CW Touch Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S3

August 20th, 2012 No comments

CW Touch on SGS3

I’ve always used the clockwork mod recoveries, and apparently now they do a touch version for those phones without keyboards.

The easy install is a paid app from the market, but they give away the image for free, if you’re daring enough to flash it yourself. Here’s the easy way how (standard disclaimers apply: this worked for me, it might set you on fire. Sorry but not my fault if it does). Bits between `backticks` are commands to be executed (eg `echo “I am a command!”`).

We’re talking about the international SGS3, the GT-I900. It originally came from T-Mobile UK.

1. Get root.

2. Get the android dev tools so you can connect to your phone using adb. You’ll need to enable USB debugging too ;)

3. Head to the ClockworkMod download page and get the latest touch recovery for your “Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300)”, at the moment it’s recovery-clockwork-touch- Note the fact it’s a .img file.
Put this somewhere on your phone. I’m sticking it on the _internal_ SD-Card.

4. open a command prompt (`cmd` on windows) and check your PC can see your phone `adb devices`. You should see a device attached.

5. Get a shell on the phone (`adb shell`) and then get root (`su`). The end of your prompt should change from a $ to a # when you’ve got root. (eg, from “shell@android:/ $” to “shell@android:/ #”).

6. Change location to where you’ve got your image downloaded. On my phone/current firmware (stock samsung, latest) it’s /sdcard/, so `cd /sdcard/`. `ls` will list files, so you can make sure your image is there.
If you’re having problems finding the sdCard mount location, the _external_ sdcard seems to be at `/mnt/extSdCard` but you can get a list of mounts with `mount`.

7. Make a backup of your old recovery.
The recovery partition on the SGS3 seems to be as follows (found by WT Ho on the xda-developers forums)

/dev/block/mmcblk0p1 – unknown
/dev/block/mmcblk0p2 – unknown
/dev/block/mmcblk0p3 – /efs
/dev/block/mmcblk0p4 – unknown
/dev/block/mmcblk0p5 – kernel
/dev/block/mmcblk0p6 – recovery
/dev/block/mmcblk0p7 – unknown
/dev/block/mmcblk0p8 – /cache
/dev/block/mmcblk0p9 – /system
/dev/block/mmcblk0p10 – unknown
/dev/block/mmcblk0p11 – unknown
/dev/block/mmcblk0p12 – /data

so we’re interested in `/dev/block/mmcblk0p6`
`dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6 of=./recovery-backup.img` makes a backup of our current image.

8. Blank the recovery partition:
Here be dragons! If things go wrong between now and the end of step 10, you might be buggered.
Probably not needed, but we write zeros to the recovery partition to blank it `dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6`.

9. Write the new recovery -Still a dangerous place to be. Obviously you have a full battery and are in aeroplane mode?
“recovery-clockwork-touch-” is the name of the image. If you’ve got it in a zip or tar file then you should have extracted it first. I’ve renamed it to “recoveryTouch.img” for ease.
`dd if=./recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6` flashes the image to the partition.

10. `sync` afterwards, because it’s just a nice thing to do

11. Switch off the phone in the usual way, and then hold down [Volume UP] + [menu] + [Power] to switch it back on.
You should now be booted into your nice new touch recovery.

12. Touch the screen and enjoy. “reboot system now” to exit

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Pro-Active Destruction

May 21st, 2012 No comments

so I finally updated the website and theme and apparently it’s broken the site somewhat.
If it wasn’t nearly 4am and I didn’t have things to do tomorrow I might have actually fixed it instead of posting this :S

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32bit Wine 64bit Gentoo

December 24th, 2010 No comments

Gentoo now lets you compile wine with the win32 or win64 useflags.

If you’re on 64bit linux then all your wine “prefix’s” become 64bit as default. My googling of the internet seems to suggest you need an entire 32bit chroot or other sillyness to have some good old 32bit action (I want to play Portal).

WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.wine-portal" wineboot

is what I’m grepping through my bash history looking for :)

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Spam Measures

December 20th, 2010 No comments

Apologies to all those I’ve just affected, but due to the massive amounts of spam comments currently being submitted I’ve just beefed up our sign-up procedure as well as removing a tonne of users who seem to have submitted nothing (or nothing and spam).

If I accidentally deleted your account, or you’re legitimate and trying to sign up then I am really, truely sorry. Get in contact and we’ll sort it out :)

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C&C First Decade: Windows 7

December 20th, 2010 14 comments

Command and Conquer First DecadeWell, Christmas time is nearly here, and as much as I hate all the adverts on telly, its a great time of year to get snowed in, crack out the old computer games and put your feet up on the computer for warmth. With this in mind, I’ve written a little guide for getting C&C The first Decade working on a modern Windows 7 system.

Command and Conquer; Tiberian Dawn came out in 1995 and was followed shortly after in 1996 with Red Alert. Hidden in the lounge at my friend Ian’s house with his mum upstairs asleep, his chronically underpowered 233mhz pentium computer wurring away I was absolutely amazed by the entire C&C experience. The installer was immensive and fell modern and damned cool, the video’s looked beautiful and like nothing else I’d experienced and the music track was fantastic. Many hours were lost.

So now, 15 years after the first game was released lets have a go at getting it all running in time for Christmas. After a couple of days of failure (and the need to multiplay with my brother) I gave up getting it running in WINE under Linux and cracked on with a Windows 7 install.

In 2006 Westwood packaged the first 8 years of gaming into one 8gb installer. Some of the games still work “out of the  box”, others (like Generals; ironically the latest games) are a bit of a pig to get going; but they all will work!

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Desire post test

July 23rd, 2010 No comments


Got the new desire. Also got a smoke machineand lasers…

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It must be true; I saw it on telly!

April 1st, 2010 No comments

For years now, I’ve taken to the phrase “But it must be true; I saw it on telly!”. Depending on circumstance… well, you can imagine.

You can probably also imagine how delighted I was to come across the Dan&Dan song “The Daily Mail“.

All of his video’s are clever as well as funny -fantastic ideas and brilliant execution -I’d very much recommend checking out his other work.

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This is what you get for paying

April 1st, 2010 1 comment

Not that I’m advocating piracy at all, but the recent Ubisoft DRM Fails and the not so recent events that saw people who had bought a legitimate version of Spore downloading and installing cracked versions just to get it to work do make me think….

[solved] E17: Cursor problems & no Screen Flip

October 10th, 2009 No comments

After crippling my system (don’t update libjpeg when every single one of your GUI based apps is built against it) I found myself having to reinstall E17.

Two major issues seems to jump out at me, though both are easily fixed.

  1. Screen Flip Stops Working
  2. Xorg starts eating up tonnes of memory.

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Backlight on the g1

May 3rd, 2009 No comments

I’ve been using the g1 for a few months now on a daily basis, and for the most part I’ve been quite happy with the screen and have never had to change the brightness settings.

I was a little upset when trying to give directions earlier in bright sunlight, as I was squinting quite a lot.

My upset was quickly replaced by amazement as I realied ILd been running for 3 months with the screen brightness turned to 0%; change it to 30% and it was bright and readable again. Fantastic!

Truth be told, as screens go, its almost too bright, I keep finding myself reading in bed and wishing I could make the screen dimmer, but it looks like -15% screen brightness (would not only suck all of the light out of the world, but also) is beyound easy reach.

-as a side note, its quite hard typing on the g1 when you’ve but off the end of your finger chopping onions :(

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