Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wireless Keyboard for my Fonepad

The URL:

For the picture, look here:

This is the keyboard i now use.
It worked out of the box (!): by connecting the dongle to the OTG cable.

Ideally, the dongle would be replaced by an App, using the Fonepad WIFi.
Ideal would be to have this keyboard with Bluetooth… (Less radio-toxic).

The Keyboard cobtains a track-ball mouse and mouse buttons below that as well as on the corners of the keypad.
Also, media control and navigation buttons are available in thumb-range.

A clever device.
(Hama Uzzano)

Formatting & partitioning the MicroSD memory card

In order to run Debian on my Fonepad i need to format the MicroSD card.
That turns out to be less straightforward than i thought.
I tried Gparted, from a Yumi boot USB stick.
And Mini Tools partitioner in Windows.

Partitioning was easy, into Fat and EXT2 (not-journaled).
But then it turned out that the Fonepad’s Android saw only one (of 3) partitions.
And that i could find no tools to work partitioning in Android.
But also, that Windows was unable to read the FAT Partition.

The 64 Gb sdcard with factory format worked well in Windows 8 and Android.
My later reformatting wit exFAT (for larger files) also worked, on both.
But somehow the Gparted FAT had win8 balk ‘unrecognisable’.
And its FAT32 format seemed not to gel well with Android.

I ended up testing what Android card format would/could do.
It proved to be straightforward, and formatted only the FAT partition.
Which gives me a working MicroSD in the Fonepad.
Now i still need to work out how to access the other two partitions…

Fonepad as Phone

On many websites many ‘reviewers’ say ‘it’s too big to phone’.
I imagine they might prefer these ‘phoney’ ”phone gloves”.
See the image:

I don’t know what axe these ‘reviewers’ have to grind.
I was fed up carrying laptop + camera + recorder + phone + …
I am not concerned with how others think i (don’t) look.
If the phone rings, i can answer it; i’m big enough for that…

However, i know: ”don’t stick your head the microwave oven”.
It is as stupid to stick a microwave oven to your head.
For that reason i always keep my fone(pad) on a leash.
In my case, i opted for a zipped cable:

If you care for the way you look … buy a mirror.
(Hm, the Fonepad in daylight mirrors quite a bit. Maybe too much.)
If you worry about the opinions of others, read the Constitution.
Everybody is entitled to their opinion; just like you.

Torrenting the RAW’s

Torrents are an ideal way to share the RAW’s
The files are edited version of the open source.
The files are large; torrenting manages download.
The creator of the RAW, can create/share the torrent.

All users will need to keep their RAW file somewhere.
By storingit in a torrent directory, they/others can access it
The more people do this, he quicker can be te download.
I can store a working copy on the server.

[Q] Root for Asus Fonepad – Thread contribution

Today i informed the readers of the xda-developers forum on [Q] Root for Asus Fonepad:

The aim is to let the discussion continue there.
While summarising the findings here.

Yet the aim goes farther: to, FULLY, use the Fonepad hardware.
By resolving/removing (the limitations of) the factory-installed software.

For me, the Fonepad is intended to replace my V5 Flybook.
Ideally by being able to use the same programmes/software.

As yet i do not know how to fully access the system
I do not (yet) see how i can replace the operating system.
Nor (i asked around) did i find others who ‘know how to’.
Although some ‘in-between’ solution now exist.

1. The Android OS is now rooted, THX to Botto00
2. Debian can now be installed THX to Sven-ola Tuecke
3. This can run from the MicroSD, THX to Eric Doviak

Will it be possible to run Windows XP mini on the x86 chip?

Installing Linux (THX! Sven-olu): Debian or Ubuntu (12 or13)

Sven-olu Tuecke (THX!) made Debian install easy.
The following summarises his Debian-Kit manual.
(See also:, and

Install Debian/Ubuntu(12/13)

1.1. Be sure that your Fonepad is ROOTed (THX! Botto00),
And download the install script debian-kit-1-5

1.2. Open, or (VX)
Type: ”su” (prompt must changes from $ to #)

Install the installer:
Type: “sh /sdcard/download/debian-kit-1-5.shar”: debian-kit-1-5
And confirm ”y”; follow the prompts.

1.3. Select debian/ubuntu12/ubuntu13, and workspace size.
Enjoy the show while the software rolls in (“2s” = 2Gb, Debian).

4. Clean up after install;
confirm ”y” or use other indicated options.


2.1. RUN Debian/Ubuntu
Type: ”deb”

2.2. Update
Type: ”apt-get update”

2.3. Andromize the Debian/Ubuntu settings
Type: ”apt-get install andromize”, and confirm ”y”.

Type: ”apt-get clean”


Type: ”adduser USERNAME”
I used user ”ubuntu”, password ”ubuntu”.

3.2. Add desktop
Type: apt-get install andromize-lxde

3.3. Cleanup the install
Type: apt-get autoremove,
Type: apt-get clean

Type: “exit”, then “deb u”, (or “deb k”) to quit, or:
Type: “deb x” to use

Use Debian/Ubuntu

in the Terminal app, as SuperUser (SU, #), activate the server.
Type: “deb x”

In the RDP app, set up:
server, user, password. legacy mode, screensize
For the available images you can use these login details: user: deb; password: deb user: ubuntu; password: ubuntu.

And suddenly your Fonepad is, what it basically is, a real computer!
Thanks Botto00!, Thanks Sven-olu!.

Formatting and Tweaking

Erik Doviak gives an explanation on how to format an SDcard for the above:
See his
He made the debian-kit fit to load Debian Wheeze:


Use Terminal, as SU (#)
Type: “/data/local/deb/uninstall”

This Web site

Asus Fonepad: Lange Laufzeit, dunkles Display.

What this web site is

This site was set up to create a dedicated Fonepad platform.
Various developer sites already discuss the Fonepad.
A few actually develop larger functionality, e.g. rooting. (botto00) even rooted the ROM.

But all of this takes place in discussion threads.
Where many people ask questions which were already answered. is set up to ‘spell out the answers’.
And weave together findings of the discussion thread.

How best to do that?
We will have yo try out and find out.
This domain-name/server is now available.
With a WordPress software to communicate between users.

Please help set up the website.
A mailing list-server can be set up when/as needed.
A FAQ plugin is setup to give access to all answers.
The aim goes beyond that: to make most/best use of the Fonepad.

For now, signing up / participation is by invitation only.
Once the information has coherence the site will be opened.
Easiest way to contribute will then be via email.
More WordPress features will be implemented as needed.

This is a DIYT project: Do It Yourself, Together.

Asus Fonepad: Faire Ausstattung, prima Preis.

What this web site is NOT

This is NOT a nursery for toddlers.
We do NOT cater to ”I want …

This is NOT a drive-through take-away.
Here you Produce what you need.

This is NOT a discussion group.

This is NOT a place for business.
Money can NOT be used here.