GSM oscillating between registered and not registered aka 1024

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This page describes how to enable Calypso GSM modem deep sleep after performing a hardware fix of bug #1024 aka recamping or oscilating of the Calypso GSM modem used in Openmoko Freerunner.

Hardware bug #1024 creates a condition when the gsm modem is oscillating between registrated / not-registrated. This causes the phone to be unavailable at times. Distribution maintainers have been able to use a software setting to disable suspend of the gsm modem in order to work around this bug. The downside is that with this workaround the modem never sleeps and consumer more energy then needed.

If you decide to undergo a hardware fix of your phone you have to reconfigure our distribution to allow the gsm modem to go to sleep again in order to actually make use of the modem sleep function and therefore extend your battery life.

Bug trac: http://docs.openmoko.org/trac/ticket/1024

Not every Freerunner suffers this issue. To check if your phone has the bug #1024, please use this test script:

#!/usr/bin/python

import dbus
import dbus.glib
import gobject
import datetime
   
def onNetworkStatus(status ):
        print '[%s] Signal : cid=%s, lac=%s' %  (datetime.datetime.now(),status['cid'],status['lac'] )

bus = dbus.SystemBus();

bus.add_signal_receiver( onNetworkStatus,
                         "Status",
                         "org.freesmartphone.GSM.Network",
                         "org.freesmartphone.ogsmd",
                         "/org/freesmartphone/GSM/Device" )

gobject.threads_init()
dbus.glib.init_threads()
main_loop = gobject.MainLoop()
main_loop.run()


Run it like this:

root@om-gta02 ~ $ deep-sleep-check.py > dsc.log

If you have something like

[2009-09-09 12:36:09.189663] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:36:15.088936] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:38:10.442808] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:38:13.020126] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:40:25.772918] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:40:28.620096] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:41:17.557676] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:41:20.404582] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48

Then you have the bug (trying to connect to GSM every second)

To perform the hardware update, please check description here: http://www.neofundas.blogspot.com/

1024fix.jpg

After the fix, please recheck again with the script as above. Under normal circumstances you would only see these messages with a change of cell, so cid would be different.

If your fix was successful you can change setting to allow Calypso deep sleep:


FSO based distros (SHR, OM2009...)

Edit /etc/frameworkd.conf , it should contain:

ti_calypso_deep_sleep = always

Then restart farmework or reboot the phone.

/etc/init.d/frameworkd restart


QT based distos (Qtopia, QTExtended, QTMoko...)

Edit /opt/qtmoko/etc/default/Trolltech/Modem.conf , it should contain:

[DeepSleep]
Active=always


Android

Currently Android on Freerunner is hard coded to use AT%SLEEP=2 to avoid deep sleep mode entirely; there i a discussion about providing editable property in Androids init.rc startup file.

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This page describes how to enable Calypso GSM modem deep sleep after performing a hardware fix of bug #1024 aka recamping or oscilating of the Calypso GSM modem used in Openmoko Freerunner.

Hardware bug #1024 creates a condition when the gsm modem is oscillating between registrated / not-registrated. This causes the phone to be unavailable at times. Distribution maintainers have been able to use a software setting to disable suspend of the gsm modem in order to work around this bug. The downside is that with this workaround the modem never sleeps and consumer more energy then needed.

If you decide to undergo a hardware fix of your phone you have to reconfigure our distribution to allow the gsm modem to go to sleep again in order to actually make use of the modem sleep function and therefore extend your battery life.

Bug trac: http://docs.openmoko.org/trac/ticket/1024

Not every Freerunner suffers this issue. To check if your phone has the bug #1024, please use this test script:

#!/usr/bin/python

import dbus
import dbus.glib
import gobject
import datetime
   
def onNetworkStatus(status ):
        print '[%s] Signal : cid=%s, lac=%s' %  (datetime.datetime.now(),status['cid'],status['lac'] )

bus = dbus.SystemBus();

bus.add_signal_receiver( onNetworkStatus,
                         "Status",
                         "org.freesmartphone.GSM.Network",
                         "org.freesmartphone.ogsmd",
                         "/org/freesmartphone/GSM/Device" )

gobject.threads_init()
dbus.glib.init_threads()
main_loop = gobject.MainLoop()
main_loop.run()


Run it like this:

root@om-gta02 ~ $ deep-sleep-check.py > dsc.log

If you have something like

[2009-09-09 12:36:09.189663] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:36:15.088936] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:38:10.442808] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:38:13.020126] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:40:25.772918] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:40:28.620096] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:41:17.557676] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48
[2009-09-09 12:41:20.404582] Signal : cid=3BB3, lac=0D48

Then you have the bug (trying to connect to GSM every second)

To perform the hardware update, please check description here: http://www.neofundas.blogspot.com/

1024fix.jpg

After the fix, please recheck again with the script as above. Under normal circumstances you would only see these messages with a change of cell, so cid would be different.

If your fix was successful you can change setting to allow Calypso deep sleep:


FSO based distros (SHR, OM2009...)

Edit /etc/frameworkd.conf , it should contain:

ti_calypso_deep_sleep = always

Then restart farmework or reboot the phone.

/etc/init.d/frameworkd restart


QT based distos (Qtopia, QTExtended, QTMoko...)

Edit /opt/qtmoko/etc/default/Trolltech/Modem.conf , it should contain:

[DeepSleep]
Active=always


Android

Currently Android on Freerunner is hard coded to use AT%SLEEP=2 to avoid deep sleep mode entirely; there i a discussion about providing editable property in Androids init.rc startup file.