Originally Posted by Gamemaster1379
Thanks. This device was a huge jump for me. I got this device after coming from an ICS Moto Razr Maxx. With a phone as old as that, there weren't really a lot of custom ROM options available, it's just something I have never needed to pursue.
I realize there is an astounding amount of resources available for a rooted user, even on stock. But in particular, my first main focus is seeing if I can find an infrastructure tethering option. I'm coming from a world where everything only ever needed root access. Now I'm in a world of DeOdexing, Odexing, custom ROMs, recoveries, bootloaders, aggressive firmware updates patching everything (whereas my previous carrier never updated a single thing from stock) and it's all overwhelming.
I can't say in particular if I want to stay on an earlier build or not. From experiences as far as other devices I've owned are--older is better. The exploits are generally in older firmwares and newer firmwares that patch them seem to offer gimmicky features at best (and you can often get them by rooting an older device and selectively updating anyhow). Unless NC5 has some astounding advantage of NAB, I'd probably just want to stick with NAB.
Now, since I"m relatively new to this, I'm not 100% what it is you linked to me. This Hotspotmod says DeOdexed. I'm still really new to what DeOdexing means, so bear with me. Does that mod require me to have previously DeOdexed the files on my device, or is the mod GOING to DeOdex them? If it is going to DeOdex them, is that all I'm going to need to make use of the wireless hotspot on my device?
I'll definitely look around at the custom ROMs and see if anything catches my eye. They all do seem really interesting. However, I like to make changes to fix what is broken (hence why rooting has always been a go-to for me. But if I can resolve the barriers I'm having now (the only of which seems to be tethering at the moment), I think I'd rather stay stock.
OK, first off, I did fail to remember that the hotspot mod to which I linked is for DeOdex only.
So, if you want to stay as close to stock as possible, you'll need to be on @freeza
stockish DeOdex NADB rom build, which has Knox removed.
You'll also need proper recovery.
So, flash TouchWiz KitKat recovery from PC Odin (version 3.07
Unzip that file, then run it from your PC, first right-click on the exe file, choose run as administrator, then open PC Odin.
Now, power off your phone in it's entirety, and then go into bootloader mode (Volume Down + Home + Power, then volume up once past the caution screen...if you're rooted, you should already have tripped Knox, so that is my working premise). Making sure you have the latest Samsung drivers installed, plug your phone into the PC, and...load the recovery file below into the PDA slot within PC Odin:
TWRP Recovery V.18.104.22.168
Then, dump the following zip file onto your device's internal memory:
Stockish NABD DeOdex ROM
Check your MD5 to make sure you get a clean download, using this tool here:
Then compare it with this code (copy/paste into the appropriate box on the MD5.exe program I lined):
Now reboot your phone, and flash the zip to which I linked.
Good luck! And I can only imagine the boost in performance you must be experiencing.
As to your observation about older=more reliable (forgive my paraphrasing if I'm off), that is your opinion, and perhaps one harbored by many. I would suggest that others may not share your belief.