problems with an XO

Rodolfo D. Arce S. rodolfo.arce.s at
Mon Mar 29 11:40:44 EDT 2010


I'm following the procedures and i have some insight

Connected cable in XO to serial adapter, connected to extra computer....

# ./forth spiflash.dic
ok line /dev/ttyUSB0
ok flash q2e41.rom

when in the serial console, i tryed to flash with the q2e41.rom file that is
published in the olpc wiki, and it gives this error

ok flash q2e41.rom
Image file is the wrong length

I dowloaded the q2e18.rom file from the OLPC wiki and starts fine:

ok flash q2e18.rom
Checking Integrity..

and it stays there for a long time.. more than the 17 min.. close to half an
hour and counting

any thoughts?

How can I tell if something is being writen to the flash?

How can I tell if the machine has something (good or bad ) in the flash?

thanks a lot for the help so far.. i hope to continue fixing this sort of

cheers.. R

2010/3/29 James Cameron <quozl at>

> On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 01:48:20PM -0400, Rodolfo D. Arce S. wrote:
> > Checking
> > Writing
> > Error, SPI Flash ID 0
> > ok <- this is the prompt..
> This is bad.  Something went wrong while writing to the chip that
> contains the firmware.
> (If anybody else gets this error during flashing and your laptop is
> still on, don't turn it off, leave it powered on while you try to
> contact us for help.)
> That it doesn't boot the firmware any longer is consistent with the
> error above.  That laptop will need a repair;
> --
> James Cameron

Rodolfo D. Arce S.
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