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Prema

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★ [ROM] ICS alpha ★ Latest update: 14/01/12 ★ [TUT] Unbrick ★ Kernel sources ★

Instructions, as given by NotionInk via support mail, to bring your Adam back to life.

For the latest official rom-update & kernel source refer to the second post.
(Advanced users can directly jump to its last paragraph!)



How to flash your Adam and get it working again

WARNING
This fix is recommended only if your Adam has stopped booting up after installing the over-theair
system update on 24 January. Please don't use the method indicated to flash your Adam
with any ROM not from Notion Ink, as it would probably damage your Adam irreparably.

Please read this whole document before proceeding.

PRE-REQUISITES
You need to have the following items
1. A Windows or Linux PC
2. The Notion Ink Adam you wish to flash
3. A mini-USB to USB cable for connecting the two
(It's not included in the Adam package, but you
might have one lying around. If not, it's readily
available in any electronics shop)
4. The appropriate Adam Recovery Kit which you
can download from the URLs below. (About
80MB)

DOWNLOADS
1. Windows PC, LCD Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/windows/LCD.zip
2. Windows PC, Pixel Qi Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/windows/PixelQi.zip
3. Linux PC, LCD Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/linux/LCD.zip
4. Linux PC, Pixel Qi Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/linux/PixelQi.zip

OVERVIEW
Here's a summary of what you'll be doing:
1. On your PC, extract the Adam Recovery Kit.
2. Restart your Adam in “Force Recovery” mode and connect it to the PC.
3. If you're on Windows, install the USB drivers from the Recovery Kit.
4. Run the ROM flash utility from your PC, and wait for it to complete.

1. EXTRACT
Using your favourite ZIP extraction tool, uncompress all the files in the Adam Recovery Kit to
any folder on the hard drive of your computer.

2. RECOVERY MODE
Before proceeding, ensure that your Adam has at least 50% battery charge or is connected to
power and charging. Also make sure that your computer will not turn off during the flashing
process.
Turn off your Adam and enter force recovery mode by pressing and holding both the Volume
Down (-) and Power buttons for two seconds. The orange (charge) and red (CPU) indicators on
the right side of your device will light up, indicating that your Adam is in force recovery mode.
Release both buttons, and connect the mini-USB port on your Adam to any free USB port on the
PC using your cable.

3. INSTALL DRIVERS (Windows only)
Your Windows PC will show a notification that a device “APX” has been detected. If you get a
“Found new hardware” dialog box asking where to install drivers from - choose “list or specific
location”. If you don't get this dialog, open the Device Manager via System in the Control
Panel, find and double-click the “APX” device, and click the update driver button.
Select the “usbpcdriver” folder inside the extracted Adam Recovery Kit as the driver location.
You may receive a warning that the driver is not certified or signed by Windows – choose to
install it anyway.

4. FLASH
You're now ready to flash your Adam. Make sure that the USB cable is connected securely. To
begin the process under Windows, run the “download.bat” batch file from the folder where you
extracted the Recovery Kit. If you're using Linux, open a console window at the folder
containing the extracted Recovery Kit, and run ./download.sh. Your device screen will show that
it is being updated, and the console window will show the progress.

IMPORTANT: Do not close the console window or stop the update before it is complete. If the
update is interrupted mid-way, your Adam will be damaged irreparably.

Hopefully all goes well, and in a couple of minutes your Adam will boot up with the new
software. Congratulations! If at any point you find that things aren't going according to plan,
please send an email to [email protected] rightaway.

Thanks for your continued support
Team Notion Ink
 
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Prema

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Latest official rom update & instructions as given by NotionInk support:

Greetings from Notion Ink!

We are glad to inform you that an update for your Adam is now available.

Please click on the appropriate link provided below, based on your Adam variant and your current Operating System to download the update file.

LINUX

http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_3gAUO.zip For LCD WiFi 3G

http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_wifiAUO.zip For LCD WiFi

http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_wifiPQ.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi

http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_3gPQ.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi 3G

WINDOWS:

http://notionink.com/windows/flash_3gAUO-W.zip For LCD WiFi 3G

http://notionink.com/windows/flash_wifiAUO-W.zip For LCD WiFi

http://notionink.com/windows/flash_wifiPQ-W.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi

http://notionink.com/windows/flash_3gPQ-W.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi 3G

In order to update your Adam, you would have to follow a few simple steps detailed in the manual below.
You can download the manual here http://notionink.com/45-flash/Instruction-Manual.pdf.

All the necessary information required to update your Adam are present in these files.
Please note, that after this update, you would be able to install all subsequent updates using the 'Update Adam' feature under Settings.

A summary of the fixes in this update can be found here http://notionink.com/45-flash/Update-Summary.pdf.

In case you need any assistance, please contact us at [email protected]

Warm Regards
Notion Ink

The above update will enable the inbuilt Adam update feature.
From here onwards all coming updates can be done directly by Adam OTA (Over The Air).
Just follow the instructions below.

Dear Customer,

Greetings from Notion Ink!

We are glad to inform you that an update for your Adam is now available.

In order to update your Adam, you would have to follow a few simple steps detailed below.

Your Adam will need to be connected to a wi-fi network in order to download your update.


CHECK! Navigate to Settings > About Adam, and check the 'Build Number. Is it NIA20270111 / NIA20040211 / NIP20270111 / NIP20040211 (or higher)

If yes, then proceed.

If no, please install the previous update we had made available.


IMPORTANT! Please back up all your data on the Adam before attempting this update. We also recommend that you connect your Adam to the mains power supply during the update process.


CHECK! Please make sure that you have set the correct date and time on your Adam before your proceed with this update. (Settings > Set Date & Time)

Please follow these steps to update your Adam.

1. Restart your Adam.

2. Navigate to Settings > Update Adam and tap on it.

3. Now, a dialog box will open saying there is an update available for download. You can choose whether to start the download or cancel it.

4. Once you tap on 'Start' in the dialog box, your Adam will start downloading the update file. You can view the progress of this download in the notification bar.

5. Once the download is finished, a message will appear in the notification bar saying that your update is ready for installation. You can either choose to apply this update or choose to install it at a later time, in which case you can do so following the same steps above.

6. The update will now install and your Adam will restart.

You can also pause / resume your download by tapping on the download progress bar under notifications.

In case you need any assistance, please contact us at [email protected]


Warm Regards

Notion Ink

Latest official rom (NIxx20080611):



http://notionink.com/updates1/a0/update.zip For LCD WiFi

http://notionink.com/updates1/auo/update.zip For LCD WIFI & 3G

http://notionink.com/updates1/update.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi

http://notionink.com/updates1/PQ/update.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi & 3G



Kernel Source:

https://github.com/notionink


Gingerbread pre-alpha ROM (nvflash only):

http://developers.notionink.com/testimage23/2.3prealpha/nvflash.zip

UPDATE:

ICS Android 4.0 Alpha:

https://github.com/rrathi/adamICSImage


Gapps (flash after ROM for market access, gmail etc.):

http://www.multiupload.com/A2M9OB4FSS


Kernel:

https://github.com/EnJens/android-tegra-nv-2.6.39


Adam ICS Source:

https://github.com/rrathi/adamICS
 
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joshua.lyon

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Dec 20, 2010
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boshdirect.com
It probably makes more sense to keep the first post up to date with the latest links... in case someone comes here from a Google search, you wouldn't want them flashing their Adam with old firmware if they were just quickly reading through the thread.
 

Prema

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Jun 4, 2006
109
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There is a file called "microboot.bin", which is only present in the "fix-rom" and not in the "update-rom".
I don´t know about its importance to properly revieve a semi-bricked adam, but that´s why i was hesitant to just update the links and made a second post instead.

If someone could maybe clarify it´s importance in the "fix-rom"?!

THX ;-)
 
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ssmithri

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May 16, 2005
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Need help... Recovery may be borked

Got my adam yesterday... booted it up, connected to wifi, and installed the OTA update. Played around a bit, everything working ok, then copied some files over via usb to see if I could side load some apps.

Adam did not recognize my new microsd card, so I removed the microsd and powered down, then booted into recovery.

I got an error message in recovery:

E:Can't mount /dev/block/mmcblk3p1
(no such file or directory)
E:Can't mount SDCARD:recovery/command

Then, put the new sd card back in, rebooted to recovery again, got the same messages, and an additional "Can't mount SDCARD2".

Took the sdcard out, rebooted, surfed the net, etc... Then rebooted to recovery again and got:
E:Bad boot image
"ions"
E:Can't mount /dev/block/mmcblk3p1
(no such file or directory)
E:Can't mount SDCARD:recovery/command

So... I find this thread, followed the directions to a tee. Saw all the right things on the computer and on Adam.

Adam rebooted at the end and went back to the home screen. Surprise! Nothing was overwritten... same bookmarks in browser, same wifi connection, etc...

So I boot into recovery and get the same error as the top one above.

Did NI change / lock the recovery? ...it says (3e) and/or did something get sideways here that I don't know about? Why did I not get a clean install after following the steps above?

Is there a way to just re-push the stock recovery (or clockworkmod) via adb or nvflash?

Any help would be appreciated...
 
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joshua.lyon

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boshdirect.com
Is there a way to just re-push the stock recovery (or clockworkmod) via adb or nvflash?

Any help would be appreciated...
You should be able to update to ClockworkMod even with those error messages. You can either copy the update.zip to your SD card or copy it directly to the root of the Adam memory. Then run the update using the stock recovery via Volume + and Power.
 

ssmithri

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May 16, 2005
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You should be able to update to ClockworkMod even with those error messages. You can either copy the update.zip to your SD card or copy it directly to the root of the Adam memory. Then run the update using the stock recovery via Volume + and Power.

Agreed... but I have tried that.

When I do apply internal sdcard:update.zip, a little droid just sits there staring at me... forever...
 

joshua.lyon

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Dec 20, 2010
111
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Dallas, TX
boshdirect.com
Agreed... but I have tried that.

When I do apply internal sdcard:update.zip, a little droid just sits there staring at me... forever...

I had the same thing happen to me. If I remember correctly, I actually had to use the power button as the "select" button. Using the menu button would just give me the blank screen with just the droid staring back.

Additionally, after doing the update to ClockworkMod (and subsequently installing EdenX), I had to use the Clear Cache feature of ClockworkMod to get the tablet to boot into the regular OS. Before clearing the cache, each time I would power on the device it would just boot into recovery mode.

PS. I was in the latest batch that was shipped -- just got mine yesterday. In the original Dec 9 order and "shipped" Feb 14.
 
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halcyon13

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I tried unbricking but after the formatting part I get the following error.

sending file: bootloader.bin
| 941356/941356 bytes sent
bootloader.bin sent successfully
sending file: mbtdata.img
- 1024/1024 bytes sent
mbtdata.img sent successfully
sending file: recovery.img
| 3860480/3860480 bytes sent
recovery.img sent successfully
sending file: boot.img
- 3184640/3184640 bytes sent
boot.img sent successfully
sending file: system.img
| 458752/128154048 bytes sentdata send failed NvError 0x120002
command failure: create failed (bad data)

Any idea what this means? Any help anyone?
 

Prema

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Jun 4, 2006
109
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Sounds like your image is corrupted. Would try to redownload the files. ;-)

I tried unbricking but after the formatting part I get the following error.

sending file: bootloader.bin
| 941356/941356 bytes sent
bootloader.bin sent successfully
sending file: mbtdata.img
- 1024/1024 bytes sent
mbtdata.img sent successfully
sending file: recovery.img
| 3860480/3860480 bytes sent
recovery.img sent successfully
sending file: boot.img
- 3184640/3184640 bytes sent
boot.img sent successfully
sending file: system.img
| 458752/128154048 bytes sentdata send failed NvError 0x120002
command failure: create failed (bad data)

Any idea what this means? Any help anyone?
 

stewarta

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Jun 8, 2004
422
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Melbourne
Internal SD card

You should be able to update to ClockworkMod even with those error messages. You can either copy the update.zip to your SD card or copy it directly to the root of the Adam memory. Then run the update using the stock recovery via Volume + and Power.

Mine did the same until I had Win 7 repair the internal SDcard. Others had told me to wipe it. After that no problemos.
 

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    Latest official rom update & instructions as given by NotionInk support:

    Greetings from Notion Ink!

    We are glad to inform you that an update for your Adam is now available.

    Please click on the appropriate link provided below, based on your Adam variant and your current Operating System to download the update file.

    LINUX

    http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_3gAUO.zip For LCD WiFi 3G

    http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_wifiAUO.zip For LCD WiFi

    http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_wifiPQ.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi

    http://notionink.com/45-flash/flash_3gPQ.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi 3G

    WINDOWS:

    http://notionink.com/windows/flash_3gAUO-W.zip For LCD WiFi 3G

    http://notionink.com/windows/flash_wifiAUO-W.zip For LCD WiFi

    http://notionink.com/windows/flash_wifiPQ-W.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi

    http://notionink.com/windows/flash_3gPQ-W.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi 3G

    In order to update your Adam, you would have to follow a few simple steps detailed in the manual below.
    You can download the manual here http://notionink.com/45-flash/Instruction-Manual.pdf.

    All the necessary information required to update your Adam are present in these files.
    Please note, that after this update, you would be able to install all subsequent updates using the 'Update Adam' feature under Settings.

    A summary of the fixes in this update can be found here http://notionink.com/45-flash/Update-Summary.pdf.

    In case you need any assistance, please contact us at [email protected]

    Warm Regards
    Notion Ink

    The above update will enable the inbuilt Adam update feature.
    From here onwards all coming updates can be done directly by Adam OTA (Over The Air).
    Just follow the instructions below.

    Dear Customer,

    Greetings from Notion Ink!

    We are glad to inform you that an update for your Adam is now available.

    In order to update your Adam, you would have to follow a few simple steps detailed below.

    Your Adam will need to be connected to a wi-fi network in order to download your update.


    CHECK! Navigate to Settings > About Adam, and check the 'Build Number. Is it NIA20270111 / NIA20040211 / NIP20270111 / NIP20040211 (or higher)

    If yes, then proceed.

    If no, please install the previous update we had made available.


    IMPORTANT! Please back up all your data on the Adam before attempting this update. We also recommend that you connect your Adam to the mains power supply during the update process.


    CHECK! Please make sure that you have set the correct date and time on your Adam before your proceed with this update. (Settings > Set Date & Time)

    Please follow these steps to update your Adam.

    1. Restart your Adam.

    2. Navigate to Settings > Update Adam and tap on it.

    3. Now, a dialog box will open saying there is an update available for download. You can choose whether to start the download or cancel it.

    4. Once you tap on 'Start' in the dialog box, your Adam will start downloading the update file. You can view the progress of this download in the notification bar.

    5. Once the download is finished, a message will appear in the notification bar saying that your update is ready for installation. You can either choose to apply this update or choose to install it at a later time, in which case you can do so following the same steps above.

    6. The update will now install and your Adam will restart.

    You can also pause / resume your download by tapping on the download progress bar under notifications.

    In case you need any assistance, please contact us at [email protected]


    Warm Regards

    Notion Ink

    Latest official rom (NIxx20080611):



    http://notionink.com/updates1/a0/update.zip For LCD WiFi

    http://notionink.com/updates1/auo/update.zip For LCD WIFI & 3G

    http://notionink.com/updates1/update.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi

    http://notionink.com/updates1/PQ/update.zip For Pixel Qi WiFi & 3G



    Kernel Source:

    https://github.com/notionink


    Gingerbread pre-alpha ROM (nvflash only):

    http://developers.notionink.com/testimage23/2.3prealpha/nvflash.zip

    UPDATE:

    ICS Android 4.0 Alpha:

    https://github.com/rrathi/adamICSImage


    Gapps (flash after ROM for market access, gmail etc.):

    http://www.multiupload.com/A2M9OB4FSS


    Kernel:

    https://github.com/EnJens/android-tegra-nv-2.6.39


    Adam ICS Source:

    https://github.com/rrathi/adamICS
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    First post updated with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-alpha ROM incl. kernel & source ;)
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    ★ [ROM] ICS alpha ★ Latest update: 14/01/12 ★ [TUT] Unbrick ★ Kernel sources ★

    Instructions, as given by NotionInk via support mail, to bring your Adam back to life.

    For the latest official rom-update & kernel source refer to the second post.
    (Advanced users can directly jump to its last paragraph!)



    How to flash your Adam and get it working again

    WARNING
    This fix is recommended only if your Adam has stopped booting up after installing the over-theair
    system update on 24 January. Please don't use the method indicated to flash your Adam
    with any ROM not from Notion Ink, as it would probably damage your Adam irreparably.

    Please read this whole document before proceeding.

    PRE-REQUISITES
    You need to have the following items
    1. A Windows or Linux PC
    2. The Notion Ink Adam you wish to flash
    3. A mini-USB to USB cable for connecting the two
    (It's not included in the Adam package, but you
    might have one lying around. If not, it's readily
    available in any electronics shop)
    4. The appropriate Adam Recovery Kit which you
    can download from the URLs below. (About
    80MB)

    DOWNLOADS
    1. Windows PC, LCD Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/windows/LCD.zip
    2. Windows PC, Pixel Qi Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/windows/PixelQi.zip
    3. Linux PC, LCD Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/linux/LCD.zip
    4. Linux PC, Pixel Qi Adam http://api.notionink.com/fix/linux/PixelQi.zip

    OVERVIEW
    Here's a summary of what you'll be doing:
    1. On your PC, extract the Adam Recovery Kit.
    2. Restart your Adam in “Force Recovery” mode and connect it to the PC.
    3. If you're on Windows, install the USB drivers from the Recovery Kit.
    4. Run the ROM flash utility from your PC, and wait for it to complete.

    1. EXTRACT
    Using your favourite ZIP extraction tool, uncompress all the files in the Adam Recovery Kit to
    any folder on the hard drive of your computer.

    2. RECOVERY MODE
    Before proceeding, ensure that your Adam has at least 50% battery charge or is connected to
    power and charging. Also make sure that your computer will not turn off during the flashing
    process.
    Turn off your Adam and enter force recovery mode by pressing and holding both the Volume
    Down (-) and Power buttons for two seconds. The orange (charge) and red (CPU) indicators on
    the right side of your device will light up, indicating that your Adam is in force recovery mode.
    Release both buttons, and connect the mini-USB port on your Adam to any free USB port on the
    PC using your cable.

    3. INSTALL DRIVERS (Windows only)
    Your Windows PC will show a notification that a device “APX” has been detected. If you get a
    “Found new hardware” dialog box asking where to install drivers from - choose “list or specific
    location”. If you don't get this dialog, open the Device Manager via System in the Control
    Panel, find and double-click the “APX” device, and click the update driver button.
    Select the “usbpcdriver” folder inside the extracted Adam Recovery Kit as the driver location.
    You may receive a warning that the driver is not certified or signed by Windows – choose to
    install it anyway.

    4. FLASH
    You're now ready to flash your Adam. Make sure that the USB cable is connected securely. To
    begin the process under Windows, run the “download.bat” batch file from the folder where you
    extracted the Recovery Kit. If you're using Linux, open a console window at the folder
    containing the extracted Recovery Kit, and run ./download.sh. Your device screen will show that
    it is being updated, and the console window will show the progress.

    IMPORTANT: Do not close the console window or stop the update before it is complete. If the
    update is interrupted mid-way, your Adam will be damaged irreparably.

    Hopefully all goes well, and in a couple of minutes your Adam will boot up with the new
    software. Congratulations! If at any point you find that things aren't going according to plan,
    please send an email to [email protected] rightaway.

    Thanks for your continued support
    Team Notion Ink
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    Agreed... but I have tried that.

    When I do apply internal sdcard:update.zip, a little droid just sits there staring at me... forever...

    I had the same thing happen to me. If I remember correctly, I actually had to use the power button as the "select" button. Using the menu button would just give me the blank screen with just the droid staring back.

    Additionally, after doing the update to ClockworkMod (and subsequently installing EdenX), I had to use the Clear Cache feature of ClockworkMod to get the tablet to boot into the regular OS. Before clearing the cache, each time I would power on the device it would just boot into recovery mode.

    PS. I was in the latest batch that was shipped -- just got mine yesterday. In the original Dec 9 order and "shipped" Feb 14.
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