New Life for the G-Tablet

New Life for the G-Tablet *

(Updated 25 Jun 14 to include new links to Smoother ROMs)

The new SmoOth is using CM-10 4.1.2 base built from source by redeyedjedi with a nice
face lift and some extras. It is designed to create for you a great gaming experience as well as everyday use. (XDA page here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1900562)

New life for the G-Tablet is here: Two ROMS were released for the GTab. I have only tried the CM10 (Smoother) version ROM but both appear to be just what the GTab needs to make it live again.

The CM10 (Smoother) ROM *

GTab 1797 on Vellamo

Pretty Good BenchMark

You should use the 250MB system partition but you may be able to run it on the 200MB partition. I had a 200MB partition already installed on my GTab (after using GtabCombOver ROM) so I decided to try that. It seems to have worked fine. However, it may be best to start with a fresh NVFlash and use a larger partition. That may “future proof” your device since you may start experiencing problems as you add additional apps.

To increase the system partition, visit our article “Jelly Bean on the GTab” for the download link to the required NVFlash. Also, use that article as a step-by-step guide for flashing this ROM (just use this ROM file instead of the one in the article.

It appears that Team DRH has ceased support for the GTab. Here are the files that I have available for download:

250M System: Full_Stock_NVFlash_CWM_5504_Touch.zip

300M System: Full_Stock_NVFlash_CWM_5504_300mb_system.zip

350M System: TeamDRH_350M_Prep.zip (NVFlash)

ROM: SmoOth Bean 4.1.2 ver 1.5.2(Standard) 160 DPI 

Alternate ROM: SmoOth Bean 4.1.2 ver 1.5.2(Inverted) 160 DPI 

What Works
Audio, Audio, and did I mention Audio……
What Doesn’t Work
Camera (Work around use USB Camera)
Mic works but buggy

The ROM includes a limited set of GApps so it is not necessary to flash them separately. However, you will need to download other needed Apps from the Play Store.

Load the ROM, reboot & allow it to complete the first boot (which always takes longer than normal). Then complete the setup and leave the device alone for several hours while it “sets in.”

My initial impression is that this ROM is pretty stable and did not demonstrate as many of the slow downs as previous ROMS. If I were still using my G-Tablet, I would definitely like this ROM. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to breathe new life into their GTab. 


The AOSP ROM *

This ROM requires that you use the 350MB system. See the link above for the download link to the required NVFlash. Use our  “Jelly Bean on the GTab“ article as a step-by-step guide for flashing this ROM (just use this ROM file instead of the one in the article.

From the XDA thread for the AOSP (G-Harmony) JB ROM:

G_Harmony_Jellybean_v2.3.2(SuperChargered)
G_Harmony_Jellybean_v2.3.2(Overclocked 1.6GHz)(SuperChargered)

This ROM uses a supercharger module that should enable it to run faster and be more fluid in operation. I cannot comment on the normal – or supercharged – operation, but here are the instructions for starting the module (from the XDA thread). This is an OPTIONAL configuration. It is completed with a terminal app on the GTab (not connected to a computer).

To start the V6 SuperCharger: 

  1. Download and install a Terminal app on the GTab
  2. Execute the Terminal app on the GTab (text in the term is usually case-sensitive)
  3. Type: su
  4. Type: cd system/xbin
  5. Type: sh V6SuperCharger.sh
  6. Follow the prompts

Since I have not used this ROM, I cannot explicitly recommend it. However, it looks good and I doubt that it will harm your GTab in any way. If you do try it, please leave a comment and let us know about your experiences.


Notes:

Adobe Flash Player is not supported on ANY version of Jelly Bean. In order to use flash, you must install a flash-enabled browser.  Here is a link to a more complete guide.

USB Connection to Computer: All JB devices present themselves to computers attached with USB in a slightly different way. See this article for more: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2009040

CPU Speed can be adjusted (for most ROMS) directly in the Settings / Performance settings.

The blank spaces on either side of the home screen (in some launchers) in landscape mode are links to move from one page to another. Just tap one of the blank spaces to move to the next page in that direction. To eliminate these, use an alternate launcher (many are available from the Play Store).

To reduce the size of the icons, change the DPI from 160 to 130 or so. You can download the Density Changer application from the Play Store to change it.

To see additional apps on the Play Store (and enlarge the icon size) use the Changer app and click on the “+” and choose the TABLET. Then reboot.

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333 Responses to New Life for the G-Tablet

  1. Tim says:

    I am going to attempt to flash my G tablet with the latest JellyBean Rom. It appears you used an older version in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfTU1VG8ENY Do I still follow the same steps? Also right now it has Honeycomb on it that someone had already loaded on it before I got it. Does that matter?

    Thanks!

    • ray says:

      It has been a LONG time since I did any work with the GTab. Yes the guide should work fine with your newer ROM. If your download includes the NVFlash, you should be fine. If not, check the developer’s page to see how large the system partition should be and download one from here. After NVFlash, all previous ROM (Honeycomb, etc) should be wiped clean. Just be sure to reset to factory during the prep.
      Hope it works well for you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. X Daer says:

    Has anyone been able to make the status/notification bar transparent with smoother bean?
    I see the Xposed framework hack on xda, am looking for something simpler than that.
    TIA

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