Have you been waiting to get rid of that ancient Froyo OS and trade up for Gingerbread on your TC970? Well the time has finally arrived to do just that! you can install a very alpha version of CyanogenMod 7 (better known as CM7) which is based off of the AOSP Gingerbread builds, with some great tweaks! Right now there are many things not working on this Alpha build, but that won’t stop many from trying it out and anticipating the fully working build in the coming weeks and months ahead. Read the tutorial and download the files needed after the jump.

Oh yeah and be sure to tell the Le Pan that the *IMPOSSIBLE* has been done, no thanks to them!

First let’s cover the known bugs, so you know exactly what you are getting into:

  • SD Card & EMMC cannot be mounted from within CM7.
  • The screen is upside down!
  • The camera is not currently working.
  • Audio does not work at this time.
  • Video will play, but not from memory & with no audio.

So, you’re ready to get going on this? Let’s do it!

  1. if you haven’t yet, unzip this file and place all three files (griffin.ifw, iboot.ism & MLO) on the root of your SD card. For people who do not know what this is, it is the first/top-most folder of the SD card
  2. Also , place this on your SD card (preferably the root, but any place will work).
  3. Power down your tablet (if it’s on)
  4. Boot to recovery by turning your tablet on and holding the volume down and power key at the same time for 10-15 seconds. Once you are in recovery, use the volume keys to scroll all the way down a few times until you see “back button enabled” appear on your screen. Then you can use the power button to select an option.
  5. Go to backup & restore > backup. This will create a NANDROID of your current system’s state, so when you are done trying out Gingerbread you can return to Froyo just as it was before (with all of your applications, settings, etc… in tact)! Please make sure you have at least 1GB of free space on your SD card to store the backup!
  6. Once the backup is complete, go back to the main menu of ClockWorkMod and choose the Update from Update.zip option.
  7. Navigate to wherever you saved ClockWorkMod (hopefully you saved it on the root, in that case scroll down!) and use the power button to select it.
  8. Choose Yes to flash it and when it is done reboot your tablet.

Congratulations! At this point you should be booting into CM7 for the first time on your Le Pan TC970. If you decide that you’d like to go back to Froyo at any point, because you miss your SD card or audio – simply turn your device back off, reboot to recovery and head to “backup and restore” again. This time choose restore and select the NANDROID that you made. It will restore your device to the state it was saved in and when you reboot you will be back on Froyo!

Thanks to for the CM7 port and ChinaBull for the CWM port.

Categories: Hacks/Mods, News, Tutorials

8 Responses so far.

  1. yann2 says:

    Tried and installed this, about an hour ago. It worked well. I found a nice guide to ClockWorkMod, it’s options, backup/restore here :

    …in case someone is not familiar with CWM.

    Gingerbread on the LP1 looks very nice – icons are small, screen is snappy. Look forward to the next releases, and someday we getting it as a stable release. Will be much better than Froyo, which Matsunichi says is all we can have on Le Pan 1.

    Thanks cas_xp, fv+ and chinabull – much appreciated.

  2. says:

    [...] Gingerbread Alpha Makes it Debut on the Le Pan TC970! Look nice… [...]

  3. [...] Remember that beautiful CyanogenMod7 port that made its way to the Le Pan TC970 just a few short day…? Well Cas_XP is at it again and has released a fix for the non-working audio bug that plagued the RC0 edition. Some users are having issues getting it installed though via ADB since it’s a bit more complicated than simply flashing the updated ROM, so I have taken the fix and applied it to the CM7 ROM in a ready-to-flash package! [...]

  4. o says:

    It was updated so the audio is working right?

  5. sketchy says:

    I just wanted to clarify that in step one, you only need the “griffin.ifw” file in the root of your sd card for CWM to boot. Not griffin.ifw, iboot.ism & MLO files.

  6. nick says:

    my kids play with my tab all the time would like gingerbread but need audio has this been fixed?

  7. Momgyver says:

    THANK YOU! Your directions are very clear..as long as one decides to read them carefully! My little LePan 970 is working BRILLIANTLY now…all features work (tested GPS & camera and others) Thank you SO much for clear, step by step directions and all the files. Am thrilled with the outcome! T’was hard work on your part and appreciated, thank you!