Laptop Build Checklist 10.04
This is the Build Checklist used for Ubuntu 10.04. Instructions on the Laptop Build Checklist page are now prepped for Xubuntu 12.04.
The laptop you are working with should already have been through evaluation, and have a Keeper label affixed to the lid. These steps are intended to guide you through the Build portion of the Keeper label only, other tests will need to be run before the laptop goes to Quality Control. Your instructor will be able to answer questions and check your work. Never overlook the help your fellow builders can provide. You can also find information on the Free Geek wiki at Laptop.
|STEPS||NOTES AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS|
|Check For Broken or Damaged Parts||
Visually inspect laptop for broken screen, missing keys, weak hinges, cosmetic problems, etc. If in doubt, check with your instructor and make repairs as directed.
|Look at the Keeper Label||
Check the Make, Model, Proc, and RAM portions of the Keeper Label and add whatever is missing. On the Keeper label, mark the start box on the Build line. If something seems odd (e.g., ominous notes, missing pieces, bizarre specs), just ask your instructor. .
|Get a Power Supply||
Look for a label on the bottom of the laptop that described its Voltage and Amperage requirements. Grab an appropriate power supply from the labeled boxes on the shelves (the box labels are color-coded by brand for easy locating).
|Install imaged hard drive||
Get a hard drive from your instructor, install the hard drive in the caddy (attach an adapter if necessary) and then install it in the laptop.
|Install appropriate optical drive (if missing or CD read only)||
Look on the Optical Drive shelf to see if any are available for the model you are working with. If nothing seems like it will fit, ask your Instructor if any Parts Machines are available.
|Power Up Laptop||
Start your engines!
If you see an error message like "checksum error, defaults loaded" then your CMOS battery is dead. Ask your instructor what to do about it.
|Set boot order in BIOS||
Look for the boot order in BIOS. Of the available options, the preferred order is as follows : CD-ROM boots first; Hard drive boots somewhere between CD-ROM and Network; Network boots last. Get as close as possible, depending on the BIOS, but make sure the Network boot isn't before the hard drive.
|While in BIOS, check the RAM||
The build category (High End, Mid Grade, Low End, etc) of your laptop is determined by the specs on the keeper label. Check the whiteboard and confirm that the correct amount of RAM is installed.
|Boot to Ubuntu||
Boot to the hard drive. Log in as "oem" (password: freegeek).
|Get wireless working.||
Click the Network icon on the top panel to see if wireless is installed and working.
Open the command line terminal and type
|Test optical drive - data, sound, and DVD||
For each drive:
|Test CD/DVD writing||
We generally use Brasero to test CD/DVD writing, although it will occasionally fail. If this happens, then we use another writing utility called K3b. If the drive is a DVD-RW, you only need to test writing to DVD.
|Blank the CD||
If neither program can successfully blank a disc but manages to successfully burn to disc, then we'll include a note in the printme to indicate as much.
|Test all USB ports||
Using a USB mouse, make sure that the cursor moves and can interact with things. Do this on all the USB ports. If any of the ports don't work, check in with your instructor.
|Run printme from terminal||
This will give you a System ID number. If an ID number is shown, the laptop has been through the system previously.
|Clean up and check in with Laptops Instructor.||
Your instructor will direct you to your next task.