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[ROM RETIRED] TNT LITE - alternate 1.1-based GTAB firmware

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roebeet

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THIS MOD HAS BEEN RETIRED. This is a 1.1-based modded ROM. I am no longer developing 1.1-based solutions but I am leaving this post up for current users, or for anyone who still wishes to use it.



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What this is

TNT Lite is an alternate 1.1 based ROM for the GTab, based on the stock ROM that Viewsonic supplies. This will flash system, bootloader and your kernel, so be aware of this. Clockworkmod is NOT recommended for use with TNT Lite flashing (as it does not update the bootloader as required by the vendor), but it is an option if you feel you must use it (ie. if you are stuck in a boot loop and need to wipe your user data). It is a "mostly stock" ROM.

TnT Lite makes the following changes to the stock firmware:

- Rooted and has SuperUser app preinstalled.
- Google Marketplace has been added. It might be crippled by default, but it's fixable with this hack: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=845175. Also added erraskey's mahimahi modification.
- Removes the TnT homescreen and replaces it with a stock Google launcher
- Removes the over-the-air (OTA) updater
- Removes most of the TnT stock apps and replaces them with standard Android replacements (the only exception being the web browser which cannot be changed yet, and the music application).
- Development and Spare Parts apps have been added.
- Busybox pre-installed. Thanks to bekit for his work on cm6.1!
- Adds VEGA IFile Manager, replacing Estrongs.
- Adds back the /system/xbin folder, which VS removed for some reason. Internal binaries like “sqlite3" now work.
- Adds a full YouTube app.
- Flash is pre-installed.
- Adds extra UI animations (thanks to Rothnic for those enhancements!).
- Includes a TnT Lite version number in the "About Tablet" area.
- Adds an Adam keyboard and Sniffer app (thanks to gojimi for that!). Also adds a Gingerbread-based keyboard.
- G-Sensor hack and Calibration hacks (see the archives for nods on that).

Recommended Pre-requisites

1. Setup and learn how to use nvflash. This is your backout in case something bad happens, so I would highly recommend you understand how to use this, in advance. Link details: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=861950. nvflash is specific to Tegra 2 devices only.

2. Setup and learn how to use adb. This is a standard Android tool that will give you a remote shell into the device. This is helpful to push and pull files, and do general troubleshooting. For example, you can do a data wipe within adb if your device boot loops by typing "adb remount" and then "Adb shell wipe data" and then reboot. A VERY helpful tool for anyone modding their device.

Information on adb and how to install it / use it can found in several area in XDA, or on other Android sites. It's part of the Google Android SDK.

3. Have your device on a stock ROM baseline, or a previous version of TNT Lite 4.x or below. For example, build 3588 is the lastest 1.1-based stock ROM, as of this writing. Details on how to return to a stock ROM are here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=9247367#post9247367. An earlier version of TNT Lite (4.x or earlier) is also an acceptable baseline. TNT Lite 5.x is a higher risk -- please see the TwoTapsX post for details on that.

Other 1.1-based ROMs should also work, but the lowest risk imo is 3588 stock or an older TNT Lite version. This is how I generally test my mods.


Installation for legacy 1.0.1 or 1.1 stock/mod users


a)Instructions for those with standard recovery:


- Extract the RAR to the root of your internal memory. So, for example, if your device is mounted on your Windows F drive, you need to extract the RAR so that you have an F:\update.zip file and an F:\recovery folder. Then, unmount the drive cleanly.
- Power off the device, then begin the flash process by holding the power switch and volume up switch for several seconds. You should see a recovery screen and it will take 1-2 minutes to complete.
- After the update is complete, the system will reboot.
- Optional, but recommended. Do a data wipe / factory reset once the device is rebooted. Settings -- Security -- Factory Data Reset.


Note: these instructions are for the internal memory. If you have no access to that (ie stuck in a boot loop), you can add the files to a microSD card and that will work. However, you need to make one edit to the \recovery\command file, which is a text file. Edit it in notepad and change "SDCARD" to "SDCARD2" and resave it. But, make sure that Windows doesn't add a .TXT extension - it HAS to be called "command".

b)Instructions for those with clockworkmod .8:

- Extract the RAR and place the update.zip file anywhere in /sdcard (do NOT just copy the original RAR, that won't work! You have to open up the RAR and copy the update.zip inside. You don't need the /recovery folder for cwm). I would recommend putting the file on the root of /sdcard, since it will be easier to upgrade that way.
- Reboot into recovery. Do a backup first, as that's always a good idea. :)
- Then, choose "apply sdcard:update.zip", assuming you added the update.zip to the root of /sdcard, and run it.
- Reboot.
- Optional, but recommended. Do a data wipe / factory reset once the device is rebooted. For cwm users, you would do that within the cwm tool itself.

Note #1: The first reboot might sit for a long time (as of 4.4.0, it's a Honeycomb animation) - just wait and it should finish within 3 minutes or so. If if does not or you see the device looping, you might need a user data wipe.

Note #2: "Status 7" errors. I had this happen to me once, and an SD re-partition corrected it. I believe it's some kind of partition corruption that eventually manifests itself.


Backout

- Setup and install the 3588 stock ROM. Stock ROM is here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=842000

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Downloads

Firmware based off TnT build 1.1-3588 bootloader and 3991 system:

Main Release - TNT Lite 4.4.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?m0tqip489zteizd
Alternate Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C1EHGC9X
md5sum: bbb6969ea299a6fc2ce0f6a0bc6aae78
(updated 3/30/2011)

There is no supplement, at this time.
The supplement is layered over the base build - these are just file copies, like a "hotfix". Run the main release first, reboot, then setup and install the supplement.

Changelog:

- (4.4.0) Added clemsyn's v7 kernel, to fix the sleep issue. Also "unfixed" the Camera to correct the mirroring issue.
- (4.3.2) Fixed issue with Flash 10.1 reversion by adding the 10.2 apk into the installation script.
- (4.3.1) Fixed the home and search buttons breaking after wiping the user data
- (4.3.0) Based off 3991 system.img (legacy kernel and bootloader, however), camera fixed, new Market, recovery command line toggle added, 3588 bootloader added
- (4.2.5) New Market (stars?), new Gmail. Also patched for this vulnerability -- http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=977154
- (4.2.4) build.prop changes to fix recent Market issues (this came from several posts in XDA)
- (4.2.3) Driver update that improves Nenamark scores (40 fps or higher)
- (4.2.2) Added Google Maps 5.1 and the Maps flip fix (thanks jwischka, atakapa and Butch1326!)
- (4.2.1) Add Adam keyboard, Sniffer app (thanks gojimi!). Adds updated Nvidia drivers that correct tearing in the Settings app (thanks proengin!)
- (4.2.0) TnT 3588 base. Added Gingerbread keyboard option, Framerate / refresh increase to 60 (thanks to Dexter_nlb and gojimi!), added mahimahi build.prop update for additional Market apps, 2.2.11 Market also added.
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New for TNT Lite 4.3.0+ : GTAB 3588 Recovery Pack

This is a set of scripts to change between standard recovery and clockworkmod recovery, without having to reboot. All you need is adb or a Terminal Emulator package.

I don't use clockworkmod for flashing ROM's anymore, due to its inability to flash the bootloader (something that may be required, in the future). But I still use it for nandroid backups and data wipes, so this is how I can easily switch between the two.

a) To flash recovery to 3588 stock recovery, using your GTablet

- Download the app "Android Terminal Emulator", by Jack Palevich.
- Run the app, toggle the soft keyboard and change the font settings, if desired (default is very small)
- Type "su" (Superuser should allow su access.
- Type "fixrecovery.sh". This should run the flash_image tool and complete in 5-10 seconds

Reboot into recovery to test. 3588 stock has no options, so assuming you have no update.zip in the root of your /sdcard, it should just error out with an "!" error (that's what we want to see).

b) To flash recovery to legacy clockworkmod .8 bekit version recovery, using your GTablet

- Follow steps 1 to 3, above
- Type "cwmrecovery.sh". This should run the flash_image tool and complete in 5-10 seconds.

Reboot into recovery to test. You should see the clockworkmod .8 bekit screen, which means the flash was successful.

c) To flash either recovery with adb

Just use an "adb shell" and then run the shell script needed.



Issues / Caveats

More than a few users have reported a reboot looping issue either during, or shortly after, upgrading to this firmware. I would go on the assumption that this could happen to you, so I would be prepared for that and try some of the possible fixes that users have reported, below.

Pre-req: Have a microSD card ready of use. This will be the only way to re-flash or install clockworkmod, if you get stuck in a reboot loop. If you don't have a microSD card, then you're only fix would be to use nvflash to fully erase the system (see the steps in the nvflash link in this post). With that in mind, I would try these steps, in this order (you'd try the next step if the first step did not fix the issue)....

- Try to reflash first, using the microSD.
- Try to reflash to TnT stock - again using the microSD.
- Install clockworkmod recovery (see below) using the microSD, which will give you extra capabilities. Then, run clockworkmod recovery and wipe your user data.
- Re-run clockworkmod recovery and re-partition your SD card. Suggested setup (as of Jan 2011) is 2048 and swap of 0. (this last step will wipe the /sdcard data, so keep that in mind).

Second, check out this excellent post from dcom222 if you are still stuck and need some guidance: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=9439414&postcount=7

You can also check out this link for some tips (thanks to smakcc for the link!): http://droidpirate.com/category/ablets/viewsonic-gtablet/

Lastly, check out this thread for acore FCs: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=9454175#post9454175 (thanks, digger44!)


- Sleep mode (clicking on the power button) doesn't seem to work. There is no known fix, other than adding a customized kernel. Another suggestion is to leave the device to "never sleep", at least for now. EDIT: Should be fixed with 4.4.0.

- When clicking on the "Notifications" button in Settings (the one that's greyed out) the device semi-locks. To unlock, just click on the "!" button i the uppper right side on the device, on the status bar.


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Other Items of Note

- Clockworkmod bekit v.8 only update.zip (for technical users only -- ONLY use with TnT Lite 1.x to 4.x, or other 1.1-based legacy mods) : http://www.mediafire.com/?dvleg4oatkfxm7w
This is a replacement for standard recovery. It adds the ability to backup and restore system images, for example.

- Pershoot's customized kernel for TnT / VEGAn builds: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=903505

- Clemsyn's customized kernel for TnT / VEGAn builds: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=895825

- GTAB 3588 Recovery Pack, and other recovery images: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1005080

- TNT Lite archives area, including TNT Lite 5.x information: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=9302497&postcount=5

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TNT Lite 4 screenshot:

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Version Archives:

TnT Lite version 4.3.0 Link:[/B] http://www.mediafire.com/?n7lfebvrlsuzcr7
md5sum: 4f186f0814959fd35b6af59d8382e6ee
(updated 3/23/2011)
TnT Lite version 4.2.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?n66bk29kokyo9s6
md5sum: ff9c051c606697d0f57d454e9c1ca5a5
Updated on 01/24/2011

TNT Lite supplement version 4.3.2 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?krb5n36ck7lac3o
md5sum: 6c05947ea198ce189f3a4e94c334a263
(updated 3/26/2011)
TNT Lite supplement version 4.3.1 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?hcn5hoo1h75n30k
md5sum: d69af663f7514bae20ff6bbbd1a97e90
(updated 3/24/2011)
TnT Lite supplement version 4.2.5 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?24s05ytwih555h5
md5sum: e17582873aaf47a9c9270b794530e073
Updated on 03/02/2011
The supplement is layered over the base build - these are just file copies, like a "hotfix".
 
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5.0.0 And Archives

ARCHIVED NOTES for TNT Lite 5.0.0 ..... use only as a reference, in case you are already on TNT Lite 5!!!!!

For TNT Lite 5 backout procedures, please visit the TwoTapsX post here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=998663

5.0.0 SPECIAL NOTE, PLEASE READ FIRST

Before you do ANYTHING, read the 5.0.0 instructions. Then, read it again. You HAVE to be running 3588 stock, including stock recovery. DO NOT ATTEMPT 5.0.0 if you are not on 3588 stock, or else your system will be semi-bricked post-5.0.0 install and you WILL need to use nvflash to fix it. DO NOT USE CLOCKWORKMOD to flash TNT Lite 5.0.0, it DOES NOT WORK.

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Firmware based off TnT g0e0c333 svn #1 kernel with TnT build 3991:

PULLED

ARCHIVED Changelogs:

- (5.0.1) Fixed busybox softlinks (thanks to JungleGym69 for catching that!), updated Market to 2.3.4, altered VS Flash script to install 10.2.155.67 apk (on data wipe)
- (5.0.0) Based on 3991 build, new requirement to run (stock build 3588, including their recovery - see instructions for details). Most enhancements removed as they are no longer required, new lockscreen, added Xoom boot animation. Camera portrait mode has also been fixed.
- (4.2.5) New Market (stars?), new Gmail. Also patched for this vulnerability -- http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=977154
- (4.2.4) build.prop changes to fix recent Market issues (this came from several posts in XDA)
- (4.2.3) Driver update that improves Nenamark scores (40 fps or higher)
- (4.2.2) Added Google Maps 5.1 and the Maps flip fix (thanks jwischka, atakapa and Butch1326!)
- (4.2.1) Add Adam keyboard, Sniffer app (thanks gojimi!). Adds updated Nvidia drivers that correct tearing in the Settings app (thanks proengin!)
- (4.2.0) TnT 3588 base. Added Gingerbread keyboard option, Framerate / refresh increase to 60 (thanks to Dexter_nlb and gojimi!), added mahimahi build.prop update for additional Market apps, 2.2.11 Market also added.
- (4.1.0) Pulled data2loop, and also pulled out the cifs.ko since the customized kernels have their own versions. This will lessen confusion.
- (4.0.0+) TnT 3452 base with new TnT kernel. Updated Busybox with extra commands, new kernel might fix the lag issue (not confirmed), added Chenglu's Data2Loop speed bump (thank you, Chenglu!), added "e2fsck" binary.
- (3.1.4+) Improved g-sensor fix (again, many thanks to weeds2000 for the patch!). Camera is working in landscape mode, but portrait is still messed up.
- (3.1.3+) Added the g-sensor fix (thanks to weeds2000 for the original Folio wortk, Dexter_nlb for passing it onto us, and gojimi for altering it for TnT Lite!), Ethernet fix added for docks to function, added a cifs.ko module which may work with customized kernels.
- (3.1.2+) Long press fix has been added, back (thanks gojimi!). Added Gallery from the VEGAn build which has the accelerometer fix.
- (3.1.1+) Fixed broken Magic Smoke Live Wallpaper, added animation enhancements (thanks Rothnic!!)
- (3.1.0+) Based on TnT 3389 firmware. Fixed Calendar app (thanks to Gojimi for the updated apk!).
- (3.0.0+) Based on TnT 3316 firmware. TSCalibration hack added (thanks to epods_one for the original fix, and rcgabriel for the hacked binary), Gapps News and Weather added back, kept the TnT Music app, New Market and Maps, Flash should now be preinstalled on a clean system or after a data wipe. Caveats: long press removed (for now, need to add it back to the framework with a supplement, just be aware of this). Also, removed Angry Birds preinstall as it conflicts with Angry Birds Seasons.
- (3.0.0+) Based on TnT 3316 firmware. TSCalibration hack added (thanks to epods_one for the original fix, and rcgabriel for the hacked binary), Gapps News and Weather added back, kept the TnT Music app, New Market and Maps, Flash should now be preinstalled on a clean system or after a data wipe. Caveats: long press removed (for now, need to add it back to the framework with a supplement, just be aware of this). Also, removed Angry Birds preinstall as it conflicts with Angry Birds Seasons.
- (2.4.0+) Performance issues that plagued 2.3.0 should now be fixed. Initial user reports are positive.
- (2.3.0+) Based on new TnT 3053 build. No noticeable changes, from limited testing. Also, updated Gmail to latest version and removed the adfree hosts file (several of you wanted this removed). If you want "adfree android" back, you can get it in the Market.
- (2.2.1+) Added Settings catcher fix (thanks goes to vaelek for creating this!) and updated the YouTube app to the latest version.
- (2.1.0+) Major update. Added back stock Contacts / Calendar / pieces of Gapps v2. Thanks to jacindc for his work on getting the Gapps items
- (2.0.3+) Added ad-hoc networking, thanks to tcrews for the binary (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=9408811&postcount=15)
- (2.0.2+) Home button changed to stock button and it now functions as a home button (thanks to gojimi for the apks! Great job!).

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Instructions for TNTL 5.0.0 ONLY (Please READ, this is NEW):

As of version 5.0.0, Viewsonic has made some pretty large changes under-the-hood which REQUIRES you to be running TnT 3588 stock, in particular their stock recovery is required. So the device would need to be prepped, in advance. 3588 is the latest stock version (as of this writing) and it's the version that the OTA (over the air) updater would give you, if you were running clean stock.

You can do this two ways:

1. nvflash it -- I have a Nix based 3588 nvflash script in the references area, as a template.
2. Run a stock update.zip. You can find 3588 here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=842000

To confirm that you are running 3588, go into Settings -- About Tablet and check the Tap UI Version (you should see 1.1.3588 or simiilar).

One 3588 is running, you can download the 5.x.x firmware above and extract it to the root of your internal memory. So, for example, if your device is mounted on your Windows F drive, you need to extract the RAR so that you have an F:\update.zip file and an F:\recovery folder. Then, unmount the drive cleanly.

Then, reboot into recovery (power and volume up) and allow the update to run - you can hit the Home button to toggle the visible status, btw. Once completed, it will reboot, update the BCT partition, then reboot again into TnT Lite 5.0.0.

Most likely, the device will HANG on that last reboot - that's because 5.x.x REQUIRES a data wipe. Reboot once more into recovery if that occurs, than choose to wipe your user data and reboot one more time (notice that their new recovery is similar to clockworkmod). You should now be able to boot into the UI.

If you didn't read this and tried running this with clockworkmod or a previous version of TnT Lite, you'll probably need to use the original bekit 1105 nvflash image to unbrick your device. So PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS!

nvflash restore process, in case you need it: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=861950

and, a good reference on nvflash for Windows: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=914039

and another reference for nvflash on Windows: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=989320


Instructions from 5.0.0 to newer TNTL builds (standard recovery):

TNTL 5.0.0 comes with a new recovery which has some clockworkmod functionality. To update to a newer version from TNTL5:

- Add the update.zip and recovery folder, same same as the instructions above.
- Reboot into recovery and the installation should automatic. However, you'd need to reboot manually, after it completes. You can also chose to NOT copy the recovery folder if you want, an then use the recovery tool to manually update the firmware. It's your choice.


Instructions from 5.0.0 to newer TNTL builds (clockworkmod .8):


- Similar to the standard instructions, except that clockworkmod has no auto-install (and so you don't need the recovery folder). Just point the tool to your new update.zip file and run it. Then, reboot when it's completed.


Backout (ie. to old stock, VEGAn, TNT Lite 4.x, etc):

I have successfully backed out of TNT Lite 5 in two ways:

1- Re-run a stock ROM. Specifically, I tested 3588. STOCK is important, as the bootloader will be downleveled to the necessary revision.
2- nvflash, using bekit's 1105 image.

In the case of stock, you might get stuck in a boot hang due to the possible need to wipe user data. So, I would recommend running the update.zip off a microSD so you can install clockworkmod .8 (old version) to give you the ability to wipe data.

Once you have old stock back, you'll be able to install older versions of TNT Lite, VEGAn, zPad, etc. as the bootloader is downleveled again.



Caveats to scare you:



- For 5.x.x users, custom kernels may not work. I haven't tested this myself, but given the changes under-the-hood you should assume that they may not work anymore.

- Also for 5.x.x users, flipping between mods will be more difficult, since 5.x.x changes the bootloader. To go to VEGAn, gADAM or any of the other mods will require an nvflash back to bekits 1105 image first, at least via the testing I've done.

- Do NOT use this firmware with newer versions of clockworkmod, especially 5.x.x users! It will probably cause a boot failure because the boot.img is not padded. I personally use .08 and my docs are written around .08. For 5.x users, the clockworkmod version is the ONLY version that will work, tmk.

- New Market has issues with any device whose SD partitions have been altered outside of the default of 2048 - you'll get a "not enough disk space" when downloading. The fix is to alter your SD partitioning again to the default of 2048. A big thanks to proengin for pointing me in the right direction, on this.



Other Links of Note:

- NEW Clockworkmod v.8 only update.zip (for technical users only -- NEW for use with TnT Lite 5.x.x only!) : http://www.mediafire.com/?ykn3jwq7kvegc4g
This is a replacement for standard recovery. It adds the ability to backup and restore system images, for example. My builds will be tested with this, as I use it myself.

3/11 NOTE: Using clockworkmod is a known risk - it does NOT update the bootloader which is THE cause for a lot of upgrade issues to TNT Lite 5. Imo, if you want to tread here and install clockworkmod, then you must learn how to use nvflash to backout of it. Given the issues in the last week, I would say that this is an absolute requirement.

- 3588 stock APX backup (you can use this to re-flash your device to 3588 stock, in preparation for TNT Lite 5.0.0): http://www.mediafire.com/?ui5rd1bm3s31yj3

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Archived Releases:

TnT Lite version 3.1.0 Link:: http://www.mediafire.com/?b4hd4b5wa1fot7b
md5sum: cab1f723f1b84d09e584d133754fd2ba
Updated on 12/23/2010
TnT Lite version 3.0.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?8lsf8n7c0cqsbo8
Updated on 12/20/2010
TnT Lite version 2.4.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?7jq4l4o99xppg3t
Updated on 12/13/2010
TnT Lite version 2.2.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?r23xw43d3xhjod7
TnT Lite version 2.0.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?f7pd9lxqduo09o7
Version 1.03 Link (flashes recovery, regular recovery users should use this): http://www.mediafire.com/?55n2iy45kpctis4
Version 1.03a Link (does NOT flash recovery, cwm users should use this): http://www.mediafire.com/?qnu7jfft7as56y0
Version 1.02 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?8efvpfcted1rpsp
Version 1.00 Link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=9079819&postcount=1432

TnT Lite supplement version 3.1.4 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?ft6fmr0fh6i56aj
md5sum: 4a1fc4acbd2496a19a0566e4620d5fa6
Updated on 12/31/2010
TnT Lite supplement version 3.1.3 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?fad0jdln162gpjb
md5sum: 99e3e654b4e5d2c2375e67ca665d0261
TnT Lite supplement version 3.1.2 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?v2nx45qywcjwqrs
md5sum: b0fbc82c386ff1fb4e749765412a0500
TnT Lite supplement version 3.1.1 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?t1uonlxe2kbo7i7
md5sum: 61577d9a4567b4dab0e2f1116060d067
TnT Lite supplement 2.2.1 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?ltkgi91h9vc4nli
TnT Lite supplement 2.1.1 Link: http://www.mediafire.com [B]TnT Lit...url]http://www.mediafire.com/?y48txk5lhgh43r7
TnT Lite supplement 2.0.3 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?u7nvvlvytnw3c6r
TnT Lite supplement 2.0.2 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?rzh0nwnt3c4zk8k

PULLED versions, due to issues (DO NOT USE!):

TnT Lite version 4.0.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?4pd1t76b4zhscvo
Alternative Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GH18YVZT
md5sum: 821fe25241dcfdd7c2472225ec0ddf38
Updated on 01/08/2011

TnT Lite version 5.0.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?27a2sbb4o8lv3u3
md5sum: 58bd9d4574fad8af19b5821ebda64776
Updated on 03/09/2011

TnT Lite supplement version 5.0.1 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?xdwden8p7qe4con
md5sum: 016bf971f2f8f9a2b663a0d7703c0fcb
Updated on 03/14/2011
 
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Mostly Running Ok

Well, after installing this, and the wifi fix from tegra forums (I can't link since I'm a "new member"), it's running pretty good. It's VERY fast!

But I am having one big problem with it. Dolphin keeps giving me 400 errors (bad verb) on the majority of the links I click. About 20% of the time it will work, and the rest give me the error. If I use the normal browser it works fine. Since I can't uninstall Dolphin, I'm at a loss as to what to try... I like this ROM best out of all of the others (Cyanogen barely works at all, and I hate the interface on the vanilla version).

Any thoughts on a fix?
 

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I admittedly did not use Dolphin HD all that much - it was meant as an alternative for the TnT Browser. But no issues in limited testing. I'll have to play around with it some more.

400 means that you are getting to the site, but there's a problem. Maybe the site doesn't like Dolphin(?).

Well, 400 means that the HTTP request headers are somehow borked. But since certain sites give me the specific error "Invalid Verb", my guess is that it's not sending the proper HTTP verb (GET / POST / PUT / HEAD, DELETE / OPTIONS / TRACE / CONNECT / PATCH, with GET, POST and HEAD being common).

And it's multiple sites. I've caught it about 50% of the time with google, 100% of the time with Dolphin's home page, and about 20% - 50% with other pages...

When I get some time, I'll setup one of my servers to log the entire raw request to see what it's doing.

But since this is built into the build, I can't even try re-installing Dolphin (I can try re-installing the entire ROM, and likely will at some point)...

Thanks for the response...
 

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Well, 400 means that the HTTP request headers are somehow borked. But since certain sites give me the specific error "Invalid Verb", my guess is that it's not sending the proper HTTP verb (GET / POST / PUT / HEAD, DELETE / OPTIONS / TRACE / CONNECT / PATCH, with GET, POST and HEAD being common).

And it's multiple sites. I've caught it about 50% of the time with google, 100% of the time with Dolphin's home page, and about 20% - 50% with other pages...

When I get some time, I'll setup one of my servers to log the entire raw request to see what it's doing.

But since this is built into the build, I can't even try re-installing Dolphin (I can try re-installing the entire ROM, and likely will at some point)...

Thanks for the response...

I'm probably going to pull it out on the next build - it was a temp solution to get around the TnT browser, but with the market now working a user could easily install whatever browser they want, now.

As for when the next build will come, I'm waiting for VS's firmware update next week (assuming it's released, of course).
 

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Does flash work in the browser in this ROM?

Yes, it works in the TnT browser. I believe the DolphinHD browser is spotty at best and Firefox does not work, tmk.

You obviously need to sideload it as this ROM was released before the Flash update came out. I will most likely add the Flash update to the next build - I'm holding off as I'm hoping that VS releases their big update as they promised.
 
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Hello Roebeet. Still crusing on your full vanilla from 11/06; been ultra stable for me. But i really want a clean build but with standard mail, calendar and contact apps so i can seemlessly sync all with my work exchange account.

Does your lite vesion have this, or one of rothnic's? Or do i have to switch to a zpad image to get those apps working?
 

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Hello Roebeet. Still crusing on your full vanilla from 11/06; been ultra stable for me. But i really want a clean build but with standard mail, calendar and contact apps so i can seemlessly sync all with my work exchange account.

Does your lite vesion have this, or one of rothnic's? Or do i have to switch to a zpad image to get those apps working?

I think the zPad and TnT Lite versions have the canned versions (or closer to canned). I ripped out most of the TnT apps in TnT Lite, except for the browser which is heavily integrated with TnT.
 
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MD5 Failure

Roebeet,

I'm having difficulty flashing Boot and System from CWM v.8. I'm getting MD5 Checksum Failed! for both. I've downloaded the file three times and unpacked it using winRAR.

Any one else get TnT Lite installed thru v.8?

The Dude

Got it working by installing the first way and then adding CWM v.8. It took me a while to figure out I had to also copy the command file to the recovery folder to get it to run the CWM update.zip.

Thanks again Roe, can't wait for TnT Lite v2
 
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Roebeet,

I'm having difficulty flashing Boot and System from CWM v.8. I'm getting MD5 Checksum Failed! for both. I've downloaded the file three times and unpacked it using winRAR.

Any one else get TnT Lite installed thru v.8?

The Dude

Got it working by installing the first way and then adding CWM v.8. It took me a while to figure out I had to also copy the command file to the recovery folder to get it to run the CWM update.zip.

Thanks again Roe, can't wait for TnT Lite v2

I think you have to copy all three .img files are the md5 file looks for all of them(?). At least I think that's what happens. Give that a try.

v2 next week, assuming VS releases their firmware update and I can actually get it OTA.
 

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Got another question- I lost sdcard... It worked for the first few boots (i used ACV and opened a file), but now it's not mounting. I can mount it on the PC via CWM still, so it's still formatted and the files are still there.

The Dude (will abide for the next week)

<edit> reloaded ROM, and selectively restored backup apps via titanium (removed all cyanogen apps, and a few others). seems to be great now. much better than CM. Still have to do timezone tho, and get the latest XBMC remote installed.

Flash, AB, ACV, overclocked, so far it's great. I'm stoked for v2!
 
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Got another question- I lost sdcard... It worked for the first few boots (i used ACV and opened a file), but now it's not mounting. I can mount it on the PC via CWM still, so it's still formatted and the files are still there.

The Dude (will abide for the next week)

It should be the same as stock -- /mnt/sdcard or /sdcard for internal, and /sdcard2 for the microSD. I never messed with that.
 

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Just gotta say I am really enjoying the TnT light. It is stable and after changing the build.prop to fix my timezone and doing the market fix it is absolutely awesome. If both could be integrated into the TnT light it would be perfect.

Big ups for Roebeet :)
 

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Just gotta say I am really enjoying the TnT light. It is stable and after changing the build.prop to fix my timezone and doing the market fix it is absolutely awesome. If both could be integrated into the TnT light it would be perfect.

Big ups for Roebeet :)

The TZ should be fixed in the VS upcoming update (at least that's why they claim). Hopefully we can find a better Market fix down the road, but this one ain't too bad - just takes a few manual steps.
 

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Just gotta say I am really enjoying the TnT light. It is stable and after changing the build.prop to fix my timezone and doing the market fix it is absolutely awesome. If both could be integrated into the TnT light it would be perfect.

Big ups for Roebeet :)

There's a market fix? Err.... link? Thanx as well.

@ roebeet after far too many hours trying to load this... victory is mine!!
and was well worth the effort, nothing listed worked for me, had to use nvflash to load

Can't wait to see what's next

Nice work, and donations coming when payday arrives
 
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Roebeet,

Finally switched to tnt lite this morning.... but I don't see the calendar app (need it to sync with outlook on exchange at work). The email and contacts apps are there (just what I was looking for). Does anyone have the 2.2 calendar app files or can I just use any generic 2.2 apks?
Thanks!

EDIT: Contacts do not sync... it allows you to check this setting but it does not sync.
Edit: I imported a 2.2 calendar apk and calendar provider apk and it runs and it syncs! Now I am going to try and import a different contact ap and provider ap

Edit: New contact app working and syncing!

Thanks Roebeet for all your work here... and the others.. you rock!
 
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    THIS MOD HAS BEEN RETIRED. This is a 1.1-based modded ROM. I am no longer developing 1.1-based solutions but I am leaving this post up for current users, or for anyone who still wishes to use it.



    ==================================



    What this is

    TNT Lite is an alternate 1.1 based ROM for the GTab, based on the stock ROM that Viewsonic supplies. This will flash system, bootloader and your kernel, so be aware of this. Clockworkmod is NOT recommended for use with TNT Lite flashing (as it does not update the bootloader as required by the vendor), but it is an option if you feel you must use it (ie. if you are stuck in a boot loop and need to wipe your user data). It is a "mostly stock" ROM.

    TnT Lite makes the following changes to the stock firmware:

    - Rooted and has SuperUser app preinstalled.
    - Google Marketplace has been added. It might be crippled by default, but it's fixable with this hack: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=845175. Also added erraskey's mahimahi modification.
    - Removes the TnT homescreen and replaces it with a stock Google launcher
    - Removes the over-the-air (OTA) updater
    - Removes most of the TnT stock apps and replaces them with standard Android replacements (the only exception being the web browser which cannot be changed yet, and the music application).
    - Development and Spare Parts apps have been added.
    - Busybox pre-installed. Thanks to bekit for his work on cm6.1!
    - Adds VEGA IFile Manager, replacing Estrongs.
    - Adds back the /system/xbin folder, which VS removed for some reason. Internal binaries like “sqlite3" now work.
    - Adds a full YouTube app.
    - Flash is pre-installed.
    - Adds extra UI animations (thanks to Rothnic for those enhancements!).
    - Includes a TnT Lite version number in the "About Tablet" area.
    - Adds an Adam keyboard and Sniffer app (thanks to gojimi for that!). Also adds a Gingerbread-based keyboard.
    - G-Sensor hack and Calibration hacks (see the archives for nods on that).

    Recommended Pre-requisites

    1. Setup and learn how to use nvflash. This is your backout in case something bad happens, so I would highly recommend you understand how to use this, in advance. Link details: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=861950. nvflash is specific to Tegra 2 devices only.

    2. Setup and learn how to use adb. This is a standard Android tool that will give you a remote shell into the device. This is helpful to push and pull files, and do general troubleshooting. For example, you can do a data wipe within adb if your device boot loops by typing "adb remount" and then "Adb shell wipe data" and then reboot. A VERY helpful tool for anyone modding their device.

    Information on adb and how to install it / use it can found in several area in XDA, or on other Android sites. It's part of the Google Android SDK.

    3. Have your device on a stock ROM baseline, or a previous version of TNT Lite 4.x or below. For example, build 3588 is the lastest 1.1-based stock ROM, as of this writing. Details on how to return to a stock ROM are here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=9247367#post9247367. An earlier version of TNT Lite (4.x or earlier) is also an acceptable baseline. TNT Lite 5.x is a higher risk -- please see the TwoTapsX post for details on that.

    Other 1.1-based ROMs should also work, but the lowest risk imo is 3588 stock or an older TNT Lite version. This is how I generally test my mods.


    Installation for legacy 1.0.1 or 1.1 stock/mod users


    a)Instructions for those with standard recovery:


    - Extract the RAR to the root of your internal memory. So, for example, if your device is mounted on your Windows F drive, you need to extract the RAR so that you have an F:\update.zip file and an F:\recovery folder. Then, unmount the drive cleanly.
    - Power off the device, then begin the flash process by holding the power switch and volume up switch for several seconds. You should see a recovery screen and it will take 1-2 minutes to complete.
    - After the update is complete, the system will reboot.
    - Optional, but recommended. Do a data wipe / factory reset once the device is rebooted. Settings -- Security -- Factory Data Reset.


    Note: these instructions are for the internal memory. If you have no access to that (ie stuck in a boot loop), you can add the files to a microSD card and that will work. However, you need to make one edit to the \recovery\command file, which is a text file. Edit it in notepad and change "SDCARD" to "SDCARD2" and resave it. But, make sure that Windows doesn't add a .TXT extension - it HAS to be called "command".

    b)Instructions for those with clockworkmod .8:

    - Extract the RAR and place the update.zip file anywhere in /sdcard (do NOT just copy the original RAR, that won't work! You have to open up the RAR and copy the update.zip inside. You don't need the /recovery folder for cwm). I would recommend putting the file on the root of /sdcard, since it will be easier to upgrade that way.
    - Reboot into recovery. Do a backup first, as that's always a good idea. :)
    - Then, choose "apply sdcard:update.zip", assuming you added the update.zip to the root of /sdcard, and run it.
    - Reboot.
    - Optional, but recommended. Do a data wipe / factory reset once the device is rebooted. For cwm users, you would do that within the cwm tool itself.

    Note #1: The first reboot might sit for a long time (as of 4.4.0, it's a Honeycomb animation) - just wait and it should finish within 3 minutes or so. If if does not or you see the device looping, you might need a user data wipe.

    Note #2: "Status 7" errors. I had this happen to me once, and an SD re-partition corrected it. I believe it's some kind of partition corruption that eventually manifests itself.


    Backout

    - Setup and install the 3588 stock ROM. Stock ROM is here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=842000

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    Downloads

    Firmware based off TnT build 1.1-3588 bootloader and 3991 system:

    Main Release - TNT Lite 4.4.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?m0tqip489zteizd
    Alternate Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C1EHGC9X
    md5sum: bbb6969ea299a6fc2ce0f6a0bc6aae78
    (updated 3/30/2011)

    There is no supplement, at this time.
    The supplement is layered over the base build - these are just file copies, like a "hotfix". Run the main release first, reboot, then setup and install the supplement.

    Changelog:

    - (4.4.0) Added clemsyn's v7 kernel, to fix the sleep issue. Also "unfixed" the Camera to correct the mirroring issue.
    - (4.3.2) Fixed issue with Flash 10.1 reversion by adding the 10.2 apk into the installation script.
    - (4.3.1) Fixed the home and search buttons breaking after wiping the user data
    - (4.3.0) Based off 3991 system.img (legacy kernel and bootloader, however), camera fixed, new Market, recovery command line toggle added, 3588 bootloader added
    - (4.2.5) New Market (stars?), new Gmail. Also patched for this vulnerability -- http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=977154
    - (4.2.4) build.prop changes to fix recent Market issues (this came from several posts in XDA)
    - (4.2.3) Driver update that improves Nenamark scores (40 fps or higher)
    - (4.2.2) Added Google Maps 5.1 and the Maps flip fix (thanks jwischka, atakapa and Butch1326!)
    - (4.2.1) Add Adam keyboard, Sniffer app (thanks gojimi!). Adds updated Nvidia drivers that correct tearing in the Settings app (thanks proengin!)
    - (4.2.0) TnT 3588 base. Added Gingerbread keyboard option, Framerate / refresh increase to 60 (thanks to Dexter_nlb and gojimi!), added mahimahi build.prop update for additional Market apps, 2.2.11 Market also added.
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    New for TNT Lite 4.3.0+ : GTAB 3588 Recovery Pack

    This is a set of scripts to change between standard recovery and clockworkmod recovery, without having to reboot. All you need is adb or a Terminal Emulator package.

    I don't use clockworkmod for flashing ROM's anymore, due to its inability to flash the bootloader (something that may be required, in the future). But I still use it for nandroid backups and data wipes, so this is how I can easily switch between the two.

    a) To flash recovery to 3588 stock recovery, using your GTablet

    - Download the app "Android Terminal Emulator", by Jack Palevich.
    - Run the app, toggle the soft keyboard and change the font settings, if desired (default is very small)
    - Type "su" (Superuser should allow su access.
    - Type "fixrecovery.sh". This should run the flash_image tool and complete in 5-10 seconds

    Reboot into recovery to test. 3588 stock has no options, so assuming you have no update.zip in the root of your /sdcard, it should just error out with an "!" error (that's what we want to see).

    b) To flash recovery to legacy clockworkmod .8 bekit version recovery, using your GTablet

    - Follow steps 1 to 3, above
    - Type "cwmrecovery.sh". This should run the flash_image tool and complete in 5-10 seconds.

    Reboot into recovery to test. You should see the clockworkmod .8 bekit screen, which means the flash was successful.

    c) To flash either recovery with adb

    Just use an "adb shell" and then run the shell script needed.



    Issues / Caveats

    More than a few users have reported a reboot looping issue either during, or shortly after, upgrading to this firmware. I would go on the assumption that this could happen to you, so I would be prepared for that and try some of the possible fixes that users have reported, below.

    Pre-req: Have a microSD card ready of use. This will be the only way to re-flash or install clockworkmod, if you get stuck in a reboot loop. If you don't have a microSD card, then you're only fix would be to use nvflash to fully erase the system (see the steps in the nvflash link in this post). With that in mind, I would try these steps, in this order (you'd try the next step if the first step did not fix the issue)....

    - Try to reflash first, using the microSD.
    - Try to reflash to TnT stock - again using the microSD.
    - Install clockworkmod recovery (see below) using the microSD, which will give you extra capabilities. Then, run clockworkmod recovery and wipe your user data.
    - Re-run clockworkmod recovery and re-partition your SD card. Suggested setup (as of Jan 2011) is 2048 and swap of 0. (this last step will wipe the /sdcard data, so keep that in mind).

    Second, check out this excellent post from dcom222 if you are still stuck and need some guidance: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=9439414&postcount=7

    You can also check out this link for some tips (thanks to smakcc for the link!): http://droidpirate.com/category/ablets/viewsonic-gtablet/

    Lastly, check out this thread for acore FCs: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=9454175#post9454175 (thanks, digger44!)


    - Sleep mode (clicking on the power button) doesn't seem to work. There is no known fix, other than adding a customized kernel. Another suggestion is to leave the device to "never sleep", at least for now. EDIT: Should be fixed with 4.4.0.

    - When clicking on the "Notifications" button in Settings (the one that's greyed out) the device semi-locks. To unlock, just click on the "!" button i the uppper right side on the device, on the status bar.


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    Other Items of Note

    - Clockworkmod bekit v.8 only update.zip (for technical users only -- ONLY use with TnT Lite 1.x to 4.x, or other 1.1-based legacy mods) : http://www.mediafire.com/?dvleg4oatkfxm7w
    This is a replacement for standard recovery. It adds the ability to backup and restore system images, for example.

    - Pershoot's customized kernel for TnT / VEGAn builds: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=903505

    - Clemsyn's customized kernel for TnT / VEGAn builds: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=895825

    - GTAB 3588 Recovery Pack, and other recovery images: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1005080

    - TNT Lite archives area, including TNT Lite 5.x information: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=9302497&postcount=5

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    TNT Lite 4 screenshot:

    teMvF.png



    Version Archives:

    TnT Lite version 4.3.0 Link:[/B] http://www.mediafire.com/?n7lfebvrlsuzcr7
    md5sum: 4f186f0814959fd35b6af59d8382e6ee
    (updated 3/23/2011)
    TnT Lite version 4.2.0 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?n66bk29kokyo9s6
    md5sum: ff9c051c606697d0f57d454e9c1ca5a5
    Updated on 01/24/2011

    TNT Lite supplement version 4.3.2 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?krb5n36ck7lac3o
    md5sum: 6c05947ea198ce189f3a4e94c334a263
    (updated 3/26/2011)
    TNT Lite supplement version 4.3.1 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?hcn5hoo1h75n30k
    md5sum: d69af663f7514bae20ff6bbbd1a97e90
    (updated 3/24/2011)
    TnT Lite supplement version 4.2.5 Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?24s05ytwih555h5
    md5sum: e17582873aaf47a9c9270b794530e073
    Updated on 03/02/2011
    The supplement is layered over the base build - these are just file copies, like a "hotfix".
    9
    Nook is just a e-book reader. But they got Honeycomb first...

    Well, since you've posted this to the TNTL thread, I will respond.

    The Nook has a preview HC SDK by a very smart guy who really did work wonders, and I give him credit for that. I know gojimi was trying to take it apart yesterday, as did I. I even tried for several hours to use different combinations to get it to boot on my GTAB, with no success.

    Imo, we're better off waiting for something more substantial, like a Xoom dump. That should give us the libraries needed to at least boot up HC on the GTAB.

    I'm sorry to see that you feel this strongly about not having a preview of Honeycomb on your GTAB, that you felt a thumbs down was needed.
    7
    I was never able to find it in the market but found it available for download by googling tv.com.apk. I have it but don't know the legality of sharing it.

    R
    You have to do the full market fix (not the quick fix) to get tv.com and several other apps. I cut and pasted this from elsewhere and take no credit for anything other than my ability to cut, paste and follow instructions!


    2) Browse in Root Explorer to /system. Then click on Mount R/W.

    3) Long click on build.prop and click on Open In Text Editor.

    4) Scroll down to the line ro.build.fingerprint=....
    You are going to replace that with the following text:

    ro.build.fingerprint=google/passion/passion/mahimahi:2.2/FRF91/43546:user/release-keys

    5) Now you are going to click on Save and Exit. And then remount the /system directory as R/O.

    6) Now you are going to re-do the original Market Fix. I used the simple version illustrated here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l-ny...eature=related First, make sure Market is running, and browse around in it for a few seconds. If you don't do this, there may be no cache to clear and for some reason the market fix may not work. Then, go to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications->Running and scroll down to Market. Then hit Clear Cache, followed by Force Stop **DO NOT CLEAR DATA FOR MARKET, JUST CACHE**. Then go back, scroll down to Google Services Framework, hit Clear Data, then Force Stop.

    7) Now try starting Market again and you get the famous Market Error. Now shut down the G Tablet, then turned it back on. Wait for Wifi to connect to your network before doing anything! I forgot to do that on the first try, so I rebooted again, waited for wifi to connect this time.

    8) Now restart Market again. It seems to have sourced the fingerprint from build.prop somewhere in steps 6-7. Searches for previously missing apps now show up. Voila! A truly full market!
    4
    Nook is just a e-book reader. But they got Honeycomb first...

    I really don't like your post title.. And you top it off with a thumbs down??
    When did they become your developing guys? If you really want it why don't you build it?
    Geez.. I am really happy with what I have been given by the people that choose to use there OWN time to put together things that the rest of us benefit from.
    Complaining about developers like they are just sitting around goofing off and not working hard enough for you is just ridiculous...

    Be happy for what you have. These folks have lives too....
    4
    G-Tab Dock update (and other accessories)

    I hadn't seen anything on people talking about the dock recently, so I thought I'd post my observations. I am running TNTL4.2.3 with CWM.8.

    I bought my Malata DS-A002 dock from merrimobiles for $45 incl shipping.

    Took about 3 weeks. They were not real responsive, and I was worried after 10 days of hearing nothing, not even a shipping notification, but it arrived in good shape, in what looked like original Chinese packing with a airmail box around it.

    It takes the same power cord as what you get with the G-TAB - it does not come with another power cord. However, it's regular 12VDC and you can find the barrel connector (probably the "yellow" one) at radio shack and build yourself a nice wall and car secondary charger.

    The one USB port works good for keyboard. I checked, and it does support a hub, and I keep a USB keyboard plugged in all the time - my G-tab has no problem ever recognizing it or using it. Nice that the keyboard home (home), esc (back), F1 (menu), F4 (call log?), arrow keys all work in lieu of tablet hard or soft buttons, and often typing letter/number characters automatically invokes search. There seems to be more than the standard 500mA coming out, so it will probably power a rotational portable drive, besides just USB sticks. However, the USB drives don't automount like putting a stick into the g-tab edge USB port - you might have to issue some device commands.

    Ethernet works fine. If you don't already have it plugged in, you might have to ifconfig eth0 up. You might have to ifconfig 192.168.x.x netmask 255.255.255.0 if it doesn't pick up your dhcp. You might have to manually add your gateway with route add default gw 192.168.1.1 dev eth0. I've heard that some people see dorked up DNS but my Verizon FIOS router as gateway provides "pass-through" DNS so I didn't have to add a second one. I have not seen any conflicts with wireless being on or off, I seem to be able to run both, or either, independent of order, and I didn't edit dhcpconf.whatever other than to add a few comments for later just in case, and to test the mount r/w in that folder with Root Explorer. I use "Terminal Emulator" (don't forget to su) for the console commands when necessary.

    Only thing I have not yet tried is HMDI - only cable I have is a mini-HDMI for my Droid X, which works great to watch ESPN3 football games on the Vizio plasma when the local cable provider isn't airing the game you want to see. Am getting a cable off Amazon, but I'm curious if you have to use RealHDMI or other assist software like on the Droid X, or if it's automatic and if it replicates ones screen to the HDMI out when docked. On the X, due to chip limitations, your phone screen goes blank when you enable the HDMI out - makes it hard to "guess" at the touchscreen to navigate.

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    edit: added 2/20/2011
    I got an HDMI cable and tested it on a Vizio 50" plasma. It works fine, generally outputs in 1080i but you're still driving from the native 1024x600 pixel display, so don't expect typical 1080i when watching Youtube or other videos. Sound did come through, and in fact, plugging in HDMI to the dock did not silence the G-tablet speakers, interestingly. Also, on the G-Tab dock, I was *not* able to drive a DVI digital 15-inch monitor from the dock with my HDMI cable and an HDMI to DVI adapter, nor was I able to get any kind of analog video out (VGA on the DVI analog pins), like I *am* able to do with my Droid X HDMI output.

    The dock *MUST* be powered by the AC/DC cable for *ANY* of the outputs (ethernet, USB, HDMI) to work. The tablet will not power the dock, and these do not appear to be pass-throughs on the connector - these appear to be separate devices or at least active drivers. I don't know how a passive cable would ever work, for those of you who are looking to just make/buy a cable equivalent of the dock. Disconnecting power from the dock causes the ethernet adapter to lose its configuration (IP/netmask). My USB keyboard quit working if plugged into the dock and power is removed from the dock. HDMI also cut out when power removed.

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    The dock holds the tablet at a nice viewing angle, although you'd think at first it's a little "too" upright. Great turning it into a more-than-netbook touchscreen PC.

    Other accessories you might be interested in:
    - I did get that carbon fiber sticker for the back of the g-tab, partly to cover up the stupidly large Viewsonic logo and partly because it was starting to get scratched up - I use it in the Honda Element with velcro on a stick mount just aft of the gearshift as a 10" GPS navigator. Thread is on here, just search, seller is Formula One.
    - CoPilot is the absolute best no-network navigation software I have found, get it when it's on sale. MapDroyd/NavDroyd with free maps is a close second. EarthNC is great for nautical and topo navigation - I could never get Navionics (bought the East Coast) to work on the g-tab - not even a FC, just closes invisibly after downloading maps.
    - I use GPS Status and BlueGPS to get positioning from a little Bluetooth external GPS receiver I keep on my dash - they're about $30 on eBay, and they power off when not in use, recharged via USB once a week. There's another BlueGPS-like app you can run on your Android phone that sends the phone's GPS position over bluetooth to your tablet. It's like Bluetooth GPS tethering, and you can even tether Wifi internet from the phone (I use Barnacle) at the same time - just keep your phone plugged into your car charger, because it will get sucked dry otherwise.
    - I also got a neoprene case - it's not quite large enough to fully hold the G-tab which is longer than the iPad, but it's good enough. Best part is the way it folds and latches into a Origamo stand, the brand name is Incase, and it's sold at Best Buy in the iPad section. Great for the coffee shop or bar:
    go to the incase web site and search for "origami"
    Get one now, or maybe hope they make one for the G-tab size. Only mod I had to do is widen the lower shelf with a bit of plastic and black Gorilla (duck) tape, since the G-tab's lower edge is rounded and doesn't quite "catch"
    - A bluetooth or USB keyboard is great. I bought the $10 generic (says "Gear Head") from Office Depot. I have this one coming:
    search amazon for "Portable Bluetooth Wireless Universal Keyboard (Silver) for Viewsonic G-Tablet with 10" Multi-Touch LCD Screen, Android OS 2.2"
    and also check out the stand:
    Amazon "Arkon Portable Fold-Up Stand for Apple iPad, Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry Play Book"
    Enough for now...

    Many thanks again to Roebeet for the excellent work on TNTL, making my G-tab more than just a couch pad. I've been with this and his work since November, and very happy to have gotten this far. I do feel bad that these things are sitting gathering dust at my Office Depot because most folks are too scared to buy them. I just wish I could talk them down some off the $379 list.

    Skip Gadgetman K3FOR