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What's the latest ROM to use?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Anthony2816, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Anthony2816

    Anthony2816 Well-Known Member
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    I've flashed my phone twice, but despite that I'm still a hopeless noob, so I'm begging for guidance here.

    I rooted my Fascinate and flashed Community Rom 2.1 last summer, then wiped it and switched to Powerwashed 20 beta 3 in October. Since then the phone has been slower than with Community Rom (and scores significantly lower in Quadrant), and will also lock up if I try to use Google Maps. And 2-3 times a week, at seemingly random times, the phone just lock up, requiring me to hold down the power button and volume button for several seconds to get it to reboot. Battery life isn't that great...I usually have to charge it before the end of the day.

    Thus, I'd like to start from scratch again, but I haven't been following developments for the last few months, and honestly don't have time to try to catch up, nor re-learn all the technical terms that normally fly over my head anyway. (Just read about "ICS" but have no idea what it is, and terms like "radio" and "kernal" make my brain hurt).

    Can someone give me a quick and simple answer: What's the best ROM to put on my Fascinate now? Just looking for whatever will make it clean, fast, and allow things like GPS to work.

    Currently my "About phone" shows:

    Hardware version: I500.4
    Model number: SCH-I500
    Firmware version: 2.3.4
    Baseband version: S:i500.04 V.EC09
    Kernal version: 2.6.35.7
    Build number: SCH-I500.EH09

    The Powerwashed file I used was called "powerwashed_20_b3_Full_ec09modem.tar.md5", and I also used "atlas_v2.2.2.pit" although I've completely forgotten what the latter was for. For Clockwork recovery I have "CwM Voodoo Lagfix Recovery c2.5.1.x", whatever that means.

    Guess I should also mention that I use my phone a lot for a variety of things: Web browsing, nav, games, phone calls, e-book, office docs, email, music, Groupon, etc., and occasionally for videos, camera, texting.

    Remember, answers in noobspeak would be very much appreciated. Please ask if there's any other info needed to help me.
     



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  2. supremekizzle

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    I just flashed teamhacksungs 6.1 ice cream sandwich and it is the shiz!!!! I would say this is the one to flash for sure seriously awesome! Here is a guide that I personally feel should be stickied. I couldn't have gone without http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1238070
     
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  3. Anthony2816

    Anthony2816 Well-Known Member
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  4. supremekizzle

    supremekizzle Member

    Guess I didn't even know there was a 6.5 yet. I haven't ran into any issues but I've only been using it for six hours so it has yet to be seen. It is super smooth and a huge upgrade from the gingerbread os UI. I'd say give it a try. From what I hear this phone is damn near impossible to brick permanently.
     
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  5. Anthony2816

    Anthony2816 Well-Known Member
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    Okay, I've got 6.5 installed (as of a few minutes ago). First question: Section 7 of the above guide allows you to change the radio/modem. Section 8 allows you to change the kernel.

    I have no idea what these do...well, they explain the radios, but how does one choose a kernel?
     
  6. Anthony2816

    Anthony2816 Well-Known Member
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    Oooo, Quadrant score of 1551! That's a huge improvement.
     

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