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Old January 30th, 2011, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have successfully updated my Android 2.1 SuperPAD (non-rooted) from Firmware: deb-r2.1.1170 to Firmware: deb-r2.1.1561 and it only took 15 minutes, eight (8) minutes to download at 54 bps and seven minutes to install the downloaded "update.zip" file. It was a completely automatic factory upgrade using the on-board "System Update" app.

I know my procedure is probably overkill, but I wanted to remove any possibility of a glitch in that factory supported procedures from China are virtually non-existent. I believe the majority of update problems are caused by people not having a dedicated procedure to follow so they proceed willy-nilly. Root and Non-root may be involved too.

Here we go with the step by step I followed:

How to do an Automatic Factory Update on the SuperPAD

1. Find and Record (write it down!) your Registration Code (Settings -> About Device -> Certification).

2. Connect a really good USB WIFI Adapter (Rokland N3) to USB Port #1 (Upper Most).

3. If you do not have it, download “MyBackup Pro” (no rooting required) from The Market.

4. From The Market run any “Updates” being shown for your Apps.

5. Turn “Off” Email Notifications (Email -> Menu -> Settings -> Email Notifications).

6. Turn “Off” the GPS (Settings -> Location & Security)

7. Force Stop any running applications (Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications)

8. Except for “Android Keyboard” and “UpdateService”; Stop all other running services (Settings -> Applications -> Running Services).

9. Using your normally installed SD Card in Card Slot #1 (Top-most slot, between the Two USB Ports); run a Backup of Apps and Data and then remove the SD Card.

10. Again, using Card Slot #1, insert another dedicated “Backup Only” SD Card; backup Apps and Data to it as insurance against possible loss of the initial backup you made to your other SD card.

11. Remove the Card Slot #1 SD Card (Top-most slot, between the Two USB Ports).

12. Remove any installed Card Slot #2 SD Card (Bottom-most slot, between USB and HDMI Ports)

13. Connect Battery Charger to SuperPAD.

14. Set screen (Settings -> Sound & Display Settings -> Screen Timeout) to “Never” time out.

15. Reduce screen brightness to “Med” (Optional unless not charging battery).

16. Choose your “System Update” app. Note: If the download “Fails”, try at least two more times before giving up. It will take about seven (7) minutes to do the Install (Three Auto-Restarts). When auto-install is finished, select “Setup Wizard” to go to Desktop.

17. You will need to re-enter a registration code. Mine would not install the original code, said it was “already in use”. NOTE: I am now of the conclusion, after several attempts to get more flytouch (SuperPAD) information, that further persuit of a replacement FLY2.1 registration is a fools errand. ICAN say without contradiction that there are sellers out there that can provide you with replacement registrations. You see, the registration numbers can be provided to the tablet sellers in bulk so that they can be issued on a per unit sold basis. This means that no registration number is tied to any specific tablet until it is installed on a specific tablet. It , the registration number, is most probably linked to the MAC ID of the tablet (my speculation). It is likely that any particular registration number can only be registered once. Other than removing re-occurring requests, there is no real need to get a replacement registration code. This has no effect on the operation of the tablet.

18. Go to The Market and download “MyBackup Pro” again so you can “Restore” your apps and data from the SD Card backup.

19. Go to Settings -> Applications -> and then “Check” to activate “Unknown Sources”.

20. Restore the Apps and Data from your backup SD Card, using Card Slot #1.

21. Go to Settings -> Applications -> and then De-activate “Unknown Sources”.

22. Upgrade is Complete.

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Old February 2nd, 2011, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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HI !!geofferyh,
Your step to step instructions very clear and usefull.
I am planning to implement them step by step as I have downloaded and
stored deb-r 2.1.1561 on the notifications status bar of my APad but I
was hasitating to start a "system update".
My case is exactly as yours with deb-r 2.1.1170 Firmware already installed
on my device APad flytouch 2.1.
The only thing I have to do is I guess open my notifications which show
the system update 1561 stored on my device and press "view" to start
the "system update" procedure.
As far as backup of my Apps and User's Data I have already done it
with MybackUp PRO on my normal every day SD card and then with an adapter I saved them on my WXP Desktop PC.
When I will have to restore them should I copy them first
to a dedicated clean SD card ? and then place it to slot #1 after
having first restored MybackUp PRO app with the apk
which I uploaded on my dropbox.??
Please correct me if I am wrong in order to have the go ahead.
Also #1 slot is the one which seats between "hdmi and USB" slots at the top of the device.?? And not the one between the two USB slots.
Thanks a lot.
Regards,
Andre
ps.During the "system update" should I keep my normal every day
SD card mounted on my device or should I unmount it first
and then start the update.??




















Thanks a lot.
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See re-write of procedure below:

9. Using your normally installed SD Card in Slot #1 (Top-most slot, between the Two USB Ports); run a Backup of Apps and Data and then remove the SD Card.

10.Again, using Slot #1, insert another dedicated “Backup Only” SD Card; backup Apps and Data to it as insurance against possible loss of the initial backup you made to your other SD card.

11.Remove the upper slot SD Card (Top-most slot, between the Two USB Ports).

12.Remove any installed lower slot SD Card (Bottom-most slot, between USB and HDMI Ports)

Also, I have updated the original post with this clarification. Thank you for your inquiry.
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See re-write of procedure below:

9. Using your normally installed SD Card in Slot #1 (Top-most slot, between the Two USB Ports); run a Backup of Apps and Data and then remove the SD Card.

10.Again, using Slot #1, insert another dedicated “Backup Only” SD Card; backup Apps and Data to it as insurance against possible loss of the initial backup you made to your other SD card.

11.Remove the upper slot SD Card (Top-most slot, between the Two USB Ports).

12.Remove any installed lower slot SD Card (Bottom-most slot, between USB and HDMI Ports)

Also, I have updated the original post with this clarification. Thank you for your inquiry.
Acknowledge your clarifications and update to the original post.
In my case I used the bottom-most SD Card slot1 between <HDMI and USB> to perform myupdate.
Hence now I will have to perform another backup using the top-most slot between the Two USB Ports, both for my usual day to day and the Dedicated "Backup only " SD cardS.
Likewise I dont need to save my backups on my WXP Desktop PC anymore.

By the way what is the difference between the Top-most and
Bottom-most Slots???

And why they are BOTH referred to as slot#1 and not as ( #1 and #2) ???

Actually all these should had been mentioned in the USER'S MANUAL
of the manufacturer but they are not.

We are therefore most greatful for your guidance and assistance...
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I have only been (in my own Mind) refering to the SD Cards as "Upper" and "Lower" do to their locations in regard to the top of the tablet (power, Volumn, Menu and Home buttons). You are right, card Slot 1 and Card Slot 2 is a better definition.

Card Slot 1 is the default slot. Superpad looks there first for a SD Memory Card. I understand (from other posts) that if both Card Slot 1 and 2 have SD Cards in them, it is a 50% chance which one will be read to or written to first. This is not good, so I only allow one SD Card in the tablet at a time.

If all is true, having two slots is not so great. May be better to have one 32GB card than two 16GB cards if you can't always control which card is the default.
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You are right to say that SD Card slot1 is the default one because today that I inserted to both slots an SD Card, slot#1 was labeled as C , and slot #2 as D.
So allowing for only one SD in the tablet during a "system update" is the safest
precaution to be taken.
One exclamation though during the backup of the dedicated SD Card on slot#1 without
the Normally installed SD Card inserted on slot#2 I failed to backup my
data which was not available in the system but only on the Normally installed SD Card.

So at second attempt I tried by inserting my Normally installed SD card on slot #2 and my dedicated SD card on slot#1. I have then initiated a second backup with MybackUp PRO application with a positive result now including both my Apps and Data files backup ready
for restore when the "System update" operation is concluded.

I have checked results from "View"option and i have edited from the "Manage" option
of MybackUp PRO application.

So I am now ready for a "System update" which I intend to perform after connecting
to Internet with an ADSL cable and not a WIFI connection for safety purposes, correct
me if I am wrong ??
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you cant update it via the native app i was told by a site admin and it will never work , has to be done through a sdcard.
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You are right to say that SD Card slot1 is the default one because today that I inserted to both slots an SD Card, slot#1 was labeled as C , and slot #2 as D.
So allowing for only one SD in the tablet during a "system update" is the safest
precaution to be taken.
One exclamation though during the backup of the dedicated SD Card on slot#1 without
the Normally installed SD Card inserted on slot#2 I failed to backup my
data which was not available in the system but only on the Normally installed SD Card.

So at second attempt I tried by inserting my Normally installed SD card on slot #2 and my dedicated SD card on slot#1. I have then initiated a second backup with MybackUp PRO application with a positive result now including both my Apps and Data files backup ready
for restore when the "System update" operation is concluded.

I have checked results from "View"option and i have edited from the "Manage" option
of MybackUp PRO application.

So I am now ready for a "System update" which I intend to perform after connecting
to Internet with an ADSL cable and not a WIFI connection for safety purposes, correct
me if I am wrong ??
I am having some difficulty understanding exactly what you are attempting to do here. However, if you have followed the backup of your apps and data per the outlined procedure, you should be ready to "Update" to Firmware 1561 from 1170.

Connecting to the internet with a "hard" connection is always preferable to WIFI.
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I think the problem is that we need to separate the various models. I believe mix has an FT2 or FT2 Gen 2. This update was probably meant for an FT1 or a different manufacturer
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I think the problem is that we need to separate the various models. I believe mix has an FT2 or FT2 Gen 2. This update was probably meant for an FT1 or a different manufacturer
There is no such thing as a "FT1". The Superpad (Flytouch 2) is an Android 2.1 based tablet with 256 MB of RAM. The market place is now offering what is being called the "Flytouch 3" (really no such thing) that features 512 MB of Ram and the Android 2.2 OS.

I think the safest bet is to reference these tablets as "Flytouch 2.1" and "Flytouch 2.2".
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