Laptop QC Checklist

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QC Checklist


Notes and Detailed Instructions

Check for visible mistakes Loose screws? Missing keys? etc, etc. If so, remedy it.
Remove Asset Tags & Microsoft Branding (Certificates of Authenticity) Anything that identifies the previous owner should be removed, as well as Microsoft stickers.
Is the system clean? Remove stickers & sticker gunk, clean off dirt, etc.
Do the laptop's specs match up the specs on the whiteboard? Check the whiteboard. If something seems incongruous, please check with your instructor to see how to proceed.
Check the Keeper Label Make sure that all information is filled out. Have Memtest and/or Battery check been done? If not, make sure to run these after you finish the QC.
Get into BIOS If you see an error message which reads something like "checksum error, defaults loaded" then your CMOS battery is dead. Ask your instructor what to do about it.
Check 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.
Save and exit. Continue on to boot from the hard drive. Log in as "oem" (password: freegeek).
Check for Build notes on the Print Me If the Builder of this laptop had any comments for you, they'd be on the PrintMe on the Desktop. These notes may be helpful and/or important!
Test wireless Connect to the Free Geek wireless network. Surf the web for a minute.
Make sure is the home page Open up Firefox and make sure that is set as the home page
Check Battery time, if battery test has been done. To check how long the battery ran, first check the Keeper label. If someone already completed the battery check, he/she would have filled out this info on the sticker. If the first box of "Batt. Test" has been checked, but not the second, then open a terminal and type wc bat_time. The first number is how many minutes it ran before the battery died. Add this to the Keeper label and check the second "Batt. Test" box.
Update the software If present, select the "Install all Updates" option from the update-notifier icon at the top-right of the screen. It may take some time to download and install packages, so feel free to continue on with other steps while this runs in the background.
Run "basiccheck" Read through each of the tests and verify that they pass
Test optical drive - data, sound, and DVD. For each drive:
  • Use a music disc to test sound.
  • Test-read a data CD (if any data shows up in the file browser that opens, test passes).
  • Test the DVD-ROM, if present. If a DVD icon appears on the desktop, the test passes. Do 'not install codecs.
Test CD/DVD writing
  1. Open up Brasero Disc Burning (under Applications > Sound & Video)
  2. Select Data Project
  3. Select examples.desktop
  4. Click Burn on the lower righthand side.
  5. When a disk is done, verify that it contains the files you wrote to it by inserting the disc and checking out what pops up.
Blank the CD Using Brasero Disc Burning, select Tools > Blank.
Test all USB ports Using a USB mouse, make sure that the cursor moves and can interact with things. Do this on all USB ports.
Check time and date Check the time and date in the top right corner. Adjust if incorrect.
Stress test the system for a few minutes. Open a terminal and run "stress-test". Wait a few minutes while it runs, and look for error messages. If you want to know more about what it's doing, open up another terminal and run "man stress".
Reboot using software controls Wait while it reboots, and ensure that the system powers on and offers a login screen without user intervention (e.g. without requiring that you "press F1 to boot").
Affix both stickers Put the Login Sticker (username:oem, password:freegeek) on the palm rest or somewhere the end user can easily see it. Affix the tiny, square "Free Geek" sticker wherever it looks nice (it's an excellent cover-up for Windows sticker residue)
Print out hard copy of "printme" AND also save to Desktop
  1. Enable network printers:
    *System > Administration > Printing
    *Select Server > Settings and check the box marked Show Printers Shared by Other Systems and click ok.
    *Wait about 1 minute and click the refresh icon. A selection of printers should appear.
  2. From a terminal, type "printme"
  3. NOTE: Always select Laptop for system type.
  4. Reference the whiteboard for what to write in the "notes" section
  5. Print hard copy
  6. Print "Laptop Specs.pdf" to Desktop
Delete the Build print me Since you've just created a new print me, go ahead and delete the Build print me from the desktop
Check in with Build Instructor Ask what to do with the completed Laptop and make sure that he/she signs off on the hard copy of the print me.
Shut down system and clean up area Food for thought on customers returning laptops.
Write system id under battery Use a Sharpie marker to write the system id (which is generated during printme) under the battery on the laptop.