i've heard people that needed (on Falcon at least) to first update to a Stock optimized ROM (like did @lost101 ) before succeeding the flashing of any customs
you are right, the term "bootlooping" is incorrect as it doesn't really loop but simply never complete the first boot... my fault
and yes holding power button was what i was talking about
I tried the XT1039_Retail_EU_51_Untouched_Stagefright_Patched. zip from the thread.
Something happened which made no sense to me, it would pass the MD5 check but not the zip verification. I thought I'd give it a go without that verification to see what would happen. It failed, which I expected but it gave me an error message.
"symlink: no of symlinks failed = 1"
So Googling that I came across this post, the follow up reply indicates that the partition sizes are incorrect but that is for falcon.
I decided to restart recovery so I could get a clean log of the errors.
So I did the zip verification failed part, then went straight back to it to uncheck zip verification and record that error too. Only 'trouble' is it didn't error and has now booted up.
I'll finish setting it up and then let you know what happens, I'm more confused now than I was before and suspect you'll feel the same way!
Thanks for the replies @matmutant.
Well it booted up, restored the apps via the setup wizard and seems to be working fine. I have had a play store error pop up a couple of times though.
As it isn't a fully patched Stagefright update I'm going to try some custom ROM now to see if they work.
I still don't understand how it worked when I'd tried this already and was just trying to get a log file.
Well it will flash custom ROM now, I've put Slim on it and it seems to work fine.
I wish I knew what I managed to do differently to make it work, that might save someone else having a similar problem in the future.