Arnova 10 G2 improved custom firmware update (full root, increased app storage space)


Edit 2012/02/06: This firmware is not maintained anymore on our site and we have removed the file download. Please check our EZ firmware that is very simple to flash or go with a more advanced Arnova 10 G2 custom firmware with Android Market and root

Update 2011/12/23: Custom firmware updated to version 1.1 (

Custom firmwares providing root and Android Market to the Arnova 10 G2 keeps improving.
Following our first custom firmware and a second release of HTC Mania firmware, Finless forum user has just succeeded in assembling a great custom firmware providing:

  • full root support
  • 459mb of storage space for installing applications, this almost doubles previous firmwares
  • faster boot speed
  • This firmware currently needs a special procedure to be flashed, see indications below.

    Android Market installation

    Android Market is not included with this firmware, please use ArcTools to download and install Android Market on your device, after flashing the custom firmware.
    Important Note: ArcTools latest version (0.60) that should be available on Appslib tomorrow or is already available here offers new Market and Apps application packages:
    Default Apps & Market (Android 2.3) is the default package made for custom firmwares made by Arctablet, it won’t work currently work on this one, but that should be fixed soon
    Default Apps & Market 3.4.4 (rootless Install): should work with any firmware including non rooted ones ** recommended option with this firmware **
    Default Apps & Market 3.4.4 (root Install): works on rooted firmwares, unfortunately it fails on this one due to lack of disk space on /system partition. This should be fixed soon

    As you can see, Android Market is not very straighforward on this firmware, we are working on improving it.

    If you don’t want to flash this custom firmware and still want to install Android Market, you can try the following method from our forum.

    Firmware download

    This firmware is specific to the Arnova 10 G2 and should not be installed on other devices.




    Restoring Arnova 10 G2 default firmware

    In case you don’t like this firmware or if you just want to go back to the default stock firmware:

    README FIRST notes from Finless, the custom firmware author:

    Welcome to one of the first fully rooted ROMs for the Archos Arnova 10 G2 that gives you tons of memory available!
    I spent a huge amount of time learning and trial and error to get this firmware rooted.
    I for sure learned a lot about Android ROMs having never had a Android device before.
    I certainly hope you enjoy it and I am happy to have accomplished this.
    Bob White a.k.a “Finless”

    This is only for the 10 G2!
    If you flash another device with this ROM there is a good chance you will brick your device.
    You are on your OWN with this ROM. Don’t blame anyone if you mess up and brick your device!


    Before you do anything I suggest you go download the stock firmware from Arnova
    You may need this if something fails and you brick your device!

    If you brick your device you will need to reflash in recovery mode!
    Here is a tutorial on how to do that and the links to download the tool.

    Flashing your Arnova G2, Arnova G3, Rockchip RK29xx/RK30xx based tablet with Rockchip flashing tool

    Unzip this package and put it on your desktop or a drive you know where it is.

    This rom requires you use the RK29update.exe utility. In order to use this tool
    you will need to install the RK29 drivers. They are supplied with this package for both
    Windows 32bit and 64bit.
    Installing the drivers is a little tricky but there is a tutorial on how to do it

    Flashing your Arnova G2, Arnova G3, Rockchip RK29xx/RK30xx based tablet with Rockchip flashing tool

    If you already have the drivers installed your all set. If not you will need to install them.
    Read the tutorial on but this is the easy way I do it.

    1) I usually remove the SDCard while the unit is off before I start
    2) Plug in the USB cable to the Arnova and to your PC.
    DO not worry if the tablet is on. It may power on when you plug in the cable anyway.
    3) Make sure the power cord is connected! This is important in case your battery is low.
    4) While holding the UP volume button stick a pin in the reset hole and hold both volume up and reset
    5) After about 5 seconds you will hear your PC dong that it found hardware.
    RELEASE the reset button but keep holding volume up.
    6) While holding volume up you should again hear your PC dong that it found new hardware.
    It’s OK to release the volume up now. The screen should be black at this point.
    7) Windows should complain that it could not install the device and may ask to look for drivers.
    That’s OK. Close and driver dialogs, etc.
    6) Open the device manager in control panel. You should see a device listed as unknown with a yellow symbol in it
    RIGHT click on it and select “Update Driver”.
    7) You will get a dialog asking to search or browse my computer for the driver. Click Browse
    8) On the next screen click the browse button. A file manager will open.
    Now remember I told you to unzip this package to somewhere you know how to find it like the desktop?
    Using the file manager point to this package, Click on the driver folder.
    Then click on the folder for 32bit or 64bit depending on your OS.
    Now click on your OS version, e.g. Win7, etc.
    The OK button should now be available to click OK.
    At this point the driver should install. If not start over
    9) Once the driver installs you should now see a device at the top of the list called”
    Class for rockusb devices. If you expand that it will show a RK29 Device. Do not worry about the ? on it.

    Flashing the ROM:
    OK driver is installed and we can now flash the Arnova with the new images.
    The RKAndroid tool (RK29update.exe) is different than the recovery flash tool and the update.img roms.
    With this tool you will be flashing the basic image files. e.g. Kernal.img, boot.img, etc.
    Maybe one day soon I will figure out how to make a simple update.img but for now this is the only way
    to get my rooted rom installed.

    1) Open the package where you unzipped it and you will see a program called RK29update.exe.
    Double click that to run it.
    2) I have setup the config.ini file so all the IMGs are already set in the tool.
    You do not need to change anything there and you should not or you may brick your device!
    Do not mess with the values for offset either. Guaranteed to brick your device πŸ˜‰
    3) At the bottom the tool should say “NO Found RKAndroid Rock USB (Unless you’re already in recovery mode already).
    If your device is connected and in recovery mode the tool should say “Found RKAndroid Loader Rock USB”
    If not then you need to but the device in recovery mode as explained above for driver install.
    You cannot proceed unless the tool says it found your device
    4) OK all of the check boxes on the left should be checked EXCEPT Loader and backup.
    Leave backup unchecked but check the loader check box (optional).
    Note: Most the Arnovas currently have loader 2.06. This will update yours to 2.08.
    Both 2.06 and 2.08 work so if you don’t want to update your loader leave it unchecked
    I just go ahead and update to 2.08 for possible future stuff
    5) Before you click the run button click the EraseIBD. I have had some strange flashes by not doing that.
    After about 1 minute or so the tool should pop up a box telling you it is done. Click OK.
    6) Now it’s time to flash. Click the Run button and let it do its thing. It will take about 3 minutes or so.
    7) On the right panel is the status of what it is doing. When it completes it will say done.
    If any errors occurred they will be in red. You should NOT have any errors.
    8) At this point the Arnova will reboot and go into recovery screen and format the system.
    Let it continue and it will reboot again and then boot into the Android OS.

    If you get a black screen or it doesn’t boot, you are bricked for some reason!
    Again it this happens you will need to use the recovery tool explained above.

    I hope you enjoy this fully rooted rom! It has 459mb of system space available unlike the stock rom of 225mb.
    It has full write access to /system. Su and superuser.apk are also installed.

    Bob White

    Thanks a lot Finless for your all your efforts and great work.


    1. Hi there

      New to all this but love the update, i might be asking a silly one but i am having a problem with usb memory sticks not tried a hdd yet. can any of you help me out because i cant find anything in the settings about the usb mode and how to turn it on and off.


      • I had the similar problem and sorted out the following way.

        1. Uninstalled both Arctools and market.
        2. Googled the market.apk and downloaded the market from ‘’
        3. Save the apk file on my SD card, used the files app to locate and install the market.

        And I was all fine.

    2. Everything flashed very well. The only issue I had was trying to sign into google when launching the market for the first time. I got and error…

      “This could be a temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services.”

      Maybe Google is just having issues???

    3. Absolute knock out mate! It works like a charm and I swear it runs better and the WiFi is working far better than the stock, might be just me though, LOL!

      Something for you Mac users ( and Linux too ).

      I only have an iMac running OSX. I tried to run Windows 7 in BootCamp and it crapped out on me, so in order to run this heres what I did. I actually used Oracle’s VirtualBox VM software and I built a Windows XP SP3 ( using Tiny’s XP SP3 ISO ) VM system. I then installed the RK29 flashing drivers. I plugged the Arnova10G2 into the Mac ( direct into the back not via a USB hub ) then it showed up through the VM! I then took a big chance and started the flashing…it worked perfect it occasionally dropped off the VM, so I simply reconnect it via the VM interface USB control.

      Finally when the Arnova rebooted I nearly passed out holding my breath, then the funky green boot screen flashed up and I was over the moon!!!

      It is possible to flash the Arnova unit via VirtualBox ( probably VMWare too ) although it’s most likely not recommended but I can confirm it works if you are on Mac OSX or Linux.


    4. This is brilliant staff! Thanks to Finless and Bob. The expanded internal memory for Apps installation is a great bonus, I can now install loads of apps.

      However, there are some issues I would like to report.

      One – After installation my 8gb Storage has turned into a 6.20 GB one! Is this expected?

      Two – The Camera does not seem to work. I had to reboot a few times and only then the camera would work. Skype does not work with video, does not show video from the other end and also does not capture my video.

      Three – Battery back up is a lot efficient than the original rom.

      Anyway a big thanks for this good work and look forward to the next release!

      • I bricked my last Philly Tablet with that last bogus Firmware update. It was still under warranty so they sent me a new one. I bought a Toshiba Thrive 16 Gb and today I sold the Arnova at a lost, because I thought no one would do a firmware update. Well 12 hours after I sold the thing I get an Google alert stating that a new root was available, geez what timing. I really liked that tablet, it had the loudest speakers and it would play any video content I threw at it.

      • Hello Harold.

        The reason everyone talks about the difference between Philly 10 g2 and the standard 10 g2 is as follows: You will lose your apps for the Philly Newspaper and the standard install apps that come with it. if you can down load those you should be fine “With login”

        I just loaded this rom on my Philly 10 g2 without one single issue… was rather simple and very easy. have fun!

        • I ran this update on my Philly Arnova 10 G2 over the weekend. Had absolutely zero problems (my first tablet ended up bricked — must have had bad memory chips), and have already seen my first Titanium backups successfully completed, and all apps (the one’s that I *really* want) installed again —- and still have hundreds of megabytes free now (I was down to 30 megs free before rooting).

          Highly recommended, and not really much more complicated than rooting my Android phone and flashing a custom ROM on it.

          • HI…I recently purchased teh PHilly tablet.. and am very interested in trying this new firmware.. I just have a few questions before I try.
            1)What happens to the Daily News and Inquirer apps? do you ahve to reinstall them? Does this affect the subscriptions at all?
            2)Does this update work well with video chat, like skype?
            3)Is Android Market included?

            Thanks for your help. I’m really excited about this new tablet, and with the deal that the Inquirer offered, it would just be awesome to effectively upgrade this device! I think it has a ton of potential.

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