How to flash new Linux or Android firmware on to a MIPS Creator CI20

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Watch the full video here: http://youtu.be/lsmhpDewIwA and read my written review of the CI20 here: http://goo.gl/F6Dh39

To flash a new firmware:

  1. Insert the SD card in your PC
  2. Run SDFormatter and format the SD card
  3. Run Win32DiskImager; select the firware image file (see http://elinux.org/CI20_Distro) and the corresponding drive letter for the SD card.
  4. Click Write and wait for the process to complete.
  5. Power off the Creator CI20 board and move the JP3 selector from 1-2 to 2-3. The JP3 pin can be found right next to the Ethernet port.
  6. Insert the SD card in your Creator CI20 board.
  7. Power on the board:
    – the LED will go from red to blue (i.e. the flashing process has started);
    – wait for ~10 minutes for the LED light to go back to red (i.e. the flashing process has completed).
  8. Power off the board, remove the SD card and move the JP3 pin back to its original position (1-2).
  9. Power on the board; the newly flashed operating system will start running.

Tools mentioned above:

SDFormatter – https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/
Win32DiskImager http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

How to fix 921 or 403 or DF-BPA-13 error messages in Google Play / Android Market

For reasons unknown I started experiencing a 921 error while using Google Play (AKA Android Market) yesterday. I tried different reboots and removing my account from the device and re-adding it but nothing worked. Depending on how the wind was blowing I would either get error 921 or sometimes error 403. Once in a while it would turn up as error DF-BPA-13.

But I finally found the solution and it cleared up the problem completely! What you need to do is this (these instruction are for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but the principle is the same with Android 2.x and 3.x):

Go to settings

  • Tap “Apps” (in left menu)
  • Tap “All” (last tab on top right hand side)
  • Scroll until you find “Google Play Store”. Tap it.
  • Tap “Force Stop”, tap “OK”, tap “Clear data” and if possible (but it might be disabled)  tap “Clear cache”.
  • Tap the back button to get the list of apps again.
  • Scroll until you find “Google Service Framework”. Tap it.
  • Tap “Force Stop”, tap “OK”, tap “Clear data” and if possible (but it might be disabled)  tap “Clear cache”.
  • Now reboot your device.

And that’s it! You may need to re-enter your Google account details but everything should be working fine!