Welcome; I wanted to offer a little "something" back to the XDA community in the hopes that will benefit others and to show my appreciation to the folks that make XDA the great community that it is. Hopefully, this guide will help you work your way up the ranks to Chef … let’s begin!
So here you are; in the heat of the kitchen, adding your favourite ROM ingredients ... pinch of this, sprinkle of that. Like all good chefs, you decide to take a taste of your preparation before serving to others – so you try it ... wait! you say, something is not right; you're positive you added the ingredients but it's not right. You carefully review all of the portions; seem right; so you decide to look at the ingredients and you realize … you need to change suppliers.
This guide is intended to help you learn how to port the Execute-In-Place (XIP) region from a new (donor) device for use in your kitchen; it will walk you through the process of extracting the contents of an Official ROM, obtaining the new (donor) device XIP, and porting the new (donor) device XIP into your kitchen.
Obtaining Execute-In-Place (XIP) Files
The Execute-In-Place (XIP) region is an area where an application can execute code directly from ROM rather than loading it from RAM. It is possible to use the xip.bin contents from a newer version of a ROM from a different device or a newer operating system. This is typically done by chefs who are looking for the most recent versions of system files from a specific device or version of an operating system.
The process of porting the Execute-In-Place (XIP) requires that you have a reduced copy of your current os.nb.payload from which the xip.bin will be extracted.
Additionally, the process requires that you obtain the newer xip.bin (extracted from the reduced os.nb.payload) and the corresponding .\SYS folder from the desired device .NBH package. Although it is possible to obtain a pre-extracted xip.bin and corresponding .\SYS folder, it is always preferable to perform the extraction activities yourself when possible – this ensures that you have a complete .\SYS folder, the reduced os.nb.payload file, and the extracted xip.bin to work with.
The sections are intended to be followed in sequence as the last section should provide you with a final product that can be used in your kitchen – so you may want to read this guide once over before going through the motions … who am I kidding? You’re going to follow along aren’t you?
The guide does not cover the steps required to inject the changes from a new .\SYS folder to your existing kitchen .\SYS folder or the comparison (verification) of the boot.rgu and supporting .RGU files typically found in the new (donor) device.
Now for the disclaimer bit; I take no responsibility and will not be held liable for any problems you encounter with your device before and after following this guide … flashing a ROM is done at your own risk. If you spot mistakes or inaccuracies in the guide however, please let me know so that I may correct them. Now, read on if you still feel it necessary to change suppliers
Oh, one last thing ... special thanks to the following folks for sharing their knowledge with the rest of us ... thank you!
If I missed someone, it's purely accidental – send me a note and I will add your name to the list.