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Old 02-26-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Just Bought the CRAIG Android 7" Tablet from CVS

Okay, first of all, this thing was $100, so I wasn't expecting much. I am happy to report that it's not quite as bad as I thought, though.

7" touchscreen (no multitiouch)
700MHZ processor
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256MB DDR RAM
WiFi b/g
HDMI out
Mini USB and USB host capability
~ 6 or 7 hours battery life (depending on how I use it so far)
Speaker & Microphone
Micro-SD card slot (32GB max)
3.5mm headphone jack

I spent yesterday on slatedroid.com rooting it, and today getting Android Marketplace to work, but I'm happy to report that the marketplace does, indeed work.

I've installed Kindle and Nook software, plus the included eBook app, Twitter, Facebook, and a few more apps.

Not a bad device, really. Multitouch would be nice, but saving myself the $500 is nicer.

If you've got the time to tinker, I can recommend this as a reader/basic tablet.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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Any chance you would take the time to give us a step by step... so even a novice like me could do the upgrade... Thanks
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:11 AM   #3
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Any chance you would take the time to give us a step by step... so even a novice like me could do the upgrade... Thanks
Sure. It's not too tough at this point.

1) Download the custom ROM here. I'd stay away from the alpha ROM. It works, but getting it on your device takes a few extra steps. The ROM you probably want is this one.

2) Uncompress the file and rename it update.img

3) Go into Settings -> USB Mode. Make sure Host Mode is unchecked.

4) At that point, your computer should recognize it as a drive.

5) Copy that file to the root directory of the device.

6) Unplug the device from the USB cable. At this point, it should start the update process.

7) Once it's done and rebooted, go into Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications.

8) Press Menu > Filter > All

9) Clear Cache for - Checkin Service, Download Manager, Gmail, Google Talk Service and Market

10) Reboot Device

At that point, you should have a working tablet running Android 2.1, with access to the Android Market.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:19 AM   #4
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Sure. It's not too tough at this point.

1) Download the custom ROM here. I'd stay away from the alpha ROM. It works, but getting it on your device takes a few extra steps. The ROM you probably want is this one.

2) Uncompress the file and rename it update.img

3) Go into Settings -> USB Mode. Make sure Host Mode is unchecked.

4) At that point, your computer should recognize it as a drive.

5) Copy that file to the root directory of the device.

6) Unplug the device from the USB cable. At this point, it should start the update process.

7) Once it's done and rebooted, go into Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications.

8) Press Menu > Filter > All

9) Clear Cache for - Checkin Service, Download Manager, Gmail, Google Talk Service and Market

10) Reboot Device

At that point, you should have a working tablet running Android 2.1, with access to the Android Market.

Let me know if you have any questions.


hey guy.. I have successfully enabled market but now any download I try comes back saying unsuccessful.. please help. I have cleared all the cache like said. Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:12 AM   #5
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hey guy.. I have successfully enabled market but now any download I try comes back saying unsuccessful.. please help. I have cleared all the cache like said. Thanks!
Okay, try this:

Don't just clear the cache. Also clear the data for all of those. And in addition:

Gmail Storage
Google Apps
Google Backup Transport
Google Search
Google Settings Provider
Google Talk Storage
Market Update
Package Installer

That will probably do it. Remember to reboot afterwards before trying to go into the Market again.

Hope that helps!
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:59 PM   #6
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thanks!

Rooting successful. Thanks for posting the steps!
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:01 PM   #7
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Rooting successful. Thanks for posting the steps!
Glad I could help. Let me know if I can answer any other questions, or if you have trouble w/ accessing the Android Market.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:12 PM   #8
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Okay, try this:

Don't just clear the cache. Also clear the data for all of those. And in addition:

Gmail Storage
Google Apps
Google Backup Transport
Google Search
Google Settings Provider
Google Talk Storage
Market Update
Package Installer

That will probably do it. Remember to reboot afterwards before trying to go into the Market again.

Hope that helps!
Worked!! awesome tks!!! now for the big question : what are the possibilities of installing a linux based os?? Ubuntu? Thanks!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:52 PM   #9
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I installed the update exactly like you said to above and cleared cache and data for all of the listed apps and I still can't successfully download a single thing from the app store. Any idea what might be keeping me from downloading?
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:16 PM   #10
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I installed the update exactly like you said to above and cleared cache and data for all of the listed apps and I still can't successfully download a single thing from the app store. Any idea what might be keeping me from downloading?
Did you reboot after you did that? I would go through it again and reboot, just to be safe.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:08 AM   #11
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Very interesting. Thank you!
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No problem. It's an interesting little gadget.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:50 AM   #13
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I did exactly as in the steps, but at 6 th step, my craig device is not recognizing the file after disconnecting it from usb, I tried to click on the .img, the device is asking me to open with what type of app? like contacts, applications etc.
How would l execute this .img file? many thanks
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I did exactly as in the steps, but at 6 th step, my craig device is not recognizing the file after disconnecting it from usb, I tried to click on the .img, the device is asking me to open with what type of app? like contacts, applications etc.
How would l execute this .img file? many thanks
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:33 AM   #15
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I did exactly as in the steps, but at 6 th step, my craig device is not recognizing the file after disconnecting it from usb, I tried to click on the .img, the device is asking me to open with what type of app? like contacts, applications etc.
How would l execute this .img file? many thanks
Sorry. I left out a step. You should rename the file to update.img. Then it should work.
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