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Old February 14th, 2011, 05:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have started this thread so that I can relieve the forum of senseless noob Q and A.

FLASH WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY ON THIS PHONE DO NOT ASK PLEASE
The reason this being is that an ARM6 processor (our phone has this) will not allow Flash to function properly without ruining your phone. The Droid Eris community (which I was a part of not too long ago) got this to work with an ARM6 but it was BAD BAD news. The only proper processor is an ARM7.

Please please PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTERS!!!
Do not ask for estimated times of arrival from developers. REPEAT. No asking for ETA's from devs.
It is proper etiquette to let our devs do things on their own time. They are not our employees and they have their own lives to attend to first. No sniveling when someone cracks the whip if you ask for an ETA. This has been a public service announcement, thank you for your consideration.





1- Dictionary

ADB- Android Developers Bridge: The program used to talk to your phone and give it commands (USE IT ONLY IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE LEARNING)

Root/Rooting- Getting the administrative control i.e, "hacking", "jailbreak", etc, etc...... Root is also defined as the base folder of your SD card. If you are told to place a file into root then this is what is meant. REMEMBER-root/rooting-admin control OR base folder on SD card. Please re read instructions you find in the forums throughly so that you may be able to save yourself some time and heartache.

Superuser- program which gives authority for another program to have Root access. Program examples are "setcpu", "terminal emulator", "auto killer memory optimizer"

Recovery- a useful tool that allows root users to flash roms, reinstall backups, and do many other fantastic things to help keep your phone from becoming a brick.

Flash/flashing- the action of "installing" a file that isnt normally installed by conventional means i.e. flashing a rom, flashing a radio, flashing a kernel, etc etc

Brick- making a device useless so that it is rendered a mass of uselessness i.e. PWNED

Terminal Emulator- a program which simulates ADB and basically is a way to communicate with the phone and provide a command language that is for upper eschelon (1337) users to helm.

Nand backup- In your recovery terminal there is an option to make a "Nand backup". This is a restore point or in gaming terms a save point. As most of us gamers know, if you save before you go further in the game and you make a poor choice then you can reset and go back to where you started. This is the same thing but for your phone

Kernel Easiest way to put it: it is the thing that manages your system resources. This puppeh can help make your phone run better and also overclock it.

Overclocking Dont worry I wasnt gonna leave this term out. This is written for newbs so lets just say this is the term for making your phone run faster. IMPORTANT NOTE!!! Overclocking your phone too far can make it seize up or go into bootloops if done incorrectly! It can also make your phone run hot. BEWARE!!!!

PRL Preferred Roaming List: This is just an updated list of what cellphone towers have been added to the system. This means better coverage when updated



2- Rooting
Phones that came out of the closet....er...box I mean, with 2.2 ONLY!
Google search for "z4 root.apk" or use this nice little link: [APP] z4root - xda-developers

Phones that came with 2.2.1 out of the box:
Gingerbreak 2.2.1 one click root


First step I do to install any program I find on the net to get onto my phone is to use "androzip" (found on marketplace) to browse my sd card and find the .apk file I put (usually just place something where you can find it).
Use the permanent root option and you should have a new rooted phone!


YOU MAY SKIP STEPS 3 AND 4 BUT IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU DO STEP 3 AT LEAST SO YOU HAVE A WAY TO FIX YOUR PHONE!!!!


3- Recovery Menu
Please see the link below for the recovery menu. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP IN PUTTING MODS ON YOUR PHONE

Custom Recovery MS690 Optimus M

(NAND)- Please make a Nand backup as soon as you have this recovery terminal so that you can start messing with your phone and have a restore point in case you noob up your phone

4-Installing a Rom
This is so easy that your cat can do it while playing SEGA!!!

TO INSTALL A ROM (clean install)
/!\ WARNING: flash at your own risk and make sure you have over fifty percent battery and do not interrupt the flashing procedure. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!

-Place the .zip folder in the root folder on your SD card.
-Turn phone off
-Press Vol down+ Home +Power and release at LG Logo
-When in the Recovery menu use the volume down key to navigate onto "flash zip from sd card", use the button on the face of your phone that has the two boxes icon on it (the left most button) to make your selection
-Use the volume down key to find your .zip file and use the leftmost button again to select
-Let phone run its job. Phone should return to normal startup screen



ROMS
Please visit the links below so that you may enjoy the works of our handy Developers (please give them thanks and be nice since they are the ones who gives us all the nifty things we enjoy)

Asadullah
Rom zero 1.0

edodonnell (rom) and joneidy (for the method)
http://androidforums.com/optimus-m-all-things-root/279318-root-2-2-1-get-data-working.html

CM7 Newest GB rom by Reppard

Gingerbread CyanogenMod 7 ROM from Joneidy here




5-Modifications

These apps can safely be removed from the LG Optimus M. (Big Thanks to edodonnell for this list)

Just because an app is listed here does not necessarily mean that it is useless or that you will want to remove it. It only means that it can safely be removed without damaging anything else.

If you remove an .apk, then you can also remove the corresponding .odex. Not all apps will have an .odex.

I (nomorefear) delete only the .apk files after backing up the files up on my computer so that I may reinstall them if need be.

Apps safe to remove:
AnalogClockWidget.apk - Analog Clock widget
Boingo_Wi-Fi.apk - Boingo WiFi
Calculator.apk - Calculator
Calendar.apk - Calendar App
CalendarProvider.apk - Supports the calendar. Remove only if Calendar.apk and CalendarWidget.apk have been removed.
CalendarWidget.apk - Calendar Widget
CarHome.apk - Car Home - Remove CarHomeLauncher.apk if this is removed.
CarHomeLauncher.apk - Car Home Launcher - Linked to CarHome.apk
ClockWeatherWidget.apk - Clock Weather Widget
DeskClock.apk - Clock app
DigitalAlarmWidget.apk - Alarm Clock widget
DualClockWidget.apk - Dual Clock widget
Email.apk - Email app - Safe to remove if you use Gmail or some other email app
GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk - Google Search widget and app
Homeselector.apk - Home Selector - Will not work if LGHome.apk is removed
LG-MS690_MetroBackup_1.27_PRODBuild_10082010.apk - MetroBackup
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LGMS690_MetroNavigator_4.9.1_Build_57_10222010_rel _signed_PROD.apk - MetroNavigator
LGMS690_MetroPCS_EasyWiFi_V4.0.90.apk - EasyWiFi
LiveWallpapers.apk
LiveWallpapersPicker.apk
Loopt_Android_2.4.1_Oct.13.2010.apk - Loopt
MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk
Metro411.apk - Metro411
metroappstore-v1.3a.apk - MetroPCS App Store
MobileBanking.apk - Mobile Banking
MobilePosse.apk - MyExtras
Mocospace-1.2.4.apk - Moco Space
MPCS-MobileIM-0.4.24.2.apk - MobileIM
Music.apk - Music Player
MVC.MetroPCS.android02.apk - Virtual Card
PEX-3.1.1.1-metro-rc.apk - Pocket Express
PGA_Android.apk - Free Games
Protips.apk - Tips widget
RSSViewerWidget.apk - RSS Reader
SNS.apk - LG Facebook and Twitter app
thinkdroid.apk - Think Free Office
UNO_DEMO_LG_MS690_EN_NONIGP_MetroPCs_TS_307.apk - UNO Game
YouTube.apk - YouTube video player
z7-android2x.apk - Mail@Metro


These apps SHOULD NOT be removed:
Browser.apk - MetroWEB - Required for Android Market
Phone.apk - Phone app/dialer
Settings.apk - Settings menu
Talk.apk - Google Talk
LGHome.apk - Home app (NONONONO dont delete!!!)


Want to save more space? Delete the ringtones and notifications that you do not like!
If you feel comfortable with root explorer (like you two are going steady or at least have gone to second base) then please try this out:

Use a file explorer (root explorer is best IMO) that can also modify system apps,
-navigate to system
-go to media
-audio
-click notifications or ringtones (dont play with the ui sounds please)
-delete whichever sounds you do not like (most file explorers can play the tone right in the system so you can decide on the spot)


Want a fast phone?? (only grandma doesnt.... are you grandma? No? Thought so!!! >)
OVERCLOCK THAT SON OF A (watch yo mouth!).....
HUGE FOOKING THANKS TO REPPARD (seriously give that guy some thanks or better yet DONATE)

Reppards super fantastical Kernel for OC!


Want a better signal? PRL update your phone!
Its as easy as calling *228, wait for the prompt and say "update roaming list" and then "yes" when prompted. Let the phone do its stuff and presto chango you should have a better signal.


Jealous of all those cool android phones that have themes?
Go here and use the kitchen to theme your rom! This requires a little reading but is so simple a newb.... wait -you- can use it! GO NEWB GO!




6-Reverting back to whence you came

Stuck on 2.2.1? Wanna just go back to a regular phone? Downgrade for some odd reason sound good to you?
andyo70 has made a valid point in a post below so I am going to post his suggestion since its an awesome one... So go:

here and here

These two links are the methods proven to get you back to square one. After learning all that you have in this post, I am sure you can follow directions.




HOW TO GET YOUR PARTITION OFF THE SD CARD!!!!
Get "terminal emulator" from the market
type the word su then press enter then these commands:

parted /dev/block/mmcblk0 (press enter after each command)

rm 1 (deletes partition number 1)
rm 2 (deletes partition number 2)
rm 3 (if needed. keep going till all partitions are removed)


HELPFUL HINTEROONIE- If you have a file that you have to put on the sd card first and use adb to install it then do yourself a favor and try using the TERMINAL EMULATOR and place the commands as shown.... This is a hint for those who have overcome their newbness

I would like to make the blanket THANK YOU to all of our Devs first and foremost and a thank you to all of our testers for taking the risks to make this community what it is.

Feel free to email me at suffering_fortune@hotmail.com if you have any questions, concerns, or any other matter please. Thank you!
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This is my first Android phone and I've been bouncing up and down the forums learning about things that can be done after several friends yelled "Root it!" at me. I already like the phone just as it is compared to my previous WinMobile 6.5 phone. I wanted to wait my 7 days/60 minutes before I even thought of tinkering the slightest bit and today's day 8, lol.

Here's my first question: I don't currently have the balls to go as far as ROM flashing. I'm perfectly content with the current layout and would just like to remove the bloat. Can I delete/move the apks without ROM flashing (essentially skip steps 3 and 4)?

Secondly, if I go the 'move the bloat' route, can I simply move the apks/odex's back to their phone location or have to reinstall them? And are there any apps besides the danger 3 that cannot simply be put back requiring recovery?
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if your phone came with 2.2.1,you wont be able to root it anyways....YET!there are people working on that as we speak..but as far as getting all the bloatware off the phone,there is a list on this forum of ALLLL the bloatware thats safe to remove..and MOST of it can be recovered just downloading it off the market or the best site for free pay apps- 4shared.com
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I read up on that issue first and foremost and my wife and I are both on 2.2, but thanks for the friendly reminder.

I read through the list (which is posted above) but just wanted an idea of what I can put back without using recovery. I'm aware that most of the Metro apps are available from their AppStore, but I wasn't sure if the extra widgets could simply be restored by being put back. Also things like Mobile Banking and the Uno Demo have no obvious reinstall.
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This is my first Android phone and I've been bouncing up and down the forums learning about things that can be done after several friends yelled "Root it!" at me. I already like the phone just as it is compared to my previous WinMobile 6.5 phone. I wanted to wait my 7 days/60 minutes before I even thought of tinkering the slightest bit and today's day 8, lol.

Here's my first question: I don't currently have the balls to go as far as ROM flashing. I'm perfectly content with the current layout and would just like to remove the bloat. Can I delete/move the apks without ROM flashing (essentially skip steps 3 and 4)?

Secondly, if I go the 'move the bloat' route, can I simply move the apks/odex's back to their phone location or have to reinstall them? And are there any apps besides the danger 3 that cannot simply be put back requiring recovery?
Just stick to deleting the.apk's posted above and do not tinker with anything else unless you have step 3 done (recovery) and have made a Nand backup.
If you wanna delete things on your phone and see what they do then the Nand can restore your phone from an earlier point, kind of like what you can do in Windows with the restore option

If you have the .apk, then you have to put them on your sd card and navigate to them and install them. you cannot simply put them back on your phone. Think of your phone like a computer. You can put the file back on but then you have to install it for it to work
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So I can use those same APKs as reinstallers. That's all I needed to know . Trust me I don't plan to venture outside what's listed, I just wanted to see if it's possible to restore the apps/phone without having to flash it.
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So I can use those same APKs as reinstallers. That's all I needed to know . Trust me I don't plan to venture outside what's listed, I just wanted to see if it's possible to restore the apps/phone without having to flash it.
Of the apks listed above, yes.

However, I tried replacing the "metroWEB" browser.apk with generic Android browser apk -- and it didn't work. They both have the same name, but the Metro branded the browser and I wanted regular android browser. So, I switched the apks and "installed" the generic. Screwed stuff up. Market didn't work anymore. I then tried switching the original back, which I had saved on my sd card, and stuff was still screwed up -- even after I "installed" the original.

browser.apk has to stay. can't remove it, can't "reinstall" it.

I ended up having to use Andyo70's files to restore my phone.
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Of the apks listed above, yes.

However, I tried replacing the "metroWEB" browser.apk with generic Android browser apk -- and it didn't work. They both have the same name, but the Metro branded the browser and I wanted regular android browser. So, I switched the apks and "installed" the generic. Screwed stuff up. Market didn't work anymore. I then tried switching the original back, which I had saved on my sd card, and stuff was still screwed up -- even after I "installed" the original.

browser.apk has to stay. can't remove it, can't "reinstall" it.

I ended up having to use Andyo70's files to restore my phone.
That's exactly what I was trying to avoid. I've since rooted my phone and removed most of the unnecessary Metro apps and widgets on the safe list. I used Titanium Backup to create a full phone backup. Was hoping to get some internal space back out of the deal but it didn't happen >_>. Tempted to force some of the non-widget apps to SD using TB and see if that helps.
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Apps safe to remove:

Talk.apk - Google Talk
I would be careful removing this one. Many others say you cannot. Better to be safe than sorry.


Safe Apps to Remove - SDX-Developers Wiki

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Talk.apk - Google Talk App: Has caused a few to not be able to download from the market on the new 2.1 if removed.
Yeah, they said 2.1 and we use 2.2. Still, I've seen too many people have problems and it can't all be browser.apk related.

and read this:

http://www.lgallyforums.com/topic/1429-dont-delete-talkapk-or-talkproviderapk/

I delete gtalkservices.apk, and now I can't download by Android Market, how can I fix it? - Android Market Help


Here's the list I would go by... of all the apps you can delete, here's the only ones you should delete if you want:

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These apps can safely be removed from the LG Optimus M.

Apps safe to remove:
  • Boingo_Wi-Fi.apk - Boingo WiFi
  • Email.apk - Email app - Safe to remove if you use Gmail or some other email app
  • LG-MS690_MetroBackup_1.27_PRODBuild_10082010.apk - MetroBackup
  • LGMS690_MetroNavigator_4.9.1_Build_57_10222010_rel _signed_PROD.apk - MetroNavigator
  • LGMS690_MetroPCS_EasyWiFi_V4.0.90.apk - EasyWiFi (useful, don't delete. that's my opinion. /ChazzMatt)
  • Loopt_Android_2.4.1_Oct.13.2010.apk - Loopt
  • Metro411.apk - Metro411
  • metroappstore-v1.3a.apk - MetroPCS App Store
  • MobileBanking.apk - Mobile Banking
  • MobilePosse.apk - MyExtras
  • Mocospace-1.2.4.apk - Moco Space
  • MPCS-MobileIM-0.4.24.2.apk - MobileIM
  • MVC.MetroPCS.android02.apk - Virtual Card
  • PEX-3.1.1.1-metro-rc.apk - Pocket Express
  • PGA_Android.apk - Games
  • SNS.apk - LG Facebook and Twitter app
  • thinkdroid.apk - Think Free Office (potentially useful, don't delete)
  • UNO_DEMO_LG_MS690_EN_NONIGP_MetroPCs_TS_307.apk - UNO Game
  • z7-android2x.apk - Mail@Metro


These apps SHOULD NOT be removed:
  • Browser.apk (and .odex) - MetroWEB - Required for Android Market
  • Phone.apk - Phone app/dialer
  • Settings.apk - Settings menu
  • Talk.apk - Google Talk
You start removing Android stuff like calculator or calendar, that's not really bloatware, that is part of the Android OS. Maybe you can remove it but it's best just to focus on the extra stuff that Metro put on and leave Android stuff alone.
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I agree with Talk.apk (I should have proof read better) so when I am done with school later I will make the change. KTHXBAI! ^_^
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You're linking to richiedaze's 2.2.1 rooted rom and at the bottom of the thread you can see that I've confirmed it not to be working and richie hasn't made any adjustments to suggest that it would be working. All it will do is kick you back into the recovery menu after rebooting.

You also neglect one important step. Reverting back to stock, as long as the phone had 2.2 at purchase. You should consider linking to both of my restoration threads, here and here.
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You're linking to richiedaze's 2.2.1 rooted rom and at the bottom of the thread you can see that I've confirmed it not to be working and richie hasn't made any adjustments to suggest that it would be working. All it will do is kick you back into the recovery menu after rebooting.

You also neglect one important step. Reverting back to stock, as long as the phone had 2.2 at purchase. You should consider linking to both of my restoration threads, here and here.



Ive been out of lately since I am a full time student but I will make the necessary changes. I know for a fact that edodonnell has 2.2.1 rooted since that is what I am on. Maybe I should link to that as well.
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Link to this instead. http://androidforums.com/optimus-m-all-things-root/279318-root-2-2-1-get-data-working.html
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does this have your seal of approval andyo70? ^_^
keep in mind this is my first ever full on thread
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does this have your seal of approval andyo70? ^_^
keep in mind this is my first ever full on thread
Yeah why not? You'll have to excuse my delay in response. I've been sick as a dog. Head congestion, fever, chills..... the whole nine.

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any info you can give on how to install 10.1 flash on a 2.2 new phone with no mods? I have a 10.1 flash file on an sd, installed it using a basic app installer, but it dont show and my phone dont have the flash option even after a shutdown and restart with basic power on off? Can you help?
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Old February 19th, 2011, 05:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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any info you can give on how to install 10.1 flash on a 2.2 new phone with no mods? I have a 10.1 flash file on an sd, installed it using a basic app installer, but it dont show and my phone dont have the flash option even after a shutdown and restart with basic power on off? Can you help?
I am sorry jensmonkey but there is no viable way that flash can work on this phone properly (I was a part of the Droid Eris community not too long ago on the XDA forums and they got it working but it was just plain bad for the phone since it could not handle the processor usage and would inevitably ruin your phone). Flash requires an ARM7 processor while ours is an ARM6. SORRY!

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So how do I use the sdk to use the adb? I assume this is my hang up with the nand back up as it says "performing backup : .................................................
Error : run 'nandroid-moble.sh' via adb!" How and or what do I do to fix this and use this. Please Help A NOOB that is still learning. I did the custom recovery with terminal on the phone. I never have figured out the whole adb thing. Yes I have tried to find some you tube stuff or something. But it is like everyone just expects you to already know what you’re doing...... If I actually have the sdk setup correctly and then you open the command prompt box but some where hear is where I don't understand how to use the adb... This is first Android and first experience with Linux. Even though I have some friends running Linux on their PC's.
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I agree with bucketbass.. I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how to do the custom recovery and I don't want to give it a whirl until I'm comfortable that I'll actually pull it off. After that I think I can probably handle. My goal is to eventually overclock my processor and get rid of the angry birds lag =P
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To and for my qusstion "So how do I use the sdk to use the adb? I assume this is my hang up with the nand back up as it says "performing backup : .................................................
Error : run 'nandroid-moble.sh' via adb!" How and or what do I do to fix this and use this. Please Help A NOOB that is still learning. I did the custom recovery with terminal on the phone. I never have figured out the whole adb thing."

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To and for my qusstion "So how do I use the sdk to use the adb? I assume this is my hang up with the nand back up as it says "performing backup : .................................................
Error : run 'nandroid-moble.sh' via adb!" How and or what do I do to fix this and use this. Please Help A NOOB that is still learning. I did the custom recovery with terminal on the phone. I never have figured out the whole adb thing."

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Nandroid backup takes a while to complete, please be patient.
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Error : run 'nandroid-moble.sh via adb!
This error is caused by the battery being low or the device is not on the charger!


Setting up adb is different for each OS. Which system are you running?
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how do you do it with win 7?
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I down loaded the z4root, also the androzip. I placed z4root on the root of the sdcard and then used androzip to find and install z4r00t. I then ran z4root, it wanted the usb debugging to be running, so I did that. I decided to try just the temp root, just to try it out. It says I got it rooted. I then down loaded and ran a program called root check. It says I have the busy box properly installed, but not rooted. So, what do I do next to find out if I actually have a rooted (albeit temporarily) phone?
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I figured it out. I decided to try the permanent root, and this time the root check said I had root. I could also get the root prompt in a terminal app I had down loaded, once I typed su. Before, I couldn't do the su.

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Can we please have this stickied? Anyone?
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Nice thread! Can you delete the associated odex files as well?
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hey asadullah, do you mean: this?

and I would totally appreciate finding the correct person to nag so we can get this thread stickied so that we can most likely have some newb-age questions answered....

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I appreciate the terminology quick hits and I do understand that NAND flash memory is my phone's hard drive but what data/system state info would I be restoring from a backup?

Courtesy of NAND Memory definition (Phone Scoop)
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"NAND" is the logic operator for "not and".
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I appreciate the terminology quick hits and I do understand that NAND flash memory is my phone's hard drive but what data/system state info would I be restoring from a backup?

Courtesy of NAND Memory definition (Phone Scoop)

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Literally everything... Just like a save state of zelda or fallout for example- you dont boot up a saved game to an empty inventory.... the nand backup will put you right back where you started

best way to put it is like its a cryogenic freeze for your phone
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Would be nice to have this updated, stickied and maybe include a link to the Video tutorials created by asadullah along with a few other pertinent links.
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I made this post and can update but how do I sticky it?
That would be up to the moderators but If it's a full and concise posting, with regards to all things root for the LG Optimus M, I'm pretty sure they'd consider making it a sticky.
Personally, I like all in one informative posts and you have a really good start with yours.
Too many n00bs, like myself, have to search through so much to find all the nomenclature, usually scattered hither and yon, needed to understand what it is that we're about to get into.
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I have started this thread so that I can relieve the forum of senseless noob Q and A.

FLASH WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY ON THIS PHONE DO NOT ASK PLEASE
The reason this being is that an ARM6 processor (our phone has this) will not allow Flash to function properly without ruining your phone. The Droid Eris community (which I was a part of not too long ago) got this to work with an ARM6 but it was BAD BAD news. The only proper processor is an ARM7.

1- Dictionary

ADB- Android Developers Bridge: The program used to talk to your phone and give it commands (USE IT ONLY IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE LEARNING)

Root/Rooting- Getting the administrative control i.e, "hacking", "jailbreak", etc, etc...... Root is also defined as the base folder of your SD card. If you are told to place a file into root then this is what is meant. REMEMBER-root/rooting-admin control OR base folder on SD card. Please re read instructions you find in the forums throughly so that you may be able to save yourself some time and heartache.

Superuser- program which gives authority for another program to have Root access. Program examples are "setcpu", "terminal emulator", "auto killer memory optimizer"

Recovery- a useful tool that allows root users to flash roms, reinstall backups, and do many other fantastic things to help keep your phone from becoming a brick.

Flash/flashing- the action of "installing" a file that isnt normally installed by conventional means i.e. flashing a rom, flashing a radio, flashing a kernel, etc etc

Brick- making a device useless so that it is rendered a mass of uselessness i.e. PWNED

Terminal Emulator- a program which simulates ADB and basically is a way to communicate with the phone and provide a command language that is for upper eschelon (1337) users to helm.

Nand backup- In your recovery terminal there is an option to make a "Nand backup". This is a restore point or in gaming terms a save point. As most of us gamers know, if you save before you go further in the game and you make a poor choice then you can reset and go back to where you started. This is the same thing but for your phone

2- Rooting
Google search for "z4 root.apk" or use this nice little link: [APP] z4root - xda-developers

First step I do to install any program I find on the net to get onto my phone is to use "androzip" (found on marketplace) to browse my sd card and find the .apk file I put (usually just place something where you can find it).
Use the permanent root option and you should have a new rooted phone!


YOU MAY SKIP STEPS 3 AND 4 BUT IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU DO STEP 3 AT LEAST SO YOU HAVE A WAY TO FIX YOUR PHONE!!!!



3- Recovery Menu
Please see the link below for the recovery menu. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP IN PUTTING MODS ON YOUR PHONE

Custom Recovery MS690 Optimus M

(NAND)- Please make a Nand backup as soon as you have this recovery terminal so that you can start messing with your phone and have a restore point in case you noob up your phone

4-Installing a Rom
This is so easy that your cat can do it while playing SEGA!!!

TO INSTALL A ROM (clean install)
/!\ WARNING: flash at your own risk and make sure you have over fifty percent battery and do not interrupt the flashing procedure. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!

-Place the .zip folder in the root folder on your SD card.
-Turn phone off
-Press Vol down+ Home +Power and release at LG Logo
-When in the Recovery menu use the volume down key to navigate onto "flash zip from sd card", use the button on the face of your phone that has the two boxes icon on it (the left most button) to make your selection
-Use the volume down key to find your .zip file and use the leftmost button again to select
-Let phone run its job. Phone should return to normal startup screen

Please visit the links below so that you may enjoy the works of our handy Developers (please give them thanks and be nice since they are the ones who gives us all the nifty things we enjoy)

Asadullah
Rom zero 1.0

edodonnell (rom) and joneidy (for the method)
http://androidforums.com/optimus-m-all-things-root/279318-root-2-2-1-get-data-working.html

Gingerbread CyanogenMod 7 ROM from Joneidy here

5-Modifications

These apps can safely be removed from the LG Optimus M. (Big Thanks to edodonnell for this list)

Just because an app is listed here does not necessarily mean that it is useless or that you will want to remove it. It only means that it can safely be removed without damaging anything else.

If you remove an .apk, then you can also remove the corresponding .odex. Not all apps will have an .odex.

I (nomorefear) delete only the .apk files after backing up the files up on my computer so that I may reinstall them if need be.

Apps safe to remove:
AnalogClockWidget.apk - Analog Clock widget
Boingo_Wi-Fi.apk - Boingo WiFi
Calculator.apk - Calculator
Calendar.apk - Calendar App
CalendarProvider.apk - Supports the calendar. Remove only if Calendar.apk and CalendarWidget.apk have been removed.
CalendarWidget.apk - Calendar Widget
CarHome.apk - Car Home - Remove CarHomeLauncher.apk if this is removed.
CarHomeLauncher.apk - Car Home Launcher - Linked to CarHome.apk
ClockWeatherWidget.apk - Clock Weather Widget
DeskClock.apk - Clock app
DigitalAlarmWidget.apk - Alarm Clock widget
DualClockWidget.apk - Dual Clock widget
Email.apk - Email app - Safe to remove if you use Gmail or some other email app
GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk - Google Search widget and app
Homeselector.apk - Home Selector - Will not work if LGHome.apk is removed
LG-MS690_MetroBackup_1.27_PRODBuild_10082010.apk - MetroBackup
[/I][/B]
LGMS690_MetroNavigator_4.9.1_Build_57_10222010_rel _signed_PROD.apk - MetroNavigator
LGMS690_MetroPCS_EasyWiFi_V4.0.90.apk - EasyWiFi
LiveWallpapers.apk
LiveWallpapersPicker.apk
Loopt_Android_2.4.1_Oct.13.2010.apk - Loopt
MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk
Metro411.apk - Metro411
metroappstore-v1.3a.apk - MetroPCS App Store
MobileBanking.apk - Mobile Banking
MobilePosse.apk - MyExtras
Mocospace-1.2.4.apk - Moco Space
MPCS-MobileIM-0.4.24.2.apk - MobileIM
Music.apk - Music Player
MVC.MetroPCS.android02.apk - Virtual Card
PEX-3.1.1.1-metro-rc.apk - Pocket Express
PGA_Android.apk - Free Games
Protips.apk - Tips widget
RSSViewerWidget.apk - RSS Reader
SNS.apk - LG Facebook and Twitter app
thinkdroid.apk - Think Free Office
UNO_DEMO_LG_MS690_EN_NONIGP_MetroPCs_TS_307.apk - UNO Game
YouTube.apk - YouTube video player
z7-android2x.apk - Mail@Metro


These apps SHOULD NOT be removed:
Browser.apk - MetroWEB - Required for Android Market
Phone.apk - Phone app/dialer
Settings.apk - Settings menu
Talk.apk - Google Talk
LGHome.apk - Home app (NONONONO dont delete!!!)


6-Reverting back to whence you came

Stuck on 2.2.1? Wanna just go back to a regular phone? Downgrade for some odd reason sound good to you?
andyo70 has made a valid point in a post below so I am going to post his suggestion since its an awesome one... So go:

here and here


These two links are the methods proven to get you back to square one. After learning all that you have in this post, I am sure you can follow directions.

HOW TO GET YOUR PARTITION OFF THE SD CARD!!!!
Get "terminal emulator" from the market
type the word su then press enter then these commands:

parted /dev/block/mmcblk0 (press enter after each command)

rm 1 (deletes partition number 1)
rm 2 (deletes partition number 2)
rm 3 (if needed. keep going till all partitions are removed)


HELPFUL HINTEROONIE- If you have a file that you have to put on the sd card first and use adb to install it then do yourself a favor and try using the TERMINAL EMULATOR and place the commands as shown.... This is a hint for those who have overcome their newbness

I would like to make the blanket THANK YOU to all of our Devs first and foremost and a thank you to all of our testers for taking the risks to make this community what it is.

Feel free to email me at suffering_fortune@hotmail.com if you have any questions, concerns, or any other matter please. Thank you!
-nomorefear
lol i literally started laughing when you said WHEN YOU NOOB UP YOUR PHONE lol
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@thunderkiss- I hope you enjoy this guide because I like being a bit funny while being informative. If you notice at the bottom of that post when I edit it I usually try to be funny as well like this: Last edited by nomorefear; June 1st, 2011 at 04:32 AM. Reason: how to remove partition off sd card bitches! :P
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I have started this thread so that I can relieve the forum of senseless noob Q and A.

FLASH WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY ON THIS PHONE DO NOT ASK PLEASE
The reason this being is that an ARM6 processor (our phone has this) will not allow Flash to function properly without ruining your phone. The Droid Eris community (which I was a part of not too long ago) got this to work with an ARM6 but it was BAD BAD news. The only proper processor is an ARM7.

[SIZE="3"]1- Dictionary[/SIZE]

ADB- Android Developers Bridge: The program used to talk to your phone and give it commands (USE IT ONLY IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE LEARNING)

Root/Rooting- Getting the administrative control i.e, "hacking", "jailbreak", etc, etc...... Root is also defined as the base folder of your SD card. If you are told to place a file into root then this is what is meant. [COLOR="Magenta"]REMEMBER[/COLOR]-root/rooting-admin control OR base folder on SD card. Please re read instructions you find in the forums throughly so that you may be able to save yourself some time and heartache.

Superuser- program which gives authority for another program to have Root access. Program examples are "setcpu", "terminal emulator", "auto killer memory optimizer"

Recovery- a useful tool that allows root users to flash roms, reinstall backups, and do many other fantastic things to help keep your phone from becoming a brick.

Flash/flashing- the action of "installing" a file that isnt normally installed by conventional means i.e. flashing a rom, flashing a radio, flashing a kernel, etc etc

Brick- making a device useless so that it is rendered a mass of uselessness i.e. PWNED

Terminal Emulator- a program which simulates ADB and basically is a way to communicate with the phone and provide a command language that is for upper eschelon (1337) users to helm.

Nand backup- In your recovery terminal there is an option to make a "Nand backup". This is a restore point or in gaming terms a save point. As most of us gamers know, if you save before you go further in the game and you make a poor choice then you can reset and go back to where you started. This is the same thing but for your phone

[SIZE="3"]2- Rooting[/SIZE]
Google search for "z4 root.apk" or use this nice little link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953

First step I do to install any program I find on the net to get onto my phone is to use "androzip" (found on marketplace) to browse my sd card and find the .apk file I put (usually just place something where you can find it).
Use the permanent root option and you should have a new rooted phone!


[SIZE="3"][COLOR="Magenta"][/SIZE]YOU MAY SKIP STEPS 3 AND 4 BUT IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU DO STEP 3 AT LEAST SO YOU HAVE A WAY TO FIX YOUR PHONE!!!![/COLOR]



[SIZE="3"]3- Recovery Menu[/SIZE]
Please see the link below for the recovery menu. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP IN PUTTING MODS ON YOUR PHONE

Custom Recovery MS690 Optimus M

(NAND)- Please make a Nand backup as soon as you have this recovery terminal so that you can start messing with your phone and have a restore point in case you noob up your phone

[SIZE="3"]4-Installing a Rom[/SIZE]
This is so easy that your cat can do it while playing SEGA!!!

TO INSTALL A ROM (clean install)
[COLOR="Red"]/!\[/COLOR] [COLOR="Red"]WARNING[/COLOR]: flash at your own risk and make sure you have over fifty percent battery and do not interrupt the flashing procedure. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!

-Place the .zip folder in the root folder on your SD card.
-Turn phone off
-Press Vol down+ Home +Power and release at LG Logo
-When in the Recovery menu use the volume down key to navigate onto "flash zip from sd card", use the button on the face of your phone that has the two boxes icon on it (the left most button) to make your selection
-Use the volume down key to find your .zip file and use the leftmost button again to select
-Let phone run its job. Phone should return to normal startup screen

Please visit the links below so that you may enjoy the works of our handy Developers (please give them thanks and be nice since they are the ones who gives us all the nifty things we enjoy)

[COLOR="Black"]Asadullah[/COLOR]
Rom zero 1.0

[COLOR="Black"]edodonnell (rom) and joneidy (for the method)[/COLOR]
http://androidforums.com/optimus-m-all-things-root/279318-root-2-2-1-get-data-working.html

[COLOR="Black"]Gingerbread CyanogenMod 7 ROM from Joneidy[/COLOR] here

[SIZE="3"]5-Modifications[/SIZE]

These apps can safely be removed from the LG Optimus M. (Big Thanks to edodonnell for this list)

Just because an app is listed here does not necessarily mean that it is useless or that you will want to remove it. It only means that it can safely be removed without damaging anything else.

If you remove an .apk, then you can also remove the corresponding .odex. Not all apps will have an .odex.

I (nomorefear) delete only the .apk files after backing up the files up on my computer so that I may reinstall them if need be.

Apps safe to remove:
[COLOR="Blue"]AnalogClockWidget.apk[/COLOR] - Analog Clock widget
[COLOR="blue"]Boingo_Wi-Fi.apk[/COLOR] - Boingo WiFi
[COLOR="blue"]Calculator.apk[/COLOR] - Calculator
[COLOR="blue"]Calendar.apk[/COLOR] - Calendar App
[COLOR="blue"]CalendarProvider.apk[/COLOR] - Supports the calendar. Remove only if [COLOR="blue"]Calendar.apk[/COLOR] and [COLOR="blue"]CalendarWidget.apk[/COLOR] have been removed.
[COLOR="blue"]CalendarWidget.apk[/COLOR] - Calendar Widget
[COLOR="blue"]CarHome.apk[/COLOR] - Car Home - Remove CarHomeLauncher.apk if this is removed.
[COLOR="blue"]CarHomeLauncher.apk[/COLOR] - Car Home Launcher - Linked to CarHome.apk
[COLOR="blue"]ClockWeatherWidget.apk[/COLOR] - Clock Weather Widget
[COLOR="blue"]DeskClock.apk[/COLOR] - Clock app
[COLOR="blue"]DigitalAlarmWidget.apk[/COLOR] - Alarm Clock widget
[COLOR="blue"]DualClockWidget.apk[/COLOR] - Dual Clock widget
[COLOR="blue"]Email.apk[/COLOR] - Email app - Safe to remove if you use Gmail or some other email app
[COLOR="blue"]GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk[/COLOR] - Google Search widget and app
[COLOR="blue"]Homeselector.apk[/COLOR] - Home Selector - Will not work if LGHome.apk is removed
[COLOR="blue"]LG-MS690_MetroBackup_1.27_PRODBuild_10082010.apk[/COLOR] - MetroBackup
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[COLOR="Blue"]LGMS690_MetroNavigator_4.9.1_Build_57_10222010_rel _signed_PROD.apk[/COLOR] - MetroNavigator
[COLOR="blue"]LGMS690_MetroPCS_EasyWiFi_V4.0.90.apk[/COLOR] - EasyWiFi
[COLOR="blue"]LiveWallpapers.apk[/COLOR]
[COLOR="blue"]LiveWallpapersPicker.apk[/COLOR]
[COLOR="blue"]Loopt_Android_2.4.1_Oct.13.2010.apk[/COLOR] - Loopt
[COLOR="blue"]MagicSmokeWallpapers.apk[/COLOR]
[COLOR="blue"]Metro411.apk[/COLOR] - Metro411
[COLOR="blue"]metroappstore-v1.3a.apk [/COLOR]- MetroPCS App Store
[COLOR="blue"]MobileBanking.apk[/COLOR] - Mobile Banking
[COLOR="blue"]MobilePosse.apk[/COLOR] - MyExtras
[COLOR="blue"]Mocospace-1.2.4.apk[/COLOR] - Moco Space
[COLOR="blue"]MPCS-MobileIM-0.4.24.2.apk[/COLOR] - MobileIM
[COLOR="blue"]Music.apk[/COLOR] - Music Player
[COLOR="blue"]MVC.MetroPCS.android02.apk[/COLOR] - Virtual Card
[COLOR="blue"]PEX-3.1.1.1-metro-rc.apk[/COLOR] - Pocket Express
[COLOR="blue"]PGA_Android.apk[/COLOR] - Free Games
[COLOR="blue"]Protips.apk[/COLOR] - Tips widget
[COLOR="blue"]RSSViewerWidget.apk[/COLOR] - RSS Reader
[COLOR="blue"]SNS.apk[/COLOR] - LG Facebook and Twitter app
[COLOR="blue"]thinkdroid.apk[/COLOR] - Think Free Office
[COLOR="blue"]UNO_DEMO_LG_MS690_EN_NONIGP_MetroPCs_TS_307.apk[/COLOR] - UNO Game
[COLOR="blue"]YouTube.apk[/COLOR] - YouTube video player
[COLOR="blue"]z7-android2x.apk[/COLOR] - Mail@Metro


These apps [COLOR="Red"]SHOULD NOT[/COLOR] be removed:
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]Browser.apk[/COLOR] - MetroWEB - Required for Android Market
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]Phone.apk[/COLOR] - Phone app/dialer
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]Settings.apk[/COLOR] - Settings menu
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]Talk.apk[/COLOR] - Google Talk
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]LGHome.apk[/COLOR] - Home app (NONONONO dont delete!!!)


[SIZE="3"]6-Reverting back to whence you came[/SIZE]

Stuck on 2.2.1? Wanna just go back to a regular phone? Downgrade for some odd reason sound good to you?
andyo70 has made a valid point in a post below so I am going to post his suggestion since its an awesome one... So go:

here and here


These two links are the methods proven to get you back to square one. After learning all that you have in this post, I am sure you can follow directions.

HOW TO GET YOUR PARTITION OFF THE SD CARD!!!!
Get "terminal emulator" from the market
type the word su then press enter then these commands:

parted /dev/block/mmcblk0 (press enter after each command)

rm 1 (deletes partition number 1)
rm 2 (deletes partition number 2)
rm 3 (if needed. keep going till all partitions are removed)


[COLOR="Lime"]HELPFUL HINTEROONIE[/COLOR]- If you have a file that you have to put on the sd card first and use adb to install it then do yourself a favor and try using the TERMINAL EMULATOR and place the commands as shown.... This is a hint for those who have overcome their newbness

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My phone was all noobed up at one time. Thanks to a few on here and my patients I am on cm7 and love the performance of the phone. When I was all noobed up I just wish I would have seen this. What you have posted is great.
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I wanted to make a post that anyone can go to and use so they can become a better user. Some people on here dont like to read however....
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Do I have to keep the flash_image, custom recovery, rom files I downloaded inside of my sd card for everything to stay working? Or Can I just delete them cause they're taking up alot of room and it's bugging me. Thaaaanks.

P.s. I know I must keep the nand backup files I made, but do I need to keep them ON the sd card, too? Or do they really need to be on it for me to use in case anything were to happen?
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you can take flash_image off but keep nand on just in case. that is your save file....
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you can take flash_image off but keep nand on just in case. that is your save file....
Okay, and what about the recovery file and rom I'm using? Those take up quite some space. (I only have a 2gb memory card -__-) Thank you for the quick reply
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Delete them but if you tinker with your phone like a lot of us then you might wanna keep the rom on the sdcard
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Hey guys, I'm getting an Optimus M in about a day or two, I was just wondering If I follow this guide, will everything work correctly??

I really just want to remove the bloatware that comes with the phone and that's really it. Once the phone is rooted, should I do a Nand backup before I DELETE anything?

Also, once i do delete the bloatware off the phone, and I use the NAND backup to restore the phone that should bring the phone back to STOCK right?

Sorry for the dumb questions...
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Hey guys, I'm getting an Optimus M in about a day or two, I was just wondering If I follow this guide, will everything work correctly??

I really just want to remove the bloatware that comes with the phone and that's really it. Once the phone is rooted, should I do a Nand backup before I DELETE anything?

Also, once i do delete the bloatware off the phone, and I use the NAND backup to restore the phone that should bring the phone back to STOCK right?

Sorry for the dumb questions...
There are two ways to go about it:
Deletion: Using this method, you HAVE to make a NAND backup because system files don't always play nice when trying to get them back onto the phone. Factory Reset will not restore deleted files so you will need the NAND backup to return the phone to stock.

Freezing: This method only involves rooting at the least. You can use Titanium Backup Pro to disable/freeze bloatware. As long as you only freeze what you're allowed to, you won't have any problems. You can Factory Reset at will using the standard button commands.
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There are two ways to go about it:
Deletion: Using this method, you HAVE to make a NAND backup because system files don't always play nice when trying to get them back onto the phone. Factory Reset will not restore deleted files so you will need the NAND backup to return the phone to stock.

Freezing: This method only involves rooting at the least. You can use Titanium Backup Pro to disable/freeze bloatware. As long as you only freeze what you're allowed to, you won't have any problems. You can Factory Reset at will using the standard button commands.
Okay, that makes much more sense. Also lets say I want to unroot the phone later down the road. Does the NAND backup restore the phone how it was before it was rooted, or how it was when it was first rooted?
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Hello, Just rooted my Dell Streak 7 (wi-fi) with Gingerbreak and it looks like I did it. How do I get the market to see it as Honeycomb. Sorry if this is a repeat question. Thanks!!!
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Okay, that makes much more sense. Also lets say I want to unroot the phone later down the road. Does the NAND backup restore the phone how it was before it was rooted, or how it was when it was first rooted?
Yes you can unroot and return the phone to stock with either option, you'll just have a little more to do with the NAND route.
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This is the Optimus M forum. You'd have better luck here: Dell Streak (Mini 5) - Android Forums
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I hope someone can help.
I'm on osx, if that matters.
I have been working on trying to create a safe recovery point, and after following a few times through reading carefully, I entered the six lines of command into terminal, following to the letter (and spaces) the instructions provided in the post explaining how to install joneidy's custom recovery menu.
After holding down power, home and vol. down, I have a completely reset system, with superuser in my apps, but the whole thing is just box-fresh.
What is going on, and what can I do to get this rooted and keep on moving with using my phone?
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Follow the Custom Recovery instructions in either this thread: Finally Custom Recovery for 2.2.1 stock phones !!!!!!
or this thread: http://androidforums.com/getitnowmarketing/330813-all-one-recovery-thread.html

If your phone factory resets, Custom Recovery isn't installed or failed to install properly. The link above is still for the original 2.2 stock phones which no new buyers are getting.
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thanks for your quick reply, Darnell - see, those are two of the guides I followed, and did so to the letter. Which was a clusterfluff since, when in terminal, entering in all the code for Joneidy's custom menu was a civil war between my phone and I. I managed to enter in all the lines without problem, except with the second line [ cat /sdcard/flash_image > /system/bin/flash_image ], which got me the message 'cannot be found/error', or something close to that. The same message came in response to the 'mv/system', etc, but that, as it says under joneidy's post, should not be a problem.

I have a mac with osx, and I do not have access to my old windows xp dell, so I do not have access to c:// or run. This should be possible, rooting, custom recovery and annihilation of all bloatware/custom rom, using mac/osx, I am fairly positive.

I can list (as specifically as possible) the steps I took, the programs I put onto my sd, and why for the life of me I do not still understand what 'must be on device not sd' means... I can also link you (or anyone who chooses to respond to this, to which... thank you ... ), to all the pages and threads I've been reading.

If anyone has questions of me that might help them explain to me what is happening here, or how I can fix this, please don't hesitate. I really do thank you and anyone (Darnell, thanks already, again) for anyone who might have helped in the end.

Good news, all of my contacts are still here, as are my custom ringtones (great gig in the sky!!), but all of my apps and settings, as I was warned at some point, were kaput. That is fine, I can fix that in good time.

Ok, that was the fallout, and those were some issues I had. Using Gingerbreak 1.20.apk, flash_image.zip, joneidy's custom recovery for 2.2.1 (I have the out of box froyo for metro pcs), recovery optm-ra-gnm, and recovery_thunder are all on my sd. I don't know what it means, or at least, how to move them to my device, or, in other cases where it says, to the root of my sd, how to do that either. I know what it is to move to the root, which is, as the dictionary above states, is the most base or 'most open' folder, right?

Ok, that's more than enough for now. Thanks a lot (really ...) for taking your time to read this.
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