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So do I uninstall the button hack to get the the new firmware loaded or is there another way to load.Also-still not clear if I update the firmware will it wipe out all of the apps I've installed ?Back to square one with the PDN or will the updated firmware just go on and not wipe me out?What does the update do or change in the PDN ?Anyone ??By the way-since the site upgrade I've had to re-register under a different name from stsrep.Still me though!!
 

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jackbox;24121 said:
WARNING: This version did not work. I just got a warning screen with the Android guy. I guess I will have to use the stock one and reinstall everything.
It works just fine. Installed it on mine before I even thought about uploading it. Please make sure that you are doing the install correctly.
 

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[quote name='Guiltyr1;24139]I too would like to know if you are all uninstalling the button hack first; then reappliying when the update is done???Let me know. Thanks...[/QUOTE] Yes' date=' I did run revert_volume_keys first. Power [B']+Volume [/B]key needed to update firmware. 7-24 is better!
 

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Robert Komisar;24132 said:
So do I uninstall the button hack to get the the new firmware loaded or is there another way to load.Also-still not clear if I update the firmware will it wipe out all of the apps I've installed ?Back to square one with the PDN or will the updated firmware just go on and not wipe me out?What does the update do or change in the PDN ?Anyone ??By the way-since the site upgrade I've had to re-register under a different name from stsrep.Still me though!!
No, you do not need to remove the button hack. It will be removed with the install of this file.My version of the firmware will not remove your installed applications (even says that in the first post ;) ). The base version from Pandigital will remove your apps.Makes many changes as have been mentioned earlier in this thread and in the other thread about the new firmware. Things I have seen so far:1. Much more responsive to touch.2. Increased speed.3. Increased CPU speed up to 800Mhz.
 

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It found the SD card because it wrote the log file to the SD card.
So what does the log file say? Also, it never deletes the log file, so it could be from an older flash if you didn't go in and verify that it is actually from the recovery run.
 

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I wasn't able to load the modified 7-24 firmware this morning. I'm trying to upgrade via the SD card. When I boot using pressing power+vol Up sequence I see the android progress bar for 1 second than then it transitions to a screen that has the green android guy with a triangle above his head with an exclamation point inside. When this happens I'm stuck and my only option is to hit the reset button. If I don't try to upgrade the firmware then the novel boots normally. I tried downloading the modified firmware multiple times but the upgrade always gets stuck. I'm going to try loading the stock 7-24 firmware to see if that works. I'm also going to try the pandigital PC app to load the firmware. Has anyone else seen this problem on the novel?
 

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Could you go into a bit more detail about the screen responsiveness? I returned mine yesterday because Kohl's told me my rebate was invalid (that I bought the wrong item and it was my fault). I figured I would either get the Augen (which is looking worse now), or go back and get the PDN at BBB where they hopefully won't screw me over.Figures PD would come out with an awesome new firmware the day after I return mine
 

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Appreciate all of your helpful feedback and I am reading all of the posts etc,but how do I get the new firmware to start loading if I have the button hack installed and you must push the volume up and start button for 5 seconds so the sd update can begin.That reminds me- the 7-18 update I had to install from my pc thru usb.The PDN gave me the yellow crossed out box with the Android when I tried to use the SD card.Tried 3 differnt cards and none would work.Can I use your edited update thru USB and my PC as well?I know,dumbass questions but I sure was proud of myself in being able to hack this thing.Patience is a great virtue don't you think?
 

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I modified the 7-24 firmware update to remove the userdata.img file. What this means is that you can now update without losing all of your installed applications.
snipblazingwolf, thanks for you work on this. Can you possibly edit/update your first post with the info/issues or added steps found in subsequent posts? Such as the button hack, using SD card update or PC update & the steps for the force close issue work around. Just trying to get my mind around the process as a whole without reading several posts. I am assuming that the button hack can stay in place if I use the PC/USB install? Thanks,kev
 

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[quote name='bugeyed;24166][QUOTE=blazingwolf;23914]I modified the 7-24 firmware update to remove the userdata.img file. What this means is that you can now update without losing all of your installed applications. [IMG]http://www.slatedroid.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley.gif[/IMG] snipblazingwolf' date=' thanks for you work on this. Can you possibly edit/update your first post with the info/issues or added steps found in subsequent posts? Such as the button hack, using SD card update or PC update & the steps for the force close issue work around. Just trying to get my mind around the process as a whole without reading several posts. I am assuming that the button hack can stay in place if I use the PC/USB install? Thanks,kev[/QUOTE'] Would love to but the site won't let me edit my posts right now.The file I provided is for the SDcard method. I have not done anything with the PC install at this time. Nothing changes from the normal install when installing from the SDcard. You do not need to do anything with the button hack to install this but it will remove the hack. So just install it once the update is done. I have not done anything on my Novel regarding the Force Close issue and things are running just fine. I just let it sit for a minute and the Novel got itself straight.
 

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[quote name='clockworx;24161]Could you go into a bit more detail about the screen responsiveness? I returned mine yesterday because Kohl's told me my rebate was invalid (that I bought the wrong item and it was my fault). I figured I would either get the Augen (which is looking worse now)' date=' or go back and get the PDN at BBB where they hopefully won't screw me over.Figures PD would come out with an awesome new firmware the day after I return mine [IMG]http://www.slatedroid.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley.gif[/IMG][/QUOTE'] On my Novel screen taps register quicker. Dragging items across the screen, like an icon, now move with your finger instead of moving several seconds after you move your finger.
 

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[quote name='Robert Komisar;24163]Appreciate all of your helpful feedback and I am reading all of the posts etc' date='but how do I get the new firmware to start loading if I have the button hack installed and you must push the volume up and start button for 5 seconds so the sd update can begin.That reminds me- the 7-18 update I had to install from my pc thru usb.The PDN gave me the yellow crossed out box with the Android when I tried to use the SD card.Tried 3 differnt cards and none would work.Can I use your edited update thru USB and my PC as well?I know,dumbass questions but I sure was proud of myself in being able to hack this thing.Patience is a great virtue don't you think?[/QUOTE'] I used the same procedure with the button hack installed. Put the modified firmware on the SDcard, power on and volume up (menu if you have the button hack installed) until you see the loading screen. Firmware installed as normal.Not sure why you are having issues with SDcards. I have tried two of them now and both worked perfectly. One was a 2GB class 2 Sandisk and the other is an 8GB class 4 Kingston.
 

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[quote name='blazingwolf;24184]I used the same procedure with the button hack installed. Put the modified firmware on the SDcard' date=' power on and volume up (menu if you have the button hack installed) until you see the loading screen. Firmware installed as normal.Not sure why you are having issues with SDcards. I have tried two of them now and both worked perfectly. One was a 2GB class 2 Sandisk and the other is an 8GB class 4 Kingston.[/QUOTE'] I actually have had issues with it before with stock firmware. (And believe me, I freaked out because I was doing dangerous stuff and couldn't get it to fully boot to Android). It didn't work for me until I opened it and removed the internal SD, and then it worked fine.I haven't had to do anything that drastic since. I think something is a bit off in which the SD card hardware doesn't fully mount on reset all the time. I've always had it work perfectly when I actually shut down via the power key, but when you get into a boot loop you can't do that. The second thing that I've had work successfully is holding down power and volume up, while pressing the reset button, and keeping them held until recovery starts. I don't know why this works better, but I haven't had to yank the internal card since.
 

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Thanks guys, it installed like a champ! I put blazingwolf's zip file on the sdcard, did the vol +/on switch thing, it installed fine. After the reboot PandaHome went into a crash loop so I deleted the dalvik-cache per the suggestion, rebooted and it worked fine. Reran the vol hack and reapplied the google experience pack. When I checked the market ID, mine was still there from before. Did another reboot and then tried the market and it worked jes' fine!Screen response seems snappier, lag is gone when moving icons around, on the keyboard; I don't seem to hit the 'a' 3 times instead of the up arrow to switch to numbered input and I can now put it to sleep with FBReader running instead of having to kill the app and then shut down.
 

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I know it's not necessary for most people, but you will need to re-root the device after this update to use apps like SetCPU. Still much better than re-installing all apps.Just have to redo root, vol key hack, google experience and I would imagine update youtube after that. The Youtube including in the google experience never worked for me.Thanks for posting this Blazingwolf!
 
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