New Freerunner, factory image - "Registering..."
ken at restivo.org
Mon Jul 14 21:12:21 CEST 2008
On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 07:26:26PM +0100, Stroller wrote:
> Hi there,
> So my Freerunner arrived this evening, I plugged it in and started
> charging and it powered itself on. I _love_ that kernel messages are
> displayed during boot-up, and the plastic of the Freerunner's case
> has a really nice feel to it.
> Anyway, once booted to the factory image I get continuously a
> "Registering..." message in the top-left corner of the Home screen.
> After 30 minutes or so this message persists.
Mine did that until I popped a SIM in. Then it registered and got onto the network easily.
> Cell phone reception in my flat is always a little poor - I have to
> walk to the window if I want an intelligible conversation - but all
> other phones have connected to the phone network fine, SMS'd and rung
> on incoming calls fine when located at my desk.
> Could this indicate that my SIM is amongst those which the Freerunner
> doesn't like?
> It is a UK O2 SIM, at least a couple of years old, probably several
> and perhaps 7 or 8. It has been used last in my Sony-Ericsson P990i
> which is 3G, but I have no idea if that phone has been used at full
> speed. I find that when I received this P990i, c 15 months ago, O2
> sent me a new SIM which is marked as "3G", but I have never used it
> as the phone "seemed to work fine" with the old one.
> It is very nice that a terminal app is included on the default image,
> but I cannot work out how to enter a forward-slash ("/"), so cannot
> list /var/log and see if there's anything interesting in there. Would
> I be best advised to set up USB networking and log in via SSH to see
I ran into that immediately. The terminal is unusable without a slash key. That tells me that nobody is actually using that terminal app to do anything, but rather that it's only been used tethered by USB.
But I looked and couldn't find a bug report on this. Is it possible that nobody has yet filed a bug report to add a slash key to the keyboard?
I'm thinking that "/" might go nicely at the end of the 1 key, where most of the punctuation is. I'd expect it to be a one-line patch adding a char to the end of an array somewhere; I'll dig around.
> what's going on? Having plugged it into the wall and started it
> charging for the first time I am reluctant to unplug it until it is
> fully charged, as per the instructions. So any suggestions of how to
Mine didn't come with instructions, so I just started using it and then plugged it in to charge it up. Now my battery shows 96% and never gets higher than that. It also gets down to 63% after sitting on idle for 6 hours. Is that normal battery drainage or did I botch the battery? Also, this looks like a standard cellphone battery (same one that's in my Nokia?). Will any cellphone battery that fits that port work in the FR, or does it need a special one?
> debug this from the phone's own console would be appreciated.
I was looking forward to using it as a little handheld WiFi SSH terminal emulator. I'm sure it'll get there eventually.
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