Sowa from archosfans.com has just made a first custom firmware available for the Arnova 8 G2. This custom firmware for the Arnova 8 G2 tablet, brings Android Market and root access to the device.

Firmware download

We have been informed that this firmware should work only on the Arnova 8 G2 8 Gb model,
if you have a 4 Gb storage model, please don’t use these custom firmwares.


Full version: AN8G2_full_crom_eu_m2s.zip
Maintain all system applications, added applications Google, except for the map. Updated Market and ROOT.
Installed as a regular way (copying update.img in the bank vntrenney flash), and through RKBatchUpgrade v.1.4.1


Easy version: AN8G2_eazy_crom_eu_m2s.zip
Removed: telephony, living wallpaper, start-up wizard and other minor applications.
Present the updated Market and ROOT. Installation is similar to claim 1

This firmware is specific to the Arnova 8 G2 (8 Gb model) and should not be installed on other devices.

WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DEVICE.

THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE IS USED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

WE RECOMMEND TO FLASH THIS FIRMWARE ONLY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO RESCUE A BRICKED DEVICE USING ROCKCHIP FLASHING TOOLS.

Firmware update procedure:

  • Connect your device to the USB charging cable, fully charge it and leave the socket connected
  • Unzip the update.img file out of the zip archive
  • Copy the img file to the root of your device
  • Unmount USB on your device, it should give a prompt similar to this one:
  • Push the Install button and follow the update procedure
  • You can also refer to our flashing procedure page for more details.

  • The first boot after flashing may take some time (few minutes), please be patient.
  • This first part of the procedure is similar to the one on the Arnova 10, that you can see on this video:


    Restoring Arnova 8 G2 default firmware

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

    From the custom firmware author

    Quoting Sowa, the custom firmware author:

    Custom ROM For ARNOVA 8G2 [ROOT, Market, YouTube]
    All the actions you do at your own risk!
    In applying the Custom ROM you lose your warranty.

    Update: 03.12.2011
    Made 2 versions of the Custom ROM.
    When you install custom ROM, the settings you saved applications and data. You may need to reconfigure these applications.

    1. Full version AN8G2_full_crom_eu_m2s
    Maintain all system applications, added applications Google, except for the map. Updated Market and ROOT.
    Installed as a regular way (copying update.img in the bank vntrenney flash), and through RKBatchUpgrade v.1.4.1

    2. Lite version AN8G2_eazy_crom_eu_m2s
    Removed: telephony, living wallpaper, start-up wizard and other minor applications.
    Present the updated Market and ROOT.
    Installation is similar to claim 1

    In both versions, slightly altered graphics interface.

    Returning to the original firmware with the same method.
    User data during installation are removed.
    AN8G2_orig_rom (updated)

    *update.img found in the archive, you must extract before use.

    Version 1. 30.11.2011
    This ROM is added applications Google, except the map, and ROOT
    Removed living wallpaper, phone and startup wizard. Other applications are submitted, as it is.
    When setting user data and programs are not affected.
    Setting the standard way: copy update.img intrnal flash on and off with usb
    agree to the installation.
    Download: custom imdge

    Returning to the original firmware with the same method.
    User data during installation are removed.
    Dump the standard ROM

    33 COMMENTS

    1. Hi guys
      a little late to the party! Firstly , many thanks to the poster and those who work night and day for the benefit of others.
      Im having some serious trouble with my G2. before even doing anything, Turning it on, shows up the Arnova logo and then it turn off and the whole thing happens again. Its basically in a booting loop.
      So, i thought i would flash it. I followed the instructions, everything worked fine. and i got a success message.
      unfortuantely, same thing. same boot looping as i had before the flash.
      so then i flashed it again using a different img from Cyanogen.

      now it goes past the arnova screen to the CM screen and stays there.

      no matter which .img i flash it with, i cant go past the arnova screen.

      Can anyone help?

      Id really appreciate it!

      • I got a feeling that maybe the tablet isnt charged enough to boot? because as soon as i detach the usb from the tablet, it turns off.
        but its been charging for days now. can the battery give up like this?

    2. My problem is this: I have a tablet ARNOVA 8 G2 with 4Gb and capacitive screen. I used the “ArcTools” to update to Android 2.3. The process has no error messages, but now my tablet has no sound and the screen flashes.
      The Technical Officer Arnova I supplied the official firmware, and can not find any correct firmware.

      thanks

      P. S.: Sorry for my English

      • I think it wouldn’t work, as custom firmwares for the Arnova 8G2 capacitive 8 Gb do not work on the 4 Gb model… for some reason.
        If have flashed a custom firmware and your tablet does not boot anymore that’s worth trying.

    3. I have just followed instructions above, but all I have when I switch on is the black scree with the Arnove logo. when it is plugged into PC I can access the drive or any of the folders. Does anyone know how I can fix this?

        • Did this firmware as per instructions, works great, however I cannot seem to use Android marketplace, I can load it and search apps but as soon as I click on an app description of any kind, Android marketplace just closes everytime. I get the “the application Market (process com.android.vending) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again. Any ideas why this would happen? The whole reason I used this firmware was to have marketplace? Any ideas please?

    4. Hello,
      i had a problem during the install of the firmware. Now, the tablet does not start. I’m trying to put the original firmware with the Rockship tool, but doesn’t know how to start the device in recovery mode. does anyone have an idea ?
      thanks.

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