"Could not activate this XO" error

Kim Quirk kim at laptop.org
Mon Jul 23 22:50:51 EDT 2007

Thanks for the update, Scott.

If someone would like to update the 'Downgrading' procedure on the
Autoreinstallation page, please do. What is there will work... but what
Scott and Mitch have described sounds much easier.


On 7/23/07, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at cscott.net> wrote:
> Coming late to this discussion, but:
>   - the new autoreinstallation script doesn't require editing olpc.fth
>   - renaming the version file on the install stick doesn't change the
> version number read after it is installed, so it is harmless and
> recommended
>   - renaming the version file also allows you to downgrade to a
> version w/ activation, unlike the copy-nand method
>   - the recommended file names are osXXX or osXXXX or osXXXXX which
> support the numbering used for stable builds
> - as far as I know, the proposal floated earlier on devel@ (but
> before my time) was that we should jump to version numbers starting at
> 50000 at some point and incrementing by (say) 100 for major releases
> and 1 for minor releases.
> - the olpc.fth script ought to actually handle ordering among all of
> the above variants.
> Also:
> - B1s are known not to work; I'm testing a fix now which should fix
> it, it will probably be in tomorrow's build
> - B1s don't report serial numbers (although they have UUIDs), so if
> your machine reports a serial # other than SHF0000000 then it's not a
> B1
> - I've tested activation on a B2-1, and it does work there.
> --scott
> --
>                          ( http://cscott.net/ )
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