Root & Hack the Viewsonic 7″ Tablet

by djsharpe on December 12, 2011

This build is for the Viewsonic Viewpad 7. I made this build mainly because I had one big problem with the stock one I found on Amazon because it was offering little space for my apps. I’ve used this opportunity to add extra features and remove some annoying ones. Here is the list of changes:

    • based on latest official stock Viewpad 7 firmware Android 2.2.2
    • added Darktremor Apps2SD functionality (require that you have extra partition on your SD card for storing your apps; exact procedure to create one is described in installation procedure)
    • fully deodexed and zipalligned ROM
    • ROM is rooted (Superuser.apk + su)
    • installed BusyBox with support for init.d scripts
    • replaced “Welcome” boot animation with stock android 2.2 animation
    • installed Gingerbread keyboard
    • installed Morelocale2 for more languages
    • modified framework-res.apk and services.jar with Gingerbread look like + % battery
    • removed Aldiko,RSS, TouchPAL_M20
    • updated gapps to newest version (Gmail, GoogleQuickSearchBox, Maps, Market, VoiceSearch) & YouTube
    • modified host file for ad-free



  • initial release


  1. Power down your device.
  2. Power on device holding power button and both volume keys simultaneously.
  3. Upon power up you will see the birds logo and ‘enter recovery’ text in the top left corner of the screen.
  4. Use the volume keys to step through the menu, power to select and back. (there is bug in clockwork when you press volume keys it jumps 2 steps; to jump one step press and hold volume and then press power to select)
  5. Select the “advanced->Partition SD Card” item, next select size for your Apps2SD partition (1024MB recommended), next select 0 as size of swap partition. (Remember that this will delete all data on your SD card, so make backup of SD card if you need !!!)
  6. After the partitioning will be done select the “reboot system now” item.
  7. Using USB cable connection or SD card reader copy to root folder of SD card.
  8. Power down your device.
  9. Power on device holding power button and both volume keys simultaneously.
  10. Select the “backup and restore->Backup” item to make a backup of the current firmware in case something goes wrong. The backed up ROM should be located in: /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/date&time/
  11. Select the “wipe data/factory reset->Yes – delete all user data” to clear old stuff.
  12. Select the “install zip from sdcard->choose zip from sdcard” item and select
  13. After flashing will be done select the “reboot system now” item. First boot may take a few minutes.

Migrate from stock or another build:

    1. Make backup of your phone using Titanium Backup (select all user applications).
    2. Copy all files and folders from SD card to local folder on your computer.
    3. Install Clockwork Recovery Partition, create partition on SD card and install ROM as described in installation guide.
    4. Copy all files and folders from local folder on your computer back to SD card.
    5. Restore applications using Titanium Backup and reboot your phone.


Credits to:

  • Darktremor
  • hucqim80
  • dsixda
  • mendozinas
  • -Mr. X-

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