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[TOOL] Viewpad 7 Backup, Root & Recovery

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30th March 2011, 03:44 PM   |  #1  
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In order to install custom firmware on the Viewpad 7 and equivalent devices (Cherry Mobile Superion, Commtiva Linx N700, Olivepad VT-100, Spice MI700, and Camangi FM600) you must use an alternative recovery partition. There are several methods to accomplish this, but in this thread I will document what I use personally.

For starters ALWAYS create a backup of your original 'stock' firmware.

Rooting:
1. Download version 1.7 of Super One Click. Some users have reported issues with the latest version, but previous versions can be found in the thread.

2. Place your Android device into debugging mode, and connect to computer.

3. Right-click the Super One Click executable and select 'Run As Administrator'.

4. At program launch select 'rageagainstthecage' exploit method, then select 'Root'.

5. If there is no activity for more than 30 seconds and the terminal display is stuck at 'Running rageagainstthecage....' remove the USB plug momentarily and plug back in.

6. You should get the message “***IF IT KEEPS LOOPING, TRY DISABLING USB DEBUGGING NOW***” followed by an ADB reset, waiting for device, and finally a successful rooting message. (Apparently the looping issue is a known bug).

7. Once this process is complete your prompted to test the root condition. Follow the steps to verify.


Stock Backup:
1. Open up ADB shell within a terminal.

2. Get the list of partitions:

cat /proc/mtd

3. Pull each original partition from the device onto the SD card:

cat /dev/mtd/mtd3 > /sdcard/recovery.img (example...change for each partition)


Install Alternative Recovery Partition:

1. Copy the flash_image and clockwork recovery image to your SD Card (Find Attached Below).

2. Open a terminal (via computer or terminal emulator). Enter ADB shell.

3. Within ADB shell enter the following to change permissions for the flash_image:

chmod 755 /system/bin/flash_image

4. Replace the original stock recovery image by copying the clockwork image in it's place:

flash_image recovery /sdcard/cwrecovery.img


Installing Custom Firmware:
1. Copy the custom firmware of your choice to the SD card.

2. Power down your device.

3. Depress both volume keys simultaneously followed by holding in the power switch for a few seconds.

4. Upon power up you will see the birds logo and 'enter recovery' text in the top left corner of the screen.

5. Use the volume keys to step through the menu.

6. Select 'Backup & Restore' followed by 'Backup' to make a 'NANDROID' backup of the current firmware. The backed up ROM should be located in: /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/date&time/

7. Once the backup process completes you will be back at the main recovery menu.

8. Select 'apply sdcard: update.zip.

9. Once complete select 'reboot device'.


DISCLAIMER: I cannot be held liable for anything you do to your Viewpad 7 (or equivalent device). Make sure you are comfortable with recovery tools, such as ClockworkMod, before proceeding.
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Installed, working ok. but the UP/DOWN button always jump 2 steps.
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same. rooted. 2 spot jump on recovery menu. looks like pressing down moves one and then releasing the button goes another.

what custom rom works with the ViewPad7?

getting installation error Status (0) when I try tnt lite 4.4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Smilez

same. rooted. 2 spot jump on recovery menu. looks like pressing down moves one and then releasing the button goes another.

what custom rom works with the ViewPad7?

getting installation error Status (0) when I try tnt lite 4.4

TNT Lite is for the gTab.....NOT the Viewpad...therefore it will not work. There are only a couple modified ROMs available at this time for the Viewpad 7. I made a mod to stock ROM which can be found in this thread:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1008673

I believe there is someone else working on a Gingerbread ROM (as am I), but I don't know any details of they're progress.


As for the recovery menu navigation problem (moves two spaces instead of one), I think it came that way from the manufacturer (FIH). Not sure how to remedy it at this point.
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Viewpad HELP!
Did the volume down + power by mistake

Now I have a message:

Power on with pressing VOLUME_DOWN keys to leave Auto-FTM
and then

Wrong Project!!!!!
Please Select project name:

FA0
FA1...

FST

Cant reboot... cant do anything...

Cant adb in

HELP !
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Originally Posted by Schilack

Did the volume down + power by mistake

Cant reboot... cant do anything...

HELP !

Hold down both volume keys and the power button, and then push in the reset button. Keep holding all the keys until you see 'Enter Recovery Mode'.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Smilez

same. rooted. 2 spot jump on recovery menu. looks like pressing down moves one and then releasing the button goes another.

what custom rom works with the ViewPad7?

getting installation error Status (0) when I try tnt lite 4.4

This is so far what I can find for CUSTOM ROM of VIEWPAD7.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1008673

RC3.


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18th April 2011, 10:05 PM   |  #9  
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May want to update the OP to reflect that one should be downloading SuperOneClick version 1.7, not 1.8. The latter doesn't include the RageAgainstTheCage exploit method and will not root the device.

Took me a few tries to get my new Viewpad 7 rooted, but it finally is.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chicknlil

May want to update the OP to reflect that one should be downloading SuperOneClick version 1.7, not 1.8. The latter doesn't include the RageAgainstTheCage exploit method and will not root the device.

Took me a few tries to get my new Viewpad 7 rooted, but it finally is.

I second that, took me a few tries also... Used SOC 1.7 and it was a bit confusing on my Win Xp (xp-home SP3) machine about VP7 drivers and its USB Mass storage state (should remove SD card in VP7 if you have it installed).

It finally worked when the " Synchronation Tool " was also installed and running off of the virtual "CD-Rom" that was installed when the VP7 is plugged in...

Anyways keep up the good work!!! Hope to see more updates/ROMs/mods/etc... for the VP7, I personally think its a solid device with the exception of the small internal storage it has...

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