Lid switches tests confusing

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at
Thu Jan 31 20:06:30 EST 2013

When testing the XO hardware, users are frequently tripping up on the
lid switches test.

Right now, the text on the screen says this:

    Testing /switches
    Activate lid switch

This is where our users get stumped: "what is a lid switch?" If they
work out that they need to close the lid, when are they allowed to
open it again?

The next message is also problematic:

    Activate ebook switch

What does this mean? When can the XO be taken out of e-book mode?

How about we make the messages look more like this?

    Testing /switches
    Close the lid and open after 2 seconds
    Swivel the screen and close it into ebook mode

Sridhar Dhanapalan
Engineering Manager
One Laptop per Child Australia

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