[IAEP] Need Help! Unable to Update XO-1s for Project in Rural Montana

Caryl Bigenho cbigenho at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 14 18:33:43 EDT 2012

Hi Folks, 

I'm sure someone else has had this problem before and that it has been solved, but, I am completely stumped at the moment and need a little assistance. I haven't a clue where to look since I have already looked all the places I thought the answers would be.

The teacher who was going to use the XOs at Arrowhead elementary school in rural MT last year went out on maternity leave and the machines were stored in a locked cupboard for about 8-9 months. When I picked them up to check them over and update the software, I found that both the battery and the clock battery were completely discharged.  I could not do a regular update. They were looking for "Mesh networks" and had all sorts of crazy dates. The updates failed, but the old software remained.

So for one of the machines I went to the OLPC wiki and followed these instructions:

1) Downloaded and updated the Firmware to Q2E46, which is the one that 12.1.0 installs when it does an update.
2) I went into Terminal and set the clock to the correct utc time as the wiki suggests.
3) Then I tried to reflash using the file downloaded from the wiki for 21012.o0 as suggested on the wiki (this wouldn't work at all before updating the firmware).

It appeared to install the software correctly, but at the end of the process, it went only to the XO man surrounded by the ring of dots. It never did get to the setup with naming and choosing colors and the like.

If I do a force-quit (the only thing available) and then restart, it stalls in the same place.  There are 10 of these XO-1s in the set and I need to get them updated this weekend, if possible. 

A young couple… brand new teachers, wants to use them at the same school this year. He will be teaching middle school science and math and is very excited about using them with his science classes. His wife teaches elementary music and a K/1 combo class. She wants to try Tam Tam and some of the nice programs for beginning readers.

I just need a little suggestion about what to try next. I thought I had this figured out, but I was wrong!

I look forward to your replies and suggestions! BTW, these are XO-1s.

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