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Installing a ROM on a Motorola Droid 1

November 25, 2011 No comments

I just updated the firmware on my Motorola Droid (version 1, two years told).   Project Elite 5 was the first ROM I loaded after I rooted my Verizon Droid Version 1 phone.  I updated to CynogenMod 7, but it appeared to be buggy, and I had performance issues, including the phone rebooting while using the GPS.  I’m currently running the Steel Droid 9.0 ROM.  

Upgrade Guide – the guide is very complete, but my notes are below

  1. Backup apps using Astro File Manager
  2. Backup SMS using SMS Backup & Restore
  3. I used RZ Recovery ROM, but I’m getting 404 on all the download links and I have ClockworkMod Recovery installed now.
  4. Follow the install guidelines and delete/format all data and cache on the device. 
  5. Install the optional ROM
  6. Re-install Astro and SMS Backup, and restore your apps and data.
  7. Enjoy your new ROM!

Reference Links

Project Elite – Droid 1 Only

CyanogenMod 7 for the Motorola Droid :: V7.1.0 (9 Oct 2011)

Steel Droid – V9.0 for Droid 1, downloads for Droid 2, Droid 3, and Droid X

MIUI – next one I’m trying

RZ Recovery ROM install

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Droid 2.2 firmware update (Froyo)

August 6, 2010 1 comment

I waited until the official firmware release, but I’m impatient, and I have concerns about Verizon bastardizing some features (USB tethering, etc). 

The install was smooth, but I had to remove the battery after the restart when the system appeared to hang during initialization (eye of Sauron animation), then all was well. 

  • Minor interface changes to Google Mail and other apps. Home page interface updated. Performance and battery life at least as good as 2.1 build.
  • All existing apps work fine, the only difference I have noted to date is that the right scroll bar is not visible when some apps (Twitdroid, others) initialize.
  • Handcent SMS is much faster when initializing.
  • Google Mail interface – supports multiple selects and operations, flagging SPAM takes fewer keystrokes
  • Android Marketplace now has an Update All button – so you don’t have to select individual packages, download and OK install. 
  • Data entry – when you’re entering text using the screen, frequently used symbols are available (comma, apostrophe, etc). This is probably my favorite feature so far.
  • I’m using Touchdown, so I can’t comment on Exchange ActiveSync.
  • I need to test Bluetooth dial-by-voice and tethering my laptop for Internet access.

I will post a comprehensive review after using the update for a full work week.

Firmware and instructions – http://www.nexeo.net/?p=488

Motorola Droid support site – http://www.motorola.com/Support/US-EN/Consumer-Support/Mobile-Phones/Droid+-+USA_Default+US_Loc%253AUS-EN

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