This ROM continues to go from strength to strength and as a consequence has attracted many users. I have decided to put together a guide to installing and getting the best out of it.
Sotmax spends much time and energy on producing the ROM, as does Yank555 on his kernels. Please remember that for both of them this is only a hobby. They both have lives outside of XDA with the same real life pressures as the rest of us - work, family, relationships and social lives etc. I know that they both feel a sense of responsibility for their followers on XDA and as a consequence both put a lot of effort into sorting out our problems. But most of the time that is exactly what they are - our problem
. So please before asking for help read, read, read
usually the answer is already there. Let our Dev's do what they do best - building ROM's and Kernels. That way we all benefit
I'm not suggesting that you don't ask questions - just read back a bit, do a search or think a bit before you do.
Now that I've got that off my chest here goes
1. Make a nandroid backup of your current setup! You can restore this if you run into issues. Save it on your external SD card or even keep a copy on your computer. Use the .tar format. If you use the blobs system you will run into issues with media scanner.
2. If you are new to the Rom. ie coming from stock, another ROM, CM10, AOKP etc then the first thing you need to do is a full wipe. If you are unsure of how to do that then I would suggest that you use this tool.
Now before you rush off and wipe everything on your phone BE CAREFUL
use MEGAWIPE unless you are facing unresolveable problems and need a completely clean phone from which to start from scratch. SUPERWIPE or FACTORY RESET should be sufficient.
put the ROM zip file on your internal SD (ie internal memory) and then wipe -you will be left without anything to flash
! Please, please, please put the ROM on your external
If that all looks too confusing then I would suggest you learn your way around recovery before doing anything
If you are a total noob then I would suggest you read this thread - http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=32664054
you are upgrading from an earlier version of the ROM then it is sufficient to simply wipe Cache and Dalvik cache in recovery. Of course you will already know this because you have done it before. But sometimes in the heat of the moment we all forget
3. Flash the ROM
This ROM is flashed from recovery.
I would highly recommend that you use one of the following recoveries.
a. Philz recovery
Use Philz recovery if you intend to flash themes to the ROM or need to access your sd card from recovery. I would recommend it to noobs as the layout is similar to CWM and having access to your sd card from your computer may come in handy if you get into problems.
TWRP has some advantages over Philz and the user interface is a thing of beauty
but you cannot, as yet, mount the sd from recovery.
4. In recovery select install zip from external sd card. Find the ROM Zip. Flash it.
5. If you have got everything right so far you will be presented with the aroma installer.
This is a simple interface that lets you make a number of choices about set up by ticking boxes for what you want.
If it's your first time flashing the ROM don't tick anything. Have a look, become familiar with whats there, but leave everything at default the first time around. You can always go back later and reflash the ROM adding anything you want. Don't worry, you won't lose any of your setup by doing this, as second time around you will only be wiping Cache and Dalvik.
If you have flashed before I would urge you to ignore all the new goodies Sotmax may have provided. Flash it first with your existing setup. make sure everything is working as you would expect. Only once you are satisfied then go back to recovery and reflash adding the goodies you want
That way if issues appear you will have a starting point for both identifying the cause and resolving them.
6. Once the phone has booted don't do anything. Don't even unlock. Have patience. Go and make a cup of coffee. Things are going on in the background. Don't ask me what they are, I'm not knowledgeable enough for that
but I'm pretty sure that things like the Dalvik cache are being rebuilt. After 10 minutes power off using the power button. Reboot and you should be good to go.
7. Flash the latest version of Yank's kernel. http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1949904
read his OP
He has spent a lot of time explaining all the settings. Read! and anything you don't understand just leave at default until you do. He has a number of presets you can use if you are not confident. Do not use Yanks own settings usless you are using Swap.
At the end of the kernel setup make sure that you have selected for the kernel to take care of init.d - don't leave it for the rom to take care of
8.To change any of the ROM or Kernel settings you can simply reflash, remember to wipe Cache and Dalvik
In Yank's kernel installer you can choose to flash configuration only at the end of the installation process in aroma.
To change sound engine settings on the fly install the Boefla application
To change other other kernel settings use, setcpu, system tuner, jrummey's rom toolbox or similar.
9. Problem solving.
Many problem's can be resolved by a simple trip to recovery, wiping the cache and dalvik cache and rebooting.
FC's can often be fixed by fixing permissions in recovery.
Problem apps can sometimes be helped by clearing their cache and data in settings/applications.
Similarily sometimes uninstalling and re installing an app can rectify problems.
The applications Sotmax has provided as extra's can be reinstalled by navigating to data/app folder and tapping on its icon. This sometimes helps if they are playing up.
If you are installing HD Voice you must
do a full wipe for it to work. Your network also needs to support it. You only need to do this once as in future ROM installations you will only need to wipe Cache and Dalvik (-:
Dialer and contacts will work perfectly if you keep them in memory by using the home button as opposed to the back button to close them.
Sometimes reinstalling the ROM or the Kernel will solve issues. Please try this if you have tried all the above without success.
If you have tried all of the above feel free to direct questions to some of the other users of this ROM. We are all friendly. You will soon work out who is most likely to help with a particular problem.
Sometimes the only awnser is a full wipe and a fresh start
Unexpected battery drain? All 4 cores firing on max. Check that media scanner is not causing a wakelock. If it is a. Get rid of any nandroid not on .tar format. If that does not work b. Reformat external sd. and if that does not work c. fresh start as above.
There is always a mad rush to download the ROM with new releases. Be patient many of us will provide Mirrors. You will also avoid any early problems.