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Old 05-01-2005, 06:44 PM   #1
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Flashing SL-5500 = LED lights flash endlessly


I read extensively on how to flash my Zaurus and things seemed to go well up until I pressed the keys and button to flash.

Here are the facts:

- 128 MB Kingston CF card (works fine)
- used the recommended "zImage_collie-40-24"
- used initrd from "oz3.5.2-opie1.1.9-small_T7-EN"
- copied files to the root of CF card
- renamed "zImage_collie-40-24" to "zImage"
- used md5 checksum in terminal and both files were fine

- the Zaurus was turned off when I did the flash operation (none of the literature specified whether it had to be on or off)
- when I held down the "C" and "D" keys and pressed the "Full Reset" button the power and mail lights started flashing... and flashing... and flashing endlessly.
- Its been over an hour now, and yet all the literature I read said it should take less than 15 minutes.

My questions:
- Is it normal for the lights to flash on and on... for so long?
- Are the flashing lights a sign that the Zaurus is unable to Flash from the CF card?
- Is my Zaurus a brick already, or is there a correct way to get out of the cycle of flashing lights? Do I repeat the "C-D-Full Reset" operation or just "Full Reset" or leave it be overnight and see what happens in the morning?

So far, I haven't done anything.

I've read all kinds of account of things going wrong, but so far nobody has ever mentioned a problem with interminably flashing LEDs.

Last edited by Zeiph; 05-01-2005 at 06:47 PM.
Old 05-02-2005, 07:15 AM   #2
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Apparently some CF cards just won't flash.

Forum discussion on other board about CF cards don't flash

Tried "C + P + Total Reset", went to page 2 and selected option 4 to test CF card. Got some errors. Very strange given that the card is brand new out of the plastic sealing.

Can anybody give me name name and storage capacity of CF cards that have worked?


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