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I know this isn't exactly the right place for this but don't really know where is, but do any of you guys know of a site or thread that compares most of the popular roms? I've tried CM10.1 and SHOstock3 so far but would like to hear more about other rooms, particularly the reasons to pick one over the other. Just thought there would be some resources out there for side-by-side comparison as to where one excels over the other in certain aspects.

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Best thing to do is take a day and start flashing. Flash a new ROM take the time to set everything thing up how you like it and test a little bit. Then make a backup, and go on to the next. That way when you decide what you want to run it's ready to go.


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Best thing to do is take a day and start flashing. Flash a new ROM take the time to set everything thing up how you like it and test a little bit. Then make a backup, and go on to the next. That way when you decide what you want to run it's ready to go.


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Haha I was actually expecting and not looking forward to this answer lol. I guess with all the slight differences between roms this would be the only way to find the one that fits best for me.

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What sim card are you using?

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<--- Obvioulsy I am new here. I have been reading and reading and reading so much I cant take it anymore. So any help here is appreciated.

I just bought this phone at walmart last week. It is all stock from Straight Talk. I got only one question... How do you root this thing? There are over 120 pages and they go on and on and on and I lost track so many times its ridiculous. If the OP has the right method on the first page then I guess I aint rooting cause there are so many break ups and "thanks" in the middle of phrases, etc etc etc. I can barely understand any of it.

So... this is what I want to know:

1 ) Can this thing be rooted so that I can get firmware upgrades? Basically I want it to be like I just got it out of the box. I want it to be able to receive Android System upgrades (its stock with Gingerbread. I want it to be JellyBean) and apps that require the phone to be rooted. If I have to download and install system upgrades manually thats fine.

2 ) If the answer to my 1st question is YES.... Can someone intelligently type out the correct steps so that its understood for noobs, like me!
I am sure this may be alot to ask but with over 120 pages.. its impossible to find the correct method that works without bricking.

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<--- Obvioulsy I am new here. I have been reading and reading and reading so much I cant take it anymore. So any help here is appreciated.

I just bought this phone at walmart last week. It is all stock from Straight Talk. I got only one question... How do you root this thing? There are over 120 pages and they go on and on and on and I lost track so many times its ridiculous. If the OP has the right method on the first page then I guess I aint rooting cause there are so many break ups and "thanks" in the middle of phrases, etc etc etc. I can barely understand any of it.

So... this is what I want to know:

1 Can this thing be rooted so that I can get firmware upgrades? It comes stock with Gingerbread... I just want JellyBean and apps that require the phone to be rooted.

2 If the answer to my 1st question is YES.... Can someone intelligently type out the correct steps so that its understood for noobs, like me!
I am sure this may be alot to ask but with over 120 pages.. its impossible to find the correct method that works without bricking.

Thanks to all who can help!
Top section of the OP.
-Download Odin and unzip wherever you prefer on your computer.
-Download the Root zip, and place on the root of your Ext.SD.
-Download CWM V6.0.2.7 Odin flash, and install it using Odin with the provided instructions.
-Boot into CWM make a backup.
-Flash the root zip in CWM.

Then your rooted. You can then join us on JellyBean.

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But most importantly, relax and be patient. I just jumped into this a couple weeks ago and i felt just like you. Now... HOOKED FOREVER

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Top section of the OP.
-Download Odin and unzip wherever you prefer on your computer
-Download the Root zip, and place on the root of your Ext.SD.
-Download CWM V6.0.2.7 Odin flash, and install it using Odin with the provided instructions.
-Boot into CWM make a backup.
-Flash the root zip in CWM.

Then your rooted. You can then join us on JellyBean.

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I opened Odin and running on desktop
i assume unzip it? there are 2 folders when I do. Keep it zipped? either way...where does it go exactly?
Downloaded the CWM. Install it where with what instructions? There are NO instructions anywhere.
COMPLETELY lost here.

And is the phone to be plugged in at all times etc etc?

I think I maybe in over my head here. I am notan idiot with this stuff but this is either to vague or I just dont get it at all and I am better off leaving well enough alone. Someone should make a video. I will donate!
 
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I opened Odin and running on desktop
i assume unzip it? there are 2 folders when I do. Keep it zipped? either way...where does it go exactly?
Downloaded the CWM. Install it where with what instructions? There are NO instructions anywhere.
COMPLETELY lost here.

And is the phone to be plugged in at all times etc etc?

I think I maybe in over my head here. I am notan idiot with this stuff but this is either to vague or I just dont get it at all and I am better off leaving well enough alone. Someone should make a video. I will donate!
This is right off the OP how to use ODIN
- ODIN INSTRUCTIONS -
- Samsung drivers must be installed on your computer- Samsung Drivers- http://www.samsung.com/us/support/ow...SGH-S959ZKATFN
-Download Odin 1.85- Odin3-v1.85.7z and unzip.
-Put your phone in Download Mode - -Power off, Hold volume down button, Plug in USB connected to computer, Hit volume up when prompted.
-Open Odin folder, Click Odin3 v1.85.exe, With your phone connected the box under ID:COM should be yellow (if it's not you missed a step earlier), Click PDA, Select the file you downloaded earlier, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE- MAKE SURE AUTO REBOOT AND F. RESET TIME ARE THE ----ONLY----- THINGS CHECKED----- AND RE-PARTITION AND FLASH LOCK ARE ----NOT---- CHECKED....., Press Start (It will take a few minutes to load everything do not touch your computer or the phone during any of this, after the phone re-boots it may take a few minutes to load back up leave it alone until it has fully started up and at the home screen). You should get a green PASS message in the top box.

As for your zip file you dont unzip it and it goes on the root of your sd card which means directly on there dont make a new folder or put it in another folder on there just put it on the sd card.

As for being in over your head if you feel its too much to take in right now its probably best to read up on it more and maybe watch some videos on youtube to learn some more before you proceed.
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another edit. Sorry for this. like I said earlier. total noob here. But I must say, for only doing this for a few hours, I am getting it. Got my phone rooted and now reading and reading and reading again to see if I want to put CYANOGEN 10.1 on here or not. The nightly release worries me a bit. How often do you have to install new builds? I also see the CYAN 9.1 stable release is there to download. Thats ICS right? Is that better at the moment than the 10.1 JB nightly release? Or am I better off just leaving 2.3.6 GingerBread stock on here. That doesnt sound like fun but not bricking a 5 day old $300 phone would be nice!

Anyway to make this work with Kies?

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