PRS-T1 Step-by-step guide to hacking the PRS-T1
#1  MCSmarties 07-12-2012, 11:52 PM
Sony PRS-T1 step-by-step rooting and tweaking guide

About this guide

There is an extensive page on the wiki about how to tweak your PRS-T1.

However, I found that it was overloaded with sometimes conflicting information. There are many different ways to do this, which also seems to depend on the firmware version you have installed.

So I decided to make this guide from the notes I took a few weeks ago when I rooted my brand-new PRS-T1.
It's based on stuff I read on threads here, on the wiki, on and on (german).

I did not create any of the tools involved and most of the time I'm just parroting other people's findings!

Please note that I'm listing the stuff that worked for me, your mileage may vary!
Also, I use a PC running Windows 7 64bit, some things will be a little different if you use a Mac or a Linux box.

A. Initial setup

B. Root the PRS-T1 with AMR

Warning: beyond this point in the tutorial you are on your own if something goes wrong!

You may end up bricking your device if you're not careful.
You will most likely void your warranty.
Also, your hacked T1's battery charge will not last as long as for an unrooted device.

In Android apps on the T1, "SD card" refers to the READER partition, NOT an external SD card!
In Total Commander, all the storage is detected as "SD card".
You can identify what it is by the total space available:

"SD-card" /mnt/sdcard, 1.4G total = READER partition
"SD-card (2)" /mnt/extsd, xxG total = microSD card inserted in the T1
"SD-card (3)" /mnt/udisk, 9.9M total = SYSTEM partition. Hands off!!

To specify a screen locking PIN code go to:
Android settings -> Location & security settings -> Change screen lock -> PIN

(Make sure you remember it, I don't know how to bypass it if you forget the PIN... )



Remember Monty Python's instructions for the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch (slightly modified):

Thou shalt count to four, no more, no less.
Four shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be four.
Five shalt thou not count, neither count thou two or three, excepting that thou then proceedst to four.
Six is right out...

But I digress.

Using any other security mechanism may lock you out of your reader PERMANENTLY.

C. Enable the Android Market

D. Make some room!WARNING:
Removing Phone.apk will cause the PRS-T1 to lock up, and may result in an endless rebooting loop.
A soft reset fixed it for me but if you're nervous, don't do it!

E. Stuff your PRS-T1 with apps
This is the part you've been slogging through all this for!
On my own Sony reader (with a 16GB microSD card) I currently have installed:

Aard Dictionary (+ the entire English and French Wikipedias), AdAway, Androminion, BatteryCalibration, Chess, Choice of Broadsides, Choice of the Dragon, Crrency Converter, handyConverter, Mahjong, Offline dictionaries, OpenSudoku, Pandora, Perfect Viewer, Puzzles, RealCalc, Shortyz, Solitaire, Stars, The Weather Channel and Word Search.

I also installed sonyprst1home and hberntsen's norefresh "hack" (mostly for use with Aard Dictionary).

I hope this little tutorial will help people (like me) who were overwhelmed by all the rooting options available.
Comments, corrections and criticisms are always welcome!

#2  gardenstate 07-13-2012, 08:54 AM
Excellent work!! thanks!!

#3  Pomtroll 07-13-2012, 11:05 AM
You did a great job.... However I think I'll just keep my T1 as is. Even your step by step guide was confusing to my simple mind. ...

#4  DuskyRose 07-13-2012, 12:36 PM
This looks great! Thanks for all the hard work!

#5  uboot 07-13-2012, 06:11 PM
nice one!!

you should definitely put that on the wiki!

(I just added a link to this thread)

#6  FinancialWar 07-14-2012, 01:34 AM
can you confirm if Ankidroid (from Google Play) will work if a hacked T1?

#7  Rizla 07-14-2012, 04:44 AM
Thanks for your effort. It needed to be done.

#8  MCSmarties 07-14-2012, 12:25 PM
Thanks for all the kind words (oh, and the karma!)

Quote FinancialWar
can you confirm if Ankidroid (from Google Play) will work if a hacked T1?
Google play says this app (you mean AnkiDroid Flashcards, right?) is not compatible.

#9  carpetmojo 07-14-2012, 06:54 PM
My God - what a performance .......

#10  dmiller 07-15-2012, 06:16 PM
Quote MCSmarties
Thanks for all the kind words (oh, and the karma!)

Google play says this app (you mean AnkiDroid Flashcards, right?) is not compatible.
I can confirm that AnkiDroid works just fine on the PRST1. The link on the MobileRead Wiki will take you directly to a website where you can find a downloadable apk:

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