now what? root questions


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  1. Zynnis

    Zynnis Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    I just rooted my phone. now I'm clueless as to were to go from here. can someone help me out? I'm so new to this.
     

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    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    Zynnis,

    How did you root your phone (i.e., what was your rooting method)...and what did you want to get out of rooting (i.e., why did you root)?
     
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    Zynnis Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was interested in speeding up my phone for one. I come from using blackberrys and I read something about themes. I figured id give rooting a try since its interesting. I used the one click root app I found here.
     
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    Can I assume that you only flashed the rootme.zip file (to just give you root) or did you install a custom ROM?

    I don't know much about themes (other than I think the ROM has to have been deodexed to use them--which I don't believe that the stock ROM has been). You might have to find a custom ROM that supports themes.

    As far as speeding-up your phone, does that mean you want to overclock? Most custom ROMs are already overclock-enabled.

    If you have not already installed a custom ROM and don't want (or need to) install a new custom ROM (which is fine, by the way, no sense in messing with things if they are working okay) you would have to replace your ROM's kernel with a patched kernel that is capable of overclocking. That way, you could keep your current setup without having to change anything.

    There are also custom rooted ROMs out there that are very close to stock that are overclock-ready, have a little bloatware removed, and require less tweaking out-of-the box (something like PlainJaneT2 or xtrSense 4.0.6.1 which is pretty fast even without being overclocked).

    Does that help a little? :)
     
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    Zynnis Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    oh. I see. where can I find these roms? and maybe a place for some cool apps? I just really don't know where to go or what I can do from here. your assumption is very correct, ive only just rooted this phone.
     
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    No problem. But you are probably going to want (need) to do some reading and research (which will be enlightening and informative in and of itself).

    Here's a good place for root-only apps (don't worry that its in the Droid X forum): http://androidforums.com/droid-x-all-things-root/131944-favorite-root-applications.html

    Also, if you do decide to flash a new ROM, your normal sequence of events for flashing a new ROM would be as follows:

    1. Perform a Nandroid backup (always do this before a "major" change)
    2. Do any wipes (usually at least 'Wipe Data/Factory reset' and sometimes 'Wipe Dalvik-cache' (the dev's ROM thread will usually direct you if you need to do this second wipe (especially for Froyo ROMs))
    3. Flash your .zip (ROM) from sdcard
    4. Reboot
    5. Enjoy your new ROM!

    Here are some threads for folks like you that are looking for a good ROM to start with. Keep in mind, though, you don't have to leave your current setup (you can already install root-only apps and tweak what you have to overclock):

    - http://androidforums.com/eris-all-things-root/165241-rom.html

    - http://androidforums.com/eris-all-things-root/152993-very-new-rooting-could-use-some-help.html

    - http://androidforums.com/eris-all-things-root/143620-i-rooted-now-what.html

    Also, here's a thread over on XDA that has a "ROMS" section with links to various dev ROM threads: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=756775 (its a good place to go to read through what other folks have said about a particular ROM).

    Otherwise, just peruse the various threads over here at AF and see what folks are posting about (just like you have). I'm also sure that you'll get lots of other input and feedback from folks.

    Cheers and good luck (happy ROM hunting) :D.
     
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    Zynnis Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    thanks! I really appreciate it. may I ask what your favorite Rom and apps are?
     
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    Well, I flashed Ivan's Eris Official 1.0 when I first rooted back in early May since I really just wanted a ROM that worked right "out-of-the-box". It certainly held-up its end of the bargin.

    Nowadays, you might be better off with the xtrSense ROM I mentioned earlier or PlainJaneT2 since I believe they both include the fixes published in the July 2010 OTA update. There are scads of different ROMs out there, but you should get your feet wet, so-to-speak, to get a better sense of the whole flashing process.

    As far as root apps go, you can't beat drocap2 (allows you to take snapshots of your current screen), Android Terminal Emulator, setCPU, and wi-fi (wireless) tethering.

    Cheers!
     

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