Rooted x10 - how do i theme it or change the ui colour ??


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  1. MrWomble

    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    No idea if anyone knows or if theres any info out there as haven't been able to do so myself as yet - but hey, i'm northern and stupid so probably looking in the wrong place

    An absolutely awesome user on here - Android Forums - View Profile: X10iUser - showed me how to do the rooting and offered some new fonts which i was really after

    However after watching THIS

    http://www.go2album.com/showAlbum/387996

    i really think i wanna change the whole style of the phone - the question is, how do i do this

    can it be done from a one click app root or do i need to do it "properly"

    Even if its just getting rid of the CRAP blue UI i will be happy as i ONLY use EMAIL and SETTINGS menu from the stock sony UI

    Thanks in advance

    Daz
     

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  2. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice VIP Member

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    Try checking Android Themes - Android Forums

    It's also a LOT easier to theme if you are running a de-odexed custom ROM. I'm not familiar with the X10 ROMS so I can't help you there.
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Didn't know there were any X10 custom ROMS due to the bootloader not being cracked yet - again just going off what i have heard
     
  4. X10iUser

    X10iUser Well-Known Member

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    Just of to bed now but will contribute to this tomorrow. But to get things started you will need to learn how to use ADB...

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    This Guide is for windows only. If you are using Mac OS X please go here: ADB For Dummies

    If you are using Linux please go here: [HOW-TO]Set up Android SDK/ADB/Fastboot on Ubuntu Linux

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    Things you need:


    Android SDK - Download
    Winrar - Download (32bit) Download (64bit)
    Windows PC
    USB Cable
    A Rooted handset.

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    Setting up the Android SDK


    Download the file from above
    Unzip to your desktop
    Take the "android-sdk-windows" folder and move it to the root of your hard drive (C:\)

    Right click on My Computer and click properties
    Select the Advanced Tab or Advanced System Setting (Vista/Windows 7)
    Select Environment Variables...
    Press New

    For Variable Name type: adb
    For Variable Value type: C:\android-sdk-windows\tools

    Now, [Get new sdk (1.5r3) to work]

    1. Run SDK Setup.exe
    2. If it gives you an error go to settings and click on "Force http//....."
    3. Select all options and let it download and install

    If you cant get the setup to work, Download the USB-DRIVERS folder - HERE (Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7)

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    Preparing your phone for ADB

    Go to Settings on your phone
    Select Applications
    Select Development
    Make sure 'USB Debugging' is checked

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    Installing Drivers


    Plug in your phone through USB and DO NOT MOUNT IT!!!!!
    Your computer should see a new device and try to install Android 1.0 driver (If it doesnt, scroll down to the "Im not getting a notification of Android ADB when i plug in my USB" section)

    Let it load

    Once it cant find them select "Install drivers from my pc"
    The drivers you need are in the Android SDK 1.5r2 folder (C:\android-sdk-windows\usb_driver)
    Depending on your OS pick x86 or amd64
    You ADB Android Device should now be installed! Good Job :D

    For Android SDK 1.5r3+

    1. Run SDK Setup.exe
    2. If it gives you an error go to settings and click on "Force http//....."
    3. Select all options and let it download and install

    If you cant get the setup to work, Download the USB-DRIVERS folder - HERE (Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7)

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    Check if your phone is detected by ADB

    Open up Command Prompt (Go to run, type in cmd, press enter)
    Type in

    Code (Text):
    1. cd C:\android-sdk-windows\tools === Press Enter
    2. adb devices === You should see your device listed
    3. adb shell === you should see # in the next line
    Now you are all set to run adb commands

    Note: for a list of commands type in 'adb' in cmd

    CONGRATS YOU NOW HAVE ADB FULLY RUNNING!


    - ADB, Fastboot, and Nandroid for Noobs
     
  5. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice VIP Member

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    You would know better than I would :)
     
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    As much as I would love to get rid of the Rachael UI colours, I prefer not to mess with stuff like that, I'm not literate on things like that and I just can't be bothered to read up about it all lol
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    :D:D:D neither do i - thats why i ask - if i don't understand to about 75% then i won't do it :D:D:D
     
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    X10iUser Well-Known Member

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    +1 I was also going to suggest that too as you might find it easier than modding the framework-res. The only mods to my phone are...

    ADW
    A modded StickerAlbum theme
    Modded framework-res
    Modded Phone.apk

    ...as I prefer to make the changes myself.

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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    That would pretty much do it

    All i want is a dark UI to match the dark setup i have for HANDCENT SMS and ADW - sick of email and contacts being in blue
     
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    The first image is done by the framework-res, and the second through the phone.apk, and as both of those need to be pulled, edited and pushed back because you can't simply copy and paste the apks using a file manager, you will need to learn how to use ADB.

    It looks a bit daunting but it's really straight forward.
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well i'm on holiday till the 31st so plenty of time to read up on it
     
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    X10iUser Well-Known Member

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    If you get stuck with owt just ask. The only obstacle I can think of is the permissions on the phone when using ADB because of the method of rooting, but a bit of code in a Terminal sorts that out.
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    well i'm confused - its supposed to be simple - yet follow instructions and nothing - ADB installed, using the quick installers - screw it

    stick with the blue
     
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    X10iUser Well-Known Member

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    It is simple, but if you're giving up at the first hurdle that's up to you.
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    well when you follow instructions to the letter and trawl through all the posts, following all the corrections and still not logging any changes it seems worthless

    i have the Android SDK - I have java - i have the ADB app in there too

    using the quick launcer on XDA - 1 to flash theme, 7 to flash said theme and 1 to start

    pops up and says upload done, but nothing happens

    must be missing something but i can't work it out - unless i need to do a long root ??

    **EDIT**

    gonna re download and reinstall see if that helps
     
  19. MrWomble

    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    oh and i went for the quick launcher off XDA because of the black theme :)
     
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    X10iUser Well-Known Member

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    I did say if you get stuck with owt give us a shout, and I also said the permissions on the phone would need to be changed using a terminal on the phone. Rooting via the old method you don't have to do that but do with the one click app you do.
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Right - well - android sdk is re-installed, all versions downloaded

    ADB is installed and path set - command prompt recognising

    so everything from POST #4 is done

    now where lol

    oh and what i really wanna get running is this theme (or something very similar)
    xda-developers - View Single Post - [Guide] Hacks and mods: Three tutorials for modifying your x10 OS aesthetically

    from this launcher

    X10 Theme repo - xda-developers
     
  22. X10iUser

    X10iUser Well-Known Member

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    Open the command prompt window on the computer and type...

    cd C:\android-sdk-windows\tools === Press Enter
    adb devices === You should see your device listed
    adb shell === you should see # in the next line


    ...so you should see...

    [​IMG]
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well it actually shows up as $ not #
     
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    MrWomble Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    this is what i get [​IMG]
     
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    X10iUser Well-Known Member

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    Type...

    su

    ...that should then prompt the SuperUser access window on the phone so allow it. But have your screen on when you do it.
     
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