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Old December 19th, 2012, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Motorola Photon restarting randomly

Recently my Photon 4G has been randomly restarting its self. I will have a app open, or just be looking at the home screen and it will just shut off and restart. Anybody able to help with this?

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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, I can't help, but you're not alone. My Photon has been having random restarts for a long time. I always assumed it was one of my root apps, but never nailed it down. If I did have the energy to try troubleshooting it, I would probably try freezing/uninstalling any questionable app, then I'd defrost/reinstall them one at a time.

In other threads, I've seen people advised to do a system reset to fix this issue. That's not an option for me thanks to ROM Manager having screwed up my phone.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 10:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My Photon was re-starting over and over and I finally had to do a complete factory reset.. No problems since. It started after I updated FoxFi and I thought maybe that was causing it, but have since re-installed FoxFi and it still seems to be fine.. only thing I can think is that I didn't delete the original FoxFi (as per instructions) and that was causing it, but after reading this post I'm starting to think it was something else.
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In my experience random reboots are either something that's broken in the android kernel (in which case a factory reset is usually the only solution), a misbehaving app (removing it can often fix it), or a faulty battery. If you can't pinpoint an app and your battery seems decent (good life, doesn't get super hot, etc) then a factory reset is probably the next thing to try.
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For me, I think it was exdialer that was causing my reboots.
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It seems feasible to me that a reset won't even solve this issue, depending on the cause. A reset doesn't replace all system files as they were originally. I had my Photon rooted, with a custom boot animation (bootanimation.zip). After several resets, the custom boot animation is still there. Also, problems caused by my least-favorite app developer are still there.
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