What was this firmware that you upgraded to? Where did you get it from? As far as I am aware there have been no official firmware upgrades from Lego. It sounds like you have the enhanced firmware installed. I am not aware of the trick to boot from the sdcard by holding down the escape keep but if it works great. But you will need to do that every time you start the EV3. The standard firmware will try to boot from the SD card if present, but it sounds like that is not the case with the firmware you have installed.
If after rebooting you are still not able to get it to boot leJOS (by holding down the escape key), then more than likely you have a corrupt FAT32 partition. I would start all over again. Reformat you sdcard with something like:https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
then use the leJOS installer to copy the files and the jre over to the card. Make sure you eject the card safely and then try the above process all over again.
thanks for your reply. Reading through the posts, it looks like there are lot of weird problems with the installation, don't there?
Anyway: my experience. First, the firmware version is not an issue, I was mistaken about that. So, I have a brand new EV3, purchased in December 2013, with original Mindstorms firmware.
I have reformatted the card, re-installed the software and safely ejected the card more than half a dozen times.
The result is always the same. On inserting the card into the EV3, and turning it on I see the "Mindstorms starting.." on the display. If I do nothing, Mindstorms starts normally , seemingly ignoring the SD card. If, however, I press escape, I can get the leJOS logo to appear and the leJOS installation and card formatting continues.
A whole lot of steps are notified on the display, ending with "Rebooting". After that, there is nothing I can do to prevent the EV3 starting up with Mindstorms . In other words, no leJOS.
Can you advise what steps I should see as leJOS installs on the card in the EV3?
Should the process end in a reboot or in "Start menu"?
How can the process seemingly go right to the end and then fail?
Relatedly, wouldn't a corrupt partition halt the process a lot earlier?
After the install process on the EV3, the SD card shows as having not a 2g (1.83G to be exact) capacity as it did after formatting, but only 500M. Is this a clue?
What are the file and folder contents I should see on the SD card after installation?
I will try another card, but without more information will be completely in the dark if it makes any difference.
Would you recommend buying a card that is already formatted with FAT32? (I think most come formatted as FAT). Or any other card specs?