[maemo-users] N900 stuck on 5 dots forever

From: Hämäläinen Kimmo kimmo.hamalainen at nokia.com
Date: Tue Mar 1 18:33:04 EET 2011
On Tue, 2011-03-01 at 09:39 -0600, ext Paul Hartman wrote:
> 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:
> http://wiki.maemo.org/N900_Hardware_Hacking#Debug_ports
> So maybe it's possible to make my own adapter to connect to the serial
> debug console. And there's this example output:
> http://wiki.maemo.org/N900_Hardware_Hacking/serial_dump
> 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.

Did you set "serial-console" R&D flag with the flasher utility?  That is
required to use the console, otherwise you see only few lines, but don't
forget to unset it or it will suck your battery fast (prevents full

> 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. :)

Good luck!


> Thanks for your help.
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