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Hey everybody ! i just bought a GamePad and i'm new to the Android system in general. i read the manual that came with it, and i read A LOT of the posts here and on other places too, so i just want some information to get things straight before i'll make any drastic changes to my device. i updated my firmware to the latest official one (the one from December 27th, 2012) and that's about it for now. I hope that all the kind experts here could help me with my burning questions here we go :
1. I'm thinking of buying a class 10 32GB microSD card; the Tech Specs says SDHC compatible up to 64GB... i saw some 64GB microSD cards but they had microSDXC written on them. Does SDHC/SDXC are the same ? are they both supported on the GamePad ?
2. I want to update my firmware to the modded rom made by the Spanish guy (i think it's called "Chupacabra") cause i heard this rom has an excellent sd card support and it treats it more or less as internal memory allowing you to install just about anything to it and much more than with just the internal memory. plus, *it's supposed to be easy to update to (the same way as the update.img of the official one)*. Have anyone else here tried *the Spanish rom* with a class 10 32GB microSD card ? Does it solves the random mount/unmount problem some people here mentioned ? Does the HDMI works properly when connecting it to a screen ? cause i've read that some people here had that problem after updating to a rooted rom.
3. I believe the Spanish rom is not rooted; now Rooting for me is a whole new concept. correct me if i'm wrong but is it a bit like JailBreaking on an iPhone ? i understand that it gives you special permission to do certain things you can't regularly do on your device, and that some apps require root permission to work. So... Is there a clean way to just root my device after i'll update my firmware to the "Chupacabra" rom ? another question i have is : Do you have to keep USB debugging ON before the rooting process, and permanently keep it ON after the root is successful ? *cause i've read in some places that keeping USB debugging on could open up your system to risks and i don't want that*. If you turn off USB debugging after your device has been rooted; will it wipe out the root and you'll have to re-root it again ?
4. Questions about future updates... *i've noticed that you can do system updates over Wi-Fi from the settings of the device itself.* If a new update by Archos will come out (and i'll update it over Wi-Fi) after i already updated my firmware to the Spanish rom; will it wipe out my whole modifications/data/root and turn it into stock firmware ? Is there a way to backup/restore your whole data/games progress etc. after you're doing some kind of firmware upgrade to your device ?
That's all i can think about for now... Thanks in advance for any Help ! ~
That's a lot of questions
SDXC is an extension of SDHC standard and is expected to be backward compatible.
Well that's theory, the problems comes when these cards usually come formatted in exFat that Android doesn't recognize. You'll just have to remove all partitions on the card, reformat the as FAT32 and you should be fine.
We wrote an article about a Sandisk Ultra 64 GB card that wasn't initially working in the GamePad and everything went fine after formatting the card in FAT32.
As for the Spanish firmware, I can't answer as I've never used it.
All I can say is that OTA firmware updates are generally deployed without wiping. It's always a bit risky to apply OTA updates on a modified firmware as it's not a setup expected by the manufacturer.
Wiping on big upgrades is also a good thing, you can use apps such as Titanium Backup (free on Google Play Store) to backup/restore your apps/data, provided your system is rooted.
I hope this helps.
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