Pocophone F1 Fixed – So Much Software in Smartphones!

I had really bad touch screen glitches in my phone, and I was convinced it was a hardware issue. Well, turns out that in addition to the ROM (I run LineageOS), there is also a separate Kernel. Updating to FrancoKernel seemed to have fixed it!

This is not the first time I had a problem with software that I wasn’t even aware of: In the past, I had a phone where I had to update the radio firmware, as the new SIM card I got was constantly crashing…

 

Lineage OS on Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Lineage OS on Xiaomi Pocophone F1

My old Oppo Find 7 served me really well for 5 years. But Oppo stopped updating Android a long time ago, so I switched to Omni ROM. But updates stopped a year ago as well, and I had to fight with more and more demanding applications.

So I switched to another China-Phone, Xiaomi Pocophone F1. I gave MIUI 10 a try, but I decided to switch for the following reasons:

  • No interest in the full stack of Google applications
  • Need the ability to modify my hosts file for global ad blocking
  • Nontransparent permission management

So here are the steps I took to install Lineage OS on the phone instead:

  • Unlock Bootloader
  • Install TWRM (watch out: As soon as you boot back to MIUI, it will be removed!)
  • Install Vendor Firmware (watch out! Only 9.x works, not 10.x)
  • Install Lineage OS
  • Install Open GApps Pico
  • Install Magisk (also provides root, SuperSU did not work)
  • Download your favorite ad-blocking hosts file. Use TWRM and mount system, then copy the file to /system/etc.

Biggest downside of using Lineage: Fortnite does not work any more!

Ubuntu: Problem with international Keyboard Layouts

Well, I finally managed to fix the problem. For whatever reason, the keyboard layout database got corrupted, and there is no straightforward way to fix it (e.g. by reinstalling a package). So instead I dumped the following directory: /etc/X11/xkb and replaced it with the same directory from a clean Ubuntu installation. That did the trick.

I was lucky that I had a fresh install lying around on another computer, but what a pain in the neck.