FR won't boot without going into uboot menu first

Thorben Krueger thkruege at
Tue Sep 2 21:13:17 CEST 2008

My FreeRunner won't boot unless I hold down the AUX button while
powering up and select "boot" manually from the menu. This problem
started to appear when I had piped junk into all mtdblock devices on
my FR. (I had misinterpreted one of the wiki pages about images (the
instructions were intended for the host machine, not the FR itself))

I reflashed my FR with another image, but as the previously working
suspend was not doing so any more, I eventually decided to update
uboot. This solved my suspend issues somewhat but not the boot
problems. Yes, I also toyed with different uImages, to no avail.

So what does happen if I press the power button without AUX? After a
few seconds, I get an AUX-button blink, a soft vibration (I like this
actually) and at the same time, the display lights up, but instead of
showing me any bootup screen, it displays the the contents of some
video buffer (i.e. some random lines of noise or even the entire last
screen contents before shutdown). Holding down the power button for
any period of time at this stage yields nothing. I have to remove the
battery. (Worries about backplate durability anyone?)

Any suggestions?


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