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[International] "Stock-like" Android (JB+) ROM for unlocked i9300

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  1. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

  2. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    Yep, found that, just wasn't sure if they had a more official website or anything.

    You'd recommend CM nightlies over AOKP milestones?
  3. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    I'd always trust cm more than aokp because I'm more familiar with it. More pedigree. I haven't used it on this device so.I can't comment on bugs etc. There must be a cm 10.0 stable somewhere though surely?

    Edit: guess not
  4. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member


    In your opinion, which would be the best of these:

  5. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    My conscience precludes me from pointing people towards anything created by faryaab on any device, so lets just pretend you didn't ask about that one ;)

    Seriously though, I'd try them all because "best" is subjective. Don't think you'll be able to get the right rom without trying them all, because you won't.

    My advice is try them all. Whats right for me ain't right for you neccessarily.

    My hope would be slim only has the most useful cm / aokp features and remains true to its name but whether that's the case or not remains to be seen.
  6. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    Yep, understand that "best" is subjective. I read over at XDA that they hate people asking for the best ROM.

    I meant which would be the better one for me to try first, as a first time custom ROM user - given that I want a AOSP feel? Which would you expect to be most stable/reliable? You'll be better at picking things out of the feature lists than me!

    I'm tempted to give AOKP a chance, I just don't particularly want to end up screwing my phone over by making the wrong choice.
  7. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Id start with slim personally. You can't mess it up. You can always change roms.

    Before you get into all this though, we need to go through backups etc. I haven't time to to that now though...

    ...because you will need to factory reset before flashing.

    I should maybe create a thread with my backup strategy to point people to...
  8. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    Does what Shotgun said roughly reflect everything I need to backup? I'm not going to do this tonight, I'll think about it tomorrow. I'll have a look at AOKP and SlimBean.

    Edit: I might add, I won't be backing up applications. I'm more than happy to start from scratch. Keeping SMS messages would be a bonus, but not vital.
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Use sms backup+ to back sms up to a gmail label :)

    Then just backup via recovery...
  10. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member


    Titanium can backup messages as well but it can be sketchy with those, there are msn backup apps in the play store but I can't recommend a good one as I've never been too worried about them myself.
  11. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    Will do.

    Quick question before I start - I'm a little confused about how to get CWM on my device? Do I use Odin with CF Auto Root?

    Edit: might stick with titanium then since I'm buying it anyway. As I said, I don't really care if the messages are lost.
  12. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    Cf auto root will only give you root access/superuser, you will need to flash a custom recovery after. I'd use the cf root kernel instead which will give you root access and recovery in one.

    Titanium never seems to restore the messages if you restore the message app and data but if you open titanium and press menu, restore data from xml it should do the job.
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  13. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    I've grabbed CF-Root 6.4 from that page, and double checked the post was in the correct forum for the i9300. No md5 to check against my download, so I'll just put my hands together and hope!

    So, does this process look about right:

    1. Install Odin
    2. Turn phone off
    3. Open Odin, choose my CF-Root .tar file as the PDA and leave every other setting alone
    4. Put phone into download mode
    5. Connect phone, wait for "yellow square" on Odin
    6. Ensure "repartition" is not, definitely not, checked
    7. Click start and eventually I should have CWM and be rooted...

    Then I'm unsure of the exact order for flashing custom ROMs:

    - Put zipped (.tar, or .zip) ROM onto internal SD card root
    - Enter CWM recovery somehow?
    - Delete all data?
    - Clear cache & something else?
    - Choose to flash from zip within CWM
    - Wait for CWM to finish that off

    I think those are the steps, I'm just unsure as to what order, since surely deleting all data will get rid of my custom ROM zip?

    Thanks for the help, much appreciated.
  14. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Well-Known Member

    First step is to install Kies and connect your phone to the computer to make sure all necessary driver are installed. Odin isnt an installer but simply a program which runs so put your phone into download mode and connect it to your computer and wait for the driver to finish to initialize and then open Odin.
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  15. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the reply. I've got Kies installed, how do I know when the driver has initialised? I'm a Mac user...Windows' awkward ways baffle me! Wait for the "what do you want to do" dialogue? Open files in Explorer, etc...
  16. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    When you press the button in Odin, if it doesn't work as per the screen shots in the root guide, the drivers aren't working.

    Do follow the guide step by step. Forget roms for now. Piece work.

    Read the guide top to botyom twice or thrice and absorb it. Then you'll know what to expect when you follow it through. You shouldn't have any questions doing it this way as everything is outlined in that thread
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  17. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    Right, I've gone through that guide and am confident with getting root access with CWM installed.

    Still, before I bother voiding my warranty on a
  18. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

  19. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    This is true. I know you're against this particular 16 year old boy due to his history, but of the current AOSP ROMs, his "SuperNexus" is looking pretty reliable. He clearly states, and others too, that it is just a stable version of CM - so he's not "stealing" as such.

    Only thing is, a number of people are suggesting the use of Siyah kernel over CM kernel due to fewer bugs. What would be the process (post root) of me flashing SuperNexus, for example, but using Siyah kernel. I have a very rough understanding of a kernel within a computer, I assume it's the same on these devices now. Does this begin to increase brick-risk?!

    Another question, regarding the installation of 4.2 Google apps - is this a standard zip across ROMs or do I need a specific zip? I really do like the gallery app from 4.2, I'm not too fussed about the rest, but they would be nice. I flash my chosen ROM, then immediately flash Google apps, as I understand it - correct?

    Finally, it's recommended to do a "full data wipe" before flashing a ROM. In my head, that means pretty much everything but CWM is going to get deleted. Install guides tell you to put the ROM/GApps zip files onto the internal SD card, then wipe. How do they survive the wipe? Does the wipe only effect certain root folders, /system for example?
  20. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Flashing a kernel is the same as flashing a rom. You put the rom zip and the kernel zip on sdcard. I personally always use the external sd but thats me.

    Traditionally, a wipe (factory reset) wipes the /data partition (and /cache) only. This is where your apps, settings and data is stored. It doesn't touch any required parts such as ROM, radio, kernel, recovery, boot, dpownload mode etc.

    On the s3, the FUSER file system places /data and /sdcard in the same space so a wipe via android wipes both. However, you never use this method once rooted. Wipes are done via recovery now and /sdcard is no longer wiped.

    As for GAPPS, if you're on a 4.1.2 ROM, flash 4.1.2 GAPPS. Theres no difference between the one in the CM threads and the one in others.

    One step at a time. Theres will be mods for 4.2 stuff, but baby steps please. Root first. Then ROM. THEN mods.

    In regards to the developer, his stuff is more his than ever. My (presently muted) views of immoral conduct are based on evidence witnessed on older "works". Until I have ascertained which AF rule I have broken that brought about the censorship, I wont discuss that any further in the open.
  21. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    I'm just somewhat uncomfortable with the fact he's 16. I'm not sure why - George Hotz was 16 too when he unlocked the iPhone.

    It appears that all of the AOSP ROMs have camera problems right now. CM looks to be the most buggy of all of them, but it is 4.2.

    I really don't know which to go for, I realise I can just keep flashing them - but I'd rather keep it to one or two, or just not bother with the whole thing if it's just a mess. I saw a video earlier for CM 10.1 that said "you no longer have to reboot your phone to hang up, which is nice". Seriously?! That's a "nice to have"!
  22. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Having not tried any of them, I've can't really help on that score. It is usually the camera that is the hardest to get working on AOSP ROMS. That and hardware acceleration.

    It still could be that its just not worth it for you. Paranoid Android looks good too. Thats a hybrid ROM.
  23. CDPlant

    CDPlant Well-Known Member

    My 2 cents - Supernexus is a couple of months old, and is missing a lot of stuff that has been patched by other roms. They are all very buggy but I would personally go with a more up to date rom.
    The last time I used it it was ok, so by all means give it a go - you can always choose another one if you don't like it.
  24. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Have you any AOSP recommendations?
  25. andy9l

    andy9l Well-Known Member

    Think I might be missing the point of custom ROMs if they're all buggy! What is the point in TouchWiz variants?

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