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Just did a little more diving into my device and noticed that my firmware is actually dated 7/7/10 instead of the 7/4 and 7/5 firmwares most people are reporting having on their devices. The device seems MUCH better than the june firmware I had on the first device I purchased before the recall...the sensor works much better, web browser works fine aside from the single WiFi drop I've had, and the pages turn within a second of a finger swipe. I wish I could properly dump this ROM but I can imagine it's going to be a huge pain in the ass that I don't have much time for.S10_07_07K_PD_INX7E_ENG_6410POP
 

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[quote name='bmurphr1;16986]Just did a little more diving into my device and noticed that my firmware is actually dated 7/7/10 instead of the 7/4 and 7/5 firmwares most people are reporting having on their devices. The device seems MUCH better than the june firmware I had on the first device I purchased before the recall...the sensor works much better' date=' web browser works fine aside from the single WiFi drop I've had, and the pages turn within a second of a finger swipe. I wish I could properly dump this ROM but I can imagine it's going to be a huge pain in the ass that I don't have much time for.S10_07_07K_PD_INX7E_ENG_6410POP[/QUOTE'] Dumping is a piece of cake w/ adb set up."adb pull /system S10_07_07K_backup"should create folder named "S10_07_07K_backup" wherever you run the command. Zip or rar it up and push it to rapidshare/mediafire/etc.It really would be helpful, since we could hopefully make our own up script to update from whatever is on the website to the 7/7 version.
 

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I haven't had time to fool with the device any since I posted this...I do not want to open up the device just yet considering it's only a few hours old, but I do have it on my list of things to do here in the immediate future. I sent a message to a representative at Pandigital asking about the firmware installed on my device and why it isn't posted on the website and I assume I will receive a reponse pretty quickly. From the looks of it though compared to the 7/4 dated firmware (I had both devices sitting next to each other a few hours ago after I asked my buddy to bring it over) I can't tell any noticable changes...if there's any differences in the firmware I'm sure it's going to be minor, if not significant.
 

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I tried this afternoon to get ADB setup on this machine, but I haven't had any luck since I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x64...I'm pretty sure the drivers are 32bit based. All 6 of my home computers are running Windows 7 64bit OSes with the exception of my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop which is running the 32bit version of Home Premium. I do have an older Dell Latitude D620 with a Core Duo CPU running XP Pro somewhere in the house, so I will try to locate it this evening if I can find the time. I'm sure I'll have better luck with the debugging bridge software on that machine though. I don't think dd-ing the microSD card is going to work that well since the microSD card itself is being used when the Novel is turned on, but I don't see any reason the /pull command won't work...that's the method I will try first once I get it all up and running. Once I'm able to successfully pull the ROM off of the device I'll just RAR it up and post it on my personal hosting space and post the link here.On another note, I received a response from PD regarding the firmware version on this device a few minutes ago. Response (not verbatim):"Any revisions of firmware dated 7-5 and forward should all be identical since there were no modifications made to the firmware in our department. Most likely one of our technicians just compiled the firmware again using the same code on that particular date and labeled it as such. A newer firmware file should be posted in the downloads section within the next few days, and instructions will be provided for updating the Novel to the current software."
 

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I used the files posted by Nate in another thread and have been using ADB to install everything on my Novel from both an XP machine and a 64-bit Win 7 machine. Are you sure you have the right driver? There is a 64-bit driver in the zip file in the thread linked above...
 

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I didn't download the all-in-one pack that Nate posted...I must have glossed over it. Anyway, I downloaded the pack and I'm still having some issues installing the 64bit driver for the device, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the device ID in the INF file. This installation of Windows 7 has been a little quirky in the past since I've done a lot of heavy OS tweaking for my primary SSD such as disabling a crapload of services and registry tweaks. I'll try again late tonight or tomorrow though on a different computer and see if I can make some kind of progress.
 

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Okay, I managed to get the drivers installed for the Novel on my machine using the 64 bit drivers but I've arrived at another problem. Whenever I send any commands to the Novel over the USB connection using ADB my Novel freezes completely to the point where I have to press the reset button to get the unit booted back up. I've tried it now with two different machines using the same zipped file from Nate the Great and each time it happens my Novel just freezes. I've spent the better part of two hours on this now, and I've gotten to this point and then nothing. Does anybody have any insight into this? I've also had a few WiFi problems, such as the connection randomly dropping when I'm less than 10 feet from the router. Also the internal WiFi card in this device has incredibly bad reception, as I can't get more than about 50 feet away from the device before my signal just drops completely. At this point the only other way to get the firmware off of this device is to open it up and image the microSD card, but that's not something I'm willing to do just yet. I would do it if I could just return this Novel for another one, but there isn't a Kohl's within a 100 mile radius of me that has any more PDNs in stock and there's no telling how long it will take for Kohl's to get more.
 

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[quote name='bmurphr1;17481]I tried this afternoon to get ADB setup on this machine' date=' but I haven't had any luck since I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x64...I'm pretty sure the drivers are 32bit based. All 6 of my home computers are running Windows 7 64bit OSes with the exception of my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop which is running the 32bit version of Home Premium. I do have an older Dell Latitude D620 with a Core Duo CPU running XP Pro somewhere in the house, so I will try to locate it this evening if I can find the time. I'm sure I'll have better luck with the debugging bridge software on that machine though. I don't think dd-ing the microSD card is going to work that well since the microSD card itself is being used when the Novel is turned on, but I don't see any reason the /pull command won't work...that's the method I will try first once I get it all up and running. Once I'm able to successfully pull the ROM off of the device I'll just RAR it up and post it on my personal hosting space and post the link here.On another note, I received a response from PD regarding the firmware version on this device a few minutes ago. Response (not verbatim):"Any revisions of firmware dated 7-5 and forward should all be identical since there were no modifications made to the firmware in our department. Most likely one of our technicians just compiled the firmware again using the same code on that particular date and labeled it as such. A newer firmware file should be posted in the downloads section within the next few days, and instructions will be provided for updating the Novel to the current software."[/QUOTE'] I had this same problem. Search earlier posts - nate and meth (and sharpfork, etc) found that you may have to change the device id.
 
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