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    Quote Originally Posted by joamchild00 View Post
    Has anyone found a good cover/case for this tablet specifically?? Looking for the right fit, bought one from Big Lots when we got the tablet but it just slides out. If you've found the perfect one, please share!! Thanks in advance!!
    I got a Belkin book style from Radio Shack. They carry the largest selection for 7" tablets. I got a purple one.

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    Not sure where APK Installer is looking

    Quote Originally Posted by DMAGIC View Post
    Good afternoon gentlemen. I have read over this thread quite a few times today as I have just purchased one of these tablets from big lots. After downloading a few files linked to from this page I cannot for the life of me figure out how to install the .apk files I downloaded onto this tablet! When I open ApkInstaller, press the menu button, and hit install, the tablet loads for a second and then just shows an empty screen. I am assuming there is supposed to be a list of .apk files on my internal/external sd card? I simply copied the files to the root directory of the internal and external sd cards, should they go in a specific folder? Also tried running .apk files from file manager but it gives me a Parse Error. I suppose this app only manages files, not install them. I have been trying to install Root Explorer v2.19 .apk. I was attempting to follow N4RPS' method in the original post.

    I am def. an android newbie, so I guess I am unfamiliar with how to "root" this thing, or even what the word root means. Perhaps I haven't searched the forums enough for a newbie guide, I will look shortly after this post. Any help would be appreciated!
    But I never looked to far because the stock file explore program will let you peruse the whole SD card and install APK's so untill I had Root Explorer going that is what I used insted of the APKInstaller app

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    try here

    Quote Originally Posted by joamchild00 View Post
    Has anyone found a good cover/case for this tablet specifically?? Looking for the right fit, bought one from Big Lots when we got the tablet but it just slides out. If you've found the perfect one, please share!! Thanks in advance!!
    Take a look @ this thread for accessories...


    http://www.freaktab.com/showthread.p...1c-Accessories
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    WiFi Keep alive works. My wifi stays awake so I get notifications when my screen is off (via PopUp Notifier). Works with my games as well as Groove Ip and GV messaging. I have my Notifier set to wake up my screen when I get an alert. I tried a couple others that said my wifi would stay on, but it didn't.

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    Question Adding the market worked well but.........

    Quote Originally Posted by artistlogic View Post
    WELCOME to the official PMID701c Thread!

    Specs for PMID710c :

    • 4GB internal storage
    • Micro SD card slot (SD card sold separately)
    • 1 GHz processor
    • 512 MB RAM
    • Screen resolution 800 x 480


    http://www.biglots.com/search/product/7138


    The PMID701c recently went on sale at BigLots! stores for 99$ and if you have found this thread, you're probably one of the lucky purchasers of this nice smooth little tablet. I was lucky enough to find this forum and all the helpful members immediately banded together to see what we could do with this little thing, and I must say we achieved quite a bit of progress in only a few days. In this thread, we will cover (and provide support for) the following:


    • rooting/info on out-of-the-box semi-root
    • installing a working Google Play (market)
    • compatible accesories
    • (add new)
    • (add new)


    One of the first things you should know is that this device comes out of the box what we call "semi-rooted" meaning that we technically already have root access for the most part, except we cannot Write to the /system directory which is an important ability we will also unlock here.

    I myself was successfully able to install a working version of Android Market (Google Play interface, but the icon does not seem to update to the new Google Play icon with this method) by using this package:
    http://bit.ly/Hgzvyu <this link has to be d/l from a PC unpacked and THEN tossed on the SD

    I first installed "OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk" successfully, then attempted to install "GoogleServicesFramework-signed.apk" but the installation failed for some reason. I moved on to "SetupWizard.apk", which was successful, and finally "vending-3.1.3-signed.apk", which also was successful.

    This gives me a fully working version of the Android Market (only the Icon is the old Icon, launching actually shows the Google Play interface)

    If the above does not work, or you prefer a newer version of Google Play complete with correct "new" icons, we have another solution for you. Thanks to user N4RPS for this great walkthrough on another way to get a working market:


    A version of Root Explorer with the RW option can be found here:
    http://www.qfpost.com/file/d?g=QhuGKTnJL
    (above link also must be downloaded by PC and unzipped, thx again Zarealius lol)

    As the above quote mentions, you must use Root Explorer to navigate to /system and make it RW by pressing the grey buttom near the top of the application.

    Congrats, you now have root with a working Google Play/Android Market!

    Special thanks to: Finless, N4RPS, sabercatpuck, notpod, N4RPS, Zarealius, and anyone else participating in helping us get this all figured out
    hi....first want to say thanks......was able to load the market using both methods described above on my polaroid pmid701i X10 (ICS) tablet. I got the market icon and the 'white shopping' bag. I was allowed to get to my login screen but when i try to log on I get connection timed out error....i also had a problem authenticating my log in with the amazon app store which loaded on the tablet....any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joamchild00 View Post
    Has anyone found a good cover/case for this tablet specifically?? Looking for the right fit, bought one from Big Lots when we got the tablet but it just slides out. If you've found the perfect one, please share!! Thanks in advance!!
    Hello!

    A problem with the Polaroid is that it's a 7" tablet, but the dimensions are slightly different. Don't know if you have a retailer named Roses in your area, but they have a number of tablet cases in the $5-$7.50 range.

    There are a number of Kindle Fire cases out there, but the one *I* bought was $30. You may not want to spend that much on a case for a $100 tablet.

    Another trick is using pressure-sensitive Velcro tape, with the hook side stuck to the back of the tablet. This works well with a lot of the fabric cases out there, and keeps the tablet from moving around unless you want it to.

    Hope this helps!

    73 DE N4RPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by krayhart View Post
    hi....first want to say thanks......was able to load the market using both methods described above on my polaroid pmid701i X10 (ICS) tablet. I got the market icon and the 'white shopping' bag. I was allowed to get to my login screen but when i try to log on I get connection timed out error....i also had a problem authenticating my log in with the amazon app store which loaded on the tablet....any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Try clearing data and cache on the Play Store and Amazon App store .

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4RPS View Post
    Hello!

    A problem with the Polaroid is that it's a 7" tablet, but the dimensions are slightly different. Don't know if you have a retailer named Roses in your area, but they have a number of tablet cases in the $5-$7.50 range.

    There are a number of Kindle Fire cases out there, but the one *I* bought was $30. You may not want to spend that much on a case for a $100 tablet.

    Another trick is using pressure-sensitive Velcro tape, with the hook side stuck to the back of the tablet. This works well with a lot of the fabric cases out there, and keeps the tablet from moving around unless you want it to.

    Hope this helps!

    73 DE N4RPS
    Rob
    Don't know if the Roses in your area has a 6' mini USB 5 pin-B cable (by belkin I belive) for $5.00 but i was wondering if you knew if it was a OTG cable?

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    Check those case screws!

    This is pretty trivial but I thought I'd share for others. Today I was holding my 701C at my computer desk and I heard something hit the desk. One of the tiny black phillips head screws that hold the case together had fallen out.

    Luckily I was right at the desk and it fell where I could see and hear it. Screwing it back in was of course no big deal, but it makes me wonder a little. I'd hate to have a screw or two fall out un-noticed.

    I've never had mine apart so it's definitely not because I had left a screw loos. Also, I really don't think I've had mine all that long (a little under a month). I've mainly used it in the same spot so it's not like I've been toting it all over town.

    You might want to check the screws in the four corners of your case. As easily as mine fell out you won't know it until it's gone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joamchild00 View Post
    Has anyone found a good cover/case for this tablet specifically?? Looking for the right fit, bought one from Big Lots when we got the tablet but it just slides out. If you've found the perfect one, please share!! Thanks in advance!!
    Although I'm still having troubles getting everything else to work, Amanda, I *have* managed to find a decent case for under $20. I ordered Case Logic ETC-107 7-Inch e Reader Folio (Black) at amazon.com (B004XANKVE). See it at the Case Logic website http://www.caselogic.com/case_logic/...07&ntt=etc+107. There are many many similar cases/sleeves made by Case Logic. Not all seem to have this weird elastic bungee/Velcro system that allows you to use the case as a stand. Also, note that the one I received from amazon.com is slightly different ... seems to be missing the small black 'sleeve' on each of the bungee cords.

    Good luck choosing!
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    ummm .... errr

    Quote Originally Posted by pitsboi View Post
    Take a look @ this thread for accessories...

    http://www.freaktab.com/member.php?1730-artistlogic

    Not sure where you intended us to go, but the link doesn't take me to any thread about accessories.

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    Female Pattern Baldness

    Hello fellow Tablet users. I am living proof that tablet technology causes female pattern baldness!!! *pointing to all the new bald spots after pulling my hair out working with this tablet* How much can you expect from a tablet which offers as one of its sleep settings "Nerver" [sic] ROFL (I believed all the excitement you-all generated and after that, I just *had* to get mine up and running.)

    That said, I have barely the vaguest notion of what-all you are talking about. Bought one of the Big Lots PMID701i tablets -- twice. The first time it had no TV jack. The second time it had a TV jack. Been trying to follow rooting directions, etc., and finally thanks to one particular set of instructions from a user on one of these forums (I'm soooo confused, I can't even find it anymore).

    Without wasting further words to the back story, but asking for utter kindness if you are able to help me fix the following two issues:

    1. Because I thought it would help on my battery capacity after reading something else somewhere in one of these forums, I went and cleared the cache on each of the following two apps and have now only all-greyed out buttons in MOBILE DATA and MOBILE NETWORK CONFIGURATION. Is this going to hurt my ability to use the tablet? (I use it mostly at home or near home off my WIFI).

    2. When I had the first 701i, I was able to install and successfully use the Crackle app for Android. Now, I get Google Play insisting that it's incompatible with this 701i. How can this be?

    I honestly don't understand much of what's being said in here about ROMs and ... well, mostly anything, but what does appear clear to me is that I may or may not have a 701c that the mfr maybe upgraded to ICS and thus called it a 701i. And I may or may not have a working TV out jack.

    For sure, I do not have CRACKLE (or similar app) working which will allow me to watch free streaming movies or TV ... one of the main reasons I have a Tablet.

    Will appreciate if someone will PLEASE HELP -- and in step by step terms sooo simple that even a pre-schooler couldn't misunderstand (given that even pre-schoolers these days understand more than me).

    Thanks in advance a very embarrassed, partially bald irainbow.

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    ICS Firmware

    I didn't see this link posted... So if it's a dupe, please let me know. It has the ICS 4.0.3 firmware. The firmware deactivates the TV Out port. Otherwise, it's ICS.

    http://southerntelecom.com/polaroidsupport/firmware/

    Also, the only way I was able to get Play installed under ICS was using ADB. If y'all want, I can write a how-to. It's pretty easy.

    Another issue, some apps appear to hate ICS. For example, the ROM comes with Twitter and FB, but the Play Store says Twitter and FB are not compatible with the hardware(?!?).

    Peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corki2 View Post
    WiFi Keep alive works. My wifi stays awake so I get notifications when my screen is off (via PopUp Notifier). Works with my games as well as Groove Ip and GV messaging. I have my Notifier set to wake up my screen when I get an alert. I tried a couple others that said my wifi would stay on, but it didn't.

    Sent from my Polaroid PMID701i using Tapatalk 2
    Hello!

    I'm DEFINITELY installing THAT one. That's THE most annoying thing about ICS, IMO.

    For ME, editing and cut-&-paste is a real pain on ICS, too. I'm going to look for a better keyboard that might help out in that regard, like maybe the Gingerbread KB...

    73 DE N4RPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleDad View Post
    This is pretty trivial but I thought I'd share for others. Today I was holding my 701C at my computer desk and I heard something hit the desk. One of the tiny black phillips head screws that hold the case together had fallen out.

    Luckily I was right at the desk and it fell where I could see and hear it. Screwing it back in was of course no big deal, but it makes me wonder a little. I'd hate to have a screw or two fall out un-noticed.

    I've never had mine apart so it's definitely not because I had left a screw loos. Also, I really don't think I've had mine all that long (a little under a month). I've mainly used it in the same spot so it's not like I've been toting it all over town.

    You might want to check the screws in the four corners of your case. As easily as mine fell out you won't know it until it's gone!
    Hello!

    A VERY small amount of clear nail polish applied to the end of the screw threads will help prevent that from happening. I'll do MINE TODAY. (Hint, ST; apply a small amount of glyptol during manufacture, to help keep this from happening.)

    73 DE N4RPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by irainbow View Post
    Hello fellow Tablet users. I am living proof that tablet technology causes female pattern baldness!!! *pointing to all the new bald spots after pulling my hair out working with this tablet* How much can you expect from a tablet which offers as one of its sleep settings "Nerver" [sic] ROFL (I believed all the excitement you-all generated and after that, I just *had* to get mine up and running.)

    That said, I have barely the vaguest notion of what-all you are talking about. Bought one of the Big Lots PMID701i tablets -- twice. The first time it had no TV jack. The second time it had a TV jack. Been trying to follow rooting directions, etc., and finally thanks to one particular set of instructions from a user on one of these forums (I'm soooo confused, I can't even find it anymore).

    Without wasting further words to the back story, but asking for utter kindness if you are able to help me fix the following two issues:

    1. Because I thought it would help on my battery capacity after reading something else somewhere in one of these forums, I went and cleared the cache on each of the following two apps and have now only all-greyed out buttons in MOBILE DATA and MOBILE NETWORK CONFIGURATION. Is this going to hurt my ability to use the tablet? (I use it mostly at home or near home off my WIFI).

    2. When I had the first 701i, I was able to install and successfully use the Crackle app for Android. Now, I get Google Play insisting that it's incompatible with this 701i. How can this be?

    I honestly don't understand much of what's being said in here about ROMs and ... well, mostly anything, but what does appear clear to me is that I may or may not have a 701c that the mfr maybe upgraded to ICS and thus called it a 701i. And I may or may not have a working TV out jack.

    For sure, I do not have CRACKLE (or similar app) working which will allow me to watch free streaming movies or TV ... one of the main reasons I have a Tablet.

    Will appreciate if someone will PLEASE HELP -- and in step by step terms sooo simple that even a pre-schooler couldn't misunderstand (given that even pre-schoolers these days understand more than me).

    Thanks in advance a very embarrassed, partially bald irainbow.
    No worries, it's all good. Questions are how people learn.
    1. My understanding is clearing cache and data shouldn't be a problem for those two apps.
    2. When I upgraded my PMID701C to ICS, Google Play told me a LOT of apps were not available for my configuration. So I'm not surprised you're seeing this.



    Also, concerning the TV port... The company that supports these tablets, Southern Telecom, says that the TV Out is not supported under ICS. My guess is they don't have a ICS supported driver for it. Without cracking one open to see what kind of chip is driving that port or having someone with a Gingerbread based unit look and see what drivers are loaded, it may take a bit of work to resolve that issue.

    Of course, I may be wrong and reserve the right to be as such. This is my first tablet with Android, but not my first Android device.

    Denali
    Last edited by denali; 05-06-2012 at 07:55 AM. Reason: Didn't like the way it formatted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irainbow View Post
    Hello fellow Tablet users. I am living proof that tablet technology causes female pattern baldness!!! *pointing to all the new bald spots after pulling my hair out working with this tablet* How much can you expect from a tablet which offers as one of its sleep settings "Nerver" [sic] ROFL (I believed all the excitement you-all generated and after that, I just *had* to get mine up and running.)

    That said, I have barely the vaguest notion of what-all you are talking about. Bought one of the Big Lots PMID701i tablets -- twice. The first time it had no TV jack. The second time it had a TV jack. Been trying to follow rooting directions, etc., and finally thanks to one particular set of instructions from a user on one of these forums (I'm soooo confused, I can't even find it anymore).

    Without wasting further words to the back story, but asking for utter kindness if you are able to help me fix the following two issues:

    1. Because I thought it would help on my battery capacity after reading something else somewhere in one of these forums, I went and cleared the cache on each of the following two apps and have now only all-greyed out buttons in MOBILE DATA and MOBILE NETWORK CONFIGURATION. Is this going to hurt my ability to use the tablet? (I use it mostly at home or near home off my WIFI).
    Hello!

    No, disabling mobile data won't hurt ANYTHING, and it WILL help to improve your battery life - which is already a LOT better than it is under Gingergread. There IS NO cellular radio in the 701x series of tablets.

    If apps you don't need, like Phone.apk, are removed from the /system folder, it makes more room there for something else. This also goes for the bloatware that ST installs there.

    Quote Originally Posted by irainbow View Post
    2. When I had the first 701i, I was able to install and successfully use the Crackle app for Android. Now, I get Google Play insisting that it's incompatible with this 701i. How can this be?

    I honestly don't understand much of what's being said in here about ROMs and ... well, mostly anything, but what does appear clear to me is that I may or may not have a 701c that the mfr maybe upgraded to ICS and thus called it a 701i. And I may or may not have a working TV out jack.

    For sure, I do not have CRACKLE (or similar app) working which will allow me to watch free streaming movies or TV ... one of the main reasons I have a Tablet.
    We're not SUPPOSED to be able to use the Play Store, PERIOD. However, those of us who find that option as being unacceptable have done something about that.

    To get your CRACKLE app back, you can either use the methods described on here to open your Play Store up to EVERYTHING, or install Google Chrome on your PC and the plugin for it that will allow you to SIDELOAD ANYTHING. The advantage to the latter method is that you will also have the apps backed up on your PC. Holler again, if you need help with the first recommendation...

    Quote Originally Posted by irainbow View Post
    Will appreciate if someone will PLEASE HELP -- and in step by step terms sooo simple that even a pre-schooler couldn't misunderstand (given that even pre-schoolers these days understand more than me).

    Thanks in advance a very embarrassed, partially bald irainbow.
    Hope all THAT was simple enough for you. Now, please start letting some of your hair grow back!

    73 DE N4RPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by denali View Post
    I didn't see this link posted... So if it's a dupe, please let me know. It has the ICS 4.0.3 firmware. The firmware deactivates the TV Out port. Otherwise, it's ICS.

    http://southerntelecom.com/polaroidsupport/firmware/

    Also, the only way I was able to get Play installed under ICS was using ADB. If y'all want, I can write a how-to. It's pretty easy.

    Another issue, some apps appear to hate ICS. For example, the ROM comes with Twitter and FB, but the Play Store says Twitter and FB are not compatible with the hardware(?!?).

    Peace.

    Denali
    Hello!

    As I see it, the more different ways we have to do things listed on here, the better. Not everyone can make every method work for them, but with a choice of options, perhaps people can find ONE of them that WILL, when ANOTHER WON'T...

    73 DE N4RPS
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    With Thanks

    artisticlogic helped talk me through fixing this Polaroid. To him, I am most grateful --
    without his assistance, I'd still have been posting "huh?" "wha'"s to both you, N4RPS and denali.

    Nonetheless, I am grateful to you three especially for all you each suggested. Perhaps one day, the bubble that prevents most of this talk from making sense will burst and I will suddenly join the ranks of "technigeeks." Nah-never happen! LOL

    I may never know if this TV out port works, because I don't even have the appropriate cables, time enough for that adventure in a month or three! However, after artisticlogic helped me do whatever I did, Crackle installed (and works) without a problem.

    Again, thanks to all who helped! (And now, I'm off to figure out how to use Skyfire app.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by irainbow View Post
    artisticlogic helped talk me through fixing this Polaroid via one of the IMs. To him, I am most grateful and without his assistance, I'd still have been posting "huh?" "wha'"s to both you, N4RPS and denali.

    Nonetheless, I am grateful for all you suggested. Perhaps one day, the bubble that prevents most of this talk from making sense will burst and I will suddenly join the ranks of "technigeeks." Nah-never happen! LOL

    I may never know if this TV out port works, because I don't even have the appropriate cables, time enough for that adventure in a month or three!

    Again, thanks to all who helped! (And now, I'm off to figure out how to use Skyfire app)
    Hello!

    I'm glad that artistlogic was able to talk you through it over IM. I would have been more than happy to have done that, also.

    I hope artistlogic will PM me about my helping him to get the stickies updated with the latest possible information. A LOT has changed, and/or been improved upon, in the last few weeks. Those who don't want all this scattered all over the place here make an excellent point about our trying to not let that happen.

    UIAM, the main purpose behind Skyfire is to allow those who can't run Flash to view Flash content on Web sites. I have found that getting Skyfire to recognize and run videos on Web sites is, at best, a hit-or-miss proposition. No arrogance on my part intended, mind you; perhaps you have ANOTHER compelling reason to want to use Skyfire. I just don't see the need in a workaround to Flash Player for a device that is able to use Flash Player instead.

    If you DO opt for Flash Player, version 10.3 is recommended over 11. If that is no longer true, then by all means, SOMEBODY enlighten me!

    73 DE N4RPS
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