How To Connect A USB Drive To The BlackBerry PlayBook
Ever since the PlayBook has been rooted
there have been numerous hacks that have been made available. This one comes to us from the creative mind of Guillem Mateos
, @guillemmateos over at the elTecnoBlog. This how-to will allow you to connect a USB device to your BlackBerry PlayBook. So if your running out of storage on that 16 GB PlayBook or want to store that big movie collection on an external device this guide is for you.
Now before we get started there are a few things we need to go over. First this how-to is a little more advanced and does require a little bit of technical skill
. Second, it requires
that your PlayBook be rooted
. So please proceed with caution.
Warning: BBOS is not responsible for you damaging your device. These instructions are meant as a base guideline and results may very depending on Operating system environments. Please proceed with caution. Entering commands incorrectly may cause your device to be permanently damaged.
These instructions were adapted from Guillem Mateos guide that can be found here. I have only made slight modifications.
note: only tested on PlayBook OS 1.8.xxx, OS 2.0 has not been tested.
Instructions By Guillem Mateo
Things you will need:
- Root access to your PlayBook
- Female USB A to micro USB cable and a soldering iron Or USB OTG cable
- A pendrive (USB Drive)
First step – The USB OTG Cable
Get a USB OTG cable or just find a Female USB A to micro USB cable, open the micro USB side and solder pins 4 and 5 of the micro USB port together (this is what turns the USB port into host mode). The photo shows the first version i used. Then i decided to get a nice USB OTG angle cable as you can see in the first photo of the post. If you are interested in one of those, just let me know.
Second step – Console commands
When you have your USB OTG cable, you can proceed to run the commands to load the necessary kernel drivers. The nice part is that everything is already on the PlayBook, so you don’t really need to upload anything. The commands you will need to run are the following:
io-usb -domap4430-mg ioport=0x4a0ab000,irq=124
waitfor /dev/io-usb/io-usb 4
devb-umass cam pnp blk automount=+hd6t6:/accounts/1000/shared/usb:dos,automount=+hd6:/accounts/1000/shared/usb:dos
The only line you really need to pay attention to, is the last one. It shows where the pendrive will be automatically mounted after you connect it. You can specify different mount points for different partitions just separating them by comas (in my example command, hd6t6 and hd6 shown)
The other commands just kill the USB server running and start it with the required commands to be able to run the USB port as a host port. There is also a command to load the kernel driver (io-usb domap….).
Last step – Connect your pendrive (USB Drive)
If all went well, you should now be able to connect your pendrive and access contents on the mount folder you selected. Please keep also in mind that you must first create this directory for the automount to work. I also noticed that sometimes the kernel modules does produce a bus error and crashes. If that happens, just try to run all the commands again.
That's it you should now be able to connect your USB drive to your PlayBook. Big thanks to Guillem Mateos the finder of this hack and creator of this how-to.