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Samsung Galaxy Ace Technical Thread (Split from the "Hot Deals" thread by qca7e)

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hanif111 wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 1:49 pm
How does one go about getting access to the /system/ folder? I have downloaded ES File Explorer but only see the files in my SD Card.

Thanks.

I go to Favorites and in there you can see the phone root(if it is rooted) and you also need SuperUser permissions to modify anything.
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Edit: Newer, better rom here : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthr ... ?t=1440396

ROM + Guide : ICS Final + changes. Aka: ICS Final mod

First, thanks to jusada , slaid480 , ketut.kumajaya , chainfire , nims11 , Grif_07 , GadgetCheck , djsky2011 , EmoBoiix3 and many others for all their hard work and time and the files/info.

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[IMG]http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/497/sc ... 294040.png[/IMG]
What's different from ICS Final?

Removed:
Calculator, Calendar/Storage/Provider , Deskclock Widget , Download app , Email (gmail not removed) , FM radio , Gallery 3D ( I use quickpic instead, it is faster) , ICS Theme/Theme Manager/Theme Chooser ,
Media Uploader , Music , Pico TTS/TTS Service

Changed:
Market 3.4.4 , Turbo Boost 8.5 , gps.conf , boot animation (Android Particle Ring Blue) , Dolphin browser mini (stock browser removed) , blackhawk kernel by ketut.kumajaya , build.prop

Added:
Iphone ringtone/notification , Root browser free , LagFreeV1 , torch

You can download the removed apps here. To add the ones you want, open IceCreamSundayFinal.zip and add them in system/app (before installing the rom) :
http://www.multiupload.com/4Y0TCOX0P5

If you already installed the rom, copy them with root browser to system/app (don't install them, long press on it to see the menu with copy/paste/permissions) , set permissions to rw-r--r-- , reboot the phone.
[IMG]http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/8468/dsci0098g.jpg[/IMG]
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Installation:

1. Download The files:
The ROM Without tweaks (Overclocks better? I put the deep sleep build.prop tweaks in this one as well so battery use will be good too, I recommend this one) :
http://www.mediafire.com/?47k9ha4zu8ytfhg /// http://www.multiupload.com/Z2Z4YB1PHM /// MD5: aa23c332d82476e34c1ab967a93f5ece
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The ROM With tweaks (UI feels slower to me, possibly uses less battery):
http://www.multiupload.com/24JLWTNAQ0 /// MD5: 591e70c92c8ee132f5f76423013f9f47

ClockWorkModAce: http://www.multiupload.com/GXL1PWOSDE MD5: 08e4419cfb83fbd4217c5f486778f5e4
recovery-clockwork-5.0.2.6-galaxyace-fix: http://www.multiupload.com/IY2M1YV0QT MD5: ba3d09df567757081da5dd6e8fb2d0b0


2.Connect your phone to your pc with the USB cable, turn on USB transfer from the phone's status bar.
3.Copy the 3 zip files to your phone's SD card. Safely remove the drive from your pc (lower right corner in windows, eject/unmount in linux or mac).

(If you already have CWM, Skip to step 6) (Use Volume Up/ down to move up/down , home button to select items, back to go back.)
4.Shutdown the phone. Press Home and hold it, press power until your phone is on and let go of power, let go of home when you are in recovery, install ClockWorkModAce.zip from your SD card.
5.Reboot, go in to recovery, install recovery-clockwork-5.0.2.6-galaxyace-fix.zip
6.Reboot, go in to recovery, wipe data/factory reset , go in mounts and storage ; format /system ,
press back ; go in advanced ; wipe dalvik cache, press back, go to install zip from sdcard, choose IceCreamSundayFinal.zip
press back, reboot system now.
(Don't worry if you get a sd-ext error, it's because your sd card doesn't have a 2nd partition).
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Setting it up:

Skip Set up your google account(no internet connection, we will do it later). Press next ( I unticked the location options, up to you if you want or not).

Go in Settings,
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Wireless & Networks:
Turn on and set up wifi / bluetooth if you use them.
Mobile networks : Turn off Data enabled if you don't use mobile data.
If you use data go in : Access Point Names:
Push on the Telus SP text (not the circle),
Name: Koodo SP ; APN: sp.koodo.com ; Proxy: 74.49.0.18 ; Port: 80 ; Username/Password/Server are blank ; MMSC: http://aliasredirect.net/proxy/koodo/mmsc ; leave the rest like it is.
Press Back and push the circle.
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CyanogenMod Settings:
Input: Haptic feedback tweaks ; Untick Haptic feedback main if you don't like it ( saves battery too )

Interface: Status bar tweaks: Battery style "percentage" ; Tick Compact carrier label ; Tick Status bar brightness if you want it (change brightness by sliding finger on it)
Press back , go down to Overscroll effect , push on none.

Performance: Tick 16 bit transparency, Allow Purging of assets.

Sound: Mute camera shutter
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ADWLauncher:
Screen preferences: Untick Wallpaper Scrolling

Drawer Settings: Go down and untick: Animated Drawer, Fade app labels

General Behavior: Untick Sense previews

System Preferences: Scrolling cache "Low quality"

UI Settings: Main Dock Style (I usually set it to 5 and add market, browser, phone, camera )
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Display:
Animation: No animations
Screen timeout: 30 seconds
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Location & Security:
Untick Use GPS Satellites
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Applications: Tick Unknown Sources
Development: Untick USB debugging notify , Tick Stop app via long-press.
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Accounts & Settings:
Add your google account. (now that we have an internet connection)
Disable Auto-sync if you want to save some battery (add the power widget to the desktop and setting the wifi turns on / off sync if you don't want it to work on 3g).
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Reboot the phone.
Install SetCPU from the market or from the official thread :
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=505419
(use Root browser and go to sdcard to install the apk)

Run SetCPU and click Autodetect Speeds. Allow Superuser.

Tick Set on boot.

Go to Profiles, tick enable / notifications.
Add profiles:
In call: Max 787200 , Scaling conservative , Priority 100
Screen off: Max 122880 , Scaling powersave , priority 90
Charging: Min 245760 , Max 825600 (set higher if you want, depends on the phone, I set it to 902400) , Scaling ondemand , Priority 80
Battery: 50% , Max 787200 , Scaling conservative , priority 70
Battery: 101% , Max 806400 , Scaling ondemand (set to conservative to save more battery) , priority 60

(Set min CPU speed to 245mhz to fix wake up lag, uses more battery however.)

Add different/more profiles if you want, these are the ones I use.
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Install Quickpic from the market (faster than Gallery)

You can add the power control widget to your screen to turn on wifi ( and you can set it to turn on / off sync ) and flashlight / etc. I use this instead of the status bar one (which you can disable in Cyanogenmod settings).

If you want different wallpapers / ringtones go to zedge.com or install their app from the market. Or in dolphin browser there is a speed dial link for wallpapers.

If you use an alternate keyboard, after you set it up, delete Latinime.apk/odex and UserDictionaryProvider.apk/odex from system/app with root browser.

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secgps.conf (faster gps lock) : http://www.multiupload.com/5CHFKN2BF8 ; Copy secgps.conf in the zip file to your SDcard, then copy it to /data/gps/ with root browser (press your finger on it for a few seconds to see the copy and permissions option) , change persmissions to rw-r--r--

Live wallpapers : http://www.multiupload.com/9TJH4LHDKD ; Copy LivewallpapersPicker.apk to system/app with root browser , set permissions to rw-r--r--

Google maps 5.8 (doesn't lag or crash, don't update it to the newer one) : http://www.multiupload.com/6BYO7YOOS7 ; Copy to google maps 5.8.apk to system/app with root browser , set permissions to rw-r--r--

Adobe Flash : http://www.multiupload.com/NWQZY0UKU0 ; Extract and copy to SD and install as a normal app with Root browser.
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How to Calibrate your battery ; guide by Hiroshirou :
1. (phone on) charge to 100% until it actually says full in settings > about phone > status > battery status
2. unplug charger and turn off phone
3. (phone off) plug charger in until it charges to 100%
4. unplug charger and power it on
5. (phone on) plug the charger in and charge it to 100%
6. unplug charger and reboot phone to recovery (into cwm5)
7. go to advanced and clear battery stats.
8. turn on the the phone and charge it to 100% - DONE!
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How to use link2sd:
Insert your SD card into your pc's SD card reader.
Format it with minitool partition wizard (gparted with linux) , make a primary (not logical) partition fat32 use everything but 500MB , make the 2nd partition primary and ext3 using the rest of the 500mb.
Install link2sd from the market, open it and choose the ext3 option, set it to move apps automatically in the options.
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Updated:

Since the other links don't work anymore here is a new list:

bleuwave's ICS Final Install guide: samsu.../#post13862044

S.Chan's Unlock guide: samsu.../#post13871081

Stock modem file: samsu.../#post13888955

Stock rom: samsu.../#post13931989

bleuwave's Coderom guide: samsu.../#post13982770

Hiroshirou's ICS Final tweaked guide: samsu.../#post14027158

My ICS Final barebones + settings guide: samsu.../#post14029160

Adobe Flash: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1359506

Massive Bootanimation Repository: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1348731

How to install Boot animations: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...58&postcount=1
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The Shirker wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 11:51 am
If you just want to get rid of the Koodo animation and sound, you just have to rename a few files using a file manager (I use ES File Manager). For the boot animation, go to /system/media and rename the following files by adding .bak to the end of each of the file names: bootanimation.zip , bootsamsung.qmg and bootsamsungloop.qmg. For shutdown, go to /system/media/video/shutdown and rename the shutdown.qmg file to shutdown.qmg.bak and for the sound, go to /system/etc and rename the poweron.ogg file to poweron.ogg.bak .

It's not much more difficult to change the boot animation to something else. You just replace the bootanimation.zip file with one that you download. I'm currently using AndroidParticles2 from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=905538
I installed the ES File Manager app. I do not see the 'system' folder though. Do I have to do anything to be able to see this folder? I have the Superuser app installed from the unlock procedure. Do I need terminal emulator?
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topspin wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 4:04 pm
I installed the ES File Manager app. I do not see the 'system' folder though. Do I have to do anything to be able to see this folder? I have the Superuser app installed from the unlock procedure. Do I need terminal emulator?

Get Root Browser lite, its free on the market.

In ES I think you need to push the first button on the left.
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topspin wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 4:04 pm
I installed the ES File Manager app. I do not see the 'system' folder though. Do I have to do anything to be able to see this folder? I have the Superuser app installed from the unlock procedure. Do I need terminal emulator?
After opening ES File Explorer, bring up the menu (press left of the home button), then choose Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and enable Root Explorer as well as Mount File System...you'll be asked to confirm your selections so the app has Super User permission. Then go back to the main screen of ES File Explorer, select Favorites, and the "/" folder from there. Then you should see a big list which also includes the system folder.
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Anyone notice the battery life is kind of poor? lasts about 1.5-2 days standby, no use at all. With any use, the battery lasts a day. Is that normal?
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Neb wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 6:50 pm
Anyone notice the battery life is kind of poor? lasts about 1.5-2 days standby, no use at all. With any use, the battery lasts a day. Is that normal?

Yes, it's normal, the ace has very bad battery life. It's probably kernel / wakelock issues.
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Neb wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 6:50 pm
Anyone notice the battery life is kind of poor? lasts about 1.5-2 days standby, no use at all. With any use, the battery lasts a day. Is that normal?

Yeah, battery usage sucks... Android in general really.

On my Nexus S, I would get a day and half of normal usage out of it (includes 8 hours of sleep).

On My Galaxy Ace, I get about 24 hours, but I just overclocked my CPU to 940 and it seems to running really stable... don't know how much that will affect battery life, but meh...

I ordered a bunch of batteries off of eBay with the wall chargers, so I will just add them to the rotation...
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Question, when I connected ACE to my Win7 PC through a USB cable I see the drives are installed but I can't see my ACE as a USB storage, am I missing something?
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Star* wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 7:51 pm
Question, when I connected ACE to my Win7 PC through a USB cable I see the drives are installed but I can't see my ACE as a USB storage, am I missing something?

Install KIES. http://www.samsung.com/ca/support/mobil ... ARE.MANUAL

Edit. Did you go in the status bar on the phone and mount it? but kies has a driver as well, not sure if it's needed however.
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Star* wrote:
Jan 1st, 2012 8:26 pm
where is this window coming from? How do I mount it?

That bar on top with the time, it's the status bar, you can hold your finger on it and slide down, then you see USB connection, push on that.

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