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To answer my own question, I found this in the FAQ:
"Will the microSD card and Operating System from my previous model of Raspberry Pi work with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+?
No, if you are using Raspbian you will have to update it first. On your existing Raspberry Pi you can run the following commands from the terminal while connected to the internet:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Alternatively, you can download the latest SD Card image from raspberrypi.org/downloads."
My tunnel vision (or location of my head) must have prevented my seeing the above the first time through the FAQ. Sorry for the wasted bandwidth and the trouble for element14.
I also purchased a new RPi 3B+ with case, power supply and Element 14 Noobs card from my supplier. It won't boot and I just get the coloured screen. I put the Noobs card in my RPi 3B and it booted and installed. I then followed your instructions above and put it back in the RPi 3B+. It still won't boot. Looks like Element 14 cards are incompatible with the 3B+. This is very disappointing and unlike RPi and Element 14.
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I didn't have an opportunity to follow up my reply yesterday because the element14 site was being serviced. Your posting reminded me to follow up.
I experienced something similar to what you described, Gregory. Updating the existing SD card didn't resolve the issue. What worked for me was to go to raspberrypi.org/downloads and download the "RASPBIAN STRETCH WITH DESKTOP" image. I used Win32diskimager-1.0.0-install.exe to install the image on the SD card. The new Pi 3 B+ now boots properly.
I hope this helps.
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I had the exact same problem, color screen, lightning bolt indicator. I thought maybe my power supply was too weak, but no. Using the newest NOOBS download solved it.
I had the December 2017 NOOBS and thought that was good enough and it is not. So the suggestions above are correct, you probably can do a full sudo apt-get upgrade. What I did was:
-- inserted a micro SD card into my laptop SD card slot
-- formatted the SD card using Windows to clean it fully. Formated with FAT32.
-- downloaded the March 2018 NOOBS zip file, onto my Windows machine, from Raspberry Pi at https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/noobs/
-- unzipped the file on my Windows machine
-- copied the all the unzippped files onto the clean and formatted micro SD card
-- put the micro SD card into the RPi 3B+ and it booted fine. It takes a while to unpack (and partition), but it worked perfectly.
Received the newest Pi 3 Model B+ a couple of weeks ago and found it wouldn't boot. The system would hang on the color splash screen and the Activity LED remained off. I contacted element14 and they were kind enough to quickly sent a replacement when it became available. However, the replacement has the same problem.
I've tried a few different micro sd cards that boot properly in my other Pi 3's but they all result in the same symptom on the latest model B+.
What I know for sure: The power supply(s) and micro SD cards that were used for testing the new boards are good.
Have I overlooked something about the new model that's causing it to not read/boot from my existing cards? Have I received two faulty boards?
Any help would be appreciated - thanks!