There are a lot of mods at XDA, and this one is for the Samsung Vibrant, courtesy of XDA forum member siirial.
If you fancy a front facing camera for your Vibrant, take a look at this mod – you’ll need a specifically compatible ROM for the front facing camera, the right kernel, a front facing camera (of course!) and be up for part dismantling your device.
The internal battery cover and Vibrant camera will need to be removed and cleaned out. The XDA member states that he used a metal flat head screw driver, however you should proceed with extreme caution.
For full instructions including compatible ROMS, kernels and where to source a front facing camera, head on over to the modification thread.
December 24, 2010 By: egzthunder1
It seems that Samsung cannot get away from problems with the Galaxy S devices. Some of the most common things that you will see if you went into any of the Samsung S fora would be issues with GPS, lag, and more. The kiss of death for any hardware manufacturer happens when the device begins to exhibit hardware flaws, limitations, or failures, with the latter being the worst. There have been numerous reports from many of our members that the Bell variant of the Vibrant has issues with the internal SD failing. Upon contact with Samsung, many users were prompted to ship their devices back to the manufacturer where they traced the error back to a faulty motherboard or even a bad flash, which required them to use Samsung tools to reflash the devices. Others have reported Samsung blaming the failures on the Froyo updates.
The truth of the matter is that none of these seem to be neither the root nor the cause of the problems. Many members, including XDA member An Droid have been wondering about this and decided to create a poll asking others who may have experienced this premature failure what their take on this was. The results do not match with what Samsung is saying. For instance, people have been having similar issues even before the Froyo update, and as for the ones who sent their device to Samsung for repairs (whether it is a new flash or a new motherboard), units have been reported to fail once again.
The whole thing points to the internal SD storage card failing, which in essence will prevent Android from booting. This has been confirmed by many, and since proper root cause analysis seem to not be taking place, XDA member arr0ww has taken this matter into his own hands by starting a formal complain against Bell and Samsung.
I have been in contact with Chris Olsen from “Olsen On Your Side” from CTV about our issue with the i9000m sd card failures.
He has suggested that the best way to go about sending proper complaints is to go through the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications (CCTS). The Commissioner has the pull to start pushing these big companies around. The Commissioner already brought a case against Bell for the National Do Not Call List that Bell did not abide by.
Chris Olsen will contact the Commissioner in the new year to see how many complaints he has received.
So, what do you think? Should Samsung pay attention to their customers and maybe try to see if the internal SD is at fault? Leave your comments below.
If you are having this problem and would like to participate in the complain, please follow the instructions in this thread.
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Thanks AllGamer for the tip
If you’ve been getting a bit bored of the same old lockscreen and have recently upgraded to the leaked JL5 firmware on your Samsung Vibrant, check out this mod from XDA forum member untermensch.
The LockScreen mod is specifically for the recently leaked JL5 firmware and the dev has helpfully given users a choice – you can pick the deodex zip file for custom ROMs or the stock zip file if you flashed with Odin or Heimdall.
Additionally, uploaded is the source zip file, which is for developers looking to port the mod to other ROMs and devices.
Please note that the framework-res.apk is a little larger, so you will need to ensure to allow enough memory on the system partition in order to install.
For more information and to download the file of your choice, head on over to the modification thread.
IF you’re a fan of modding the icons in your notification bar, then you might be interested in this Segmented Battery Mod by XDA forum member frankencat.
The mod provides more battery information in terms of indicating remaining battery levels. Built specifically using Nero v1 as a base, the mod may work for other versions.
The mod is flashable via Clockwork Recovery, and the XDA member has requested feedback if you are trying with other ROMs.
Additionally, if you want to revert back to the stock Nero battery icon, the dev has helpfully uploaded the file to do this.
For more information and to download the mod, visit the forum thread.
And we keep on going with this barrage of cross breeding devices and platforms that we have had lately. This time, XDA member jzero88 brings forth this easy to follow tutorial to have a full Ubuntu version running on your Vibrant. Android devices are no strangers to running this OS and this device seems to not be the exception. The dev wrote up the tutorial with a very simple to follow step by step and provided all the files needed to make this guide a one-stop shop for all of you Ubuntu enthusiasts.
If you have any feedback regarding the guide itself, or maybe if you see any inaccuracies, make sure that you post them in the thread. Make sure that you follow the steps carefully since there is always a chance that you may end up ruining your device.
Ok, so for those who like to push the limits with their phones I don’t think it gets better then this
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this possible. We had gotten a lot of good posts.
But a big thanks goes out to danielmid84, he provided me with the link http://nexusonehacks.net/nexus-one-h…us-oneandroid/ and a custom modified script to work with our phones, thank you!!
You can find more information in the guide thread.
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If there is a seat belt accessory for the Vibrant, you may want to get it and fasten it as tight as you can, because XDA member Viralblack has a little treat for Vibrant owners. Currently working on the deemed “Manhattan Project”, the dev has successfully overclocked his Samsung Vibrant to a whopping 1600 MHz!! Basically, the dev is testing different combinations of overclocking of the CPU and the GPU in order to achieve an optimal and stable combination that would yield the best possible results without compromising the device’s functionality. Among some of the results, we can see that the dev posted a few screenshots showing 89.2 fps and a Quadrant score of over 3000!
Needless to say, this is an on going project and as with any overclocking, there is a chance that you may end up frying your device, so proceed at your own discretion.
Project is simple in design and is a work in progress, overclock as far as we can go with ample supplied voltage for maximum stability. These are the screenshots taken last night from the last few builds of the evening, were up to something like 40 builds so far trying to get everything just the way we want it to run, look, and feel.
Currently we are overclocking both the GPU and CPU using both base frequency modifiers and multipliers. This is allowing us to directly push the GPU to its stable limit while adjusting out the CPU accordingly.
You can find more information in the overclocking thread.
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