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Old November 6th, 2012, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i bought a boost galaxy prevail off craigslist. i didnt have much intended for the phone except for using it around the house for internet. i'm not going to activate etc.

i'm having problems playing videos from ice stream and netflix is a joke to say the least with the sync issues. it would be awesome to get that working right. i didnt expect much but i do want to watch movies during travel. youtube is the only access i have to videos which requires wi-fi and i may not always have it.

i currently have mobo player but even it doesnt seem to want to play avi and mp4 files. i have a few other apps like pandora that run smooth. angry birds is choppy from time to time but not much.

how do i get multimedia content working up to par?

i'm not rooted and have a small 2gb microsd

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I can't comment on your other issues, but if you want to try MX Player for video, that's never failed me in the past (although I've never had a Prevail). I've also heard good things about DicePlayer.
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Another great choice of player is : PlayerPro, however, it's a paid app, but well worth the money. This is my daily player for music ( and video ).... I don't think the Prevail is able to play .avi, but I am not too sure !! Never tried.

Another ghood app for streaming around the house is BSPlayer...... they have a free and paid version.

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MX player works great on the prevail and is capable of playing .avi

Once you DL it, it will also ask you to install its codex... do so and then make sure its set to software decoding by default in the settings.

Edit- why do you assume that YouTube is WiFi only? I stream it from my 3g connection all the time
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MX player works great on the prevail and is capable of playing .avi

Once you DL it, it will also ask you to install its codex... do so and then make sure its set to software decoding by default in the settings.

Edit- why do you assume that YouTube is WiFi only? I stream it from my 3g connection all the time
you missed his statement " i'm not going to activate etc.", so if he takes the phone with him and he wants to watch Youtube, he NEEDS WiFi !

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you missed his statement " i'm not going to activate etc.", so if he takes the phone with him and he wants to watch Youtube, he NEEDS WiFi !
*Facepalm* its been a long day... I looked right past that part
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*Facepalm* its been a long day... I looked right past that part
Lolz even i saw it bro! You defenetly need a nap! XD
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i loaded BSplayer and put netflix back on. for a few minutes i had a glimmer of hope that netflix would work but the choppiness and sync issues came back fairly quickly. i even tried older versions of netflix apk's i had found on other forums but i couldnt get past the auto update
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i loaded BSplayer and put netflix back on. for a few minutes i had a glimmer of hope that netflix would work but the choppiness and sync issues came back fairly quickly. i even tried older versions of netflix apk's i had found on other forums but i couldnt get past the auto update
Have you considered rooting and roming it?

Cm7 has done wonders to improve the video quality with the updated adreno drivers you can install... might be worth looking into... I know for me stock was a painfull experiance...
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BTW, LV, do the Adreno drivers work with CTMod too or are they only for cm7 ???
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thats where my knowledge fails. i rooted a samsung gem a few months ago with oneclick and had super user but after that i was lost. had no clue what to do as far as putting on new roms.

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i downloaded an episode of family guy from ice stream that was an avi file and it wouldnt play it. a bit baffled........
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BTW, LV, do the Adreno drivers work with CTMod too or are they only for cm7 ???
Tbh.... I'm not sure.... I'll dredge up the thread and see of it has any specifics...

Come to think of it... I DO remember seeing a flash able zip for ctmod...


Edit- Here's the link to the post containing the adreno drivers.... the ctmod version is for 3.3 and contains the updated build.prop from that version...

http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/517692-update-adreno-cm7b5-ctm3-3-a.html#post4092614

I'm not sure if blood changed the build.prop in that time... but there is also a link to where Hroark got the original files with instructions on how to manually add the libs and the lines that need to be added to the build.prop

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thats where my knowledge fails. i rooted a samsung gem a few months ago with oneclick and had super user but after that i was lost. had no clue what to do as far as putting on new roms.

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i downloaded an episode of family guy from ice stream that was an avi file and it wouldnt play it. a bit baffled........
This guide is very 'noob friendly' if you follow it through, you will have a rooted prevail and a top of the line custom rom.

[GUIDE][CTmod] Rooting the Prevail for Dummies (written by a dummy)

This should improve the overall performance of your prevail by leaps and bounds and hook you up with near unlimited storage for apps
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doin the root now but i dont have any files in the "phone" or "pda" options in odin?
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doin the root now but i dont have any files in the "phone" or "pda" options in odin?
They are in the Odin image you should have dl'd and they will be greyed out until you add the .ops file
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What did you download for a base band ? FE16 or FF19 ?

You need to unzip ( extract ) one of them and there should be the phone and pda file inside !
PS: In Odin you need to navigate to the extracted files !!!!

CTMod3.68.zip ( your ROM ) you DON'T extract, just copy to the sd-card and follow the guide !

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Which root is better to run on a Samsung Galaxy Prevail with a stock Gingerbread FF19, the CTMod 3.68 or the cm7b5 and sould I use the koumakernel 2.5 or the katokernel 0.4-ext also where can i find the most up to date version with all the bugs worked out?
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Hi,

first of all, this is a thread about : Support suggested players/codecs to play videos?

So maybe asking in the "All things root" section would been better

But anyway, here you can find everything : Samsung Galaxy Prevail: All Things Root Guide (updated 09/29/2012)

Well, it's a matter of taste, some like cm7 with kato kernel better, other ones use CTMod3.68 with kouma kernel ( CAN'T mix kernels and ROMS if they are not made for each other ! )

PS : FF19 Stock is NOT recommended. If you really want to use FF19, you need a custom ROM and kernel !! With FE16, you can use stock or custom ROM/Kernel !!! ( Samsung put some goofy crap into FF19, so I would not use it ! Except for maybe the phone/radio part of it, but it doesn't give me any advantage ! )
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here's something i meant to ask.....

i have a 4.3 inch tablet from big lots that runs 4.0.4 ics. it will run netflix quite well. not perfect but certainly watchable. neither of these devices have flash support. so what does it take for netflix to run? i will have to run down the specs for a comparison but is it internal memory? i have moved every app possible to the sd card.

second, still cant get any players to run avi or mp4. i may try to side load one just to test.

i abandoned the root process because of it getting late but i still have odin. i just dont have the other files for the phone and pda fields yet
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O.K., download this : http://db.tt/ORBp3o3J

Extract the .zip to a folder. It's the FE15 rooted base band with CWM. All files you need are in there. Start the Odin what came with this .zip and navigate to the other files to put them in ( ops, phone, pda, etc.) !!

+Then download CTMod3.68.... DON'T UNZIP IT !!!!! Just copy the .zip file to your sd-card.....and follow the guide !!!

For the MP4 problem : Are you trying to use a full blown HD video ? Won't work, you may need to convert your MP4 video down.... I always convert to 480x320 and they all run perfect ! I use "MediaProSoft Free HD Video Converter" : Video to HD | HD Video Converter | Convert HD Video

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i will give that a shot. i tried the other way mentioned earlier and didnt get super user so i have to assume the root didnt take. i used the FE16 files but my fone says it is using FF19. now it gives me a weird beeping tone every 20 seconds or so. no clue what that means. it seems to be running a bit slower too.


as far as the videos go they come from ice stream and are labeled dvd rip so i will have to investigate the quality. and of course netflix streams like at whatever quality it is and i'm not sure if i can adjust it.
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Ummmm one question : Your phone is a Samsung Galaxy Prevail, right ?????

And if you use Odin and use the FE16_Rooted_CWM5 image files, there will be no FF19 on your phone and then, after installing CTMod, you won't get update notifications to FF19 !

( sometimes users get update notifications. But generally : NEVER EXEPT A UPDATE ON A ROOTED PHONE !!!!! )

EDIT : For the Video problem, just try the converter I mentioned above, start it, select the video file to convert and on the next screen, click on "Device" and select the "To iPhone" option, which gives you 480x320...... this works very well for the Prevail !
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I dont know if this will help you but I have the comcast app to run tv shows and movies. I noticed that the video was lagging and I too do the same thing as you. I just use wifi and dont use the boost service. What I did was overclock my processor to 946mhz with voltage control and killed any apps running I didnt need to use with advanced task killer. Once I did this the video would lag in the beginning like it was trying to sync the video and audio then played smooth after the initial sync.
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si senor....its a prevail

the last one gave me super user and has FE16. i have gotten any update notifications but is still get that annoying beep

working on the ctmod now
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Before you continue with CTMod, you should address the "Beep Problem" first.

What exactly did you do when you odined the FF16 ???? I mean, after using Odin fo flash the FF16 base band, you should have a clean, working phone.... if there are any "beeps", you might have a hardware issue !!!! And installing CTMod and other things might only cause more trouble. You gotta fix the problem first !

EDIT : Might want to go back into CWM Recovery ( Vol + and Power ) and do a factory reset or wipe, also, wipe dalvik, then reboot system and see if you still get the beep !
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the FE16 took and i havent worked on CTMOD. superuser is there. i added titanium back up and got rid of a few things i knew i wouldnt need. also tegrak overclock is being used but i still need to figure out the optimum settings.

still a no go on netflix. i had to reload youtube and all is well there.

my next step is to try ice stream and figure out which player to use. at this point i'm not really sure if the root is doing much for the ability to play vids
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the FE16 took and i havent worked on CTMOD. superuser is there. i added titanium back up and got rid of a few things i knew i wouldnt need. also tegrak overclock is being used but i still need to figure out the optimum settings.

still a no go on netflix. i had to reload youtube and all is well there.

my next step is to try ice stream and figure out which player to use. at this point i'm not really sure if the root is doing much for the ability to play vids
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how do i get the ctmod files to my phone and get them to run? is there a link to a step by step if i dont have a way to transfer them with my microsd card?
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What do you mean? you're card is out of space? You have to install it from the sdcard. That's the only way.

If you mean you don't have a way to get them on the sdcard... You can simply download them straight to the phone, or transfer then with the same usb cable you used when you followed the first steps using Odin
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all i have is the cable. i put the file on there and tried to open it but "there is no program" that will open. i dont have a card reader.....
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all i have is the cable. i put the file on there and tried to open it but "there is no program" that will open. i dont have a card reader.....
Go back and read the guide ... The file is a .zip .... It's meant to be installed using Clockwork Mod Recovery...(which was installed to your phone during the rooting process) it's not an application. This file will replace the ROM (operating system) on the phone.

Just take it slowly. Step by step... Read the whole guide, stop, reread it again, make sure you get a firm grasp of what you're doing... THEN give it a go. If you don't understand a step, come back and ask someone.

The biggest thing to remember is there is no such thing as a stupid question. Everyone here is super friendly and nobody will flame you for not understanding.

I do recommend trying the search feature (top right corner). A lot of times a question you may have has already been answered, but if not... That's exactly why were here. Too learn, to teach... To pass knowledge. Just be patient... It's really much easier than it seems
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Hi,

download the CTMod3.68.zip ( Goo.im Downloads - Downloading CTMod3.68-Prevail.zip ) to your computer. Turn off your phone, make sure a sd-card is in the phone. Now boot into CWM Recovery ( Push down Vol+ and Power button and hold it till you see the blue menu) and connect your USB cable. Then on the menu select "mounts and storage" ( vol+ / vol- for up and down, Camera button to select ), next menu you need to select "mount USB storage" and your phone will connect to the computer and you should see a new drive letter in your My Computer !!!

Now copy ( NOT extracting ) the CTMod3.68.zip file you downloaded to the root of your sd-card ( the new drive letter you just got ). Then "unmount or disconnect the USB storage" and disconnect the cable, hit the "back button" on your phone to go to previous menu, there you will select "install zip from sdcard"..... select CTMod3.68.zip, sit back and relax !!!!

Use the " [GUIDE][CTmod] Rooting the Prevail for Dummies (written by a dummy) " to continue setting up the ROM and the DATA mode !

If you have any trouble, make a post in the "All things Root" section !!


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ctmod root success! looks cool as a cucumber....just need to learn how to tweak it.

HOWEVER, netflix is horrible and files from icestream still wont open with quick pic. i followed the root instructions to the Tee.

is it a memory issue or is it a media player issue?

the chrome imposter browser does gif animations fairly well. what plug in runs those and do they apply to videos as well?

thanks for all the help btw.....i'm green and all the instructions have been down pat. kudos
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Go to your app drawer and open "Voltage Control" !

Set min. = 200 and max. = 924 ( but make sure you SAVE or APPLY it, than reboot and check if the settings are the one you choosed )

See if this solves your playback problems.

PS: If you encounter any strange problems, you may need to go with the max. down to 900 or 888 !

Just something to try, not sure if it will help.....

And for the memory or player issue, well, all you can do is to try different players....... But there are tons of them, some worst, some better. As I said earlier, I like PlayerPro, but I mainly use it for MP3, but converted MP4 movies run just fine..... Could be also a network issue ( or router issue ) if you stream Netflix via WiFi..... if you stream over 3G, might be a bad connection...... There are so many variables, it's hard to tell. It does not necessarely need to be something on the phone or ROM !

And always remember, people tried and have made out of a lame, mid-class Prevail a great and decent fast phone, however, due to it's age ( almost 2 years old ) there are limitations and you simply can't achive a Galaxy SII or SIII performance with the Prevail !
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