GTA02 is now an expensive brick

Karthik Kumar karthikkumar at
Sun Jan 4 19:04:40 CET 2009


I wouldn't recommend this that you'd go and buy a Nokia battery to boot
up your phone. IMHO the first thing that needs to be fixed is a wall
charging thing, with Qi/u-boot.

You do get Taiwan made fake batteries for 30 INR (0.6 $) but they may
explode, and I wouldn't recommend it.


Ian Darwin wrote:
> Lucas Lacroix wrote:
>> I forgot to plug the Neo in last night, and now the battery is 
>> completely dead. I cannot even get to the NOR boot. I've tried both 
>> USB and the charger. I have tried with and without the battery. No 
>> combination of these will get the phone to turn on so it can charge 
>> the battery.
> This is one of the most annoying misfeatures of the phone, I think 
> everybody agrees.
>> I'm saddened by the fact that a phone that was supposed to be released 
>> to the masses can have such a blatant failing. Not only can it NOT 
>> turn on when the battery has little or no charge, the APM service does 
>> not turn the phone off to prevent this (note: all OTHER phones I have 
>> ever used WILL turn off when the battery gets below some critical level).
>> On top of this, if I ever expect to have a working phone, I have to 
>> disable the only feature which should extend the battery life (read 
>> that as: OpenMoko has fixed the WSoD problem by replacing it with the 
>> BSoD - Black Screen of Death).
> You've answered your own question in a roundabout way. There is no place 
> that OM has said that the current *software* is ready for the masses. 
> The fact that the software doesn't halt or suspend or shut down on low 
> power is proof of this. The fact that it's software means it will 
> eventually get remediated.
>> I have looked at the work-arounds, and none of them have worked or are 
>> doable. I refuse to "hardware hack" my phone with an external 4.5V 
>> line to give it the initial charge. I also do not have access to a 
>> charger that will work with this battery. Lastly, I do not have a 
>> second battery.
> Do you live in a part of the world where anybody uses Nokia phones? Do 
> you have a friend or co-worker who knows you well enough to lend you 
> their battery for 5 mins to jump-start your phone? If not, maybe you 
> need to get out more :-)  Borrow their battery, insert it, boot up, plug 
> in the charger, swap batteries, return the battery leaving your phone 
> charging. On some cheaper Nokias you have to re-set the Nokia phone's 
> date & time after this operation; I've not seen it lose any other 
> information from the Nokia and I've done this 3 or 4 times (the rest of 
> my family has mostly Nokias at present, and they're not switching until 
> the OM is more consumer ready).
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