My surplus FreeRunner score!
brolin at brolin.be
Sun Mar 28 09:55:03 CEST 2010
I received and unpacked my surplus FreeRunner box weeks ago, but have
not tested my surplus FreeRunners until today. Since all my FreeRunners
look the same, I labelled my first FreeRunner (the one I (try to) use as
my daily phone) 0, then my surplus FRs 1 - 5 inclusive.
Note: my surplus FRs were tested with only the AC adapter connected (I
used the same AC adapter for all my surplus FRs): no batteries, SIM
cards, nor microSD(HC) cards were installed.
Here are my test results:
FR #1: No end user-visible signs of life. :(
FR #2: Will not boot without AUX. Booted U-Boot from NOR, then booted
Debian (?) from NAND until it hung with an “Aborted” line after
successfully starting avahi-daemon. :( A known-good bootable
microSD(HC) card would probably be useful here.
FR #3: Will not boot without AUX. Booted U-Boot from NOR, then booted
Om 2008 (?) from NAND. Could not get display to come on again after the
suspend timeout. :(
FR #4: This is the only GSM 900 of my 6 total FRs. Will not boot
without AUX. I sense a pattern here: does booting without AUX require
a battery? Anyway, booted U-Boot from NOR, then booted SHR from NAND.
Hardware appears to work, but many GUI apps hang. Maybe they assume a
SIM card is installed?
FR #5: Will not boot without AUX. Booted U-Boot from NOR, then started
booting some Koolu image (Android?) from NAND, then hung or the boot
time exceeded my patience (the Koolu screen never changed.).
Conclusion: Not too exciting. :P I will put my surplus FRs away again
and return to trying to make QtMoko v18 on FR #0 less unusable. :( The
more I (try to) use my FR (#0), the more attractive the N900 looks.
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