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Jimmy McGee · Jul 17, 2013

UnBrickable Mod for the Samsung Captivate – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler is a hardware wizard. He can tear apart devices with ease. He can even use some Level 20 spell to turn a phone into a development board, a device that you cannot brick. If it does become "bricked," you just hook the device up again and reflash kernel and everything. In today's episode, after quickly tearing down the Samsung Captivate, he continues by showing how to achieve the right amount of voodoo to get the phone...

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jerdog · Aug 18, 2012

CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies for Select Devices

We recently told you about the CyanogenMod team beginning work on CM10. Now, a significant milestone has been reached: CM10 Nightlies have appeared for select devices. For those who aren't familiar, a nightly build is an automatic build incorporating the latest changes in CM source for a device. Yesterday, CyanogenMod released the list of those devices that would be getting the first round of nightlies: # The US SGS3 variants (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) # The Galaxy Nexus variants # The Nexus S varaints #...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 11, 2012

Slim Bean Jelly Bean ROMs Available for Several Devices

With the release of the Jelly Bean source code to AOSP last month, we are seeing more and more of Jelly Bean ROMs ported to various Android devices. Slim Bean is the Jelly Bean variant of the popular Slim ICS ROM, and it is now available for several devices including the Samsung Vibrant, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus (Verizon, sprint, and GSM variants), Samsung Captivate, and Samsung Galaxy S I9000. Slim Bean's predecessor Slim ICS has been quite popular as a...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 20, 2012

Android Web Server – XDA TV

Today's XDA TV video shows XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler setting up a better http://AdamOutler.com with an Android device.  He replaces his old ARM V7 CORTEX M3 Texas Instruments Eval-Bot web-server with a newer ARM V7 CORTEX A8 Samsung Captivate. AdamOutler shows a neat use for an old Android device. Additionally, he attempts to explain beginner and intermediate networking concepts in a simple way.  The web server used in this video is the standard Linux Lighttpd package obtained from the...

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Former Writer · Jun 19, 2012

Devil Kernel Config Gives Galaxy S Users Kernel Control

There are a lot of tool kits out there that help users modify their ROM and how it works. They can add scripts, mods and tweaks to boost anything from performance to battery life. One portion that doesn't get as much attention is the kernel. There are a few kernel tool kits out there, although they tend to be a little more complicated than ROM based ones. Users of kernel tool kits get access to all kinds of system tweaks...

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Adam Outler · Apr 3, 2012

Heimdall Suite Brings Linux and Mac Support to Over 50 Million Handsets

Heimdall Suite, an Open-Source Cross-Platform set of tools designed to flash firmware to Samsung devices, has received an incremental update to version 1.3.2. This latest update supports Galaxy S II GT-I9100, Galaxy Player,  Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, Mesmerize, Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, GT-I9000T, Galaxy Tab (7 and 10.1 inches) and of course the Galaxy S GT-i9000.  If your Samsung device is not listed here, testing is required. Heimdall has always been a favorite among kernel developers and those who frequently flash the latest kernels because no flashable update.zip...

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jerdog · Mar 22, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S May Benefit From Nexus S Radio

With the recent news that the Samsung Galaxy Note i717 could be hacked to work on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, many inquisitive and adventurous users on XDA began to wonder if other devices could benefit as well. XDA Forum Member pwneman looked into what other Samsung devices had compatible radios and found that the Nexus S i9020a for AT&T uses its radio hardware much the same way as the Samsung Galaxy S i9000, and to a limited extent, the Samsung Captivate. Flashing the devices with...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 1, 2012

The Definitive Fix for Long Delays on GPS Locks for the Captivate

One of the biggest, most common problems with GPS receivers on mobile devices has been the fact that they tend to become buggy and as a result, they have difficulty getting satellite locks. This issue has plagued devices since the times of the venerable Vogue and the Polaris (both Windows Mobile devices for those of you who just got introduced to the world of smartphones). We all thought that as time went by, things would get better and for the...

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liwen · Jan 10, 2012

Samsung Captivate Gets Official Gingerbread Update

If you're a ROM flashing addict (and, truth to be told, you should be if you're visiting this site), you probably don't even know that the Samsung Captivate, AT&T's version of the Galaxy S, didn't get its official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update up until a couple of hours ago. But for everyone else running the stock ROM, you can now look at Samsung's instructions for applying the update, which sadly requires the dreaded Kies software. But better than nothing, eh?...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 28, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular  forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device's development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 2, 2011

Unbricking Your Captivate Gets Even Easier…

It looks like the Unbrickable device, the Samsung Captivate, is still receiving lots of attention from XDA Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos. These two have been going at it for some time and effectively turned the device into an unbrickable piece of hardware, no matter what you flash on it, you cannot permanently brick it. Adam recently released the UnBrickable Mod for the Captivate and in this new iteration, he has made the unbricking process as simple as having a 1 wire connection and...

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azrienoch · Aug 28, 2011

The UnBrickable Mod and Beyond

A bricked phone.  No JTAG.  Modify hardware, upload a bootloader, and the phone lives.  Pure development. That's what I think of the work of AdamOutler and Rebellos to breathe life into dead devices.  A couple days ago, WillVerduzco wrote an article on Rebellos' method of unbricking Hummingbird devices by uploading your very own custom bootloader to your device.  A couple weeks ago, AdamOutler asked for help getting the official Samsung bootloader for Galaxy devices.  Since then, the two teamed up to...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2011

Unbrick Your Hummingbird-Powered Device by Creating Your Own Bootloader

How would you like to create your own bootloader? Sounds a bit daunting, no? Aside from the inherent "cool factor," having this ability could get your device out of some tough spots that would otherwise require the use of JTAG. Thanks to the work of a team lead by XDA Recognized Developer Rebellos, this is now possible for Samsung S5PC110-based (read: Hummingbird) devices. Since there are quite a few Hummingbird-powered devices roaming about XDA, this can prove quite useful for when ODIN...

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egzthunder1 · Aug 13, 2011

Introducing The Unbrickable Captivate

Some of the Samsung Galaxy devices earned a reputation of being almost impossible to brick, which is of course not exactly true (although they are harder to brick than their HTC counterparts). It looks like the research for the perfect way of unbricking a Captivate has led XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler to discover something rather interesting. With a few modifications to the OM pins, it seems that he has managed to get the device to become bootable via either USB, UART, or...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 6, 2011

All In One Galaxy Hack Pack

Our devs spend countless hours and tons of blood, sweat, and tears in the process of gathering information and knowledge so that they can make our devices better. This is no easy task as you have to remember that manufacturers don't always provide the documentation required to do half of the things that we normally do on our phones and tablets. In many rare occasions, the tech representatives from the manufacturers will have nothing themselves. So, where does one go...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 5, 2011

One-Click Unbrick For Samsung Captivate

By this point in time, if you have been a member of this site for longer than a couple of years, you have witnessed rather complicated processes such as rooting and flashing, turned into easy 1 click procedures. These are normally fool proof and will let you get the most out of your devices while saving you a few hours of reading. However, there is always a risk of bricking your device. This is a time for you to sit...

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mic_888 · Jun 6, 2011

Control Freak – The OC/UV App For Gingerbread

If you've been following the work of XDA forum member xan's Voltage Control app, you might be interested to read about XDA member shane87's re-write of it, designed to work with Gingerbread based kernels. Please note that the app is still in development and issues are currently being worked on. Features of Control Freak include: Designed for use with JVB/JVH/JVO based Gingerbread kernels Specifically designed around features present in existz's Talon kernel Allows enable/disable specific states Allows undervoltage control on...

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egzthunder1 · May 17, 2011

Want to Have True, Unrestricted Access to Your Phone? Read On…

The \system in Android is like a forbidden candy for many. A few people will only dare venture in the file and folder mess that represents that particular area of your devices. However, this is where all the fun usually happens. All settings, apks, everything that is of importance to us and to devs lies in there. However, getting there is not necessarily easy or cheap. There are programs like Root Explorer, which will allow you to do a whole...

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egzthunder1 · May 17, 2011

JTAG Your Captivate – God-Like Soldering Skills Not Required

JTAG has been, since the early days of phones, the surefire (and in most cases) the only possible way to bring a device back to life after a flash gone wrong (used to be really common back in the WM days). Nowadays, Android devices are actually rather sturdy in the sense that you can flash virtually anything to these devices and would be easy to revive. This happens to be the case for a lot of Samsung Galaxy phones. However,...

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ElCondor · Feb 8, 2011

AIO Captivate Toolbox: Everything in One Place, Great Tool for both Beginners and Advanced Users

This is a perfect example of a program that just works and does its job. This desktop program made by XDA member bay_wolf gathers all basic utilities and puts them in one place, including all steps from root to installing custom ROMs. So, if you're a beginner Samsung Captivate user and would like to get more out of your phone, simply download this tool and follow every step. You can also sideload apps from this program. You don't have to use more than...

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