[GUIDE][U, SOLA, GO, P][ICS/JB][Unlocked BL] Enable Multi Boot Feature
This is my first thread in XDA and probably the most important one too. As the title says, I would like to introduce the awesome multiboot capabilities of Xperia U, Sola, Go, P developed by our favourite dev munjeni . Here is the original thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2418241. Go there & give thanks to him for this awesome feature.
UPDATE: September 20, 2013 Made it to the Portal Homepage!!!!
Thanks all for your constant support for updating this thread and thanks to munjeni without whom this feature would've been just a dream
Portal Link: http://www.xda-developers.com/androi...ria-u-sola-go/
So, What is Multiboot ?
Ever got tired of flashing ROM again & again because of bootloop or to choose a good ROM?? Well news flash, now u don't have to. U can install multiple operating system in your ROM just like you do in your computer. Don't like the new ROM? Just switch your ROM to previous one with just a click. No flashing, wiping needed. The secondary ROM will be loaded from the sdcard partition.
WARNING: Your warranty is already void. You will do this at your own risk. Me or XDA will take no responsibility if you brick your device while attempting to do these.
ADB connection. Please check if you can connect adb in normal mode, recovery mode, fastboot mode. It's mandatory.
Rooted phone with unlocked bootloader
Any text editor except notepad, microsoft word or wordpad.
It is recommended to edit all files in PC with text editors and with unix/utf-8 format.
Brain & Brave heart
This is a step by step guide to enable multiboot intended for all users including noobs like me . The whole process is divided into several parts. First I'll guide you to boot your current rom (primary rom) through boot menu. Then I'll cover how to boot the second rom.
So, Let's Get Started !!!!
Booting Into Primary/Current ROM
Part 1: Configure BootMenu Settings
So, the basic is this: when you power on your device, a menu will appear containing the list of ROMs' you have installed in your device. You browse it and select which ROM you want to boot. Then it'll be loaded. Pretty simple, eh ? But how will this menu figure out which ROM you have in your device? That's right, we have to define them.
Create a folder named "bootmenu" in your sdcard
Inside the folder, create a file named "settings.ini"
Now say you have stock JB 4.1.2 installed. So create a folder inside "bootmenu" named "StockJB". Also we have to create another folder "recovery" so that we have cwm recovery in Boot.
Don't use space while naming the folder. Otherwise bootmenu will show error at startup.
Now we have to edit the settings.ini file. Copy it to desktop and open it with text editor. Write these code....
Let's explain these. "menutitle" is the name that'll appear in the menu when you power on the device. kernel, ramdisk, cmdline will be extracted from the boot.img that is provided with the ROM. More info about extracting them will be discussed later. You can see that in the kernel,ramdisk we have to set the path to the StockJB and recovery folder we created earlier. There are 2 rom settings for stock jb & recovery. If you want to have more ROM, you have to add another rom settings here. "cmdline" is kernel command line. You can find it when you extract boot.img or kernel.elf (see part 2). Open it with editor and copy-paste the whole text in your_cmdline. Now, ROM1 here will be the default rom i.e if you don't select any rom to load in 10 seconds, bootmenu will automatically load the ROM1 defined here . After you're done editing simply overwrite the settings.ini with your new settings.ini in bootmenu folder. That's the end of first part. We'll come back to these folder again later.
Part 2: Extracting boot.img
Now we'll dive into more complex steps. We'll extract the kernel(zImage) and ramdisk(initrd.gz) from the boot.img that is provided with the rom.zip package. We'll need some tools to do that. Download the image_tools.rar from download section. Extract the files and copy them to your /system/bin folder. Make sure to give them permission 755 or rwx r-x r-x. Reboot your phone to apply the changes.
Now extract your current ROMs' boot.img and copy it to /data/local/tmp folder. Now connect your phone with pc, establish adb connection and follow the given code:
kernel_dump ./boot boot.img
this will dump kernel(zImage), ramdisk(initrd.gz) and cmdline to your /data/local/tmp/boot folder. For elf based kernel, just change the boot.img with kernel.elf.
Part 3: Ready the ROM For Booting
We will be using ramdisk(initrd.gz) only from the dumped folder since the kernel(zImage) inside it is not kexec patched!!! (If zImage is kexec patched, then use that one rather than from download section). Download the zImage, bootmenu, recovery ramdisk from download section. Extract it, you will find zImage inside it along with another initrd.gz and a modules folder. Copy both zImage & initrd.gz from the downloaded folder and paste it in /sdcard/bootmenu/recovery folder that you created earlier. Now copy the recently dumped initrd.gz from /data/local/tmp/boot to /sdcard/bootmenu/StockJB that you created. For zImage copy the appropriate one for ICS/JB from downloads and paste in here. The folder structure will look like these:
initrd.gz (from /data/local/tmp/boot folder)
zImage (from downloads)
initrd.gz (from downloads)
zImage (from downloads)
Note: When custom kernel with kexec patch will be released, you will use zImage, initrd.gz from that kernel.
We're nearly there. Only two thing remains. Since we'll use munjenis' JB kernel(zImage) or DevSwift1s' ICS kernel we need to flash the proper module for that kernel. Otherwise wifi & other module will not work. So copy the modules from modules folder and paste it in /system/lib/modules folder. Give them permission 644 or rw- r-- r--. Now you have to flash the boot_menu.img to get the menu at startup. That's simple, download the boot_menu.img from download section and flash it by fastboot.
That's it!!! Your current ROM (primary rom) is ready for booting. Reboot your device and you'll enter bootmenu. You'll find options for your Stock JB and CWM Touch Recovery. Simply select your rom and you'll boot into your Primary ROM . Your bootmenu will look like these except you'll have Stock JB option (I'm using SlimBean & CM 10.1 ).
Welcome to the second part of this guide . Here I'll cover how to create partitions in sdcard and from them how to boot the second ROM. Things that you need to know before doing this:
First if you do these, I'm assuming you've succeeded in booting into primary ROM. If not, please don't do this.
You need to have some space in your sdcard (depends on your rom size).
You can't use CWM Touch Recovery (created earlier) in your second ROM. You have to use its' own recovery. But its' recovery also won't work without modification. It'll be discussed in part2.
You can't flash ROM.zip normally on second ROM. For that you have to modify your updater-script a little bit. It'll be discussed in part 3.
Getting worried? Well, don't be. It's easy if you follow the steps thoroughly
Let's get started!!!
Booting Into Second ROM
From Internal Storage
Part 1: Creating Partition in SDCARD
We have to create three separate partition. One for system, one for data & last one for cache since your current roms' data, system, cache won't match with your second rom. Now say you want CM 10.1 as your second rom. It's size is around ~175MB. After unzipped it is ~290MB and with gapps it becomes ~450MB. So we'll create around 600~650MB sized system partition. Always create system with more space otherwise android will fail to boot.
Enough talk. Let's jump into action. Connect your phone, establish ADB connection do as the following:
this'll show all your mounted partitions and their status. See that system is mounted at /dev/block/mmcblk0p10, data is mounted in /dev/block/mmcblk0p11, cache in /dev/block/mmcblk0p12 (see screenshot). We need to remember this for future use.
Now to create all partitions do as following after reading the explanation below:
##### for system partition only (Updated) #####
dd if=/dev/zero of=/sdcard/your_desired_folder/system.ext4 bs=4096 count=(your desired size)
###### wait till the partitions is created ######
losetup /dev/block/loop1 /sdcard/your_desired_folder/system.ext4
blkid /dev/block/mmcblk0p10 (this'll give you a UUID)
mke2fs -T ext4 -O has_journal,extent,huge_file,flex_bg,uninit_bg,dir_nlink,extra_isize -U (paste here your UUID) -I 256 /dev/block/loop1
losetup -d /dev/block/loop1
##### for data,cache partition #####
dd if=/dev/zero of=/sdcard/your_desired_folder/data.ext4 bs=4096 count=76800
###### wait till the partitions is created ######
dd if=/dev/zero of=/sdcard/your_desired_folder/cache.ext4 bs=4096 count=(your desired size)
###### wait till the partitions is created ######
Ok, let's explain these. "dd" comand will create partition based on the parameter given by you. So in these case partition will be created from /dev/zero to /sdcard/your_folder. Be careful, don't switch "if" with "of" and "of" with "if", it may brick your device. Notice that there are some other parameters. "bs" is the blocksize of your new partition and it's default value is 4096KB(4MB). Don't change it. Let's say you want to create data partition with size of 300MB (cause you don't use many apps). So 300/4(block size) = 75 and 75*1024 = 76800. That's the "count" parameter. So modify system, data, cache size according to your needs but make sure that you have enough space to create your desired partition. "losetup" basically sets up the loop so that you can mount your partition into that loop.
Update: You can now create system partition with exact amount of size instead of cloning them ( big thanks to munjeni again ). Before, creating specific sized system partition caused bootloop cause it was missing an unique identifier (UUID). Now it has been fixed (marked with red code).
Now comes more complex steps. You need to make sure to avoid any partition corruption and check for errors. Reboot your phone to bootmenu and press any key to avoid auto restart. Keep the device in boot menu. Now again check your adb connection and do these:
That's it!!!! Your new partitions are now ready for booting.
Part 2: Modifying Second ROMs' Ramdisk
So while booting into primary rom, we simply put the ramdisk in /sdcard/bootmenu/StockJB without modifying it. Why do we need to modify it for second rom? Well unless modified, all your recoveries will recognize only your primary rom. So If you flash a rom thinking that it'll be installed in second rom, you'll see it got installed in your primary rom!!! So we'll modify the second roms' recovery so that it can use second rom while cwm touch recovery will use primary rom. Two recoveries for two roms
First, extract boot.img from your second roms' zip file and place it in /data/local/tmp folder (if any boot.img or boot folder is present there just delete it). Then extract the boot.img the same way as discussed in 1st post (part2). Then you'll have boot folder in /data/local/tmp. After that do as following:
gunzip < ../initrd.gz | cpio -i -d
this'll extract ramdisk(initrd.gz) in the ramdisk folder inside boot folder. copy this ramdisk folder in your desktop. Inside there are many files. We only need to modify some of them. Ok, change these files in the following area:
For JB Ramdisk
find line "mkdir /system" and add line: "mkdir /sde" before line mkdir /system"
# Android fstab file.
#<src> <mnt_point> <type> <mnt_flags and options> <fs_mgr_flags>
# The filesystem that contains the filesystem checker binary (typically /system) cannot
# specify MF_CHECK, and must come before any filesystems that do specify MF_CHECK
# Mount system partition
mount ext4 /dev/block/loop1 /system ro
# Mount user data partition
exec /system/bin/logwrapper /system/bin/e2fsck -y /dev/block/loop2
setprop ro.crypto.state unsupported
mount ext4 /dev/block/loop2 /data nosuid nodev noatime noauto_da_alloc
# Mount cache partition
mount ext4 /dev/block/loop3 /cache nosuid nodev noatime
mount ext4 /dev/block/mmcblk0p6 /modemfs nosuid nodev noatime
# FOTA must be started after partitions are mounted
# and property service is initialized
exec /sbin/fota-ua c
That's it. You're done editing. Now save & copy these modified files to your /data/local/tmp/boot/ramdisk folder. Then in cmd do as the following:
mkbootfs ./ramdisk | gzip > initrd.gz
this'll repack the ramdisk folder into initrd.gz and save it in /data/local/tmp/boot folder. Make a new folder in your /sdcard/bootmenu for the new rom and copy this initrd.gz to that folder. Also copy the appropriate zImage for ICS/JB and paste it here. Add a new rom settings in settings.ini for this rom. Now you've your ramdisk ready and modified for flashing zips in second rom .
Part 3: Finishing Touch
We're at the end of this long road. You just have to modify your "rom.zip"s updater-script so that it flashes the rom in your newly created partition. Extract your updater-script, open it with editor. Remember that we saw system is in /dev/block/mmcblk0p10, data in /dev/block/mmcblk0p11, cache in /dev/block/mmcblk0p12. Find all the lines that start with "format" or "mount" (example format("ext4", "EMMC", "/dev/block/mmcblk0p10", "0")) and replace the /dev/block/mmcblk0p10 with /dev/block/loop1, /dev/block/mmcblk0p11 with /dev/block/loop2 and /dev/block/mmcblk0p12 with /dev/block/loop3. Also remove the function that flashes the kernel. It's usually at the end of the script. Just search for kernel.elf or boot.img and delete that function. Save the updater-script and push it into the zip with winrar. Choose compression "store".
NOTE: If you forget to remove the kernel function then don't worry. It just removes your bootmenu when you flash the second rom. Just power off the device after flashing and flash boot_menu.img again by fastboot.
Now reboot to bootmenu, your second roms' title that you defined in settings.ini will appear here. Select it, then phone will restart and load your second rom. Press vol. down repeatedly to enter its' recovery. From there flash your second rom. Reboot again to bootmenu and select second rom again. Now you'll see second ROM BOOTING !!!!!!!
Hope it is clear to all of you. I tried my best to explain everything. If you need help, feel free to post. Also if you like my guide, give it a 5 star and press thanks to appreciate my work
1. Will this work on GB,ICS ?
Ans: Now Working For ICS based ROM too. See this post for kexec patched kernels ICS kernel with kexec support
For GB, you have to wait for kernel.
2. How can I remove the second ROM ?
Ans: Make sure you are in primary ROM, then just delete the 3 partitions from sdcard.
3. Can't unmount sdcard: device or resource busy
Ans: Type fuser -km /sdcard. It'll kill all the process that's keeping your sdcard busy. Then unmount sdcard.
4. Getting status 7 error ?
Ans: Delete assert function from updater-script.
5. Wifi's not working even after flashing modules from attachment ?
Ans: Unpack initrd.gz and see if there's a lib/modules folder inside it. If it exists and deep inside there are 2 modules, then you need to replace them with the ones from attachment.
6.Getting status 6 error no matter what ?
Ans: Always edit files in unix/utf-8 format and use compression method store to push files in zip. NEVER USE DOS FORMAT.
7.Getting "somthing went wrong. please see log!" in bootmenu ?
Ans: You have done something wrong in settings.ini or folder naming. Check again.
@NoobCoder How the hell did u take screenshot in bootmenu recovery bro?
Delete this thread fast and make new one in Development section because if u wait for Moderators and they say u can not move thread, Many pepole will lost this good thread.
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