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[ROM][INFORMATION] Craig CLP281 Android Netbook

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By Jason_25, Member on 15th December 2011, 04:25 AM
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Craig CLP281 Android Netbook
Via Wondermedia 8650 based chipset / 800 mhz / wifi / 3 standard usb / ethernet!

Original firmware available
Original firmware unlocked
Unique form factor

No obvious upgrade path
No sources posted
No officially supported flash player
Lower end hardware

unzip to sdcard
start device with sdcard plugged in
wait for everything to be wiped out


This is a modified version of the official firmware. The focus is on removal of bloatware and unneeded proprietary software.

Terminal Emulator
Total Commander with ftp and lan plugins
Zirco Browser
Yaxim Jabber Client
Jota Text Editor

See the README to deduce how to modify the ROM yourself. The changes are documented thoroughly so that many people can use this release as a kitchen of sorts.


R4 (Latest)

chroot Repository

Please choose one of the following 2 methods!

USB Control Script (1st method):
DEBIAN_CONTROL - see bottom of post for script

MicroSD Control Script (2nd method):
DEBIAN_CONTROL_SD - see bottom of post for script

You will need this image unless you plan to put your own together.

Debian Squeeze Image:

The image can be flashed to your usb drive or sd/microsd card with dd on your fullsize computer. Please be aware that I have not tested running from a fullsize SD card.
dd if=~/nameofimage.img of=/dev/nameofdevice

1.Run the control script to start the chroot. You can run console commands here. The screen command is useful here also.
2.Run ./vnc to start the vnc server which itself starts xorg and the window manager. The script is not totally failure proof.
3.Login with your vnc client. I use Android vnc viewer. Password is testing.

Window Managers
check /.vnc/ for the xstartup scripts. just rename the one for the window manager you want to xstartup and reboot your chroot.

chroot will not cleanly unmount
keep chroot running in the background - it should only take up memory not cpu

Stock ROM Repository

Images contain stock system, stock boot, and CWM recovery.
vm670 recovery image is for the new screen version so it should work for all vm670.

LG vm670:

Samsung i9023:

Craig clp281:

Asus tf101:

Samsung p6210:
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17th December 2011, 04:52 AM |#2  
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Can you add in support for the official android market, i would love to have this on here.
17th December 2011, 06:46 AM |#3  
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Does Flash work?
I am not holding out much hope for flash on ARMv6. It seems like a long complicating debugging process for what is in the end slow and buggy results.

The browser is slow?
Right now, it seems that javascript performance on the stock browser is much worse than I expected. For now, try turning off javascript and images if you use the stock browser.

Stock ROM?
The link for the device on Craig's website is:
You can download the completely stock ROM from here.

I tried ADB with a male to male USB that I had laying around with no success with a GNU/Linux PC and a different Windows PC. All 3 USB ports were tested. But you can connect with adb connect ipofdevice over your LAN if you see what address your router is giving the device. Or of course you could set a static IP.

Minimize application?
You can return to the home screen at any time by pushing fn+home.

Sources for the binaries you have added?
Try the sources link on the first post. The zirco apk is unchanged and their website is here: . The Gapps are straight from my VM LG Optimus V.

Mount an ext2/3 formatted USB drive?
mount -t ext3 /dev/block/sda1 /mountpointofyourchoice

Enter key not working in some terminal applications?
Use Ctrl-m instead.
18th December 2011, 02:46 PM |#4  
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Just wanted to thank you for taking this project on. This device could be much more and for the price you just can't go wrong. Good luck and I'm off to root.
20th December 2011, 12:03 AM |#5  
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Is it possible to boot or load a stripped version of windows xp from a thumb drive? and did you try all the usb ports with that cable?
20th December 2011, 02:26 AM |#6  
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The root situation on the ROM and my current devices in general is a little complicated. For this device in general, it comes ADB rooted out of the box. I have added another su to the rom that will allow console root. Unfortunately, because it is an older version of su, it does not seem to work with Superuser.apk. I am waiting on a response in the Q/A forum on errors I am getting compiling the current version of su. I have been able to compile Superuser.apk successfully but it is not much use without the current version of su. I am of course preferring to include source and source-compiled binaries wherever possible in the ROM.

Market added.
See above for ADB info.
Regular Windows XP does not run natively on ARM CPUs. From Craig's website it appears that they have an identical model running Windows CE. You should look into any running a lightweight GNU/Linux chroot with QEMU or VMWare and then booting something like Windows 98. I would be amazed to see it, especially with the limited RAM we have available.

I am releasing a new ROM with integrated Google Apps and a open source browser named Zirco which seems to run very well. Compare the stock browser with stock settings to Zirco on to know what I mean. Be sure to read the README.

This ROM may end up becoming a different series entirely. One with the market and one without.

I have updated the first post with the links and README.
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20th December 2011, 04:23 AM |#7  
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can u add live wallpaper support in a future rom?
20th December 2011, 04:48 AM |#8  
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If I get around to compiling AOSP that should come with live wallpaper.

I tried copying the live wallpaper apk and what I thought to be their dependencies from my Optimus V. Unfortunately, the switcher crashed and the logcat just said the wallpaper switcher would not start.
20th December 2011, 05:00 AM |#9  
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lot of apps run real slow and lag i tried some games like that bird game where you flick it to the target, i get like 1 frame every 2-3 seconds for the animation, soo slow, they claim 800 MHZ processor but damn this thing is soooo slow. even the fake chinese android phones the star A5000 runs and performs better than this.

2d games lag real bad so I dont see any 3d gaming at all on this machine. unless some elite hacker and coder can make a fully optimized rom for this thing.
20th December 2011, 05:21 AM |#10  
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Thanks for reporting your results. I have had mixed successes with games. The drag racing game works decent and another rice-can type racing game worked ok too. But many games instantly crash also. The live wallpaper would probably run slow anyway.

Web browsing
Remote administration
Network administration
Note taking
Light media playback

These are all the uses I can think of it for the moment. It gives me an idea to include a note taking application at some point.
21st December 2011, 03:34 AM |#11  
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the new browser force closes on me, and does this thing have flash support, I have a gut feeling this is an x86 formfactor which is why it runs so slow.
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