Jul 26, 2010
Got my captivate recently and was thinking about rooting it. if I do root, will I still be able to receive the over the air update of froyo or will I have to flash a rom? And how do you go about downloading/flashing roms? Is it as easy as rooting? Is that what cyanogen is for?

You will receive a prompt to update but will lose root if you accept. If that OTA happens to eliminate a root-hole then you are stuck without root until another method is found (if one is found). It's best just to wait for some devs to incorporate an OTA into a ROM.

Rooting is easy as there are one click options available. ROMS are a completely different beast. And arguably the most fun part. But before you even think of flashing, CREATE A NAND BACKUP. This is an unscrewed with image of your OS that you can flash in case you make a mistake. Do this with one of the Recovery programs available for download.

Then you just download ROMs. Follow the instructions to the letter, and read them through completely first, and youll have no issues, all fun.

*Cyanogen is a ROM developer who names his ROMs cyanogen. He usually only makes ports of his ROM for HTC devices, with some exceptions.
Thanks a ton that information is really helpful! Once I've rooted, where do I go about finding roms? How do I know they're the latest available and compatible with my phone?