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8th January 2020, 09:19 PM |#21  
Originally Posted by kozmo2k4

Reviving a very old thread., but it might come in handy for someone.

I just got this Netbook (OP) come back to life!!!
1. download the SoftwinterEvbV13 zip from this post
2. Extract it
3. Make sure the Netbook is powered OFF. Remove back cover from the Netbook.
4. Insert USB A-to-A cable to Port #2, the closest on to the charging port; the other end insert to your (Windows) PC.
5. Open the LiveSuit tool and locate/select the (included) "suni4i_a10.img" (it's in the IMAGE folder).
6. Looking at the PC board in the picture of Post #7 , there a are two SWITCHES,
marked "SW5" and "UBOOT".
7. Press and hold the "UBOOT" switch and press the "SW5". You should notice the power light should come on, also your PC should discover a new device.
Here, if your PC can't install the proper drivers, open up Device Manager, and manually install/update the driver from the UsbDriver folder.
8. At this point, if LiveSuit didn't recognize the Netbook, unplug the USB, and re-connect. LiveSuit will take over and flash the image.
9. Unplug USB and reboot the Netbook. Will take a while, might be on black screen for a bit, but eventually will boot to factory Android 4.0.3 ICS.
It worked for me.
Good luck.

Thanks. The procedure works, but you can save yourself the trouble of dismantling/opening the netbook. It can be forced to boot to flashing mode via holding right mouse button, while powering on.

I am such a lucky guy
On Windows, drivers does not work. First I had to disable strict driver signature enforcement. Piece of cake. But then Windows says that the driver is not for my arch (using x86_64).

As I am more at home using Linux, I went that direction. After patching and then compiling awusb driver from sunxi,
I do detect the device and can see it in LiveSuite:

[email protected]:~# lsmod | grep awusb
awusb 16384 0
[email protected]:~# modinfo awusb
filename: /lib/modules/4.18.0-25-generic/kernel/awusb.ko
license: GPL
description: AW USB driver
author: Jojo
srcversion: 974EDE0C0E5C6381375E075
alias: usb:v1F3ApEFE8d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in*
retpoline: Y
name: awusb
vermagic: 4.18.0-25-generic SMP mod_unload

[email protected]:~# dmesg | grep awusb
[21692.320991] awusb: v0.5:AW USB driver
[email protected]:~# lsusb | grep flash
Bus 003 Device 008: ID 1f3a:efe8 Onda (unverified) V972 tablet in flashing mode

But then LiveSuite tells me that the IMG is invalid. DAMN.... Any idea?
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9th January 2020, 03:54 PM |#22  
Originally Posted by labbe-

Ok, so I now got the PC recognizing the device when doing the special startup with holding down mouse2, pressing power button for two seconds and after that pressing powerbutton repeatedly, but I don't have usb drivers for it and the ones with livesuit don't work :E will try to locate some drivers before my friend comes to get it for himself to tinker with during the holidays :E

EDIT: got it working!! found the usb drivers and it upgraded from the image i had! the software model is SoftwinterEvbV13 so i think it's safe to assume this is indeed an allwinter tablet?

an archive with working livesuit and image included:

Funny...the image is incompatible with LiveSuit (Linux). And using USB routing/sharing from a Windows 10 running as a guest on KVM host is not a solution. Upon starting the flashing in Windows, LiveSuite and PhoenixSuite orders the device to switch to flash write mode, which results in USB reset and consequent Windows VM host USB disconnection, thus flashing failure. Any thoughts? I don't have a dedicated Windows host. Is there any other Linux flashing tool for A10?
14th January 2020, 12:03 PM |#23  
Got it sorted. I had to make Windows Live USB dongle, from which I was able to flash the laptop with factory image. Dunno why sunxi's USB driver for Linux does not work correctly. But from Windows, it flashed it just fine. I am working on re-deploying Linux image on it (NAND install).
14th January 2020, 11:10 PM |#24  
Done. I have yet to.compose howto for the others.

Edit: Or maybe I'll just release SD img. Everything works. GLES (HW Acceleration), Wireless (rtl8192cu), ~950MB RAM available out of 1GB, Audio.

I used Jessie due to its simplicity (easier to pull out systemd (but the image does use it after all, as I had to do some compromises), so it is a bit old, but still up-to-date with latest updates from 2019. Running 3.4 kernel.

If you're interested, let me know and I will prepare the SD image for public release.
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