GAPPS with Dirty Unicorns 11 (7.1)

January 18th, 2017

A quick note in case anybody else runs into the same problem with GAPPS on the Nexus 5 (hammerhead).

I installed Dirty Unicorns 11 (Nougat 7.1.1) yesterday, and it worked fine.

Then I tried to install the recommended Dynamic GAPPS. It did not. The Mini version resulted in endless “Google Play Services keeps stopping”. Full Dynamic GAPPS resulted in the keyboard app refusing to run, making setup impossible.

So I moved on to OpenGapps, note that the hammerhead/Nexus 5 has a 32-bit arm processor, so do not use the 64-bit builds. The mini and full-sized builds would not install because of limited space on the system partition, and I’m too lazy to reformat everything. The “pico” edition did install, giving me the play store (which honestly is all I really wanted anyway, as I can bootstrap the apps I purchased there).

For reference:

No success: and

Note that I did a more-than-full wipe between all installs (data/cache/dalvik/system)  before every install.

Hope this helps somebody searching for answers. The only bad thing about the Dirty Unicorns distribution is (not) finding information on Google Plus. :)

I put all the things in the box thing and now it’s a thing

January 16th, 2017

Everything fits into the box! Definitely not the final switches, or functionality, or layout, or anything. The amber LED is a definite keeper, though! I know they’re not very retro, but I like the knobs. They are too tall for a stompbox, unfortunately.

That control layout is kinda iffy

To my surprise, everything works as designed. I got the phase switch backwards though. Horrors!

Wait, you said it works?

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Phase switch?” Yes. Phase switch. “This must be some kind of blender pedal.” Yes. It is some kind of blender pedal. “For bass.”

Some kind of blender pedal

Yes. Some kind of blender pedal for bass.

Box o’ parts

January 9th, 2017

Opened my big box of parts from Mouser and sorted through it. Can you spot $45 worth of the wrong switch? :)


(Wrong switch: 100% my fault, BTW.)

Wow a lot of things came today! The bare boards are here too!


Still missing the toggle switches, but the other parts are all here.

Still waiting on those switches

So far so good!