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Mikey C

Oct 3, 2010, 2:53 PM
Evidently im technically retarded, because ive tried to root my phone three times and am getting frustrated. Ive tried the universal androot(?) off the market. didnt work, and other ways ive tried havent worked. is there an *Easy* way to root my phone that anyone has found?
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Mikey C

Oct 5, 2010, 11:30 AM
well that was a pain in the ass. but its done now. so ive got the wifi tether and overclock widget. what else can i do?
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bigjed

Oct 5, 2010, 9:25 PM
Hey Mikey. ROM Manager is a must. This will allow you to download and install different versions ("ROMS") of 2.2, some of which are very unique. It's worth the 4 bucks for the premium version, but the free version works great too. Be sure to back up your current ROM (it should prompt you to do so)before installing a new one. I really like Liquid FroYo, but Cyanogen has a pretty big following and there are other good ones too. Good luck!
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Mikey C

Oct 6, 2010, 4:09 PM
so ive downloaded the rom manager (free) and i cant get it to install a rom. got one off of droidforums.net and it saved as a .zip file. told rom manager to install. phone rebooted but no rom. what am i doing wrong?
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Menno

Oct 9, 2010, 1:24 AM
Did you flash clockwork recovery?
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Mikey C

Oct 9, 2010, 6:09 PM
Yeah, got on root ed shoutbox (application) and asked about it. evidently I had to reflash clockwork. worked like a charm. running ultimate droid 7.0.0 now.
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Mikey C

Oct 6, 2010, 4:29 PM
okay, downloading shadowrom from rom manager. now i just have more questions. asks what kernel (they all have different frequencies) and module. what are these? can you tell ima newbie?
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Mikey C

Oct 6, 2010, 6:17 PM
www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-labs/74028-ro ot-droid-1-regardless-os-version.html

This is the process i used to root my phone. now the rom manager cant install any roms and i cant get back into sprecovery. wth? please help because i really want to see what these roms are about.
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ukyfan

Oct 11, 2010, 3:54 PM
bigjed said:
Hey Mikey. ROM Manager is a must. This will allow you to download and install different versions ("ROMS") of 2.2, some of which are very unique. It's worth the 4 bucks for the premium version, but the free version works great too. Be sure to back up your current ROM (it should prompt you to do so)before installing a new one. I really like Liquid FroYo, but Cyanogen has a pretty big following and there are other good ones too. Good luck!


I have to disagree with this. I have flashed a few different roms, but I do it via SPRecovery. To me it is easy enough plus I have heard a lot of horror stories involving ROM Mgr. From what I have noticed it seems to be a love/hate relationship with RM...
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Mikey C

Oct 12, 2010, 1:10 PM
I dont use the rom manager anymore, but i DO use the clockwork recovery that it installed. I always got an error message when i tried to flash a rom with SPRecovery.

The main thing that rom manager does (as far as i could tell) Is give you a list of the current roms that are out there and a quick link to download.

But now i just get them from droidforums.net seems like a great site. are there any others out there i should know of?
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ukyfan

Oct 12, 2010, 2:03 PM
Honestly I do not use clockwork so I know nothing about it. But in SPRecovery you
1. Rename the rom to "update.zip" minus the quotes.

2. boot into recovery
3. MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR PHONE
4. Push update.zip to /sdcard/update.zip
5. Tell your recovery to allow update.zip installation

6. Install from /sdcard/update.zip
7. Reboot

After you do this, you will not be able to log into your Google account yet. You will have to install gapps next following the same steps. Once you do this you should have Sapphire running. Let me know how you like.
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mupi

Oct 13, 2010, 1:02 PM
Clockwork does not require the use of update.zip. You can browse and find any .zip file and attempt to install it.

Like SPRecovery, it default blocks running update.zip, so over the air updates don't bork your root.

This is actually another advantage to ROMManager: it can automate the clockworkmod recovery, so it automatically installs both the ROM and the gapps module in one step. It also asks you to make a backup, and automates the nandroid backup too. One other thing: it can reboot you into recovery (it can actually do this whichever recovery you use) so you don't have to open the keyboard to launch recovery, then clsoe it so you can navigate (I guess if you have skinny fingers and can navigate recovery without the keyboard close...
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Menno

Oct 12, 2010, 6:00 PM
Rom manager had some issues with stability early on because it was attempting something other's haven't (forcing phone to install rom instead of going into recovery)

It's now really, really stable. Not to mention for people like me, it makes downloading and switching between roms really easy.

I used to use SPrecovery back when I ran SholesMod, but once I started using Cyanogen, it just made sense to use rom manager.
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ukyfan

Oct 13, 2010, 10:59 AM
Over at DroidForum I still see lots of people having issues with it. I mean it looks great from what I can tell, but the stories I hear just keep me from getting it.
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Menno

Oct 13, 2010, 11:04 AM
The only issue is that some roms make flashing clockwork a pain in the ass after you install them. Generally you have to flash SPrecovery and then flash clockwork on top to make it work. I dont think this is an issue with the program though because it only affects certain roms
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ukyfan

Oct 13, 2010, 11:12 AM
Gotcha. Makes sense. I guess I am old school and like sprecovery since I have never had a problem with it. Smile
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ukyfan

Oct 13, 2010, 11:07 AM
I don't know why, but I forgot to mention a few apps that I feel are really "Must Have Apps".

1. Titanium Backup- Lets you back up your apps with data to your sdcard for when you switch roms you never really loose anything. It is free, but you can donate to get the ability to do mass backups and reinstalls

2. Root Explorer- most powerful file explorer. It cost about $4 in the market, but highly worth.

Another app that is fun to play with is Drocap2. It lets you take screen shots of your phone.
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Menno

Oct 13, 2010, 11:21 AM
Not to mention SetCPU. even if you don't overclock, the ability to underclock when your phone is sleeping can really help battery life.

CacheMate is also really useful. It allows you to quickly clear the cache of all apps on your phone instead of doing it manually.
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mupi

Oct 13, 2010, 1:05 PM
Note that SetCPU is only useful on some Roms, though. Not sure about CM, and that's what I'm running now, but on Pete's BB roms, it doesn't actually do anything that Pete isn't already doing in the kernel.
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ukyfan

Oct 13, 2010, 2:36 PM
In Sapphire the Gem Settings have something that does the same thing. I have SetCPU installed just because... really I don't know why I do Laughing I haven't really overclocked even though the stock kernel is overclocked to 800
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ukyfan

Oct 27, 2010, 2:36 PM
So I am curious. Which rom are you going with, and did you have any trouble installing it?
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Mikey C

Oct 27, 2010, 6:46 PM
Im now running ultimate droid 1.0.0 (?)
I have tried shadow rom and saphire as well, But shadowrom was just plain crappy and saphire seemed more geared for developers, which i am not.

Personally i like ultimatedroid because of the look and the amount of customization. Also many features are preinstalled, like wired and wireless tether, flashlight, and overclocking without installing a kernel.

Since Ive gotten clockwork to work properly I havent had any any problem with installing roms. I like clockwork because I can save other roms on my phone and switch them at will.
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