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Old March 25th, 2011, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to the forum and I think it's great so far.

I bought a San Francisco TFT the other day and I wanted to debrand it because it seems that everybody has and it will improve the phone.

But I don't know how to do all three things???? Is there a video or a link that teaches you how to do it step by step??


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How To Install Android 2.2 FroYo On The Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade From Scratch

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I don't think that link will work because i've got the TFT version and it says newer version will get bricked.
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I don't think that link will work because i've got the TFT version and it says newer version will get bricked.
My other half has the newer TFT and she's fine to upgrade, I checked this morning.

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There are two generations of this phone. If you have the first generation, you are safe and you can follow this guide.

If you have the second generation, DO NOT continue with this guide or you will brick your phone!

To check what generation your phone is, download Ask Mr Pigfish from the market, install and run. At the top of the screen, the app will tell you whether you have a "G1" (first generation phone) or "G2" (second generation phone). Click here for an example.

- If you have a G1, you are safe to continue with this guide.
- If you have a G2, STOP or you will brick your phone. ROMs and tools will be available later for the G2, so check back soon. Until then, you should not try to root, install custom ROMs or flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
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I won't work I have definetley got the G2 version so it won't work. Any other link that work for G2 or TFT version.
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This is all I could find for the G2 mate -

ZTE u-v880 Gen2 Blade - Android @ MoDaCo
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Hi gavin....

Before you do anything you will regret, please get Mr. Pigfish from Market.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.apedroid.pigfish&feature=search_res ult

This little app will verify if you are G1 or G2.

This is my result, and I have a Orange San Fran bought about 2 weeks ago in the UK. I do not think there have been any G2's sold in the UK.

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If it was a g2 it would have 2.2 on it already surely
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If it was a g2 it would have 2.2 on it already surely
Think you are correct here.....

from Pigfish description on Market:

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It has one purpose and one purpose only and that is to check if your phone uses the original address space for the kernel and console framebuffer (called G1 model in this app) or the newer address space used by official Android 2.2 ZTE Blades (called G2 models in this app).
So, be careful.........
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Thanks everyone I was told by my friend it was definetly G2. So i kepy believing him.

But Pigfish said G1. So I'll try and use the first link this one below.
How To Install Android 2.2 FroYo On The Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade From Scratch

Does this one defintly work?
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Others have used it with no issues, but I'll let you know tomorrow
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Old March 30th, 2011, 07:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone I was told by my friend it was definetly G2. So i kepy believing him.

But Pigfish said G1. So I'll try and use the first link this one below.
How To Install Android 2.2 FroYo On The Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade From Scratch

Does this one defintly work?
I had an issue with this guide, regarding the use of Recovery Manager, which is used in the guide, as many other ppl seem to have.

I had to change tack, and use the ROM Manager app, available from Market:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.rommanager&feature=sea rch_result

Also, I found Chris Lowthian's guide more reliable to get to Froyo....

Upgrade your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade to Froyo 2.2 [OLED & TFT Versions]

Hope this helps, make sure you are rooted first, use Universal Androot, both guides have links to d/l this app.

Best of luck, mine worked out fine, but you must read a lot of info from here and modaco...
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Also, I found Chris Lowthian's guide more reliable to get to Froyo....

Upgrade your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade to Froyo 2.2 [OLED & TFT Versions]
Which Build of Froyo is that? Does it have all the tweaks etc the modaco/JJ builds have? Hardware acceleration namely?
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So if I used this one below:
Upgrade your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade to Froyo 2.2 [OLED & TFT Versions]

I have to be rooted first?
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So if I used this one below:
Upgrade your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade to Froyo 2.2 [OLED & TFT Versions]

I have to be rooted first?
You have to root your OSF regardless of which guide/procedure you use.

First, make sure your phone is set to allow installation of non-Market apps:

Settings/Applications/Unknown sources must be checked.

Both recommend the use of the Universal Androot app:

Download from Download UniversalAndroot.apk for free on uploading.com

or

http://tinyurl.com/urooted

You can do this from the browser on your phone or copy the d/l onto your sd card and tap install, which should install Universal Androot to your phone.

Run the app, and tap "root"....

It may say you are already rooted, but go again anyway.
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Which Build of Froyo is that? Does it have all the tweaks etc the modaco/JJ builds have? Hardware acceleration namely?
Hi, Excellency

Swedish Spring RLS2......

Kernel is 2.6.32.9-perf

According to Chris Lowthian:

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The ROM was put together by Seb from the Modaco forums and I must say he did a great job. My Orange San Francisco now runs so much smoother, faster and the battery life seems to have improved since upgrading from 2.1.
I'm afraid I don't know any more than that, this was my first ROM

and it works well, no probs at all, Battery good generally, but I have used the "recalibration tip" shown below, it seems to give a good indication of Battery:

Battery Recalibration ProTip - Android @ MoDaCo

I have overclocked to 691, 710 caused phone to crash

Used free Overclock Widget.

Also, used free VM Heap Tool to increase Dalvik VM heap size to 32 from 24 default.

Next will be CyanogenMod RC3, when it is stable and tested enuff.
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You have to root your OSF regardless of which guide/procedure you use.

First, make sure your phone is set to allow installation of non-Market apps:

Settings/Applications/Unknown sources must be checked.

Both recommend the use of the Universal Androot app:

Download from Download UniversalAndroot.apk for free on uploading.com

or

http://tinyurl.com/urooted

You can do this from the browser on your phone or copy the d/l onto your sd card and tap install, which should install Universal Androot to your phone.

Run the app, and tap "root"....

It may say you are already rooted, but go again anyway.
In the link i showed you first below
Upgrade your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade to Froyo 2.2 [OLED & TFT Versions]
it says Install Universal Androot in its first step. So after that I can carry on with the rest of the steps and it will debrand and upgrade to 2.2?
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In the link i showed you first below
Upgrade your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade to Froyo 2.2 [OLED & TFT Versions]
it says Install Universal Androot in its first step. So after that I can carry on with the rest of the steps and it will debrand and upgrade to 2.2?
Yeah......rooting your phone via Universal Androot is an essential 1st step.

Just installing this is not enough, you must run the app, tap Root, ignore if it says you are already rooted, go again.....

After you are rooted, you should see Superuser app in your app drawer..looks something like this:



Also, make sure you perform all the steps in the guide, using the Rom Manager from Market........

Please make sure you carry out the back-up:

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Now perform a backup in ClockWork Recovery Mod by going to “Backup and Restore” and choosing “Backup” this will backup your complete phone OS and Existing Data to your SD Card (in case you want to switch back).
This will allow you to revert to your stock OSF in the event of a problem.....

Wipe Data/Wipe Cache Partition/Wipe Delvik Cache before installing new downloaded Froyo Rom..........

This all worked OK for me, but I failed initially due to a scripting error, and I was glad to have a back-up to go back to........

Follow the guide to the letter and use common sense, there is a lot of support out there, including this forum, and modaco especially, so fear not......

Of course, all this comes with the warning that you will have voided your warranty by rooting, etc. (but there are ways around this too )

and anything you do is at your own risk.....
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@gavin08 it might seem a little daunting first time round but as long as you follow the steps you'll (almost certainly) be fine! I used the first guide but the second one mentioned looks fine too. there are different roms out there so you can shop around for the one that suits you best, here is a link to the available roms for the blade....

31/Mar [ROMS] Current Known / Available ROM's for the ZTE Blade [GEN1] - Android @ MoDaCo

@dannymur RC3 is pretty good, never had any problems with it but i don't use wifi so i've no idea if it has any issues there. RC4 is out now so i'm about to flash that n see what's what.
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Also, used free VM Heap Tool to increase Dalvik VM heap size to 32 from 24 default.
Spot on minion

I've done a bit of reading and it's apparently safe to increase the davlik heap size all the way to 64! I've my other halfs sitting at 56 and it appears quite stable.
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I've done a bit of reading and it's apparently safe to increase the davlik heap size all the way to 64! I've my other halfs sitting at 56 and it appears quite stable.
I'm totally at your service, Excellency

Could one enquire what you have learned about this Heap, as I am anxious to learn.......particularly from such an exalted personage as yourself, Excellency.

What is it?? Even a link would do....

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Could one enquire what you have learned about this Heap, as I am anxious to learn.......particularly from such an exalted personage as yourself, Excellency.

What is it?? Even a link would do....

I remain your humble servant, Squire Daniel of the Lakes....
It is a continued pleasure to provide tutelage and share information with such a knowledgeable individual as yourself.

I'd enquired as to the maximum, safe heap size via the prestigious modaco forums where 2 charming gentleman going by the names of "Mushroom_Lord" & "hugobosslives" replied with some most useful information. A trascription of this conversation can be found here.

Will you pass my regards on to the lady of the lake please? It has been a while since I made her "acquaintance"
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I'd enquired as to the maximum, safe heap size via the prestigious modaco forums where 2 charming gentleman going by the names of "Mushroom_Lord" & "hugobosslives" replied with some most useful information. A trascription of this conversation can be found here.

Will you pass my regards on to the lady of the lake please? It has been a while since I made her "acquaintance"
Yer a Gas Man, Mister President.....

Just noticed there is a late night movie coming on at 12:30 on TV3 here, called Lady in the Water.....I think they have found her!!!

I will ask them to give her your best regardez...........

Just on that modaco conversation, does this explains why Androot does not work to re-root my Swedish Spring ROM!!!!

Root Issues & Blade Buddy - Android @ MoDaCo

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I get the famous Failed!No---Fu goo---- message....bejazuz!!
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Which link is more reliable and easy to understand?

1st Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade - Install Android 2.2, Tutorials, Guides & Tips

2nd Upgrade your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade to Froyo 2.2 [OLED & TFT Versions]
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the former would be more up to date
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which one are you talking about? 1st one or 2nd one?
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Really gavin.......

former
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Oh hahaha i'm not that formal haha
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OK so you are formally informal chap with regards to the former

Just go for it follow the guide you prefer, either are now up-to-date, and there is help there or here if you don't succeed initially!!

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YES I've done it.

I used this link Orange San Francisco - Now 89.99 - Install Android 2.2, Tutorials, Guides & Tips
It worked amazingly well. So is the phone now rooted? And i've still got Superuser app in the phone do I need it and what does it do now?
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Rooted it is

Superuser is the app for controlling what apps get Root permissions
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What can I do now when i've rooted my OSF?
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 08:10 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Install apps like bladebuddy, Set CPU etc. These things will allow performance tweaks that will make the phone a lot slicker to use.

You can set up different profiles in Set CPU so that the phone underclocks when it goes to sleep meaning (theoretically) you can prolong battery life.

There are various other apps available that require root permission, but those are the main ones.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 12:48 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Fair play Gav

I would start here: https://market.android.com/apps/

You should have the Market app on your phone, but you can log on with your Google details, and download apps to your hearts desire, most free and useful.

You can edit your phone details and download to your phone remotely, by just clicking on the install link from your PC or Laptop.

There are so many useful apps out there, and you should already have loads of entertainment ones, like YouTube, FaceBook, Teeetdeck for your Twitter and Facebook, etc. Adfree Android to zap the ads on free apps, TuneIn radio, for Radio from local and world-wide sources, RockPlayer for movies, Divx and Xvid Avi's, ShootMe for Screen grabs, Amazon Kindle for Books, some can be got for free.

So much so much........too much

What Mobile Network are you on, I'm in ireland, but I have heard good things about giffgaff for data, worth looking into.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 01:23 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Incidentally, which ROM did you use? If it was JJ, did you get it from the mediafire link or the modaco forums? Was the file size 76MB or 118MB?
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I used the Japanese Jellyfish 2.2. I used mediafile.
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Spot on mate, cheers
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If I where to master reset the phone will it cause any problems?
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Finally got round to doing this tonight! Used the JJ9, but now I know how easy it is, I'll probably get round to doing a 2.3 at some point.

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Ok, as I thought all the apps etc are associated with your gmail account, I presumed the stuff she had installed would download again once she was connected to the internet?

She's not lost anything major and she didn't use most of them anyway, but how come, after linking the same gmail account (and having contacts download) the apps didn't download?

Tis no problem, I was just a tad puzzled.
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Who's 'she'? And well done.

I want to try upgrading to 2.3 but not shure where to get a 2.3 rom?
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I want to try upgrading to 2.3 but not shure where to get a 2.3 rom?
CyanogenMod 7 is based on 2.3

Its the only one
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I want to try upgrading to 2.3 but not shure where to get a 2.3 rom?
My Mrs. Normally she's not impressed when I mess about with her things, but so far she's delighted with her "new" phone.
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Oh ok haha.
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