). It actually runs at first boot (and if you ssh in you are reminded you probably want to run it).

asb avatar

There’s at least one errata: I managed to break the the ssh enable/disable option in raspi-config (use ctrl-c if you select it to get back). sshd is enabled by default, and you can disable it with `sudo update-rc.d ssh disable`.

tero999 avatar

When is choose enable or disable ssh server everything stops working. Is this a bug?

asb avatar

It is a bug. Hit ctrl-c to get back. See my message immediately above yours.

Nizze avatar

And also thanks for a new image .
I have had the problems with external USB device’s that makes ETH0 to “crash”.
Are there any fix for that issue ??


asb avatar

If I recall correctly, there were some fixes that could help between the last squeeze release and this one. Try and ask for help in our troubleshooting problem if it’s still an issue. There’s certainly further to go in resolving some USB problems.

Guilherme de Sousa avatar

Unfortunately it is still an issue. Pi still panics when it’s downloading something to a usb storage (I think there are people reporting that it also crashes when downloading to sd card – that probably needs twice the down speed to happen).

G D avatar

I have a couple of projects (1 involving USB Temperhums and the other involving a USB webcam) which are both badly affected by USB stack on the Pi (even with cboot’s 3.2 images)…

Where’s the best place to track progress on USB improvements for the Pi?

Yoda007 avatar

Just tried it:

When I chose the disable overscan option in the config tool and pressed enter the screen starts to flicker and it doesnt stop until I pressed a button. The “disable_overscan=1” is added to the config.txt and it works after a reboot I’m just wondering if the flickering until a key is pressed is a bug or normal.

asb avatar

As in, it flickered until you pressed a key on your keyboard? That certainly not something I’ve seen before. Literally all the disable overscan entry does is a simple edit of /boot/config.txt.

Tracer avatar

I just saw the same thing. At first I thought the enter key must have got stuck on the keyboard. A random key made it stop. This was during disable overscan option.

Dave Walker avatar


I’ve been playing with the “old” version of Debian Squeeze for a couple of weeks now, and make quite a lot of tweaks to various config files to get it working “just so”… is there an easy way of upgrading to the new version without losing all the changes? How about all my personal files? Will I need to just FTP them off, re-flash the SD card and copy them back? Could you please write a brief “how-to” for getting this new version onto existing installations?

Very many thanks,

asb avatar

I’d say you’re best bet is to back up those config files you tweaked as well as your pwersonal files in /home/pi. The forums might be a better venue for getting help on backing up. I’d just copy them directly off the SD using an SD reader which is of course easy if you run Linux. Otherwise, assuming your pi is on your network you might use something like Filezilla/WinSCP to connect to your Pi and transfer the files.

William H. Bell avatar

Thanks to all the team for this update.

Would it be possible to say what the release strategy is or has this already been discussed in a forum thread? For example, is there a plan to switch to the hardfp (Raspbian) as the recommended distribution? Is anyone planning to produce country dependent builds or should the community contribute to the production of these images? It would be good to build an image with French language and French+Swiss keyboard layouts. If this is a matter of producing a patch file against ASB’s setup, then producing a build in the community should be maintainable.

Thanks and best regards, Will

asb avatar

As Eben says elsewhere, we’re very interested in Raspbian. On my part, I am stunned at what mpthompson, plugwash and others have achieved. I next intend to use my image build scripts to produce an image using the Raspbian packages as soon as I am able.

Keyboard layout and locale can be changed in raspi-config (though could be made more user friendly). We should investigate doing more to provide a better out of the box experience for alternative layouts. If the best solution is to produce a separate image with a few extra customisations pre-applied, that’s certainly something that can be done easily with my scripts.

William H. Bell avatar

Hi Alex,
Other than keyboard layouts and locale, it would be helpful to be able to add some French documentation to an image. Such documentation would not be needed for an English install.
Many thanks, Will

razpieguy avatar

Many thanks to ‘Alex & Dom’ et al for getting this out. Very much looking forward to possibly having an upgradable install to allow for some significant alteration/customization without the fear of having to throw all that work down the drain with a later release. As someone who could likely still qualify as a newb, I can certainly say that for some of us, throwing away the small collection of ‘little victories’ we’ve collected while ‘learning by doing’ can be a bit demoralizing… Anything that can be done to preserve current installs in the future would be MUCH appreciated…
On an unrelated note: I may well have been the only one to have this problem, but the Windows checksum instructions linked to from the direct download page seemed a little confusing with the excessive use of the word ‘image’ instead of ‘zip file’ – had me incorrectly trying to check the extracted image from about 5 different sources in about 5 different ways before I finally looked up at the Linux instructions and realized it was the zip we were supposed to be checking. When I see ‘checksum’ and ‘image’, I think ‘.iso’ and ‘.img’, not zip. Just a heads up, in case other people start mistakenly reporting corrupted downloads with output ending in ‘…ad28aaec’.

William H. Bell avatar


Since a complete re-install might be needed from time to time, it can be helpful to write down the little victories and keep diff files too.

Best regards, Will

UnaClocker avatar

Why are you abandoning Raspbian? Raspbian was supposed to be the official Debian distro for the Pi. They put a ton of time and effort into recompiling the entire Wheezy repositories to support the hardware floating point unit in the Pi’s CPU. The performance difference is pretty profound in anything that needs floating point. I just don’t understand why you would ignore their hard work.
Simply take their hardfloat binaries, combine with your set of preferred applications and make an “official Raspbian” distro.

eben avatar

Whoa. Easy tiger.

While we’d like to move to Raspbian, we (and it) are not quite ready yet. There are a number of issues around moving to a hard-float ABI which we need to resolve, so it makes sense to do at least one more soft-float release to bring people up to a newer firmware, kernel and rootfs.

This is also the first release to use Alex’s “spindle” build scripts rather than Gray’s Broadcom in-house system. These would be used to build any future Raspbian system.

Mike Thompson avatar

UnaClocker, I appreciate your enthusiasm. However, Raspbian is a community supported effort and at this time it isn’t “supposed” to be anything other than what it is. This Debian Wheezy armel image is an important step as it will allow Alex to create a base-line image using official Debian packages that can be compared feature-by-feature with any future work-alike image he might create from the Raspbian repository. We’ll do our best to support Alex as he moves forward as it will just make any Raspbian based image that much better if and when it is released.

William H. Bell avatar


On the subject of bug tracking, does a Savannah bug tracker exist for this project? If not, would it be possible to create one? There is already a forum thread on this subject,

Thanks and best regards, Will

asb avatar

As suggested in the blog post, is a reasonable place to report issues. Maybe we’ll find we need something more heavyweight, but for now it seems to be doing the job well.

Tom avatar

Okay, so by buying next SD card, my crazy things with Raspberry cost me the same amount of money as the RPi itself :D

Jerhay avatar

I installed this new version on my sd card using the diskmanager for windows. My raspberry doesn’t seem to be able to boot with this new version, nothing happens except for the OK green led, which periodically blinks about 6 times. Do I need to download a new diskmanager? Or am I no longer able to use the diskmanager with this new version? What else could be the problem?

asb avatar

Dom added in LED blinking to give extra diagnostic information. 6 LEDs means that start.elf was not launched (but loader.bin must have been fine). What SD card are you using?

Jerhay avatar

I have a 16 GB class 10 SD card from Platinum. I bought it a few weeks ago. Should I try another SD card?

Jerhay avatar

The card worked fine though with the previous debian version

Jerhay avatar

I noticed the debian works on another SD card, but that card is very slow. What should I do to make it compatible with my Platinum 16 GB class 10 SDHC card?

Fred avatar

My Pi does the same thing – I have tried the beta on two SD cards now and given up!

Bjarke avatar

I’ve only found this distro to be less stable than the older one. The system locks up, I can’t get some of the things to run that I had running on the old distro and I haven’t found to many upgrades. But you sure did say that it’s only a beta, so I will be eager to try out the final version but stick with the old one untill then. :)

asb avatar

Please do report regressions to

Robert Nix avatar

Thanks for the Raspi-config! This took care of most of my reconfiguration tasks right out of the box. As noted, the ssh task locks up the system, but since it defaults to enabled, all’s well.

There’s much missing from the application menus that existed in Squeeze. There was a whole list of “Applications” that are no longer there, and much of the configuration options are missing. Nowhere to set the screensaver, for example. Nowhere to add or remove software. Gleany(sp?) is missing, which was used in one of the tutorial sets in YouTube. I’m not sure about some of the dependencies that were included in the Squeeze distribution, such as pygame… Are all these to be added before the final product is released? If not, it’d be sad to break much of the effort that others have made to product some quality tutorials for beginners.

Squeeze recognized my monitor’s resolution, but wouldn’t let me change it; This version doesn’t even own up to having a monitor in the setup program. It now says “Unrecognized”, and gives no options at all. While Squeeze’s options weren’t useful, this seems still a step backwards….

Thank you for the work you’ve done on this, and I’d like to do what I can to help move it forward. Please don’t think that I see it as negative. Overall, it seems to be quite a leap forward.

exartemarte avatar

Great effort – well done!

Installs and runs without any problem, and my LXDE raspberry is raspberry-shaped at last, instead of cigar-shaped.

SSH is fine.

Couldn’t install Chrome (uninstallable).
Installed Samba, following the R-Pi NAS tutorial on, but smbpasswd doesn’t work (command not found).
(Both of these work okay in debian6-19-04-2012.)

Keep up the good work!

Chris avatar

I think that Raspberry Pi should be recommending the use of aptitude, since that is what the Debian project recommends users use to manage packages. aptitude from the command line is much easier to use than apt-get, but that’s just my opinion.

Chris avatar

Still stumbling around with RPi and Debian. I haven’t been able to check off any locales for building besides the default en_GB. None of the keys I’ve tried on my keyboard effect the space between the brackets in front of the locale I want. What am I missing. ? Thanks.

Jim Manley avatar

The spacebar is the standard way of “checking” or “unchecking” selections on these text-based user interfaces. The Tab key is used to navigate between the list, OK, and Cancel buttons. The Enter key will select an action for a highlighted button, and sometimes causes navigation to highlight the next button if currently in a list.

texy avatar

Not played with for long (footy on last night), but I found I wasn’t able to install chromium. I also found it to be unstable with my rtl8188cus wifi adapter, although not sure if it’s a driver or setup problem (it works sometimes!)


Thomas avatar

great work! It’s the first stable Wheezy version I’ve seen on RPi, thx for that! Is there a possibility to get a “clean” image without any x-Stuff, something like a Debian minimal installation?

Thanks a lot,

tony avatar

First impressions, much more user friendly. Having icons on the desktop will make MS Windows users feel at home also makes a easier for the young uns. Having the Debian reference manual on there is also good move. I liked that it correctly identified my wifi dongle and loaded the driver. Response to mouse inputs also seems to be much improved, I’m using a wireless combo and on the previous img the keyboard response was good but clicking the mouse was a real hit and miss affair working just fine now and overall it feels a bit zippyer.

min avatar

tested wheezy, on first boot was unable to finish raspi-config after enabling ssh. had to connect remotely and reboot.
and one more problem, dont know if its just me: when trying to boot raspberry pi with this beta without any monitor/tv connected it doesnt boot.

frank avatar

same thing here. does not boot without a monitor…

victor avatar

doing this without monitor can be done like this
1 connect a keyboard
2 power up and wait for about 5minutes to finish initial boot setups
3. press arrow keys 8x down, that should select enable ssh
4. press enter 2x
5. press control x
that should enable ssh

frank avatar

well, actually, it hangs during boot without monitor. only one red led is on.

Jim Manley avatar

The spacebar is the standard way of “checking” or “unchecking” selections on these text-based user interfaces. The Tab key is used to navigate between the list, OK, and Cancel buttons. The Enter key will select an action for a highlighted button, and sometimes causes navigation to highlight the next button if currently in a list.

Jim Manley avatar

GAH! I forgot to copy-paste the pwd in a reply to a previous comment, so, now it’s stuck here.

Anyway, ssh is turned on by default in the beta and should be turned off in the final version for security reasons.

Jim avatar

There’s a solution to this here:



solved the problem for me.

Jesper Frost avatar

Hi all hope you can help.
I am trying to install this program USB Redirector for Linux
running latest debian for raspberry
When tring to install i get the famus kernel error could somebody who knows linux help me so i could install this??? Missing kernel headers or kernel sources.

i am a noob so could really use the help

liz avatar

This isn’t the right place to ask for help. If you go to the forums (link at top of page), try the troubleshooting or beginners’ sections, where someone will come and give you a hand.

Stuart Andrew avatar

I am trying out ‘wheezy’ on an 8GB Transcend SDHC Class 10 card. Works fine but I could not get any response from the enable ssh section of the config setup routine.

David Bolsover avatar

I’m a complete noob – pi only arrived this morning – but I managed to get it booting from the 2012-06-18-wheezy image at first attempt.

Only problem is – if I logout and power down, I can’t get the pi to boot again until I re-imaging the SD card.

Is this a known problem – or am I missing somthing obvious?

David Bolsover avatar

Just tried with a different, bigger, faster SD card – sems to be OK

josh avatar

Same problem here, with multiple cards.

Wombat avatar

I get the same problem with some scandisk cards, they boot once, and to reboot i have to unplug power and the HDMI ports for 5 minutes! other cards work fine and reboot every time, so im putting it down to the cards i have.

Oliver avatar

Hi folks,
my Pi arrived today, thanks a lot! I started with wheezy an an 8GB SD. Everything looked fine until I tried to play some mp3s via LXMusic. xmms2d output:
18:45:13 INFO: ../src/xmms/main.c:561: Using output plugin: alsa
18:45:13 ERROR: ../src/xmms/main.c:565: Baaaaad output plugin, try to change theoutput.plugin config variable to something useful
18:45:13 ERROR: ../src/xmms/output.c:966: initalized output without a plugin, please fix!

Did I miss something?

Keep up the great work,

Oliver avatar

Hail the community, they already fixed it!
sudo apt-get install xmms2
and you’re done.


Pygar avatar

Sounds intriguing- I tried to use it as I fired my new Pi up for the first time. Unfortunately, it utterly ignored my IPazzPort wired USB keyboard which, as it turned out, was the only USB keyboard I owned- so much for “Plug and Play”! Another, off the Good list, has been ordered and should be here in a week… if nothing else, Pi teaches us the value of patience! In any case, there was no way to type “startx” in the fraction of a second before the config took over- and nothing in the config looked particularly like “use this to boot directly into desktop from now on”, anyway. Oh, if it helps, I tried the IPazzPort with and without a powered hub (which was recognized!).

Jim Manley avatar

raspi-config only runs at the end of the first bootup. After that, the board will boot to the pi user login. If you want to run it again, just type raspi-config at the user prompt. When the board has booted to the user prompt, then you can get to the desktop using startx.

srynoname avatar

Thanks for this, where can I find a list of available packages including version numbers for this? Thanks!

srynoname avatar

Hmm, any informations about the tool for partitioning resizing? How is it called, how will I find it? Or is there some kind of wizard on the first boot? I would find it useful to know this before using it, thanks :-)

Chris avatar

It’s raspi-config, but it runs automatically on the first boot. Beware of enabling ssh, however. It hangs and you need a to get back.

deafbee avatar

Whould be helpful if the torrent images are named with ‘raspberrypi’ string included. Easier to find them on a seedbox.

MegaPi avatar

Looks really good and my SanDisk 45MB/s card finally works! I love that the installer can resize the partition, because that was the only thing before that you needed a PC for (besides copying the image to the SD of course). It just seems that it takes a little longer to boot up. (42s vs 23s with the same SD card)

Also it seems that the OpenGL samples (like hello_triangle) don’t run anymore. And since I wanted to play a little around with OpenGL and OpenVG, I will likely stay with the old image for now, until that it fixed.

Jim Manley avatar

I had the same problem with the hello demos. Apparently, the libraries need to be updated to match the kernel build.

Jim Manley avatar

OOPS! I forgot to set the CPU/GPU RAM split to at least 192MB/64MB. Now, everything works just great – Big Buck Bunny never looked so good – now all I need is an HDMI cable long enough to reach behind the HDTV to see if there’s audio on the clip, since I’ve been viewing everything on a DVI computer monitor … :D

I wish analog audio was split out somewhere in those 19 HDMI conductors …

Raf avatar

Nada, esta distro tampoco soluciona el problema del USB + ethernet funcionando a piñón. Y a ver si alguna lo arregla, porque los que nos relamíamos pensando en un servidor de descargas apañado y con un consumo mínimo estamos cada vez más decepcionados.

Guilherme de Sousa avatar

Para a proxima, por uma questão de educação, escreve em ingles;) Se te dás ao trabalho de escrever alguma coisa pelo menos fala o idioma.

Se queres isso solucionado, tal como eu, em vez de contribuires para o problema, vê se contribuis para a solução;)

Tinus avatar

Wow that setup tool is a big improvement. Nicely done.

SomeGuy avatar

Wow wow wow. Just installed the new image on another SD card, and wow, what a difference – so much faster, and I like the startup config, very nice! One small jibb was that it the resolution isn’t full on my monitor, but I’ll fix that soon enough. Nice job lads.

Chumpy avatar

This release seemed to run smoother than the previous Squeeze version. Certainly problems with “scratch” hanging seemed not to reoccur, and the menus within LXDE seemed to display rather more speedily.

Like a few others, I had grief with raspi-config hanging when enabling ssh. And the Overscan option seemed counter-intuitive when using a HDMI-connected HD-ready TV – it needed to be Enabled for correct viewing, disabled leaded to clipping on the console.

But overall, fantastic!

Nigel Griffiths avatar

WOW This Debian Wheezy beta release is very much faster and I really like the auto expand to give you the full space on the SD Card. After starting X Windows and using the Browser, I think it was three times faster and displaying websites. Well done to the team working on this, Thanks Nigel

farooq avatar

u are among few who are having great time with this release ….please mention type of SD card and keyboard mouse and monitor u are using

josh avatar

This beta is extremely unstable. It only boots about half the time or less, and it locks up a lot. This is with 3 different sdcards and multiple power supplies. Back to “squeeze” and everything works great.

plaster avatar

Cannot get LXmusic to work I load the MP3 into the playlist and then appear to added but then just disappear from then list. The mp3 are stored on a USB memory stick not on the SD card. Has anybody got any ideas? the same configuration worked on Debian “squeeze”

Oliver avatar
plaster avatar

I will try that thanks :) . But it not display the same symptoms as the previous post

plaster avatar

Thanks for you help it now populates the list but still no sound. I think that i will reflas the SD card and start form basics

Oliver avatar

Hi had the same symptom and traced it down to xmms2d not starting. After updating I successfully ran MP3s from samba shares. There were reports on the forum describing USB issues when having high load on the bus, so I’d try MP3s from SD first. Oh, and I used analogue output, by the way. All the best, Oliver

plaster avatar

Go the sound sorted out on the LXmusic. Reflased my SD card and did the “sudo apt-get install xmms2” again and it look ok. Althought some time i have to reboot after using other programs. I have even got Scratch to work :)

Richard Wooding avatar

Tested, and it’s working great. Better then squeeze.

Leo avatar

Thanks for this great release, much faster…..

However, I can’t play any mp3 or aiff or m4a in my library, just noise coming out…..I can play some in the previous release.

MrF avatar

It works fine!
Thank you!
I have added “rpi-update” and it works.
German users: look at

What means:
“Future firmware updates will be delivered via apt-get upgrade.”

I only use aptitude ;-)

DBit avatar

This ‘Wheezy’ Alpha is more usable than the full release ‘Squeeze’ that’s available!

Great work so far!

Jim Manley avatar

I have to say that I’m pretty happy with the beta overall. I LOVE the bootup timestamps preceding each event status message. The compatibility with larger, faster SD cards is absolutely the single most critical improvement, while maintaining fairly solid stability. Speed increases on the desktop are quite apparent and the inclusion of a smaller, simpler, faster web browser is very much appreciated.

Although the drivers for the chipsets in my WiFi adapters appear to be included, I have not been able to get either adapter to be recognized beyond showing up in dmesg and lsusb. The drivers have been installed in the correct locations, and depmod -a and modprobe produce no errors, but, wlan0 is inaccessible when the network is stopped and started, both at bootup and any other time. It’s very very frustrating :(

I’m very much looking forward to the eventual integration of ARM hard float and X with the GPU – these should be the highest priorities for the Foundation going forward, as there’s nothing else that can help boost performance substantially, now that SD card access speed has been addressed. Students should be encouraged to learn how to program the GPU via OpenGL and take advantage of the hardware floating-point capabilities in software they develop – it’s a core competency in virtually every field of science, technology, engineering and math today.

The raspi-config utility is an excellent first step at streamlining the configuration of the system, particularly the SD card rootfs expansion utility, and the keyboard, locale, time zone, and ssh options. The next step should be to allow a simple text configuration file to be created that can be copied between OS versions, requiring no additional action even through the simplified user interface (perhaps raspi-config can generate this file based on the actions selected by a user).

Keep up the outstanding work, everyone!

liz avatar

Hard float and X are both being worked on at the moment – and as you’ve surmised, they’re very high priority.

damian avatar

I’m glad to hear that these are high priority. Thanks Damian

Tim Verduijn avatar

Running Wheezy on my raspberry i2c and spi running bootc’s 3.2.20 kernel only midori web browser seems to stall the raspberry some times

Ben Wiley avatar

I realize I can’t just update my existing system right now, but will I be able to upgrade it to wheezy without a reinstall once it is out of beta?


derek_acorah avatar

Vast improvement guys, thanks. Faster, smoother, mouse clicks are more responsive for me. GUI usable now, was finding myself in the shell all the time on the previous version. Is there better performance to come? If so, I think you have a mildly exciting product on your hands here.

Sven avatar

Thank you very much. The performance is amazing. So much improvement!

mike avatar

still cant get any sound out of this over hdmi , even tried headphone socket too an no joy , installed updates / xmms2 / vlc media player as not familiar with default player and nothin
edited the config to include “hdmi_drive=2” and still nothin

anyone give me a pointer before i go buy a 2nd hdmi cable to try please

Greg Benedict avatar

Not sure if it’s a bug (so didn’t report on the github site) but, on trying to install cheese, I get

‘Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages’

Is this possibly because there aren’t versions for this debian release?

Thanks for all the hard work, I’ll keep playing :)

Imraan Sookia avatar

I just got my Pi model B and I’m very excited to test this out! But I do have a few questions:

* I have worked plenty times with Linux systems however which Distro will allow me to do most things that I could do on Ubuntu for example. I would like to set this up as my personal Media Center.

* Wifi Connectivity: My router is not too far from my setup with the Pi, so I wanted to know what Wifi dongle support is already available or when will it might be implemented.

Thanks in advance,


Jurgen Kramer avatar

Just got my Pi (finally!) and installed the wheezy beta using a 8GB Sandisk type 6 to it without problems. The setup program is great. My ancient Apple 20″ cinema display worked without a hitch using a apple hdmi->dvi converter.

I am currently powering it trough my regular PC and noticed the Pi had trouble with my keyboard when the mouse was connected to it. I had to remove it, probably a power issue?

liz avatar

Almost certainly. The Raspberry Pi doesn’t negotiate for power, so whatever it’s getting via your PC won’t be consistent. We do NOT suggest you try to power it using your PC!

threecee avatar

i’ve been trying to get my pi to work with my old apple cinema display, too, but no luck so far.

can you share your /boot/config.txt settings?


Jim avatar

This is awesome, thanks for creating it! Installed this image, also did apt-get upgrade and it got even faster!

Lexar 8G Class 2 card

Ben Wiley avatar

Anyone else have the card boot up only to get a red, dead pulse and raspberry in the corner with no command prompt?

Jay Keilholz avatar

Debian(Wheezy) won’t download, also tried the bit torrent version, still no luck!

OregonJim avatar

Looks good. Ran sudo apt-get update and will see how it runs after.

Peter (Emperor) R avatar

I’m somewhat new to all this and I’m just wondering, how do I install debian wheezy on an sd card? Does it involve extracting, copying and pasting, or something more complicated? (Please don’t answer in overly technical terms if possible). Once I know how though, I’m sure I can get it.

P.S. just wondering what anyone thinks of what I’m using my pi for. Since I don’t have a case, or much space, I’m framing my pi and hanging it next to my monitor. Beautiful, but most of all, funtional, art.

Mike Jones avatar

Worked fine for me on Class 6 and Class 10 SD cards. But where have all the toys gone? In particular how do I install Stans Python Editor? Any help greatly appreciated.

wh1p avatar

I installed this beta on my sd card booted into the rasp pi settings editor, expanded my drive to use all space and enabled SSH. Once i had done several manual reboots via sudo shutdown -r now to make sure the expansion process took place properly i carried out sudo -i and then did apt-get update and then did apt-get upgrade about 10 mins ago and rebooted and the pi would no longer boot, i have re installed this beta on my SD card and got all working again but i don’t want to run a apt-get upgrade until i know its not going to break it again??

gregor avatar

can you still do the startx command on this?

Jim avatar


Jeremy Tarling avatar

Great stuff, runs perfectly on my SanDisk type 10 8GB (SDSDXPA-008G-X46), couldn’t get that card working with Squeeze.

Quadrupliplex avatar

i ran sha1sum and it doesnt match what is listed.
this is what i got

i wonder why.
i dl’d it using torrent.
will try to put it on my sandisk 8GB class 6 30/MBs read

just wondering what this means.

mickster04 avatar

How do i manually run that start up script? i marked it as ‘done and don’t re-run’ but actually, i want to run it again now :/

tednoob avatar

I noticed when I checked my last logins (‘last -ad’) that some shady asian IP,, had logged in as root on my system.

If you use the new built-in raspi-config tool to enable SSH, go into your ssh-config, /etc/ssh/sshd_config and set “PermitRootLogin no”.

Jake avatar

In a word, brilliant. I managed to mess up SD card I was sent by filling it on first day. Used this image on another SD, works a treat. Thanks a lot

cola avatar

hi all
anybody have experience with I2C and this build? I need I2C for a project…

RobertLangley avatar

AH! HELP! Everything worked perfectly the first time I booted … but now it asks for a log in, I’m sure it’s U: pi P: raspberry, however it won’t even let me type a password, the only key that works is return and then the login fails. anyone else have this problem/know how to fix?

RobertLangley avatar

Dun goofed
It hides your password. Sorted

Gary M avatar

Heads up to whomever keeps the Known Hardware list up to date. I’m running wheezy on a PNY 64G Class 10 SD and its fast and flawless. 64 gig cards do not appear to have been tested so… now you know.

tony hill avatar

I have run weezy for the first time and it is asking for a password. I haven’t set one so I am unable to log in

liz avatar

It’s on the downloads page.

chris midgley avatar

Is there any news on resolving WiFi drop-out when launching the internet client in the xWindow?


Brian avatar

Is it possible to get a Wheezy .is file so I can load it into Virtual box to play with on my PC prior to loading it onto my Pi? VirtualBox does not want to loadn the .img file. Thanks.

Brian avatar

I meant a .iso file!

Abishur avatar

Yes, search around on the forums for virtual box and you should find some instructions for exporting the main partition and then loading virtual box with that partition.

Brian avatar

OK, thanks.

Ichi avatar

i’ve been used raspberry pi for the moment… but i found some found issue… i used python library to access my GPIO port…. the library i used is RGPIO, i took from … im in user mode so i typed this command “sudo python install”. But it cant worked … i’m sure my internet access working well….. Need some help right here please….??? thanks

JamesH avatar

Please post your problem, to the forum – you are much more likely to get a response there.

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