[Server-devel] Firmware install

Tony Anderson tony at olenepal.org
Sun Jul 21 17:00:13 EDT 2013


Actually, what we did is plug in the AC adapter (running from an 
inverter powered
by a 12v car battery). The point is that the reflash was ok and the 
firmware update
is automatic the next time the AC adapter is plugged in. Interestingly, 
at the other
school this also worked when the laptop was getting power from an 
individual solar panel via a lead with a standard OLPC power plug.


On 07/20/2013 05:08 PM, Jerry Vonau wrote:
> 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
> interested.
> Jerry
>> 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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