Cyanogenmod on Defy

Posted by admin on Dec 5, 2011 in Android |

After a few anxious attempts, I managed to root and upgrade my phone to Cyanogenmod ROM. These are the steps.

1. Rooting the phone.

I tried a few versions of SuperOneClick and had no success but then I found SuperOneClickv2.2-ShortFuse.zip and it ran without problems. The prerequisites are the Motorola USB drivers and MotoConnect. SuperOneClick is a windows program. The phone must first be set to USB debugging under Applications.

2. Installing 2nd Init

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1065798

This is required to bypass the locked boot loader. It used to be available as a Market app but now has to be dowloaded from one of many sites. Look for bootmenu 0.6.1.

Prerequistes are Android SDK (installer_r15-windows.exe) from Android Developers http://developer.android.com/sdk

2nd Init also installs ClockworkMod Recovery for backup and recovery. (AKA CWM)

After installing and booting, the phone may end up in the boot menu which is disconcerting. However, selecting the default boot mode as Normal fixes the boot process.

Perform a custom backup (AKA Nandroid Backup) in case something goes wrong. Copy the backup directory to your PC for safety.

3. Installing Titanium Backup Free

This is not required for upgrading the ROM but is in case something goes wrong. Run a Batch backup of everything and then copy the backup directory to your PC for safety.

4. Download RSD Lite and stock (Full) SBF

This is not required for upgrading the ROM but in case something goes wrong and you need to flash a Full ROM. I downloaded JRDNEM_U3_3.4.2_177-003_BLUR_SIGN_SIGNED_USAJRDNEMARAB1B8RTGB03A.0R_PDS03C_USAJRDNFRYORTGB_P019_A010_HWp3_Service1FF.sbf.gz from http://and-developers.com/sbf:defy

5. Download Cyanogenmod ROM from http://www.cyanogenmod.com/

I downloaded update-cm-7.1.0-jordan-signed.zip and renamed it update.zip in the top level directory of the SD Card

6. Download Google Apps if you need GMail, Maps etc

I downloaded gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip and renamed it gapps.zip in the top level directory of the SD Card.

7. Installing the ROM

I followed this guide http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1054447 and it ran in about 10 mins with no problems.

8. Adding themes

I downloaded Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 Theme, Black Glass ADW theme and Sense Analog Clock Dark from the market.

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