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Topic # 67630 5-Sep-2010 00:54
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If you haven't tried "Relax v1.9.6" by Lefeudedieu on your Eken M001, give it a go ASAP.

Why?

  1. The Android Market works right from the start. No fix. No fiddling. It just works.

  2. It's rooted and all you have to do to get root access is enable USB debugging in the Settings -> Applications -> Development, then go to a terminal and type in "SU" and allow access to the SU app.

  3. It sees and uses a Linux swap partition if you have one on your sdcard as the second partition (/dev/block/mmcblk0p2). Mine is 128MB. 

  4. It's fast. ADW.Launcher leaps into service when asked. The Home screen switcher doesn't lag. The M001 is as responsive as I have ever seen it.

  5. It looks great. Lefeudedieu knows how to theme firmware and he does a great job. 

  6. Based off the lastest firmware update from Eken - v1.9.1.


The only "bug" I found in v1.9.6 is French as the default language. Which isn't really a bug. It's just not the language I wanted. Easily fixed: Go into Menu -> Settings (it will be in French, but I'm sure you'll manage) and change the region to whatever supported language you need it to be. It takes affect immediately.

Anyone familiar with the M001 and similar tablets will know that access to the Android Market is a constant issue because these devices aren't phones and so far no one had been able to automate the Market setup. Users who wanted access to the Market had to mess about with creating an "androidID" in the Android SDK emulator and then using sqlite3 on the PC to insert it into a file on their devices. For many users, this was a bridge too far. Relax v1.9.6 fixes that completely. I signed into the Market and downloaded an app. I shut down and re-booted and went to the Market and downloaded another app. It "Just Worked" (tm). Yes. Finally.

Folks.....this is the firmware we've been waiting for. Get it on.




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  Reply # 376738 5-Sep-2010 01:28
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Can't add the screenshot to the OP, so posting here.

Relax v1.9.6 by Lefeudedieu




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  Reply # 376762 5-Sep-2010 08:00
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HI LL, where did you get your Ekin tab?



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  Reply # 376825 5-Sep-2010 11:21
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kiwitrc: HI LL, where did you get your Ekin tab?


I've bought 3 on TradeMe. The first cost me $156, but the more recent two I got for $126 and $120. Plus shipping. I bought one of those by accident. Heh. 

The prices have come down. They ARE very low spec and a new user could well be put off. There are a few things you have to do to get the best out of them and none of it documented in the box. But if you load up a good firmware build and add a swap partition to the sdcard...then they run very, well. 

 




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  Reply # 376897 5-Sep-2010 15:18
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Thanks, TradeMe here I come.

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  Reply # 377091 6-Sep-2010 11:59
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Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly would you use one of these for ?

I can understand they are easier to read emails and do the odd surf on when compared to a mobile, but my wife's laptop is usually on and open if I need it. Can you use it as a remote for Mediaportal or something like that ?

Im genuinely interested too....not taking the pi$$ or anything ;)

[edit] I assume its a case of it can do anything I can do with my Nexus One without being able to make calls. so streaming music directly from my server instead of having to transfer the music to my ipod first.


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  Reply # 377100 6-Sep-2010 12:28
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i'm looking into solutions like this as for a media centre in my car: i have a dash-mounted 7inch screen that's going to get the boot once i find someone who's keen to solder in an aux input on my OEM stereo circuit board.

damn late model subaru's with no external CD changer input... last time i make THAT mistake... 

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  Reply # 377135 6-Sep-2010 14:26
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I actually still prefer the ecotox one..  Worked very well on my system (think I was running 1.1.1)..  Although having a working marketplace is kinda good..  Speed wise, seems roughly the same - didnt really have much lag on the older firmware..  For e-books the new ones not brilliant - its stuck in the default font or serf, both are hideous for reading with.. (I use fbreader btw)..



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  Reply # 377139 6-Sep-2010 14:36
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martyyn: Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly would you use one of these for ?

I can understand they are easier to read emails and do the odd surf on when compared to a mobile, but my wife's laptop is usually on and open if I need it. Can you use it as a remote for Mediaportal or something like that ?

Im genuinely interested too....not taking the pi$$ or anything ;)

[edit] I assume its a case of it can do anything I can do with my Nexus One without being able to make calls. so streaming music directly from my server instead of having to transfer the music to my ipod first.


It's fair question.

The main benefit is the larger screen. Yet the device is still light and small. It's a good e-reader. I use Kobo, Kindle and Aldika e-readers on it.

It's a good-sized web browser. The external speaker is crap, but with headphones, it sounds good enough. It can stream MP3 content off the internet. I can play individual songs off a PC directly via a Windows or Samba share, but haven't tried a playlist that way. It can play HD YouTube videos reasonably well.....though not perfectly (some jitter in the image at times). It also runs pretty much any Android app that doesn't need GPS, camera or accelerometer. It may not run it well if the app needs mroe than a 300MHz processor...but it will run. Some games work really well on it. eg: I like Robo-Defense on the bigger screen. Much more comfortable than on the phone's smaller screen. 

It's also really easily hacked. So it's a great way to learn how Android hangs together and how to root a system in a simple, straight-forward way. As a learning tool there, it's well worth buying one. :-)  






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  Reply # 377141 6-Sep-2010 14:39
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askelon: I actually still prefer the ecotox one..  Worked very well on my system (think I was running 1.1.1)..  Although having a working marketplace is kinda good..  Speed wise, seems roughly the same - didnt really have much lag on the older firmware..  For e-books the new ones not brilliant - its stuck in the default font or serf, both are hideous for reading with.. (I use fbreader btw)..


Have you got a swap partition on the sdcard?

I increased mine to 128MB from 96MB and it seems to make a difference. The sensation is 'smoothness'. Yes, things are going out onto the sdcard and coming back in.....but in a predictable way...and the whole system just seems......smoother.  This feels more responsive overall.

As for the font....I like the once LFD has chosen (personal taste, I guess - some people like Sense UI) and it isn't the font used in the Kobo e-reader...I don't think. Just in the system.  




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  Reply # 377156 6-Sep-2010 15:18
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I have one for sale as well.. just waiting to see if I can get a replacement PSU at the moment.





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  Reply # 377176 6-Sep-2010 16:01
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LL  I appreciate the effort you put in to pushing this barrow and keeping folk up todate.
Got my 001 last week so now want to give it an update.  I know you've posted how-to's here before... can you repost the link(s) in this thread please. Thanks.

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  Reply # 377177 6-Sep-2010 16:01
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I'll have a play around with it again tonight. I didnt touch the swap info. Took me long enough to work out how to stick it in English and I just wanted to read my book by that stage!! :)

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  Reply # 377191 6-Sep-2010 16:17
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USD95 with free shipping from DealExtreme is rather tempting :)


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  Reply # 377205 6-Sep-2010 17:05
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Cheapest I've seen sell on Trademe was for NZ$101, and theres plenty sell for under $130... all plus shipping



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  Reply # 377265 6-Sep-2010 20:41
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oxnsox: LL  I appreciate the effort you put in to pushing this barrow and keeping folk up todate.
Got my 001 last week so now want to give it an update.  I know you've posted how-to's here before... can you repost the link(s) in this thread please. Thanks.


The best place to get information and software is slatedroid.com.

Installing firmware on the M001 is crazy-easy.

1. You unzip the firmware ZIP file
2. Copy the \script folder to the root of the sdcard
3. Power the M001 on and it will see the \script folder and install whatever is in there.

Notes:
 
1. Some firmware archives *require* 7zip because it - apparently - preserves symbolic links whereas WinZip and WinRar don't...and the system won't work properly if up open the archives.

2. If using a rooted custom ROM that supports the use of a swap partition - recommended - best to partition the sdcard first. Put the FAT32 partition on first. Create it, leaving 128MB empty. Then put the linux swap partition on and create it. It must be the second partition (/dev/block/mmcblk0p2). I got an sdcard reader/writer from PBTech for $18.

3. If you buy MicroSDs with SDHC adapters, you can use them in both the M001 and in your phone if it support MicroSDs.

4. Always install firmware with the mains power plugged in. Just in case. 

5. After booting, go to Menu -> Settings -> Touchpanel Calibration and calibrate the touch penal with a stylus or knitting needle or something with a fine, small tip.

6. Best firmware right now - IMHO - is Relax v1.9.6....as the Android Market 'just works'. All theo thers require the "market fix" or the side-loading of apps (or download from alternate markets.)    




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