#12618 NORM Not Tri: XO-1 and XO-1.5 fail to disable pretty boot if date is < epoch

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Mon Mar 11 18:18:50 EDT 2013

#12618: XO-1 and XO-1.5 fail to disable pretty boot if date is < epoch
 Reporter:  rsmith        |                 Owner:               
     Type:  defect        |                Status:  new          
 Priority:  normal        |             Milestone:  Not Triaged  
Component:  not assigned  |               Version:  not specified
 Keywords:                |           Next_action:  never set    
 Verified:  0             |   Deployment_affected:               
Blockedby:                |              Blocking:               
 An XO-1 was left with me here at Twine with this problem.  It also had the
 symptom where even if you booted with the workaround that powerd no longer
 responded to power button presses.  On a hunch the two were related Paul
 and I looked at what was going wrong with powerd.  We discovered that
 powerd was rejecting all events because all the timestamps were showing up
 as negative numbers.  Looking at the system date shows that the date was
 set to sometime in 1968 which is prior to epoch and thus all time stamps
 were negative.

 Updating the date to be the current date fixed both problems.

 Root cause of this is currently unknown. Despite trying a lot of different
 things I was unable to set the RTC to some value that resulted in a linux
 date of 1968

Ticket URL: <http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/12618>
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