Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (samsung-p4wifi)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Xfce4 running on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (p4wifi)
Xfce4 running on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (p4wifi)
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy Tab 10.1
Codename samsung-p4wifi
Released 2011
Category testing
Pre-built images no
Original software Android
Original version 3.1
postmarketOS kernel 5.15.0_rc4
Chipset Nvidia Tegra 2 (T20)
CPU 2x 1.0 Ghz Cortex-A9
Display 1280×800
Storage 16/32 GB
Memory 1GB
Architecture ARMv7
Type tablet
Unixbench Whet/Dhry score 424.5
USB Networking
3D Acceleration
Internal storage
Ambient Light
Hall Effect
Power Sensor
Built-in DVB
Camera Flash
Memory Card
FOSS bootloader


  • None

Users owning this device

How to enter flash mode

Press and hold Power + Volume Up buttons until you see the "Downloading" screen. Confirm that you want to enter the mode by pressing the Volume Down button twice.


Init pmbootstrap

$ pmbootstrap init

Choose 'samsung' as the vendor and 'p4wifi' as target device. Build the image:

$ pmbootstrap install

Enter flash (download) mode Flash the kernel and system images

$ pmbootstrap flasher flash_kernel
$ pmbootstrap flasher flash_rootfs

As alternative you can flash rootfs to Data partition to use more space, because default system partition is small

$ pmbootstrap flasher flash_rootfs --partition UDA

If these two commands fail

$ pmbootstrap export
$ heimdall flash --LNX /tmp/postmarketOS-export/boot.img --UDA /tmp/postmarketOS-export/samsung-p4wifi.img


The battery in this device is the max17042. A tear down of the (nearly) identical Galaxy Tab 8.9 reveals that the charger is max8903.

Differences between mainline and downstream drivers:

The downstream kernel provides an early implementation of a driver for the max17042 battery. The implementation of the battery and charger driver are split across p4_battery.c and max17042_battery.c. The downstream charger driver implements additional logic to handle charge full and low battery events which may affect the health of the battery. The implementation details are not clear but the overall functionality appears to dynamically tune the full charge value. The mainline driver does not have this sort of functionality. The downstream driver reports the current in milliamp whereas the mainline driver is in microamp.

The max8903 datasheet shows that there are separate GPIOs for USB and DC power connectors. This device has one connect GPIO for both USB and DC mode. The type of connector is determined by reading the usb-sel GPIOs. It's unclear which piece of hardware the usb-sel is coming from (max8903 / tegra soc / 30-pin connector ???).


Moved to Nvidia_Tegra_2_(tegra20)#Graphics which cover all Tegra 2 devices.

It looks like there is an important issue, see latest comments on this issue page.


Audio output through headphone and speakers are working. Audio input through the built-in microphone and headset microphone are working.

The ALSA UCM config files were previously generated using the xml2ucm tool. The mixer_paths.xml and p4wifi.config.xml can be found in this github gist.

$ stack exec -- xml2ucm -m mixer_paths.xml -c p4wifi-config.xml -o examples

As of pmaports!254 the ALSA UCM config files were created based the wm8994 datasheet and the downstream driver coding of the mixer.

The audio inputs are muted by default. Unmute and set the volume with alsamixer or set the mixer controls manually with amixer. The right channel (IN1R) is the headset microphone. The left channel (IN1L) is the built-in microphone.

Unmuting the headset microphone:

$ amixer cset name='IN1R Switch' on
$ amixer cset name='IN1R Volume' 11

Note: Plug in the headset mic at boot otherwise the sound driver will not load. Some wm8994 device register writes fail during driver probe unless mic bias GPIO is set to high.


The wifi chip in this device is the Broadcom BCM4330 B1 revision. There is a B2 revision which is much more common. The only distinguishing factor is the firmware. Only the B1 firmware will work on this device. The most common BCM4330 firmware found from various sources (such as linux-firmware) is for the B2 revision.

Cellular Modem

The xmm6260 modem was used in quite a few Samsung Android devices from the same era as this tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G (p4) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from T-Mobile (p4tmo) are otherwise identical to the WiFi only version of the tablet (p4wifi). The cellular modem is connected via an internal USB interface called USB HSIC. The mainline Tegra USB driver does not implement this functionality. Much of the work in enabling the cellular stack would involve adding USB HSIC support to the mainline USB driver.


The bcm4330 Bluetooth module is supported by the mainline kernel and Bluez 5 stack.

Install bluetooth service:

$ apk add bluez
$ rc-update add bluetooth default
$ rc-service bluetooth start

Pair a Bluetooth device:

$ bluetoothctl
$ power on
$ scan on
$ connect XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
$ scan off


The following instructions will play audio to a Bluetooth headset.

Install PulseAudio:

$ apk add pulseaudio pulseaudio-bluez pulseaudio-utils

Start PulseAudio:

$ pulseaudio --daemonize

Check that the Bluetooth audio profiles are working in bluetoothctl:

$ show
Controller XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (public)
        Name: BlueZ 5.49
        Alias: BlueZ 5.49
        Class: 0x000c0000
        Powered: yes
        Discoverable: no
        Pairable: yes
        UUID: Headset AG                (00001112-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: Generic Attribute Profile (00001801-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: A/V Remote Control        (0000110e-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: Generic Access Profile    (00001800-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: PnP Information           (00001200-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: A/V Remote Control Target (0000110c-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: Audio Source              (0000110a-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: Audio Sink                (0000110b-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        UUID: Headset                   (00001108-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb)
        Modalias: usb:v1D6Bp0246d0531
        Discovering: no

Play an audio file through a Bluetooth headset:

$ paplay audio.wav


The kxt9f accelerometer driver works pending device tree patches being merged into upstream. There requires a user space daemon such as iio-sensor-proxy to read the sensor data.


USB OTG mode is not implemented in the mainline USB driver.

Other Information

Hardware Information & Mainline Driver Status

The Linux mainlining effort contains drivers forward ported from the stock Samsung Linux 3.1.10 kernel which shipped with the device. Some peripheral devices have been transitioned over to the mainline driver. Other drivers are not in the mainline kernel or the device is not compatible with the mainline driver.

Peripheral Type Hardware Mainline Driver
Accelerometer kxtf91
Ambient light sensor bh1721fvc Y
Analog Digital Converter stmpe811 Y
Audio wm8994 Y
Battery max17042 Y
Camera s5k5ccgx (front)
s5k6bbgx (back)
Charger max8903 Y
Compass ak8975c2
CPU Temperature Sensor nct1008 Y
Display Panel cmc623 P
GPS bcm4751 P
GPU tegra host1x Y
Gyroscope mpu3050 Y
HDMI Connector sii92343
Touch Digitizer mxt1386 Y
Vibration Motor isa1200 P
Voltage Regulators tps6586x Y
Wifi / Bluetooth bcm4330 Y
3G Modem xmm6260 -
3.5mm Jack sec_jack P
30-pin accessory port unknown -


1: kxt9f driver exists in mainline. The driver needs support device tree bindings.
2: ak8975 driver exists in mainline. The device id for ak8975c needs to be added to the driver. I (decatf) can't test it because the compass seems to report nonsense data. The compass on my tablet might be broken.
3: sii9234 driver exists in mainline. Requires someone with an MHL cable to implement / test it.

Mainline Driver Status Legend
Code Meaning
Y Mainline driver
P Forward ported driver
- No driver -- driver has not been forward ported
hwtest results
samsung-p4wifi:~$ hwtest
Category         Model                Path                                            Status     Value
framebuffer                           /sys/class/graphics/fb0                         working    U:1280x800p-0
drm              -                    /sys/class/drm/card0-LVDS-1                     working    1280x800
magnetometer     ak8975               /sys/bus/iio/devices/iio:device3                working    -0.0, -0.0, -0.58 gauss
accelerometer    kxtf9                /sys/bus/iio/devices/iio:device2                working    -0.42, -0.86, -9.83 g
gyroscope        mpu3050              /sys/bus/iio/devices/iio:device1                working    0.27, 69.93, 0.27 rad/s
temperature      mpu3050              /sys/bus/iio/devices/iio:device1                working    261.9 deg C
illuminance      bh1721               /sys/bus/iio/devices/iio:device4                working    53 lux
input            gpio-keys            /dev/input/event2                               working    
input            Atmel maXTouch Touchscreen /dev/input/event1                         working    
input            7000e200.keyboard    /dev/input/event0                               working                                                                working
Latest mainline (just few patches diverged from upstream)

latest kernel from grate-linux


See also


  • !1279 Initial merge request
  • pmaports!2579 Updating the device port to use the close-to-mainline kernel
  • !1386 Update linux-samsung-p4wifi to kernel 4.16 (with some comments about what's left to do before we could have a shared mainline kernel)
  • Device package
  • Kernel package

Kernels sources: