Category: Viewsonic

Adobe Flash for Viewsonic G-tablet

I meant to post this a while back, but somehow forgot. Anyway, here’s the Adobe Flash 10.1 that works on the Viewsonic G-tablet. The Flash you see on the Market will NOT work.

Save to your Gtab and side load it via your favorite file manager.

Adobe Flash for Viewsonic G-tablet (registered users only)




Cyanogenmod 7 Nightly adds battery percentage

The latest Cyanogenmod (CM) 7 Nightlies have added a few notable updates to the latest builds. One of the more requested ones (at least for me) is the battery percentage in the status bar. This was available in CM6, but CM7 had some previous problems in getting this done, but that has been overcome with the latest builds.

The new battery percentage is slightly different in that the percentage isn’t inside the battery icon. The new style has the numbering to the left of a small battery bar.

To update to CM7, grab it from the CM site or if you are a premium Rom Manager user you can download it directly from the app.

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Fix the Viewsonic G-tablet wake up lag

One of the annoying problems that plagued the Viewsonic G-tablet was the awful wake up lag that would creep up randomly. Once the G-tablet (Gtab) went to sleep, it would downclock the CPU only to keep it at low speeds even upon wake. So one minute you are cruising from app to app, the next minute everything is crawling.

This was an issue in the stock kernel, but since Viewsonic released the source, the wonderful devs over at XDA have managed to fix the problem with their custom work.

The easiest way to fix this would be to root your Gtab and install either TnT Lite or Vegan. The kernels have been patched in these latest builds and I can confirm using Vegan that the wake up lag is gone for good. You can of course just load a custom kernel, which you can find over in the XDA Gtab Dev forum.




Fixing the Market on the Viewsonic Gtablet

I’m going to be posting up a few Viewsonic Gtablet based fixes/hacks to make it fully usable. Without these fixes, your Gtablet will be severely crippled by utter crap known as the stock TnT OS. Today’s quick how-to will be on how to enable all apps to show up on the Android Market.

Without this fix, opening the Market will show no apps available for your Gtablet.

The method outlined here requires something like Root Explorer or if you are familiar with the Terminal Emulator, you’ll be fine as well. You will also need Titanium Backup, you can download it from the developer’s website. Root access is a requirement.

– Open the Market and confirm that you do not see any apps
– Open Root Explorer
– Navigate to /system and mount it read/write
– Open in Text Edit the build.prop file
– Find the line that starts with ro.build.fingerprint and change it to say ro.build.fingerprint=samsung/SGH-T849/SGH-T849/SGH-T849:2.2/FROYO/UVJJB:user/release-keys (this is the fingerprint used by the Samsung Galaxy Tablet)
– Close the file and it will back up your old file automatically
– Go to Settings and then applications
– Find Google Services Framework and clear cache and then force close it
– Find Market and clear cache and then force close it
– Before rebooting, in Titanium Backup application, go into “Backup/Restore“, look for “Google Services Framework 2.2“, click on it and then choose “Wipe Data“.
– Go back and open the Market and it will pop up an error, this is good
– Reboot and let it log into your wifi
– Wait 5 minutes and then proceed to open the Market, you should now see all the apps that are available




Rooting the Viewsonic Gtablet

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Viewsonic recently released the Gtablet to the masses at the $399 pricepoint. With a dual core Tegra cpu, 512MB of ram and 10″ of screen real estate, this tablet has a lot going for it. However, right out of the box it is probably by far the worse OS and/or UI I have ever used. If this tablet was given to me as a gift with no option to change the stock OS, I would try and re-gift it. It is just that bad and then some.

So what’s so great about this tablet then? Custom roms. There’s nothing locking this system down, so there are already a few roms available that really improve the functionality of this tablet. Trust me, the difference is night and day and all kudos go to the folks on XDA Developers for really pushing this tablet forward.

Let’s get started shall we?

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