Experiences with GTA02 and OM2008.12 (was part of the "Brick" thread)

Marcus Stong stongo at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 22:21:29 CET 2009

You don't need to mess with uboot environment anymore. Download the 
kernel in the android forum at forum.koolu.org in the "Android Pre-built 
image..." thread, where the kernel is under 2M.
Android works well, but the phone is unusable still in my opinion. It's 
so quiet that you can't hear ANYTHING with any background noise such as 
in a car, on the street, with music in the background. This is being 
worked on, but if you're looking for a usable phone, this isn't it yet. 
Don't get me wrong, I love it, and actually feel quite motivated to help 
resolve this volume issue, because otherwise it's a great environment.

Gothnet wrote:
> Craig Woodward wrote:
>> Funny you mention that... it's the last on my list, since I've tried most
>> of the others but this one has failed to boot after several  attempts.  I
>> got  a new uSD card just for this setup to see if thats what's preventing
>> the boot.
> Two things I found that stop boots on android images I've used are - SD card
> partitions and uboot.
> If you're using uboot you must alter the uboot environment to be able to use
> a larger kernel. The default limit is 2MB. The way I did it was to grab the
> uboot env using dfu-util ... basically follow the instructions 
> http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Bootloader#What_if_I_borked_my_bootloader_environment_and_don.27t_get_a_prompt_anymore.3F
> here  but edit the environment.in file to set a kernel partition size of 3
> or so MB. There's also a way to do it using the uboot command line but I'm
> not familiar with that.
> The SD card *must* be formatted with two partitions. The second one *must*
> be ext3. The first I usually format as FAT 16, though FAT 32 may work too.
> The first partition will appear to android as its SD card, the second will
> be used for its data/config store. I don't know what size to recommend, but
> it's worked with 2/6GB on my 8GB card.
> HTH.

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