As a device’s development matures, there are more and more ways to do essentially the same things. Multiple recoveries, multiple ROMs, multiple kernels, and so on are all released, and while each one is essentially the same as the one that came before it, there is something that makes each of them unique. This is also true for root methods. The first method might be something difficult, the second may be a one-click, and a third might be a one-click and also adds recovery. For Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 owners, there is now a root method that only uses the stock Android recovery.
This is unique for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Samsung devices aren’t typically rooted via stock recovery. Most of the time, it’s flashing an insecure kernel through Odin/Heimdall, which then gives users recovery to flash the Superuser zip file. However, that also increments the flash counter, though we have the wonderful Triangle Away to alleviate this. Rooting via stock recovery prevents the counter increment in the first place. Written up by XDA Senior Member Astrix Ashburn, the process isn’t overly complicated.
In short, users download a modified superuser zip that is flashable through the stock recovery. Once rooted, users can use Mobile Odin to flash a recovery, and from there the world is their oyster. Aside from avoiding flash counter increases, this is also one of the safer root methods available for the Tab 7.7. To learn more, hit up the original thread.
March 30, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Github is to Android development, what a paint brush is to fine art. Sure, you can create art without paint brushes, but let’s face it, da Vinci used paint brushes. Such is the case with Github. Most developers use it to bring the best of the best to their respective Android devices and some truly legendary projects have their roots in Github commits. For those carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, your Github goodness is just getting started.
XDA Recognized Developer bedwa has uploaded the stock kernel and stock initramfs onto Github. Other users then decided to join in on the party by posting the entire partition layout for the Tab 7.7. The kernel itself and the initramfs can be used as a base on which to add commits, and the partition layout—also quite useful to all ROM and kernel developers—can be found in the thread.
For more information, links to the Github, the full partition list and all other information, check out the original thread.
March 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Generally speaking, hardware modifications are done in order to implement a specific feature or remove a specific features. However, there are some hardware mods out there that are designed to give the user a choice of further changes. In some cases, those mods can be even better than specific, single purpose mods. This is the case for the original keyboard dock of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and make it compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.
XDA Forum Member shazoom has released a method that allows users with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 to get into the keyboard dock which allows users to not only make it compatible with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, but also add or subtract any number of keys to make the keyboard more suit their style. However, since this is a hardware modification, please exercise caution if attempting. As stated by shazoom:
Be careful. It’s only plastic and don’t blame me if you break it.
So be sure that while disassembling to be very careful and to not break anything. To help the process, shazoom has added strategies for disassembling the trouble spots. It feels like there should be a Short Circuit disassemble joke in there somewhere, but we’ll keep going forward. By the end of the mod, you’ll have a perfectly taken apart dock and it will be ready for additional modification besides making it compatible with the Tab 10.1, whatever your additional modification may be. Be sure you understand that this mod can break your keyboard dock and to use this method means doing so at your own risk.
For additional info, screenshots and the complete run through of the process, visit the modification thread to get started.
Big thank you goes out to XDA Recognized Developer TRusselo for helping out with the additional information about the modification.
March 15, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
One of the biggest issues for a lot of frequent XDAers is dealing with the same questions over and over again. Having to link user after user to the same guides to fix the same problems can quickly increase one’s stress levels and can even invoke moments of rage. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, there are a lot of ways you can word a problem and sometimes the search doesn’t always have the answer, even if it’s there.
For those who own the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, there is an alternate to the search feature. XDA Forum Member Theory has made a compilation of the known issues for the 7.7 and helps direct users to the proper tutorials and guides to fix their problem. The guide features answers to questions ranging from how to get root access to simple things like changing the lock screen wallpaper and properly connecting the Galaxy Tab 7.7 to their computers. The guide offers pretty much everything a new user needs to learn the ropes and get to where they need to go.
After seeing similar questions get asked and answered several time over, I thought this might be helpful (not least for myself). No particular order for now. Feel free to propose additional Q/A or edits–I’ll credit accordingly. Thanks to our moderator (original_ganjaman) for making this a sticky.
So if you happen to use the thread, can’t find your solution and find it elsewhere, you have the option to address it in the thread which will help keep it current for the next set of new users to file in.
So if you’re having a problem with your Galaxy Tab 7.7 and you need some help, the first place you should probably check out is the FAQ for the 7.7 to see if the solution is listed.