[IAEP] [Testing] [support-gang] 12-Year-Old XOs (even 18-yesr-olds)

Caryl Bigenho cbigenho at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 31 20:43:28 EDT 2011

Thanks James, Tabitha, and all...
I already sent the instructions using the Open Firmware instructions.  I rewrote it so it is very easy to follow and suggested they may even want to have some of their middle school students help with this.  
I had originally figured that Terminal would be the way to go, but forgot about having to go to root to do it.  No matter, they will still be using Terminal to check the date after changing, shutting down and restarting.
So... the RTC battery probably went dead? Will charging the machines for several hours also recharge it?  I had them on charge overnight the other day so maybe that took care of if.
I will play with the Terminal method and see if I can simplify those instructions too.  Is there a place on the wiki where I should post these "teacher-eze" versions of the instructions?  Sort of a Grannie's guide to resetting the clock.

> Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 07:31:03 +1000
> From: quozl at laptop.org
> To: cbigenho at hotmail.com
> CC: tabitha at tabitha.net.nz; support-gang at lists.laptop.org; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org; testing at lists.laptop.org
> Subject: Re: [Testing] [support-gang] 12-Year-Old XOs (even 18-yesr-olds)
> G'day Caryl,
> If the XO-1s were left unused for many months, the tiny internal battery
> that runs the clock may have discharged, and this would cause the time
> to reset or become corrupt.  When redeploying laptops from old stock,
> setting the date and time is a common task.
> Yes,
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Fix_Clock#If_the_screen_turns_on_and_you_can_boot_into_Linux
> is a correct method, although I think you have to tell it the UTC time,
> not your local time.  The normal shutdown after this is important,
> because that is when the system time is stored in the internal clock.
> Yes, if you choose not to use the virtual console root terminal
> (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and instead use the Terminal activity in Sugar, it will
> work, but you must first become root using either the root button on the
> Terminal toolbar, or type su then enter.  The extra complexity of this
> may outweigh the complexity of just following the instructions above.
> If you have an open wireless access point with an easy to type network
> name, then OpenFirmware can set the clock using the internet, no need to
> type the time in:
> 	ok  essid networkname
> 	ok  ntp-set-clock pool.ntp.org
> 	ok  .clock
> ... and no need to shutdown carefully.
> The change will persist through boots and software updates, including
> complete wipes.  It won't persist through several months of non-use.
> -- 
> James Cameron
> http://quozl.linux.org.au/
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