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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by MizzouBrent, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. MizzouBrent

    MizzouBrent Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I repeatedly see people having issues with things, and a lot of them are pretty easy to fix. It's one of those things where I cringe, because I see people doing things that shouldn't be done, but at one time, I admittedly didn't really know any better. The new root method has brought in a lot of new root users. Welcome to the forums by the way!

    So here are a couple of things that I would consider to be sort of the root bible if you will.

    1) Use Amon RA recovery - I'm sure Clockwork and TWRP are nice, but nobody has issues with using Amon RA. The newest version is 2.3, and you should be running this as the recovery on your phone. It supports all scripts (amend and edify), it wipes everything correctly, it just plan works. I almost feel like the Rooting for Dummies thread should be updated to tell people to use Amon RA only.

    2) Avoid ROM Manager - This probably makes me cringe more than anything. Learn to flash everything in recovery manually. I wouldn't bother doing anything in ROM Manager, except maybe running a fix_permissions command, which you can do quickly in a terminal emulator anyway by pressing "su", hitting enter, and then typing fix_permissions. ROM Manager is buggy, and if you flash something using it, then don't be surprised if you have problems.

    3) Make a Nandroid Backup and keep it safe - Maybe this should be rule #1. ALWAYS have a backup on your phone's SD card and always keep at least one copy on your PC so if something happens with your SD card, then you can easily get a nandroid backup replaced. There is no excuse to not make a nandroid backup. Pretty much any recovery will backup your Wimax keys, but again, use Amon RA.

    4) When in doubt, wipe cache and dalvik cache - When flashing something in recovery, this is almost always required. Even when it's not, I do it anyway. Full data wipes are only required when going from rom to rom, but cache and dalvik cache are required for most everything else. You can't go wrong by doing this.

    5) Don't feel like you're asking a stupid question, ask away! - No question is stupid, so ask if you have a question. Everyone on this forum is incredibly helpful, and Ocnbrze apparently does nothing but check this forum all day long, so you will get incredibly quick responses from someone on this forum if you have a question or issue :) We were all n00bs at one point, and you can't learn everything overnight.

    I guess that's all I can think of at the moment. Happy flashing to everybody here.
     



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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    thanx. sound advice for sure.
     
  3. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    Nice post. Thanks and a slight bump ;)
     
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  4. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    Only thing I would add is do a back up of your sd card as well. Never know when something will go wrong and take your card with it (I believe in theory this shouldn't happen but neither should symple typo's but they do.

    I would also add that you should do a little research on the ROM you are wanting to install. Check out all known issues. One this will save you time searching to fix something there is not a known fix for and two it should help determine which ROM you want to install (Lets face it nobody wants to keep a ROM that doesn't support WIFI)

    The Last thing I will add is run Titanium Backup to save all your apps & data. (Not System Data) This is a very easy way to have your phone back up and running in a lot less time.

    If you EVER have Problems COME HERE WE will help.
     
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  5. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    :D ;) intentional?
    I do think that research is a great thing for people to do with their roms, but I'm not sure it should be in the thread. I would hope that people read about roms they flash. :)
     
  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    i agree that maybe it does not really need to be in the op, but i think that it should be said though. make sure that whatever you are going to flash that you know what it is that you are flashing. be aware that it is in a beta and will have bugs. make sure that you know what the features are and what are the known bugs. also read any installation instructions. i guess then main thing is do some research and read before flashing.
     
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  7. Xtremedays

    Xtremedays Android Expert

    Read instructions?! You're kidding right? Most of us are guys! We don't need any stinking instructions! :p:p:p:D:D:D
     
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  8. Team420

    Team420 Well-Known Member


    Took the words right outta my mouth :D
     
  9. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    did i say instructions?........i meant directions.........oh wait who asks for directions anyways..........not us guys.:D
     
  10. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    unless it's the mik3d beta :cool:;):D

    went overboard with the faces...:rolleyes:
     
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  11. MizzouBrent

    MizzouBrent Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Ha. I will add reading the instructions and existing rom issues to the op. On the phandroid app right now.
     
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  12. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer

    Nandroid and wipe.
    Preferably 2ply.
     
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