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Arnova 9 G2 Android 4.0 ICS custom firmware with Google Play
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Updated to ICS, yay. One thing I've noticed, however, is that usb sticks (fat32) won't mount on the full-size connector. Is this normal behaviour? 

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I have the same problem. Now, the only way to transfer files to my tablet is using the micro usb cable. 

I'll have a look.

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tks

 

but I can't go to the restore point.. I've try everuthing:

 Reset + Home

Reset + Home +On/Off

Home + On/Off

 

Every time I have the Arnova logo...

How long I have to push on these buttons? And what is the right combination ??

 

tks in advance...

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On the Arnova 9 G2, the combination is pushing and holding Menu button, paper clip in the reset pinhold hold it for a second or two, remove it, then release Menu button. The tablet screen should turn back and you're ready to flash.

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tks

 

it's working !!!


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Given my problems with iPlayer and the built-in dictionary (Post #88) is it worth me flashing the latest version (http://www.arctablet.com/blog/featured/arnova-9g2-custom-firmware-upgrade-ics-google-play-root-face-unlock/) or is that likely to have the same issues as the previous version?

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cjh said
Given my problems with iPlayer and the built-in dictionary (Post #88) is it worth me flashing the latest version (http://www.arctablet.com/blog/featured/arnova-9g2-custom-firmware-upgrade-ics-google-play-root-face-unlock/) or is that likely to have the same issues as the previous version?

There has been no major system change in latest custom firmware update and your iPlayer issue should still apply.

I'll try to have a look when time permits.

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Given my problems with iPlayer and the built-in dictionary (Post #88) is it worth me flashing the latest version (http://www.arctablet.com/blog/featured/arnova-9g2-custom-firmware-upgrade-ics-google-play-root-face-unlock/) or is that likely to have the same issues as the previous version?

There has been no major system change in latest custom firmware update and your iPlayer issue should still apply.

I'll try to have a look when time permits.

Thanks! Two other questions:

1) If I reflash, do installed-by-me apps and data get wiped? That's not a problem, but the sooner I know the better.

2) I've installed an app called SwitchMe to make the tablet multi-user. Could that be a factor in my problems?

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1) yes, everything will be erased
2) there is still a problem with bbc iplayer also on ics from what i know.

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The only issues I've had with this "ICS + Google Play" installation have been:

 

(1) BBC iplayer (in webpage sinsce ipalyer doesn't yet have an ICS-compatible standalone) is very jerky -plays at correct speed but it's like one in five frames shows and so video is very stuttery

 

(2) default language is English yet every word entered in forms, typing emails etc is red underlined.

 

(3) can't get Skype to do video calls despite using the "old" single camera version and headset as recommended on these forums.

 

(4) I should mention that the first time I tried installing/flashing, nothing happened. Second time it worked "out the box". I am running Windows 7 64 bit on my home computer.

 

I'm pleased to say that my USB port reads USB memory sticks just fine (since that's one major reason for getting the 9G2, though to be fair I haven't tried exchanging files between tablet and memory stick). I first installed one of the very many "windows explorer" type file explorers available from google play and then external storage shows up in which the memory stick will appear. So that's one thing less to worry about. All in all a nice experience!

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The only issues I've had with this "ICS + Google Play" installation have been:

 

(1) BBC iplayer (in webpage sinsce ipalyer doesn't yet have an ICS-compatible standalone) is very jerky -plays at correct speed but it's like one in five frames shows and so video is very stuttery

 

(2) default language is English yet every word entered in forms, typing emails etc is red underlined.

 

(3) can't get Skype to do video calls despite using the "old" single camera version and headset as recommended on these forums.

 

(4) I should mention that the first time I tried installing/flashing, nothing happened. Second time it worked "out the box". I am running Windows 7 64 bit on my home computer.

 

I'm pleased to say that my USB port reads USB memory sticks just fine (since that's one major reason for getting the 9G2, though to be fair I haven't tried exchanging files between tablet and memory stick). I first installed one of the very many "windows explorer" type file explorers available from google play and then external storage shows up in which the memory stick will appear. So that's one thing less to worry about. All in all a nice experience!

Thanks, globula_neagra and Dave19. Glad to have it confirmed that the red underlining isn't just me. My iPlayer doesn't play at all (I haven't tried the other glitches you mention).

I want to set up my tablet up with 4 profiles (using SwitchMe) for four family members. But I don't want to do all that then have to wipe it all when a better ROM comes available. Dilemma...

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Incidentally, I bought my tablet and immediately set about reflashing it without ever trying the original Gingerbread. Given that a few things don't work with the custom ICS ROM, was that not such a good idea? I read so much stuff about how it would be so much better with ICS. Someone please reassure me I did the right thing Wink

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From what I read here, most users are happy with ICS even if the 512 Mb RAM on the 9 G2 is a little low for this OS version.

Best thing is probably to try it for some time, see if it fits your needs and if you prefer, you can always flash back an Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware.

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cjh said

Incidentally, I bought my tablet and immediately set about reflashing it without ever trying the original Gingerbread. Given that a few things don't work with the custom ICS ROM, was that not such a good idea? I read so much stuff about how it would be so much better with ICS. Someone please reassure me I did the right thing Wink

Exactly what I did except I tried the gingerbread rom for a few hours, and was not impressed. Trust me, you didn't miss anything. ICS is a million times better.

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nfkxxx said

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Incidentally, I bought my tablet and immediately set about reflashing it without ever trying the original Gingerbread. Given that a few things don't work with the custom ICS ROM, was that not such a good idea? I read so much stuff about how it would be so much better with ICS. Someone please reassure me I did the right thing Wink

Exactly what I did except I tried the gingerbread rom for a few hours, and was not impressed. Trust me, you didn't miss anything. ICS is a million times better.

That's good to know. I'll put up with the minor glitches and hope they get addressed soon. Thanks, nfkxxx

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cjh said
Incidentally, I bought my tablet and immediately set about reflashing it without ever trying the original Gingerbread. Given that a few things don't work with the custom ICS ROM, was that not such a good idea? I read so much stuff about how it would be so much better with ICS. Someone please reassure me I did the right thing Wink

I wondered that myself at first. Apart from not being sure where the "original" ROM is now, I was not at all impressed with the Gingerbread (and my phone had ICS out the box too so that's what I'm used to), but my main reason for wanting to upgrade was that I wanted a wider choice of apps than Silly Birds or whatever the pretty much only app was called that was available from the useless default Arnova store and I didn't want to go rooting the 9G2 to install Google Play on Gingerbread when there was a custom ICS with Google Play readily available. Which is the greater headache - living with the things that don't work properly with the custom ICS, or trying to root Gingerbread to allow Google Play? Your call...tough choice (not).

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