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Intel Joule, Ubuntu 16.04, SD card cold boot goes to initframs

Upon booting from power off from the SD card the grub selection menu comes up, however when ubuntu is selected it goes to login screen and then to initframs prompt.

However, if the sd card is now removed and reinserted and rebooted from initframs prompt then it works fine

Once it boots to Ubuntu, it can be rebooted as many times. Only the cold boot doesn't seem to work.

Tested on multiple sd card clones and the problem persists.

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Hi AkshayBHagat,

Thanks for your interest in the Intel® Joule™ Platform.

Personally, I don't have too much experience using Ubuntu with the Intel® Joule™. Nevertheless, I found these discussions that might help you figure out why once you boot it ends up on an initramfs console:

- Boot drops to a (initramfs) prompts/busybox - Ask Ubuntu


- SOLVED: Initramfs Prompt: Ubuntu Boots To Prompt

I would encourage to ask on Community | Ubuntu developer portal , since they are the developers of this image. They might be able to provide further assistance.

Have a nice day!

Best Regards,


-Jose P.