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By acejoker25000, Senior Member on 24th September 2010, 10:34 PM
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ATTENTION: Cyanogenmod version 6.1.0 has A2EXT support built into the rom so an edited boot.img is no longer needed just flash the add-on to enable it and also you must do the commands to move dalvik-cache to the EXT partition as well...
Thank You for reading this if you actually took the time to!



Ok so i decided to post some things on here. Let me explain why I did things the way I did first of all. I decided to only edit the boot.img in each of the froyo roms that we all use and post those here along with a flashable .zip file that allows you to activate apps2ext on froyo roms. I did it this way to show respect to the developers of the roms by not stealing there downloads with my own. Doing it this way means that you have to download the actual rom from them which I hope makes things better for them.

You will need to already have an EXT partition setup already to be able to do this.

To any Dev if you do not like me doing this to your rom then by all means PM me and i will remove it ASAP.

To any downloader/user if there is a rom that you want me to include that isn't or a rom that isn't Froyo let me know and i will try to get that for you ASAP.

Credit for this goes to the Dev's of each rom and the darktremor a2sd method maker:
Cyanogen and teamdouche
Tkirton
Arayray
r0man
infinitybiff
migueltherocker
XDA of course!! :D
Everyone that uses my edits
If i didn't mention you then PM me i will add you.

Now on to the Goods:
All of these are just boot.img from each rom. This is not an one for all boot.img type thing because each rom could have done something to the boot.img that may cause a bootloop if added to a different rom.

Rename each to boot.img and place into your rom.
After that you don't actually have to do any resigning since we all are using clockwork recovery just make sure its setup to allow flashing without signatures.
This only supports EXT2 or EXT3 which is pretty much all slide users have considering its nothing new.
Download the a2sd.zip and flash it at any time after you get your base rom flashed.
I will try to keep these updated to the latest versions if there is enough demand for them. Also i will try to keep the latest 3 nightlies up-to-date.

Boot.imgs:

Boot Images Here

A2sd Enabling package

Instructions:

OK as stated above these are only boot.img.
You need to rename each to just boot.img and place them inside the rom you like.
Make sure you wipe everything and do a fresh install it helps a lot to do everything fresh. (if your worried about apps use titanium backup or some other backup app)
Flash the a2sd add-on

Once the add-on has been flashed and there aren't any problems there are a few ways to enable actual a2ext.
You can either use adb or a terminal app on your phone.
If using adb phone can be turned on or in recover with system mounted.

once you pick a way here are the commands:

(if using a terminal app skip steps 1, 2, 5, 6)
1. ./adb remount (windows: adb remount)
2. ./adb shell (windows: adb shell)
Su will be needed for terminal app and may be needed for adb method(just do it in case its needed)
3. cd /system/bin/
4. sh a2sd reinstall
some things will popup and phone should reboot
5. once rebooted ./adb remount
6. ./adb shell
7. cd /system/bin/
8. sh a2sd cachesd
more things will popup and phone should reboot. The last reboot can take 5 minutes or longer especially if you already had apps downloaded. I know on a fresh install it can take what seems like ages.
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24th September 2010, 10:34 PM |#2  
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saved just in case may use this for non froyo roms or requested roms

Through some experimenting i have found out that just including the boot images into the roms without flashing the add-on pack could cause your phone to stick at the boot screen so you should always flash the add-on

Teamfenix 1.7.1 for those people that use it because they need tether support


The best backup app i have found is mybackup pro and activate the root privileges. if you dont have paid apps or just dont wanna pay it there is a free version but it only lasts a certain amount of time. it restores all apps and data without causing market problems like i have experienced with titanium backup. either/or they are both good apps but everyone has a preference.
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24th September 2010, 10:45 PM |#3  
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This is great man, thanks. You saved me the time and trouble of incorporating it myself.

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Originally Posted by migueltherocker

This is great man, thanks. You saved me the time and trouble of incorporating it myself.

Sent from my T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide using XDA App

lol thanks i just noticed a lot of people want it so i figured this way is easier although i could upload each individual rom with it already enabled and ready to run but i thought that might step on a few toes around here
24th September 2010, 10:58 PM |#5  
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great work! ill add a link to my post if you dont mind
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great work! ill add a link to my post if you dont mind

thats ok with me
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cool mod, gonna give ita shot!
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cool mod, gonna give ita shot!

let me know how it works out for you. also updated first post with the 2 9/26 nightlies and 2nd post with the teamfenix 1.7.1 boot image
27th September 2010, 03:52 AM |#9  
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just to be clear, we need to have the ext partition setup before trying this right? it won't make it for us?

I didn't think so... just wondering hahaha

Thanks guys!


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Just wondering... what's the difference b/w app2ext and app2fat? It seems like app2ext is better since people tend to want it o_O

And also, if we want to partition app2ext, we can just do so via rom manager, right?
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Just wondering... what's the difference b/w app2ext and app2fat? It seems like app2ext is better since people tend to want it o_O

And also, if we want to partition app2ext, we can just do so via rom manager, right?

the benefits of a2ext are that you dont have to move each app as you install them. once its setup they are automatically installed to the ext partition. another thing is it doesn't matter what apps are on it they all show up without any problems unlike with the a2fat where if widgets or home apps are placed on it they disappear. also when rebooting your phone your home screen apps wont get that generic icon with a2ext like they can with a2fat. its a lot easier to partition the sdcard compared to the old android days when everything was manual so its a whole lot more appealing. plus even with a2fat your internal memory continued to decrease even if you placed them on the memory card. this is because only part of the app is moved over and also the dalvik cache for the app was left on internal. so you are still limited on how much you can download. with a2ext no internal memory is lost to apps or dalvik cache because everything is on the ext partition this would allow rom makers to add more to the data or system partitions with there rom so you can have other apps or more room for themed images that may take up more memory.

your other question yes rom manager should have the option to partition your sdcard. another option is to use gparted if you are running ubuntu there are also other programs that should work as well for other os.

on another note working on the latest nightly and will upload shortly

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