New Life for the G-Tablet
(Updated 25 Jan 13 to include an updated Smoother ROM)
New life for the G-Tablet is here: Two new ROMS were released recently for the GTab. I have only tried the CM10 (Smoother) version ROM but both appear to be just what the GTab needs to make it live again.
The CM10 (Smoother) ROM
You should use the 250MB system partition but you may be able to run it on the 200MB partition. I had a 200MB partition already installed on my GTab (after using GtabCombOver ROM) so I decided to try that. It seems to have worked fine. However, it may be best to start with a fresh NVFlash and use a larger partition. That may “future proof” your device since you may start experiencing problems as you add additional apps.
From the CM10 (Smoother) JB ROM XDA Thread:
SmoOth Bean 4.1.2 ver 1.5(Standard PlayStore) 160 DPIThe Goods
SmoOth Bean 4.1.2 ver 1.5(Inverted PlayStore) 160 DPI
Link for NVFlash package to set System to 250m
Recomended NVFlash 250m system Mod What Works
Audio, Audio, and did I mention Audio…… What Doesn’t Work
Camera (Work around use USB Camera)
Mic works but buggy
The ROM includes a limited set of GApps so it is not necessary to flash them separately. However, you will need to download other needed Apps from the Play Store.
Load the ROM, reboot & allow it to complete the first boot (which always takes longer than normal). Then complete the setup and leave the device alone for several hours while it “sets in.”
My initial impression is that this ROM is pretty stable and had not demonstrated as many of the slow downs as previous ROMS. If I were still using my G-Tablet, I would definitely like this ROM. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to breathe new life into their GTab.
The AOSP ROM
This ROM requires that you use the 350MB system. Visit our article “Jelly Bean on the GTab“ for the download link to the required NVFlash. Also, use that article as a step-by-step guide for flashing this ROM (just use this ROM file instead of the one in the article.From the XDA thread for the AOSP (G-Harmony) JB ROM:
This ROM uses a supercharger module that should enable it to run faster and be more fluid in operation. I cannot comment on the normal – or supercharged – operation, but here are the instructions for starting the module (from the XDA thread). This is an OPTIONAL configuration. It is completed with a terminal app on the GTab (not connected to a computer).
To start the V6 SuperCharger:
- Download and install a Terminal app on the GTab
- Execute the Terminal app on the GTab (text in the term is usually case-sensitive)
- Type: su
- Type: cd system/xbin
- Type: sh V6SuperCharger.sh
- Follow the prompts
Since I have not used this ROM, I cannot explicitly recommend it. However, it looks good and I doubt that it will harm your GTab in any way. If you do try it, please leave a comment and let us know about your experiences.
Adobe Flash Player is not supported on ANY version of Jelly Bean. In order to use flash, you must install a flash-enabled browser. Here is a link to a more complete guide.
USB Connection to Computer: All JB devices present themselves to computers attached with USB in a slightly different way. See this article for more: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2009040
CPU Speed can be adjusted (for most ROMS) directly in the Settings / Performance settings.
The blank spaces on either side of the home screen (in some launchers) in landscape mode are links to move from one page to another. Just tap one of the blank spaces to move to the next page in that direction. To eliminate these, use an alternate launcher (many are available from the Play Store).
To reduce the size of the icons, change the DPI from 160 to 130 or so. You can download the Density Changer application from the Play Store to change it.
To see additional apps on the Play Store (and enlarge the icon size) use the Changer app and click on the “+” and choose the TABLET. Then reboot.
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