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  1. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    This is a simple guide designed to help users to setup their phones with custom ROM and their personalized settings. I want to start off by saying this is not the only way to set up your phone however it is my recommended way. There are reasons behind my madness. Lets hope we can figure them out :)

    1. Update user Apps if applicable. (Doing so will in sure you have the latest version for backup)

    2. Use a Backup program such as Titanium Backup Pro. Run a full user application backup.(yes even if you have them scheduled) This will help in sure that you have all your programs and their settings. ***DO NOT RESTORE SYSTEM SETTINS FROM ANOTHER ROM***

    3. If you have custom ringtones or notifications stored in the /system/media/audio folder copy and paste these to your sd card. You may also want to use a program to save SMS/MMS and Call Logs. Also make sure you have Synced your contacts, and calendar with Google.

    4. Now you want to make sure you have all files necessary for the Flash. You will need Super Wipe (Not needed per se but highly recommended), the ROM, and Gapps if AOSP ROM. You will also need the GPS fix for your phone if AOSP, and Kernel if Flashing a custom one. Make sure you have read the DEV'S info on the ROM. Know exactly what you need to expect (Such as 4g not working)

    5. Make a Nandroid backup. You will need to do this before doing anything else to your phone. Too many times have I read post from people with a problem that could have been solved easily with a Nandroid backup

    6. Last thing I recommend before flashing is to copy the sd card to your computer. One this gives you a fresh copy of all your Apps that are saved by Titanium and this gives you your most recent Nandroids, along with saving all your personal files.(Pictures, Music, Videos, and etc) – Note this can be done by turning on USB-MS in Amon Ra not sure about clockwork.(MODS Feel Free To modify with the info for clockwork)


    1. Now that you have saved everything you may now proceed to flash. I recommend that you Wipe cache, dalvic, data, boot, and System at least 3 times.(Can use Superwipe to accomplish this a bit faster) I recommend running Superwipe atlest twice.

    2. After cleaning everything you are now ready to actually flash. In Amon RA go to flash from sd card and select the ROM you wish to flash click on it push the power button to say yes and begin the flashing of your new ROM.(MODS Feel Free To modify with the info for clockwork)

    3. After the Rom has finished installing, if this is an AOSP (such as CM7) you will want to now flash Gapps. If this is a Sense ROM, I recommend going a head and rebooting and boot into your new ROM.

    4. Boot into the new ROM and Go through the setup process. Setup your Google info and Setup your Wifi, Bluetooth, and any other settings you need to setup(Note: Do not install your Apps yet) . Make sure everything is working. Make a phone call send a text and check that the phone works they way you expect it.

    5. If everything is looking good now reboot into recovery and do a Nandroid backup. When backup has finished reboot.

    6. If everything is working properly go into your file explorer and rename the Nandroid you made after the initial install.(Note: Only install your File explorer if there is not one with the ROM you installed) Rename it to something like ROMNAME_INITIAL.zip

    Post Flash

    1. If you are installing a Kernel now is where you want to do so. So reboot into recovery ((Add In) You should wipe cache and Dalvic before installing the Kernel.) After wipe then select install flash from sd card and start the Kernel flash process. If you are not installing a Kernel move on to step 3. After Flashing Kernel reboot into ROM check that everything is working properly. All devices such as Wifi and Bluetooth. If all is smooth then reboot into recovery and make a Nandroid.

    2. When phone is fully booted you may now want to rename the new Nandroid to ROMNAME_KernelName.

    3. Now install your Titanium backup and let it start re-installing the Apps you want. Do not install anything that is in RED LETTERING. These are system Apps from the old ROM and will have the potential to cause major problems (Multiple FC issues, Wake locks, and other serious issues) After all Apps have installed you will want to run them and make sure that they are working properly.

    4. Reboot into recovery and make a Nandroid. Then reboot into the ROM and go and rename that Nandroid to something like ROMNAME_MYAPPS.

    5. If you are installing a Theme from Flash then you will want to do this now. Reboot, Install From SD CARD and Reboot into ROM. If all is well then reboot into recovery make a Nandroid then reboot back to the ROM. Go to your File Manager and rename the Nandroid something like THEMENAME_ROMNAME.

    6. Now you are ready to start putting your ringtones and other settings into the ROM. If you have synced all your contacts and calendars then those should be already done. If not then you will need to add these now. If they are then you are ready to setup your ringtones, notifications, and alarms. Set Wallpaper up and any other settings you will want.

    7. If everything is running the way you want and looking the way you want we are ready to reboot the phone. Allow the phone to fully reboot check things out make sure you are not having any issues. Then reboot to recovery and (yep you guessed it :) make a Nandroid. Reboot into the ROM goto your File Manager and rename the Nandroid something like ROMNAME_MYSETUP.

    As long as everything is running smooth and you are not having any issues you can now probably delete some of the Nandroids you made during the process. All these Nandroids may seem like a bit of over kill but trust me when I tell you that you will be glad you have them incase things go wrong during your setup. I recommend this particular setup because its easy to fall back to a “Stage” if you have something not working right like a program that FC's every few seconds preventing you from doing anything but hitting the OK button. Or if you happen to have a bad Kernel download always easy to go back and re-download the Kernel. Some people Flash the ROM and then the Kernel all in one recovery session I do not recommend this because if there is an issue its not known if its the ROM or the Kernel.

    Also notice that I recommend that you update your programs before changing ROMS this is so you wont have to wait for the market to finish updating them after the install. If you decide anytime that you want to go back to the old ROM when you do the Nandroid Restore your programs will already be updated (ofcourse this depends on how much time between this ROM and the previous one).

    All personal settings (themes, ringtones, and etc) are recommended to be done last for hopefully obvious reasons. However if its not obvious here it is. You do not want to go through all the trouble of setting things up then deciding to install a kernel and have your phone not boot. Or even more un-obvious is re-setting all settings and programs and on the next reboot running into a bootloop situation. This has happened to a few people including myself. I however was fortunate enough to have a Nandroid to fall back on, some of the people were not.

    Basic Trouble shooting.
    IF you have issue after installing a custom Kernel you can always go back to the initial ROM and try another Kernel. This will be a bit faster than Completely wiping everything and then re-flashing the ROM and then the new Kernel and blah blah blah...

    If you re-install Apps and find that you have a bootloop you can go back to last Nandroid and then tell Titanium to install only the Apps (No DATA) or you can restore Apps/DATA one at a time check things out reboot and see if everything is ok. Yes one at a time can be quite time consuming especially if your OCNBRZE with 160 Apps or Me with 120.

    If you have other issues you can always come in here and post it and we will help you with the very best of our abilities :)

    If there is a procedure you think should be incorporated into this guide please post and I will update the guide to incorporate your procedure as long as it works and makes the process easier.

    I have made pdf of this document. Incase you want to print this.

    Happy Flashing

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  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator


    Good work

    I saved the PDF
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    hey great write up. do you mind if i link this in the dummies guide?
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  4. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    Feel free :D
  5. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    Thanks I wish this would have been written a few months ago could have saved me so headaches :eek:
  6. NaterTots

    NaterTots Well-Known Member

    Well, sorry you had to have headaches to learn this.
    Thank you so much for sharing with everyone else and helping all of us Noobies to learn how to do things with fewer problems.

  7. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    bumping this cause I feel its a must need document :D
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  8. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    all right i linked this thread in the guide. it is found at the end of the flashing section. thanx again argedion.
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  9. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

    Good write up.
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  10. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer Moderator

    Thanks homie!

    argedion for Guide after Ocn don't love us no mo..... :D
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  11. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    that is not true! stop spreading rumors!:mad:

    i still have plenty to give:D
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  12. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

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    dustwun77 Endeavor to Persevere :) Guide

  14. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    ok so i put argedion's op into the dummies guide. thanx argedion for letting me do that.
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  15. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

    Always nice to have another reference to point new rooters to. Thanks again.
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  16. smitty543

    smitty543 Well-Known Member

    This should be a "Sticky"
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  17. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

    It was placed in the ROOTING For Dummies Guide, which is the next best thing. :D
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  18. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    i agree, however, we have too many stickies as it is that it will clutter the forum. so that is why (thanx to argedion) i put it in the dummies guide.
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  19. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer Moderator

    I'm just bustin your stones homie. :D
    I'd never accuse you of deserting us. ;)
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  20. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    I have to agree with ocn here if the first page is filled with sticky's then people will just leave would seem like we are Non Personal when thats the furtherest thing from the truth. Pushing anything over five stickys is hitting the danger zone.

    However I do appreciate the thought. I am glad that this will be helpful and useful to all users.
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  21. andygu3

    andygu3 Well-Known Member

    Great write:D:D:D:D:D

    Only thing I would add would be post flash. When flashing a kernel, it's always recommended to wipe cache and Dalvik cache before flashing the custom kernel;)
  22. frenchy714

    frenchy714 Well-Known Member

    ALWAYS recommended.
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  23. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog Moderator

    hmmm thought i did however you are correct you should always wipe before flashing will edit to put it in there Thanks for that catch.

    Ok it is in there now. Thanks again Andy.
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  24. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Well-Known Member

  25. txtoddtattoo

    txtoddtattoo Well-Known Member

    Only thing not clear is when saving SD card to your computer, you need to turn on USB-MS in Amon RA, Do you have to reboot? Do you just goto the drive shown on your computer and copy all contents? Please clarify this a bit if you would.

    Thanks for a great write up.

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