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[M.O.D. KERNEL Q 1.5] MIUI 11 Mi9/ 9T Pro 835mhz GPU DynFsync LZ4 WLblock *FOD Fix*

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[M.O.D. KERNEL Q]

*** NOTE: a dev has posted on TG the FOD fix for beta/ MIUI 12 forked from my code, download there! I asked for GitHub source to comply with XDA and will post once I have it and provide a link to the file link "Mi9/Mi9T Pro Optimization and Overclocking" Telegram has it now: https://t.me/joinchat/NNTe_E9G4ZcZKXCUrajFYQ ***

MIUI 11 Mi9/ 9T Pro MOD 1.5

MOD-Q 1.5 is for stable MIUI 11 variants for Mi9 only - Xiaomi.eu 11.0.5 stable is what it was built for, runs best on, just use it. The Mi9T Pro version supports MIUI 11 variants plus many AOSP builds. If you use an official MIUI 11 Xiaomi version you will get a warning message "Contact device manufacturer." You can ignore that, it means nothing. But I highly suggest using Xiaomi.eu 11.0.5, or another MIUI 11 variant like MiRoom or some use Revolution OS.

***DO NOT USE ANY PERFORMANCE (CPU/GPU/ETC) MAGISK MODULES WITH THIS FOR BEST PERFORMANCE!!! IT INSTALLS IT'S OWN OPTIMIZED MAGISK MODULE AUTOMATICALLY***

FP scanner will only work up to 11.0.5. Xiaomi keeps changing the code and not releasing it to made Dev builds not work. There were "patches" that worked until a few weeks back, but Xiaomi has yet again changed their FP scanner code. So I will not update the FP code, do not ask, it is a complete waste of time. Sorry, but Xiaomi.eu 11.0.5 and MOD 1.5 work very very well together.

Features:
835mhz GPU, Adreno Boost, Dynamic Fsync, Boeffla WL blocker (better battery idle), F2FS optimizations, LZ4 ZRAM. EXFAT USB/SDCard support added. Sultan Boost + PapaSmurf's Op7Pro tweaks, Dynamic Overclocking + Underclocking with frequency boost for smooth, fast, clean performance and fluid scaling. Many thanks to PapaSmurf who greatly influenced this kernel; portions are ported from his Op7 Pro Repo.

Mi9T Pro version also reported to work on AOSP ROMs using the original FOD implementation (Derpfest, MSM, CRDroid, Havoc, LOS).

Just use the Magisk Module it installs for you automatically when you flash the zip from TWRP, likely the best results will be obtained. SmartPack can be installed to choose between profiles under Performance Tweaks - battery / balanced / performance / gaming, although the default installed Magisk module is highly recommended by itself for optimal performance and good battery drain.

Github source has been added for MOD 1.5 here. Please read the Readme that's why it's there.
https://github.com/mrslezak/MODQ1.5

Releases are available here: Download them for your device and follow the instructions there. If you already have TWRP and Magisk, it will be easy. Just read please it will answer your questions.
https://github.com/mrslezak/MODQ1.5/releases/tag/MOD1.5


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[M.O.D. KERNEL PIE] Mi9 Android9 GPU830mhz F2FS data/cache Dynamic Fsync LZ4 WLblocker V2 [STABLE]

MOD Pie notes:

***New features added! Dynamic Fsync replaces the Fsync toggle (credits to author Paul Reioux aka Faux123 <[email protected]>), and Boeffla Wakelock blocker 1.1.0 (credits to author: andip71 <[email protected]>) has been added. The GPU830mhz runs on a higher regulator now so even 3DMark runs without issue, this is as stable as it gets. A battery saving Magisk Module has been added for longer life and scored 422.5K still on AnTuTu! It will throttle and hotplug (idle) cores as needed to save battery ***

Super tweaked kernel for the Mi 9. Best AnTuTu Benchmark 432K thus far, expect 420K-430K in daily operation with good battery life. This will vary based on the ROM selected. Stock AnTuTu is 370K. So you can run your phone faster than any production 855+ at the moment. This kernel is setup on purpose to allow anything from stock to maximum performance, you can set parameters as you like in a kernel manager.

GitHub Source: https://github.com/mrslezak/MODKernel-V2-Cepheus

Releases are available here:
https://github.com/mrslezak/MODKernel-V2-Cepheus/releases/tag/V2

TG Name: MattoftheDead

M.O.D. Kernel (MattoftheDead). This kernel is STABLE, everything works, it runs on any MIUI based ROM (MIUI Global Dev, MIUI China Dev, MiGlobe, Xiaomi.eu, AOSP, etc.). ***If you install this kernel and don't follow the tweak instructions, it runs exactly like stock. There is now a Magisk module that will run with the optimal settings to make this easy! *** So read up. You can apply any tweaks you'd like. These include:

GPU 830mhz overclock - stable and smooth. The GPU will throttle down when not being used to a lower mhz. The Magisk Module will enable the max 830mhz clock for you. Or you can go without if you have a dialcode supported GPU MaxFreq OC mode *#*#8106#*#*

ZRAM LZ4 data encryption enabled - fastest encryption method, smaller ZRAM sizes (512mb is good) work very well [2GB is the stock ZRAM default, LZO is the default kernel compression which is slow]. ZRAM is in-memory swap so it is ultra fast. This allows you to have more free RAM for apps to run.

F2FS data and cache partition support - full ICE AES 256bit encryption. Note only @mauronofrio TWRP 3.3.1-39 + supports F2FS partition mounting so you MUST use this TWRP recovery!!!

F2FS has been tested on MIUI Global Dev 9.6.27 and Xiaomi.eu 9.7.22, 9.8.1, MiGlobe, RevOS, AOSP, Havoc thus far (more added daily) and read/write speeds and app access are definitely fast. Support was enabled by working directly with @mauronofrio on XDA (thanks Mauro) so we originated F2FS support for Mi9 - there are also F2FS kernel tweaks that help the speed in the kernel.

BOEFFLA Wakelock Blocker 1.1.0 - blocks wakelocks and allows you to change what gets blocked that is waking up your phone and preventing deep sleep. There are defaults blocked already in this build that are known to be blockable safely. If you want to add more, use SmartPack Kernel manager under Wakelocks. It will also show you what apps are causing them and the frequency so you can disable the ones that are not needed.

If you want to join in the discussion and see updates in realtime, World MI9 & Mi9T Pro Optimization and Overclocking is a TG group which has many things related to MOD and any other kernels, mods for the phone, Magisk Modules, all types of things for the devices.

Step 1: [KERNEL REQUIRED FILES]
Go to the releases page posted earlier and download everything.

Step 2: [ROM SELECTION]
If you already have a Pie MIUI based DEV ROM installed, you can continue to use it. Global Dev 9.6.27 is recommended. But this supports up to Xiaomi.eu 9.8.1. If you want to use a new MIUI based ROM, download it and setup the device (between these ranges of releases - some like MiRoom, some like stock, some like Xiaomi.eu). If you are clean flashing everything, don't bother restoring all the apps - they will be deleted when you switch to F2FS. Just set it up so you can login and get to the default menu with the default apps displayed. Either way, you will have to setup the device as a new phone. So back up all your user data (photos, downloads, etc), apps, etc. using Google Drive, Xiaomi Cloud, Titanium Backup Pro, or any other app that backs up apps and settings. It's often easiest to put them on your PC since you will be plugged into it during this install process with your USB cable.

Step 3: [MAURO TWRP INSTALLATION FOR F2FS SUPPORT]:
Boot Mi9 holding Power + Volume Down
Hook up to your phone to the PC with the charging cable
Open a command prompt. Go to your Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder.
Type: fastboot devices
And hopefully you see your device ID pop up. If not you don't have the right driver, the cable is bad, or something else is wrong. Search Google.

Next flash Mauro TWRP:
fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.3.1-41-cepheus-mauronofrio.img (or use his latest from the link at the bottom of this thread)
Hopefully you see it flash to the device in a few seconds successfully and it's ready to go.

Booting to TWRP:
Turn off your phone. Now hold down power + volume up. Once the boot Logo appears, let go of the power button but keep holding volume up. TWRP should boot. If not, try again. I usually have to remove the phone case. Now enter your password and proceed to the next section. If it asks you if you want to keep the system read only SAY NO! You will be modifying system components, keep it writable to avoid installation issues.

Step 4: [FLASHING THE M.O.D. KERNEL]
Check the releases page posted above. Just unzip the file there and flash via TWRP as an image to boot. It's patched with Magisk already.

Step 5: [CONVERT EXT4 TO F2FS}:
Converting EXT4 data and cache partitions to F2FS:

Check the releases page posted above for fstab_patch_F2FS_MI9_Cache_NoBarrier.zip required to enable F2FS. You MUST flash this in TWRP or your OS will NOT be able to boot an F2FS data partition!!!! This file has been kanged all over the internet, it was created here. Feel free to use it, everyone already is.

***Note flashing TWRP / Install / fstab_patch_F2FS_MI9_Cache_NoBarrier.zip MUST be repeated any time you change ROMs or you won't have access to your data!!! So back this up!!!!***

Boot back into TWRP. You will need to go to Wipe, Advanced Wipe, Click Data, Repair or Change File System, Change File System, and click F2FS. Swipe to change. It will format and you'll have nothing on your data partition. Next format cache. Go to Wipe, Advanced Wipe, Click Cache, Repair or Change File System, Change File System, now click F2FS. Swipe to change. Again it will format and be wiped.

Step 6: [SETTING UP YOUR "NEW" PHONE]:
Next, reboot to System. The device should boot up and welcome you to your "new" device. It has no data apps so it has to be new. You will have to login to your Xiaomi account if it is associated with the device. Then you can choose to restore from a Google Backup and next from Xiaomi Cloud. You can do either one to get your apps back. I would suggest Xiaomi Cloud after Google completes all its downloads - it will place icons in the right places and install your root apps if you had them. And after setting up your apps, now boot back to TWRP and make a Backup. Now for this Nandroid backup you should backup data, boot, dtbo, and vendor partitions (vendor has the fstab.qcom file that allows your F2FS supported partition to boot now). Even if you save to your internal device initially, be sure to put it on a PC for safe keeping. Then If you accidentally wipe your partition later, you can skip importing, get to the main screen after minimal setup completes, enable file transfer from the connected PC, and then copy the Nandroid backup to your Internal Memory. Boot into TWRP and restore the backup and you're back in business.

Step 7: [INSTALLING MAGISK MANAGER AND KERNEL MANAGER]:
So now you install the MagiskManager-v7.3.2.apk to enable all root functions. If you want Google Pay and anything else setup posts are here in the Mi9 forum that show you how. Generally hide all banking apps, trading apps, Google Pay, GMS, etc. And I suggest installing GMS doze for better battery life and the Mi9 Auto Brightness fix.

In addition, to have the MOD kernel setup for the best performance, go into Magisk Manager, Modules, and flash the (Magisk)MOD-Battery-Saver+_v2.zip from the releases page. It will auto set all the parameters the kernel features, and does a great job with extending battery life at the same time.

This is the best setup for performance. Pictures are included below.

If you would like to change the settings, you need a kernel manager. So next you can install the Smart Pack APK SmartPack_Kernel_Manager_v8.7.apk to enable or disable all the tweaks you desire.

Pictures are attached below to show the TWRP screens for flashing and F2FS partition conversion. Also the settings of best performance using Smart Pack kernel manager are here. If you want to change any of the best settings after flashing the Magisk Module, do it in the kernel manager of your choice and set on boot - where to change those options is in the pictures below for SmartPack.

Enjoy!

Mauro TWRP
https://forum.xda-developers.com/Mi-9/development/recovery-unofficial-twrp-xiaomi-mi-9-t3905825

SmartPack Kernel Manger
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-smartpack-kernel-manager-t3854717

FK Kernel Manager CPU Profile
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.franco.kernel&hl=en_US

Magisk
https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/magisk/official-magisk-v7-universal-systemless-t3473445

Minimal ADB and Fastboot
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2317790

And one last thing. I have been working with some of the most well known devs out there on XDA on Telegram, Private Messaging, and other channels to get this kernel where it is - but I have no XDA presence. I've helped hundreds of people on Telegram setup their systems or diagnose their issues. If you find this post useful, helpful, innovative, or install my kernel and like it, please click the Thanks button to acknowledge the work that I've done to get the Mi9 to this point. It would be greatly appreciated to get some thank yous for all the hours I've put into this development work for the Mi9, and provides some motivation to keep improving. Other kernels are on the way as well for more Xiaomi / Redmi devices if I feel some love from the community. Much appreciated!

Thanks goes out to @smeroni68 and @mauronofrio for helping fix the fstab.qcom zip that cost several hours of pain yesterday for users and I on Telegram that did not have the Vendor partition mounted when flashing the old fstab.zip file - it will flash now mounted or not from TWRP. And thanks to @ilia1985 for providing a Magisk Module template for the kernel manager settings, now OC setup doesn't even need a kernel manager!

***DISCLAIMER - APPLYING ANY ROOT MODS IS ALWAYS AT YOUR OWN RISK! I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BRICKED DEVICES, DAMAGE OR OTHER THAT MAY OTHERWISE OCCUR. THIS HAS BEEN TESTED EXTENSIVELY BUT USE AT YOUR OWN RISK***
 

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Looks like it's base on last one version of android9 MIUI DEV 9.8.1 to modify its kernel, doesn't it ?
So it's not base on linux kernel 4.14.139 to develop ?

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Looks like it's base on last one version of android9 MIUI DEV 9.8.1 to modify its kernel, doesn't it ?
So it's not base on linux kernel 4.14.139 to develop ?

Kris

4.14.83 per the hardware device settings. Q is already upstreamed to the latest Linux and CAF so just waiting on a source release so kernels can be made. No need to spend time upstreaming unless another dev wants to (I'm in contact with the other kernel dev here on XDA we're working together now, he may upstream). He upstreamed his to 4.14.139 and will pull my source repo soon to fix bugs in his build so he may just upstream this kernel or fix bugs in his kernel in the process. Collaboration is a good thing. I've been waiting for assistance for a long time and it's good to team up with others devs. We don't get paid we do this as a hobby.
 
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Thanks !

Can I use Ex kernel manager to tune kernel parameters ?
In another one - Will there CPU/GPU frequency table exist to choose which one of frequency combination I want to use base on condition of phone usage - Gaming, multimedia application, and general usage !

4.14.83 per the hardware device settings. Q is already upstreamed to the latest Linux and CAF so just waiting on a source release so kernels can be made. No need to spend time upstreaming unless another dev wants to (I'm in contact with the other kernel dev here on XDA we're working together now, he may upstream).
 

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Thanks !

Can I use Ex kernel manager to tune kernel parameters ?
In another one - Will there CPU/GPU frequency table exist to choose which one of frequency combination I want to use base on condition of phone usage - Gaming, multimedia application, and general usage !

Yes EX Kernel Manager is a good one to use. You will have to experiment with if it can lock in frequencies. Follow the guide for CPU settings they are optimal. You could by app adjust if needed and if it is supported by EX. Some support per app some don't. I think SmartPack does. The issue is that the 830gpu clock is an additional clock. The others are all stock clocks. This is for maximum battery life and compatibility. The highest 830GPU is only fully settable via dial code *#*#8106#*#* at this time - try in your ROM to see if it is supported. In some KM you can set max and min to 830mhz and it will lock in the frequency (FK) although this was only tested for 1 day on an unstable build (too hot thermals). More tests are needed, feel free to try and post what you observe.
 

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Many AOSP builds are still on Xiaomi underlying code. The test would be to install the TWRP mentioned and take a backup of boot and dtbo partitions. Stay on EXT4. Then flash the restore TWRP provided and see if it boots. I user has already made it to the logo screen on AOSP using this method. He is using an unencrypted partition though. If you are on an encrypted partition the likelihood of it working is higher. The TWRP is bootable from fastboot as well so you will be able to access recovery. Advise you save the backup to removeable media / computer before flashing. Report back your results please.
 
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Hey There.
I am trying to mount the fsqtab.qcom an do not get how to do it on my Mi9 using these directions?


The fstab.qcom included MUST be placed in /vendor/etc/ OR YOUR PHONE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOUNT THE DATA PARTITION!!!! So your next step is to copy the fstab.qcom via a root browser or from Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Boot to Recovery (hold power + volume up, release power button when the boot logo appears), then run from a terminal: adb push fstab.qcom /vendor/etc/fstab.qcom

How do you do whats listed above 'precisely'?

I can make everything else work. I just cannot seem to get this file inserted in Vendor?

Can you help please

(my profile says senior member but I am really not :) )
 

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Finaly installed it on aosp extended.Thanks for developer
 

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Hey There.
I am trying to mount the fsqtab.qcom an do not get how to do it on my Mi9 using these directions?


The fstab.qcom included MUST be placed in /vendor/etc/ OR YOUR PHONE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOUNT THE DATA PARTITION!!!! So your next step is to copy the fstab.qcom via a root browser or from Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Boot to Recovery (hold power + volume up, release power button when the boot logo appears), then run from a terminal: adb push fstab.qcom /vendor/etc/fstab.qcom

How do you do whats listed above 'precisely'?

I can make everything else work. I just cannot seem to get this file inserted in Vendor?

Can you help please

(my profile says senior member but I am really not :) )
Did you turn on the option ADB sideload in twrp? Under advanced?
 
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Two ways you can do:
1.To use root explorer copy fstab.qcm under /vendor/etc ...
2.Enter TWRP and mount vendor parition, then copy fstab.qcm under /vendor/etc ...

Kris

QUOTE=Bryceicle1971;80122399]Hey There.
I am trying to mount the fsqtab.qcom an do not get how to do it on my Mi9 using these directions?


The fstab.qcom included MUST be placed in /vendor/etc/ OR YOUR PHONE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOUNT THE DATA PARTITION!!!! So your next step is to copy the fstab.qcom via a root browser or from Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Boot to Recovery (hold power + volume up, release power button when the boot logo appears), then run from a terminal: adb push fstab.qcom /vendor/etc/fstab.qcom

How do you do whats listed above 'precisely'?

I can make everything else work. I just cannot seem to get this file inserted in Vendor?

Can you help please

(my profile says senior member but I am really not :) )[/QUOTE]
 
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Did you turn on the option ADB sideload in twrp? Under advanced?
No. Does that allow the terminal to find the file in your USB?

I've been leaving the extracted files in my c-type USB plugged into the cell

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Two ways you can do:
1.To use root explorer copy fstab.qcm under /vendor/etc ...
2.Enter TWRP and mount vendor parition, then copy fstab.qcm under /vendor/etc ...

Kris

QUOTE=Bryceicle1971;80122399]Hey There.
I am trying to mount the fsqtab.qcom an do not get how to do it on my Mi9 using these directions?


The fstab.qcom included MUST be placed in /vendor/etc/ OR YOUR PHONE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOUNT THE DATA PARTITION!!!! So your next step is to copy the fstab.qcom via a root browser or from Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Boot to Recovery (hold power + volume up, release power button when the boot logo appears), then run from a terminal: adb push fstab.qcom /vendor/etc/fstab.qcom

How do you do whats listed above 'precisely'?

I can make everything else work. I just cannot seem to get this file inserted in Vendor?

Can you help please

(my profile says senior member but I am really not :) )
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Thanks. I'll try your an other suggestions
 
Did you turn on the option ADB sideload in twrp? Under advanced?

Have tried to turn on ADB side load an it keeps failing after a long wait? What am i missing?

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[M.O.D. KERNEL] Mi 9 Android 9 Pie GPU830mhz F2FS data/cache Fsync LZ4 ZRAM [STABLE]

MOD-KERNEL-TOOLS.zip -> kernel and all software to use the features of the kernel: https://mega.nz/#!TopRnIDK!6GbL_8QPToK0oLCSDnJ_d9EUnZ9AflDgf-9pu6JCiKo
GitHub Source: https://github.com/mrslezak/Xiaomi_Kernel_OpenSource branch: cepheus-p-oss
Telegram Group: https://t.me/joinchat/NNTe_E9G4ZcZKXCUrajFYQ
Telegram Name: @MattOftheDead

M.O.D. Kernel (MattoftheDead). This is a kernel project that has been going on for months now behind the scenes. It is STABLE, everything works, it runs on any MIUI based ROM (MIUI Global Dev, MIUI China Dev, MiGlobe, Xiaomi.eu, etc.). Android 9 (Pie) only as Android 10 has not been released and Xiaomi decided to change the kernel components (boot.img and dtbo.img will flash to Q, but no WIFI, no calls, and colors are "off."). If you install it and don't follow the tweak instructions, it runs exactly like stock. You can apply any tweaks you'd like. These include:

GPU 830mhz overclock - stable and smooth - most MIUI Dev based ROMs can enable via dialing *#*#8106#*#* - enable MaxFreq GPU Mode - you can test before installing. The GPU will throttle down when not being used to a lower mhz.

FSync toggle (enable/disable) - disable gives higher speed at the risk of data corruption if a system crash occurs. Note I've used this 4 months with no issues, if you use stable software you are less likely to run into problems. Eventually dynamic Fsync will be added if I ever have time or help (writes to disk when screen is off, safer than just disabling).

ZRAM LZ4 data encryption enabled - fastest encryption method, smaller ZRAM sizes (512mb is good) work very well [2GB is the ZRAM default, LZO is the default kernel compression which is slow]

F2FS data and cache partition support - support with full ICE AES 256bit encryption. Note only @mauronofrio TWRP 3.3.1-39 + supports F2FS partition mounting so you MUST use this recovery!!!

F2FS has been tested on MIUI Global Dev 9.6.27 and Xiaomi.eu 9.7.22 thus far and read/write speeds and app access are definitely fast. Support was enabled by working directly with @mauronofrio on XDA (thanks Mauro) so we originated F2FS support for Mi9 - there are also F2FS kernel tweaks that help the speed.

Now if you want to install this kernel, you can right away and use it on EXT4 (default for all Xiaomi ROMs). To use with F2FS you will need to adb push a modified fstab.qcom file to /vendor/etc/fstab.qcom. Or you can use a root browser and just copy it over if you are currently rooted. It will boot either EXT4 or F2FS with encryption with the same fstab.qcom file. And then you will enter the danger zone once it is time to enable F2FS! You will have to backup all your apps. This means MiCloud (for root apps this is good, saves APKs and settings), Google backup (the backup frequency seems random to me, although if a backup is recent you'll get all your PlayStore apps back), Titanium Backup Pro ($ PAID, you can't use the free version as the internal data will be wiped when the partition is formatted), or search for another backup solution online. Nandroid backups won't work after conversion either as they include the partition format (EXT4, F2FS, etc.) so don't bother. More on this later in the thread.

To save everyone time and space (I don't have a good way to upload files), join my Telegram channel. Read the instructions and you will be up and running in no time. They are outlined in great detail there along with tons of other discussions around optimizations and benchmarks. However, I will attempt to summarize installation on XDA as best as I can. Telegram Link: https://t.me/joinchat/NNTe_E9G4ZcZKXCUrajFYQ -> XDA MI9 Optimization and Overclocking

I have also provided a Mega.nz zip file with a bunch of tools you can use to get up and running. It comes with the modified kernel (boot.img GPU830_F2FS_Fsync_CRC_LZ4_boot.img and dtbo.img GPU830_F2FS_Fsync_CRC_LZ4_dtbo.img), the modified fstab.qcom file for encrypted F2FS support, the Mauronofrio TWRP version required twrp-3.3.1-39-cepheus-mauronofrio.img, Magisk-v19.4.zip Canary, MagiskManager-v7.3.2.apk, SmartPack Kernel Manager com.smartpack.kernelmanager-v8.7-20190815-release.apk to set tweaks along with a file SmartPack_init.d.txt that can be copied and pasted directly into SmartPack (in the menu, Init.d, enable Init.d, add new, copy and paste the text in, save it, and everything will be setup optimally) - NOTE init.d does not work on all ROMs (even with it enabled on boot in the software), so you may need to click on the profile under Init.d manually to execute after boot. A Franco Kernel Manager CPU Profile is included Maxfreq-CPUs-FK_Kernel_Manager_Profile if you use FK since it won't let you set CPU frequencies in the software (included just for people who have FK or prefer it over SmartPack - it won't setup ZRAM to LZ4 or 512mb for you, or toggle FSync, so you will have to manually do it if you use FK). Also the latest Windows Minimal ADB and Fastboot minimal_adb_fastboot_v1.4.3_setup.exe is included, although you probably already have it since you have a bootloader unlocked phone :)

Now some very basic steps to the more complicated, much you should already know since you clicked on a custom kernel post!!!!

Flashing Mauro TWRP:
Boot Mi9 holding Power + Volume Down
Hook up to your phone to the PC with the charging cable
Open a command prompt. Go to your Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder.
Type: fastboot devices
And hopefully you see your device ID pop up. If not you don't have the right driver, the cable is bad, or something else is wrong. Search Goggle.
Next flash Mauro TWRP:
fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.3.1-39-cepheus-mauronofrio.img
Hopefully you see it flash to the device in a few seconds sucessfully and it's ready to go.

Booting to TWRP:
Turn off your phone. Now hold down power + volume up. Once the boot Logo appears, let go of the power button but keep holding volume up. TWRP should boot. If not, try again. I usually have to remove the phone case.

Flashing boot.img, dtbo.img, and Magisk19.4.zip:
You can do this manually or from a TWRP backup. In the MOD-KERNEL-TOOLS zip file, you can unzip [TWRP-Restore-Backup] MODKernel-Magisk19.4 to internal storage or OTA SD card / USB drive, click Restore, and restore boot and dtbo. Then it is already patched with Magisk 19.4 (you have root access). Then reboot. Now for the more manual method. You can select Install. Then select Flash Image. Select GPU830_F2FS_Fsync_CRC_LZ4_boot.img and flash to the boot partition. After flashing, go back in TWRP and flash GPU830_F2FS_Fsync_CRC_LZ4_dtbo.img to the dtbo partition. Now go back in TWRP again and click on Flash Zip. Select Magisk19.4.zip and flash. After this completes, reboot.

Setting up F2FS data and cache partitions:
The process to setup F2FS is to first download a compatible ROM if you don't already have one installed (MIUI based, Android 9 (Pie), this includes MIUI Dev, Xiaomi.eu, MiGlobe, Revolution OS, etc.) ENSURE ANDROID 9 PIE: 9.8.1 variants are usually the last Android Pie build. After downloading, you can install it as a new phone after following the guide below so don't bother setting anything up other than a Xiaomi account login if prompted; don't restore apps yet either. You can setup with defaults now and not import apps. You should make it to the home screen though. All apps will be deleted after formatting.

You will be setting up a new phone and will have to login to all your apps over again. So to reiterate, MAKE COPIES OF ALL YOUR PROGRAMS BEFORE DOING THIS! Xiaomi Cloud, Google Backup, Titanium Backup, etc. - use something not on your phone, NOT a Nandroid backup! NOT in internal storage! (it will be wiped)!

The fstab.qcom included MUST be placed in /vendor/etc/ OR YOUR PHONE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOUNT THE DATA PARTITION!!!! So your next step is to copy the fstab.qcom via a root browser or from Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Boot to Recovery (hold power + volume up, release power button when the boot logo appears), then run from a terminal: adb push fstab.qcom /vendor/etc/fstab.qcom

Now in TWRP, you will need to go to Wipe, Advanced Wipe, Click Data, Repair or Change File System, Change File System, now click F2FS. Swipe to change. It will format and you'll have nothing on your data partition. Next format cache. Go to Wipe, Advanced Wipe, Click Cache, Repair or Change File System, Change File System, now click F2FS. Swipe to change. Again it will format and be wiped.

Next, reboot to System. The device should boot up and welcome you to your "new" device. You will have to login to your Xiaomi account if it is associated with the device. Then you can choose to restore from a Google Backup and next from Xiaomi Cloud. You can do either one to get your apps back. I would suggest Xiaomi Cloud after Google completes all its downloads - it will place icons in the right places and install your root apps if you had them. If you accidentally wipe your partition later (as I just did while making this tutorial, ouch), you can skip importing, get to the main screen, enable file transfer from the connected PC, then copy the Nandroid backup you absolutely should make and transfer to a PC right after setting all your apps up (logging in etc.). Now for this Nandroid backup you should backup data, boot, dtbo, and vendor partitions (don't forget that fstab.qcom we put here!). Even if you save to your internal device initially, be sure you later put it on a PC for safe keeping. I am just now copying back my TWRP directory to restore my phone this moment as I type...

Pictures are attached below to show the TWRP screens. Also the settings for the best performance using Smart Pack kernel manager included in the ZIP file download (will add after I restore). And a picture of the dial code + GPU Max Freq screen where you turn on the 830mhz GPU clock. Enjoy!


Links to XDA files included in the MOD-KERNEL-TOOLS.zip:

Mauro TWRP
https://forum.xda-developers.com/Mi-9/development/recovery-unofficial-twrp-xiaomi-mi-9-t3905825

SmartPack Kernel Manger
https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-smartpack-kernel-manager-t3854717

FK Kernel Manager CPU Profile
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.franco.kernel&hl=en_US

Magisk
https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/magisk/official-magisk-v7-universal-systemless-t3473445

Minimal ADB and Fastboot
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2317790

No system no boot an a bootloop. This enhancement is a bit complex an I'm kind of confused?
 

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Have tried to turn on ADB side load an it keeps failing after a long wait? What am i missing?

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No system no boot an a bootloop. This enhancement is a bit complex an I'm kind of confused?
Witch rom are you using?

Inviato dal mio MI 9 utilizzando Tapatalk
 

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Have tried to turn on ADB side load an it keeps failing after a long wait? What am i missing?

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No system no boot an a bootloop. This enhancement is a bit complex an I'm kind of confused?

You copied fstab.qcom to /vendor/etc/? Boot into recovery, attached to your PC. Then from a command prompt in Minimal ADB and Fastboot,copy fstab.qcom there. Then type: adb devices. It should show a device ID. Then type adb push fstab.qcom /vendor/etc/. It should say succeeded. Then reboot. This only makes a difference if you are on F2FS.

If you aren't booting to system go ahead and try the TWRP recovery version - unzip and flash that package to boot and dtbo from TWRP Restore. It's already patched with Magisk 19.4 and several people are on it that had issues flashing the files separately.
 
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    [M.O.D. KERNEL Q]

    *** NOTE: a dev has posted on TG the FOD fix for beta/ MIUI 12 forked from my code, download there! I asked for GitHub source to comply with XDA and will post once I have it and provide a link to the file link "Mi9/Mi9T Pro Optimization and Overclocking" Telegram has it now: https://t.me/joinchat/NNTe_E9G4ZcZKXCUrajFYQ ***

    MIUI 11 Mi9/ 9T Pro MOD 1.5

    MOD-Q 1.5 is for stable MIUI 11 variants for Mi9 only - Xiaomi.eu 11.0.5 stable is what it was built for, runs best on, just use it. The Mi9T Pro version supports MIUI 11 variants plus many AOSP builds. If you use an official MIUI 11 Xiaomi version you will get a warning message "Contact device manufacturer." You can ignore that, it means nothing. But I highly suggest using Xiaomi.eu 11.0.5, or another MIUI 11 variant like MiRoom or some use Revolution OS.

    ***DO NOT USE ANY PERFORMANCE (CPU/GPU/ETC) MAGISK MODULES WITH THIS FOR BEST PERFORMANCE!!! IT INSTALLS IT'S OWN OPTIMIZED MAGISK MODULE AUTOMATICALLY***

    FP scanner will only work up to 11.0.5. Xiaomi keeps changing the code and not releasing it to made Dev builds not work. There were "patches" that worked until a few weeks back, but Xiaomi has yet again changed their FP scanner code. So I will not update the FP code, do not ask, it is a complete waste of time. Sorry, but Xiaomi.eu 11.0.5 and MOD 1.5 work very very well together.

    Features:
    835mhz GPU, Adreno Boost, Dynamic Fsync, Boeffla WL blocker (better battery idle), F2FS optimizations, LZ4 ZRAM. EXFAT USB/SDCard support added. Sultan Boost + PapaSmurf's Op7Pro tweaks, Dynamic Overclocking + Underclocking with frequency boost for smooth, fast, clean performance and fluid scaling. Many thanks to PapaSmurf who greatly influenced this kernel; portions are ported from his Op7 Pro Repo.

    Mi9T Pro version also reported to work on AOSP ROMs using the original FOD implementation (Derpfest, MSM, CRDroid, Havoc, LOS).

    Just use the Magisk Module it installs for you automatically when you flash the zip from TWRP, likely the best results will be obtained. SmartPack can be installed to choose between profiles under Performance Tweaks - battery / balanced / performance / gaming, although the default installed Magisk module is highly recommended by itself for optimal performance and good battery drain.

    Github source has been added for MOD 1.5 here. Please read the Readme that's why it's there.
    https://github.com/mrslezak/MODQ1.5

    Releases are available here: Download them for your device and follow the instructions there. If you already have TWRP and Magisk, it will be easy. Just read please it will answer your questions.
    https://github.com/mrslezak/MODQ1.5/releases/tag/MOD1.5


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    [M.O.D. KERNEL PIE] Mi9 Android9 GPU830mhz F2FS data/cache Dynamic Fsync LZ4 WLblocker V2 [STABLE]

    MOD Pie notes:

    ***New features added! Dynamic Fsync replaces the Fsync toggle (credits to author Paul Reioux aka Faux123 <[email protected]>), and Boeffla Wakelock blocker 1.1.0 (credits to author: andip71 <[email protected]>) has been added. The GPU830mhz runs on a higher regulator now so even 3DMark runs without issue, this is as stable as it gets. A battery saving Magisk Module has been added for longer life and scored 422.5K still on AnTuTu! It will throttle and hotplug (idle) cores as needed to save battery ***

    Super tweaked kernel for the Mi 9. Best AnTuTu Benchmark 432K thus far, expect 420K-430K in daily operation with good battery life. This will vary based on the ROM selected. Stock AnTuTu is 370K. So you can run your phone faster than any production 855+ at the moment. This kernel is setup on purpose to allow anything from stock to maximum performance, you can set parameters as you like in a kernel manager.

    GitHub Source: https://github.com/mrslezak/MODKernel-V2-Cepheus

    Releases are available here:
    https://github.com/mrslezak/MODKernel-V2-Cepheus/releases/tag/V2

    TG Name: MattoftheDead

    M.O.D. Kernel (MattoftheDead). This kernel is STABLE, everything works, it runs on any MIUI based ROM (MIUI Global Dev, MIUI China Dev, MiGlobe, Xiaomi.eu, AOSP, etc.). ***If you install this kernel and don't follow the tweak instructions, it runs exactly like stock. There is now a Magisk module that will run with the optimal settings to make this easy! *** So read up. You can apply any tweaks you'd like. These include:

    GPU 830mhz overclock - stable and smooth. The GPU will throttle down when not being used to a lower mhz. The Magisk Module will enable the max 830mhz clock for you. Or you can go without if you have a dialcode supported GPU MaxFreq OC mode *#*#8106#*#*

    ZRAM LZ4 data encryption enabled - fastest encryption method, smaller ZRAM sizes (512mb is good) work very well [2GB is the stock ZRAM default, LZO is the default kernel compression which is slow]. ZRAM is in-memory swap so it is ultra fast. This allows you to have more free RAM for apps to run.

    F2FS data and cache partition support - full ICE AES 256bit encryption. Note only @mauronofrio TWRP 3.3.1-39 + supports F2FS partition mounting so you MUST use this TWRP recovery!!!

    F2FS has been tested on MIUI Global Dev 9.6.27 and Xiaomi.eu 9.7.22, 9.8.1, MiGlobe, RevOS, AOSP, Havoc thus far (more added daily) and read/write speeds and app access are definitely fast. Support was enabled by working directly with @mauronofrio on XDA (thanks Mauro) so we originated F2FS support for Mi9 - there are also F2FS kernel tweaks that help the speed in the kernel.

    BOEFFLA Wakelock Blocker 1.1.0 - blocks wakelocks and allows you to change what gets blocked that is waking up your phone and preventing deep sleep. There are defaults blocked already in this build that are known to be blockable safely. If you want to add more, use SmartPack Kernel manager under Wakelocks. It will also show you what apps are causing them and the frequency so you can disable the ones that are not needed.

    If you want to join in the discussion and see updates in realtime, World MI9 & Mi9T Pro Optimization and Overclocking is a TG group which has many things related to MOD and any other kernels, mods for the phone, Magisk Modules, all types of things for the devices.

    Step 1: [KERNEL REQUIRED FILES]
    Go to the releases page posted earlier and download everything.

    Step 2: [ROM SELECTION]
    If you already have a Pie MIUI based DEV ROM installed, you can continue to use it. Global Dev 9.6.27 is recommended. But this supports up to Xiaomi.eu 9.8.1. If you want to use a new MIUI based ROM, download it and setup the device (between these ranges of releases - some like MiRoom, some like stock, some like Xiaomi.eu). If you are clean flashing everything, don't bother restoring all the apps - they will be deleted when you switch to F2FS. Just set it up so you can login and get to the default menu with the default apps displayed. Either way, you will have to setup the device as a new phone. So back up all your user data (photos, downloads, etc), apps, etc. using Google Drive, Xiaomi Cloud, Titanium Backup Pro, or any other app that backs up apps and settings. It's often easiest to put them on your PC since you will be plugged into it during this install process with your USB cable.

    Step 3: [MAURO TWRP INSTALLATION FOR F2FS SUPPORT]:
    Boot Mi9 holding Power + Volume Down
    Hook up to your phone to the PC with the charging cable
    Open a command prompt. Go to your Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder.
    Type: fastboot devices
    And hopefully you see your device ID pop up. If not you don't have the right driver, the cable is bad, or something else is wrong. Search Google.

    Next flash Mauro TWRP:
    fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.3.1-41-cepheus-mauronofrio.img (or use his latest from the link at the bottom of this thread)
    Hopefully you see it flash to the device in a few seconds successfully and it's ready to go.

    Booting to TWRP:
    Turn off your phone. Now hold down power + volume up. Once the boot Logo appears, let go of the power button but keep holding volume up. TWRP should boot. If not, try again. I usually have to remove the phone case. Now enter your password and proceed to the next section. If it asks you if you want to keep the system read only SAY NO! You will be modifying system components, keep it writable to avoid installation issues.

    Step 4: [FLASHING THE M.O.D. KERNEL]
    Check the releases page posted above. Just unzip the file there and flash via TWRP as an image to boot. It's patched with Magisk already.

    Step 5: [CONVERT EXT4 TO F2FS}:
    Converting EXT4 data and cache partitions to F2FS:

    Check the releases page posted above for fstab_patch_F2FS_MI9_Cache_NoBarrier.zip required to enable F2FS. You MUST flash this in TWRP or your OS will NOT be able to boot an F2FS data partition!!!! This file has been kanged all over the internet, it was created here. Feel free to use it, everyone already is.

    ***Note flashing TWRP / Install / fstab_patch_F2FS_MI9_Cache_NoBarrier.zip MUST be repeated any time you change ROMs or you won't have access to your data!!! So back this up!!!!***

    Boot back into TWRP. You will need to go to Wipe, Advanced Wipe, Click Data, Repair or Change File System, Change File System, and click F2FS. Swipe to change. It will format and you'll have nothing on your data partition. Next format cache. Go to Wipe, Advanced Wipe, Click Cache, Repair or Change File System, Change File System, now click F2FS. Swipe to change. Again it will format and be wiped.

    Step 6: [SETTING UP YOUR "NEW" PHONE]:
    Next, reboot to System. The device should boot up and welcome you to your "new" device. It has no data apps so it has to be new. You will have to login to your Xiaomi account if it is associated with the device. Then you can choose to restore from a Google Backup and next from Xiaomi Cloud. You can do either one to get your apps back. I would suggest Xiaomi Cloud after Google completes all its downloads - it will place icons in the right places and install your root apps if you had them. And after setting up your apps, now boot back to TWRP and make a Backup. Now for this Nandroid backup you should backup data, boot, dtbo, and vendor partitions (vendor has the fstab.qcom file that allows your F2FS supported partition to boot now). Even if you save to your internal device initially, be sure to put it on a PC for safe keeping. Then If you accidentally wipe your partition later, you can skip importing, get to the main screen after minimal setup completes, enable file transfer from the connected PC, and then copy the Nandroid backup to your Internal Memory. Boot into TWRP and restore the backup and you're back in business.

    Step 7: [INSTALLING MAGISK MANAGER AND KERNEL MANAGER]:
    So now you install the MagiskManager-v7.3.2.apk to enable all root functions. If you want Google Pay and anything else setup posts are here in the Mi9 forum that show you how. Generally hide all banking apps, trading apps, Google Pay, GMS, etc. And I suggest installing GMS doze for better battery life and the Mi9 Auto Brightness fix.

    In addition, to have the MOD kernel setup for the best performance, go into Magisk Manager, Modules, and flash the (Magisk)MOD-Battery-Saver+_v2.zip from the releases page. It will auto set all the parameters the kernel features, and does a great job with extending battery life at the same time.

    This is the best setup for performance. Pictures are included below.

    If you would like to change the settings, you need a kernel manager. So next you can install the Smart Pack APK SmartPack_Kernel_Manager_v8.7.apk to enable or disable all the tweaks you desire.

    Pictures are attached below to show the TWRP screens for flashing and F2FS partition conversion. Also the settings of best performance using Smart Pack kernel manager are here. If you want to change any of the best settings after flashing the Magisk Module, do it in the kernel manager of your choice and set on boot - where to change those options is in the pictures below for SmartPack.

    Enjoy!

    Mauro TWRP
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/Mi-9/development/recovery-unofficial-twrp-xiaomi-mi-9-t3905825

    SmartPack Kernel Manger
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-smartpack-kernel-manager-t3854717

    FK Kernel Manager CPU Profile
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.franco.kernel&hl=en_US

    Magisk
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/magisk/official-magisk-v7-universal-systemless-t3473445

    Minimal ADB and Fastboot
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2317790

    And one last thing. I have been working with some of the most well known devs out there on XDA on Telegram, Private Messaging, and other channels to get this kernel where it is - but I have no XDA presence. I've helped hundreds of people on Telegram setup their systems or diagnose their issues. If you find this post useful, helpful, innovative, or install my kernel and like it, please click the Thanks button to acknowledge the work that I've done to get the Mi9 to this point. It would be greatly appreciated to get some thank yous for all the hours I've put into this development work for the Mi9, and provides some motivation to keep improving. Other kernels are on the way as well for more Xiaomi / Redmi devices if I feel some love from the community. Much appreciated!

    Thanks goes out to @smeroni68 and @mauronofrio for helping fix the fstab.qcom zip that cost several hours of pain yesterday for users and I on Telegram that did not have the Vendor partition mounted when flashing the old fstab.zip file - it will flash now mounted or not from TWRP. And thanks to @ilia1985 for providing a Magisk Module template for the kernel manager settings, now OC setup doesn't even need a kernel manager!

    ***DISCLAIMER - APPLYING ANY ROOT MODS IS ALWAYS AT YOUR OWN RISK! I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BRICKED DEVICES, DAMAGE OR OTHER THAT MAY OTHERWISE OCCUR. THIS HAS BEEN TESTED EXTENSIVELY BUT USE AT YOUR OWN RISK***
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    If you have trouble installing this mod, try my video tutorial, also I was able to condense down some of the steps.

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    MIUI Global Dev 9.6.27 is the basis of this mod. All benchmarks and tests were done on this ROM.
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    My Results

    Excellent work @mslezak

    Glad to see some love for our device.

    These are my results before and after flashing the magisk optimal settings file with your kernel.
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    Looks like it's base on last one version of android9 MIUI DEV 9.8.1 to modify its kernel, doesn't it ?
    So it's not base on linux kernel 4.14.139 to develop ?

    Kris

    4.14.83 per the hardware device settings. Q is already upstreamed to the latest Linux and CAF so just waiting on a source release so kernels can be made. No need to spend time upstreaming unless another dev wants to (I'm in contact with the other kernel dev here on XDA we're working together now, he may upstream). He upstreamed his to 4.14.139 and will pull my source repo soon to fix bugs in his build so he may just upstream this kernel or fix bugs in his kernel in the process. Collaboration is a good thing. I've been waiting for assistance for a long time and it's good to team up with others devs. We don't get paid we do this as a hobby.