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Upgrading Cataclysm (4.4.1)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hook, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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    I think I have this figured out from reading through the XDA thread, but I'd appreciate it if some of the smarter than me folks would check my assumptions.

    I've downloaded the Dec 6th zip. I believe you can install that and it will work, bt that you need to separately flash the new radio and bootloader. I *think* but I am not sure that This link below is to the new bootloader and radio.

    4.4.1 Bootloader & Radio (Flashable) - xda-developers

    I'm not sure on the order of doing things here. Do I flash the new bootloader and radio first and then update the ROM? Does it matter?

    Does flashing the new bootloader lock the bootloader? If so, will I be unrooted? Will my custom recovery still be there? What do I need to do here.

    Is there an easier way to approach tis that I'm overlooking?

    Thanks for helping and tolerating the questions. It's mostly the bootloader and radio stuff that confuses me and seems to have the most potential problems if I get it wrong.

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  2. mysticalnyte

    mysticalnyte Well-Known Member

    I'm on Cata as well but I had my original stock and rooted ROM backed up. If you still have it or anyone else all I did was restore it, flash OTA and SuperSU 1.80 .zip, restart, update all apps, run BusyBox, reboot back into Recovery and backup latest stock with root ROM.
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  3. johnnyolivares

    johnnyolivares Android Enthusiast

    the link for the bootloader has reached its limit. would you mind sharing yours?
  4. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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  5. Hunter5

    Hunter5 Android Enthusiast

    Ok, still learning everyday so sorry for the noob question. Is it necessary to flash both after updating to Cataclysm 4.4.1? I was reading on XDA that many were getting poorer signals after flashing new radio, what have you experienced so far? thanks!
  6. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!

    From what I saw in the thread at xda people said flash bootloader and radio, flash rom, wipe cache and dalvik.

    I didn't do the radio/bootloader update this go around. I just dirty flashed Dec 6th and all seems well so far. I don't have any radio issues so I don't really care to mess with it.
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  7. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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    I think I like that approach. I was toying with reflashing stock to get everything and then flashing Cataclysm Dec 6th. The complaints about the new radio are giving me pause.
  8. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
    Thread Starter

    Reading the last few pages of the XDA thread is making me braver again. After all, that's what Nandord backups are for, right? ;)

    Question, does restoring a Nandroid after flashing new radio and bootloader restore the old radio and bootloader?
  9. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    No, nandroids only backup system, boot, and data. TWRP also gives you the ability to back up efs, cache, and recovery. If you want to restore a bootloader or radio, you will either need to flash the factory image .img files in fastboot or find a flashable zip of the old ones and flash in custom recovery. Not really a reason to flash the old bootloader, and I personally haven't noticed any problems with the new radio.
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  10. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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    Thanks, that's what I figured (and, yes, I long ago saved a Nandroid backup of my EFS partition). Well, I think I'm going to go ahead and do the who shebang after a couple of chores here at home. Flash bootloader and radio, wipe C&DC and flash Cataclysm.

    I have My Nexus One with the broken power button for backup. ;) Life is short... :D
  11. vandyman

    vandyman Android Expert

    The only thing that I do not like with this CAT_ROM update is that all of the menus for me are greyed out instead of blue. :thinking:
  12. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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    They talk about that he changed that color scheme. Since my menus aren't blue now I'll have to find out what that means. All my menus are black with white letters. They do gave blue on switches and check marks, so I expect those elements are what people are talking about.

    Some people seem to like the change, others don't. I'll see.
  13. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!

    That was by design. It matches the new kit kat color scheme. It's almost as if they accidentally left some blue jellybean bits behind.
  14. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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    Wow! After all that dancing around, was that ever a smooth experience. Took me 20 minutes and most of it involved working up the nerve to hit the slider to flash. :rolleyes::p

    I did exactly as I said. After making sure all Nandroids had been backed up to my PC including the current snapshot, I flashed the bootloader, flashed the radio, wiped C&DC, Flashed Cataclysm 4.4.1 update. Rebooted. Checked everything out. Then flashed Franco r19.

    This baby is humming. I actually love the new gray for blue change. So far I'm not noticing any radio differences, though Monday's commute will make a better test.

    Thanks to everyone for all the hand holding. I feel sort of silly about my anxiety now, but I'm not yet at a place where I'm super confident with this stuff and I need to make sure I have my head around it before I move. I'm willing to take risks, just not blind ones. ;)

    I really love this place. The folks here are both knowledgeable, tolerant and helpful, a sometimes rare combination on the internet.
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  15. morgankslade

    morgankslade Android Expert

    How would I know if I have the new radio after flashing 4.4.1 Cataclysm rom.
    I thought all that was updated through 4.4.1 ROM.
  16. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    Radios are a separate item altogether. You would know by looking in Settings > About Phone > Baseband.

    For the record, I only flashed the radio and it was a-ok. It actually increased my data speeds slightly. Bootloader/radio are not required in order to run 4.4.1 stock or otherwise.
  17. morgankslade

    morgankslade Android Expert

    ok my baseband is
    Is this not the NEW radio
  18. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    It is the new radio. You must have either taken the OTA or manually flashed a radio .zip. It's not included in the Cataclysm 4.4.1 update.
  19. morgankslade

    morgankslade Android Expert

    Speed test shows that I am a tad faster on downloads.
  20. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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    As you would guess, Atl4antis is already working on adding 4.4.2. Apparently will be a new ROM, not just a patch update. I'm sure won't be long to wait. :)
  21. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
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  22. vandyman

    vandyman Android Expert

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  23. morgankslade

    morgankslade Android Expert

    WooHoo. Thanks devs. You guys are on your job.
  24. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)
    Thread Starter

    Did a dirty flash (only wiped Dalvik cache and cache) and everything booted up great and worked perfectly. Reflashed Franco r20, works great. Even got the Nova update. Mmmm-Mmmmm! Sweet! :D
  25. Schultz68

    Schultz68 Newbie

    I have tried multiple times, but every time it starts flashing it says "this may take a few minutes" and that's it. It doesn't progress at all. I am using TWRP and wiping before I flash. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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