Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Mar 2012 21:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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Too complicated
by pandronic on Mon 19th Mar 2012 11:27 UTC
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

I've always found the whole Android modding thing too complicated. For example, now my SGS is kinda bricked. What did I do, you ask? Well I rooted it using cf-root, which worked fine and then installed Cyanogenmod 7.1 via the CWM included with cf-root, following the official instructions to the letter. The result? A never-ending boot cycle. WTF!?

Now, I look forward to wasting a few days reading random bits of information from the xda forums until I figure out how to undo what the hell I have done.

What pisses me off about Android is the fact that while the hardware and choice are fantastic, the default software is shit unless you buy a Nexus Phone, and some mods may be great if you have the time, patience and technical know-how to find and understand all the random bits of information spread across the internet. And to think that all I wanted is the vanilla Android experience ... I'm so disappointed.

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RE: Too complicated
by Morgan on Mon 19th Mar 2012 12:13 in reply to "Too complicated"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm not familiar with that specific phone so this may not work for you, but something that worked for my Nook when it had the same reboot loop was to prepare a fresh CWM bootable SD card with a CM 7.1 stable image stored on it. Reboot to the card, wipe cache and data, reboot, wipe again, reboot and install the OS image. Remove the card and reboot one last time and you should see a robot on a skateboard again.

I only ever had to do that wacky procedure once, and I discovered it by accident when my Nook was stuck in a reboot loop and no one had an easy fix. I have no idea why wiping twice fixed it, but I'm sure that was what did it. Wiping once and installing the OS kept me in the loop; wiping twice did the trick. All I know is the Nook now makes for a great, if highly quirky, cheap tablet with CM7.

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RE[2]: Too complicated
by pandronic on Mon 19th Mar 2012 12:35 in reply to "RE: Too complicated"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Thanks for the info, I'll have a look to see if I can find anything similar for my phone. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is a pretty popular phone, so there's a lot of information about it. Eventually, I'll stumble onto something helpful ;)

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RE: Too complicated
by Timmmm on Mon 19th Mar 2012 13:50 in reply to "Too complicated"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

I think the problem is the XDA-developers forum. The forum software is awful and there is no way to filter the wheat from the chaff. The signal-to-noise ratio is appalling.

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RE[2]: Too complicated
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2012 13:58 in reply to "RE: Too complicated"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I think the problem is the XDA-developers forum. The forum software is awful and there is no way to filter the wheat from the chaff. The signal-to-noise ratio is appalling.


Hell yes, agreed. The XDA forums are chock full of useful information, but loads of people spam the boards with inaccurate nonsense or plain rudeness. Very unproductive.

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RE: Too complicated
by vodoomoth on Mon 19th Mar 2012 14:14 in reply to "Too complicated"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Your experience looks very much like the one I've had this past week-end (but on the desktop platform) with Debian Squeeze, Kubuntu 11.10 & 10.10 and PC-BSD. I just wanted to install another OS alongside my Windows 7, in the simplest fashion possible, i.e. without having to delve into config files. After 4 CD/DVD burnings and 7 failed installation attempts, I ended up giving up.

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