Dead freerunner

AVee openmoko-comunity at
Sat Jan 3 14:56:58 CET 2009

On Saturday 03 January 2009 08:25, Jayesh Salvi wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 7:13 PM, Vikas Saurabh 
<vikas.saurabh at>wrote:
> > Hmm.....I surely jumped the gun here.
> > Apparently, it was just that my battery got discharged completely and
> > the phone would not boot up on itself. I got the battery charged a
> > little from external charger and I have my phone back :) yipppeee.
> Hi Vikas,
> I might also be hitting the same issue. My battery is fully discharged
> after I left my FR unattended for several days. The battery shows 20mV
> reading when I checked with a multimeter. I can't get the battery to
> charge. I tried to do it from USB output of my laptop and also with the
> wall socket charger. But nothing seems to work. The wiki says the battery
> can't charge with FR off and I can't get FR on with fully discharged
> battery.
> What I don't understand is how did you manage to charge the battery just
> with external charger? I don't have debug board, but I guess you also
> didn't have one.
> It will be very helpful, if you could clarify.

You can charge the battery in an external charger, it just need a bit of extra 
juice to be able to boot the FR. But you could also use a Nokia BL-5C battery 
to boot the FR. After it is started it will keep running from the charger 
when you remove the battery. This allows you to boot from one battery and 
switch batteries to charge a dead one. The BL-5C battery is found in lots and 
lots of nokia phones, there is probably one nearby which you can borrow for 5 
minutes :)


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