03/23/2012, 09:45 AM
A story on how to build an unofficial webOS 2.1.0 Doctor for PixiPlus on Verizon, AT&T, and WR (ROW)/Pixi on Sprint!!
I have a Verizon PixiPlus that I use for a MP3 player, great device, it is not connected to Verizon at this time.
There is a method to install webOS 2.1.0 on the device, but it is WR (ROW) and configuring it is not easy…
Based on the following links: webOS 2.1 on Pixi effort, Official Thread and This is it. webOS 2.1 on *your* Pixi Plus GSM | The NuttyBunny
Follow this URL to install the meta-doctor application:
Application:MetaDoctor - WebOS Internals
Pushed Scripts to github, these scripts are now part of the Meta-Doctor Application; you no longer need to copy these scripts!
Well I designed two scripts, one that when used with the backup source of webOS 2.1.0 will turn it into a Verizon webOS 2.1.0 doctor, which one can use to build the device to webOS 2.1.0, I have been using it for a while, but it was not polished…
By polished, I mean the dialog boxes do not fit the screen the correct way, things do not handle themselves as good as they could.
Now will this process speed up the PixiPlus, NO, it is a 600MHz CPU, and for that it, it is slow, but once polished, it does seem to be more graceful in its presentation.
Will this be faster then the stock webOS 2.1.0 on the PixiPlus, Yes, I seem to notice it being less laggy and at least now it looks much better, but come on this is a PixiPlus.
webOS Patches (the device will report webOS 2.1.0, but the only patch I had to get from webOS 2.1.2 was the UberCalendar), the backup application works and will restore if device wiped. With this doctor the device will report webOS 2.1.0 to Palm, webOS Quick Install incorrectly reports it, but preware knows it is an Arm6 device and works well.
What HP/Palm should have done for all devices!
The details and steps I took to make this happen.
First, I use a MAC for webOS script development; the MAC like Windows came standard with a case-insensitive disk subsystem. So using Disk Utility I had to create a 10G disk (DMG) that is formatted case sensitive.
Once I did that it automounted, I used terminal to git the meta doctor, and I copied the doctors that are needed for the first script (the script will pull them down if not there), but it will want the webOS 2.1.0 files (I will not post the files or where to get them google is ones friend here).
Running the first script:
Now once the script runs the first time it unpacks the Verizon PixiPlus 188.8.131.52 doctor, then stops informing that the directory “Not prepared for webOS 2.1.0 build extract” and “Please create 210 directory under …” and it gives you the directory where the directory “210” should be created…
Use terminal to mkdir –p doctor/210
Re-run the script now it complains “Not prepared for webOS 2.1.0 build extract” and “webOS 2.1.0 rootfs file not present”.
Now copy the PIXI webOS 2.1.0 rootfs file (a long hex file name tar that is gziped), the updated boot tar (rhymes with pixi and starts with the letter 'f') to the 210 directory, and your custom boot logo, if you wish to stay with the HP one, the build will now pull the standard HP BootLogo under scripts/bootlogo.tga.
Note: The script now handles this if a custom BootLogo is not found it will extract the HP BootLogo. The HP logo is in the following GZIPED TAR file, build/veer-p160una-att-2.1.2/rootfs/boot/boot-images.tar.gz. just copy that GZIPED TAR and use gzip -d boot-images.tar.gz to unpack it, then use tar -xf boot-images.tar and copy the BootLogo.tga.
Re-run the script, now it will ungzip both webOS 2.1.0 files just copied and it will then copy the main rootfs file and then transform it…
When that script is done, a Verizon webOS 2.1.0 doctor is created and moved to the “downloads” directory and unpacked.
If you used the first script’s JAR file and run it, it will be a webOS 2.1.0 stock (but again not polished, this is according to the MD5SUMS the closest I can come to a stock webOS 2.1.0 doctor)
Now we are ready to run the second script the polishing…
The second script grabs the doctor (from downloads, if not unpacked, unpacks it) and removes the stock PixiPlus older webOS files, and then injects the updated webOS 2.1.2/2.2.4 files in their place.
Now it starts the JAR to Doctor the Device.
The first thing you will notice, is that the doctor will behave like a webOS 184.108.40.206 doctor because that is where I start, but it will layout the disk (corrected for the PixiPlus, swap is brought back to 196M where it should be) to webOS 2.1.0 standard, I have not tested going from webOS 220.127.116.11 doctor to webOS 2.1.0 doctor or backwards. But it should work fine YMMV…
Next thing I am going to work on is port the webOS 2.2.4 Veer framework components to the Pixi (at least try due to a change in the webkit version)…
Scripts are attached, as I am not going to distribute the webOS 2.1.0 source (backup files), the doctor created from both of these scripts, but I am starting a new thread in order to assist others in building a doctor.
FYI there is still issues with the depends on the VZNavigator so it does not install but can be installed via ipkg install -nodeps, and the amazon service also does not get installed (not sure if it is needed) but I install it after anyway via the command line.
As my device is not on Verizon Wireless network, I can not say if it (VZNavigator) works or not.
Make sure you have backed up all USB and APP data you wish to keep, not sure how it handles going from webOS 1.4.x to webOS 2.1.0 (assume it will wipe all, but it might preserve it), as I went from webOS 18.104.22.168 to webOS 2.1.0 but with a blank (no data, no apps, no palm profile) PIXIPLUS.
Look on below of this post for all scripts for Verizon, WR (ROW), AT&T, and Sprint...
Version Log (at version 7)
V7 - Updated Scripts from meta doctor Application HP/Palm changed the Source URL.
V7 - Released build-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V3, build-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V4, build-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V3, build-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V3, super-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V6, super-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V4, super-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V4, and super-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V4
V6 - Released build-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2, build-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V3, build-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2, build-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V2
V6 - Now build will extract HP BootLogo from Veer webOS 2.1.2 build if a custom BootLogo does not exist.
V5 - Released build-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V5
V5 - build-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2 and super-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V3
V5 - build-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V3
V5 - build-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V1 and super-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V3
V5 - Now pushed to the meta-doctor application set of scripts.
*****Updated logic to all Super Script to make sure Veer build is present and fixed motion apps bits service.
V4 - Released build-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V4
V4 - build-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2 and super-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2
V4 - build-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2
V4 - build-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V1 and super-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V2
*****Moved all scripts to first post and added logic to all Super Script to make sure Build Doctor is build first.
V3 - Released build-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V3
V3 - build-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2 and super-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1
V3 - build-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-att-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1
V3 - build-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V1 and super-sprint-pixi-2.1.0-V1
*****Fixed ROM Verifying issues in WR and AT&T script and added build and super scripts for AT&T and Sprint
*****Removed some ARGS from the script
V2 - Released build-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V2
V2 - Released build-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1
*****Added WR super script to the release
*****Updated Super Script so that Amazon MP3 is the default music store
V1 - Released build-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1 and super-verizon-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1
V1 - Released build-wr-pixiplus-2.1.0-V1
*****Released WR Build Script Only
*****First Release Verizon Build Scripts Only