Samsung Galaxy Ace i (samsung-s5830i)
Users owning this device
Entering Recovery Mode
Press+ + to start the phone into recovery mode.
You can choose the items withand and enter with the button
Entering flash Mode
Press+ + to start the phone into flash mode
- The previous port from 2018 was outdated (using former APKBUILD format) so a new port was started. We did not achieve to flash the bootimg + intramfs on the device, even if this was stated as working in the previous port (see error in Heimdall below). Any information on how to perform this step is very welcomed. Also keep in mind that the information is not consistent : some information in this page may still reflect the status of the previous port (device booting, kernel flashing etc ...) whereas this section clearly states that we can not get pass the flashing step. If it is confirmed that this step does not work, someone should move this device to the "not booting" section and homogenize this page's content. - Mabope - December 2020
You need Pmbootstrap installed.
Building the kernel (working)
pmbootstrap init # select samsung-s5830i pmbootstrap kconfig check pmbootstrap checksum linux-samsung-s5830i pmbootstrap build linux-samsung-s5830i pmbootstrap checksum device-samsung-s5830i pmbootstrap build device-samsung-s5830i
Flash the kernel to the phone (not working)
This phone is not compatible with fastboot. The kernel was not successfully booted yet, but here are the explored leads.
First, enter the flash mode and flash the kernel into the phone. Then, install rootfs to the sdcard. (As there is not enough space on the phone.)
pmbootstrap install --sdcard=/dev/mmcblk0 pmbootstrap flasher flash_kernel
Problem: flashing the kernel fails at the step
Setting up interface with error
error [op_set_interface] setintf failed error -1 errno 110, you can refer to the 6 years old gitlab issue on heimdall.
Create an Odin-compatible file with the following commands.
pmbootstrap install --sdcard=/dev/mmcblk0 pmbootstrap export --odin
Then run the exported file
samsung-s5830i.tar.md5 in Odin using the BL section.
Problem: Odin fails with the following log
<ID:0/005> KERNEL.bin.md5 <ID:0/005> FAIL!
It may come from bad values in the deviceinfo file.
You can flash Clockworkmod Recovery (CWM, discontinued in 2016), which enables to flash a zip from sdcard. For S5830i there is only CWM 18.104.22.168 available (maybe others ?), which does not feature sideloading. So you have to export the zip file
pmos-*.zip, copy it to the sdcard and install it in recovery mode.
To create the zip use
pmboostrap install --android-recovery-zip pmbootstrap export
The problem is the size of the android internal partitions. From start you have the following:
$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Available Use% Mounted on tmpfs 144.6M 52.0K 144.6M 0% /dev tmpfs 144.6M 0 144.6M 0% /mnt/asec tmpfs 144.6M 0 144.6M 0% /mnt/obb /dev/stl9 219.0M 151.2M 67.8M 69% /system /dev/stl10 35.4M 4.0M 31.4M 11% /cache df: /mnt/.lfs: Function not implemented /dev/stl11 187.3M 130.5M 56.7M 70% /data
And the zip file is 158.9MB so it does not fit into the internal storage.
- Kernel compiles (https://github.com/androidarmv6/android_kernel_samsung_bcm21553-common )
What does not work
- No way to flash the kernel on the phone yet
Information about this phone is sparse, there is one place with somewhat complete data about that device:
There are different kinds of BCM21553 (thunderbird, athena-ray, cooperve, ...), as seen in the list of configs, for this phone the kind is cooperve.
- Port from Mabope: repository
Possible base kernels
Kernels from CM11 are good candidates, corresponding to version 2.6.35. They are built with GCC6 (not tested with more recent GCC versions).
- broadcomCM/android_kernel_samsung_bcm21553-common Last commit August 2014
- androidarmv6/android_kernel_samsung_bcm21553-common Last commit Dec 2014
- lokesh3440/android_kernel_samsung_cooperve/tree/master/common Last commit April 2014
- RafaelBaugis/Kernel-cooperve Last commit March 2014
- Thunder kernel