Monday, June 9, 2014

Upgrade Your LG L5 E612 to Android JellyBean 4.1.2

I seldom use the phone software checker (Settings -> About Phone -> Software Update) to see if any firmware update are available from the server. I never thought there would be a major update for this phone. I realized about this update from web news I accidentally  read.
It says that LG L5 got a major firmware update from Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) to Jelly Bean (4.1.2).

If you want to do this upgrade, prepare the following:
1. LG PC Suite for LG L5 (just google it), update it to the latest version
2. A computer, USB data cable.

then do as follow:
1. Connect your LG L5 E612 phone to your PC/Laptop via USB.
2. if this is the first time you connect your phone, the phone will let you choose USB mode for this connection, choose PC suite mode. Also the PC may install the driver for the phone, it may take a few minutes, or restart the PC/Laptop once.

3. Lauch the PC suite, confirm that the phone is recognized by the suite, select menu, [Mobile Device]-> [Mobile Device software update], it will check the server for update. The jelly bean firmware will be named by V20E_00.kdz. Choose to download the upgrades (it's a big about 700MB file).
4. Do not disconnect you LG during the upgrades. Wait for the download to finish, LG PC suite will change your phone mode to download mode and upload the upgrades to your phone.
5. Once finish uploading, the phone will restart, optimizing application already installed and ...
you have android jelly bean on your phone.
You can now install google now, and say OK google to start search :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kiss the Vega Good Bye

Scanno, the nickname behind VegaBean, and Unofficial CM 10.1 for Vega has gave it up. You can kiss your dream about vega getting a 4.3 update from this folk, good bye.
As he mention in his post at tabletroms that he now has a new toy, a Nexus 10. He love the beauty of its HD display. His fellow developer and a few user express their gratitude for Scanno's long effort to make Vega stand confidently although it has been dated an old tablet.

Scanno bring the 4.2 to Vega even faster than Samsung bring a 4.2 update to SGS2. My sister has seen 4.2 in my Vega first, for she had to wait 4 month later to see 4.2 in her handset.

But, I still hope that Scanno or maybe someone still want to put some effort for this old tablet. At least, in working to make the VegaBean more faster and perfect. Fixing the bluetooh or Accelorometer support for this tablet. VegaCream is also a good memories for my Vega, I hope someone with skill can look at it, may be he/she can find something to improve or add new functionality.

Let's hope this beloved Vega not die anytime soon, I still enjoying it's company :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Setting VegaBean to WCDMA only using Elixir widget

My data plan is kind of weird, when I use 2G, edge or GPRS, it charge me extra cost. Look like I only pay for the 3G band.

For this reason, I've searched the www for a way to make "the VegaBean" connect only using 3G network. After hours of searching, i've found a number to dial:

*#*#4636#*#*

this number will bring the dialog to choose what I need, WCDMA only network. But, it did not save the settings. After boot, the settings back to WCDMA prefered.

Search continued to find Elixir. It has a 4G widget, tapping this will bring the same interface when dial the above magic number. Aaand did not save it's settings too.

Still searching it a way to save the settings until now.

Every time before my Vegabean tablet turned off, I must remember to disconnecting it from network, but it's simple with the elixir widget.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Better Movie Play in VegaBean

This review based on my personal experience using the latest MX player with hw encoding enabled in Vegabean Beta6.

HD 720p play nicely
HD 1080p play nicely

compared to my experience with earlier custom ROM like honeyice, VegaICS, or Vegacream.

But, maybe it's the player, not the ROM. I don't have time to test this player againts the older ROM. What matter is the movie play nicely now.

Enabling USB host mode at boot in Vegabean

Vegabean last release was Beta6. I am using it right now, it's a nice ROM although a bit slower than Vegacream.
Some people still have problem with their touchscreen when installing whatever custom ROM, including this one. When faced with this, mouse or keyboard from usb port could come handy, but the default mode for usb in this build is "peripheral", which means: no mouse, or keyboard will be recognized at the usb port.

Enabling usb host mode is easy using shuttle tool, but frustrating when you don't have your touchscreen work. So, maybe it's better to set it to host mode by default.

In Vegacream beta 2.1 you can use this approach I post earlier, but in vegabean you cannot. You'll need to remount your /system read+write enabled in order to do that, so:

1. Open Terminal Emulator
2. Enter the following:

xx@anroid:/$ su

xx@anroid:/$ mount -o remount,rw /system

xx@anroid:/$ echo "echo 1 > /sys/usbbus/host_mode" >> /etc/vega_postboot.sh

xx@anroid:/$ mount -o remount,ro /system

xx@anroid:/$ exit

xx@anroid:/$ exit

reboot your tablet with the host mode enabled by default.

Any problem, please comment away!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Complete Guide: How to Install VegaCream

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich(ICS) is better than Froyo, Gingerbread, or Honeycomb isn’t it?

Well, you can take it to your tablet now, by installing VegaCream ROM.

This guide is for Advent Vega, PoV Mobii, Zyrex OnePad and other P10AN01 clone tablet user.

There are at least two ways installing this ROM, using nvflash method or ClockwordMod zip update file.

This guide will use the first method.

It took no more than five minutes to flash ROM to the tablet, given the entire ingredient ready.

First, you need to understand, that doing this could:
1. Damage your tablet.
2. Void your tablet warranty, so I have warned you.

What you need?
1. USB male to male cable
2. A PC running windows XP or later.
3. USB driver, get it here. To install it see this post
4. The VegaCream ROM

Flashing step:
1. Turn off your tablet
2. Connect your tablet to the PC using the USB cable
3. Connect your tablet to its charger
4. Put your tablet into nvflash mode: Press back button and hold it, press power button and release both. You should hear a notification sound from the PC speaker.
5. Run the VegaCream*.exe file, wait until the process done, the tablet will reboot itself then power off.
6. Done

You now have VegaCream, enjoy

Installing Windows USB Driver for Advent Vega and Clone

You need to install USB Driver, so your PC recognize the tablet

1.       Extract the SystemUSB.zip
2.       Turn off the tablet.
3.       Connect  the PC and the tablet using USB cable.
4.       Connect the tablet to its charger.
5.       Put the tablet into nvflash mode.

          6.       If successful, you’ll hear a notification sound from your PC.
          7.       Your PC will ask you to install a driver for the new APX device connected.
          8.       Choose to install the driver from specific location.
          9.       Locate the driver in the folder where you extract SystemUSB.zip
          10.   Done

Now you can proceed to any flashing procedure using nvflash program.

To put the tablet into nvflash mode:
You need to connect the tablet to its charger, and press a certain button combo.
A lot of tutorial said press and hold 2 second etc, in my experience, it is not necessary.

The important thing is the right sequence.

1.       Back Button, press and hold,
2.       Power Button, press and,
3.       Release both when you hear notification sound from your PC