Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) (samsung-jxelte)

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy J7 (2016)
Codename samsung-jxelte
Released 2016
Category testing
Original software Android
Original version 6.0.1
Extended version 8.1
postmarketOS kernel 3.18.14
Hardware
Chipset Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
CPU 1.6GHz Octa-Core (Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T830 MP1
Display 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED
Storage 16 GB
Memory 2 GB
Architecture AArch64
Type handset
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Broken
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Works
WiFi
Works
FDE
Mainline
Battery
Works
3D Acceleration
Audio
Bluetooth
Camera
GPS
Mobile data
Internal storage
SMS
Calls
USB OTG
NFC
Sensors
Accelerometer
Magnetometer
Ambient Light
Proximity
Hall Effect
Barometer
Power Sensor
Misc
Built-in DVB
Camera Flash
Keyboard
Touchpad
USB-A
HDMI/DP
Ir TX
Ir RX
Stylus
Memory Card
Haptics
Ethernet
FOSS bootloader


Contributors

  • Error1001

Users owning this device


Activate Sideload

Install TWRP

Download TWRP for j7xelte.

Hold down the Home button + the Power button + the Volume Down button from a power off state to get into Odin mode. Once the Odin screen is open, press the Volume Up button.

heimdall flash --RECOVERY twrp-3.2.1-0-j7xelte.img

Start TWRP

In case TWRP didn't start automatically, hold down the Home button + the Power button + the Volume Up button from a power off state to boot to TWRP.

Installation

Icon WARNING: Flashing with heimdall and TWRP gets stuck.
Note Only use adb sideloading to get postmarketOS flashed. See below.


Note msm-fb-refresher, which despite its name is not exclusive to msm SoCs, is required if you didn't choose weston as your UI, so to add it do pmbootstrap init and press enter until you get to additional packages, add msm-fb-refresher there.
pmbootstrap init
Note Did you add msm-fb-refresher?
pmbootstrap install --android-recovery-zip
pmbootstrap flasher --method=adb sideload # Remember to unmount all partitions first.

Once pmbootstrap command is execuetd, enable sideload in TWRP from Advanced -> Sideload.

Status of interfaces

  • none gets stuck loading
  • fbkeyboard gets stuck loading
  • plasma-mobile gets stuck loading, requires deviceinfo_gpu_accelerated="true" to show up as an option
  • plasma-desktop boots but does not get past login
  • phosh gets stuck loading, requires deviceinfo_gpu_accelerated="true" to show up as an option
  • gnome-mobile boots and gets past login, but cannot find Wifi connections, does not allow to enable virtual keyboard past login, cannot close popups
  • sxmo-de-dwm cannot find Wifi connections (also takes time to load, which is possibly because it is looking for a driver for wireless connectivity)
  • sxmo-de-sway stuck loading

See also