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Resources for SLES for Raspberry Pi

Discussion Forum

Download page for SLES 12 SP2 for the Raspberry Pi

Download page for SLES 12 SP3 for the Raspberry Pi (internal Link)

Quick start guide

Common Problems and Solutions

Certificate is not yet valid

The Raspberry Pi does not have a real time clock. If a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server was not configured during setup, the Pi will default to 1969, causing many strange problems with certificates. The solution is to configure the time by clicking on the green icon in the lower left and selecting "Desktop Apps" -> Settings -> "Date and Time" After submitting the root password in the pop up window, you should set the date and time using the "Other Settings" on the Yast2 "Date and Time" window. Be sure to set up NTP to automatically set the date and time or your will have to do this set every time you boot.

Endless stream of periods "..." during boot

Assuming you were able to download and burn the image correctly, the most likely problem is the power supply is not powerful enough. The Raspberry Pi Model 3 requires a 2.5 Amp power supply.

HDMI out of range or DVI out of range

On first boot when the graphical installation starts to run, you instead get an "HDMI out of range" message. Problem is usually caused by using a monitor that has an unusual resolution.

Circumvention is to edit the /boot/config.txt on another machine and add a line hdmi_safe=1.

Note: The config.txt file will show up in the root directory of the SD Card if accessed from a Windows system

See for more tips on resolving this issue.

Registration failed - Permission denied

You must be root to register your copy of SLES for the Raspberry Pi.

You must accept the terms and conditions in the SUSE Customer Center in order to successfully complete the registration

Win32Imager does not list Raspberry Pi image

The filetype on the SLES images is ".raw" instead of ".img". Tell Win32imager to list "all files" and you should be able to locate it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How to Download

Go to to download the image and obtain a free, one year activation key.
After downloading the ~938MB image you will need to unpack and burn the image to an SD Card of at least 8GB of capacity.
See the Quick Start guide at

Registering SLES for the Raspberry Pi

Unlike Raspbian, SLES for the Raspberry Pi requires registration to download updates and patches.
A great tutorial on this process is explained at

Hardware support

Known working

  • HDMI
  • USB keyboard
  • USB Mouse
  • Ethernet
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth

To enable the Bluetooth* controller for use with bluetoothctl and related applications, run:

hciattach /dev/ttyAMA0 bcm43xx 921600

  • GPIO

Does not work

SUSE depends on the source for hardware drivers to be upstreamed to the open source community before they can be included in SUSE Linux.

  • Audio (through jack)
  • Camera
  • Raspberry Pi touch screen
  • HATS
  • HDMI Audio
  • H.264 MPEG
  • Any Raspberry Pi other than 3 Model B

Earlier Raspberry Pi models are 32 bit only. SUSE only support 64 bit hardware with SLES 12