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Success! I finally debricked an XO, and finally fixed the keyboard freeze. Thanks to Nate from the Michigan Lending Library, he realized that it may not have been working due to a lack of a fully-charged battery. He was correct.
After learning this fact with a successful attempt with a charged battery, I looked back on the wiki page, and this information was buried in the “How It Works” section. I went back and revised the OLPC wiki page, according to my experience.
Here’s a breakdown of my revision on the wiki (revisions in bold):
Once you have prepared the USB drive above, be sure that you have a fully-charged battery; otherwise the XO will not complete the upgrade process. After you have verified that the battery is charged, you must:
Do not interfere at this point, but watch. The upgrade process will begin with several messages displayed. On the screen, you should see a red battery symbol, while the messages are being displayed. Then, the XO will automatically restart. Wait for the XO to restart, then:
You should test that the XO now works normally. If it did not work, try the Troubleshooting methods. We recommend pressing the “X” game button method first.
Check the wiki site for the revision.