Installing CyanogenMod Build : Rock Your Ace! Part 4

Now that you have taken backups of all the things that you would like, there is no stopping you from installing the cyanogenMod build. Here we go-

  • You have strictly followed all the steps of Part 2 of this series.

  1. Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery v5 by holding power+home key during boot.
  2. Wipe Cache and Dalvik cache from the recovery.
  3. Now copy the ‘Vo-1cm-7-20120725FULLROM.zip’ downloaded above in root of sd card. Also copy the ‘Superuser-3.1.3.zip’ to your sd card.
  4. In recovery, select ‘Install zip from sd card‘ and then select ‘Vo-1cm-7-20120725FULLROM.zip’ you copied to your sd card.
  5. Select install and allow the process to complete.

And you’re done! CyanoenMod v7.2 has been installed to your Ace.
Just one more thing before you start, we need to install the SuperUser app.

  1. Reboot into recovery.
  2. Select ‘Install zip from sd card-> Toggle script asserts’
  3. Now select the ‘Superuser-3.1.3.zip’ you copied to your sd card in step 3 above. Select install.

That’s it. The build we have mentioned already contains all Google Apps preinstalled. So no need to flash the Gapps separately.

Now you just need to restore the backups you made in part 3 of the tutorial series (not the nandroid backup, nandroid backup will give you your old ROM back). So you can keep using your contacts, calendar, memo, SMS , call log etc.

We will be back with the last part of this tutorial series in which we tell you how to make this CM build your own!

Previous: 3. Taking Backups
Next:
5. Customize

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Taking Backups: Rock Your Ace! Part 3

Now your phone is eligible for the CyanogenMod build to flash. But not so fast! What about all the precious data you have on your phone- contacts, calendar, messages (SMS), applications, notes, music etc. What if the flash fails (it won’t!)? What if you don’t like the CyanogenMod build? (you will 😉 )

So this part will deal with-

  • Creating a failsafe –  A Nandroid backup of your ROM
  • Taking backups of contacts, calendar etc.

Nandroid Backups

Nandroid backups are nothing but a fancy name for ‘taking a backup of everything in NAND flash’. This is a great way to take a backup of your ROM’s before doing any changes to your phone and if it all goes bad, you can use ClockWorkMod to do a NANDROID restore and get your phone back to the time you did the backup. Both the backup and restore are handled by ClockWorkMod Recovery.

To keep this post arranged and simple to read we have created a separate tutorial specifying the process. Here is the link- (Remember this is an optional step.)
>> Take Nandroid Backup of the Current ROM

Kies Backup Options:

If you are on Stock Rom, you can backup your Contacts, Calendar and Memos to your PC. But be aware that you can’t restore these back to you CyanogenMod ROM. Once you have installed any custom ROM to your phone, Kies won’t detect your phone. Though you can view your contacts on PC, but no such luck with calendar and memo. So goodbye Samsung Kies. RIP. Read our Kies rant here.

Google Backup

Your calendar and contacts can easily be back up on google account. Simply sync your contacts and calendar by going to Settings-> Accounts & Sync

Photos, Music And Videos

Simply copy your media files from sd card to some folder of your PC.

SMS, MMS, Call Log, Browser Bookmarks

There are many apps on the Android Market that cover this domain. We will mention a free app named MybackupJust install and give it a go. You can backup anything mentioned above with this app as well. Here is a video from the app’s page giving a demo-

So, next step- CyanogenMod. Here we come…

Previous: 2. Getting Ready
Next: 4. Installing CyanogenMod

Rock Your Ace! – Tutorial Series

As promised here we are with our much awaited tutorial series Rock Your Ace!

This tutorials series will help you move from any stock ROM be it Froyo/GB or Custom ROM to the most popular and most stable CyanogenMod build. We will keep it as Noob-friendly as possible and will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Why should I upgrade to CyanogenMod?

CyanogenMod is an open-source feature rich alternative to your stock ROM. The main advantage of using it or the features you will get are-

  • Powerful DSP Equalizer
  • Lockscreen Gestures
  • Phone Goggles – Filter calls and SMS
  • Themes support
  • Incognito Browsing support
  • Open VPN
  • ‘Swipe to remove‘ notifications
  • Custom Bootanimation (you can create one yourself and use it)
  • CRT screen off animation
  • App2sd support (you will need to partition your sdcard & install Link2sd)
  • All updated Google apps with least phone memory usage
  • Riddance to Bloatware
  • Customizable Toggles (Gps, wifi, bluetooth, screen brightness, screen timeout, torch etc.)
  • Powerful Music App
    • Gestures Support
    • Change Songs with Volume Rocker while phone is locked without waking up the screen (by long pressing the volume rocker)

Sold? No. Here is an official CyanogenMod 7.2 build in action:

What CyanogenMod build are we using?
We are using the latest CyanogenMod build by VO-1 as updated on 25th July.

So moving forward this will be a long tutorial, to keep it simple we will break it into parts. Depending on you build and whatever things you have done with phone (like rooting, CWM recovery), you can join us with that step.

Here is the currently planned structure (which might change slightly)

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Ready
    • Moving to a GB build
    • Rooting
    • Installing ClockworkMod Recovery V4
    • Installing ClockworkMod Recovery V5
  3. Taking Backups
    • Nandroid Backup
    • Kies Backup Options
    • Google Backup
    • Photos, Music And Videos
    • SMS, MMS, Call Log, Browser Bookmarks
  4. Installing latest Cyanogenmod
    • wipe cache/dalvik cache
    • Install CyanogenMod zip through recovery
    • Install Gapps
    • Install SU app
  5. Customize
    • Install Link2sd
    • Get rid of unwanted apps
    • Change your bootscreen
    • Install Themes
    • Change your font

You can use either use the above structure to navigate to any page or use the link below to move to the next page. The links will be added as soon as the posts are made.

Next: 2. Getting Ready

The latest Indian Firmware: Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKQ8 [Review with Screenshots & Download link]

Finally, firmware with Android 2.3.6 has been launched in India with version number DDKQ8

There are quite a lot changes introduced by Samsung in this version (some mainly because of Apple’s patent fight with Samsung on Slide to unlock lock screen and Overscroll bounce…! Damn you Apple!)

So before we move to the review of this ROM, here is how to get it on your phone:

Method 1: Update using Samsung Kies
Method 2: For flashing with Odin. here is the link to the firmware: Hotfile.com: One click file hosting: S5830DDKQ8_S5830ODDKQ7_INU.zip (Pass (if any): sampro.pl)
Then just follow the flashing with ODIN tutorial.

Note: Clear Cache Partition from recovery menu after update! Otherwise, you might have problems!

How to go to recovery menu?
Turn off your phone. Then, Power On it by holding Power+Home button at the same time. You will reach the recovery menu. Navigate with the Volume Rocker and Select using Home button.



1. Lock Screen

The Unlock method has changed. When you keep your finger on the screen, a lock like symbol will appear! You have to slide your finger over the screen to unlock!

A big advantage is that the lock screen also displays your unread text message count and you can directly access the messages by sliding on top of the red circle which has a message symbol on top! It even supports missed call count and you can access your missed calls directly! Cool, huh?

Unfortunately, you don’t have the old slide to unlock method but you can use an app like widgetlocker to go back to old slider type lockscreen.

2) Touchwiz

Not much has changed…! The call button icon and Memo icon has changed somewhat. And the home screen is loopable now. In the app drawer, you can navigate to any page by simply tapping at its screen number on the top, and it will go to that page. Continue reading

[Official] CyanogenMod 7 for Samsung Galaxy Ace [Release Candiadate 1]

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Not a week has passed by since the first official nightly shockingly! appeared on CM repositories for Samsung Galaxy Ace. This was indeed with compliance with earlier reports that official CM 7.2 was confirmed for Ace & will release with the global schedule.

The Cyanogenmod 7.2 Official is finally making its way to Samsung Galaxy Ace. The final stable version release will coincide with the global official release of CM 7.2 for more than 69 devices.

There might be some bugs, so inexperienced users and those who would like a finished product might want to keep away.
So without further ado.. Here we go:
Download Links:

  1. If you aren’t already on Gingerbread (2.3.x), do so. (Tutorial)
  2. Install CWM Recovery 5. (CWM 4 might work) (Tutorial)
  3. While in CWM Recovery, do the following:
    • Wipe data/factory reset
    • Wipe cache partition
    • Wipe dalvik cache
  4. In CWM Recovery, choose
    Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > update-cm-7-20120312 NIGHTLY-cooper-signed.zip > yes. Install.
  5. Reboot system!!
    Note: First boot may take 2-5 minutes.
  6. Install Google Apps:
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > gapps-gb-20120116-237-signed.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!
  7. Install Kernel with Overclock capability
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > cm-blackhawk-kernel.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!

And Done! Now you are up and working. Steps 6 & 7 are optional.

Note: Without step 6, you will lack basic google apps on your phone. They cannot be included in CM builds due to google objection.
Without step 7, you won’t be able to change CPU frequency.

Bugs:


This is THE news people have been waiting for. Not only after the final version release, not only the users will have a definite version to install but the devs will also be able to use it as a base for a custom ROM.

7.2.0 CHANGELOG (notable new features or fixes)

New devices: Samsung Galaxy Ace
Common: Updated translations – (everyone)
Common: T9 predictive Phone dialer – Danesh M, Pawit Pornkitprasan
Common: Media player and recorder fixes for a number of corner cases – CAF, Danny Baumann
Common: Profile resets – Ladios Jonquil
Common: Assorted Wifi fixes
OMAP Common: Support for recent OMAP3/OMAP4 devices – omapzoom
Common: Control haptic in quiet hours – Danesh M
Common: Lockscreen updates and new styles – Andrew Sutherland, Danny Baumann, Danesh M, Sven Dawitz, Taichi Nishimura
Common: Bluetooth MAP support – Jonathan Bensen
Common: ICS telephony fix backports – Spencer Oliver
Common: Support for Bluetooth GPS dongles – Cuong Bui
Common: Better support for mouse and usb keyboards – Emilio Lopez, Tanguy Pruvot
Common: Fix timezone detection in Hawaii – Warren Togami
Common: ICS Transition effects backport – Russ Underhill
Common: ICS Rotation effects backport – Tanguy Pruvot
Common: Allow photo storage selection when possible – Greg Kochaniak
Common: Improved Calendar reminder options – Danny Baumann
Common: Fix color banding in Gallery while displaying 32bpp images – Sang Tae Park
Common: ADB over network
Common: Improved AVRCP 1.3 compatibility
Common: Improved external keyboard and mouse behaviour on some corner cases – Tanguy Pruvot
Common: Status bar battery icon configuration – Simon Davie

What do you guys think? Drop your opinions in the comments below.
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[Official] CyanogenMod 7 for Samsung Galaxy Ace [Nightly Apr 6]

So finally, its official! See, what did we tell you! Keeping faith & having patience finally paid up, huh!
The Cyanogenmod 7.2 Official is finally making its way to Samsung Galaxy Ace. A nightly was released on Mar 12 and a final stable version might not be much far away.
UPDATE:
Latest nightly of Apr 6 attached.

There might be some bugs, so inexperienced users and those who would like a finished product might want to keep away.
So without further ado.. Here we go:
Download Links:

  1. If you aren’t already on Gingerbread (2.3.x), do so.
  2. Install CWM Recovery 5. (CWM 4 might work)
  3. While in CWM Recovery, do the following:
    • Wipe data/factory reset
    • Wipe cache partition
    • Wipe dalvik cache
  4. In CWM Recovery, choose
    Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > update-cm-7-20120312 NIGHTLY-cooper-signed.zip > yes. Install.
  5. Reboot system!!
    Note: First boot may take 2-5 minutes.
  6. Install Google Apps:
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > gapps-gb-20120116-237-signed.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!
  7. Install Kernel with Overclock capability
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > cm-blackhawk-kernel.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!

And Done! Now you are up and working. Steps 6 & 7 are optional.

Bugs:

  • Found any?

Fix for link2sd (credit to kansar)

Try moving/deleting init.d script “05mountsd” then reconfigure link2sd, that script interferes with Link2sd’s sd-ext partition mounting script


While installing this build & testing it might leave you unsatisfied, this is definitely very good news. This is THE news people have been waiting for. Not only After the final version release, not only the users will have a definite version to install but the devs will also be able to use it as a base for a custom ROM.

What do you guys think? Drop your opinions in the comments below.
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How to install RZRecovery on Micromax A70

We have already showed you how to install CWM recovery 4 & 5 on Micromax A70. Another alternative to CWM is RZ Recovery.

Requirements:

Instructions:

  1. Extract the zip file to C:\
  2. Rename the downloaded recovery to “recovery5.img” (or whatever you like)
  3. Turn off your mobile. While holding the camera key, connect your device to your computer via USB and wait till you see ‘fastboot USB’ on the screen.
  4. Open command prompt & type the following command:.
    fastboot-windows flash recovery recovery5.img
  5. Type:
    fastboot-windows reboot
  6. Done!! Check the new recovery.

 

The new recovery is better and awesome than CWM in the opinion of many users at androidforums. Nevertheless, it will never hurt to give it a shot.

Related Articles:
How to install ClockworkMod Recovery 5 (CWM) on Micromax A70

Install ‘The Most Stable’ Unofficial CyanogenMod 7.2 for Samsung Galaxy Ace

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Last updated on Apr 16 2012

The official CM7.2 has been confirmed & will release with global CM release schedule. Meanwhile you can install the official RC1 version on your cellphone. Though nightly build can be found here which is the latest version.

Note: There are many versions of CM available for download, but the one we have mentioned (CyanogenMod-7.2.0-by-FAT-KANG) is the most stable and complete.

Requirements:

  • Stock/Custom Rom with Android 2.3
  • ClockworkMod Recovery 5 | Tutorial

  1. Reboot into ClockWorkMod 5.
  2. Wipe data/factory reset.
  3. Don’t leave the recovery yet. Format /system
  4. Download CyanogenMod-7.2.0-by-FAT-KANG from the link given above & flash from CWM recovery.
  5. Download Google Apps from link above & flash from CWM recovery.
  6. Reboot & you’re done.

Note: If you have installed CM by vo-1, you didn’t need to wipe data/factory reset

  • All sensors work perfectly (all very good. Quick flips, etc.).
  • New style circles (lockscreen)
  • ADB Wifi
  • You can change the name of the operator
  • Service mode
  • cm_kernel_tw (kernel crossed 4pda.ru user gorolegov-th nucleus blackhawk with zImage-Mod v1.0 (2.6.35.7-perf-cl562111 ketut @ A0A110 # 1))
  • Improved camera

Not Working:
Nothing!

So try it out and let us know!

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How to Deodex Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Ace DDKQ6

We have covered what odex & deodex files are in detail. If you are on any other firmware than DDKQ6, follow this tutorial.

Important:

  • Make sure you have CWM recovery installed
  • This procedure will change your system apps and framework from odex to deodex. Hence its a good idea to do a backup.

Instructions:

  1. Download the file OS 2.3.4 S5830DDKQ6_Deodex_full (73 MB) and place it in the root of the SD card.
  2. Boot into CWM recovery mode.
  3. Wipe cache and Dalvik cache.
  4. Now select ‘Install zip from sdcard‘ (Navigate with the volume rocker)
  5. Choose zip from sdcard. Select the zip file you’ve downloaded above and click ‘Yes‘.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete. Then reboot & you’re done.

Note: First boot may take little longer than normal boot. This is due to building of Dalvik Cache which is only a one-time affair.

How to flash CF-Root kernel (Ex with BLN & swap) on Samsung Galaxy Ace (Gingerbread)

Previously we showed you how to flash CF-Root kernel on Samsung Galaxy Ace but that version of kernel didn’t include BLN & swap support. Today we are going to show you how to flash this kernel on your stock Gingerbread (versions listed below). This tutorial is not meant for new users.
If you don’t already know, CF-Root kernel is very popular kenel for Samsung Galaxy Ace. It provides many popular features like Ext4 file system & many useful scripts.As of now all the Customs Roms are based on this kernel.

Note : This is not a custom firmware. It is only a kernel for Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 . You do NOT need to wipe anything for this patch. This will  work with KPH/KPN/DDKQ5/KPB/KPO versions of GB. Continue reading