[IAEP] [support-gang] Problems!

Samuel Greenfeld greenfeld at laptop.org
Thu Sep 15 01:08:26 EDT 2011

It's not clear if you tried it, but I have cleared up a lot of weird
keyboard issues by removing both the battery and external power, and then
reconnecting them.  This resets the embedded controller that controls the

If your firmware upgrade was significant enough jump, the embedded
controller may have new software for itself which does not work with older
settings.  Currently this is more likely to happen on an XO-1 than it is on
a 1.5.

When powering on the XO, be sure not to try and break into Open Firmware
before you hear the start of the start-up chimes, as prior to that point the
XO may be trying to figure out what type of keyboard it has attached.

(Still, although I've seen odd keyboard repeats which disappeared on reset,
this does sound like a key could actually be stuck.)

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 12:53 AM, James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 09:42:02PM -0700, Caryl Bigenho wrote:
> > Now it has the correct date in GMT (without having to set it)  but I
> > can't get into "My Settings" to put in the local time.  The settings
> > screen is "greyed" out and will not respond.
> The usual cause of that is that you have accidentally typed some letters
> into the search field at the top left of the settings window.  There
> will be a tiny X, white on grey, to the right of the letters, click on
> that, and then all the settings icons should reappear.
> > Another problem that just started with the reflash is a repeating 2 that
> > appears over and over... without touching the 2 key, e.g.
> > 22222222222222222222222222
> That will cause the above, and is a keyboard membrane failure, it needs
> servicing or replacement.  You might try manipulating the 2 key.
> > Any idea what is going on?  Any quick fixes?  Should I just download
> > 874 again, make a new usb, and reflash again?
> Of course not, that won't make any difference to a failed keyboard.  ;-}
> --
> James Cameron
> http://quozl.linux.org.au/
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