DarkElf Custom ROM for Ainol NOVO7 Elf II

This custom ROM is for the Ainol NOVO7 Elf II (2) ONLY!

Current version: DarkElf v1.1 unrestricted (no device verification during ROM install). Download




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DarkElf v1.0 (Download1, Download2)

DarkElf v1.1

  • Based on 0717 official firmware
  • HDMI Dual-display (enabled by default, Settings->HDMI)
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Battery percentage display
  • Working version of YouTube preinstalled
  • ES file explorer
  • QuickPic instead of Gallery application


  • A microSD card is needed for this ROM to work correctly.
  • Based on 0717 official firmware
  • HDMI Dual-display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Battery percentage display
  • Working version of YouTube preinstalled
  • The rom does not wipe data. Wipe the data partition manually if you have Force Close issues or app errors.
  • Google Play (Market) installed
  • Google Play Store compatibility fix
  • Other Google Apps installed
  • SetupWizard starts on first startup
  • You can select your language on the first screen of the SetupWizard, default location is US
  • Additional languages (language list: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Croatian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Lettish, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Swedish, Thai, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Chinese).
  • Face Unlock added
  • Rooted
  • Themed bootanimation
  • Deodexed
  • Option to auto-hide/always hide status bar, in other words full screen mode (The default is auto-hide, you can go to Settings->Display->Hide status bar to change it)
  • Physical Home button works as Back button, the long press of the Home button works as Home
  • The microSD is mounted as /sdcard/ and the internalSD is mounted as /sdcard/external_sdcard.
  • Upgrade application for easier update installs
  • Preinstalled Flash Player (Amlogic version, hardware acceleration)
  • Trebuchet launcher
  • build.prop mods:

    Device model set to Samsung GT-I9100 for Gameloft games compatibility

    WiFi scan interval = 180

    Sleep policy enabled

    GPS enabled (the Elf II does not have internal GPS, this update is for external GPS device support only. Use TetherGPS application to share your phone’s GPS signal with your Elf II)

    HDMI supports 480p output (720×480 progressive)

    Camera’s pictures are stored on SD first

    adb enabled by default, the adb notification is hidden

    CPU modes set to: power saving=600MHz, normal=1000MHz, performance=1320MHz (at startup the CPU works at 1200MHz maximum)

Planned changes (don’t wait for any of this, they may or may not be implemented):

  • Performance fix (v1.1 has worse performance than 1.0 had)
  • Auto-Correct/Dictionary Fix
  • Fixed versions of Google Music, Google Videos, Youtube
  • Feiyu’s kernel
  • Georgian language

Here is a sample of using external GPS source.

Phone: Google Nexus S (CM9 nightly)
Tablet: Ainol Novo7 Elf II (DarkElf v0.6)
App: TetherGPS and Sygic GPS navigation

You have to enable GPS in settings on both devices.
Connect to Wi-Fi (you may create a wifi AP on your Phone and connect to it with your Elf).

Start tetherGPS server on your phone, start tetherGPS client on your Elf.
Use a GPS application on your Elf II. It should get the coordinates through wifi from your phone.

How to install
Method A: Recovery

  1. Copy the DarkElf_v1.1.zip to your SDcard
  2. Charge up the battery
  3. Power off the Elf II and remove the charger
  4. Press and hold the Power button and the Volume- button at the same time. When the green droid appears you can release the buttons.
  5. In the recovery you can move with the Volume- button, you can select with Power or Volume+
  6. Select apply update from sdcard
  7. Select DarkElf_v1.1.zip
  8. Wait for the update to finish
  9. Select reboot system now

Method B: Upgrade application (from DarkElf 1.0 or possibly LightELF )

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