[Server-devel] Firmware install

Jerry Vonau jvonau at shaw.ca
Sat Jul 20 11:08:04 EDT 2013

On Sat, 2013-07-20 at 07:33 +0200, Tony Anderson wrote:
> Hi,
> We had this experience in Lesotho where we were rarely working directly 
> from the mains. However, if the firmware is not installed, the message 
> will appear on each subsequent boot. I am not sure that the battery 
> charge is an issue. The firmware installs when the laptop detects that 
> it is running from an AC adapter.
> Tony

I have a olpc.fth file that defeats the mains AC check provided the
battery has 50% charge or more and installs the newer firmware when
present on the usbkey. Only works on unlocked XOs, hit me up if your


> On 07/20/2013 05:13 AM, server-devel-request at lists.laptop.org wrote:
> >>When reflashing to one of the newer builds; i.e., 12.1.0 or newer, be sure to
> >>use a fully charged battery and a plugged in power adapter when reflashing. The
> >>new builds will upgrade the firmware automatically if the battery is fully
> >>charged. If it is not, during the end of the reflash process it will say
> >>something like "cannot get new firmware" continuing to update with old
> >>firmware. If you are not watching the screen you might not see this.
> >>
> >>And, I always check the system date and reset it (from the root terminal per
> >>instructions on the Fix ClockWiki page) before reflashing. That has solved the
> >>"stuck on the grey dots" problem.
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