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Aquaris E5 FHD

Aquaris E5 FHD

By on Dec 30, 2014 in android, geek, News, phone |

Just got this new phone; Octocore (MTK6592) full HD with Android 4.4.2

Works well, however no custom roms seem to have been published so far.

Managed to gain root through install of “Philz” custom recovery, as explained on HTCMania

I got Philz from another HTCMania page , which points to a Mega link  …
However, seen Kim’s little issues, I’ll post a backup here, just in case… recovery-PhilZv6.50.6-E5FHD.img

Basically

  1. Get a stock firmware from the bq site  – also get their drivers and tools archive
  2. Install the drivers hard reset (adb drivers optional but can be useful later) [from drivers and tools archive]
  3. Use flashtool from “Herramienta MTK Flash tool” folder [from drivers and tools archive] to load scatterfile [from stock rom archive] and download recovery from Philz
    1. IF you have an error about partition having change, need to download… THEN unzip the stock firmware archive, load it’s scatterfile, and format and flash the whole rom – then retry just downloading custom recovery.

Once Philz is installed, it will give you an option to root, and you’re back to the usual fun.

 

As this is my first 4.4 phone, I had the immense pleasure of discovering the disappearance of USB mass storage… which is a real PITA…
As MTP is completely bugged, the only viable solution I found so far was good ol’ ssh to transfer files between computer and mobile.

As pointed out by ElTifo (If you ever read this, the coffee has been sent, obrigado!) there is still a way to enable USB mass storage, by editing /system/build.prop (use Root explorer or such to get there) and changing/adding the following:

#Switching Menu of Mass storage and MTP
ro.sys.usb.storage.type=mtp,mass_storage
persist.sys.usb.config=mtp

# USB Charge only function
ro.sys.usb.charging.only=yes

Aquaris E5 FHD ENABLE UMS (USB MASS STORAGE)

Aquaris E5 FHD ENABLE UMS (USB MASS STORAGE)

 

E5 FHD usb new options

E5 FHD usb new options

This ads the options indeed, but so far no luck with the computer detecting the phone in this mode…  Unless:  I disabled USB debugging mode (in the dev options)!  Where suddenly an old and smiley figure popped up and let me see my mobile on my linux box as in the good old days!

 

usb on off

usb on off

 

E5 FHD shows in fdisk -l

E5 FHD shows in fdisk -l

Finishing with a screenshot of fdisk showing my 32Gb sd… wooot no need for MTP so far «o/