Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 (SM-T560) (samsung-gtelwifi)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 (SM-T560)
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy Tab E 9.6 (SM-T560)
Codename samsung-gtelwifi
Released 2015
Category testing
Original software Android 4.4.4 on Linux 3.10.17
Hardware
Chipset Spreadtrum SC7730SE
CPU 4x 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Mali-400 MP2
Display 800x1280 TFT
Storage 8 GB
Memory 1.5 GB
Architecture armv7
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Works
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Works
WiFi
Works
Xwayland
Works
FDE
Mainline
Broken
Battery
Works
3D Acceleration
Accelerometer
Audio
Broken
Bluetooth
Camera
GPS
Mobile data
Unavailable
SMS
Unavailable
Calls
Unavailable
USB OTG



Contributors

Maintainer(s)

Users owning this device


Installation

  • pmbootstrap install --android-recovery-zip
  • pmbootstrap flasher --method=adb sideload

What works

  • Flashing rootfs and kernel via TWRP
  • Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi

What doesn't work

  • Audio
  • USB-OTG

Additional notes

  • ADB sideload stops at 50%, but it actually succeeds.
  • The power button instantly shuts down the entire system
  • LightDM Hangs after a while but can be restarted from USB/SSH
  • Some audio devices do show up, but they don't actually work.

How atipls made wifi work

How atipls made wifi work (with a bit of confusing detours). Inspired by the (sort of) helpful How_bonsaiblue_made_wifi_work.

  • Since the kernel provided by Samsung has built-in support for the BCM4343, enabling it was enough to get wlan0 to show up.
    • I actually have tried loading it as a kernel module, which ended up with horrible messages like no wifi platform data, skip and DHD wifi platform data is required for Android build
  • Grab nvram_mfg.txt and bcmdhd_mfg.bin from /etc/wifi from either a stock install or an unofficial lineageos port.
    • I have also tried firmware-aosp-broadcom-wlan, but the firmware seems to be newer than wanted thus either not loading or straight up soft bricking the OS.
  • Bring the interface up: $ ip link set wlan0 up
  • Use XFCE4's menu or nmtui to connect to a wifi network.

See also