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Old March 8th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

This is my first tablet, my first android, and my first attempt to "hack" a mobile device. I've been reading through everything I can find, and have managed to grapple with the basics, but still have a few questions I haven't found answered anywhere yet.

1. Is it possible to permanently root this device? So far I've only seen temporary rooting with z4root.

2. Which core apps can safely be removed to improve performance? I'd like to delete the phone APK and several of the other uneccesary apps (such as email etc, as this is pretty much a media tablet for me) but am unsure whether the core operating system will still be able to operate without these functions at least present.

3. Are there any modded roms available for the Pendo? As stated before, I simply need a media machine.

4. I've found a few people claiming that the CPU is actually 1.2 GHz. Is it possible to "unlock" the remaining 200MHz of untapped power?

5. The RAM lists as 256MB, but the few apps that I have installed to monitor this are only returning 200MB. Is this normal?

To top things off, if anyone has detailed instructions of how to either temporarily root or permanently root this device, any help would be greatly appreciated. I am fairly happy with it, except that it does tend to run very sluggish, and I really want to improve this.

Thanks in advance.

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Old March 11th, 2012, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I have finally managed to make some progress with this. I have managed to perform a temporary root and sift through a bunch of different programs that claim to offer root access for removing system files. Surprisingly, I've only found one that stands up to this claim.

It's a Root Uninstaller (I can't remember the developer, it's got a recycle symbol on the icon) and it allowed me to view just over 40 apps, including public ones. Other uninstallers did show all the apps (just over 80) but did not have access to modify them.

So I have gone through the process of removing several of the inbuilt apps, which judging by this app's list, should have little permanent ramifications. I've removed the calculator, calendar, 3G, and so on, and have had a little bit of improvement. When I boot now, I am running around 80MB in RAM compared to 110MB. That's good, but I'm still not satisfied.

I still cannot find a program (including terminal) which grants me true RW access to the system folder and has access to core apps such as the phone/dialer apks. Has anyone had any success in this aspect?

For those wondering, I used Z4Root to temporary root the device. The program does offer permanent root and reroot, but neither had any lasting effects.

I am willing to try playing around with terminal again, but I cannot seem to find a working command to grant RW access. Whether I try to delete, move, or rename, I always get a "read only" error.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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if you have root, but not RW access, enter this command in adb.

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mount -o remount,rw /system

if you have default root, you can just type adb remount, from CMD prompt.
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