Checks of an XO laptop being re-used:
- charge the battery,
- upgrade the firmware,
- use the collection stick, get a developer key, and ,
- run the hardware diagnostics, with , concentrating on keyboard, touchpad, and touchscreen,
- set the clock, with using Linux, or
- install the operating system, see latest releases for install instructions,
- clean the keyboard, touchpad, and display,
- tighten the case screws, tighten the hinge screws, check the battery latch,
- test the wireless antenna.
If problems are encountered, refer to the troubleshooting guide.
- ↑ with batteries stored for some years, it may be necessary to upgrade the firmware and then charge the battery, rather than the other way around, but you can only do this if you have a spare battery.
- ↑ upgrading the firmware is essential for best support of the latest software release.
- ↑ on membrane keyboards look for keys that might be able to come off, usually one edge will wear through first.
- ↑ the 166 mm wide touchpads are prone to instability and this grows worse as they age.
- ↑ broken antenna cables inside the laptop can lead to problems downloading or collaborating with activities, and cable breaks are more likely with laptops that have seen heavy usage.