Just thought I'd update the thread, and NOT be one of those guys who comes back to say "Ahh fixed. Thanks kbye." and leaves...
You wouldnt believe it, that damn Netherland guy was it. I read that thread over and over the first few times, and nothing made sense. But reviewing
this morning, I saw things I hadnt before.
Still, nothing goes to plan.
The tablet itself, for anyone who may want to know, will not let update.img install via copying to the sdcard and unmounting. It's continually the
invalid firmware. Why I habe no idea.
I had taken a copy of the tablets system folder from adb using flash_image, to copy my entire mtdblock4 (system, as it's encrypted aparrently, so I
need to grab it live) and a copy of mtdblock5 to make update.img with the rest of the device.
I use afptool.exe (for the rk2808 - the 2818 version has no unpack option) to unpack the update.img into it's own folder. It populates this with
scripts, default settings (English not chinese by default, Yay!) and an Image folder with the img files of the tablet in there.
This just opens up the img file to add system.img back into later.
Load the system.img I made from the tablet, not the one in the new Image folder, into newtuxtools and in there I can add, remove any apps I want and
indeed it is where I have added vender.apk and it's dependencies, superuser.apk and su. I already had busybox.
Saving the image, it tells me I need to update the crc or it will fail to flash. So I do. rkcrc system.img systemupdate.img or something, keep the
system.img a a backup, and rename the systemupdate.img to system.img and copy this into the update/Image folder overwriting the existing one.
I then afptool.exe (for the rk2818 - has the correct crc) to repack the Update folder into the update.img file.
BUT HOW DO YOU PUT IT ON THE DEVICE? It wont let me via sdcard, even with proper crc's.
Hrmm, RK2818 BatchUpdater you say... It loads the update.img file, populates the dates and boot.img areas, and setting the tablet into update mode (I
assume it is) by holding the esc button while powering on with the USB cable connected to the PC, and RK2818 BatchUpdater should see the device and
tell you by lighting #1 yellow.
I assume this is where people continually say you need the proper drivers, windows found these without issue, and it's never not been detected, so I
have no idea there if that happens to anyone.
So we hit Upgrade. It goes through the motions counting up to 100% for pushing the image, and then 100% for verifying the image.....
Tablet reboots, and restarts, goes into recovery moide, and updates it's files, reboots, starts the process of booting, and when we get to the Home
screen (amazingly) all the chinese apps are gone, apps I wanted are there and to my surprise, it seems to have worked despite the error.?
Luck or fluke, or god is simply waiting for me to not suspect when he'll throw a spanner royally into the works...
Ok, did I get root? Did I get Market? Not the first try
I had already downloaded a n update.img previously that had Market and Root setup, but had no idea what to do.
So I simply copied the system.img files, applied the crc and repacked, pushed it over and viola!
It's an Archos image for the same hardware, and I have root and market access. I only wish I knew where I had got it from, as this leaves me with
blanks should I need to revisit this thread at a later date... but knowing the process now...
Who said it was hard...
going to have my 99th birthday now, not bad for someone in their 40's. oO
* and that ends ha'la'tha's very too long dont wanna read thread. But no other bugger did it, for utter newbs like me.
edit, i wonder should I try android 2.3 now? lol..
edit on 17/9/2011 by Ha`la`tha because: (no reason given)