problem booting to NOR?

Mike Montour mail at
Wed Jul 23 18:44:57 CEST 2008

Steve Leung wrote:

> I'm just not sure what I can do about it - I haven't got a debug board, 
> and I wasn't really planning on buying one.  

You could ask if there's anyone living near you who could lend you a 
debug board or do the flashing for you. If not, wait for an official 
Openmoko statement of how to repair/replace your phone.

> This morning, it occurred to me that I might be able to throw in an SD 
> card to boot off of, which would allow me to flash NAND, but without a 
> safety net of NOR flash to use, I'll have to proceed carefully.

A Freerunner without a working NOR flash is basically the same as a 
Neo1973. It's safe to flash a new kernel or rootfs partition; the risk 
of bricking the device is only if you update u-boot itself.

You do not need an SD card as you suggested above. Flashing is done 
while you are in the u-boot menu, before you have loaded a kernel or 

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