Again, I have limited time online, and in order to prevent further instances of private help requests that belong on the board, and to benefit all, I am posting the contents of a PM (which under normal circumstances I would not do, but feel the content should be public and not clutter my pm's ... thanks for understanding)
PM sent to me titled "Can you point me the right way please"
I have a Pandigital Novel (white) I've been reading up on the hack to expand it's options to Android. But in my readings I'm stuck on the firmware I should be shooting for. I picked this one up on Amazon and it's a referbish. My firmware is DPC1-20120214_B_pd_inx7e_eng_6410pop. I'm thinking SH20, and I dont have a locked bookshelf. Can you point me to the correct form I should be reading on please. I've spend a good chunk of the night reading that I'm going cross eye. Thanks in advance, Hope
First of all it is wise to use caution, since the FWs and most information here refer to the 2010 S10 series / 2011 SH20 series FWs. There have also been a couple reports (unverified) of different volt charging adaptors that suggest possible hardware differences.
I hope you don't mind, but I am going to include mac1_131 in this message, since he has helped recover a couple devices with 2012 FW after they had attempted to revert to 2010/2011 FW. verified here - http://www.slatedroi...160#entry418160
Your FW is a 2012 revision. Are you sure you have the naming convention correct? Where did you purchase it and what is the Model number? This would be a first, since the first reports of 2012 FW's and bricks started here: http://www.slatedroi...s10-or-sh20-fw/
mac1_131 has C1SL20_20120224_B_PD_INX7E_ENG_6410POP discussed here - http://www.slatedroi...wwhf1-firmware/
Another 2012 FW help thread here: http://www.slatedroi...-2012-firmware/
Zeppelinman has reported compatibility with the SH20 FW's (also another wpdn "in a little black dress") but his revision is PDC1_20120214_B_PD_INX7E_ENG_6410POP here: http://www.slatedroi...7e-eng-6410pop/
Okay, I have a full schedule this weekend and hope this starts you reading in the right direction. Please clarify your details from the settings/about device menu and hopefully mac1_131 will have a chance to chime in.
Welcome to SLD.
Thanks for the reply first off. I'm a day sleeper so I'm hearing to bed here in a bit. Any how, i picked this up on amazon obber cheap with full intention to tinker with it in and out. The model number looks to be PD_Novel, build number says 2012.02.14 but licences says its a open source license. Now this is a refurbished unit. I'm wondering if someone had the same thought as me and stared the tinkering. I hope I'm not playing catch up. Time to sleep catch you in a few hours. Thanks again
Mrs Burnout is correct on everything she is telling you.
There seem to be two versions of 2012 firmware that came out. In both cases, Pandigital has not released the firmware to the public that they used in these units.
In the past, they always released the firmware, and we could make modified ROMs knowing that you could always go back to the old firmware if you wanted to. Plus the unit had a copy of the firmware on it's internal sdcard when they shipped. That does not seem to be the case any more.
But now that they are not releasing the firmware, that makes putting any enhancements in these units a bit risky. Several folks bricked their units when they tried to install the 2011 or 2010 full ROMs on them, so whatever you do, don't do that as the old kernel will brick the unit and it will be a hassle to recover it.
We were able to recover a few of the bricked units, after I went to Walmart and bought one of them, and snatched the kernel out of one before any mods were done to it.
It probably is safe to put in kewlguy's a la carte flashes that add the android market (Gapps), several have done that successfully. If you do that, do it knowing the original firmware is not available, and you also need to put in my flash that reverts the framework back to it's original framework AFTER you get the market up and running. Right now, the revert flash I have is only for the 0224 firmware. You say you have 0214 firmware, which is a few days older and may or may not be different.
The safe bet would be to use ADB to pull the framework and build.prop out and store it in a safe place so that they can be reverted after the Gapps flash goes in. Like I say, I have it for the 0224 version but not for the 0214 version.
THESE ARE ADVANCED MODS - be careful and make sure you know what you are doing with these new firmware versions. Chances are good in time more info will come out. It would all happen a lot faster if Pandigital would release the original firmware.
DO *NOT* flash the SH20 full firmware on your unit - it will probably brick it.
I would also advise putting clockwork recovery on the unit before making any changes to it, which would assist in recovering it if things went wrong.
So now you can see, at least for the moment, this is a minefield.
What exactly are you trying to add, anyway? The only thing I could think of is the Android market.
Just the android market at this time. I'll give it a look over after the weekend. I have more resources open to me at work. Thank you again, everyone
Okay then ... since I have limited time online these days and feel this type of content belongs on the forum to benefit all, I am taking the contents of this PM and posting it on the board in the (let's consider it ) the 2012 "new users" help thread (which I will pin) here: http://www.slatedroi...-2012-firmware/
Kind Regards, and good luck with your pdn's.
Edit: updated POST NEWBIE QUESTIONS HERE with a link to this thread.
Edited by mrsburnout, 23 September 2012 - 04:46 AM.