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Old August 29th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question I just want to use CWM recovery!

My Photon runs Android 2.3.4 and has build number 4.5.1A-1_SUN-198_6 (from what I gather, those are the two most important bits of info). It's rooted, but locked.

Some time ago, I tried getting CWM recovery up and running using ROM Manager. I did select the "Motorola Photon 4G" entry in ROM Manager, of course, and the app did report a successful installation. However, when I tried getting into CWM recovery (from ROM Manager), I got:

Failed to boot 2
Starting RSD mode


Now, the app didn't warn me that it could not install CWM because I was locked (quite the contrary; as I mentioned, it reported success afterward). And I've found references that say I don't need to be unlocked to install and use CWM recovery. Other sources say I do need to be unlocked. I feel like this is in idiotic question, but... Do I need to unlock before installing CWM? If not, why would I get that error?

The second question assumes that I do need to unlock. I don't feel like waiting another eon for Motorola to release an official method for unlocking (though they'll probably do so 15 minutes after I do it through other means). What does flashing derpunlock.sbf actually do? My real question is Can I unlock without losing any data? I'm not lazy. I've searched and read to the point of anger. Some people say that unlocking necessitates data loss; others say just the opposite. I'm confused.

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Yes, you have to be unlocked to install CWM. No, you will not lose data by flashing derpunlock. Note: ROM Manager's CWM does not work properly to flash roms on the photon. You can use it, however, to flash a flashable recovery such as twrp (from team win) or jokers v3 (found at jokersax.com).
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ROM Manager's CWM does not work properly to flash roms on the photon.
That doesn't stop him from putting it out there with that explicit functionality, including even listing "Motorola Photon 4G" in the list of CWM flashes available. Nice.
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