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[Merit] [ROM] DEODEXED Stock Merit (update.zip)

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  1. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    UPDATE- a few people used this CWM version to root so I figure this would be much easier and quicker to root as a zip.

    Hey everybody. So i noticed we didn't have this yet and decided to get to work on it. it was a real pain and I had to manually deomplie a lot of it. So i hope people make use of it so it feels like it was worth it.

    DISCLAIMER: IF YOU BREAK YOUR PHONE I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE (it works fine and I don't see how you would, but ya know.)


    BIG THANKS to Xeoxudous for vUltimate and JesusFreke for baksmali to do the ones that wouldn't work.

    UPDATE 1-12-This is now an update.zip type file. CWM not needed. no unzipping. and I already added Superuser and fixed all apps. one stop shop.

    just download this- DeodexedMeritRoot.zip

    Navigate to recovery, install zip from sd

    IF YOU ARE NOT ROOTED YET- download and rename update.zip. go to recovery and select wipe user data. it will install and root you

    Figured it would be a good base for themeing or roms. If you use it just give me some credit and we are good.

    So I took algree's CWM stock backup, rooted it, then got to work. This is entirely stock(orkut,etc.) So don't expect lots of space or anything. It is out of the box pretty much(with root and DeO). so just get yourself superuser and go on and have fun.WILL TAKE A LONG TIME TO BOOT. Your first boot will probably be about 5 minutes, so don't panic if it takes a

    thanks to algree for the backup, stayboogy for wipe data trick and tmp cwm algree used.

  2. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    system folders in action

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  3. valueforvalue

    valueforvalue Well-Known Member

    Very nice work!
  4. cell2011

    cell2011 Well-Known Member

    This is nice and snappy seems like DL ing apps go faster then again i have rom toolbox. But nice work i agree.
    out of ideas likes this.
  5. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    thanks dudes. Working on themes with it a little bit,. should have this done this weekend.

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  6. johnnyg64

    johnnyg64 Member

    flashing now
  7. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Does this mean you can delete one app without another being dependent on it?
  8. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    as far as keeping it all stock, I doubt it. I tried to use videos with the broken gallery and it fc on me. pushed to right one and its fine.

    And what started as a theme is turning into a full blown ICS look alike ROM. It won't have all the functions of 4.0 but it looks great and is pretty snappy so far. Still tweaking it.

    so far it looks like this.

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  9. stayboogy

    stayboogy Well-Known Member

    looking good, man.

    i'm liking the deodexed too.

    i unpacked the .img, edited the system apps to mirror what i slimmed mine to, took the framework directory too, and then made an update.zip to delete both those directories on my phone and replace them with the deodexed versions.

    much much better. it's actually a little snappier too.

    good work.

    i also have a nandroid that has the correct gallery app replaced--i can upload it if you need it. that way no one has to do it manually.
  10. jamespfassett

    jamespfassett Well-Known Member

    I would like to save myself some time and work and extract a few of the core apps that you have deodexed so that I can theme them and add them to my roms and patches. Apps like phone.apk, contacts.apk, messaging.apk and settings.apk are the ones I will use, most of the other ones dont contribute much to the User Interface

    EDITed EDIT- would be nice to have it pre-rooted for folks that dont wanna mess with that again. 2nd edit, Boogy just told me that it was in fact rooted but I couldnt get link2sd to gain superuser permissions with either superuser, or superSU, not sure...
  11. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    Yeah thats cool, just mention it or whatever. And yes it's rooted already. I've flashed back and forth with this and stock unrooted. Is link2 the only thing not working? can you edit files and stuff?

    @sb thanks dude. Its coming along pretty good. I already have a backup to upload, probably got time to do it this weekend.
  12. jamespfassett

    jamespfassett Well-Known Member

    I just flashed over real quick and it was still giving problems, but a data and dalvik wipe in cmw fixed it. I guess I should have just tried that first. But if this happens to anyone else... thats what fixed it for me.
  13. stayboogy

    stayboogy Well-Known Member

    still curious to see your ics-like work.

    you gotten any further with it?
  14. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    @james. ahh one of those. I usually wipe caches before i install anything as a force of habit. Probably shoulda mentioned it in the op.

    @sb yeah a little bit further, having a hell of a time with one little modification so far. Im thinking of dropping a sort of beta of what I got so far today.
  15. cell2011

    cell2011 Well-Known Member

    Beta sounds good im ready. If it anything like your deodex i like the snappy feel :)
  16. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    You guys are slacking. Over. A month and. Hardly any theme work. Tsk tsk. Lol
  17. oldretiredman

    oldretiredman Member

    Outofideas, D/L file and installed on my Merit. Checked to see if it was rooted w/root checker and found it was not rooted. It was a rooted stock ,right?
  18. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    Yup. Did you dl super user?
  19. droidgeek99

    droidgeek99 Member

    This was my life saver, only had one problem. When I tried to restore it with CWM Recovery it failed with an error about the boot image being corrupted. So what I did an advanced restore and used a boot image from one of my previous backups and then restored the system, data, and cache from this backup. It worked great!
    Thanks a ton.
  20. oldretiredman

    oldretiredman Member

    No .My fault. I was was using Supersu. Everything ok now usung Superuser. Thanks:)
  21. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    That's odd droidgeek. MUst have been a bad do. Nice ingenuity though.

    Orm- no problem dude. Glad you got it working.

    Also to anyone who might dl this, male sure to wipe dalvik and the other cache.
  22. droidgeek99

    droidgeek99 Member

    Idk what the problem was, I know it's not an md5 mismatch (I checked manually). It may just me my phone, because if I remember correctly I tried to flash speedfreak and ran into the same problem, I tried my same work around but speedfreak loads the ext during the boot or something like that so without it's own boot.img it got stuck in a boot loop. But it allows me to restore my own backups of the boot, go figure. I'll look into it some more and see if I can put a finger on the cause.
  23. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    Ok so I put up an update.zip version. Lots easier for every body to root, and go back and forth.

    theme it out guys!
  24. Endovac

    Endovac New Member


    I downloaded the file and renamed it update.zip then copied it to the sd card on the phone (ZTE Merit ZTE990G). I tried installing it by holding down the power, volume, and menu button button to access system recovery and wiping the cache partition then then selecting the wipe data/factory reset option. This is what i see on the phones screen:

    --Install from sdcard...
    Finding update package...
    Opening update package...
    Verifying update package...
    Installing update...
    E: Error in /sdcard/update.zip
    (status 2)
    Installation aborted.

    Any help would be great.

  25. out of ideas

    out of ideas Well-Known Member

    i would guess a bad download. i've never seen a status 2. Ive seen 0, 6 and 7. google doesnt seem to find much either.

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