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[Q] Hacking the Toshiba Excite

OP dogfunky

29th March 2012, 04:54 PM   |  #1  
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Unfortunately, there is no sub forum for this device yet so I'm putting it in general. I apologize if this is incorrect.

What (if any) information has anyone found out with with the Toshiba Excite? I've been searching many different forums and so far this is the only helpful piece I found from the Toshiba forums

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I ordered an Excite as soon as it is available in the US market. As soon as I unboxed it, my first set was to enable the USB development option and plugged it into the computer. As usual, The ADB device drivers are not released by Toshiba. So I tried to use the same trick I used with THRiVE with stock ADB drivers.

Windows recognized the device but ADB doesn't. Isn't it wonderful? Since then I have been trying to access ADB using the EXCiTE without any success. What is it with Toshiba and ADB Drivers? I talked to the Customer Support and they acted like they had no clue about ADB drivers. So as a developer, the EXCiTE is a was of money.

It would have been salvageable even if Toshiba provided an option to enable ADB via TCP/IP which is trivial to Toshiba and will free them forever from providing a USB driver. But no luck.

So let me say this upfront. If I wanted a tablet that I could not develop Apps for, I would have purchased an iPad as without ADB both are equally useless to an Android Dev.

The Excite has a micro SD card reader and a micro USB built in. This is what I required for my ultimate goal.... I would like to unlock the bootloader and install Windows 8 onto a micro SD card. Then whenever I have the Windows 8 micro SD card inserted into the tablet, the tablet will boot from that first.

The hardware should be able to support it, but software wise will it be able to? If so, how would I get started?
Last edited by dogfunky; 5th April 2012 at 12:38 AM.
2nd April 2012, 08:57 PM   |  #2  
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Update from forums.toshiba

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hi guys,
i just acheived adb connection to excite. It is not via usb but i can still work with it so i am not worried.
I found out that the adb works without any issues in the linux environment. So, i followed the steps outlined below,
1) enable usb development on excite.
2) plug it into a linux machine with adb working
3) run adb devices
4) we can see the excite listed
5) i executed 'adb tcpip xxxx'. Now the adb in excite is set to run via tcpip
6) now from the development machine execute 'adb connect yyyy:xxxx', where yyyy is the ip address of your excite and xxxx is the port you picked in previous address.
7) voila! Now you have adb working from you windows pc
i hope this helps folks with windows adb
cheers,
windozer

UPDATE (April 4th)
I messaged a Toshiba tech asking if Toshiba planned on releasing tools to unlock the bootloader. He said that he hadn't heard anything. I asked if he would be able to find out for me and this was his response
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I can't talk about things that haven't been announced. I know that seems obvious for things like full products or major updates, but I'm not even allowed to comment on new tablet cases if they weren't released yet. It's even more strict with software updates!

Last edited by dogfunky; 5th April 2012 at 12:25 AM. Reason: Update
1st June 2014, 11:02 PM   |  #3  
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You can install the Drivers from here:
http(://)singledrivers.blogspot.pt/2014/01/toshiba-excite-pro-usb-driver-for.html
http(://)support.toshiba.com/support/viewContentDetail?contentId=4001725

I installed them on my Windows XP SP3, and it worked for me!!
Follow the instructions carefully of the 1st site... since the drivers need to be manually installed.

Following the XP instructions...
If you want MTP connection, between step 6 and step 7 you have to select "MTP Device" interface (even if it's not certified!).
If you want ADB connection, between step 6 and step 7 you have to select "ADB Composite..." interface (even if it's not certified!).
NOTE: if you choose ADB simple interface it will not work, and you will have no ADB connection. it has to be the ADB Composite interface!

For some whatever reason I couldn't get them to work simoultaneously, only one at the time... so everytime I wanted to switch from MTP connection to ADB connection (and vice-versa), I had to reassign/reinstall the drivers again on Device Manager...
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