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USB Host mode driver for Samsung Galaxy S (i9000)

Also available on the Samsung Captivate and Nexus S
Vibrant and i9000B builds are avialable in some onecosmic kernels

Disclaimer: This kernel will enable some very early, and rough usb OTG support for your phone. Currently the phone DOES NOT give out power, so you NEED an external power source to be able to use this kernel. This is true for ALL USB devices, even with those that have their own power source, and doesn't requre external bus powering. Solving this limitation is a TODO, but we cannot guarantee anything. There are some other phones that have usb host support the same way this kernel has (eg. they need external power), like the Nexus One, and there is also a community using this, so if you're saying that usb host support has no sense if you need an external power source then you are definitely mistaken.

This kernel is built upon teamhacksung's ICS Build 14 kernel, and will only work with that particular ROM (and later b15 and b16 versions of it). There is also a build for stock JVU (Gingerbread). It is possible to port this to older ROMs too (like CM7, or pre-GB ROMs). Ask your favourite kernel developer to do this for you. I only plan to support the CM9 and the stock Gingerbread version.

The patches are quite device-independent, so they should also work for other similar handsets, like all SGS variants (Captivate, Vibrant, epic, etc.), and also some distant relatives like the Nexus S, or the Galaxy Tab. I do not own these handsets, so you have to ask your favourite kernel developer to port the changesets to the other variants. I have already a build script for Captivate (CM9) and Nexus S (ICS) ports.

I might also try to create kernels for other devices if the following are true:
  • The kernel source is avialable on github. It is either a kernel for gingerbread (>=2.6.35) or for ICS (>=3.0)
  • It also contains (or has links to) the initramfs and all the other files needed to create an update.
  • If creating the update is not straightforward I also need a script to do this for me
  • After the update is made I need someone with the device to test it for me. If the feedback is positive I'll build versions for that device too, whenever something is changed.

Credits goes to:
  • The misterious guy at Samsung(?) called chul2 for the original s3c host drivers
  • Kevin Hester (kevinh, probably also nicknamed geeksville, punkgeek and humcycles) for fixing the s3c host driver for the Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Ever kernel developer at teamhacksung for bringing ICS goodness to Galaxy S

This is a very early, and very rough usb host support. Expect crashes, freezes and things that are not working! You will also need external power (probably through a Y-cable or a powered usb hub, see the device connection guide below). Also make sure you are only using USB 2.0 (high-speed) devices. The driver does has some quirks with USB 1.x low-speed and full-speed devices, like mice, keyboards, gamepads and similar things. Read the FAQ for more information about them. And of course it doesn't work with USB 3.0 (super-speed) devices.

Device conection guide:



FAQ: see post 2
ChangeLog: see post 3
Developer notes: see post 4
Download links: see post 6

Usb Host Controller: see it's own topic
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