Is your BlackBerry PlayBook running out of storage space? Why No You Plug-in that 500GB external HDD?!… Yes! The guide is now online to help you plug those external drives & pendrives to your DingleBerry-ed(Rooted) PlayBook. Though this feature is hinted to sport officially in Tablet OS 2.0(February), this hacking process will lead you to make it workable today!
Note: We DO NOT Recommend to Root your BlackBerry PlayBook. We are NOT responsible for any damage caused or loosing data of your device.
Guide by Guillem Mateos
- BlackBerry PlayBook
- Female USB A to micro USB cable and a soldering iron OR USB OTG cable
- A pendrive or external HDD
Now i will try to make instructions as short and clear as possible. Just let me know if something is unclear. I would also like to let you know that i have only tested this on a 1.8.xxx PlayBook version, so results on OS2 are unknown (i haven’t got access to a PlayBook with OS2 and i’m not wishing to upgrade mine at the moment). Please keep this in mind when trying to use this method.
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
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.
We thank Guillem Mateos, the founder of USB Hosting Hack & editor for this guide. Do follow him on Twitter – @guillemmateos to get latest updates & findings on the same.