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2014.02 rom system update on Fonepad 7

Backup fails – error message “not enough memory space”

USB OTG fails – previously working external memory is no longer recognised.

MyLibrary fails – recurrent shutdown error message

Some factory supplied software, e.g. Parental Control, cannot be shut down. Big Brother Control.

Wireless Keyboard for my Fonepad

The URL:
https://de.hama.com/action/searchCtrl/search?searchMode=1&q=uzzano

For the picture, look here:
https://de.hama.com/00053815/hama-uzzano-compact-wireless-keyboard

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”.
http://www.pearl.de/a-HZ2147-4041.shtml?query=handshuh+bluetooth
See the image:

http://www.pearl.de/images/large/hz2147_2_4.jpg

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:

http://www.pearl.de/a-PX1363-1032.shtml?query=freisprecher
http://www.pearl.de/a-PX1363-1032.shtml?query=freisprecher#3

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 fonepad.me server.

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: http://www.debianuserforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2520, and http://www.doviak.net/debian-kit/index.html.)

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 Terminal_Emulator.app, or (VX)Connectbot.app:
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.

NEXT: UPDATE DEBIAN/UBUNTU

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”.

2.4. CLEAN UP
Type: ”apt-get clean”

THEN: CREATE USER & DESKTOP

3.1. ADD USER
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

3.4. CLOSE SESSION
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 127.0.0.1, user, password. legacy mode, screensize
For the available images you can use these login details:
debian.img.debian.zip: user: deb; password: deb
debian.image.ubuntu12.zip: 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 http://www.doviak.net/debian-kit/HowTo-SvenOla-DebianKit.pdf
He made the debian-kit fit to load Debian Wheeze:

Uninstall

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