?'s on root,kernals and roms - search has me lost


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  1. Drew5150

    Drew5150 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    hey guys, I need some help with some questions before I go ahead and root.

    I have done some searching and feel slightly overwhelmed with all the different versions and methods out there. So I have decided to post here to get a few of my questions answered in one place. Please forgive me if some of this has been asked a billion times over.

    What I am looking to get out root? Basically I want to be able to customize more and maybe gain access to apps on my sd card. I wouldn't mind losing some sprint apps and possibly gain wifif tether. I would also like to keep things working as close to stock as possible, camera's and 4g and what not.

    ok here we go.

    1: kernels, what are kernels actually? why do I need one? or why do I need to flash a different one? what should I look for in one? is it just I need specific kernels for specific roms?

    2: ROOT general: I don't need instructions here I know where to find them. But really what are the differences in all the different methods? which ones give me more/less/better access or control? I'll state I'm not very interested in the unrevoked method, I would prefer full root. I am not afraid of the instructions, just I feel lost on which one to pick. Or which is the most updated version and the most compatible. I am assuming toast, but feel the thread was before the OTA update. I see the simple root with OTA, but then read the damage control requires toast method for everything to work - is this correct?

    3: ROMS: oh my! lol not sure anyone can answer this for me. but which one runs the best, ease of use, compatibility, has the OTA applied(or is this within root). froyo vs 2.1 - I think I will stick with 2.1 just sounds better for my first rom. any advantages/disadvantages in using stock rom vs a 3rd party developed rom?

    4: Backup: ok yeah I would like to back up. I have read using titanium backup, but this requires root. will rooting clear my phone? do I need to back up before root? I tried this method SDKs, drivers and roots - Oh, my! | Android Central but I get 0 files pulled and 0 files skipped. I am able to see my device through the command promt and I was able to change my boot animation. am I missing a driver? or should I just go purchase backup pro from the market? or is there a better backup app out there?

    5: Reverting back to stock: I have read this is possible, is it? I read to flash RUU, what is RUU and where do I find it? I understand that rooting voids warranty, can flashing back to stock still be warrant-able or is there a way to see digitally that the phone was rooted at one time? I have insurance and a back up phone to connect, so I could always just claim I lost my phone so no biggie I just would like to know. anyone have links to tutorials on how to flash back to stock?

    I have downloaded the latest OTA to 1.47.651.1

    PRL is 60667 - I believe there is a new PRL out, should I update this? does it matter before or after root/rom flash?


    Ok I think that's it... for now

    Thanks in advance for any help/input you can give.
     

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  2. HopeofCarter

    HopeofCarter Well-Known Member

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    Pokeage to the max
     
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  3. Drew5150

    Drew5150 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    thanks man :)

    another question is I am a little confused on is the order of things. after simple root should I then perform this nand back up with nandroid or is this for after flashing a rom.
    edit: found my answer - nand backup before rom flash

    also how about the radio flashes? damage instructs you will need to flash them but I am unclear if I should flash before or after the rom flash or if it matters. does the fresh rom need to also have the radio's flashed? and is this radio flash i keep reading about just for 4g?
     
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    HopeofCarter Well-Known Member

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    For me ( I have fresh) i flashed the rom then the radios. In order for 4g to work with fresh you have to flash both the radio and wixmax. Don't be too nervous about it though just follow How To: Flash a Radio Update Geek For Me – Sprint Evo 4g & CDMA Hero

    Radio is for 3g i believe, but you also need the seperate wimax radio. If you need like immediate help just send me a p-m. I tend to forget to check this part of the forum
     
  5. edriggers

    edriggers Well-Known Member

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    I just flashed my radio over my ROM, not sure if you can do it before. Your phone has two radios, one for 3G and one for WiMax. The newest Fresh ROM (1.0.1) does not install the newest radios. I would suggest updating them, though I'm not sure if it's mandatory.
     

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