[maemo-users] N900 stuck on 5 dots forever

From: Paul Hartman paul.hartman+maemo at gmail.com
Date: Tue Mar 1 17:39:39 EET 2011
2011/3/1 Hämäläinen Kimmo <kimmo.hamalainen at nokia.com>:
> On Mon, 2011-02-28 at 10:32 -0600, ext Paul Hartman wrote:
> ...
>> I know reflash of FIASCO image can most likely "fix" it by starting
>> over, but I'm curious if there is anyway to find out why it's not
>> progressing beyond the 5 dots. Is there a magic key to disable the 5
>> dots or some way to see what's going on during the boot process? Like
>> in a typical linux console during bootup. Maybe then, if I can see
>> what the problem is, I can boot MeeGo from MicroSD card and edit the
>> N900's rootfs and keep my customizations. :)
> You can get the serial console if you manage to get hold of a
> development "jig" --- a HW adapter that connects to the battery slot of
> the N900 and provides a serial connector.

Hi, thanks for this information. I did some searching based on it and
found this page:

So maybe it's possible to make my own adapter to connect to the serial
debug console. And there's this example output:

If that only shows the kernel messages, if there is a configuration
error that's my own fault, like runscripts failing or wrong shell or
something stupid that I've done, maybe I should compile the kernel
with FRAMEBUFFER_CONSOLE=y so I can see what's happening? But maybe
that'll only last until the 5 dots animation is started.

If I can get into rootfs via MeeGo, maybe I can edit
/etc/init.d/fb-progress.sh to disable the 5 dots animation. I think
this is what I'll try next, after I buy a new microSD card.

> Another way would have been having some startup script that sets up the
> USB networking (e.g. load g_nokia kernel module and do "ifup usb0") in
> every boot --- if you'd have that, you could simply plug a USB cable and
> connect over ssh.

Now I have a lot of good ideas how to configure my N900 once I get it
working again. :)

Thanks for your help.
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