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== Modem ==
 
== Modem ==
 
See [[Qualcomm_Snapdragon_410_(MSM8916)#Modem]].
 
See [[Qualcomm_Snapdragon_410_(MSM8916)#Modem]].
 
== Status ==
 
Currently work is separated based on firmware installed, if you installed the Cyanogen Edition firmware will be referred as bq-paella, if you installed the BQ Android firmware it will be referred as bq-picmt. So here is a summary for both:
 
 
'''bq-picmt:''' runs on downstream kernel
 
 
Works:
 
USB Network,
 
WiFi,
 
Display,
 
weston,
 
weston-calibrator,
 
Modem (somewhat)
 
 
Buggy:
 
ts_calibrate: to make screen get touches I incrementally have to touch screen with one finger and then with that finger on screen touch the crosshair, then for the second two fingers and crosshair, for the third three fingers and crosshair...don't know why but it started happening when I replaced my broken screen with a new one, if someone has this device with original screen can check if the same issue is present or not
 
 
'''bq-paella:''' runs on mainline kernel
 
 
Works:
 
USB Network,
 
WiFi,
 
Bluetooth,
 
Display,
 
Touchscreen,
 
Volume buttons,
 
Accelerometer,
 
Gyroscope,
 
Magnetometer,
 
Touchkeys backlight,
 
Audio (Headphones, Earpiece, Speaker, MIC),
 
Voice calls,
 
SMS,
 
Mobile Internet
 
  
 
== Pictures ==
 
== Pictures ==

Revision as of 09:06, 16 February 2021

BQ Aquaris X5
BQ Aquaris X5 running Plasma Mobile on postmarketOS mainline
BQ Aquaris X5 running Plasma Mobile on postmarketOS mainline
Manufacturer BQ
Name Aquaris X5
Codename bq-paella
Released 2015
Category community
Original software Android 7.1.2, CyanogenOS 12.1
postmarketOS kernel Mainline
Hardware
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8916v2 Snapdragon 412
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 306
Display 720 x 1280 (IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors)
Storage 16GB / 32GB
Memory 2GB / 3GB
Architecture aarch64
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Works
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Works
WiFi
Works
Xwayland
Works
FDE
Works
Mainline
Works
Battery
3D Acceleration
Works
Accelerometer
Works
Audio
Works
Bluetooth
Works
Camera
GPS
Mobile data
Works
SMS
Works
Calls
Works
USB OTG



Contributors

Maintainer(s)

Users owning this device


How to enter flash mode

The device is available in two variants: The normal edition from BQ and a special Cyanogen Edition that runs CyanogenOS. The hardware seems to be identical, but the firmware is different. How to enter Fastboot/Recovery mode depends on the firmware that is currently installed.

BQ bootloader

  • Recovery: Power on the device with both Power and Volume Up buttons.
  • Fastboot: Power on the device with both Power and Volume Down buttons.

Cyanogen bootloader

  • Recovery: Power on the device with both Power and Volume Down buttons.
  • Stock fastboot: Power on the device with both Power and Volume Up buttons.
  • lk2nd Fastboot: Power on the device. After it vibrates, hold Volume Down.

Installation

Unlock bootloader

To unlock your bootloader boot into Android, enable Developer Options from the settings and enable "Allow OEM unlock". Then boot into Fastboot and use fastboot oem unlock. You might need to use fastboot oem unlock-go. (Note: All your data will be erased!)

Firmware

It is recommended to flash to latest firmware from BQ before using postmarketOS. You can download it here: 5.2.0_20180228-1305-picmt-user-637-Fastboot-FW.zip.

First flash the early boot firmware:

$ fastboot flash sbl1 sbl1.mbn
$ fastboot flash sbl1bak sbl1.mbn
$ fastboot flash tz tz.mbn
$ fastboot flash tzbak tz.mbn
$ fastboot flash hyp hyp.mbn
$ fastboot flash hypbak hyp.mbn
$ fastboot flash rpm rpm.mbn
$ fastboot flash rpmbak rpm.mbn
$ fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin

As a next step you also need to flash a Linux/Android bootloader (aboot). There are two different versions available:

  • BQ bootloader: Can only boot downstream kernel
  • Cyanogen bootloader: Can boot both downstream and mainline kernel

Therefore, you should flash the Cyanogen bootloader for postmarketOS. You can download it here: cm-13.1.4-ZNH2KAS5FE-paella-signed-fastboot-a6851b4fbe.zip cm-13.1.4-ZNH2KAS5FE-paella-signed-fastboot-a6851b4fbe.zip

$ fastboot flash aboot emmc_appsboot.mbn
$ fastboot flash splash splash.img

The bootloader has a splash screen with black background.

Note: After flashing a new bootloader you should reboot the device to make sure the new bootloader is running.

postmarketOS

The mainline kernel depends on an alternative bootloader (lk2nd). It does not replace the stock bootloader, but provides its own Fastboot interface. When using the mainline kernel you should always use lk2nd for flashing, not the stock Fastboot mode.

  1. Install lk2nd. (Just needed the first time).
    • Warning: lk2nd is installed to the boot partition, not the aboot partition you flashed earlier!
  2. Choose bq-paella and follow the Installation guide (flash from lk2nd, not the Cyanogen fastboot).

Pre-built images

Note: sshd is currently enabled by default in the pre-built images (build.postmarketos.org#85)!

postmarketOS releases prebuilt-images ready to be flashed on device. Those images comes with a predefined user user with 147147 as password. Please, follow the below steps to install those image.

Firstly, same as mainline, you will need to install lk2nd. (Just needed the first time).

Then pick the latest image by its date from pmOS pre-built images:

You'll need to download both the *-bq-paella-mainline-modem-boot.img.xz and *-bq-paella-mainline-modem.img.xz. Then you'll need to extract them:

$ unxz *-bq-paella-mainline-modem-boot.img.xz
$ unxz *-bq-paella-mainline-modem.img.xz 

And finally you can flash them from lk2nd bootloader:

$ fastboot flash boot *-bq-paella-mainline-modem-boot.img
$ fastboot flash userdata *-bq-paella-mainline-modem.img 
Note: you'll have to format your system partition to prevent error duing boot if any OS is present on that partition as it's the first partition checked for OS.

Downstream

There is an alternative device port using the downstream kernel, bq-paella-downstream. It can be selected by entering the name in pmbootstrap init.

WARNING: The downstream kernel is entirely unmaintained and only intended for testing features for the mainline kernel. DO NOT USE IT UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Audio

See Qualcomm_Snapdragon_410_(MSM8916)#Audio.

Modem

See Qualcomm_Snapdragon_410_(MSM8916)#Modem.

Pictures

See also