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Old 09-09-2013, 02:29 AM   #16
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Try this: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/PRST...n_pastlog_area

It helped for me once...
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:03 PM   #17
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Thanks! Unfortunately, it doesn't work in this case...
(As a side note, I mounted the diag partition of the device, and found various test scripts on it, which I've tried. The touch screen works, as well as the buttons. I found a factory_reset.sh script, which also resets the time. Without effect.) If there is a hidden pastlog area, is there any way to retrieve this log from the device to study what is going wrong during boot?
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:57 AM   #18
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Why doesn't it work in your case?

If you can access diag partition, you can access the raw partition as well...


Another possibility is to manually install the enable-adb package and connect to computer during startup - if you are lucky, adb already is running when spinning arrows occur and you can log into adb shell...
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:11 AM   #19
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If you can access diag partition, you can access the raw partition as well...
May I ask how I mount this partition? Is there a block device I can mount to accomplish this?
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:32 AM   #20
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The simple answer is: you cannot mount it )

The only thing you can do is accessing /dev/mmcblk2 directly with dd.

This gives you lot's of options to destroy it.

The first 24MB of mmcblk contains many things - device serial, encryption keys, bootloader etc.

You need to know the correct offset and size of the potion you want to access. (see here for reference: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...54&postcount=2)

For the pastlog area, the fix is described in the link I gave you.

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:02 PM   #21
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Ok, I've dd-ed the LOG area of the start partition. I suspect this may be the culprit: the messages that repeat over and over again - till the reset button is pressed - are "Unable to attach mixer to device default: No such file or directory", "AudioPolicyService not published, waiting..." and "external/alsa-lib/src/control/control.c:902snd_ctl_open_noupdate) Invalid CTL AndroidOut".

When I check the log file posted earlier in this thread, I have the impression that during boot there should be a message "#0: imx-3stack (CS42L52 codec)" below "ALSA device list"; however, in my case it prints "No soundcards found."

This could be an indication that the audio hardware is no longer working and the software is stuck in a loop waiting for an AudioPolicyService to start.

Could there be a way to disable audio? I don't need audio on my e-reader. Or is this hard wired in the kernel and virtually impossible to disable? (Sorry for asking so much - I am not very familiar with Android, although I know a little about Linux.)
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:33 AM   #22
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I also had audio errors in my logs, so this may be normal.

Have you erased the pastlog area as described in the link?
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:36 AM   #23
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I also had audio errors in my logs, so this may be normal.

Have you erased the pastlog area as described in the link?
Yes, I did, without success...

I would be surprised if the audio is not involved, as long stretches of the logs only consist of these messages.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:22 PM   #24
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It could also be a mismatch of system partition vs kernel / rootfs. In one your first posts I see that your system partition and kernel is v1.04, but the other partitions are older.

In your case, I would dig into the Sony firmware update v1.04 by extracting the contents, there is a tool in the forum that can do this. Look if there is an updated rootfs / initrd image.

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Old 09-14-2013, 04:18 PM   #25
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It could also be a mismatch of system partition vs kernel / rootfs. In one your first posts I see that your system partition and kernel is v1.04, but the other partitions are older.

In your case, I would dig into the Sony firmware update v1.04 by extracting the contents, there is a tool in the forum that can do this. Look if there is an updated rootfs / initrd image.
I'm afraid you're confusing my information with that of giovaorama. In my case, all versions listed are 1.0.00.09270. Thanks for the feedback, though.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #26
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Ok, my fault

Meanwhile I found a log file on the internet: http://www.quanttrom.com/wp/wp-conte..._paritions.txt

It seems that you are right with your soundcard.

Unfortunately, I cannot check this myself because I sold my T1.



My last hint is ADB. At rotating arrows screen you should be able to log in via ADB shell - but only if ADB has been is installed and USB debugging has been enabled. You can install it manually - just have a look at the do_update.sh script in the enableadb package. And you can then enable USB debugging by editing /default.prop

With adb shell, you can check android logs via logcat command.
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