October 13, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The Dell Streak 5 was around before phablets were cool. While it never caught on in the mainstream, it’s had a pretty good development life here on XDA. It is not quite done yet, though. Recently, a tool was released that gives the Dell Streak 5 a few developer-level features—some of which can be used by average users.
XDA Senior Member _n0p_ recently released MTD-Utils. On the surface, the tool doesn’t bring a lot for the average user. It is a few compiled MTD utilities called nanddump, nandwrite, and nand_erase. These can be pretty fun if you know how to use them. They do essentially what their names imply. In addition to the tool, _n0p_ has also included some essential information needed to use the tool. These include the MTD partitions for the Dell Streak 5 and some instructions on the tools work.
The most interesting part of the tool is the nandwrite. As _n0p_ explains:
nandwrite should enable you to write boot, recovery, system and firstboot right from android system (i don’t think that it’s good idea, but anyway)
It may not be a good idea, but it can be handy. Using nandwrite and nand_erase, you can actually switch recoveries on the fly while your Dell Streak 5 is rooted. You need both recovery images on the root of your SD card. Then you nand_erase the recovery, nandwrite the new recovery image, and test to make sure it worked.
To find out more, go to the original thread.
Having to deal with low quality calls is, simply put, annoying. To have to deal with dropped calls even more so. However, rarely is it the fault of the device and usually more along the lines of the fault of the carrier network. That, of course, doesn’t mean that it hurts to be able to help the signal strength along.
The mod is easy to apply and requires only that you’re rooted and your favorite file manager, be it ES File Explorer or Root Explorer. From there, it’s editing the old build.prop file. AT&T and Australia have their own mods to be applied, so make sure you’re paying attention as to which ones you’re applying. Says djscopesofm:
This will not increase the power of your antenna or increase radiation. All this does is choose the best profiles for EDGE/HSDPA/HSUPA. Its proven to increase speed and connection strength.
So for anyone who wants to try to give their signal a little boost, you can find all the info and list of modifications to make in the original thread. As always, make sure you do a backup before attempting, just in case something goes wrong.
Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest version of Android, but who cares? For owners of the Streak 5, which has been discontinued and since left neglected with Froyo, Gingerbread is better than nothing. Luckily, forum member neocoritol has found an update lying on Dell’s servers.
Flashing RUU tools for our devices have been a popular object of development since the early days of Windows Mobile. Since then, many carriers and manufacturers have bundled these as update packages to send to their customers every time they want to send a new set of updates to users, or at least the ones that prefer not to use OTA’s. Among RUU’s, there are custom ones that can be used for several other purposes. In the case of the latest release by XDA member UKSheep, his Multi flasher can be used to flash not only roms, but also basebands as well as recovery images onto the infamous Dell device. According to the dev, the app can be used to flash the most widely used recoveries out there, so if you are someone who plays a lot with flashing everything on your device, this is the right tool for you.
The two new additions of the app are still under development, so please use them carefully. Other than that, feedback is welcomed by the dev.
I would like to invite you to try, this is my first tool, and I will appreciate suggestions.
Reminding that you should use this tool at your own risk and I am not responsible for bricking your phone or any other issue.
The reason of the tool: to flash most used recoverys!
You can find more information in the application thread.
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Thanks lufc for the tip!
If you do a lot of flashing into Recovery on your Streak, you might be interested in XDA forum member UKSheep‘s new MultiRecoveryFlasher tool for Windows.
The main reason for the tool is to enable easy flashing to the most used Recoveries. Included are the Dell Recoveries from ROM 2.2/309, 315, 318,319,340,345 and also ClockworkMod and StreakMod.
And of course, the tool also includes the option to reboot.
You’ll need to download the rar file, extract and start the executable, start your Streak into fastboot mode and connect via USB.
To download the tool, and for more information, head on over to the application thread.
If you’ve ever attempted to replace any hardware on your mobile device then you might remember the first time you attempted such a task and the moment of truth when you finally manage to piece your device back together.
XDA forum member refthemc recently went though the experience when replacing the screen on his cousin’s Streak. It turns out the the Streak is really only held together by glue and pressure. Thankfully everything worked out and the guys managed to piece the device back together.
The XDA member provides links to good tips and tricks as well as where to buy decent parts and notes that the Gorilla Glass and LCD detach from the rest of the phone once the ribbons are unclipped. A box cutter is advised to remove the Gorilla Glass from the LCD.
For more information and photos of the dismantled Streak, head on over to the forum thread.
For Dell Streak owners, thanks to XDA forum member mistadman, you now have your very own specific implementation of Recovery with a stock look and feel.
The dev has been working on this little project for some time and has based his work on the Clockwork Recovery (Koush).
The tool is still in early development but currently features:
Additionally, the project is open source and any suggestions or feedback will be appreciated.
To download, and for the link to the source code, visit the forum thread.
XDA member smokku provides all Streak users with an answer for the reported lag and overall lousy performance of the Froyo stock update. The dev provided us with a few files and a simple process to speed up the device and make it perform like it should. There have already been various reports of higher Quadrant scores as well as noticeable increased responsiveness. In case you are wondering, the files that you will be flashing will place anew custom kernel in your device, which comes already pre-tweaked for a few things like overclocking, so get SetCPU ready.
If you can, please provide your own experience with this fix. There may be tweaks that are needed but so far, this seems to be doing the trick.
If you installed official Froyo 2.2 update.pkg and find your Streak slow and laggy:
This update installs custom kernel, custom build.prop and performance tweaking post_boot.sh script.
It will not erase your system, userdata or anything else. It just replaces some files.
You can find more information in the fix thread.
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Do you own a Dell Streak and wish the LED’s were just that bit more exciting? Well, you’ll have LED envy when you see the mod that XDA forum member tomgman has made to his Android tablet.
The XDA member has bravely dismantled his Dell Streak and changed the SMD 0603 LEDs to rid the tablet of the original white LEDSs and end up with a blue home button, pink menu button and a green back button.
In case you’re wondering what the XDA member means by SMD – Surface Mount Devices (SMD) are electronic devices such as the circuit board of the Streak, which are made to accommodate Surface Mounted Components (SMC), which in turn can be mounted directly onto the surface of the board.
The mod requires some experience with soldering and handling 0603 components.
Next question posed by other XDA members – how to make the LEDs flash for message notification. Stay tuned.
For more information including pictures, head on over to the modification thread.
If you’re an owner of a US Dell Streak, you may have been disappointed to find it running Cupcake whilst other lucky Android device owners are already running Froyo and more recently UK Streak owners who have got their hands on an Eclair beta.
Now, you can get one step closer to the frozen delights and run Eclair too! XDA forum member Greenarcher707 has managed to get the Android 2.1 beta running on his US unlocked Dell Streak and has posted instructions on how he did it.
You’ll need to flash Koush’s custom Recovery, install the Modaco ROM and flash stock Recovery. Download the 2.1 package and install the 2.1 beta from Recovery. The last step of rooting is of course optional.
Current reported bugs include the fact that autorotate does not seem be working and it is no longer possible to drag apps from the drop-down application list to the Home screen.
For more information and to find the relevant links and files, head on over to the forum thread.
August 9, 2010 By: egzthunder1
If you are eagerly waiting for the Dell Streak, you may want to stay clear from buying the pre-release versions sold by AT&T in the US. As it turns out, the IMEI numbers for the devices that were sold were in beta (trial) stages as well. Long story short, the trial period expired and the Streaks out in the market, got automatically blocked by AT&T with no way of getting a cell connection. According to a thread started by XDA moderator hdbueller, AT&T says that the block will be lifted once the release is official in the US.
This is not the case across the board though as there are users who claim that they still have connection even after the block.
I am currently on the phone with AT&T as my USA beta Streak has quit working!! I am being told that the US Streaks were designed to quit after the evaluation period was over!! I now can not make any calls with it at all except to AT&T!!
Any one else had their Streak IMEI blocked by AT&T??
UPDATE: Over at Modaco they are starting to drop like flies……several posts about it now! It is happening as we speak!!
UPDATE 2: Quote from Dell:
All 1100+ US beta Streak IMEI’s are now invalid! They could not (or would not) say if the IMEI’s will be good again after the release!
UPDATE 3: Dell states that it was AT&T that did this to us and that the affected units will work again AFTER the official USA release! They could not say when that would be tho…..
For more up to date information, visit the discussion thread.