Raspberry Pi Increase Stability

Prevent SD card corruption


Activate watchdog (for RPI 2 and more recent)

echo "RuntimeWatchdogSec=10s" >> /etc/systemd/system.conf
echo "ShutdownWatchdogSec=4min" >> /etc/systemd/system.conf

To check if it working well, to generate a kernel panic: echo c > /proc/sysrq-trigger
(but this may corrupt your file system)

Activate watchdog (for RPI A, B, B+)

RPi include an internal watchdog which can reboot RPi if it has crashed.
To activate it:

sudo apt-get install watchdog chkconfig
sudo sh -c "echo 'bcm2708_wdog' >> /etc/modules"
sudo sh -c "echo 'watchdog-device = /dev/watchdog' >> /etc/watchdog.conf"
sudo sh -c "echo 'watchdog-timeout = 15 # Required to prevent cannot set timeout 60 issue on RPi' >> /etc/watchdog.conf"
sudo modprobe bcm2708_wdog
sudo service watchdog start

An other interesting watchdog option may be "interface" to monitor trafic on network interface (see "man watchdog.conf" on your RPi). But as network interface name can be wired or wifi we can't provide it as default.
To confirm watchdog is installed and running type 'sudo service watchdog status'
It should return confirmation that watchdog is running

Incrase USB power output (For RPi B+ or RPi 2)

In /boot/config.txt add the following line and then reboot:


More information are available on: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=594183#p594183

Solder polyfuse (For RPI A or B. Not required for B+ or Pi2)

RPi is protected by a polyfuse. It is very interesting to protect it but has a big drawback: it may have big resistance so reduce available voltage for board.
See this thread for discussion: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/openglidernetwork/NsOziIhT8Is

As most of power supply should have current limitation/shortcut protection we can safely remove this extra protection by soldering a small cable between the 2 ends of polyfuse F3 as visible on flowing picture:

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