Originally Posted by stjake
Yeah I figured that I need to wipe everything and install the proper GApps after my first attempt at 10.2 which to my credit I did do on my second try. Is there a particular nightly release that seems more stable than the rest? To put this in more context, I travel alone from college to various other places often a bit and my college is situated in almost a black hole of service for Verizon so I tend to take reliability over cutting edge even though I very badly want the newest and greatest. I'm on spring break so I'll try the newest nightly and back up my phone. Luckily I have a ton of space on my phone so I can always have a stable back up ready to be flashed on the fly.
By their very nature, Nightlies are not considered stable in the strictest sense of the word. For most of us, they have been. But if you need reliability over cutting-edge, I'd stick with 10.2 or one of the CM11 Milestone builds (however, the RAZR HD only has one that I know of, CM11-M2).
My personal take is that given you're in an area with poor reception, choosing CM11 over CM10.2 (for example) wouldn't give you any better results over the other. Signal is signal.
My suggestion, given your circumstances and criteria, would be to stick with 10.2 but do a FULL backup via Recovery of your stock ROM (or whatever you're using instead of CyanognMod) and then do a FULL wipe of the following (and only these):
- user data
- /system partition
- /cache partition
- dalvik cache (usually found under Advanced in CWM recoveries)
Your phone will be in an unusable state after this. From here, still in Recovery, flash CM10.2 and then the appropriate GApps (make sure you choose the right one; a 4.4.2 GApps isn't suitable for a 4.3 OS) and reboot. If memory serves, CM10.2 is Android 4.3.1
If you're still having problems, you can restore your backup in Recovery or worst case, RSDLite the appropriate SBF for your phone to return to the carrier-stock ROM. But be aware if you chose the RSDLite path, you will lose everything. Basically it'll be like day-1 when you got the phone
Motorola RAZR HD GSM XT925
ROM: CM 11 Nightly (KKBL)
/ Bug Tracking
/ Code Review
Recovery: PhilZ Touch Recovery 6.57.5 (CWM 220.127.116.11)