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!
||Connect to the Free Geek wireless network. Surf the web for a minute.
|Make sure freegeek.org is the home page
||Open up Firefox and make sure that www.freegeek.org 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.
||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
- Open up Brasero Disc Burning (under Applications > Sound & Video)
- Select Data Project
- Select examples.desktop
- Click Burn on the lower righthand side.
- 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
- 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.
- From a terminal, type "printme"
- NOTE: Always select Laptop for system type.
- Reference the whiteboard for what to write in the "notes" section
- Print hard copy
- 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.