How to Install ThunderZap Kernel on QMobile Noir A10?

Before you Start

1) You need a Rooted Noir A10 with CWM Recovery installed.

2) You also need to be on an ICS ROM as ThunderZap doesn’t have jellybean support yet.

Installation Procedure

1) Download this CWM Flashable ZIP.


2) Transfer it to the Root of your SD Card.

3) Reboot into CWM Recovery.

4) Select Install ZIP from SD Card.

5) Choose the KernelFlasher Zip.

6) Done! New Kernel has been flashed!

7) Now Reboot your phone.

Stay Tuned

=> for overclocking and swap tutorials on ThunderZap Kernel.


Custom Kernel ThunderZap v1.1 Released for QMobile Noir A10!


Hello! fellow Noir A10 users. The first ever custom kernel for Noir A10/Canvas 2 and other clones has been released. Thanks to Varun Chitre (XDA Senior Member – Indian Recognized Developer & Contributor) who after 1 month of continuous hard work has come up with this kernel.

This kernel is based on the stock ICS v3.0.13 Kernel so it is compatible with ICS ROMs only (with exception to Lewa OS Rom which has been reported to be unstable on this kernel).

HOW to Install ThunderZap Kernel on QMobile Noir A10?

General Features
– Compiled with latest optimized Linaro 4.7 toolchain
– Compiled vfp with neon
– LZMA compression for kernel. Size 4.2MB ==> 3.2 MB


– Overclocked upto 1.4 Ghz [Experimental and still a WIP]
– Performance governor patched to open up both cores[Andreilux]
– Activated Interactive governor
– Added 5 new governors: Smartass2, Pegasusq, Lulzactiveq, Hotplug, ZZmoove. Total 12 now
– Activated and tweaked conservative governor


– Added 4 new IO schedulers: BFQv6, V(R), SIO, ZEN. Total 7 now
– Fsync control by Ezekeel
– Asynchronous I/O latency to a solid-state disk greatly increased.
– Enabled ARCH_POWER

Memory Management

– Lowered Android logger size
– Optimized LMK
– SWAP support
– Lowered vfs cache pressure size to 20
– Optimized VM parameters
– Optimized memcopy and memmove algorithm
– Tweaked SLUB allocator


– Optimized CRC32 Algorithm
– Optimized RWSEM Algorithm
– Removed old SHA1 routines
– Optimized git implementation for SHA1
– Optimized swahb32() byteswap helpers
– Optimized AES and SHA1 routines
– Optimized glibc version of string


– Proportional Rate Reduction for TCP by Google.
– Enabled 6 new TCP Congestion controls viz. Westwood, Vegas, BIC, HSTCP, HTCP
– Set westood as default from cubic.

Miscellaneous Features
– NTFS Filesystem support for USB OTG
– CIFS support added
– Cleancache enabled
– Removed Framepointer.
– Increase READ_AHEAD size to 1024kb
– Fine tuned CFS parameters
– Enabled Autogrouping of Schedulers
– Erase memory pages as soon as they are freed to prevent new processes getting old information
– Added frandom (Fast kernel number generator) driver
– Plethora of optimizations to EXT4 filesystem
– NOATIME and NODIRATIME by default
– Patch for depleting Entropy pool

XDA Link:



How to Install CWM Recovery on QMobile Noir A10?

CWM Recovery, also known as ClockworkMod Recovery, is the best and most popular custom recovery in the Android market. It has a lot of benefits such as being able to flash unsigned zip files (files not having signatures).

Installation Procedure

1) Download ClockworkMod Recovery.

v6.0.1.2 (Stable)

v6.0.2.7 (Beta v1 with Sideload support)(Unstable)
– Touch inputs do not work, neither does USB Storage Mount.

2) Double-check that the file is named “recovery.img”

3) Connect Noir A10 to your PC and transfer this file to the Root of your SD Card.

4) Now go to Play Store and download the Mobileuncle MTK Tools application.

5) Open the App and select the Recovery Update option.

6) Now select the recovery.img file from the top. (Normally MTK Tools should detect it in the first place. But if it asks for the exact path where recovery.img is stored, then enter it).

7) It’ll ask conformation for flashing. Select OK.

Noir A10

8) Then it’ll ask if you want to boot into recovery mode. That’s up to you for now.

However if you want to boot into recovery mode later, follow these instructions.

How to boot into Recovery?

1) Switch off your phone.

2) Press and hold down the Vol UP, Vol Down and Power buttons at the same time till the mobile lights up.

3) Now press the Volume UP button one time to boot into recovery.

How to Root QMobile Noir A10?

Rooting Noir A10 is as easy as a pie. Well thanks to Bin4ry from who developed a general script to root/unroot majority of android devices running stock ICS or JB. Fortunately, that script works fine with Noir A10 as well.

Before you Start

1) Rooting will void your warranty (unless and until you unroot it and find a way to reset the flash counter).

2) You might brick your device while rooting. So follow the instructions carefully.

3) Make sure everything is in order and that your device is charged.

How to Root

1) On your device, go to Settings > Development and enable USB Debugging.

2) Connect Noir A10 to your PC. Install device drivers using PDANet.

3) Download the following package and unzip it.


4) Inside the package, open the RunMe.bat file.

5) You’ll see a command prompt appear on your screen.


6) Type “1” (Normal Device) and press Enter.

7) Now keep on following the on-screen instructions until the process completes and you see the “Have Fun!” letters in green.

Congratulations, your device has been rooted successfully and you can enjoy the superuser permissions!

(Note: Your device may reboot during this process).


QMobile Noir A10 Stock ROM [CWM Flashable][ICS v4.0.4]

I was searching around the Noir A10 help threads on various forums and realized a very serious problem. No one had uploaded Noir A10’s stock ROM! Now if in case a user wants to revert back to the stock ROM because he doesn’t like the custom one or has to sell the mobile back in warranty, he would need a copy of the stock ROM.

Some advanced users back up their stock ROM before upgrading to a custom one, but android users who are new to rooting usually forget to backup their ROM in the first place.

That is why I have made a CWM Flashable ZIP of the Stock ROM so the users can revert back to the stock ROM anytime. I took a nandroid backup of my stock ROM using CWM Recovery and then converted it into a CWM Flashable ZIP using an updater script.

Noir A10 - Stock ROM Screenshots

Noir A10 – Stock ROM Screenshots

File Size: 360MB

Download Link:


How to Install?

1) Download the .zip file and put it in the root of your SD Card.

2) Boot into CWM Recovery.

3) Install ZIP from SD Card.

4) Wipe User Data.

5) Wipe Cache.

6) Wipe Dalvik Cache.

7) Reboot.

XDA Link:

Noir A10’s Internal Specifications and Features

2G Network Capabilities: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (SIM 1 & SIM 2).

3G Network Capabilities: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 (SIM 1 & SIM 2).

GPRS Supported: Yes (Class 12, 48Kbps).

EDGE Supported: Yes (Class 12).

SIM: Dual SIM. (Mini-SIM).

Release Date: November 2012.

Status: Available.

Body Dimensions: 147 x 76.5 x 9.7 mm (5.79 x 3.01 x 0.38 in).

Weight: 168 g (5.93 oz).

Display Technology: IPS FWVGA LCD Capacitive Touchscreen w/ Multitouch. 16M Colors.

Display Size: 5.0 Inches.

Display Resolution: 480 x 854 pixels.

Pixel Density: 196 ppi.

Card Slot: MicroSD (Supports upto 32GB of Memory).

Internal Memory: 1.48GB (4GB MicroSD card provided with box).

RAM: 512MB.


Bluetooth: v3.0 with A2DP.

USB: microUSB v2.0 (USB on-the-go supported).

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Camera Technology: 8MP Camera with Autofocus, Dual LED Flash, Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus and Face Detection.

Camera Resolution: 3264 x 2448 pixels.

Video Recording: Supported.

Secondary Camera: Yes, 1.3MP (Works with Skype Video Calling).

Operating System: Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Jellybean v4.1.1 upgrade not provided yet by QMobile.

CPU: Dual-Core 1 GHz MediaTek MT6577.

GPU: PowerVR SGX531.

Sensors: 3-Axis Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor (Light Sensor is also available in Custom ROM’s).

GPS: Available. with A-GPS (Assisted GPS) support and EPO (Extended Prediction Orbit) support.

Available Colors: White, Black.

Battery Specs: Li-Ion 2000 mAh Battery. Talk-time upto 5 hours, Stand-by upto 180 hours.

Price in Market: PKR 16,500 (with 1 Year Warranty).