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#1 antani121

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

I've started this thread to sum up all we need to know about this device: PIPO M3 3G

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Pipo M3 3G - stock rom - About Information:
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Official Website:
http://www.pipo.cn/E...&type=2&cid=198

Technical Specifications:

● Display: 10.1", 1280x800 IPS (16:10)
● Touch Panel: Capacitive 10-touch
● CPU: Rockchip 3066 Cortex A9,1.6GHz,Dual-core CPU+Quad-core GPU
● RAM: 1GB DDR3
● Operation System: Android 4.1
● Camera: Front 2M, back 5M
● WiFi: 802.11/b/g/n
● Internal 3G built-in
● External 3G support: Yes
● Bluetooth 2.1+EDR: Yes
● Others: G-sensor, Micro SD slot, mic, speaker, mini HDMI output
● Multimedia:Audio, Video(1080P), Photo,ebook,game, email, internet…
● Battery capacity: 3500mAh by 7.4V ( 2pcs of 3500mAh cells, equal to 7000mAh 3.7V)
● Housing material: metal back


Useful Links (use the tools below at your own risk!):

- How to get root access? (in case you are running a stock rom)
if you don't know what root is: http://en.wikipedia....Android_rooting
To get root access, download TPSarky tool here: DOWNLOAD
Unzip it and run "TPSparkyRoot.bat", then follow the onscreen instructions.
IMPORTANT: before running the tool make sure that your tablet is recgnized by your computer. Follow the steps on "How to Flash a New Firmware" to install the drivers properly.
To check if the rooting process was fine, download an app called "Root Checker" from Google Play.

- How to Flash a New Firmware:
Big thanks to Roman from TopNotchTablet for the guide provided.
Download the RKBatch tool here: DOWNLOAD
and follow the instructions here: HOW TO FLASH: GUIDE
The instructions are for a different tablet, but they perfectly work for the Pipo M3 3G. Follow the Yuandao N101 II procedure.
NOTE: After you flash a new firmware the default language could be Chinese, this video shows how to change it easily:


- Available Firmwares:
OFFICIAL:
Follow this link to check for future updates: http://www.pipo.cn/E...=About&a=gujian
--- Official Pipo-DS1002H_M3_3G-2012-10-29: RAPIDSHARE ALTERNATIVE

CUSTOM:
--- Hopefully TNT by Roman will be available soon
--- Decontaminated V3.0 (11/23/12): HERE

- Improve Market Access and APPs compatibility:
Download the new "build.prop" here: DOWNLOAD
unzip it and copy it in /system.

NEW BUILD.PROP HERE.
Then delete Google Play and Google Services data (settings->apps->all apps)
This is a modified build.prop which is based on Samsung SGS II (SGH-I777) to improve market compatibility.
IMPORTANT: Make sure that you already have root access and make a copy of your original build.prop file!

- How do you HARD RESET?
Are you experiencing bootloops? The system hangs often?
The solution may be re-flashing your device with the same or a new firmware. An hard reset will be automatically performed.

- How to Disassemble it?
Just hold it with screen up and start unblocking the clips all around the frame (I used an old credit card to do so).
It's almost impossible to brake something because the tablet is well built, the clips are solid. (If anybody wants to post a video I'll copy it here)



- WIFI ISSUE
Many users reported having wifi issue with this tablet. It seems that the aluminium case causes some trouble to the wifi.
I tried to move the antennas eveywhere inside the case, but nothing has changed. I just noticed little increase in signal strenght but without any effects on wifi speed.

A workaround could be this: http://vondroid.com/...mprovement.704/
and the attempt on mine: http://www.slatedroi...-m3-wifi-issue/

Basically the antenna quality on this tablet is really poor, and the solution is changing it with a new one. (I'll try this later and report how it works)


- TOUCHSCREEN ISSUE
How to solve it:
http://www.slatedroi...chscreen-issue/


SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME! :drinks:

Edited by antani121, 08 December 2012 - 05:34 AM.

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#2 antani121

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

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#3 antani121

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

great job..

a few questions..

1 Hard reset..its important to go to old stock firmware if custom rom fails so this is very important

any info on how to do a hard reset on the pipo tablet?

2 how to make copy of original build-prop file?

Edited by mkh, 29 November 2012 - 08:18 PM.


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

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How do you know positively its a "G3" version?
I have a TF slot just below the power jack.
DS975_eng 4.1.1JR003H 20121025.092740.
Concerned that it should report as a DS1002H.
Just got it...thanks

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:44 AM

I have download the firmware upgrade M3 3G software_20121029 (a .img file extension) how can I install it in my tablet? thanks a lot.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:34 AM

would you mind posting the about page for your pipo m3 3g tablet ?

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:10 AM

How do you know positively its a "G3" version?
I have a TF slot just below the power jack.

I just added a picture in the first post which shows the sim card slot.

1 Hard reset..its important to go to old stock firmware if custom rom fails so this is very important
any info on how to do a hard reset on the pipo tablet?
2 how to make copy of original build-prop file?

1. I'm not sure about this. Try to hold the power bottom down and at the same time press the reset button (on the back case) for few seconds..
2. just copy the original file somewhere on your sd card

I have download the firmware upgrade M3 3G software_20121029 (a .img file extension) how can I install it in my tablet? thanks a lot.

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would you mind posting the about page for your pipo m3 3g tablet ?

Pipo M3 3G - stock rom - About Information:
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Edited by antani121, 30 November 2012 - 04:53 AM.


#9 mkh

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:02 AM

thanks..but where is the stock build-prop located?

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:12 AM

thanks..but where is the stock build-prop located?



It's in /system.
You can access that folder only with the app "Root Explorer" and modify those files only once you get root access via the procedure mentioned above.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:41 PM

thank you very much for the pic and this post in general, I've ordered a Pipo m3 3g and wanted to make sure the seller had the same version. I was concerned about rooting the tablet & finding suitable firmware since most advice here is related to the regular M3 w/o 3G.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

UPDATE ON WIFI ISSUE:

I tried to solder a new antenna, I took it from an old laptop.
It's actually 2 antennas, placed on the top of the tablet (without touching the back case).
I soldered the wires on the Pipo's default antennas.

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The signal has now improved, but not as much as expected.
Part of that is probably due to the soldering points (I soldered the cables on the old ones and not directly on the motherboard).


Anyway it works better now. The wifi signal is more stable and I get better speed.
But during my attempts to solve it out, I found out that by placing the antenna outside the tablet you get 5 time better signal!

Stay tuned.....

Edited by antani121, 30 November 2012 - 05:16 PM.


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:52 AM

how to access the 32 GB drive and explore and copy/delete items as we do for hardrive in a laptop?

how to similarly access the nand flash files?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:55 AM

how to access the 32 GB drive and explore and copy/delete items as we do for hardrive in a laptop?

how to similarly access the nand flash files?



Just use the default File Explorer, it can access all your storages.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:36 PM

New build.prop

I just added some more tweaks to the build.prop provided by roman for the TNT wifi firmware.
The tablet feels much smoother, UI is less laggy and APPs (e.g. market, chrome and browser) seem to load faster.

HOW TO INSTALL:
1) DOWNLOAD IT HERE
2) unzip the archive
3) Using ROOT EXPLORER, copy the build.prop file in /system and overwrite the existing one.
4) give to the file the following PERMISSIONS (long click on it -> permissions): RW- R-- R--
5) reboot

Here a list of the tweaks:
- better scrolling
- smoother UI
- battery saving tweaks
- faster streaming
- faster internet speed


It should work on the wifi version too.

Edited by antani121, 01 December 2012 - 01:39 PM.


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

will this built prop work on the pipo max 3g m2 as well?

i have flashed tnt version 2 on my pipo max m2 3G and its fine..how do i change that built prop and put in this one?

regards

Edited by mkh, 02 December 2012 - 12:44 AM.


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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:15 AM

will this built prop work on the pipo max 3g m2 as well?


No, it won't work.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

i have light coming from one corner of my pipo m3 ( not 3g) screen. i think it hasnt been sealed properly. how would i got about taking the screen off and gluing it back together?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:34 AM

First custom. [ROM] Decontaminated V3.0

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

i have light coming from one corner of my pipo m3 ( not 3g) screen. i think it hasnt been sealed properly. how would i got about taking the screen off and gluing it back together?


It happened even to me one time.
Just open it and push down the screen, it should work




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