Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cube U9GT2 "teardown" Pictures

My friend Rumpelstilzchen was kind enough to send me some pictures of the inside of a Cube U9GT2 Tablet.
I thought this needs to be "saved", maybe somebody might need these for references. Thanks Rumpelstilzchen :-)



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Onda Vi40 Overclocking

Is it possible? Yes :-)
Does it really make a difference? I don't know ;-)

This is how the Vi40 scores on Quadrant with the "regular" 1008MHz:


Score: 1841

O.k., so I used SetCPU for Root Users from the Andorid market to tune this baby a little bit.

I wouldn't recommend to go any higher than 1200MHz or else the tablet will be very unstable and might crash or freeze.

My second run on Quadrant:

Score: 2067

Slightly more but will it really make a difference?

Keep in mind that if you decide to do this, you are doing it AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Here's the "funny" part: I did NOT root the device, I do NOT have Superuser on it but for some reason I really don't understand, I seem to have root access on my device :-)

Edit: A little video with slightly different scores:

Onda Vi40 Elite Tablet - Running SPB Shell 3D



The V1.5.3 version of SPB Shell 3D appears to be the first version that runns on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Onda Vi40 Firmware Flashing Guide by Francis

A very heplful firmware flashing guide was posted by Francis right here, this kind of information should no get "lost", so I decided to make this new post for it. Thank you so much, Francis!!! :-)

1) First and before all, check in the settings / developer options that the USB debugging mode is set. Whilst you are in the settings, look where (which menu item) you can change the language as after you installed the 4.0.3 everything and I mean EVERYTHING will be in Chinese.

2) Identify in the Serial Number, at the back of the Tablet, whether you have a v1 or v3, important to decide which image version you need (next step).

3) Download from the Onda site (CLICK) the Livesuit (loader and flasher) which contains the img and the drivers. Select the right button depending on the table version (v1 or v3). The image is correct but the drivers and the Livesuit version aren’t (well, they weren’t for me) that’s why we will download another Livesuit in step -6-

Edit: Vi40_V1_Android4.0.3_v0.6.zip
        Vi40_V3_Android4.0.3_v0.6.zip

4) Decompress the Livesuit folder you loaded in -3- with a decompression tool such as WINZIP, WINRAR or anything else. If you have a decompression tool, select the Decompress (unzip) here option (right click on the folder).

5) Identify where the image file is (.img) and remove the Chinese characters from its name (as the other Livesuit we download in -6- will not upload the file with these characters…..).

6) Now you have the right ICS image on your PC. We now need to download the right Livesuit and drivers, you’ll find them here: (CLICK)

7) Decompress the Livesuit downloaded in -6-

8) Launch the Livesuit downloaded in -6- but then select in Livesuit the img (the one you removed the Chinese characters from in its name) you downloaded in -3-

For the following, check also ColonelZap video.

9) Power off (complete shutdown) your tablet.

10) Press the Middle button (the menu key)

11) Connect your tablet to the PC

12) Whilst pressing the middle button, press several times the power button of your table. That should trigger the installation of the driver and initiate the flashing. Several windows will pop-up, just continue the process (don’t abort it, answer yes or continue to all).

13) That’s it. When finished (it goes pretty fast), power on the tablet and select the language (you’ll get several windows in chinese popping-up, answer anything to be able to access quickly the settings and change the language).

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Again, credit goes to Francis. Thanks :-)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Allwinner A10 LiveSuit Flashing Software

I've noticed that on some firmware downloads for Allwinner A10 devices that need to be flashed with the LiveSuit flash tool, sometimes the necessary USB-drivers are missing :-(

If you are having this problem, try this version of the LiveSuit flashing software: LiveSuit Flashing Software


Edit: If your image file (whatever.img) includes some Chinenese characters, it can help to rename it, if the LiveSuit software is causing trouble :-)



B63M Phone - Full Market Access (including paid apps).

The B63M phone seems to have the problem that paid apps can't be downloaded from the Android Market.
I modified the build.prob a little and wrote a little script to push in on the phone:


B63M Market Fix

Your phone needs to on and set to the USB-debugging mode (settings - applications - development - USB debugging). Your phone needs to be recognized as an ADB-device by your pc. If you are missing the drivers, sometimes it helps to install PDANet first.


Run the fullmarket.bat then re-boot the phone. If the script doesn't work, you can also copy and replace the build.prob manually (with the root explorer, for example). As always,

YOU ARE DOING THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Allwinner A10 ADB-Drivers

Apparently some people are having difficulties installing the ADB-drivers for their Allwinner A10 tablets, here are some drivers for 32 and 64 bits.

Allwinner A10 Drivers

Other source: 32bit and 64bit drivers

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Onda Vx610W Full Market Fix

Hi :-)

Here's a full Android Market fix for the Onda Vx610W, running on ICS 4.0.3

Android ICS 4.0.3 FW Version V0.5

The procedure how to apply the fix is identical to THIS





YOU ARE DOING THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!

Download: Onda Vx610W Full Market Fix
Based on this script, thank you so much: Click

Have fun :-)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Onda Vi40 Elite Android Market Fix

Check it out:


UPDATE 01.24.2011
I was able to fix it to FULL market access, downloading paid apps will work :-)




Download: OndaVi40Marketfix

Additional drivers: 32bit and 64bit drivers

Based on this script: http://tinyurl.com/7jbzxbz

Here's a (French) instruction on how to flash the tablet plus how to apply the market fix: French instructions
Thank you so much for that :-)

Unfortunately the script did not work as it is, I had to make some changes to it. Problem was, the original script pushed a new build.prob on the device that the Vi40 can't handle, it was stuck in a "boot loop".

I removed the build.prob pushing part and tried to reduce the amount of pushed apps to a minimum. All that wasn't enough, apparently some of the pushed apps were not compatible with the Onada, I kept getting a constant error message popping up, VERY annoying :-(

So, I figured, I'd use some of the apps from a Cube U9GT2 tablet and that actually did the job :-)

One problem that remains is that the Android Market won't let you download any paid apps, only the free ones will download. That is due to the fact that I wasn't able to push the build.prob from the script on the device.

But hey, it's better than nothing, right?

UPDATE 01.27.2012 Instructions written by Francis:

Market fix instructions:

1) Download the Market fix script from here: (CLICK)
 
2) Decompress the loaded compressed folder. Make sure you have a decompression tool such as Winzip, Winrar or any other. Right click on the folder and select Unzip here / Decompress here / Extract here.
 
3) Look in the decompressed folder (vi40FullMarketFix) for the Readme (please read carefully and comply…).
 
4) Connect your tablet to your computer through USB
 
5) Start the script (the batch command) by clicking twice on the fullmarket.
 
6) A window command window will appear (please also check ColonelZap video) and press any character to start and complete the update process.
 
7) If during the execution, you get a ‘device not found’ error, it most probably means that you’ve got the wrong driver (the one in the OndaVi40Marketfix are 32bits only). I would advise you to desinstall the drivers that have been installed (BTW, I am not sure this is needed, try first without desinstalling) and load the right ones from here: (CLICK)
 
8) Then restart the script. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ainol Novo7 Elf ICS 4.0 Android Market Fix



Download: Novo Elf Marketfix
Credit goes to:http://tinyurl.com/7jbzxbz

Thank you so much for this!

Quote the readme file:
This script is based on findings from XDA developers, so credits to them.
This script is written by lordsbm/seasonscrystal.

WARNING: Full Android market script for Allwinner A10 ICS firmware.
May result to re-flash your firmware.
PLEASE USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Here's what this script will do for Allwinner A10 tablet:

1. Enable full Android market access like Skype, Launcherpro which were missing from default market.
2. Google framework and apps added (like maps, voicesearch, etc. Location not working)
3. Some Wifi improvements. (May drain battery a little bit more)
4. Improve UI scrolling responsivesness.
5. Render UI with GPU.
6. JPEG quality adjusted to 100%.
7. Photo & video recording quality improved.
8. Added 4 essential free apps option.
9. Fool games this tablet is SGS2 so as to allows you to play.

Free apps included:
Advanced Wifi Lock Free v1.3.5 - This will help Wifi download to continue when screen sleep.
Astro File Manager Free v3.0 B218 - This will help you view and edit system root files.
Volume+ Free v1.7.3 - This will help improved the soft speaker problem.
ES Task Manager Free v1.2 - Kill tasks to free up memory.


Installation guide.

1. Connected your Allwinner A10 tablet to the PC.
2. Make sure your Allwinner A10 is plugged in with USB debugging enabled.
   Goto Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging
3. Set your display sleep to 30mins
   Goto Settings > Display > Sleep > 30mins
3. Run/double-clicked fullmarket (.bat file)
4. After installation is complete, press any key to reboot the tablet.
5. Unplug the USB cable when the tablet started reboot. (Reboot make take a little longer.)
6. Remember to set back display sleep time.

Possible error:

Problem signing into google account the 1st time, but after running again all works well.

Note:

1. It'll work best if you install this script after 1st load up.
2. DO NOT pull the cable out before the tablet reboots.
3. As always use at own risk.

USB Driver/No Device Found Errors, try:
http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/23828-driver-ainol-novo-7-advanced-thanks-kingkephin/

The good thing is, this might not only work on the Elf but on many other Allwinner A10 devices :-)


Onda Vi40 Elite Android 4.0 ICS Tablet



Pros: Slim and the IPS screen is amazing!

Cons: The current firmware does not support the Android Market, let's hope for an update :-)

Update: I have been asked if this tablet supports the Hebrew language. So I googled "hebrew website" and simply clicked on the first link google has to offer, I have NO IDEA what I am looking at:






And this is how the settings look in Hebrew:


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cube U9GT2 official ICS 4.0.1 and 4.03 Firmware

Cube has officially released a ICS 4.0.1 and 4.0.3 firmware. Just when I was finished uploading a video of the 4.0.1, I found out that a 4.0.3 version has been released:

Firmware Download

Here's a video of the 4.0.1:

if you are interested in the 4.0.1, you can find it here:

Slatedroid

Edit: A short demo of the official 4.0.3



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Herotab C8t Tablet


Some specs:

7" capacitive 5 point multitouchscreen
Samsung S5PC210 Cortex A8 1GHZ
Google Android 2.3, Flash 10.3 Custom Honeycomb 3.2 like UI smooth feel
512MB DDR2 Ram, 4GB Nandflash built in. Extend Memory up to 16GB via micro sd card
WIFI
Bluetooth
GPS
3G / GSM
Dual cameras (2MP pixel output)
...

Pros:
Really snappy
GPS works accurate and fast
Great connectivity


Cons:
GSM / 3G appears to be a little weak where I live and with MY service provider (E-Plus)
A 800x480 pixel resolution isn't exactly the highest resolution imaginable ;-)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Teclast A10 tPad Tablet

Source:
CPU Rockchip RK2918 1.0 GHz
GPU Vivante GC800
OS Android 2.3 Flash support
Memory 1GB DDR3 Ram, 8GB Nandflash built in
Extend Memory up to 32GB via micro sd card
Screen 9.7 inch IPS Capacitive 5 points Multitouch Screen
1024*768px  
Audio Built in Loud Speaker
3.5MM headphone jack
Supported Audio Formats: MP3, WMA, VBR, APE,FLAC
Video 1080P
Features and highlights
  • Dual Camera
  • 5 points Capacitive Multitouch
  • HDMI OUT
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 USB ports
  • OTG port
  • Wifi 
  • 1.GHz Rockchip processor
  • 1024*768 4:3 High Resolution
  • Micro USB
  • Mini USB
  • 8 GB Built in
  • Smooth video playback performance
  • Gsensor 
  • Speaker
  • Microphone out
  • Slim body
  • 3.5mm audio jack
Battery Built in Battery 6000mAH  10 hours music, 4 hours video, 5 hours wifi
Camera 0.3 MP Front, 2.0MP Back


What's really cool about this device is it's IPS display, it looks really good :-)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Ainol Novo 7 Knight Paladin ICS Android 4.0.1



Specs according to SOURCE
CPUJZ4770 (Xburst) 1GHz
GPU: GC860
OSAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Memory512MB DDR, 8GB Nandflash built in
Add up to 32GB via micro sd card
Screen7" Capacitive 5 points Multitouch Screen
800*480px  (I tested 2 points multitouch)
AudioBuilt in Loud Speaker
Supported Audio Formats: MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC,
VideoSupports 1080P videos: MKV, AVI, VOB, MPG, FLV, RMVB.
Features and highlights
  • 8GB version Build in
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Flash 10.1
  • Market installed
  • Ebook support
  • Gsensor
  • Mini USB port
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n (don't know if "n" is true?)
  • Slim body
  • 3.5mm audio jack
Supported LanguagesMultilanguage support
BatteryBuilt in Battery Up to 4-6 hours via WiFi



Cons: 
No camera
ICS appears to be beta

Pros:
It's DIRT cheap ;-)