Thursday, March 31, 2011

Archos 5 IT Adobe Flash 10.2 Works on Android

Video Prof that Adobe Flash 10.2 works on the Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android...

Unfortunately there are some things you have to do to the Archos 5 IT before it will be capable of running Adobe Flash 10.2

First of which the Archos 5 needs to run
Android 2.2 ... Archos has not stepped up to the plate to give us an optimized version of Android 2.2 that will work.

Archos is still stuck on Android 1.6 even though the current firmware is optimized for 3D games and the media center (which by the way is really cool...more on that later)

But Archos has released the source code and SDE for the Archos 5 IT but that IMO is just not enough.

So the folks over at openAOS have released 2.2 for the Archos 5 IT it runs and seems to rum pretty good ... Just a little slow ... and they are on version Alpha 5 .. and they seem to be halted at this time on development.

You should have some Linux background and a version of Ubuntu running somewhere to Hack the ARchos 5 IT with Android.

If I get some time I will do a full either picture or video walk through of how to do it ... their instructions seem a bit daunting to the new users.

Good luck and more to come.

Android Archos 5 IT w/ Cheap Wireless Mouse

Here is just a quick video of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet using the DVR Station and a cheap Office Depot wireless Mouse...

Pretty cool if you ask me ... but simple things for simple people... Check out How to Pair an Apple Keyboard with the Archos 5 IT as well ... Hey could be a fully functional desk top replacement ... hehehehe.. yeah right.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet and Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

Archos 5 Internet Tablet and Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

Yes it works ... And this is How I paired the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard with the Archos 5 IT.

Go to bluetooth setting on the Archos 5.
Settings>Wireless controls>Bluetooth settings

Press and hold the power button on the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard till the green light flashes and is ready to pair

On the Archos 5 IT press
Scan for devices.

After the Archos 5 IT finds the Apple Keyboard.

On the Archos 5 press the keyboard and it will ask for a pin number.

Enter 0000 on the Archos 5 IT then click OK.

Very quickly on the Apple Keyboard type in 0000 and Enter / or Return.

And your done... It works great...

Also take a look at Using A cheap 10$ Wireless Mouse with the Archos 5 IT

If you have problems after pairing the Archos 5 IT with An Apple Keyboard these steps may also have to be done.

Press the power button on the apple keyboard to make sure it is on.

Go to bluetooth setting on the Archos 5 IT.

Long click on the apple keyboard and select "unpair". This will unpair the apple keyboard, but it will still be included in the list of bluetooth devices.

Important - do NOT click "scan" on the Archos 5

Right after you click "unpair", immediately click on the apple keybaord and press pair. This will bring up the window for you to enter a PIN.

Enter the PIN on the Archos 5 IT and press OK.

Enter the PIN on the apple keybaord and press "return".

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Adobe Did It! Released Flash 10.2 for Android

Adobe has released a beta version of Adobe Flash for Android devices. The new update is available for mobiles running on Android 2.2, 2.3 or 3.0.

Well I know what I will be doing tonight seeing that I finally was able to activate my HTC Droid Incredible today from Verizon. With Android version 2.2 I should be able to download Adobe Flash 10.2 Beta from Android Market.

Now I will have to get really interested in hacking the Archos 5 IT so I can get it upgraded to Android 2.2 so I can take full advantage of the Adobe release ... By the way there is a link there for the ARcos 5 IT that shows it works....

Hmmm.. I wonder how it will work on the Pandigital Novel I hacked up to Android 2.2 ( DOH double checked .. Pandigital is still only on 2.1 even hacked .. so no Flash just yet)..

Will just have to see...

Go out Download Adobe Flash 10.2 Beta ... and let the videos begin... So far works great with youtube in browser...

Will have to try other flash video sites...

The main improvements come to users of Android Honeycomb which is the tablet version of the operating system. Android tablets will now benefit from the ability to load full flash content.

Another key improvement is to dual-core devices which will now benefit from increased speed and improved battery life. Single-core users will see slight improvements to the Youtube player.

The new version will also now support 720p video playback and addresses a security issue that plagued previous versions.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

ePad txpower fix / hack Better Wifi Performance Zenithink ZT-180

The ePad or Zenithink Android Table as mentioned in previous postings is pretty good out of the box .. But there is always something we can do to make it better.

txpower hack on the ePad / Zenithink will reduce some of the heat that is given off on the back of the Android Tablet... BTW its HOT... not hot enough to burn you but it does get warm. And the txpower fix will also improve wifi performance as well as the battery life.

The first thing you will need "You Must ROOT your ePad / Zenithink first" (if you have not done so click the link to get that done first then come back here)

Download this file.. RootExplorer

***It is possible
that rooting your ePad / Zenithink can render it bricked or otherwise useless.. Broken Damaged... or blow up. I take no responsibility for any damage that occurs to your Android Tablet.. I am not the owner or creator of the software here.. JUST A CYA thing****

You can download RootExplorer
directly to your ePad / Zenithink ZT-180 or to your computer and transfer it with a flash drive or SD card.

Install the apk just like any other application and open it or go in to your drawer and look for this

Open RootExplorer it's not a pretty gui by any stretch of the imagination just a good file system utility. Upon opening RootExplorer you may get a superuser popup – tick the Remember box and then click on Allow.

scroll down to /etc click
scroll down to /Wireless

then open /RT2870STA

So your full Path should be /etc/Wireless/RT2870STA

Click on the Mount R/W Button to make the files Writable (other wise Read only).

Click and hold on RT2870STA.dat file

a context menu will come up scroll down to where it says Open in Text Editor

Find where it says TxPower=100

change that to say TxPower=20 ... like mine shows .. hit the home button save your file it will make a back up file for you if you need to revert back. and enjoy your Hacked ePad / Zenithink ZT-180

nOOb Way to Root the ePad ZT-180

Android ePad Rooting or the Zenithink ZT-180 Root. Quick and simple way to root the ePad. Every on knows how to use the down and dirties of the linux based Android and the SDK Tools right!!!! Well I'm Not .. I do have some Linux Certifications but that has been years back so I need an quick and easy nOOb friendly way of rooting my ePad.

***It is possible
that rooting your ePad / Zenithink can render it bricked or otherwise useless.. Broken Damaged... or blow up. I take no responsibility for any damage that occurs to your Android Tablet.. I am not the owner or creator of the software here.. JUST A CYA thing****

Download UniversalAndroot it is an apk just like any other application you would download for your Android.

Once its downloaded (if you are doing this on your ePad) just click on the apk and it will install and open it.

If you did not open it after installing it should be in your ePad's drawer and it looks like this.

After you open UniversalAndroot you will see 3 buttons... **** if you have upgraded the ePad / Zenithink to Froyo 2.2 you can not use the option for Superuser for Android 2.0 ~ 2.2 you must select DO Not Install Super user when you click on it. Other wise it will error out.*** if you are still on 2.1 your good to go..

After you have selected your Superuser info hit Root:-) and watch the magic..

Good luck .. Later to come The Wi-Fi txPower Fix for the Zenithink ZT-180
Later to come The Wi-Fi txPower Fix for the ePad

And here is the rest of it.

Android ePad 10" ZT-180 mini Review

Had the opportunity to pick up an Android ePad and Play with it for a week. Here are my impressions of the ePad / ZT-180.

First off the ePad did not come with much in the box. What was included with the ePad was a Power cord, Stylus, and a network cable (USB to RJ-45). No Documentation or disks. It also did not come with a USB cable to connect to a computer (That was ok with me I have multiple cables hanging around)

Straight out of the Box the ePad
is actually very usable but with some hacks the ePad is a much more powerful device.

The touch screen all though a resistive type touch pad "not a capacitive screen" like the iPad is very accurate on the ePad. There is a stylus included to use, but I found that a finger nail and usually even the pad of my index finger worked great on the screen.

All of the applications on the ePad were quite quick and loading times were very fast with the Android tablet powered by the 1GHz ZT-180 ARM11 Processor (there is some debate on which classification this processor really is be it ARM11 or ARM6) but I could tell that it was relatively fast none the less.

Internal memory is only 256MB DDR ram with 192MB dedicated for the system and 64MB for the video processor.

The ePad had no problems running Angry Birds straight from the Android Market.

From right to left:
Menu Toggle buttons this is a rocker switch that looks like it would control the volume but they are for context menus.
Power Button
SD slot that will take up to 32GB micro SD (or TF)

The bottom has
Head Phone Jack for listing to music watching movies in private.
USB port full size 2.0 I think. I have used it with memory sticks or flash drives.. Pretty sure it would not power a hard drive though. Also would be good for 3G or soon to be 4G card as long as Android would have the driver for it..
Mini USB which for the life of me I can't get this damned thing to go in to Mass Storage mode.. to see it on the computer... The only thing I can see it good for is Flashing the ePad's firmware.. I also tried for a bout a half hour to get Android SDK and ADB to work on it .. and promptly gave up.

On the front is just the home button ..

All in all its is a very usable device for what it is... It is larger than the iPad first gen. And not exactly well made .. The case dos not flex from side to side .. but you can tell its a China made device and is very light and feels like a toy... (that is really what it is a Toy) ..

Will be posting about the Archos 7 HT and the Archos 5 Internet Tablet they both look and feel like they were built much better..

The ePad IMO is a nice little Tablet but too big and bulky for my tastes..

Later I will Post on how to Hack (Very simple way to ROOT the ePad / Zenithink ZT-180) the ePad a bit for the Wi-Fi Hack on the ZT-180 or ePad Wi-Fi Hack..

But for now

Here are the spec's for the pad.

10.2-inches (diagonal) LED-backlit high quality resistive touchscreen display

1024-by-576 or 1024-by-600 pixel resolution 16:9 aspect ratio


Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g via RT3070 or RT2070 chipset)

Ethernet (via micro USB port and USB to Ethernet adapter)


WinCE 6.0 or Google Android 2.1


256MB DDR RAM (192 System/64 Video)

2GB onboard (split among Userdata, System, and U-boot Partitions)

microSD expandable (up to 32 GB)


ZT-180 - ARM11 - Clock speed 1.0 Ghz


Built-in 2-axis accelerometer

Automatic screen rotation from landscape mode to portrait and vice versa. (Where applicable)


Audio formats supported: MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG


Video formats supported: MP4, AVI, WMV, DIVX, Flash


Viewable document types: jpg, bmp, png, gif, txt, pdf, xls, doc, zip


2400mAh, 7.4V Li-Ion Battery

Up to 4 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

Up to 4.5 hours with WiFi off

Charging via power adapter


1 x micro network and 1 x mini OTG USB port

1 x Full USB port

Built-in stereo speakers

microSD card dock

3.5-mm stereo headphone jack



On/Off Button; Menu/Recent Application (should have been Volume) Buttons; Home/Back Round Button


ZT-180 Tablet

USB to ethernet adapter

Power Adapter

User manual


Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian


270mm x 180 mm x 15mm


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