[support-gang] intermittent keyboard mismapping: 13.2.5 on XO-1 SKU39

James Cameron quozl at laptop.org
Tue Aug 4 19:11:58 EDT 2015

G'day Caryl,

If you're asking with respect to the discussion thread, go ahead with
the latest 13.2.5, because the problem Adam is talking about won't affect
you or the women and children, it is very minor.

Otherwise, 13.2.5 is still the best for XO-1 because it can start
every activity at once if necessary, and has all the latest updates.


On Tue, Aug 04, 2015 at 10:07:23AM -0600, Caryl Bigenho wrote:
> Hi…
> So…  the XO-1s at the project we have at a school at a women's shelter in
> central Los Angeles will be updated in the next couple of weeks, getting ready
> for September school start. What would be the safest build for them to use? I
> won't be there to help, but it is in good hands with one of our SoCal
> volunteers. I just want to make it easy for everything to go smoothly.
> Thanks,
> Carul
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> Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:28:23 -0400
> From: holt at laptop.org
> To: support-gang at lists.laptop.org; devel at laptop.org
> Subject: Re: [support-gang] intermittent keyboard mismapping: 13.2.5 on XO-1
> SKU39
> Just an update that I've narrowed in on the/a pattern which triggers the
> problem, with the help of James Cameron, and some workarounds:
>   • Tapping the ESC key very rapidly during bootup causes the keyboard
>     mismapping (and hence, failure to enter Open Firmware).
>   • Holding down the ESC key during bootup (generally, but not always) avoids
>     the problem (entering Open Firmware).
>   • Typing no keys at all during initial bootup, appears (I hope) to be a
>     workaround to boot the OS properly, with keyboard functioning properly.
> Better yet, earlier firmware (e.g. q2e41 in this case) does not appear to show
> the problem at all, so newer firmware may be available in future to solve this
> annoying-but-less-serious-that-I-imagined problem.  For all using SKU39 XO-1s
> (or perhaps other/similar XO laptops having the modern touchpad?)
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 7:03 PM, Adam Holt <[1]holt at laptop.org> wrote:
>     I haven't figured out the pattern yet, but perhaps 50% of the time these
>     XO-1s boot with an unusable keyboard (it's a "US Intl" keyboard, but the
>     keys end up mapped to all the wrong places, showing the wrong letters/
>     numbers, such that not even the ESC key works to get to the Ok prompt).
>     This pattern arises with "vanilla" 13.2.5 (without SD cards) as well as
>     13.2.5 with SD cards.  In other words both of these:
>        [2]http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/13.2.5#XO-1
>        [3]http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/13.2.5#XO-1_with_SD_card
>     Running the "bye" command at the Ok prompt seems to trigger the problem
>     almost every time (possibly every time?).  But that is not the only thing
>     that triggers the problem.  Sometimes the XO just boots with unusable
>     keyboard, repeatedly.  Then when I try to hit ESC on boot 20 times in a
>     row, I cannot reproduce the problem at other times.  Problem occurs on all
>     SKU39 XO-1s I've tried so far.
>     I've not yet tried other SKU's.  My testing has only just begun, to see if
>     this same problem occurs with (both) 13.2.4 OS's and earlier.
>     Any tips for debugging / identifying the source of this quite serious
>     gremlin?  What should I and my small team of debugging volunteers look out
>     for and try?  And I'll do more work on this when I get back home late
>     tonight, but all thoughts appreciated-
>     (Also, any recommendations as to which older builds are best, as an interim
>     workaround?)
>     --
>     Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ [4]http://unleashkids.org !
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> References:
> [1] mailto:holt at laptop.org
> [2] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/13.2.5#XO-1
> [3] http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Release_notes/13.2.5#XO-1_with_SD_card
> [4] http://unleashkids.org/

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