Now that's a handy tip... Does this work on most of these Android units or just some models/versions?
As a new member I thought I would give a summary of what I have learned by searching this thread and reading it entirely through twice. I read once through before I purchased and then again as I installed it. I am only moderately tech savy and much more mechanically gifted so the summary will be mostly for the tech newbies. Sorry it is not brief, but I think some may find this handy and for those that can help you will know exactly what I have and have done to get there. Sorry for bad formatting as I am not to certain on how to use the LIST.
* I have model Model TH8581GA installed in 06 F-250 (Helpful link- http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/Generic_Android_Head_Unit)
-- Was listed by lightinthebox on Ebay as Capacitive for $350, but after purchase seller indicated it was not. I continued and asked them to include backup camera. Resistive touch is not that bad for what I use it for. Was stocked in US for quick delivery.
-- Android 2.3.7 MCU 2.11.4-10-0101 System 2.20.21
* Scoche install kit satisfactory but a youtube video on this radio recommends another brand.
* I am a low budget audiophile and I was honestly surprised in sound improvement even compared to three other vehicles with aftermarket name brand radios.
* Access to play store
-- Your password is not recognized? On computer or phone go to accounts.google and find somthing about access codes. You will name and generate a code to type inplace of password. Now it works fine!
* Micro SD Card-
-- Format (FAT32)- I purchased Sandisk 8GB from WallMart. Already formatted as FAT32. Check by opening windows file explorer and under Computer where it will show up after read. Right click should show "Format" option.
-- Root of SD card is just placing files in the "front door" which is at the main level and not in any folders. I left the files in the unzipped file and it did not work until i pulled them out.
* Back up!!!
- Used App Backup & Recovery from Play store. Check all apps and click back up. After Flash process is done you just go back into play store (generate another access code) and load the app again. In the at the top right I think it says "Recovery or Restore". Check apps and restore. It is that easy...it just knows!!
-- At this time as far as I know "DO NOT UPDATE MCU" is the way to go. I downloaded the link from post #2108 (Resistive). Moved files to SD card and unzipped. You will only need the 4 files (MCU is not included in this) as I was confused on which was the MCU file and how was I supposed to avoid updating it.
-- You will not need to do anything at the MCU update in the radio. Just power down the radio and then I held power and menu button at the same time. This starts it up to see the ROM update successful. Eventually it will move to calibration screen and finally to home screen.
-- Superuser is now an App like icon so seems as if it worked. I have no idea what use it is to me but just know it is there.
* Bluetooth ECU Adapter
-- It is large and nearly in my way so I have purchased but not yet received Extension
* Bluetooth Dongle
-- I already had one laying around that looks like this one and was linked in previous post as working, but has no identifiers and for all I know may come in different format from different MFR's. I am using (http://rh-software.com/) to "Determine the VID and PID" as suggested by previous post.
-- Unzipped file and clicked SIV32X with bluetooth dongle in my USB port. Clicked "USB Bus" at bottom and found "Generic Bluetooth Radio" then just hover mouse over the version and mine says "The Cambridge Silicon Windigo BTM01C2AC Bluetooth Adapter is a USB V1.10 Full Speed Device which uses 100mA". (Is this too old of a version?)
* Quick Bluetooth Lite & Torque (If not my BT adapter then this is where I am stumped and need help please)
-- Downloaded from play store both. My torque screen shows CA-Fi in bottom left.
-- Plugged BT dongle in back USB port of radio. since needed WiFi I used adapter and lugged this into the front (Works Fine)
-- In QBT turned BT on(BT icon shows at top now). Tried Torque when discoverable and then with discoverable off. My HTC one was able to find the BT dongle and connect
-- Created profile in torque. As default I ensured theses steps "The two drop-down boxes in that screen should say: ‘As defined in global OBD2 preferences’ and ‘Automatic – Thorough protocol scan’. If they do not, then change them to these values." However if I look in the drop down here it shows OBD2 adapter and a MAC address.. If I turn QBT off this no longer shows
-- When I go to OBD2 adapter settings my only options for connection type are TTY(/dev/ttyUSB0) & TTY9/dev/ttyUSB1). I tried selecting each of these and cycling radio on and off several times while checking QBT discoverable.
Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. It seems as if my BT dongle is working and seen by Torque, but Im not sure if this is normal or if I need a newer BT dongle. I am not certain that dongle is supported by Linux but again it seems to be working.
* On order - 4 port hub & Extension as linked above
* Wanted - Wireless keyboard (Others have mentioned these. Can you please indicate how well they work with this unit?)
* Tweak ADW Launcher- Nice initial impression improvement
* Try others suggestions on getting steering controls to work without CanBus
* Get illumination working & Map dimmer control to the Tune button as mentioned in thread.
* Get PowerAmp in App store- Seemed to be highly suggested in thread
* Install backup camera
su rm /etc/carit_version2
Thanks for the reply!
Thanks for the reply!
I already had the bluetooth OBDII because I previously used Torque displayed on my phone. Maybe I was a bit close minded since I had one but everything I read here seemed to really point to using the bluetooth type connection.
After a little research I found this link on ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1388518 website where post #15 walked me through it. It was a little confusing as the steps did not match words on the screen exactly. After deleting the file you suggested I was able to select bluetooth connection in Torque and now it works like it should.
Another handy link I found - (http) ://brady.thtech.net/tag/torque/
Yeah it's kinda an either or with OBDII you can either force USB but then BT wont work or you can have BT but then USB wont work (deleting/installing the file mentioned will toggle this). I understand that you already had all the stuff, but I think a USB dongle can be had for about $10 and you don't have to worry about configuring with BT quick settings, just plug it in and it works.
I think this might do the trick:
- Try the following: Check the '3rd party application priority' tickbox in Settings->Sounds
I believe that this is what this checkbox is for - but then again things could have been lost in translation.
Let us know if it works (or doesn't)
I thought you might be onto something there but no luck. It was already ticked, I tried unticking it.. no good.. I reticked it again still the same.
Its strange when the device is in mute and you adjust the volume it comes out of mute but the mode my device seems to be in when the music app isn't running doesn't work that way. You can adjust the volume but the speaker icon on the volume change popup is crossed out.
Looks like I will have to factory reset, failing that I will just put a folder with a silent mp3 in it and use that when I want to listen to Pandora.
Can anyone tell me what the newest HAL9K ROM is?
I vaguely remember a post saying there was a newer one than the rooted image I posted in October, and I'm intending to reflash/reformat my unit some time soon so if there's a newer/better ROM, I'd like to go that way.
Sent you a PM. But for anyone else, I (and one or two other members) have used this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Add-4-fast-...338396?pt=US_Network_Hubs&hash=item5d3f24da9c
With good success.
finally had my unit installed; used this exact usb hub but my wifi usb adapter and obd-to-usb arent reading. do i need to installed drivers for these?
EDIT: my root didnt take, thats probably why...
can someone please post a guide to rooting so i know if im missing a step?
Sorry if this has been covered already, but can anyone tell me if these units have a page on xda yet or are mentioned in this thread ?
I have searched the forums and cant find anything, to save me searching through 200 pages ( :-o ) hopefully some one can tell me