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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Adamantus, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Adamantus

    Adamantus Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I know there are lots of topics on this, but I just wanted to ask some questions for myself before I did anything.

    I rooted my Captivate in November to remove the bloatware mainly (I did it manually...from what I can gather, it seems there are some automate ways to root now). But after doing so, I wasn't able to get the OTA GPS update, so I unrooted and have been that way ever since. Now, I'm getting tired of not having flash, so I want to root again to update to froyo/gingerbread.

    I know that there are lots of videos and information I can get from this site, but I don't want problems like I had last time. I know I should back up my apps with Titanium before rooting, but are there any other precautions I should take? Also, is there some video or walkthrough that everyone would recommend (and some specific ROM to flash). If I do root, will my GPS go down again, and, if so, will I be able to get OTA updates?

    Any other information that you think I should know would be helpful probably. Thanks for the help in advance.
     



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  2. jetpuck73

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  3. Rootmepls

    Rootmepls Android Enthusiast

    I'm pretty sure rooting doesn't even void your warranty. I had an AT&T rep telling me he rooted a friends phone in store. Of course I think flashing a ROM is another story. I've never really worried much about warranties after the first 6mo.
     
  4. Jack45

    Jack45 Android Expert

    Have you viewed this?

    Root - CapFAQ
     
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  5. Adamantus

    Adamantus Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, I understand some of the main problems (bricking the phone), but I've used Ubuntu for several years and haven't messed up critical files ever on my PC.

    I'll look at the z4root (it seems easy).

    I also saw a video (it seems pretty prevalent on this site) that shows how to flash a Cognition Rom.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsafJ-9uRqk

    Is a Cognition Rom good? Is it easy to upgrade to Froyo after getting it?
     
  6. Rootmepls

    Rootmepls Android Enthusiast

    Cognition 3.04 is the only ROM I've flashed (3 different upgrades of Cog no problems with the flash). I'm very happy with it. Although Serendipity 5.5 is another excellent ROM that has lots of fans. If I flash anything else it would be that. These both upgrade your phone to Firmware 2.2 Froyo. I think the stock Froyo from Samsung would be a downgrade once you get one of these flashed. Thats when Samsung finally comes out with it. And you can't expect them to fix bugs like the developers of the ROMs do. Samsung took 7months to even release the upcoming 2.2(Late Feb maybe). If they even do release it.
     
  7. mttfrog13

    mttfrog13 Android Enthusiast

    Cognition is generally accepted as the most stable rom. I was on cognition 3, it was perfectly stable. I had tried serendipity 4, but I got some crashes, but serendipity 5 has been perfectly stable for me and has a great gingerbread theme so I would recommend serendipity 5. You won't have to do anything to get froyo after flashing it, the major reason to flash roms is because they give you froyo along with the theme, apps that require root, tethering etc.. On the other hand, if you want to flash back to stock U.S. froyo whenever its released, if you want to do it OTA, you may have to flash back to stock.
     

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