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  1. bword

    bword Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

    Sep 14, 2010
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    Rooting related questions

    What is a MOD?
    (example cynogen mod,ect)

    What is a Custom ROM
    (Example Cognition I guess)

    What is a TOOL?
    (Example UTB?)


    easy on the techie talk..use analogies or something, thanks :p

    IMO its sad that my captivate is rooted and running UTB yet I am still so clueless on what it all means.

    Thanks guys!

  2. Prim8

    Prim8 Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2010
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    My understanding is Cyanogen is a custom rom just like Cognition. A custom rom is a new load of phone. You're basically replacing the phones OS with a new one, or one with customizations.
    Not really sure, could be anything that roots the phone (gives you greater control over the phone, powerful but can be dangerous if you're not careful) or gives you access to sideloading (ability to install apps not on the market)
    Clockwork Mod is part of Rom Manager. You have to set it to your phone in this case the Captivate in order to flash custom roms.
    Rooted is like administrator access on windows. You have the power to do more, but that also means you can do damage.
    The only thing that is really going to help you is to read more. You really shouldn't have rooted and installed UTB without understanding what they were.
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  3. gumslinger

    gumslinger Member

    Aug 26, 2010
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    Bump. I rooted with the oclf method so i could speed up my phone. It was super easy and definitely effective.

    But im still pretty noob and kinda clueless as to what else i can do. And the terminology is killin me.
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  4. ronaldramsayii

    ronaldramsayii Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2010
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    A MOD can range anywhere from a simple modification of something within the framework of the phone to something that affects the entire phone, but keeps the basis of the current ROM you're running. "CyanogenMod" is the name of the team of developers, "Cyanogen" is the name of the ROMs they'll be releasing.....

    Ex: Changing the battery status, to show percentages, or adding sideloading features to the recent JH7 build.

    A "Custom ROM" is basically a customized ROM. It's generally based off of a released build like JH7, but has things that may have been added or taken away.

    Ex: I'm working on a ROM based on JH7, but I'll be removing the AT&T and Samsung bloatware, it's been deodexed, sideloading features, adding a few ringtones and notifications and so on. Basically I'm molding a ROM to make it fit what everyone really wants. It's customized!!! lol

    A Tool like UTB basically makes a few additions or subtractions to a ROM, without providing an entire ROM. Pete's UTB basically removes bloatware, adds root, and enables sideloading and stuff, but you're not flashing an entire ROM to get it, you're flashing just that tool which does a few things to the current ROM your running.

    Clockworkmod is a recovery mode that let's you flash ROMs with ease. It makes everything so convenient to flash. There's no need for Odin or anything. You can go straight into recovery mode and flash overwrite your current ROM with a new ROM. Clockworkmod also allows you to make a back-up of your current ROM in case you flash a ROM you don't like, you can restore your previous set up. Easy, simple, and convenient.

    I hope this cleared some things up..... Don't let this stuff intimidate you or anything. It's easy to learn the more you work around it. We all, well most of us (including me) started out not knowing much. Now, I'm doing themes and working on a custom ROM. Go figure lol
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  5. AndroidSteve

    AndroidSteve Member

    Mar 3, 2011
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    Hey Prim8,
    Can you please do the same thing you did to this message (or thread or post or whatever) to this manual?



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