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29th May 2019, 01:29 AM |#12671  
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Hi everyone

Im a small Youtuber interested in tech, I do tech reviews and this forum has helped me out a few times. So thanks yall
 
 
29th May 2019, 07:43 PM |#12672  
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Hi everybody, thanks for this great forum.
31st May 2019, 10:27 AM |#12673  
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Hi- my name is Nathan. I've actually been a large fan of xda developers for several years. I have the galaxy on5 SM-G55OT1 metropcs which with your help rooted about a year ago. So thank you for that. When it comes to anything technical with my phone, this is always the first site I come to. It will always give me an honest answer about any changes that may be possible or not possible to my phone, which I know is extremely hard to find at times. With new phones coming out every 7-8 months, its hard to look at the past when all we see is the future.
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11th June 2019, 11:20 PM |#12674  
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Hi, lurker's first intro on this forum.

Ive been using xda ever since my first phone (Galaxy Ace), and it has been incredibly useful for rooting and finding great apps to use.

I'm also posting here because there's the 10 posts before being allowed to post external links that I need to get by so I can ask for support with an LG phone, and I havent posted enough on here yet loll.
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29th July 2019, 12:40 PM |#12675  
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Just sayin' "Hi", and a new device effort, Anki Vector, which is a robot
Hi,

my name is Melanie and I'm one of the people spearheading the investigation to root the Anki Vector.

The reason I came here is that the Vector, although he looks like a cute little robot, actually is built on smart phone tech and runs an Android kernel.

Vector has a Qualcomm APQ8009 (Snapdragon 212) CPU, paired with a combination ram/flash, Kingston 04EMCP04-NL3DM627. It boots Linux version 3.18.66-perf via an Android bootloader.

There are other components, including a secondary processor, but these are out of scope for this forum. I am mostly the hardware person in this endeavour, at least until we can actually get into him. Once there, I can take the software further, but I'm missing the vital bits of knowledge needed to get from here to there.

"Here" is that I have managed to access the system using a serial port that could be found via solder pads on the PCB, we have captured multiple boot logs this way. Sadly, there is no getty.
I have also managed to solder a USB port and to find the trace that controls one of the Snapdragon's boot control pins. I have been able to put the robot into EDL (QDLoader) 9008 mode.
I have then attempted to connect with various pieces of software, but the furthest I got was with MiracleBox, which told me a CPUID and then told me that that ID is unrecognised.

We're currently trying to raise funds to buy a BGA rework system capable of desoldering the flash, as we're getting desperate to obtain a firmware image.

So, that's what I do, I hack and I know things. Sadly not the ones I need to know now.

I have money to buy any needed tools, but there is a thicket of hacks, cracks and disinformation while hard info is rarer than hen's teeth. I really don't wish to spend £1000s on the wrong stuff. That is where I'm stuck.

- Melanie
29th July 2019, 06:20 PM |#12676  
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Hi,

my name is Melanie and I'm one of the people spearheading the investigation to root the Anki Vector.

The reason I came here is that the Vector, although he looks like a cute little robot, actually is built on smart phone tech and runs an Android kernel.

Vector has a Qualcomm APQ8009 (Snapdragon 212) CPU, paired with a combination ram/flash, Kingston 04EMCP04-NL3DM627. It boots Linux version 3.18.66-perf via an Android bootloader.

There are other components, including a secondary processor, but these are out of scope for this forum. I am mostly the hardware person in this endeavour, at least until we can actually get into him. Once there, I can take the software further, but I'm missing the vital bits of knowledge needed to get from here to there.

"Here" is that I have managed to access the system using a serial port that could be found via solder pads on the PCB, we have captured multiple boot logs this way. Sadly, there is no getty.
I have also managed to solder a USB port and to find the trace that controls one of the Snapdragon's boot control pins. I have been able to put the robot into EDL (QDLoader) 9008 mode.
I have then attempted to connect with various pieces of software, but the furthest I got was with MiracleBox, which told me a CPUID and then told me that that ID is unrecognised.

We're currently trying to raise funds to buy a BGA rework system capable of desoldering the flash, as we're getting desperate to obtain a firmware image.

So, that's what I do, I hack and I know things. Sadly not the ones I need to know now.

I have money to buy any needed tools, but there is a thicket of hacks, cracks and disinformation while hard info is rarer than hen's teeth. I really don't wish to spend £1000s on the wrong stuff. That is where I'm stuck.

- Melanie

Welcome to XDA.
You can create a new thread in
https://forum.xda-developers.com/general
Or
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android
No post min required.
Good luck.
Tom

Edit: There is a min post # to post links and images.
I meant
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general
Or
https://forum.xda-developers.com/general/general


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29th July 2019, 06:24 PM |#12677  
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[QUOTE=sd_shadow;79982121]Welcome to XDA.
You can create a new thread in
https://forum.xda-developers.com/general
Or
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android
No post min required.
Good luck.
Tom

I still think this is a topic that rather belongs in the developer section. Normal users could neither profit nor contribute to a hardware hacking effort, I believe.

However, that aside, I can't really get people involved if I can't post links to our research material, findings, pictures, etc. How can I go about that?

Thanks,

- Melanie
29th July 2019, 06:35 PM |#12678  
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Welcome to XDA.
You can create a new thread in
https://forum.xda-developers.com/general
Or
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android
No post min required.
Good luck.
Tom

I still think this is a topic that rather belongs in the developer section. Normal users could neither profit nor contribute to a hardware hacking effort, I believe.

However, that aside, I can't really get people involved if I can't post links to our research material, findings, pictures, etc. How can I go about that?

Thanks,

- Melanie

My suggestion is to post in
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general

After 10 posts you can post links and images.
If there's any interest in your project you will have your posts easily.
Then you can request that your thread be moved to a Developer section.

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30th July 2019, 07:03 AM |#12679  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MelanieT

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I still think this is a topic that rather belongs in the developer section. Normal users could neither profit nor contribute to a hardware hacking effort, I believe.

However, that aside, I can't really get people involved if I can't post links to our research material, findings, pictures, etc. How can I go about that?

Thanks,

- Melanie

Melanie, allow me to add to @sd_shadow suggestions. Maybe this forum "Hardware Hacking General" suits your requirements?
And regarding links until you are allowed to insert them yourself, there are quite a few possibilities:
  • https ://forum.xda-developers.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=79982149 (i.e. just insert a space somewhere that it isn't recognised as a link. Your interested users will know how to deal with such a "link".
  • Just use the report functionality to alert the moderators' team and request to get a link inserted. We are here to support and assist and are very happy to do so.
  • Create your thread, use the report funtion and request that the post count limit is lifted for you with some explanations why (in your case just in reference to your latest posts in this thread and the other one). It will certainly be considered, and our admin's have the possibility to just "donate" the required number of posts to you.
  • ...
I think just commence with what you want to do and see if there's interest, responses and feedback. If there is, I don't know.
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2nd August 2019, 10:23 AM |#12680  
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My name is Muhammad and I joined here to post android roms
It would be really nice of you if you told me how to post in development thread
Thank You!
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My name is Muhammad and I joined here to post android roms
It would be really nice of you if you told me how to post in development thread
Thank You!

Hello Muhammed, welcome on board - and happy developing!


I know it will require a bit of reading but I'm convinced via the below attached links you're going to find answers to all of your questions.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho....php?t=2635135
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...d.php?t=961655
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho....php?t=1069298
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho....php?t=2232085
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