[Q] UMi X1 review and request for custom Rom

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raz5652

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I have bought a UMi X1 from china, am in UK and using giffgaff sim... being playing with the phone since yesterday .. managed to get the internet working by putting giffgaff APN manually, tried to install custom ROM, but all in Chinese, even after you change the language there are still things left in Chinese, so i went back and installed the original ROM phone had. changed the language... phone is quite good, i like the screen and speed is very good as well.

managed to install other apps like Google map, chrome, Skype, and some game.. all work good, but when ever i install them some Chinese permission thing comes up, which i don't understand, but i think i keep clicking green tick and it works

I managed to root it using "http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460" tried super user and it works (not sure what benefit i get from rooting, sorry am a noob)

I followed instruction for custom roms from "http://www.gizchina.com/2012/10/28/download-install-umi-x1-custom-rom/", still all Chinese.

if any one have a question regarding this phone usage or any other information they required am willing to answer from my experience of this phone.

I would like to know if any one would be willing to develop a clean miui English ROM or jelly bean for this device? or any one willing to help me to develop a ROM ( would need alot of help as i don't know single thing about developing, but keen to learn).
 

crashcore92

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Others users can correct me if I'm wrong but I've never been able to record video at 1280x720. This is the umi's screen resolution but it's always been able to record at 720p, which is the high profile resolution as you see in build.prop. If your device is not able to record at 480x720 maybe then it's because of the ROM or camera libs in it. Take into account that it's ported from Amoi and vredniiys had to patch those files. 90% sure. So it's probable they are not working as they should.

Enviado desde mi UMI X1

I do not speak English well, I did not understand the last part.
however, when I had the 4.1.2 rom I did the video in 1280 x 720, I have the video saved on your computer.
 

sombritagl

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I think I had the rom: Umi_X1_28022013_by_sombritagl
thank you very much!

ok, thanks, now I'm lost because I'm on Android 4.1.2 v5 by myself and cannot encode video at that rate. The only thing I can come up with it's that the problem may be the kernel, that is what I changed from one version to the other apart from graphic changes...

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crashcore92

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ok, thanks, now I'm lost because I'm on Android 4.1.2 v5 by myself and cannot encode video at that rate. The only thing I can come up with it's that the problem may be the kernel, that is what I changed from one version to the other apart from graphic changes...

Enviado desde mi UMI X1

I understand, and you can not do anything to solve?
With this rom I am fine, but it is a shame not to use the videcamera in hd
 

FooFighter312

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ok, thanks, now I'm lost because I'm on Android 4.1.2 v5 by myself and cannot encode video at that rate. The only thing I can come up with it's that the problem may be the kernel, that is what I changed from one version to the other apart from graphic changes...

Enviado desde mi UMI X1

Sorry to interrupt, I just wanted to ask if you could post a link to your v5 version? I wasn't aware of its existence til you mentioned it now :p

Btw I'm on 4.1.2 v4 and my video records at 640x480 as well

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Sorry to interrupt, I just wanted to ask if you could post a link to your v5 version? I wasn't aware of its existence til you mentioned it now :p

Btw I'm on 4.1.2 v4 and my video records at 640x480 as well

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I can not find the link, unfortunately, I only saved the zip file to your computer.

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Sorry to interrupt, I just wanted to ask if you could post a link to your v5 version? I wasn't aware of its existence til you mentioned it now :p

Btw I'm on 4.1.2 v4 and my video records at 640x480 as well

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I have found the link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7ZGgpfGYu8gMWZYbVdiNGZmQTg/preview
 

VA3PFxdadev

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aGPS settings

Hi! The only thing I adjusted regarding GPS was the aGPS settings on both versions (4.1.2 and 4.2.2). You can edit them manually using Root Explorer or any other file explorer with root privileges. You just have to change the servers, which have better performance for Spanish users, for others that fit better for your location. In fact, the 4.2.2 ported rom is the best for our GPS accuracy and fix speed so it's strange that is not working for you :S

I'm also experiencing the problem with Skype since 4.1.2 but I haven't been able to solve it. The partial solution for me was using a modded
version which you'll be able to find on this forum. I've never tried to install the original app again since then.



Hi, I haven't noticed that because I'm not using that version but those settings are likely to be specified in your build.prop file. Take a look at it and look for these parameters.



Enviado desde mi UMI X1

Thanks for your prompt reply!
Please help me out here Sombritagl re adjusting aGPS settings. Which file - in what location - do I have to edit? Or is it a setting that I can change in 'engineering mode' / in YGPS ?
 

sombritagl

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I can not find the link, unfortunately, I only saved the zip file to your computer.

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I have found the link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7ZGgpfGYu8gMWZYbVdiNGZmQTg/preview

I'll check it ASAP, although I admit I hate backing up and flashing again and again...

Thanks for your prompt reply!
Please help me out here Sombritagl re adjusting aGPS settings. Which file - in what location - do I have to edit? Or is it a setting that I can change in 'engineering mode' / in YGPS ?

Ok, you have to edit the file name gps.conf. You can find it in "system/etc" folder. Long press click on it and edit. You have to change the lines including "NTP_SERVER=es.pool.ntp.org" and "NTP_SERVER=europe.pool.ntp.org" for this:
Code:
NTP_SERVER=ca.pool.ntp.org

Don't forget to enable aGPS and EPO assistance in the Location menu. Apart from this, you should be able to get a fix using just GPS with gps fix app as long as your GPS antenna is printed with "KFT". For a faster fix, once you've made the first, I recommend you to use the app attached below. It's not mine, but taken from 4pda, so credits to his author..

Greetings
 

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VA3PFxdadev

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UMI X1 GPS Operation / Skype / Android 4.2.2

I'll check it ASAP, although I admit I hate backing up and flashing again and again...



Ok, you have to edit the file name gps.conf. You can find it in "system/etc" folder. Long press click on it and edit. You have to change the lines including "NTP_SERVER=es.pool.ntp.org" and "NTP_SERVER=europe.pool.ntp.org" for this:
Code:
NTP_SERVER=ca.pool.ntp.org

Don't forget to enable aGPS and EPO assistance in the Location menu. Apart from this, you should be able to get a fix using just GPS with gps fix app as long as your GPS antenna is printed with "KFT". For a faster fix, once you've made the first, I recommend you to use the app attached below. It's not mine, but taken from 4pda, so credits to his author..

Greetings
Thanks Sombritagl - the info helped, I set gps.conf as directed to "ca". I do get a fix after several minutes NOT touching the Umi. As I pick it up with my hand I loose the fix - strange! Enabling / disabling EPO has no effect (yes, I rebooted). The 'gps fix' apk does not work with Android 4.2.2. Not sure what antenna I have (KFT?). The attached app came as zip file and when unzipped did not get me the xxx.apk but the individual content folders & files of the apk. Not sure what to do with it. But Muchos Gracias!
Re your Skype problem: only the latest Skype (v4.5) worked with Android 4.2.2. Any older version had some problem. Hope you get your Skype to work as it works well on my UMI X1 now.
 

FooFighter312

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I can not find the link, unfortunately, I only saved the zip file to your computer.

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I have found the link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7ZGgpfGYu8gMWZYbVdiNGZmQTg/preview

Thanks but you misunderstood me, I'm already using a newer version (v4, I think that's 20062013) of the rom than the one provided by your link. I'm actually interested if v5 is available to download because sombritagl mentioned that he was using it in a recent post

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sombritagl

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Thanks Sombritagl - the info helped, I set gps.conf as directed to "ca". I do get a fix after several minutes NOT touching the Umi. As I pick it up with my hand I loose the fix - strange! Enabling / disabling EPO has no effect (yes, I rebooted). The 'gps fix' apk does not work with Android 4.2.2. Not sure what antenna I have (KFT?). The attached app came as zip file and when unzipped did not get me the xxx.apk but the individual content folders & files of the apk. Not sure what to do with it. But Muchos Gracias!
Re your Skype problem: only the latest Skype (v4.5) worked with Android 4.2.2. Any older version had some problem. Hope you get your Skype to work as it works well on my UMI X1 now.
Hi,

The attached file is not compressed, it's the apk file ready to install. You just have to download it, copy it to your SD card or device and install.
You'll be able to distinguish which GPS antenna you have by removing the back case. There should be printed "KFT" on it . I've also noticed that if you use the touchscreen while GPS locks position, it loses either accuracy or signal intensity but we can't do anything with that.
EPO assistance helps the GPS to speed up the fixation but it's not magic itself. It just says where satellites should be approximately.
Thank you very much about Skype. It's good to know!






Thanks but you misunderstood me, I'm already using a newer version (v4, I think that's 20062013) of the rom than the one provided by your link. I'm actually interested if v5 is available to download because sombritagl mentioned that he was using it in a recent post

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That's my fault, I forgot. Here you are: http://goo.gl/V11K7q

Just some minor changes.

I think it'll be the last android 4.1.2 version I edit. There are projects to re-port 4.2.2 from Amoi and translate lewa and MIUI versions to Spanish which are more appealing to me. I'll keep you posted, although you know where to find me ?


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VA3PFxdadev

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Umi x1 gps

Hi,

The attached file is not compressed, it's the apk file ready to install. You just have to download it, copy it to your SD card or device and install.
You'll be able to distinguish which GPS antenna you have by removing the back case. There should be printed "KFT" on it . I've also noticed that if you use the touchscreen while GPS locks position, it loses either accuracy or signal intensity but we can't do anything with that.
EPO assistance helps the GPS to speed up the fixation but it's not magic itself. It just says where satellites should be approximately.
Thank you very much about Skype. It's good to know!


The attached File is in ZIP format (not apk) and un-zips into discrete files & folders but not into "agpsutility.apk". Do I install it from the zip file?
Yes: my antenna is the 'KFT' one. Just like you say: if I use the touchscreen after I obtain a satellite fix I loose the lock. Not sure why that is...
Gracias!
 

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FooFighter312

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The attached File is in ZIP format (not apk) and un-zips into discrete files & folders but not into "agpsutility.apk". Do I install it from the zip file?
Yes: my antenna is the 'KFT' one. Just like you say: if I use the touchscreen after I obtain a satellite fix I loose the lock. Not sure why that is...
Gracias!

I can confirm that the attached file is in apk format, NOT zip. Go ahead and check your defaults. Maybe you've already set a default program to open that kind of file and that's why it's opening it as a zip?




Hi,

That's my fault, I forgot. Here you are: http://goo.gl/V11K7q

Just some minor changes.

I think it'll be the last android 4.1.2 version I edit. There are projects to re-port 4.2.2 from Amoi and translate lewa and MIUI versions to Spanish which are more appealing to me. I'll keep you posted, although you know where to find me ?


Enviado desde mi Nexus 7

Thank you so much, downloading right now. I think re-porting would be the next best thing because vredniiy's port upon which you built upon is noticeably more laggy than any of your 4.1.2 builds. Keep up the good work :) and if you need a tester you know where to find me ;)


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crashcore92

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I'll check it ASAP, although I admit I hate backing up and flashing again and again...

Do you have news? you can do something then?

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I'll check it ASAP, although I admit I hate backing up and flashing again and again...

Do you have news? you can do something then?

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I'll check it ASAP, although I admit I hate backing up and flashing again and again...

setting in the video I can not choose any resolution .. it's really strange..
 

VA3PFxdadev

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AGPS utility

Hi,

The attached file is not compressed, it's the apk file ready to install. You just have to download it, copy it to your SD card or device and install.
You'll be able to distinguish which GPS antenna you have by removing the back case. There should be printed "KFT" on it . I've also noticed that if you use the touchscreen while GPS locks position, it loses either accuracy or signal intensity but we can't do anything with that.
EPO assistance helps the GPS to speed up the fixation but it's not magic itself. It just says where satellites should be approximately.
Thank you very much about Skype. It's good to know!


The attached File is in ZIP format (not apk) and un-zips into discrete files & folders but not into "agpsutility.apk". Do I install it from the zip file?
Yes: my antenna is the 'KFT' one. Just like you say: if I use the touchscreen after I obtain a satellite fix I loose the lock. Not sure why that is...
Gracias!

I found the AGPSutility.apk (as apk rather than .zip) on the web and installed it. (It's in Russian...) But it works great - runs in the background and for once the UMI is locked on solid. Would prefer English - but hey, it works! Thanks for the info Sombritagl and thanks to the Author of the program!
 

VA3PFxdadev

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agpsutility.apk problems with android 4.2.2

I found the AGPSutility.apk (as apk rather than .zip) on the web and installed it. (It's in Russian...) But it works great - runs in the background and for once the UMI is locked on solid. Would prefer English - but hey, it works! Thanks for the info Sombritagl and thanks to the Author of the program!

Note: AGPSutility.apk only worked until I rebooted. After reboot / restart it does not work any more. Guess it is not compatible with Android 4.2.2?
 

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    JB And all

    Hi

    I've my X1 since one month now and have played a lot with.
    As i wrote earlier in this thread, the main cons that i can say is that any ICS rom I've tried don't allow the phone to switch in deep sleep mode when it's off.

    So, as lot of you, even without using my phone during my working day, the battery level goes down fast... 100% full at 7am and less than 50 at the end of the day.
    If i use the phone to surf, mail, etc... it goes faster...
    So, kind of desapointed.

    But... now there is JB and i can say that it's totaly different even if it's still a beta.
    Ok, the front camera is inverted... and some crash happens but rarely.. but...
    The deep sleep mode works well.
    Just to give you one number..
    7am, 100% full battery, 8 pm tonight with like only 10 minutes of surfing and one phone call, still 90% of battery.
    Without any tweak, i saw on CPU spy that my phone have switch to deep sleep all the day and when i was surfing and doing some little stuff, i was hal at 1ghz and half at 250mhz.
    Just by this, i love my phone.

    Now, let's give some info because lot of people have some issue rooting, flashing, etc it,

    First, to do anything with your X1, you need to install the drivers that allow your phone to communicate with windows (MTK drivers). You can find lot of info on this on the web.

    The best and from far easiest way to root the phone is to use the shuame tools for windows. (search on google www.shuame.com and use the translate link)
    You can download the software and the CWM recovery image from my dropbox at : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/57xmto94f9ei1m6/1kacttj4AD
    First, you need to install the software. I don't understand chinese at all but i didnt encounter any difficulty to install the soft.

    When you have installed it, and before to start the software, connect your X1 on the USB. Don't forget to activate the USB debugging (in the developper setting of your phone).

    Once connected (and reconnised by your windows (drivers well installed)), launch the software.
    It will detect your X1 :)

    After, automatically, it will instal the android part of the soft on you X1.

    Once finished (fast process), you need to go in the last tab on top (with 4 small squares).
    In this screen, you'll find three lines of icons.

    You just need to look at the second line of icons.

    1 - to root you phone, you need to click on the fourth icon (with root## bellow (## are for chinese char)).
    It will install the superuser (in chinese) on your phone. The process will restart your phone twice.

    2 - To install the last version of CWM (in english), you need to download the specific version for the X1 (in my dropbox). Don't close the Shuame software)
    As soon as you have donwloaded it, you need to clic on the third icon of the second line where it's writen ##Recovery.
    You'll have a windows asking you for the file you want to flash as recovery. Select the recovery.img you've just downloaded from my dropbox.

    And it's done, your x1 is rooted and you have the recovery.

    I recommend to download immediately from the play store two essential softwares :
    - Type CWM and find ROM Manager. It works with your recovery and allow to manage names of backuper, etc. when you'll try to use it the first time, It will ask you to install CWM, say yes but as it wont find the X1 CWM, he will ask you if you have manually installed it. Say yes. The version is 6.0.1 so >3 :)
    - Link2SD will allow you to erase the chinese android soft and the shuame app. You dont need it anymore.

    The Chinese SuperUser works exactly as the english one. To grant superuser a software, a popup will appear. There are two buttons : A grey one and a green/blue one. The grey has a count down in it. It says that if you dont clic on the green one within 30 sec, the soft wont be granted. If you check the little box, it means than superuser will remember your choice. ROM Manager and Link2SD need to be granted superuser.

    From CWM, you can reboot directly in recovery.

    If you want to do it manually, turn off you X1 (not sleep, but off).
    Then, hold the up volume botton, then old the power bt and wait for the UMI logo displayed on the screen.
    Then release the power and volume and you'll be in recovery CWM.

    Don't forget first to backup your current rom.

    After, play with the others.

    One last thing on JB.
    On my X1, i had to switch the two simcard to be able to use the correct one for the 3G connexion (both 3G and H symbols appear and work).
    My SD card has been identified as my second internal memory. Btw, the 2Gb of storage of the X1 are now identified as ext SD card.. don't know why.

    I've used Link2SD to move lot's of app (appart system and Google main apps) to my SD card storage place).

    To add the google apps to JB, i've downloaded the gapps-jb-20121011-signed.zip form goo. It's always long to start the download as the page has to be reloaded tons of time.

    To flash the gapps, nothing complex, just save the zip file on your sd card (the real one) and reboot in recovery.
    Dont forget to flush the cache.
    Me i also flush the dalkiv cache... but i don't know if it's useful.

    When I install a new rom, i also erase everything (reset system and cache in CWM) before to install the new rom zip file. After the installation, and before to reboot, i reflush the cache and dalkiv cache.

    I hope this will help you.

    BR

    TBH
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    I have bought a UMi X1 from china, am in UK and using giffgaff sim... being playing with the phone since yesterday .. managed to get the internet working by putting giffgaff APN manually, tried to install custom ROM, but all in Chinese, even after you change the language there are still things left in Chinese, so i went back and installed the original ROM phone had. changed the language... phone is quite good, i like the screen and speed is very good as well.

    managed to install other apps like Google map, chrome, Skype, and some game.. all work good, but when ever i install them some Chinese permission thing comes up, which i don't understand, but i think i keep clicking green tick and it works

    I managed to root it using "http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460" tried super user and it works (not sure what benefit i get from rooting, sorry am a noob)

    I followed instruction for custom roms from "http://www.gizchina.com/2012/10/28/download-install-umi-x1-custom-rom/", still all Chinese.

    if any one have a question regarding this phone usage or any other information they required am willing to answer from my experience of this phone.

    I would like to know if any one would be willing to develop a clean miui English ROM or jelly bean for this device? or any one willing to help me to develop a ROM ( would need alot of help as i don't know single thing about developing, but keen to learn).
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    GPS Fix UMI X1

    Here the step to fix my Umi X1 GPS: tested on miui beta 2 and the latest jb beta with great result, no hardware modification done, i'm first batch owner of x1, so it confirm its a software related problem not hardware

    tools required (this is mandatory) :
    A mobileuncle (get it from play store)
    B root explorer / rom toolbox (play store)
    C gps.conf file (get it from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1233359) or for much easier job use pimp my rom (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1908269) / or play store
    D epo.dat (get if from mediatek ftp server)
    E es explorer or any similar tools which can use to ftp from handset (play store)

    step to fix gps :
    1. Open ES File Expoler (tool code E), use ftp browser , download epo.dat from ftp://mediatek.com

    FTP server: epo.mediatek.com
    Port: 21
    Login: epo_alps
    Password: epo_alps

    Files:
    EPO.DAT
    EPO.MD5

    (do not using automatic download from mobileuncle, because it sometimes get corrupted, or even always fail on 75%)

    2. Using B (=root explorer / rom toolbox / any similar root explorer) go to directory data/misc , find epo.dat and mtkgps.dat , delete those two file (and any .bak file if exsisted)

    3. Still using tool B , go to your download directory of your epo.dat and epo.md5 you have earlier on step 1, copy (do not move, just in case you need it for future time, maybe because flash new rom) and paste it on directory data/misc on step 2

    4. download gps.conf file from C / i highly recommend pimp my rom to simplify the process (don't forget to download the rescue tool before you tempted to use any mods)

    5A. using B go to directory /etc delete/edit file gps.conf (change the permission first if you can't delete/edit it) base on your continent and country code

    ---OR---

    5B use pimp my rom go to tools - gps configuration , and select your continent and country apply it (it will ask to reboot)

    6. go to open space (not surrounded with high building, preferably on good clear sky

    7 open A (=mobileuncle tool) open location base sercive menu, go to EPO tab (tick enable, but don't tick auto download, remember you already done it on step 3, so no need to download any data, go to A-GPS tab, enable a-gps , scroll to bottom tick allow network initiated request and allow EM notifications, last step select GPS tab, press GPS on

    enjoy watch you satellite count and fixed your location, for added greater result, and an almunium foil as hardware mods (to get better accuracy), this is optional step, now you can open gps test or any similar gps tool and update agps data

    this step work both on my miui beta 2 and latest jb beta rom, recommend both :) but jb has a better power save (it enable deep sleep more than miui ics)

    this step must be done again if you change / reflash your rom
    4
    Could you write a short tutorial about the repartitioning process?
    Or paste here you modified (2Gb internal memory) scatter file?

    Thank you!

    it's easy just to flash cwm file, you can get the file from another xda thread

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=32229946

    [MOD] MT6577 2GB Data Repartition/ SdCard Swap [HACK], INT2EXT (data2ext)

    but if you're using new JB or miui its already have 1.97 GB internal



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    More ram

    thanks you your link sokoko i manage to root my x1. :)
    i got a problem though
    my RAM now is 512 and my ROM is 2g. Umi X1 should have 1gig of RAM and 4g of rom right?
    how do i get 1gig of RAM and 4g or ROM again?




    my RAM now is 512 and my RAM is 2g. Umi X1 should have 1gig of RAM and 4g of rom right?
    how do i get 1gig of RAM and 4g or ROM again? where in CWM is that located?

    Just flash from cwm one of these files : View attachment data1.5G.zip

    View attachment data1G.zip

    View attachment data2G.zip

    View attachment data2.5G.zip Maybe,after flash is done it will say that the sd has an error.DON'T format HER.Just reflash your rom or your backup.Then it will be OK