[Q] Who to root thsis one: Caterpillar S50, framaroot fails

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Fudgehog

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Apr 8, 2015
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Mixer_paths

I set all my values to 91 and it was too loud, so I reset them to 90 and it's just fine, even a little distortion. I used ES File Explorer to make the changes, which is recommended, and make sure you restart your phone or the edit won't change anything. Could always try replacing the whole file with a clean one or a factory reset would be last option. Make sure you have waves audio on and all of your sound apps enabled.

After trying many modifications to mixer_paths.xml, I'm still getting ridiculously low volume during calls. Sometimes it is ok, occasionally even loud, but most calls through the speaker are so low, I can barely understand the conversation.

I already set:
Code:
<ctl name="RX1 Digital Volume" value="93" />
<ctl name="RX2 Digital Volume" value="93" />
<ctl name="RX3 Digital Volume" value="93" />
<ctl name="RX4 Digital Volume" value="93" />
I also played with other settings without luck.

I would really appreciate some help with this, thanks in advance
 

mzecher

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Jun 24, 2010
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Temuco
I set all my values to 91 and it was too loud, so I reset them to 90 and it's just fine, even a little distortion. I used ES File Explorer to make the changes, which is recommended, and make sure you restart your phone or the edit won't change anything. Could always try replacing the whole file with a clean one or a factory reset would be last option. Make sure you have waves audio on and all of your sound apps enabled.

Thanks a lot for answering. I also did the changes with ES file explorer and restarted after every modification. Did you change something else, or just the 4 lines I wrote?

Waves died after I installed alsa trying to fix the volume issue (I read that suggestion somewhere). It says "the waves service is not ready". However, I'm sure the problem is not related with waves because it exists since the day I received the phone.
 

mzecher

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Thanks a lot, it seems lineout did the trick. I'll let you know if the fix is permanent.
Unfortunately, reinstalling waves doesn't fix the other problem. Maybe I'll take the time to reflash....
 

Fudgehog

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Apr 8, 2015
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Best of luck.

I never flashed my phone, but this S50 has been pretty good to me (my first S50 the screen broke when dropped 2ft). I got it V19 updated to the V23 ROM and rooted with one click root. It's been fine ever since and I deleted all the bloat ware. I think I'm going to encrypt it next, I don't know but the audio was a huge issue for me until I changed those values, although changing the RX's worked fine for me. Just remember though even when the volume was low for line in, Bluetooth was always louder because it sends a digital signal so as long as I could bump my system in my truck I wasn't worried about it, but I figured it out. I wish you luck with your S50 though.

Thanks a lot, it seems lineout did the trick. I'll let you know if the fix is permanent.
Unfortunately, reinstalling waves doesn't fix the other problem. Maybe I'll take the time to reflash....
 

maigais

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Jun 21, 2015
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or, in general, you have access to information about how to transmit the cat s50 ???
and where AVAILABLE Android software ??
 

Fudgehog

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Omg the S50 with kernal audiutor is so good! This phone is so damn fast now. And I hope you all have your window animation scales at off in developer options this is fast as ****.
 

bbkr

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Omg the S50 with kernal audiutor is so good! This phone is so damn fast now. And I hope you all have your window animation scales at off in developer options this is fast as ****.

Is this kernel really faster (2D/3D benchmark, storage I/O, etc) or do you only have feeling that it is faster because of reduced animation times?
 

Fudgehog

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My S50 apps, personal preference but I like to keep it lean, clean, and well-oiled. Set to ART runtime after stock ROM flash and rooted with Kingo Root and have Kingo Superuser afterwards (better than KingRoot IMO). In developer options I set my background processes to 4, my Window animation scale is off, transition animation scale is off, Animator duration scale is .5x. Also verify unknown sources, USB debugging, and mock locations are enabled. Battery lasts all day and has never died on me.

Amazon - SD
Clean Master - SD
Link2SD Plus- Phone
ROM Toolbox Pro - Converted to system app.
ES File Explorer - Converted to system app.
System App Remover - SD
Busybox - SD
Lite (V1.16 European version of Facebook, can message as well, very little space only 5.2 MB on my phone. Converted to system app.
Kernel Adiutor - (really does wonders) I set max CPU speed to 998 and kept minimum at 300. Conserves a lot of battery and is plenty fast. Converted to system app.
Ad Block Plus - Converted to system app.
(Google) Messenger - Converted to system app. Looks nicer and I like it better than the stock Messaging app.
ES File Explorer - Converted to system app.
Outlook - SD
Snapchat - SD
Kingo Superuser - (Better than KingRoot in my opinion) Obviously a system app.
Purify - Converted to system app.
VLC media player Beta - (Beta works better than regular VLC app, best sound adjustment). Converted to system app.
Youtube - Converted to system app.
Themer app - theme Lollipop. Converted to system app. Froze Launcher3.

Frozen or Disabled:
Cell Broadcasts (CellBroadcastReceiver.apk)
com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks (PartnerBookmarksProvider.apk)
com.android.partnerbrowsercustomizations (PartnerHomeProvider.apk)
Face Unlock (FaceLock.apk)
FM Radio (FM2.apk)
Google Contacts Sync (GoogleContactsSyncAdapter.apk)
Google One Time Init (GoogleOneTimeInitializer.apk)
Launcher3 (Launcher3.apk)
Messaging (Mms.apk)
Nfc Service (NfcNci.apk)
Tags (TagGoogle.apk)

Removed bloatware:
OpenWnn
User Dictionary
Chinese Keyboard
Live Wallpaper Picker & all wallpapers
Google Play Books
Google Keyboard
Google Play Newsstand
Google Play Music
Google Play Movies & TV
Drive
Earth
Talkback
Print Spooler
AVG Antivirus (Useless)
com.android.customlink
Hangouts
Google+
com.android.holospiral
I'm sure I'm forgetting some.
 
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Fryzjer

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Aug 21, 2008
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i have this same problem with save photos from camera to sd card, a try root


but i seen on autoupdate in setting but after reset update error
do you have i link to firmware


thx for reply
 

snake059

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Jun 28, 2015
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cat v23

hello guys ....


i will try all solution for update v19 to v23 but i got error every time


the link to v23 zip is dead... someone can send me a good link for that please ? PLEAAAAASE :p

sorry for my bad English i'm french guys
 

Fudgehog

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Apr 8, 2015
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We need custom recoverys, custom ROMS, and Lollipop and or Marshmallow for the Cat S50 this needs to be done! Seriously this phone has a lot of potential but someone needs to make a custom recovery. We need more development for this phone. Someone get on it! If this phone doesn't come out with a custom recovery and or custom ROMS I will surely break out in a rash.

Okay and I really need someone's help. I somehow corrupted my LTE V23 Settings app itself because it won't open could someone please upload a clean one for me? I would really appreciate it.
 
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Fudgehog

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I just reflashed V23 ROM

I just did that because I screwed up immensely better to start fresh anyway thanks though!
 

Fudgehog

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Has anyone managed to make a custom recovery? I haven't been able to. I wish someone could mod the S50 to marshmallow or at least Lollipop. Unfortunately this phone is non existent even though it has a lot of potential.

Also is there anyone who can find the stock ROM for the S40? I was thinking about messing around with it and the S50.
 
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    i will try all solution for update v19 to v23 but i got error every time
    the link to v23 zip is dead... someone can send me a good link for that please ? PLEAAAAASE :p
    sorry for my bad English i'm french guys

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