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Hi, I have looked around for a while, but have not received direct answers to these questions, any help would be appreciated. I am not new to rooting since I have rooted and flashed my previous phone (HTC Wildfire S), but these questions were unanswered to me, irregardless of where I looked.
  • -First, I know that when you gain root access you may toy around with your phone, but by rooting your device do you damage it? I am concerned about this because when I had a Wildfire S I rooted it and within a week it had MAJOR bugs, without flashing or moving any setting.
  • -Second, how do you perform a nandroid backup? I know that this is kind of a safety net to your device if it ever gets soft-bricked, but how do you do it? I have not had a clear explanation on how to do it.
  • -Third, I know that CyanogenMod is one of the most stable custom ROMS that there is out there, but does it offer Pure Android?
  • -Fourth, if any of you know any good (and stable) custom ROMS for the T-Mobile Galaxy S3, could you send them to me please?
  • -Fifth, I know that with some ROMS you lose certain features (such as video playback in some ROMS, yeah I know sounds terrible) but if I flash a ROM that does support this, do I gain the feature back or do I lose the feature forever?
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Hi, I have looked around for a while, but have not received direct answers to these questions, any help would be appreciated. I am not new to rooting since I have rooted and flashed my previous phone (HTC Wildfire S), but these questions were unanswered to me, irregardless of where I looked.
  • -First, I know that when you gain root access you may toy around with your phone, but by rooting your device do you damage it? I am concerned about this because when I had a Wildfire S I rooted it and within a week it had MAJOR bugs, without flashing or moving any setting.
  • -Second, how do you perform a nandroid backup? I know that this is kind of a safety net to your device if it ever gets soft-bricked, but how do you do it? I have not had a clear explanation on how to do it.
  • -Third, I know that CyanogenMod is one of the most stable custom ROMS that there is out there, but does it offer Pure Android?
  • -Fourth, if any of you know any good (and stable) custom ROMS for the T-Mobile Galaxy S3, could you send them to me please?
  • -Fifth, I know that with some ROMS you lose certain features (such as video playback in some ROMS, yeah I know sounds terrible) but if I flash a ROM that does support this, do I gain the feature back or do I lose the feature forever?
I'm going through this same process now, and am new also--I rooted an old mytouch 3g slide and flashed CM7 on it. Afterwards it was bit buggy, but it was a bit buggy before too, hardware issues I think.

I think rooting in and of itself shouldn't mess up your phone, but if you don't do it correctly it could surely screw things up.

Do you have the T999 or T999L? which version will matter in terms of ROM flashing details (for example, I have the T999L, which is the LTE version)

Let me know of the progress you have on these questions!
 
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I'm going through this same process now, and am new also--I rooted an old mytouch 3g slide and flashed CM7 on it. Afterwards it was bit buggy, but it was a bit buggy before too, hardware issues I think.

I think rooting in and of itself shouldn't mess up your phone, but if you don't do it correctly it could surely screw things up.

Do you have the T999 or T999L? which version will matter in terms of ROM flashing details (for example, I have the T999L, which is the LTE version)

Let me know of the progress you have on these questions!
I unfortunately have the T999. I know that mine won't be able to get LTE which is sad, but is this something that I MUST look into before flashing a ROM? Like are the t999 and T999L that different, I mean it is ONE chip.
 
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I unfortunately have the T999. I know that mine won't be able to get LTE which is sad, but is this something that I MUST look into before flashing a ROM? Like are the t999 and T999L that different, I mean it is ONE chip.
It's something to be aware of. I believe most of the T-mobile gs3 ROMS are built with the T999 in mind though, so you shouldn't really worry too much.

DocHOliday77's thread [INFO] [FAQ] Galaxy S3 w/ LTE - SGH-T999L & SGH-T999N points to some discrepancies between the T999 and T999L though

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Hi, I have looked around for a while, but have not received direct answers to these questions, any help would be appreciated. I am not new to rooting since I have rooted and flashed my previous phone (HTC Wildfire S), but these questions were unanswered to me, irregardless of where I looked.
  • -First, I know that when you gain root access you may toy around with your phone, but by rooting your device do you damage it? I am concerned about this because when I had a Wildfire S I rooted it and within a week it had MAJOR bugs, without flashing or moving any setting.
    Rooting does nothing but give you SuperUser access to your phone. That is literally all it does. Now what you do with it can cause major headaches.
  • -Second, how do you perform a nandroid backup? I know that this is kind of a safety net to your device if it ever gets soft-bricked, but how do you do it? I have not had a clear explanation on how to do it.
    Install a custom recovery such as TWRP or Clockwork (CWR), then boot into recovery via key combo (Power+VolDown+Home, see blue light at top left and release the keys). From there you will see how Back Up/Restore options.
  • -Third, I know that CyanogenMod is one of the most stable custom ROMS that there is out there, but does it offer Pure Android?
    Many ROMs out there. Just need to read the OPs for what you want.
  • -Fourth, if any of you know any good (and stable) custom ROMS for the T-Mobile Galaxy S3, could you send them to me please?
    Not allowed and don't ask this type of question. All it ever turns into is an EPeen contest and will surely get the thread closed down.
  • -Fifth, I know that with some ROMS you lose certain features (such as video playback in some ROMS, yeah I know sounds terrible) but if I flash a ROM that does support this, do I gain the feature back or do I lose the feature forever?
    This is exactly what a Nandroid backup is for. Something that you don't like or something borks, then just boot into recovery and restore your last working ROM backup. Kind of the point. Not sure I have ever heard of a ROM losing video playback as all are pretty much optimized nowadays.
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I'm going through this same process now, and am new also--I rooted an old mytouch 3g slide and flashed CM7 on it. Afterwards it was bit buggy, but it was a bit buggy before too, hardware issues I think.

I think rooting in and of itself shouldn't mess up your phone, but if you don't do it correctly it could surely screw things up.

Do you have the T999 or T999L? which version will matter in terms of ROM flashing details (for example, I have the T999L, which is the LTE version)

Let me know of the progress you have on these questions!
See my part above about Rooting. You are correct in that it doesn't affect anything whatsoever. It is what you do with it.

I am pretty sure that most are based off T999 code and in order to have the LTE, you have to flash the LTE modem. Might want to ask Doc about that as he has/had the T999L.

Also, CM7 was a long time ago and things have massively progress since then.

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I unfortunately have the T999. I know that mine won't be able to get LTE which is sad, but is this something that I MUST look into before flashing a ROM? Like are the t999 and T999L that different, I mean it is ONE chip.
See my reply above.

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It's something to be aware of. I believe most of the T-mobile gs3 ROMS are built with the T999 in mind though, so you shouldn't really worry too much.

DocHOliday77's thread [INFO] [FAQ] Galaxy S3 w/ LTE - SGH-T999L & SGH-T999N points to some discrepancies between the T999 and T999L though

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