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18th February 2012, 01:26 AM   |  #1  
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The last smart device I bought was a Dell x51v. I've never wanted a smartphone before because the x51v did everything I wanted thanks to XDA Developers, from whom I learned how to flash it to WM6.1 (yes, I donated to the developer)!!

Well, my x51v FINALLY died. It started acting up one day several weeks ago - the next day it became a brick all on its own. Now I figure it's about time to catch up After all, I did get my money's worth out of that wonderful x51v

So, after deciding a tablet was too big for me (even a 7"), I did considerable research, and ordered an unlocked i897 I also ordered some dummy sims because I plan to use it only as a PDA (at first anyway) and a 32G mSDHC.

The Captivate should arrive in about a week, then I can finally start enjoying Android.

So I plan to be lurking and learning again. Thanks guys

Chas
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18th February 2012, 02:11 AM   |  #2  
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you'll want to read most of the links in my signature. how to flash... xda user guide.. short/one word answers..

check the stickies in the forums (hopefully you know this)


xda is available on your phone using the XDA app (free or donate) from android market, or on tapatalk forum app (many forums one app) tapatalk also has a chrome extension now to notify you of PMs on your forums too!


remember if you get it and it's not loaded with android gingerbread 2.3.X, you will need to research gingerbread bootloaders.


cheers and good luck!
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18th February 2012, 05:15 AM   |  #3  
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Yep - I've been devouring stickies ever since I made my post above. I'll read your signature links, too. I've learned a lot already, and have been taking notes for reference when my new Cappy first arrives. After installing dummy sim and charging battery, the second thing on my to do list is identify OS. The first thing is to check IMIE# to make sure it's okay.

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18th February 2012, 06:43 AM   |  #4  
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Welcome - still have my 50v and been at xda since those days as well. Captivate has a great audience, you'll enjoy it.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I897 using xda premium
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18th February 2012, 07:03 AM   |  #5  
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no need for a dummy sim. i have 2 captivates one with one without. no issues.

backing up IMEI info is SUPER RECOMENDED!!!
get adb (sig)
connect phone ( with usb debug mode enabled)
type
Code:
dd if=/dev/block/stl3 of=/sdcard/sdext/efs.rfs
go to phone internal sdcard and copy efs.rfs to computer.


after rooting (superOneClick root program), also recommended to just straight copy all files out of folder /efs/ (imei folder) to pc as well just for multiple backups multiple ways.

then feel free to carrier unlock your phone with the app " Galaxy_S unlock" from android market. it creates backups of IMEI too, since it has to play with those files, but do the other backups i recommended also.
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18th February 2012, 07:25 AM   |  #6  
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remember if you get it and it's not loaded with android gingerbread 2.3.X, you will need to research gingerbread bootloaders.

my dumb cell phone is AT&T, so I planned on using it's sim card to see if I can get official AT&T upgrade to 2.3.5, which came out last month (but I don't have a data plan, so it probably won't work . . . worth a try though.)

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no need for a dummy sim. i have 2 captivates one with one without. no issues.

I thought that might be the case, but dummies are so cheap, I ordered them (3-pack) just in case.

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then feel free to carrier unlock your phone with the app " Galaxy_S unlock" from android market.

I ordered it unlocked, so that shouldn't be an issue.

Thanks again.
18th February 2012, 07:29 AM   |  #7  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cmagdanz

my dumb cell phone is AT&T, so I planned on using it's sim card to see if I can get official AT&T upgrade to 2.3.5, which came out last month (but I don't have a data plan, so it probably won't work . . . worth a try though.)

Thanks again.

ATT doesnt OTA update the captivates... they use samsung keis windows program. and it sucks balls. once you flash custom... it only sometimes works.


thats why we use the Odin One click packages to flash stock roms (or other packages) to update the phones. Captivate > Development > Stickie > Odin One Click Master Collection (ATT). stock rom flashes that can be done at any time with any windows PC. you can even choose versions that are pre-rooted and have CWM installed!!
NOTE: stock sucks too!.. of course try it out.. see what gingerbread is... then get ready to get bored and jealous of everyone else and their fancy features...


CWM lets you flash things on the phone from the phone.
Odin lets you flash different packages (of same stuff) from PC.there are 2 odins. odin One-Clicks.. pre-packaged. one button.. click it.
and odin flasher.. you can choose what and where to flash files on the phone from pc


with a couple extra button presses at boot, you can boot into the CWM flasher to install full roms/ mods/ kernels or modems before android boots!~
On samsung galaxy phones we are usually able to build CWM into the kernel. (Captivate always) so IGNORE anything you read about using Rom Manager to get CWM *outdated/not needed for us*
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18th February 2012, 07:44 AM   |  #8  
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I have lots more reading & learning to do. After all, the Captivate will be my first Linux/Android device. It will be a week before it arrives, so I'll keep on reading - I'm still learning the acronyms.

Thanks especially for the heads up about Kies!!
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no prob. my cappy was my first android/linux experience too. january 12 last year, found xda by the end of the month..
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Originally Posted by cmagdanz

my dumb cell phone is AT&T, so I planned on using it's sim card to see if I can get official AT&T upgrade to 2.3.5, which came out last month (but I don't have a data plan, so it probably won't work . . . worth a try though.)

Be careful about putting your SIM into a smartphone without a data package. ATT has been known to just automatically add in a data plan for you.
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