OLPC Firmware q3c03

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OLPC Firmware Release q3c03

Works on XO-1.5 C1-C8 systems, but does not work on any XO-1 machines.

Download q3c03.rom
Build date time 2012-03-21 01:25:39
Source revision 2907
EC version 2.2.10
Wireless firmware version Libertas thinfirm 9.0.7.p2

Changes

  • 2905 OLPC - make help consistent across platforms
  • 2904 Improvements to the 2D debugger.
  • 2903 ANSI terminal interface - make it possible to turn off color text support.
  • 2902 core - stack effect comment fix
  • 2901 Debugger - 2D display of debugged word instead of scrolling. Not perfect yet, but pretty good. Revert to old behavior with "true to scrolling-debug?"
  • 2900 OLPC - add fs-resize, no change to fs-update, fs-resize enlarges the second partition to fill remaining space on eMMC or microSD, may be followed up with manual use of "resize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p2", does not require initramfs or olpc-os-builder support. ticket #11690
  • 2899 Eliminated the last vestiges of the long-obsolete p" format.
  • 2898 Colorized the decompiler output.
  • 2897 OLPC - stack effect comment fixes
  • 2892 OLPC trac ticket #11696 - fixed NANDblaster receive bug that affected only XO-1, but switched to fixed version of NANDblaster source for all OLPC platforms.
  • 2890 OLPC - autorun-mfg-tests showed uninitialised menu items, fix ticket #11688
  • 2888 OLPC - change hex-decode to store the decoded information in-place, thus eliminating the need for auxiliary buffers.
  • 2887 OLPC - SETi camera sensor driver - use correct part number for "sensor" property and check the sensor ID value in the probe routine.
  • 2882 OLPC - null-fsdisk with fs-update gave unimplemented package interface procedure at end


Which Firmware Do You Have?

The best method for finding out what firmware version you have on a laptop depends on whether the laptop is secured or not, and what operating state it is in.

Unsecured Laptop

Obtain the Ok prompt, the firmware version is displayed in the startup banner, thus:

 OLPC ..., ... memory installed, ..., S/N SHF7250024D
 OpenFirmware  q3c03 ...   EC Firmware Ver:...
               ^^^^^

You can also obtain the built date:

 ok .built

This is the date and time that this image of the firmware was built by the release engineer.

Secured Laptop

Power up the laptop with the "check" game button held down. You will be asked to Release the game keys to continue. Release the "check" game button and watch carefully. For a short time the startup banner will be displayed, like this:

 OLPC ..., ... memory installed, ..., S/N SHF7250024D
 OpenFirmware  q3c03 ...   EC Firmware Ver:...
               ^^^^^

Alternatively, if the laptop is already booted, go to the Sugar home view, click on the icon at the centre of the screen and select "My Settings" then "About my Computer." The firmware version is displayed there.

Alternatively, in the Terminal activity or a text console, type:

 cat /proc/device-tree/openprom/model

or

 cat /ofw/openprom/model

With certain older firmware versions, if the operating system will not start, and the laptop is secured, you will not be able to obtain the firmware version using the above methods, so our recommendation is to go ahead and upgrade anyway. The procedure is safe and will not do anything if you already have up-to-date firmware.


Installation

When installing new firmware, you must have a well-charged battery and the AC adapter plugged in. The firmware update code will not proceed otherwise. Possible error messages are:

error message how to fix
AC not present plug in the power cord, check the battery LED is on, then try again.
No external power plug in the power cord, check the battery LED is on, then try again,
No battery plug in the battery, check the latches, then try again, or try another battery,
Battery low allow more time for the battery to charge, then try again, or try another battery.

Unsecured Laptop

This section is for unsecured laptops. Most XO-1.5 and XO-1.75 laptops are unsecured. Most developer XO laptops are unsecured. To unsecure your laptop, follow the instructions at Activation and Developer Keys.

You may install using either:

  • a USB drive or SD card,
  • the laptop's internal drive,
  • a network.

Choose one.

Using a USB drive or SD card

  • check the battery is inserted and locked,
  • check that the power cord is in place and the battery indicator is green,
  • insert the USB drive or SD card,
  • turn on the laptop, and get to the 'ok' prompt. See Ok for more detail. You should see:
ok
  • if the downloaded file is on a USB drive, type:
 flash u:\q3c03.rom
  • if the downloaded file is on an external SD card:
 flash sd:\boot\q3c03.rom
  • wait for the laptop to reboot itself,
  • remove the USB drive or SD card.

(Expert users may remove the USB drive after the message "Got firmware" ... at this stage the file has been read and closed.)

Using the laptop internal drive

An alternate method is to download the firmware file to the laptop internal drive and then install from the internal drive.

  • start the laptop,
  • connect to a wireless or wired network,
su
cd /versions/boot/current/boot/
wget http://dev.laptop.org/pub/firmware/q3c03/q3c03.rom
  • check the battery is inserted and locked,
  • check that the power cord is in place and the battery indicator is green,
  • turn on the laptop, and get to the 'ok' prompt. See Ok for more detail. You should see:
ok
  • if the downloaded file is on an XO-1, type:
flash n:\boot\q3c03.rom
  • if the file is on the internal SD card of an XO-1.5 or XO-1.75:
flash int:\boot\q3c03.rom

Using a network

You will need a compatible USB to ethernet adapter, or an open or WEP wireless access point, connected to the internet.

  • check the battery is inserted and locked,
  • check that the power cord is in place and the battery indicator is green,
  • turn on the laptop, and get to the 'ok' prompt. See Ok for more detail. You should see:
ok
  • if using wireless, type the essid of the wireless network:
essid mynetwork
  • if using a WPA wireless access point, type the WPA key for the network:
wpa passphrase
  • type the flash command using the download link above, but change all slash characters so they are backwards, for example:
flash http:\\dev.laptop.org\pub\firmware\q3c03\q3c03.rom

Secured Laptop

Secured laptops can only use flash firmware that has been signed. All mass-production machines had the latest firmware at the time of manufacture.

Upgrading firmware describes how to upgrade to a newer signed firmware release.

See also

  • Cheat codes for information about how game buttons control startup options.
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