Installing an activity pack

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  1. Download its zip file.
  2. Unzip it onto the root of a blank USB flash drive.
  3. Open the file. If there is only one folder, open it and remove the three files that are in it so they stand individually. If the three files are enclosed within another file, the XO will not find them.
  4. Insert the USB flash drive into your XO and reboot.
  5. If your machine is not a secure XO (its firmware is unlocked), you must hold the X game key while booting .
  6. When the installation is complete, the XO will shut itself off. Remove the USB key before powering it on.


  • The USB flash drive should be formatted with a VFAT file system (FAT16 with long filename support); this is the common format for most USB sticks with capacity up to 2 GB.
    • It is important that the USB flash drive have a partition table, and that the VFAT file system be in the first partition. Linux allows you to put a file system directly on the drive itself without a partition table (i.e. "mkfs.vfat /dev/sdi", rather than fdisk and "mkfs.vfat /dev/sdi1"), but then on boot, the XO will panic with an error from mount ("non-zero status code 255").
  • Do not use the SD card slot, you will end up with the same code 255 described above. You can use a SD card with a USB adapter.
  • You can perform steps 1 and 2 on another computer, or if you are familiar with the Linux command line, on the XO in a terminal using wget and unzip.
  • After step 2, the root of the USB flash drive should contain
  • After rebooting your machine you must go to the List View in order to select the activities you want to appear in the Ring View