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Old 01-04-2011, 11:41 AM   #121
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Well, I hope if there ever is going to be another firmware, that it's less shoddy than the current one. I mean with working contacts and calendar sync and with a lot of setting options re-enabled. I don't hold my breath...

Case in point, I'm going to try my luck at a custom apps2sd implementation. Right now I'm looking for an OS hook to run my script on boot. I'd really like to avoid using a modded ramdisk.
Yeah ... I would love to have contacts and calendar working.

Regarding apps2sd, when I followed the scripts, I got it working ... but then when you do a reboot, I was stuck at the bootloader screen.

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Yeah ... I would love to have contacts and calendar working.

Regarding apps2sd, when I followed the scripts, I got it working ... but then when you do a reboot, I was stuck at the bootloader screen.

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Can you give me a link to these scripts?
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Can you give me a link to these scripts?
http://translate.googleusercontent.c...2TdZqBYRx1pSrw

See post 39

This is what I came up with:
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App2SD:

cd android-sdk-windows\platform-tools

adb shell
su

cat /proc/mtd

mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock6 /system
mkdir /system/sd

ls /dev/block/mmc*
---- see whether it is mmcblk0p2 or mmcblk1p2

echo “#!/system/bin/sh” > /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

ls /system/etc
------ make sure there is a file: install-recovery.sh

echo “/system/bin/mount -w -t ext2 /dev/block/mmcblk0p2 /system/sd” >> /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

echo “/system/bin/mount -w -t ext2 /dev/block/mmcblk1p2 /system/sd” >> /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

chmod 4755 /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

reboot

adb shell
su
mount
busybox cp -a /data/app /system/sd
rm -r /data/app
ln -s /system/sd/app /data/app
busybox cp -a /data/data /system/sd
rm -r /data/data
ln -s /system/sd/data /data/data
reboot

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Old 01-04-2011, 01:02 PM   #124
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http://translate.googleusercontent.c...2TdZqBYRx1pSrw

See post 39

This is what I came up with:
/system/etc/install-recovery.sh was precisely what I was looking for, thanks!
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:08 PM   #125
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Thanks to the valuable information by hiaig, I was able to integrate apps2sd into the IQ

Overview:

1. Partition an SD card
2. Setup a2sd

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Step 1: Partition an SD card.

You need to manually partition an SD card with one large partition for
data like ebooks and music, and one smaller partition for applications.
Around 200Mb for apps is usually enough. The data partition must be formatted
with vfat, the application partition must be formatted with ext3.
The order of the partitions shouldn't matter. To be on the safe side, use partition 2 for apps.

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Step 2: Setup a2sd
  • Download a2sd (see below)
  • adb remount
  • adb push a2sd /system/xbin
  • adb shell chmod 755 /system/xbin/a2sd
  • adb shell
  • $ a2sd setup
  • Reboot and enjoy

Hint: Run a2sd without parameter to get a description of all options.

Download a2sd:

iq_a2sd v0.0.2 (latest)
iq_a2sd v0.0.1

As for stability, only time will tell I guess. It appears to be working fine over here.

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had a problem while running adb shell a2sd setup

Stuck at Use [/dev/block/mmcblk1p2] for a2sd? [Y|n]:

Cannot enter Y or n and press enter.
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had a problem while running adb shell a2sd setup

Stuck at Use [/dev/block/mmcblk1p2] for a2sd? [Y|n]:

Cannot enter Y or n and press enter.
Interesting.
  • adb shell
  • $ a2sd setup
should work. That's how I did it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:42 PM   #128
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Interesting.
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should work. That's how I did it.
OK, it works after I "su" it.

Thanks

btw Coredump-EE, what is that widget that you have showing disc usage?

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OK, it works after I "su" it.

Thanks

btw Coredump-EE, what is that widget that you have showing disc usage?
Glad to hear it.

The widget is called Elixir.
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Glad to hear it.

The widget is called Elixir.
How do you find Elixir? I was thinking of installing it but wasn't sure if it would slow down the IQ or not.

For people looking for a small launcher, I have been using Zeam launcher these days and even though it is minimalistic, it is very practical.

@Coredump: You look familiar with Android... Been using it for a while?

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How do you find Elixir? I was thinking of installing it but wasn't sure if it would slow down the IQ or not.
Can't say that I've noted any slowdown, really. But it sure does look beautiful

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For people looking for a small launcher, I have been using Zeam launcher these days and even though it is minimalistic, it is very practical.
I will have a look. Can't say that I'm not completely happy with LauncherPro for the moment tho.

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I've been using my (ancient, I know...) Google G1 for quite some time now. It's rooted, has custom bootscreen, bootloader, firmware, etc. You do pick up quite a few things over time =)

Before Android, I was very active in the Sharp Zaurus scene. It was a really sweet line of PDAs. Very hackable. I even had my own distribution for some models People were actually using it as well!

One of my biggest Zaurus projects, apart from the distribution thing, was called "altboot". It was an init replacement allowing, boot from SD, boot from CF, from from loop-images inside the media, etc. So adding a2sd here wasn't too much of a challenge.
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Before Android, I was very active in the Sharp Zaurus scene. It was a really sweet line of PDAs. Very hackable. I even had my own distribution for some models People were actually using it as well!

One of my biggest Zaurus projects, apart from the distribution thing, was called "altboot". It was an init replacement allowing, boot from SD, boot from CF, from from loop-images inside the media, etc. So adding a2sd here wasn't too much of a challenge.
Ah...that is why you seemed so comfortable playing around Android. I've never heard of the Zaurus but I'll make sure to take a look at it (I have a soft spot for old electronic devices).

Are there good resources that you know of that could explain how Android works and how to modify it? I have learned a lot so far but feel that I am lacking knowledge to go any further.

I think the IQ would benefit from a custom ROM such as Cyanogen since we can pretty much forget about Honeycomb. as it seems that it will require a dual-core processor such as Tegra and a 1280*720 screen according to Engadget...
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Ah...that is why you seemed so comfortable playing around Android. I've never heard of the Zaurus but I'll make sure to take a look at it (I have a soft spot for old electronic devices).

Are there good resources that you know of that could explain how Android works and how to modify it? I have learned a lot so far but feel that I am lacking knowledge to go any further.
Step one would be to set up a complete development environment and build Android from scratch for various devices. From this alone you'd learn a lot. Then you need to get comfortable enough with the environment that you can set up a build target for your desired device (ie: the IQ). The vendor will hardly help you with that

The second you have build the first generic working Android for the IQ, custom firmwares become trivia l

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Indeed it would. But as you said, the hardware of the IQ is pretty low-spec. Even custom firmwares will give you only so much. Maybe Pocketboot will release a good base distribution for the IQ with the next update, that can be extended upon. One can dream, right?
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The second you have build the first generic working Android for the IQ, custom firmwares become trivia l



Indeed it would. But as you said, the hardware of the IQ is pretty low-spec. Even custom firmwares will give you only so much. Maybe Pocketboot will release a good base distribution for the IQ with the next update, that can be extended upon. One can dream, right?
I think they would love to, but I am not sure they (their programmers) are THAT good with Android. No offence intended.
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