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    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Rooted my Droid successfully then went to flash my first ROM. Now the phone is stuck on the boot screen for the past hour. I've dropped the battery and same thing. How do I solve this issue. To much crap and unneeded threads in the search for me to really dig anything up.
     

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  2. The_Chief

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    Did you flash recovery and make a backup? Can you access recovery through x+power?
     
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    xliderider Well-Known Member

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    Yeah you are going to have to boot into recovery and load a backup. You do have a backup don't you? ;)

    Did you flash a high ghz kernel? If you have loaded a kernel that is running too fast for your Droid to handle it will do the bootloops at the M logo. You can try flashing a lower speed kernal or a higher voltage kernel.
     
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    ^^ What he said. If you did flash a kernel and OC it too high, don't check the "set at startup" option until you know that speed is ok for your Droid.

    I never do backups. That NAND back up? Nah. I just keep a copy of the ROM that I like on my SD card and recover using that if something goes wrong.
     
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    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Did X+power and didn't have a backup so I told it to do a factory reset? Pretty much still sitting on the droid screen still.
     
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    This is certainly your perogative, but it is VERY BAD ADVICE for new rooters!:(
     
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    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Still on the bootup screen. I'm thinking of taking it to Verizon to swap it out.
     
  8. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Well-Known Member

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    Get a second opinion on this advice, but I think you may need to get back into recovery and do a data wipe and then a cache wipe, (I've read reports of people needing to do this twice, but I dunno...) and then factory reset.
    Hopefully a more experienced member can yae or nae that advice.
    -Of course, in your present situation it doesn't seem like you have that much to lose.

    I will say from my very limited experience, that I have had such problems flashing OC kernels. 2.2 does install a new kernel, apparently, as 2.1 clocks to 550 MHz, and 2.2 clocks to 800 MHz. I bring this up because on a few occasions, and again- I dunno why, pulling the battery seemed to be an important part of getting the kernel installation to let me boot.

    -Hopefully someone can verify or debunk my theory (for both of us!)

    You'll get back to good, with help from this forum.
     
  9. SandmanGTP

    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    I did a data and cache wipe a few minutes ago and told the phone to restart. Been on the bootup screen since then.
     
  10. Psychokitty

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    Did a battery yank?
     
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    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Yessir
     
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    Can you get something onto the mini sd card from your computer? (Do you have an adapter & reader?)
    If I were in your position, I would try putting a low MHz kernel update in and try loading that using Recovery.
    I'm afraid I'm at the end of my range of experience on this. I hope someone else chimes in soon...
     
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    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    I do have an adapter for the micro card. I know how to transfer files and such BUT I have no idea what or where to get the file from.

    Verizon opens soon so I'll probably just go in there.
     
  14. rdsok

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    We actually can't say exactly what you did... because you only decribed it generically...

    We can now say some of what you didn't do... you didn't make a backup first before you proceeded with flashing a new rom... I expect you won't make that mistake again.



    If you still want to work through it...

    What method did you use to root your phone?... there are several.

    Did you install RomManager and then the CyanogemMod Recovery (CMR) or did you install the SPRecovery (SPR)?

    Which Rom did you flash?

    Which kernel ( if any ) did you flash?

    Did you install SetCPU? ... if so what speed did you set?
     
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    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Not really lol. I never make backups either. They are only useful if your editing things which can disrupt the phone as a whole (and you actually need the information on your phone ie. SMS logs) or just playing around with several ROMs.

    After you do the Power + X, you will reboot into recovery. You can mount your card using recovery (you don't need that adapter). After doing this, I suggest you download another ROM and first wipe everything (cache + data) then install that ROM (put it in your card using recovery while it is connnected to ur comp). See if it boots up without an OC'd kernel at first. Then you can install a kernel (I suggest 1 ghz since about 80% phones can handle this).
     
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    I'm with Psychokitty... not backing up is bad advice... it limits the options for recovering in the event of a problem and makes the recovery a much longer process. It doesn't make it impossible but it does make a person work harder when it isn't required... and a backup doesn't take that long to perform.

    Still... its water under the bridge and can't be helped now... so let's not sit here chastise anyone... just consider it a lesson learned.

    There are a few options available to resolve it... Since SandmanGTP was going to try rooting... I think staying the course is the proper direction and it's probably shorter than using RDSlite to recover with....

    SandmanGTP... we know you had an issue with whatever rom you selected.. we don't know if you just had a bad flash and the rom would normally work fine on your phone or if there is some issue with that one rom and your phone... so it would probably make sense to at least try to use a different rom if possible.

    I'm going to try to be wordy with my steps so you don't miss something and to help explain some of the logic I'm trying to use here... so don't get overwhelmed thinking it is as long of a process as it may appear.

    Since you don't remember which one you selected specifically... I'd suggest picking two seperate roms for download this time. Select from some known stable roms... CM6 Stable (CM) has been released, Chevy's#1 SS 4.7 ( SS ) is another pretty good one, Bugless Beast 0.4 (BB) is another favorite among users and I've had good success with LithiumMod (LM) also...

    So go into the Droid-Roms section here Droid - ROMs - Android Forums and look each of them over... select a couple that you like the appearances of and then download them and save them to your SD card. You can either connect your phone when in Recovery to save the files or place your card into the reader you have... whichever you wish.

    Remember to write down the names of the files that you save... When your card is in your phone... reboot into Recovery as already mentioned... select "wipe data/factory reset"... select "install .zip from sdcard" and then highlight one of the roms you downloaded to it earlier and let it flash it.

    On restart... first you will see the Motorola symbol... then the droid animation that the rom has... please note that the droid animation will take longer than normal on the first boot... so be patient with it.

    If everything goes well this time.. you should be presented with the first use script... so enter your gmail account info and just follow the prompts until it reregisters the phone.

    Depending on if you had your settings "save" your account info and on how many apps you may have had installed... the phone may start redownloading your apps. This can take quite a while depending on the number of apps you may have had... Obviously if you didn't have it set to save your account info.. then you would have to manually redownload all apps you may have installed previously. I'd suggest to start with RomManager again, re-apply the CMRecovery and then perform a backup...

    Assuming that things don't go well, for whatever reason and you have the boot loop again... If you followed my suggestion to get two different roms this time... just reboot into recovery again and repeat the same process but this time select the alternate rom you had downloaded...

    The important part here is that you aren't "stuck" with just using whatever rom works during all of the above.. you are just trying to get your phone back to working condition again. After it's working again, you have backed up... then you can go "wild" some and try as many rom's as you wish... I know it took several times for me to finally find one that I liked how it worked and how it looked...

    BEWARE... flashing roms is very addictive once you start LOL :)
     
  18. SandmanGTP

    SandmanGTP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the advice but I already have a replacement on the way so no need to really play with this phone. Depending on if I get the Droid 1 or 2 I'll reroot, may not flash anything. I'll be sure to do more homework the next time around.
     

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