Friday, March 30, 2012

Drivers and then rooting Karuma's PlayBase

I bought the kids a Karuma PlayBase for Christmas.  I need to root it so I can limit ads that pop up inside a some of the free games and the resulting angst and worry of my better half of what may come up.  Unfortunately, Karuma's online presence (and user community) is pretty non-existant.

The first step in this process is going to be getting root access.  I have to get access to the tablet via USB.  The PlayBase works a a USB storage device if you plug it in to a PC, but there is also an ADB (Android Debug Bridge) port on the tablet that XP doesn't find drivers for auto-magically.  A quick look in device manager and a search on the PID revealed that the HTC Dream uses the same PID.  One quick download and a little editing and I now have


Here's a link to the modified drivers: PlayBase ASB USB Win32 (

(Hopefully) more to come!

Added 3-31-12:  It looks like the PB is already rooted (# command prompt in the ADB terminal instead of a $).  Now I just have to figure out how to get into recovery mode so I can get an updated su and superuser on it.  The chip is made by Rockchip- it's an RK2918.

Monday, March 5, 2012 won't open?

It's a short post today.

My kids love, but I have a laptop and desktop that has problems with the home page. It starts to open, then clears the page and simply gives me a broken image icon.

I haven't been able to figure out exactly what it is that these computers don't like about the home page, but I have found a work-around that keeps them happy.

Use this link instead- I actually think it's better then going to the home page because it makes finding what you are looking for so much easier!

Until next time.