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Old March 1st, 2013, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This DX has been wonderfully stable for a long, long time - and in my 8th decade it's understandable that I've forgotten how it got to its current state, which is:

4.0.4
Rooted (with Pete's, IIRC)
Gummy Shadow 1.2.0
Operating on Verizon, via PagePlus (prepay)

Functionality is perfectly stable but it's become slower and slower, and battery usage has become very poor despite discipline and Juice Defender. I bought a new battery, then tried a battery from someone else's phone - no improvement even when I duplicated the settings on his DX. I deleted a lot of apps, then used a task killer to keep things simple. Still, battery life with either a BH5X or BH6X is 2-3 hours, when it once ran for a full day. Something's wrong.

So - I need either a new phone or a full refresh, and prefer the latter with a newer/better ROM. To achieve that, I will need recommendations, plus a careful step-by-step to help me avoid deadly errors.

OR - I'd gladly stay where I am if someone could diagnose the @^#!& battery-sucker.

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several updated ROMs
wizards miui is popular
cm7 likely gets best battery life
links to ROM threads in my list
under DX
sd_shadow's list of links for Droid FAQs, SBF, Rooting, ROMs.... https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Goawxdx_UBF4Y8lqzHYWf8Ha3yUcRK4faq0UWIlXLWA/edit

download the ROM you like
boot to cwm recovery (press power/ reboot/ recovery)
create a backup
wipe data
install zip from SD card
if you installed a CM rom , you need to install gaaps zip also
reboot

more about installing
under using droid 2 bootstrap
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Wow! That link goes to an encyclopedia. I found DroidX material - but it's like standing under a waterfall trying to get a drink. I'll work on it tomorrow, and THANKS.
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IS THIS CLOSE???

1. Backup everything
2. Download MIUI zip (could not find Pooka CM7)
3. Store MIUI zip on phone's SD card
4. Boot to cwm recovery (press power/ reboot/ recovery)
5. Wipe data
6. Install zip from SD card
7. Reload and re-organize

With MIUI I don't need GAAPS, right?
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yes that should be good
with wizards miui, no gaaps needed

updated cm7,
here [ROM] CM7-GBKernel .621 which would need gaaps
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wizard does list a longer install method
Quote:
1) Reboot into CWR
2) Go to "Mounts and Storage" and format /system, /data, and /cache.
3) Go to "Advanced" and wipe dalvik-cache.
4) Flash the zip.
5) Reboot
6) Toggle Superuser to allow Root Access.
7) Restore your previous backup.
8) Setup any widgets you want.
9) Enjoy!
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I put (only) the zip file on the SD card, and when I got to Step 4 to flash the new ROM it ran for a moment and then:

E:signature verification failed
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few things to check
was it this file MIUI.us_Shadow_2012.11.11-Aroma-Wizard0f0s-signed.zip

did you verify md5 check sum,of rom zip, before moving to sd card

which version of cwm 2.0xx or 5.0xx
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Install zip from SD card and not install update zip
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The file is via the link you gave me, titled:

MIUI.us_Shadow_2012.11.12-Aroma-Wizard0f0s-signed.zip

No, I did not look at the check sum. I assumed the link was ok.

To boot into Recovery I used a utility called something like Quickboot, which offers Reboot, Shutdown, Recovery, etc. It got to Recovery satisfactorily, enabling data wipe, cache wipe, etc.
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was it android recovery or clockworkmod recovery
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Yes -- to the Motorola image
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that was meant to be either or, not yes or no
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Sorry - Imisunderstood.

The image is headed by

Android system recovery <3e>
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Presumably that's how I failed the IQ test. Is it fixable?
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yes it didn't post like i wanted
that's the wrong one, needs to be clockworkmod recovery
press power button you should have several options
power off, reboot ...
choose reboot
then should have more options
bootloader, reboot, recovery
choose recovery
if that does not get you to cwm recovery
you need to install
link-Droid 2/x/3 Bootstrap
use the modified d2 or D3 bootstrap
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Pushed the power button and it rebooted - just as though it has a ROM in it. Went to the Google sign-in, etc. Assuming it's not a brick, I'll find the Droid 2/x/3 Bootstrap. What then?
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use the link, instructions are there

edit:links are blue on this grey background easy to miss
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OK. This thing booted using the GUMMY ROM. It works, and is not a dead rectangular solid...

I'm now to do the BELOW, then repeat the PREVIOUS?

2nd option Download Modified Droid 2/X Bootstrapper (cwm 5.0.2.0), you will need to manually install the .apk Move Droid2Bootstrap621MOD.apk to sd card, navigate to file with phone’s file manager, tap on it, select install, you may have to change system settings to allow unknown sources
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OK - got it. 72.9% confidence.

For now, let's assume I'll get it right. In fact, since the phone is running (Gummy) I might leave it alone until tomorrow.

I'm very grateful for your help!!
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good
well it likely is running much better, after wiping data
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I purchased and installed Modified Droid 2/X Bootstrapper, which I understood had to be on the SD card. I thought I might get the option to move it there if I rebooted, but unfortunately it went past the red Motorola logo to android, and then went no further.

I removed the battery and retried it, producing a large image of a battery showing 100%. In all subsequent cases, and now, it just gets to the rippling android logo (the word), and nothing beyond. And it takes a very long time to do that.

I haven't found a combination of switches that makes a difference, and I *AM* facing east and saying the proper mantra.

If I hit the Power switch while holding both volume switches down, I get a Bootloader screen in white text: 30.04, Battery OK, OK to program, Connect USB Data Cable
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no, you did not purchase the modified 2/x bootstrap
that is a free download, [ROMS] Droid X 4.5.621 Stock Rooted / Stock Deodexed / Modded (1.6) ClockworkMod Flashable Updates by kY - Droid X Development - RootzWiki - Page 20
you must have downloaded the original D2, Dx, or D3 bootstrap, from the google play store, which should be fine

now you need to follow the steps 3-7
3. Go to App Drawer
4. Tap on Droid 2/X or 3 Bootstrap app
5. Tap on Bootstrap Recovery,
6. When you see superuser popup (allow/deny), select allow
7. Tap on OK when you see popup that says Success

follow steps to make nandroid backup (recommended)
1. Open D2, DX or D3 bootstrap app
2. Tap on Reboot Recovery, phone will automatically reboot to CWM Recovery
3. Once in the black screen with green writing, you will use the side volume rockers to scroll up and down and then the camera button to select, select with power button if using *cwm 2.5.0.8. * * * * *(D2,R2D2, and D2G can use arrow keys and ok)
4. Scroll down to backup/restore and select it.
5. Scroll to Backup and select it
The phone will begin to create a full backup (nandroid) of your system, data, and cache. This will take about 5 minutes to generate. After it is finished it will take you back to the main screen. If you want to move back to previous screens use the back hard key ↺ or power button



then
Install rom
1) Reboot into CWR (should already be there,, if not follow steps 1 & 2 of nandroid backup)
2) Go to "Mounts and Storage" and format /system, /data, and /cache.
3) Go to "Advanced" and wipe dalvik-cache.
4) Flash the zip.
5) Reboot
6) Toggle Superuser to allow Root Access.

9) Enjoy!
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That looks perfect and even I can follow that script, BUT: how do I get a screen that enables the App Drawer? It never boots past the word android...
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app drawer is just where you go, to open your apps
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That much I know.
But the phone won't boot past the word android... I never see the app drawer or a home screen.
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ok you I purchased and installed Droid 2,X or 3 Bootstrap?

did you do any of this?
3. Go to App Drawer
4. Tap on Droid 2/X or 3 Bootstrap app
5. Tap on Bootstrap Recovery,
6. When you see superuser popup (allow/deny), select allow
7. Tap on OK when you see popup that says Success
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ok you can try Safe Mode - DROID X by Motorola
Safe Mode - DROID X by Motorola
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if that doesn't work
wipe cache in android recovery
https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/48517

Turn off phone
Press and hold Power key + Home hard key to power on the phone and bring up a triangle with an exclamation point inside next to a green Android graphic.
Press both Volume buttons down together to show the Android recovery menu.
Use volume buttons to scroll up or down in this menu. Highlight "wipe cache"
Tap Power button hard key to confirm the selection.

When format is complete, Tap Power button when prompted to reboot (Reboot system now will be highlighted)

if phone does not reboot
Reset instructions for DROID X on 2.3 Gingerbread Android:

Turn off phone
Press and hold Power key + Home hard key to power on the phone and bring up a triangle with an exclamation point inside next to a green Android graphic.
Press both Volume buttons down together to show the Android recovery menu.
Use volume buttons to scroll up or down in this menu. Highlight "wipe data/factory reset"
Tap Power button hard key to confirm the selection.
Handset will ask you to "Confirm wipe of all user data"
Select "Yes -- delete all user data"
Tap Power button hard key to confirm the selection and start wipeout of phone, handset will begin to format handset showing progress with multiple lines of ellipses (....)
Handset may take from 5-20 minutes to format.
When format is complete, Tap Power button when prompted to reboot (Reboot system now will be highlighted)
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Safe Mode - DROID X by Motorola
Tried safe mode (Power ON, hold Menu button for >30 seconds) twice, and in between tries I removed the battery.

No different - this thing very slowly gets past the red Motorola logo to the androidword, then stops.

POWER + HOME got to the Android system recovery menu --
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Tried to get a local expert to help today - he didn't get any further than I did, so I transferred my phone number to a spare non-android flip phone. WOW! - that is really a step backwards.

I'm assuming this Droid X is bricked:

1. When turned ON, it boots as far as the word android, then stops. It never gets to a home screen.

2. POWER with HOME button produces Android recovery screen. It will WIPE DATA and/or CACHE, and REBOOT, but goes to #1 above.

3. POWER with VOLUME CONTROLS produces Bootloader 30.04 screen white-on-black, "OK to program, connect USB cable" but I don't have a clue what to do from there. Pushing POWER again shuts it down instantly.

Removing the battery, facing east, etc. seem to make no difference. If there is hope, it might be via #3 - but if I connect a USB cable, then what?
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its not brick, as in not fix able
just flash the 2.3.4 DX .sbf with rsd lite
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its not brick, as in not fix able
just flash the 2.3.4 DX .sbf with rsd lite
links in my list
Good to know it's not a dead issue - BUT:

The unit will not boot.
...and
In "Bootloader" mode (PWR+VOL KEYS) the computer doesn't see the phone at the end of the USB cable.

How do I get to the phone's memory, or whatever? Do I remove the SD chip and externally install on it? If so, specifically WHAT FILE(S) DO I PUT ON THE CHIP??

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instructions on how to use rsd lite
http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/droid-x-sbf/12015-complete-droid-x-sbf-flashing-guide.html#post106311

sbf in my list is link to site under sbf, just use 2.3.3, because 2.3.4 is harder to root

or look at ezSBF for DX, it's a iso file that you burn to cd, and reboot pc to a linux program, that will flash sbf to phone
it's easier than it may sound.

edit: VRZ_MB810_4.5.605_1FF_01.sbf
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there maybe another way to install rom, if you haven't flash sbf yet

pull battery, reinsert battery, press power,
right after the motorola logo, watch for led light to blink blue
when you see blue, press volume down

phone will boot to android boot menu
select recovery, then cwm recovery
install rom per instructions posted before

if you do not see the blue light this may not work
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Old March 6th, 2013, 11:21 AM   #36 (permalink)
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That would have been great, but no BLUE in three tries.

I downloaded this 160MB file:

Android 2.3.3 System Version 4.5.605 (VRZ_MB810_4.5.605_1FF_01)
MD5 (VRZ_MB810_4.5.605_1FF_01.sbf.zip) = eeb8b2c2f05a9162f4536063c3f22ac5


I expected an ISO file to be burned to CD, but... ??
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no that's the one to use with rsd lite

if you would like to try the iso use this link
1KDStaz_DX_4.5.605.iso

and follow instructions here
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In "Bootloader" mode (PWR+VOL KEYS) the computer doesn't see the phone at the end of the USB cable.
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install moto drivers, if you are going the rsd Lite direction
Motorola_End_User_Driver_Installation_5.4.0.zip

if that does not help, look in PCs device manager for a unknown device
Dx should look like


if it's missing a driver it may look like


but at least pc is seeing it, just need to install correct driver

if you can not find the phone in device manager,
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usb data cable
usb port, ports in back of pc work better
pc or mac

if you are trying the ezSBF iso method, no drivers are needed
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Working on it -- that's pretty explicit, thanks.
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SUCCESS! Thanks...

I now have a .621 phone, Android 2.3.4

The plan is now to REroot with Pete's, then MIUI.
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621 can not be rooted with Pete's
only Magic Md5 root works

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621 can not be rooted with Pete's
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Thanks (yet again). I'll stick with 2.3.4 for a couple of days before the next odyssey.
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I was trying to keep you from flashing 2.3.4/ 4.5.621

did you try .605 and get a mem-map bank error?

note: I changed link on previous post, I had linked to D2 not DX
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Yes, apparently the phone had already taken .621 - presumably OTA without asking me, or I forgot. So, I just tried various combinations from your encyclopedia until something worked, et voila! I now have a working phone - my service back is to this piece of hardware. Even unrooted 2.3.4, I'm really happy!!!
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