Firmware custom Android 2.2 Froyo pour Arnova 8, avec Android Market et root – kasty-arn8-22


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  1. I put my tablet down for about 15 minutes and when I returned it wouldn’t respond. As far as I know it was fully charged, or almost anyway. I’ve tried resetting it using the instructions on the site. I can’t reconnect it to the PC as the USB isn’t enabled yeg. Any ideas please?

        • It was working but it went into power saving mode I guess. I’ve tried plugging the power with no response, no response from reset. It doesn’t show when it is plugged in via usb so I can’t use the flashing tools. At the moment I’m letting the power run down, if it’s on that is. Any help is appreciated.

          • Ok, finally got it working again. After letting the battery drain I plugged it back in and restore mode worked. I just rebooted and, after some issues with touchpad calibration, changed the display settings to never go off when charging and to never in screen timeout. Hopefully this will prevent this happening again.

            • I think that the problem is that it hasn’t found my devices internal 8GB and is only showing the 2GB microSD card and 182MB of available space for internal device storage. When I had 2.1 on there was 6GB free of internal storage. If I browse the file system the data is still there from 2.1. I wasn’t able to connect using the rockchip tool so this might be down to the method of installation. Though this didn’t make a difference when I re-installed 2.1 this way. I’ve tried two different windows 7 computers and an XP computer and finally managed to use the rockchip tool to flash it but it still only has 1.84GB total memory. I think I’m going to have to either revert to stock or try the custom 2.1.

  2. It was missing some Google apps (like youtube and google calendar) from market.
    I completed steps from the Arctablet article « Google Android Market missing apps fix ».
    And now it’s missing most of the apps including all google apps.
    Why did this happen?

    //sorry if my english is very bad

  3. I installed the firmware with RKAndroidBatchUpgrade like someone had mentioned early on and what a differance. First i noticed the file structure has changed when viewed with my computer. The books I manualy load in to my kindle folder now show in the kindle app 🙂 . Auto rotate works. The Market has updated it self to 3.1.5 and works great .
    I now I feel my frist reaction was a bit rushed and this firmware should be made downloadable
    Thankyou for the great work

  4. Although I really liked this beta and I’ve become very excited of the upcoming version 2.2 It’s time to return to the stock firmware. It isn’t just as stable as I hoped to but nevertheless, I hope you guysall the luck when it comes to trying to fix this firmware!

    And most important of all will there be a second beta? I really hope so and I’m looking forward to hear something from you guys in the future about this release!

    Greets Kevin

  5. The rotation and the minimal internal storage error stands out for me. If you get those fixed then yes it would be ok as far as I am concerned.

    I am staying with this firmware because, I can now use the Kindle app.

    Thanks for letting me Beta Test


  6. Guys, thank you all for your detailed report.
    We are actually a bit short time to update the firmware immediately, do you think it could be publicly released as it is now or better try to fix some problems (if this can ever be done).
    Please vote 😉

    • Hi Admin,

      Is it a joke ?
      imho it would be quiet « criminal » to release it as it is now !!! Far too many serious bugs (freezes, lost calibration, lost rotation, lost internal memory, lost sd card, poor video playback or even no playback at all, and so on, and so on……..).
      You made a hard job, but it is far from beeing usable……..

      You would have a lot of people complaining and threatening on your website !
      Imagine the disaster for people not being able to flash the stock firmware back in case of unusable tablet, like it happened for some of the beta testers !!

      I encourage you to continue, but there is still much work to do before everything functions…….

      Personall I switch back to the stock firmware. Wait and see……

      Please don’t be upset because of my criticism. 😉

      Best Regards

    • Despite the fact that a lot of software now runs under this new firmware, like kindle and adobe pdf reader, I am going back to the previous firmware…
      The 2.2 is just to buggy and unreliable to use in daily life and will become frustrating…
      So if you release this version put a big warning sign and a link to all this converstations overhere because people will complain…

    • I installed the firmware with RKAndroidBatchUpgrade now I have only two small bugs :
      virtual Keyboard
      firmware does not support 8GB .

      I have kept the firmware on my tablet even if it’s a beta
      all works even the automatic rotation

      • It would be interesting to know why the fact of installing the firmware in this way causes less bugs, if it is really the case.
        And, forgive me celineseb, but not supporting the internal 8 GB memory is a large bug imho !
        And may I ask you which problem do you habe with the virtual keyboard ?


  7. Has anyone tested the videoplayer. My h.264 files (handbrake) do stutter a lot. Jerky video makes them unwatchable…
    Anyone with this problem (they worked before) I tried other videoplayers (moboplayer etc..) None of them work as they should
    I used the movieplayer a lot… Any suggestions…

  8. Ian I can confirm your findings. Restart only occurs after power down if plugged into mains. This is similar behaviour to another tablet I had, which, powered on when plugged in.

    Files app now works, no idea why it would not before, probable cause was I had it plugged in.

    Commendable update by the Admins here, and I thank you for your work.


  9. Just another question, a little bit offtopic, but anyway……..

    Does somebody have problems with keeping the wifi connection active ?

    Whatever I do, I loose the connection after 30 seconds or a minute, and I have to restart the tablet, or restart the wifi.

    I’ve tried to change the channel on the access point, and disable the encryption protection, but the problem remains……..

    • No I don’t have that issue, I have a speedtouch 789vn.

      What might be interesseting, on our school we have « eduroam ». That’s a wireless network with peap settings. With the original firmware I wasn’t able to login, next monday I will test it, if it will work on android 2.2

  10. SD – Card issue

    The SD card often gets lost. When coming back from sleep I am often unable to access the SD-Card. A complete restart is necessary to bring it back. I use this tablet while teaching to follow my courses in pdf format. This is no longer possible because files on the sd card disappear…

    When coming from sleep, wifi access take a lot of time or does not happen at all. Enabling and disabling WIFI solves the problem…

    All in all a lot of improvements in this firmware so a big thank you but the improvements get lost in all the negative side-issues… Will keep testing…

  11. Hi

    After using it last night, I would like to report a fault with the Files Manager « Files » When I press it, it brings up a blank black screen, and does not bring up the menu. I did shut it down completely, so this may be a power up from cold fault.

    Wifi does not automatically connect, when powered up from shut down, but whether this is a bad thing as its conserves battery is debatable.

    On the plus side battery life seems to be better (probably due to the Wifi non auto connect issue)

  12. I’m sorry, but this beta version is too buggy, impossible tu test it without having BIG problems.

    Now I have reinstalled the stock firmware, but I still get problems, for example the auto rotation no more works !!

    Please tell me how to recover a complete stock firmware !


    My tablet does autorotate but the rotation made adobe pdf reader for example crash.
    When my old pdf reader (Vudroid) rotates, the screen only uses half the of the available screen, seems like the screen thinks it is from an arnova 10 size table… Black unused space at the sides…

  14. had the problem with the shut down and then starts up on its own. try to go back to arnova software but the shut down problem is still there?
    had no problem with screen rotate reading my books, had the video problem that is being reported

  15. ….another BIG bug:

    I was trying to connect to my desktop computer when suddenly the touchscreen lost the calibration. I couldn’t do anything with the screen.
    So I wanted to shutdown the tablet, but it was impossible of course, when I pressed the on/off button I wasn’t able to press on the « shutdown button » on the screen…..
    The only way was to use the pinhole reset button.
    Now the tablet has started again, and I had to make a new calibration, and it seems to work as before…..

    I’ve had really chance this time !!!

    You’ll have to do a lot of work to fix all these bugs ! 😉

    Good luck !

  16. Just installed kindle, installed fine and works well, but, when going back into the Market, select my apps, and the kindle is « still » being shown as downloading, when its already installed.

    only 180mb of internal storage.

    more to come.

  17. Before i can answer that question I will start a test because it seemed I’m one of the few that have this problem (a friend of mine, also participating in this beta had te problem once in android 2.1 but not in this firmware)

    So what will I do?

    Test 1 Lock the screen with the powerbutton

    5x = wait 2 min, turn on
    5x = wait 5 min, turn on
    3x = wait 10 min, turn on
    1x = wait 30 min, turn on
    1x = wait 1 hour, turn on
    1x = wait for 2 hours, turn on

    Test 2 don’t lock the screen, let it lock itself

    5x = wait 2 min, turn on
    5x = wait 5 min, turn on
    3x = wait 10 min, turn on
    1x = wait 30 min, turn on
    1x = wait 1 hour, turn on
    1x = wait for 2 hours, turn on

    Measure method, stop-watch

    You will hear tomorrow what my findings are.


    • I’m having trouble to reproduce the error.

      It seems that it’s just random and when it does, it happens a few times on a small period of time. Let me explain.

      I started the test last night and all my findings were positive so no errors etc. When I woke up that morning I tested it, and still the tablet went on, then I went away for a couple for hours and dang the tablet wouldn’t start, so reset button and he started up, 10 minutes later, same problem, screen wouldn’t open.

      So my conclusion for now is:

      – There’s relation between the way the tablet is locked (manually or automatic)
      – The black screen appears on random base so there’s no real predection when the next black screen appears.

      What to do next?
      I hope you could help me with that, it seemes that something else is creating this problem, could it be cpu or ram issues like it has to few ram or that the processor is to heavy loaded so it shuts down itself?

      I hope you can help me with this one,



  18. Hi

    Ok kickoff is not too bad.

    However as reported by others no auto rotate.

    Slightly more lag, when moving an app icon onto the main screen from the apps selection screen.

    Same shutdown error as reported by Kevin, I echo his urgency that this is a major problem and needs to be addressed.

  19. Hi Kevin,

    How long did you put down the tablet before it shuts itself down ? Mine was « on » for about two hours without having this problem.
    But when I shut it down manually, it takes much much more time than before, but I don’t have the reboot problem.
    Strange to have different behavior with the same hardware and the same firmware !!

    The devil hides in these tablets !! 😉

    Cheers !

  20. Sorry posted in the original forum so…

    Just flashed my arnova 8. Went straight to videoplayer. Some remarks here…
    used the same h.264 encoder videos as before.
    Video starts black, only sound…
    Changing aspect ratio brings up video. But only one aspect ratio is available…. changing, stretching does not work
    The bar on top does not disappear… calling menu give double bar!
    Video framerate is choppy, not fluent. This was also the case in previous firmware but only after fast forward, now the video plays jerky all the time
    Typing this message feels more sluggish than before, virtual pad seems a little of, like bad calibrated
    This is exciting will try the market now
    Ps video was encoded in handbrake normal profile

    Just installed market. No problem. Downloaded adobe pdf reader… Seems to work now. You can select pdfs on your device ! Never worked before in 2.1
    Installed KINDLE works now. Home bar goes away in this firmware so the first lines of text are readeable…
    This looks promising !

  21. Hi there,

    I’m very happy to be one of the beta testers and down below you will find my first test result. Before you start reading I must admit that the system has become much smoother and the animations of the tablet are much better. Unfortunately I found some bugs that really shouldn’t be there in the final product, I hope my finds will help you improve the firmware. If you have any questions, your welcome to send me a mail!

    1. (MAJOR) When i put down the tablet and come back later the tablet has shut it self down and doesn’t respond to any button anymore , only by pressing reset will make the tablet to restart the os (had same bug in android 2.1 custom firmware)

    2. when I want to shut down my arnova 8, it automatically reboots

    3. Multitasking doesn’t work, when i press the main butten for a long time, there used be a screen where i could select the open applications, this screen doesn´t appear anymore.

    4. market 3.xx doesn’t show many apps, in my case only 2. After that i installed version 2.xx everything worked and I did have all the apps.

    5. When playing video the main toolbar is still visible when playing video, and when touching the screen a second main toolbar appears, just under the first one, (and this one is just as functional as the first, so i can make the volume louder on the second but also on the first toolbar)(the second toolbar disappears when you don’t touch the screen

    6. There’s no full-screen video scaling in de video player (this function was available in the latest official firmware and in the custom firmware android 2.1)

    7. Where is the stock calendar that´s build in android? Is there a possibiltiy to add this program? (I ask this because most 3thrd party applications are build upon the calendar of android).

    8. Skype for android doesn’t work, when it has been installed and you try to login, it asks to install the application again.

    This are my findings for now and I hope you can concentrate on the first bug in the list!



  22. Hi folks !

    The firmware update was troublefree. I like the bootsplash, it has a nice design.
    But there are still some bugs:
    – as celineseb says, the 8GB of internal memory aren’t available.(available space: 177 MO). I haven’t got any microSD card, so I can’t test this (I orderd one of them….will test later on)
    – no automatic rotation, the screen remains horizontal, except for the clock which rotates in all angles. Very stange !
    – I can tune all the parameters without any problems.

    But my biggest problem has nothing to do with the firmware. From the beginning when I bought the device, I am unable to keep the wifi connection more than a few seconds.
    Everytime I have to reboot and start again the connection.
    So I was unable to test the market. I was just able to load the apps for the installation, but I can’t login in my Google account.
    I don’t know where exactly the problem lies, but it sucks !!!!
    I have an old Netgear WG602 access point, and I never had problems to connect with notebooks or other devices. Only the Arnova won’t keep the connection !!
    I’ve read in some forums that the internal antenna is crappy.
    What the hell could I do ? Do you think it would be possible to use an external USB wifi dongle ?
    If I can’t fix the problem the device will finish in the garbage !

    Anyway, you made an awesome job with the custon firmware. Try to fix the bugs and it will be a great tablet (except for the antenna quality…..)


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