[Nanonote] Veni, vidi, bricked it

qnrq at pipemail.org qnrq at pipemail.org
Mon Dec 20 15:52:19 EST 2010


 I tired it and it worked like a charm. Thanks a lot, saved my day :-)

 /N

 On Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:17:53 -0600, Christopher Harrington wrote:
> Have you followed these instructions?
>
> http://en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/Unbrick
>
> -Chris
>
> On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 12:07,  <qnrq at pipemail.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I ordered a Ben Nanonote from Tuxbrain around the middle of 
>> November. After
>> a long delay caused by the Swedish postal service it arrived and 
>> last friday
>> I finally got my chance to start playing around with it. I did what 
>> every
>> sane (heh) hacker would do the first couple of days by spending 
>> hours on
>> customizing, coding and updating the gadget.
>>
>> Pretty soon I felt that despite OpenWRT being good and useful I 
>> ought to try
>> an alternative: Debian. I followed the steps in the pyneo.org guide 
>> on the
>> subject. The first attempt failed. After a reboot I could see the 
>> boot
>> manager printing the default text about loading the kernel and then 
>> the
>> screen turned black. "Oh well, kernel panic", I thought to myself, 
>> and
>> booted right back into usb boot for the second attempt.
>>
>> The second attempt failed even harder. After rebooting (not sure if 
>> it even
>> classifies as a boot) the device the screen stayed monochrome black. 
>> No
>> backlight, as far as I can tell. I popped the back lid open, removed 
>> the
>> battery and sent it into usb boot. `watch lsusb`, nothing. Tried 
>> again, and
>> again, and again but the tiny box is still stuck in its dark abyss.
>>
>> Somehow, my attempt at installing Debian seems to have killed 
>> whatever part
>> handles the usb boot. I have no good guess of how this would be 
>> possible,
>> though. Is there any way for me to un-fuck-up my Nanonote? It would 
>> really
>> be saddening if the journey would end like this. Any help regarding 
>> this is
>> greatly appreciated.
>>
>>
>> -----------------
>> Niklas Femerstrand
>> <qnrq at pipemail.org>
>>
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