RPi3 HDMI issue (please help)

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Hello,

I have an issue with my raspberry pi 3.

I connected it to a monitor, and the image came up and disappeared again and again. The image had a vertical line on the screen, and seemed to be out of center to the right.

I tried a different monitor, no image at all.

I tried the same setup on both monitors with my PS3 and it worked perfectly.

Then I asked a crafty friend. He said it looked fine but cleaned the port anyway. Now I dont get any image even on the first monitor.

Am I screwed?

What to do, please help.
 

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Have you tried a different HDMI and a fresh SD card image?
Thank you for your response. I have now tried another cable on the 2nd monitor with no luck. When I got an image on my first try apart from the image turning on and off the content displayed was normal, so I dont think its the SDCard. I can get the same model RPi3 in two days. Maybe that will work.

Also tried the first monitor. No image..
 

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Thank you for your response. I have now tried another cable on the 2nd monitor with no luck. When I got an image on my first try apart from the image turning on and off the content displayed was normal, so I dont think its the SDCard. I can get the same model RPi3 in two days. Maybe that will work.

Also tried the first monitor. No image..

The reason why I suggested reimaging the SD card is in case something was wrong with the boot configuration as there are some display related settings in the boot partition.

edit:

Is SSH enabled and are you able to log into the pi?
 
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The reason why I suggested reimaging the SD card is in case something was wrong with the boot configuration as there are some display related settings in the boot partition.

edit:

Is SSH enabled and are you able to log into the pi?
Okay. Since I am too low IQ to make technical manoeuvres my next step would be to try with another RPi3. If that doesn't work I would go for the reimage. Is there a quick and easy test image you can recommend?

Unfortunatly I don't know what SSH is.
 

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Okay. Since I am too low IQ to make technical manoeuvres my next step would be to try with another RPi3. If that doesn't work I would go for the reimage. Is there a quick and easy test image you can recommend?

Unfortunatly I don't know what SSH is.

You can use something like win32diskimager to backup your existing SD card:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

I would also just use RPi imager and Raspberry Pi OS:
https://www.raspberrypi.com/software/

SSH is basically a way to remote into the terminal/command line over a network connection, it can be enabled with the RPi imager:
https://roboticsbackend.com/enable-...pberry_Pi_OS_Raspbian_into_your_micro_SD_card

Note: I'm aware it says RPi 4, but it should still work.

You can use putty to remote into the RPi:
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

The reason why I'm asking about SSH is to:
1) Ensure the Pi is able to successfully boot
2) We can check some settings on the Pi e.g. the resolution
https://www.raspberrypi.com/documentation/computers/configuration.html
 
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You can use something like win32diskimager to backup your existing SD card:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

I would also just use RPi imager and Raspberry Pi OS:
https://www.raspberrypi.com/software/

SSH is basically a way to remote into the terminal/command line over a network connection, it can be enabled with the RPi imager:
https://roboticsbackend.com/enable-...pberry_Pi_OS_Raspbian_into_your_micro_SD_card

Note: I'm aware it says RPi 4, but it should still work.

You can use putty to remote into the RPi:
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

The reason why I'm asking about SSH is to:
1) Ensure the Pi is able to successfully boot
2) We can check some settings on the Pi e.g. the resolution
https://www.raspberrypi.com/documentation/computers/configuration.html
Thank you for this detailed describtion. I will try a different Pi first. If that does not work I will take your path.
 

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Okay, I have now tried another RPi3 and it has the vertical line, the rightwards tilt and flashing on and off as well.

Since every variable was changed apart from the SD card/image and the powersupply I'm going to assume its the image.

Yes, PCSX-ReARMed will do a fine job on your Pi 3. You can even double the resolution, with no consequences. Just make sure you run a 32 bit architecture, and you'll be fine. I'm not sure if Retropie has switched to 64 bit yet. Maybe not. I know Lakka did, so avoid that, I guess.
I want an operating system that allows all kinds of emulation, including PCSX-ReARMed 32bit(!). It should be easy to put content manually on it like psx content. Is there an option for this?
 

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I want an operating system that allows all kinds of emulation, including PCSX-ReARMed 32bit(!). It should be easy to put content manually on it like psx content. Is there an option for this?
I think both Lakka and Retropie still allow you to install a 32-bit environment, so you'll be able to use PCSX-ReArmed 32-bit. The Lakka version is no longer maintained, they have switched to 64-bit. Adding games is easy enough. You just SSH to your RPi3 and transfer the games. If you'd rather have them on a USB stick instead of the SD card, it's just a matter of plugging the stick to your computer. SSH is simple. You get the IP address of your Rpi3, then connect to it from your computer. I use FileZilla personally. It works flawlessly.
 
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I think both Lakka and Retropie still allow you to install a 32-bit environment, so you'll be able to use PCSX-ReArmed 32-bit. The Lakka version is no longer maintained, they have switched to 64-bit. Adding games is easy enough. You just SSH to your RPi3 and transfer the games. If you'd rather have them on a USB stick instead of the SD card, it's just a matter of plugging the stick to your computer. SSH is simple. You get the IP address of your Rpi3, then connect to it from your computer. I use FileZilla personally. It works flawlessly.
Thank you. Is there an easy guide for ungifted people like me?
 

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Thank you. Is there an easy guide for ungifted people like me?
Retropie is well documented on their site. But anyway, a quick rundown using FileZilla. First, you need your Pi3 IP address. From their doc, you select Show IP from the Retropie menu. For example, let's assume your IP address is 192.168.1.4. On FileZilla on your computer (assuming it's on the same network), The host would be sftp://192.168.1.4. Username is pi. Password is raspberry. (if you haven't changed the default) Port for SSH is 22. Then you click on Quickconnect and you should login. The right window of FileZilla is your RPi3. The left one is your computer. Transfer files as you wish. Spend some time reading the docs. Retropie is well documented. Lakka is good too, but with a little less elaborate docs.

https://retropie.org.uk/docs/SSH/
 
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Retropie is well documented on their site. But anyway, a quick rundown using FileZilla. First, you need your Pi3 IP address. From their doc, you select Show IP from the Retropie menu. For example, let's assume your IP address is 192.168.1.4. On FileZilla on your computer (assuming it's on the same network), The host would be sftp://192.168.1.4. Username is pi. Password is raspberry. (if you haven't changed the default) Port for SSH is 22. Then you click on Quickconnect and you should login. The right window of FileZilla is your RPi3. The left one is your computer. Transfer files as you wish. Spend some time reading the docs. Retropie is well documented. Lakka is good too, but with a little less elaborate docs.

https://retropie.org.uk/docs/SSH/
Ah okay, thank you for the instructions. Is it possible to just flash an OS on the SD and drag and drop content from my PC onto the SD? I just want to drop it once and be done with it.
 

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Ah okay, thank you for the instructions. Is it possible to just flash an OS on the SD and drag and drop content from my PC onto the SD? I just want to drop it once and be done with it.
Yes, of course. You just flash the image you downloaded onto your SD card normally. I use balenaEtcher to do that. Then boot that SD card for the first time on your Rpi3 to expand the space. Once it has finished doing that, enable wi-fi and enable SSH, and do as I described above to transfer your games. Which OS do you want to install?
 
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Yes, of course. You just flash the image you downloaded onto your SD card normally. I use balenaEtcher to do that. Then boot that SD card for the first time on your Rpi3 to expand the space. Once it has finished doing that, enable wi-fi and enable SSH, and do as I described above to transfer your games. Which OS do you want to install?
Thanks again. I have no clue what OS to pick. Can I skip on SSH and use a SD to USB adapter and drag and drop into the file directory from my computer?
 

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Thanks again. I have no clue what OS to pick. Can I skip on SSH and use a SD to USB adapter and drag and drop into the file directory from my computer?
Are you on a Windows computer? It might have problems recognizing the file system (probably ext4) on the SD card. If you're on Linux, it might give you a hard time, telling you you're not the owner of the SD card, so read-only. It doen't hurt to try, though. Usually, I don't bother, and transfer files with SSH.
 
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Are you on a Windows computer? It might have problems recognizing the file system (probably ext4) on the SD card. If you're on Linux, it might give you a hard time, telling you you're not the owner of the SD card, so read-only. It doen't hurt to try, though. Usually, I don't bother, and transfer files with SSH.
Win10. Ah I see. I will give it a shot. If it doesn't work I will go for ethernet cable.
 
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