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  1. sk8rboikelley

    sk8rboikelley Member This Topic's Starter

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    i have rooted my vibrant and also installed lagfix... loving my vibrant right now

    but im not for sure what a ROM is, or what it does
    someone please explain it to me

    does it void warranty?

    is it easy to remove?

    can it brick my phone?

    and is there some kind of ROM manager?
     

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  2. w_bovine

    w_bovine Well-Known Member

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    A ROM is generally a reference to a customized version of Android as opposed to what comes stock with the phone (though the carriers actually customize Android to some extent). Bionix, what I'm currently using, is a perfect example. You can read about it here:

    [ROM] Bionix1.3 - 3 Flavors [Stock Kernel, Voodoo b4, KingKlick Kernel] *09/20/10* - xda-developers

    Yes, it will void your warranty. But if you need to return your phone for some reason you can simply flash back to the stock firmware and remove traces of rooting and running a custom ROM.

    I've never had to flash back to stock...yet. It doesn't sound like too much of a chore really.

    Yes, you can potentially brick your phone, although most agree the Vibrant is virtually "unbrickable," in that you can almost always recover the phone if something goes awry. ODIN is the program that is used to return the Vibrant back to a factory state.

    Yes...if you're rooted you should not be without ROM Manager....

    ROM Manager - Android app on AppBrain
    ROM Manager (Premium) - Android app on AppBrain

    I recommend the paid version...this app is worth it.

    Here...do some reading...and there's a lot to read!

    [REF]***Vibrant Directory (Bible)***(9/23/2010) - xda-developers

    And your questions aren't dumb. You will only be dumb if you fail to ask for help when you need it. :)
     
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  3. Big Dog KMc

    Big Dog KMc Well-Known Member

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    I read over some of the 104 pages and I could not find any reference to what Android version the rom you are running is.
    2.1 or 2.2
     
  4. w_bovine

    w_bovine Well-Known Member

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    Bionix? It's 2.1. sombionix is working on 2.2, but I don't expect anything soon.
     
  5. Big Dog KMc

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    Does your GPS work any better for you?

    Did it make any Difference in your Battery Life?
     
  6. w_bovine

    w_bovine Well-Known Member

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    My GPS is definitely better, but I haven't tested it on the road yet. I think the GPS in Bionix is from a leaked stock ROM, I think is the same one I used once before. It was better but had a tendency to drift quite a bit.

    Battery life...no, it's down a bit, but that's because I'm running an overclock-able kernel and maxing the CPU out at 1200 MHz. I've read many posts saying that with the stock Bionix battery life is better.
     

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