You should know that time ago Motorola said to stop updating our Xoom, but we showed that our tablet is still alive and kicking.
Let me update this with the last news (a big win, indeed) from @bigrushdog:
IMPORTANT: It should be harmless for your Xoom, but you need to do it at your own risk. Nobody will give you any kind of warranty and we will be not guilty if your Xoom bricks, dies, loses the data, gets cursed, makes your cow begins giving bitter milk or if it unchains a thermonuclear war.
Originally Posted by bigrushdog
BigPart Repartition Upgrade and Resource Center
Much love, credit, and respect go out to @Schischu and @rchtk! Your insight on the kernel patch paved the way! The Motorola Xoom cheats death once again!
1) Your data will be totally wiped! If you have Nandroids, TitaniumBackups, or anything of any value on your internal storage, copy them to your microsd or computer! They will be gone forever! Your microsd card is the only safe haven on your Xoom during this process.
2) Put all needed resources on your microsd card! You will need the original TWRP 22.214.171.124 touch recovery from @runandhide05, TWRP 126.96.36.199 BigPart version, your desired rom, and the BigPart boot image that goes with your desired rom. The BigPart boot images can be found in the next section.
3) Reboot into recovery. Flash TWRP BigPart. Don't reboot just yet.
4) Go back into wipe menu and wipe everything but /sdcard.
5) Go to reboot menu and reboot into recovery. Disregard the "No OS" warning and don't install SuperSU when asked.
6) When you come back into recovery, it will think your data is encrypted but it's not. Go into wipe menu and "format data". Type "yes" when prompted. When done, go back into wipe menu. Select "Advanced Wipe". Check "system" and "cache" and wipe them.
7) Hit Home then go to reboot menu and reboot recovery. Once again, disregard "No OS" warning and don't install SuperSU when asked
8) When you come back into recovery, go into mount menu. You should see "cache" and "data" checked. "System" will be unchecked. Check it to confirm it mounts, then uncheck it. Congratulations! You are now repartitioned!
9) Go into install. Recovery should show your microsd storage by default. If not, using the navigation panel, navigate to root then go into "sdcard". Flash your rom, BigPart boot image package, and any other resources as you normally would.
Q: OK to understand this right, now we have a new recovery and boot. Which ROM do we use? The same as before? And BigPart @dreamcwli MyWingray 4.3 is only for wingray?
A: Yes, we have new recovery and boot. For this recovery and boot you need to use the new BigPart roms. If you are not using BigPart roms, you will need to install old recovery and boot and format everything again. And yes, it seems like @dreamcwli MyWingray 4.3 is only for wingray at the moment, but brd published a version of the last EOS4 stable with the new kernel working for BigPart.
Q: Does this new space mean we can start using full blown GApps Instead of the scaled down versions we had been previously?
(I understand there may be NEON ramifications causing a NO Answer here)
A: You can use the GApps that you prefer. Now we have space enough, but scaled down versions might be slightly faster as it uses less resources (I guess).
Q: Seems like a good time to ask and reveal my limited understanding of why user space is formatted vfat. I'm a linux fan who dislikes being limited to 4096 Mb when creating a linux.img. A yes or no answer will suffice. As long as the devs are pushing the limits, can the user space (sdcard) be formatted ext2, 3 or 4?
A: I think that that is something to implement in the kernel. I think that it is easy to do and our bakers eventually will implement it.
Q: Can cm10.2 be flashed instead of an eos4 rom after the repartition?
A: You need to replace BOOT.img in the CM zip with the BigPart compatible with your Xoom, and if the kernel is compatible with CM it will work.
Q: I'm on stingray_cdma.....unless i can flash a wingray rom and boot.img after the repart?
A: No idea, but it's safer to use roms build for your device. Take a look to the previous question.
Q: im on stingray and i tried using cm10.1 as my rom and it didnt get to the bootanimation so i tried eos 3 and it works well. couldnt get eos 4 to download from goo.im
Q: I am asking again to understand this right, now we have a new recovery and boot.
Which ROM do we use? The same as before? Do we have to change the boot IMG in the ROM with the big part one?
And BigPart @dreamcwli MyWingray 4.3 is only for wingray or it can be used with everest as well? And what is its difference with the other big part in the kernel?
A: Use only BigPart roms. You will need to change the boot.img from the rom if the rom is not compatible with BigParts, but if the rom is not compatible with the new kernel, it is useless... MyWingray is compatible with Everest but you will not have 3G, I guess... But I'm not sure.
Q: That's great. @bigrushdog @realjumy Is there a way to get the radios for everest and stingray on a separate zip?
A: The rom must be cooked with the radios...
Q: I wanna ask you because i have my xoom forma two years, and laste time i format it and give me error with dev block mmblck or something else and i think that i could have my internal storage corrupt.. If i install your 4.3 image modded, and then the repartition, Will it works fine?? Thanks and sorry me
A: No idea.
Q: Followed the instructions for the re-partitioning. Everything worked except the Xoom cannot see the external sd card in recovery. I have re-formated it as fat32 and tried another card. When I view the files in the PC they are there. Any ideas?
A: Something something went wrong... Copy the data from the SD to your PC, format SD and put back data. Let's see if that works...
Q: How can we identify which ROMs are for the new partition layout? Just assume everything 4.3 and later? It would be nice if we added [BigPart] to the thread title to make them more easily identifiable.
A: Only roms with BigPart in their name can be used with the new layout.
Q: I was under the impression that we could use old roms provided we replaced the boot.img in the zip with the NEW BIGPART boot.img for our unit? (Only after repartitioning has been completed) Is that wrong and we need to wait for a particular build?
A: Not all the roms are compatibles with the boot.img method (kernel method). You will need to try to be sure. EOS4 and Dream's have proper versions. If you want to use, for example, CM you will need to:
option 1.- Build it yourself patching the kernel
option 2.- Use CM and try to use a different kernel
option 3.- Ask to the CM maintainer to release BigPartition versions.
There is a lot of 4.2.2 projects running, some 4.3 and if we are successful, MAYBE we will be able to port 4.4 to our devices. One of the main problems (but not the only one) is the internal storage structure of the tablet. It seems that is not too hard to solve, as in other devices (mainly Samsung) is common to change it.
The aim of this project is to compare how the internal partitions are setted up in order to change them and have more room for system and apps. This will improve all the ROMS (4.1, 4.2.*, 4.4). @bigrushdog is doing a big effort to change it but we need more data from all models to compare and be sure that we don't break anything.
It will take up to 3 hours (depends on the model) but is something that can work while you are sleeping or not using the tablet. With the data provided by you, we can compare and choose the best changes.
IMPORTANT: It should be harmless for your Xoom, but you need to do it at your own risk. Nobody will give you any kind of warranty and we will be not guilty if your Xoom bricks, dies, loses the data, gets cursed, makes your cow begin to give bitter milk or if it unchains a thermonuclear war.
IMPORTANT: It should be harmless for your PC, but you need to do it at your own risk. Nobody will give you any kind of warranty and we will be not guilty if your PC bricks, dies, gets cursed, loses the data, makes your cow begin to give bitter milk or if it unchains a thermonuclear war.
What are you going to do:
You are going to do a 1:1 copy of your internal storage into your PC. Then, we will detect the partitions and where begins and ends each one. Nothing else. We will compare the different versions and in the future a tool will be released to make the changes.
What you will need:
Linux (maybe you can use a Live DVD / USB?). It should be a way to do this process under Windows. If you know how to do it, please, share the info.
33GB of disk space in your computer, anywhere.
Android SDK working (that means that if you plug your tablet turned on and run
Activate USB Debug on your device (in order to connect with adb). You can find it under Settings > Developer options.
Note: On Android 4.2 and newer, Developer options is hidden by default. To make it available, go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times. Return to the previous screen to find Developer options.
Plug your tablet (it must be on) and run
in the folder "platform-tools" of your SDK. If you don't get as a result a serial number, STOP. Something is wrong with your SDK. Please, fix it to continue.
Open a terminal on your computer, go to the Android SDK directory's subdirectory sdk/platform-tools (where adb is located).
We will setup a forward port to be able to download the data to our PC:
./adb forward tcp:5555 tcp:5555
Now we will connect to the tablet
Maybe you need to grant permission to do it. Take a look to your tablet's screen.
We become superuses:
Grant permanent permissions when asked. You can revoke the permissions later if you want.
With this we will transfer the data to the port that we set previously:
DON'T CLOSE THAT TERMINAL. An now OPEN A NEW ONE IN THE PC.
Go again to the folder "platform-tools" of your SDK and let's collect the data:
./adb forward tcp:5555 tcp:5555
nc 127.0.0.1 5555 | pv -i 0.5 > mmcblk0.raw
If you want to save the file in a different place/partition, change what is after ">". For example, if I want to save the file in my home folder, I will write /home/jumy/mmcblk0.raw. If you are not sure or don't know how to do it, don't change it.
You will to wait up to 3 hours until it finish.
When the transfer is finished, run this in the folder where the dump is located (if you changed nothing, it is located in the older "platform-tools" of your SDK):
First restore the GPT partition table. Select mmcblk0.raw in the TestDisk interface and choose Proceed.
Choose EFI GPT.
Then select Analyse.
Choose Quick Search.
The search will return a table that you should copy and paste in this thread.
Now you can exit and remove the dumped file (mmcblk0.raw).
Please, when you provide the data, tell us which model, storage size, ROM name and version and indicate if it is the Hong Kong model.
EDIT: i did my bloody SD card... did it again and now heres the internal 32GB
Disk mmcblk0_1.raw - 31 GB / 29 GiB - CHS 3880 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
P MS Data 47104 51199 4096
P MS Data 61440 65535 4096
P MS Data 122880 647159 524280
P MS Data 647168 993279 346112
P MS Data 993280 62319583 61326304
|----- If my work or answer helped you, then your THANKS is much appreciated =P -----|
I would really love to test Android 4.4 on my Xoom... The new platform seems to be much faster and my Xoom feels very slow and clumpy on Android 4.2 and even 4.1
4.4 will have the same problem that 4.2.* and 4.3 as it is a problem with the storage. That is the reason why we need so badly to change the partitions, and that is why we are asking for help to collect this data.
I derped my development laptop so I was down a few days. I think we have what we need for a repartition script. As some of you know kitkat source dropped. Under the hood, not much changed. At least from what I hear. So I'll slap together a theoretical repartition script. Any volunteers?
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