Run Android 3.2 HoneyComb On Motorola MotoACTV

Sunday, 25 December 2011

There was a time when if something could stand still long enough someone would install Linux on it. The same is true for Android today. And so the latest gadget to get an Android port is the recently announced sports tracker, Motorola’s MOTOACTV.

Specs for the Motorola Actv
- CPU: omap3 (3630) - 600Mhz
- Ram: 256MB
- Nand: 8GB
- Wifi: 802.11n
- BlueTooth: Yes
- Fm Radio: Yes
- GPS: Yes
- LCD: 1.6" QCIF+

How to root the Motorola Actv

Start by making sure your on the Motorola firmware version 4.55.78. Download the patched boot.img I made here.
Turn off the device and hold the power key and the start key for 3 seconds then release. You should see it now in fastboot mode like this.
Once in Fastboot mode plug usb into your computer and run the following fastboot commands.
- fastboot flash boot boot.img
- fastboot reboot

Once the system has rebooted you should be able to establish a connection using adb. I was able to root it via adb using the zergRush exploit. For the general user it's likely easiest if you use a tool such as SuperOneClick.
Once you have rooted make a backup image of your system partition as there is no stock image available. You can do this by running the following command as root on adb shell.
- dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk1p18 of=/sdcard/system.img bs=1024
Then exit adb and type
- adb pull /sdcard/system.img system.img
Grab the system.img and save it some where safe. Now you can load a launcher using the adb install command. You can also remove the default launcher by remounting the file system and saving the launcher to the sdcard partition. Only do this after you have a launcher installed. I used the Honeycomb launcher 1.8.
- mount -t ext3 -o remount,rw /dev/block/mmcblk1p18 /system
- cp /system/app/Launcher2.apk /sdcard
- rm /system/app/Launcher2.apk
To get the default google apps like Market Place and Maps. Grab from Cyanogenmod
To reenable mass storage and sync with the Motorola tools run the command stop adbd on an adb shell.
Rooted pics:
Tear Down Pics:
Motorola SoC OMAP chip? - itai8 d9lbz
8GB Toshiba flash - thgbm2g6d2fbaie

SoC (power management?) - CPCAP 3.2 (big blurry black chip)
Wifi/BT/FM - TI WL1271 (blurry blue chip at bottom)


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