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Frequently Asked Questions

FreeRunner known hardware related issues

There is collection of FreeRunner hardware issue wiki page Freerunner_Hardware_Issues , could help you quickly know if you bump into same problem and the possible way to solve some of issues.


Q: I can't boot Neo with charger?

A: 1. You can't boot GTA02 without a spare battery. You should boot Neo with spare battery and attach your charger, then you can boot into neo.

2. Once your phone is booted, remove the spare battery. Freerunner will remain running,

3. Insert dead battery and let it charge.

Q:Uable to flash FreeRunner after booting either into NAND or NOR.

NOTE: Please check Getting_Started_with_your_Neo_FreeRunner for more information about the flashing image.

I can ssh into the phone via USB per the wiki instructions, but dfu-util does not find the phone.

This is what I need to run as root and the everything works fine:

root(eno,freerunner)# cat upom
/sbin/ifconfig usb0 netmask
/sbin/route add -host dev usb0
/bin/echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
iptables -F
iptables -A INPUT -s -i usb0  -d   -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT  -s  -i eth+  -d  -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT  -s  -i eth+  -d  -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT  -s  -i eth+  -d  -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD -s -i usb0 -d -o eth+   -j 
iptables -A FORWARD -s -i eth+ -d -o usb0  -j 
iptables -A OUTPUT -d -o eth+   -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -d -o usb0  -j ACCEPT
iptables -A POSTROUTING -t nat -j MASQUERADE -s

Q: What image version I used?


1. Kernel version using: uname -a

2. Root filesystem using: cat /etc/version or cat /etc/om-version

3. u-boot using: grep Bootloader /dev/mtdblock0


What is the expected battery life?

See Neo FreeRunner (GTA02) Battery#Notes_about_expected_battery_life


SIM compatibility

Q:Sim card is not working, how do I run diagnostics?

A: Here is the "how to" check.

Follow Manually_using_GSM until you get an OK prompt. More detalied documenation please refer FreeRunner_unable_to_work_with_3G_SIM_cards and Carriers.

GSM/GPRS information

Following page contain very usaful information:


Q: How do I get the GPS working?

A: See GTA02 GPS


Q: How do I get the wlan working?



Q: How do I get the Bluetooth working?

A: See Manually_using_Bluetooth

Sysfs function

Q: How do I get low level hardware related function, like power up device, dump register?

A: See GTA02_sysfs


Can it play VGA video?

No, it can do about 20 fps QVGA with software, and something beetween QVGA and VGA playing MPEG-4 using hardware (at resonable fps). Scaling is also done with GPU hardware.

How to change the background picture of the root window?

Copy whatyouwant.png over /usr/share/pixmaps/wallpaper.png, best results may come up with pictures that have width=480 and height=640. I think that the X-server must be restarted, at least it will show up after the next boot.


Does it support Java?

There is a port of Jalimo for Openmoko.

Does it support Flash? So can I watch YouTube?

How can I type a '/' in the software keyboard?

See Switching Keyboards

How do I get a qwerty software keyboard?

See Switching Keyboards