Fedora ARM Workstation installation failure

Hi there,

I am trying to install Fedora Workstation (ARM) on an Raspberry Pi 4 (8GB), MemoryCard with 256GB (using Fedora 32 x64).

I’ve been following this guide: Creating and using a live installation image :: Fedora Docs, with sudo fedora-arm-image-installer --image=Fedora-Workstation-armhfp-33-1.2-sda.raw.xz --target=rpi4 --media=/dev/mmcblk0 --norootpass.

During the startup of the rpi I do get following error:

Net: eth0: ethernet@7580000
PCIe BRCM: link up, 5.0Gbps
starting USB…
Bus xhci_pci: Host not halted after 16000 milliseconds
probe failed, error -16
No working controllers found

I’ve tried installing the standard Raspbian - which worked wel.
Also tried using XFCE (ARM) version - which had the same issue.

Logs for creating the image (originally the memorycard didn’t have any formats):

= Selected Image:                                 
= Fedora-Workstation-armhfp-33-1.2-sda.raw.xz
= Selected Media : /dev/mmcblk0
= Root partition will be resized
 Type 'YES' to proceed, anything else to exit now 
= Proceed? YES
= Writing: 
= Fedora-Workstation-armhfp-33-1.2-sda.raw.xz 
= To: /dev/mmcblk0 ....
7098785792 bytes (7.1 GB, 6.6 GiB) copied, 184 s, 38.6 MB/s
0+804165 records in
0+804165 records out
7121928192 bytes (7.1 GB, 6.6 GiB) copied, 261.692 s, 27.2 MB/s
= Writing image complete!
= Resizing /dev/mmcblk0 ....
Checking that no-one is using this disk right now ... OK

Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 238.3 GiB, 255869321216 bytes, 499744768 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
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x5cacaa07

Old situation:

Device         Boot   Start      End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/mmcblk0p1         8192   163839   155648   76M  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/mmcblk0p2 *     163840  1163263   999424  488M 83 Linux
/dev/mmcblk0p3      1163264 13273087 12109824  5.8G 83 Linux

New situation:
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x5cacaa07

Device         Boot   Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/mmcblk0p1         8192    163839    155648    76M  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/mmcblk0p2 *     163840   1163263    999424   488M 83 Linux
/dev/mmcblk0p3      1163264 499744767 498581504 237.7G 83 Linux

The partition table has been altered.
Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Re-reading the partition table failed.: Device or resource busy
The kernel still uses the old table. The new table will be used at the next reboot or after you run partprobe(8) or partx(8).
Syncing disks.
Resize '/tmp/root' of 'max'
= No U-boot will be written.

= Installation Complete! Insert into the board and boot.

I did notice this error message:
Re-reading the partition table failed.: Device or resource busy
but the logs afterwards indicate that everything did go well.

Was wondering whether somebody else has ran into the issue or could point me towards a solution.

Welcome to the forum :slightly_smiling_face:

First of all you might want to use 64-bit (aarch64) instead of the 32-bit (armhfp) to use the full potential of the 8 GB rpi4. Althou there might be some problems with the 8 GB version in general.

This is not unusual. You can simply eject and re-read the sdhc-card to verify the result.

This indicates the sdhc-card is either not found, or the first partition is not accessible.

At least for the 4 GB version Fedora-Minimal-33-1.3.aarch64 for sure is working. You might want to give it a try for testing.


Thanks a lot for the welcome and for the helpful answer.
I did follow the guide - intended for rpi2 & rpi3, which will instruct you to download at https://arm.fedoraproject.org.
As you have pointed out the image I tried to use is for armhfp, what I did overlook.
Did confuse me a bit that the aarch64 version is not available from there.
Worked well with the image from Download Fedora Workstation ( For ARM® aarch64").

I thought that I verified that I have the correct version of the image with:
fedora-arm-image-installer --image=Fedora-Workstation-armhfp-33-1.2-sda.raw.xz --supported | grep rpi
But I must have missunderstood there something as well.

Thanks a lot.

Fedora 33 supports the rpi 4B. I have it running on mine. Simply download the Fedora IoT image from https://getfedora.org/
Latest release is dated 20210214. Images for both armhpf and aarch64

The server and workstation editions similar to what are at https://arm.fedoraproject.org are also at https://getfedora.org but getfedora.org also has the IoT version which explicitly supports the rpi 2, 3, & 4