Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Motorola Xoom 3G breaking free!

So, to all of you who tired waiting for 3.1 (3.1) updates for their local versions of Xoom or just want to play with custom ROM`s and for other advantages I decided to write this post. Nothing new or unknown but it is simple summary on how to root and clockwork recovery install. As a result you will be able to use ROM manager from Market to update system or use with roms available around.
Important! This steps was tested in German T-Online version of Xoom 3G (MZ601)
But it suppose to work on any Euro version of Xoom. Caution- US versions not confirmed. The only difference is what bootloader image you need to flash on first step. You are warned! Use this at your own risk ! Warranty void!

Step 1

We need to unlock bootloader to be able to root our device.
Connect your Xoom to PC using USB cable. Install ADB on your computer if you did it already.
Unpack boot.zip (or boot 3.1 if your device have 3.1 firmware) to folder on your disk and open shell :

adb reboot bootloader
fastboot oem unlock

Follow the on screen instructions!
After do next commands:

fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot reboot

Now we got unlocked bootloader and its ready for installing superuser (root) files !

Step 2

Now we installing files that are necessary for executing commands that requires root permissions.

Extract this archive to folder on your hard drive and do next steps in the command line:

adb remount
adb push su /system/bin/su
adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
adb shell ln -s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su

Now you can reboot and download from Android Market app SuperUser - that all!
Your Xoom is rooted !

Step 3

After you rooted your device and unlock bootloader it will open many interesting possibilities and now your ready to install ClockWork Recovery module that will let you install ROMs to customize or upgrade system (including 3.1 or 3.2 updates).
Boot into normal and do search Android Market for free application calling "ROM Manager".
(It won`t work without root). After you install it, start it up: Select "Flash ClockworkMod Recovery", select "XOOM".
Clockwork is now installed !

Now you ready to install ROMs - e.g. you can download this 3.2 update and using CWM install it - and you will get Xoom 3G with 3.2 Android Honeycomb. Same way can search and download custom ROMs.


Thanks goes to Alias_neo, Droid-Xer from XDA Developers for their usefull posts!
Also lowtraxx for his wonderful Tiamatt ROM for Xoom !

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Atrix 4G Gingerbread update released !

Finaly, long awaited Gingerbread 2.3.4 (4.5.91 version firmware) for Atrix 4Gphones available for OTA update !

Common changes are:

Enhancements to the picture Gallery allow you to aggregate all your photos, your friends’ photos and photo comments from social networking and photo sites like Facebook and Picasa in one place for easy viewing

Enhancements so your Music player is now connected to a dashboard for music discovery. Plus, easy access to all your favorite artists, live, personalized recommendations for songs & videos and news and event updates

User Interface
Updated user interface with simpler home screen design, including shift to use of white backgrounds in menus, enabling better viewing experience

Dock Icons
Enhancement that enables easy access to favorite apps at bottom of each screen

Organized App Tray
Enhancement that helps you personalize and categorize favorite apps into groups so you can be more efficient

Location Based Recommendations
Enhancement that provides access to social content in one place so you can find out what is happening around you. You can use Yelp reviews and Facebook check-ins to find out what others are recommending

Faster Webtop Browsing
Enhancement to webtop application includes Firefox 4.0 so you can browse faster than with previous versions of Firefox

HD Video Playback
Enhancement that now enables HD Video Playback in 1080p for better viewing experience

Multiple Recipient Emails
Create groups for multiple recipient emails so you can communicate faster

One touch conference call access
Enhancement that makes it easier to dial-in to conference bridges while you’re on-the-go

Task Management Tools
Enhancement that makes it easier to create, edit & delete tasks, and to assign priorities and reminders

Productivity Tools
Enhancements to business ready security features so you can get more work done on-the-go which includes robust VPN, device and SD card encryption, device management via 3rd party console and remote wipe capability

Notification Tray
Enhancement that enables you to dismiss notifications one at a time

As side effects you will need to re-root your device after update if its been rooted before.
Here is link for rooting Gingerbread on Atrix

Look whats been changed !

Froyo + MotoBlur:


Enjoy this nice update from Moto !

First day of use:
Pros - new feature- notification when BT headphone battery low and showing % BT battery level
Nice new animations - turn on off screen, smooth rotation, new dock and recent apps managing.

Cons - Lost USSD support in my network (BeeLine)
- no more SMS delivery reports - changing in settings.mkitso not working

Bugs: (found so far)
- slow Wifi transfers when using Phone Portal over WiFi
- Icons from Home Screen disappears if app is moved to Media Storage and under any reasons storage been unmounted (e.g. connecting to PC as Storage) and not return after mount - very annoying

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Connecting 2 Mac Pro with DVI graphic cards to Apple Cinema LED display 27"

At first site - it was a simple task. But in fact there are few important specifications.
Both Mac Pro have different video cards:
First is macPro 2008 - have GF 8600 with two DVI outputs, second is MacPro late 2009 with GF120 - it has one DVI and one mini DisplayPort.
On the other side is Apple LED Cinema Display 27" and it have only mini Display port connector (M). This is the main problem to connect this display to any computer except those which has latest video cards with mini display port.
I think it was a very stupid idea to release a new generation of displays that are worse then previous generation. Lame connectivity options, pathetic LCD matrix that make it unusable for professional photo and video works.
So, back to our task, I searched for ready solution but nothing is available (at least at this time). There are different KVM solution - even latest ATEN products that can switch two computers with mini Display ports - but in my case I need not only switch between two computers but also convert signal from DVI to DP.
I start chain in reverse order since there are ATEN KVMs for DVI connections I decided to use one and then just convert DVI to mini DisplayPort.
The most simple part was to chose DVI-to-miniDP converter - Atlona AT-DP200. Its not cheap but its the only quality solution to convert signal and it pass through EDID information - to let computers detect display to select correct desktop resolution.

Next I need to select DVI KVM. I have it mind that 27" display have a very high desktop resolution - 2600x1400. So it requares DualLink DVI connection. I looked few Aten products and the only one that appers to work fine is
Aten CS-1782 (a) - both 1782 and 1782a work fine - the "a" version only able to work with 3D displays and its not important in my case.

It also have USB port on back side to power up
the DVI converter!
Also you can connect USB input from display to another USB port on the back side. Connect keyboard and mouse chain to Cinema display USB ports to make easy cable management. And finally you got additional USB port on front panel of Aten switch.
After to connect all cables - power on computers and enjoy simple switching between to computers with large display and extreme resolutions!
Well, to be honest there is one thing you have to remember - display turns on not so fast as when it connected directly to Mac. It takes time when Mac detects display through this chain of switch and converter. So its normal when picture on display appears when desktop start loading -near the end of booting process! When under some circumstances you do not have any picture on display try to press "Reset" button on converter- it happens sometimes especially when computer waking from standby mode.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Amiga hard drives Backup and Migrate

Celebrating this days my 16 anniversary in Amiga world I decided to check my Amiga system.
Few years passed since my last booting on miggy. Works perfect as it was ! Now it is connected to my 27 inch Viewsonic with ability to switch between my computers with only single monitor and nice thing about it is that this model able to work with PAL resolutions so I can play games and work with my BVision graphic card.Well, nice indeed but I would like to share experience not emotions.
So, I guess soon enough IDE(PATA) hard drives will gone and I think I will need to transfer my data from Amiga hard drive to another media or at least for safety reasons just to backup it. I start searching for solution, but finally I had to mix few of them into one, that is the best IMHO.
First step to save whole drive into image file on PC - hardfile. It will be also usable in WinUAE and it is another point. Latest WinUAE version let you do this thing:
1. Take your hard drive out of Amiga and put into PC or in USB box with IDE interface
2.Start WinUAE - select hard rives and press - Add hard drive button.(Admin permissions necessary)
3. Select from pull-down menu your Amiga hard disk - you have to know the model , because
WinUAE work on hardware level to access your drive
4. Click on Create hardfile and select where on PC to store your hard disk image - now just wait until it finish the job.

Now you got your hard disk copy. So, if you decided to copy it to another hard drive to use in real Amiga you will have to mount both - new drive and hardfile in WinUAE config, start it from this hard file or any other that will let you boot in Workbench and to copy all files from mounted hardfile to your new drive using DOpus for example or any other file manager.
In fact there is no other simple and safe method at present time until WinUAE developers let us convert hard files back on physical HD.
At first I thought to use MakeCD to make ISO images of partitions on Amiga OS and store them using local network, but this method is not that good because cause loosing comments in file attributes - it was critical for me - I like this feature of Amiga filesystem.
Next idea was packing all files on partitions using LHA packer - it saves all attributes and directory structure but I found it losing directory comments at very slow for huge amount of data.
Now we can access any file in hardfile (using WinUAE), modify data on drives and finally copy it back on physical media.

I notice an interesting opportunity to use CompactFlash cards as IDE hard drives.
You will need CF-IDE adapter (available in PC hardware stores as well as in different online Amiga "clubs") costs about 10 USD - there are different modifications even for several CF card.
Or you can use SATA-IDE adapters - also available around- to use SATA hard drives in Amiga.

Let me show how to convert simple CF card into Amiga hard disk.
You will need CF card itself- for example 8 gigs and a simple USB card reader to make it accessible on PC. Ofcaurse youcan just plug it in Amiga using mention above adapter and do usual steps as for new hard drive on Amiga,my way provides you how to put all data from your previously created hard file to this CF-drive.
1.Put your CF in card reader and connect it to PC.
2. Start WinUAE and select in hard drives part your CF drive - similar as for backup your Amiga hard drive but this time select your card reader device from pull-down menu.
3. Check Read/Write ability.
4. And select to use it as device IDE0
5. Put Workbench and Install ADF`s in floppy drive section in DF0 and DF1
6. Start emulation when boot into Workbench select HDToolBox from Install disk,
there it will show your CF drive where you can partition it.

After you partition you drive you will have to
save changes and reboot Amiga emulation.
When you will set partition options such as
filesystem - it is recommended to set
"Max transfer" to 0x1FE00 for CF cards to avoid compatibility problems as I guess.

After this you will reboot emulation and try to formate newly created partitions on CF.
If, in some cases, Workbench will not be able to do this (nor usual nor quick format) you will have to quit WinUAE , disconnect card reader and plug it back. Start WinUAE again and after boot in Workbench you will be able to format your CF partitions and make to ready to copy your file on it.

Now , using DOpus you can copy files from your
hardfile mounted partitionsand CF drive and then , when all will be copied , plug into your Amiga system and enjoy new fast and silent system! Good luck!

P.S. My Amiga config:
A1200 , ks. 3.1, OS 3.5, Blizzard PPC 603e with 68040
and BVision loaded with 96 Mb RAM , 10 Gb hard drive and CD-RW Sony 140e writer.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Keyboard state on/off on-screen display (Num Loc, Caps Lock, Scroll lock)

Problem: Everytime you turn Caps lock, scroll lock or num lock on or off it is displayed in the lower right corner of my screen.

Reason: It appears to be result of installing Blue Tooth software from Widcomm. For example, if you get your bluetooth drivers from official Broadcom site. This feature was made
for BT keyboard notifications, but I found that native Logitech indicators are way better!

Fix: You have to change registry setting:


Change it from 1 to 0.


Thanks goes to TCO3 from Notebook forums! Cheers mate!