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database of working Android alien-ROM
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:19:06 pm »
Introduction:

There are quite some devices, using basically the same chipset (A10 / sun4i) as the Cubieboard does.
This introduces the option to use Android ROM, made for those devices on our Cubieboards.

This may add functionalitys the official supported Android versions don't provide.
Some of these ROM even appear to have much better hardware optimisation.

The intention of this thread is to create a database of Android ROM that have been tested on the Cubieboard, including some background information.

So if you can provide any information here, feel free to do so.

I recommend to use script.bin configuration and bootloader matching Cubieboard.
(http://dl.linux-sunxi.org/users/amery/sunxi-3.0/latest/cubieboard_hwpack.tar.xz)
Otherwise you may encounter problems like missing suppot for devices like Ethernet, USB, etc

Usefull links:

Boot Android from SDCard:
http://linux-sunxi.org/Boot_Android_from_SdCard

Android partitions:
http://linux-sunxi.org/Android/partitions

Tutorial: how-to fix a A10 Livesuite rom:
http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/45961-tutorial-how-to-fix-a-a10-livesuite-rom/

For repacking Jelly Bean Livesuite rom use imgRePacker by Redscorpio.
packer_ics from Allwinner Flash Kitchen and all other methods I tried, have been creating corrupt images.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=28329544

How does su work on android / adding superuser support:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10028032/how-does-su-work-on-android-and-what-are-the-pre-requisites-for-it-to-work-wha

Rikomagic A10 Media PC Recovery Software

Android Version: 4.0.4
Install method: LiveSuite Image
root: yes
Download: http://www.cloudsto.com/downloads/A10_Recovery.zip

working: HD video playback (software), Ethernet, Audio through HDMI and Headphone jack
known issues: none

Justop Android TV Box v2.0 Rev. 1 Beta Firmware

Android Vesion: 4.1.1
Install method: LiveSuite Image
root: no
Download: http://rapidshare.com/files/2905538548/JUSTOP_A054_V2.0_REV1_beta_20130226.rar

working: HD video playback (software), Ethernet, Audio through Headphone jack
known issues: no proper Audio through HDMI, screen settings crashes, no screen trimming & res change settings, unrooted

fixes:
screen settings crash: http://www.xup.in/dl,10335310/Settings.apk.tar.gz/
proper screen trimming on my 1080p display: http://www.xup.in/dl,58360242/services.tar.gz/

Video: http://youtu.be/IDgjezIo_dI
Those looking for a Cubieboard-ready to flash LiveSuite ROM, may want to check the descritption...

Yarvik TAB364 Jelly Bean Update

Android Version: 4.1.1
Install method: LiveSuite Image
root: no
Download:
http://www.yarvik.com/userfiles/yarvikfirmware/tab364/TAB364_Android_411_Jelly_Bean.zip

working: HD video playback (software), Ethernet, Audio through HDMI
known issues: unrooted, no Audio through Headphone jack, no screen trimming & res change settings
notes: boots into a 1244x720 resolution

fixes:
screen settings crash: http://www.xup.in/dl,10335310/Settings.apk.tar.gz/

LY-F1 7" (A10) Firmware update 20130319.2.0.6

Android Version: 4.1.1
Install method: LiveSuite Image
root: no
Download:
F1HD(A10)4.1.1 Updated firmware 20130319.2.0.6 @ http://www.lyxfsz.com/en/downs.htm?sortid=0_22

working: HD video playback (software), Ethernet, Audio through HDMI
known issues: unrooted, no Audio through Headphone jack
notes: This ROM features proper screen trimming for my display. When trying ROM from that Download section make sure not to use those for the A13 version of that tablet!  ;)
« Last Edit: May 09, 2013, 05:26:21 pm by RAWX86 »

ikeeki

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 02:31:05 pm »
 :o       Great work¡¡¡¡¡

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 05:55:57 am »
Thanks :)

And about sata port, it works?

RAWX86

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 10:50:45 am »
By now I have 4.1.1 working very well here.

The one and only issue, I can't seam to manage is root access.

Since I am running Android in SD card environment, I have full access to all filesystem.

I have been downloading:

http://androidsu.com/superuser/

...and copied the su binary to /system/bin

But it does not work - when typing su in Android Terminal Emulator, it says "permission denied"  :(

Anyone please?

//edit:

I forgot to set correct permissions:  ::)

chown root:root /mount_point/bin/su
chmod 6755 /mount_point/bin/su

...add Superuser.apk to your system partition and your are done...

And about sata port, it works?
I can't say. I don't have a spare device to test, sry. I have not even made a notch for the sata port at my cubieboards case.  ;)
If you will try it please let us know.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2013, 05:05:58 pm by RAWX86 »

RAWX86

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2013, 10:16:24 am »
Some video of running Jelly Bean...
Those looking for a ready to flash LiveSuite ROM, may want to check the descritption...

http://youtu.be/IDgjezIo_dI

ikeeki

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2013, 01:23:12 pm »
Well done, as soon as my friend take my camera back I'll record some.

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2013, 03:54:32 pm »
Some video of running Jelly Bean...
Those looking for a ready to flash LiveSuite ROM, may want to check the descritption...

http://youtu.be/IDgjezIo_dI

I tried to store the image linked on youtube video but I've got some errors with LiveSuit:

<TL_INI>Err:Tools_ii.lua_1358>:Ini syntax error: line 536 ""#locks_used               = 1\r"" is not valid ini line
<TL_INI>Err:Tools_ii.lua_1466>:Error when parsing ini:L(536) "#locks_used               = 1\r" is not valid ini line
<TL_SysCfg>ErrTools_ii.lua_1705>:Fail to parse sys_config.fex

Seem that jelly_bean_cubieboard.img have some problems in fex files...

shine@shine:~/Downloads$ md5sum jelly_bean_cubieboard.img
ee5f19040be23fd79d9b92e20486ed7e  jelly_bean_cubieboard.img

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2013, 04:06:55 pm »
I tried that image too but it hangs on boot at first.
On second boot it didn't even get to the android logo. Just black screen.

RAWX86

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2013, 09:41:16 am »
Damn. I am sorry for that.  :(
I used to build a number of Images with minor changes and flashed the board several times using PhoenixCard.
I am not quite sure what the problem when flashing the final image only may be...

I tried to rebuild the LiveSuite Image using a different environment. The link has been updated.
But be aware that this one has not been tested yet.

Alternatively you can try to follow the steps for Android SD card at:
http://linux-sunxi.org/Boot_Android_from_SdCard
The boot, system and recovery images definitely have correct checksums, I used to extract the new output.img using awutils and checked that back.

Those of you who prefer having audio routed through HDMI over headphone jack, may want to adapt one of the other firmware i.e. the one for LY-F1 tablet pc anyway.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2013, 09:42:51 am by RAWX86 »

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2013, 10:54:44 am »
I tried this imgs:
Rikomagic A10 Media PC Recovery Software
by Livesuit (ubuntu 64): bad img file
by Phoenix: many errors in ttl console

Justop Android TV Box v2.0 Rev. 1 Beta Firmware
by Livesuit (ubuntu 64): segmentation fault core dumped
by Phoenix: many errors in ttl console


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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 02:47:47 pm »
I tried this imgs:
Rikomagic A10 Media PC Recovery Software
by Livesuit (ubuntu 64): bad img file
by Phoenix: many errors in ttl console

Justop Android TV Box v2.0 Rev. 1 Beta Firmware
by Livesuit (ubuntu 64): segmentation fault core dumped
by Phoenix: many errors in ttl console

Rikomagic A10 Media PC Recovery Software runs so well that is my default image right now. Maybe a bad download? Or maybe I'm so noob that i did not know that errors in ttl console do not mean a bad OS function...
I think I flashed it from ubuntu 12.04, using phoenix card, amd laptop used.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2013, 02:52:52 pm by ikeeki »

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2013, 04:41:21 pm »
I'm going to upload an image of the Jelly Bean Firmware, shown in the video, that just has to be written to a >= 4GB microSD card using dd or similiar.  :)

Maybe this will make it easier / save some of your time & hopefully it'll cause less trouble than flashing the NAND does.

But it will take some time, my upload speed is like ~80KB/s  ::)

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2013, 05:13:01 pm »
I'm going to upload an image of the Jelly Bean Firmware, shown in the video, that just has to be written to a >= 4GB microSD card using dd or similiar.  :)

Maybe this will make it easier / save some of your time & hopefully it'll cause less trouble than flashing the NAND does.

But it will take some time, my upload speed is like ~80KB/s  ::)

I would download it almost inmediately.
My download speed is 220 KB and upload is 45 KB. But I,m still thinking of uploading my ubuntu linaro berryboot img with cpufreq fixed, Jdownloader and VNC installed and working +tutorial on VNCviewer... hours of tough work and testing XDXDXD.
But I do not think anybody is really interested, as I can see the level of knowledge people have here... XDXDXD

BTW; after a couple of weeks testing and so on... I think it is impossible that the cubie will reproduce 1080p decently, let alone the hobbit 30GB file XDXD, but it is still a good piece of engieering, that can brush up your linux capabilities... and patience..
« Last Edit: May 14, 2013, 05:14:54 pm by ikeeki »

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2013, 03:38:26 am »
I hope it will be ok to post the dl link here:
https://mega.co.nz/#!p5lhgAJK!RtFLwQKGnULJ6EQBXeAjfRttG0kqJIIDlHYtk3xWftM
md5: a74fec4907e2109c97b20e9e878094f4

All you (Cubie 1GB) need to do is to write it to a >= 4GB microSD card using
dd if=cubie-jb-mmc.img of=/dev/sdx bs=1M
or similiar utility of your choice.
The unpacked image is about 2788MB so you may want to use i.e. gparted to extend sdx4 (extended) & sdx10 to the maximum avaible size on your memory card.

BTW; after a couple of weeks testing and so on... I think it is impossible that the cubie will reproduce 1080p decently, let alone the hobbit 30GB file XDXD, but it is still a good piece of engieering, that can brush up your linux capabilities... and patience..

Well of course Cubieboard has it's limitations.
I bought like they say "just for fun" as I thought it would be cool unit for trying Linux and Android related stuff for the purpose of self education.
My alternative would have been the more expensive ODROID U2 or X2 platform that have much more capabilities, but I am happy with the Cubieboard.  :)

You may get some Android PC-Stick with better hardware for the same price as a Cubieboard, but they lack interfaces like RJ45, TS, second USB etc. what does not appeal my needs.

I tried XBMC on Linux, there was some stuttering and blur when playing 1080p Video...
But I can life with that.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2013, 03:48:33 am by RAWX86 »

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Re: database of working Android alien-ROM
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2013, 09:35:40 am »
About the 1080p observation: I'm happy too with the cubie, the thing is that people who read the FAQs, may (or want to) believe that you can play anything at 1080p,  if you add in the faqs, a sentence like for example "menus at 1080p, but HD playing at 720p" would be more appropiate, just for save time to users, IMHO.

Thanks for the uploads¡¡¡¡