Flash Your (Non)Functional Butterfly Labs Bitforce SC Jalapeno With a Raspberry Pi and Don’t RMA it

Bitforce Jalapeno
Bitforce Jalapeno

Hello again. I’ve recently received 2 Bitforce SC Jalapenos in my mail. One of them worked, the other didn’t. I tried every configuration, cable, etc… it just refused to work (if you have the same problem read to the end, my solution involves the fan).

I received a RMA ticket from Butterfly Labs but didn’t want to send it back, so I tried to repair it myself by flashing it (WARNING: this will void your warranty).

Since a have a Raspberry Pi and don’t have a Avr Dragon flasher, I followed this tutorial:
http://randomcontent.wolfnexus.net/RandomSite/reflashing-a-butterfly-labs-jalapeno-with-only-a-raspberry-pi/ read more

How to Install Clockworkmod (CWM) on Your Zopo C3

Select CWM image
Select CWM image

Here’s the 3rd tutorial in my planned Zopo C3 series. Another easy one.

This one is on installing a recovery mod that you’ll need to backup your data before the last tutorial (increasing the phone’s internal storage)

The original ROM that comes with the phone already has a version of Clockworkmod installed but you can’t navigate it and it doesn’t work with “ROM Manager” (by the way, if you use this app to install the mod you’ll brick your phone ;)).

Of course you need root access (tutorial). read more

How to Fix Your Zopo C3 GPS Reception Problems

Delete 'mtkgps.dat'
Delete ‘mtkgps.dat’

Time for another easy tutorial.

This is the only method I could find to fix my terrible GPS reception. I couldn’t get even one satellite signal before.

First you’ll have to have a rooted phone (Tutorial).

Next turn off your data and wireless connections.

Using a terminal or a root enabled file browser navigate to and delete the file ‘/data/misc/mtkgps.dat’.

Last, go to an open area and activate the GPS. You should start detecting signals and eventually get a position lock. The deleted file will be recreated so don’t worry. read more

Root Your Zopo C3 the Easy Way

Activate USB Debugging
Activate USB Debugging

I recently acquired a chinese Zopo C3 smartphone. I’m very happy with it so far, but I’ve had to fiddle with it sometimes to fix things I didn’t like (the GPS not receiving any signal and increasing the internal memory size – I’ll publish tutorials for achieving this as well). Well, the first thing I’ve had to do was to root it. Here’s the easiest method I found.

First, activate USB debugging in the phone and connect it to your computer. It should install the “My HTC” driver automatically. read more