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  1. Melvin Jefferson's Avatar
    hee, hee. Not on OS2SD!
    I'm using the 'stock' (biggest package) gapps from [GAPPS][4.4.x/4.3.x] OFFICIAL 0-Day PA-GOOGLE APPS (All ROMs) [2014-03-29] - xda-developers.
    the zip alone is 289.5 MB
    my system partition usage is 428 MB
    All I did was remove Chrome, Earth, optional folder, and the aosp keyboard/lib.
    A few things FC on boot, and every now and then, but no biggie.
    Now works grand except for voice input. even 'listen to tv' works.
    Movies looks like it's playing on a higher-res device somehow. They gave me a free 7-min cartoon and it looked AWESOME.
    YouTube doesn't use the browser. It streams nice and looks good in HD. Drive, Keep, Hangouts, Maps (much less glitchy with the whole package! but still EGL errors and big glitches sometimes.) GenieWidget(News and Weather,) and QuickOffice all work.
    I still haven't tested everything yet, but aside from being a horrid nasty battery sucker with either 3g or wifi on (it will die overnight if not plugged in) and data miner, it's lots of fun. I've run it I think at least a week now.
    the pieces I delete are like g+, totally armv7 dependent crashing pieces of ****.
    stuff like Now I leave in because enough of it works to ignore the force closes.
    things like Play Games I can't test because I'm still unwilling to set up a g+ profile.
    Thanks and I'm going to use the stock pa_gapps
    04-04-2014 12:01 PM
  2. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    Thanks and I'm going to use the stock pa_gapps
    they worked fine for me. mount /system before flashing (and they won't fit on internal.)
    you can pick out apks from it and install them manually by sideloading if you're on internal build. except libs (*.so) have to go in /system/lib, chmod 644.
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    04-04-2014 12:58 PM
  3. Melvin Jefferson's Avatar
    they worked fine for me. mount /system before flashing (and they won't fit on internal.)
    you can pick out apks from it and install them manually by sideloading if you're on internal build. except libs (*.so) have to go in /system/lib, chmod 644.
    So if I'm on the OS2SD version which one would be better to use?
    04-04-2014 01:13 PM
  4. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    So if I'm on the OS2SD version which one would be better to use?
    I like the newer one better. They update all the time... if you look at that page they have various sizes of gapps and list what is in each.
    Mostly, remember to take out the libjnilatinime.so and LatinIME.apk or your keyboard'll FC all the time.
    04-04-2014 07:41 PM
  5. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    I have on my phone and testing a wrapper widget for old-school voice search to google Now search. Pushbutton widget or long-press search button.
    It took me forever (days) to get it working because I've never made an android app or widget before.
    I did not decompile anything but built it all frankenstein-monster style from logcat, plus bits and pieces of tutorials, samples, and stackoverflow tidbits.
    Once I feel it's relatively stable it goes up on xda as a beta. probably tonight. tomorrow.
    //edit: it seems to be working ok except "navigate (location name)" wants enter pressed in the opened search to offer the nav app. for some dumb reason only search results show up automatically for that specific command.
    other commands work ok so far.
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    04-06-2014 08:10 PM
  6. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    04-07-2014 11:29 AM
  7. Lpen21's Avatar
    Working pretty good so far, good transition right into search, nice work bigsupersquid.
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    04-07-2014 08:17 PM
  8. Toucan4267's Avatar
    Working pretty good so far, good transition right into search, nice work bigsupersquid.
    Seems great to me too, although I haven't had the chance to fully test it yet. Fix the navigation issue, and any other bugs that pop up (you got beta testers now), then put it on the play store, and you gladly have my dollar. Great work!

    One thought, if you could figure out how to make it into an app as well, that'd be nice as it'd fit in folders.

    Some other random thoughts regarding the ROM:
    I'm using an ext4 partition for my mount scripts, as I think y'all are with OS2SD right? Have you considered disabling journaling? I've heard different things about disabling sd card journaling, and was thinking about it for my scripts. I used ext2 for my scripts on REBORN, and loved it, but as CWM reformats as ext4, I've used it instead. Speed seems better, but I'm noticing things that I think a journaling-less format would benefit from. I may have to reflash a script to turn off journaling each time anyway tho, which would be annoying. Thoughts?
    I've just noticed some compass issues on the most recent build. Not sure if they existed on previous build or not. Anyone else have a simple compass app to test?
    One more thing: I liked the previous launcher as I could 4x4 icons seems more aesthetically pleasing than 3x4. Any way to change this?
    Also, bug fix for my scripts to be posted soon, so anyone considering (I don't think I've had anyone yet) should wait till version 0.2 is released.
    Night y'all!


    Sent from my Nexus 7 using AC Forums mobile app
    04-08-2014 10:03 PM
  9. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    ...<moved to app thread>...

    Some other random thoughts regarding the ROM:
    I'm using an ext4 partition for my mount scripts, as I think y'all are with OS2SD right? Have you considered disabling journaling? I've heard different things about disabling sd card journaling, and was thinking about it for my scripts. I used ext2 for my scripts on REBORN, and loved it, but as CWM reformats as ext4, I've used it instead. Speed seems better, but I'm noticing things that I think a journaling-less format would benefit from. I may have to reflash a script to turn off journaling each time anyway tho, which would be annoying. Thoughts?
    I've just noticed some compass issues on the most recent build. Not sure if they existed on previous build or not. Anyone else have a simple compass app to test?
    One more thing: I liked the previous launcher as I could 4x4 icons seems more aesthetically pleasing than 3x4. Any way to change this?
    Also, bug fix for my scripts to be posted soon, so anyone considering (I don't think I've had anyone yet) should wait till version 0.2 is released.
    Night y'all!


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    I have considered turning off journaling. It's a simple terminal tweak if I remember correctly, or you do it by reformatting a partition in shell once it's been created, I forget which.
    I turned it off during my Linux chroot experiments. Had a few corruption issues but could've been the card. There's a new flash-block filesystem type out I looked at and forgot what it's called too. Never did any evaluation.
    you can type 'fstrim -v <path to mounted ext filesystem>' in terminal to clean up NAND issues a little.

    the compass is indeed messed up. I mentioned it somewhere once. The rotation works great now, all the tilt sensor, the gps, but the compass only reads within 30-45 degrees out of the whole 360. The actual g-sensor for acceleration may not be responding right either.
    I need to look at the ami304d code in the kernel again. I really didn't know what I was doing when I started porting the kernel (learn as you go) and it may be partially patched or something.
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    04-09-2014 07:42 AM
  10. Toucan4267's Avatar
    The compass is indeed messed up. I mentioned it somewhere once. The rotation works great now, all the tilt sensor, the gps, but the compass only reads within 30-45 degrees out of the whole 360. The actual g-sensor for acceleration may not be responding right either.
    No big deal. I just tried Google Sky Maps the other day trying to find Mars (supposedly, now is a great time to get a look at it). That's about the only app I'd really want working compass for as most nav apps calculate direction based on GPS motion anyway. Wanted to make sure the bug was mentioned though if it hasn't been already.
    Thanks!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using AC Forums mobile app
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    04-10-2014 01:04 AM
  11. Scottyps's Avatar
    Has anyone experienced trouble with downloading from the Play Store? I just flashed this ROM and the Skinny Gapps from the Sprint Thread & set up google play, but when attempting to download & install any app, I get an error message :

    "[app name]" could not be downloaded due to an error. (Error retrieving information from server. [RPC:S-3])

    Web browser & internet connection seems fine, so being a novice with these things, I am unsure where to go from here...

    EDIT: Fixed. Turns out this is a problem not unique to this ROM
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    04-10-2014 11:06 AM
  12. yaconsult's Avatar
    Yes, I see that every time one of the partitions fills up. If you followed mgr666's recommendations and are using link2sd, go to the storage info page in link2sd and scroll all the way down to the bottom to check if you have space free on all your partitions. I'll bet one of your partitions is completely full. The error message is less than helpful!

    BTW, I have found that I am able to move some applications manually that link2sd would not move automatically. I also used link2sd to integrate some updates into their applications and that saved space too. Just make sure you have a good backup and don't be afraid to experiment.
    04-11-2014 06:58 PM
  13. Toucan4267's Avatar
    Y'all really should consider either the OS2SD version, or if you're like me and like some stuff on internal and external, you should try my scripts HERE. Your cache size, dalvik-cache size, and system partition size will SERIOUSLY limit how many apps you can have on your phone if you're using the internal with Link2SD only.

    That's what I used to do... until I wiped my dalvik-cache in recovery one day--BAD MOVE. This destroys all the links created by Link2SD, and so the entire dalvik-cache that had been linked gets rebuilt internally, and if you have, like, 200 apps like me, the little Optimus S partitions can't come close to handling that. My scripts prevent that as the entire dalvik-cache is moved externally, with the ability to link individual apps just like before, and a handy cache/dalvik wipe-script to start fresh with rebuilt caches and no headaches.
    04-12-2014 07:48 PM
  14. dradzanowski's Avatar
    Every time I try a fresh download, I get "failed-network error". It starts downloading, then gets down to about 15 Mb and switches to failed.
    04-12-2014 10:01 PM
  15. Toucan4267's Avatar
    Every time I try a fresh download, I get "failed-network error". It starts downloading, then gets down to about 15 Mb and switches to failed.
    Trying to download right now. Will let you know as soon as I find out if I can or not.
    EDIT: Internal build downloaded just fine. Sorry I didn't tell you earlier, left the comp to go do other stuff; forgot to come back.
    04-12-2014 10:04 PM
  16. Melvin Jefferson's Avatar
    Which Governers and CPU frequencies are the best for this OS2SD ROM?
    04-13-2014 06:27 PM
  17. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    Which Governers and CPU frequencies are the best for this OS2SD ROM?
    Frequency depends on your phone, they're all a little different.
    Don't tell it to set on boot until you're adjusted in.
    To see the max overclock you can manage, set it as high as it goes first. If it doesn't immediately reboot, open gallery and/or camera and mess around. If it doesn't reboot you've got a nice chip. If it does try again one setting lower. Keep doing that until no reboots, use it a while, if no random reboots, then drop overclock one more notch (that's supposed to be your stable setting) and tell it to set on boot.
    I use performance governor myself but that's supposed to be for power savings (no ramp up/down for cpu supposedly uses less power.) You can experiment with governors, use what I do, or just leave it at default.
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    04-13-2014 07:45 PM
  18. Lpen21's Avatar
    Hey all trying out a new app called sEFix entropy fixer which changes the threshold level to a recommended range between 128-256. The default without the app is 64 for me, with seeder. This only changes the the threshold and does not mess with entropy levels. So far seems to help with Lag overall.
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    04-14-2014 03:39 PM
  19. Toucan4267's Avatar
    Hey, been looking into swap files and partitions. Was going to give one or the other a try (read all about +'s and -'s). Does the kernel support swap partitions or should I just use a swap file?

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    04-15-2014 01:43 AM
  20. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    Hey, been looking into swap files and partitions. Was going to give one or the other a try (read all about +'s and -'s). Does the kernel support swap partitions or should I just use a swap file?

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using AC Forums mobile app
    the kernel does have swap enabled
    //edit:; and if you want to check for anything specific in the kernel config,
    Code:
    zcat /proc/config.gz | grep -i  <WTF>
    where <WTF> is the thing you're looking for (like SWAP)
    the -i makes it case insensitive but kernel config is all uppercase anyway except for help text.
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    04-15-2014 05:41 AM
  21. Lpen21's Avatar
    Here is a link to an app called MenuBeGone comes from Xposed framework http://dl.xposed.info/modules/ro.epb..._v1_9a8d1f.apk
    It changes the menu button to the left of home into a multitasking tool of recently used apps and gives access to the 3 button menu on all other apps. Supposed to to give same functionality as Samsung s5 which retains a physical home button and capacitive menu button. Nothing earth shattering but still kind of cool.
    Edit: I downloaded it but not sure if we already had this functionality, need someone to confirm
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    04-15-2014 07:46 PM
  22. bigsupersquid's Avatar
    Here is a link to an app called MenuBeGone comes from Xposed framework http://dl.xposed.info/modules/ro.epb..._v1_9a8d1f.apk
    It changes the menu button to the left of home into a multitasking tool of recently used apps and gives access to the 3 button menu on all other apps. Supposed to to give same functionality as Samsung s5 which retains a physical home button and capacitive menu button. Nothing earth shattering but still kind of cool.
    Edit: I downloaded it but not sure if we already had this functionality, need someone to confirm
    long press home for recent apps (press the three-button on the top right to kill them or swipe them away one at a time to kill them, clearing RAM)
    The menu overflow button (the three-dot thing) shows up some places like Browser but I haven't gone digging in PAC to get the goodies out yet. Hades, I haven't gotten a running build for a full month since something broke that makes it bootloop.
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    04-15-2014 09:04 PM
  23. Lpen21's Avatar
    Hey, been looking into swap files and partitions. Was going to give one or the other a try (read all about +'s and -'s). Does the kernel support swap partitions or should I just use a swap file?

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    Interested in trying this. Read up on it and the only downside seems to be increased lag if overused.
    04-15-2014 09:54 PM
  24. Toucan4267's Avatar
    the kernel does have swap enabled
    //edit:; and if you want to check for anything specific in the kernel config,
    Code:
    zcat /proc/config.gz | grep -i  <WTF>
    where <WTF> is the thing you're looking for (like SWAP)
    the -i makes it case insensitive but kernel config is all uppercase anyway except for help text.
    Thanks, very helpful! I did get a 256MB swap partition working using Swapper 2 from the play store and it already seems to be helping. I've been using the newest Swype keyboard trial, which loaded kinda slow. Not anymore.
    This is something that probably lessens sd card lifespan, and there is potential for hard brick (which is why I needed to be absolutely sure it was supported) for both unsupported ROMs and misconfigured swap partitions. In spite of this, the benefits seem pretty awesome, so I'm gonna continue to test. Will let y'all know how things turn out! :-)

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    04-15-2014 10:29 PM
  25. Toucan4267's Avatar
    Interested in trying this. Read up on it and the only downside seems to be increased lag if overused.
    Yeah, I've read smaller is better for partition size (128-512ish MB ) as there is less data to be searched through. Less is somewhat better with regard to settings too from what I've read (similar to what you were saying) as SD is slower than true RAM--this becomes a balancing act as native RAM r/w speed is better but not by enough to offset the benefit from the extra "ram" quantity gained through the SD partition.

    Also, be VERY careful to use the right partition in settings before activating as it appears the app has potential to overwrite important partitions and hard brick your phone. Here's another spot in the Android market where I wish I knew how to program apps and update this 2010 thing. Prevent writing to non-swap partitions. Maybe let it take into consideration current RAM to auto-optimize settings rather than the guess and check you have to do currently.

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    04-15-2014 10:49 PM
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