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After various requests, official and unofficial I have taken the time to consolidate all the needed information to make the flashing process as simple and as noob friendly as possible! Please follow the guide below!

This is the A to Z guide on how to Flash custom SBF, Root, Install Recovery and enable such things as GreyBlur and 1080p recording on the Atrix!

After the release of 2.1.1 from France’s MotoAtrix I was anxious to see what could be done on this SBF.

As we know this is the latest SBF released on the 29th of April, 2011. It is, based on the version numbers, the next step forward from 0.37 on the Stock BELL phone.

After a lot of benchmarking (now 2800-2900 hundered on Smartbench 2011) and testing as well as feedback from the Intl/Bell community, it seems this is the most responsive and battery efficient SBF. I’m amazed at how speedy the phone is, including boot up (which is at least a third faster than 1.4.2)… HSUPA is unlocked as well on this SBF, so this is good news for us as there is no need to flash custom, sketchy mods to enable this on our phones. As for the fingerprint reader, the driver appears to have been updated so it is incredibly responsive so this is an improvement although 1.4.2 was great in this regard.


*To find out more about HSUPA, read the FAQ at the end of the post.

At the moment though, as it stands I can only recommend you install GreyBlur as it is currently the one with the least amount of bugs, and the BEST battery performance.

DISCLAIMER: All of the procedures below require some basic computer knowledge and could potentially brick your phone. Please proceed with caution and make sure you read everything CAREFULLY.
Everything has been tested but requires that this guide is followed TO THE LETTER. AT&T ATRIX NOT SUPPORTED


>> Be aware that sections of this guide apply ONLY to 2.1.1 and now 2.2.3 and are NOT for AT&T Atrix at all! <<


Please check out this AWESOME VIDEO GUIDE HERE! (Thanks to J-Roc!)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Make sure your device is in the list below:
Supported devices:
South Korean Atrix (Information pending)
Brazillian Atrix (Base OLYLA U4 0.50.0)
Argentinian Atrix (OLYLA U4 0.50.0 Variant)
Canadian Atrix (OLYLA 0.37.4)
Mexican Atrix (Information pending)
Australian Atrix (OLYEM 1.4.2)
UK Atrix (Orange. Information pending) <----- DO NOT INSTALL GINGERBLUR/GREYBLUR... just 2.1.1
French Orange Atrix (OLYEM_U4_1.3.3)

Required files: (Download all of these as needed)
RSD Lite 5.0 -> Here
Win 7 Drivers x32 (if applicable) -> Here
Win 7 Drivers x64 (if applicable) -> Here

Download 2.1.1 SBF if you are going to Flash this.
OLYEM 2.1.1 SBF -> Here
Mirror -> Here

The Preparation script includes the needed APKs to obtain root and install Clockwork Recovery.
Seven’s Prep Script - > Here
GreyBlur 2.1 -> Here <-- 100% working, great performance.
GingerBlur 4.0 -> Here <-- Nasty startup bug, work around soon.
Seven’s BlurFix -> Here
Seven's DeOdex Tool 2.0 -> Here

GUIDE INDEX:
STEP 1: How to Flash the latest SBFs (Guide for EVERYONE)
STEP 2: ROOT and RECOVERY (and now: DEODEXING!)
STEP 3: Flashing GreyBlur/GingerBlur
STEP 4: Apply BlurFix Patches: Fix issues with BLUR Roms and enable 1080p recording + tweaks!
STEP 5: APN Information and FAQ!

ENJOY!!

GingerBlur/GreyBlur was created by XDA's very own Kenpenneth! Support his work!

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STEP 1: How to Flash the latest SBF (Guide for EVERYONE)

This is a quick guide on how to flash the latest SBF.
This applies to all SBFs as well so use as needed but operate with caution as doing something wrong here could seriously damage your phone. Make sure the SBF file you are attempting to flash is compatible with your phone. (RESEARCH, do no ask in these threads as Google will easily yield the correct results)


-Make sure your phone is unplugged
-Install the required Drivers for your phone (x32 bit or x64 as needed)
-Extract the SBF zip file to your desktop. It will create a folder with a file with an .SBF extension and should be about 1.4gb in size.
-Install RSD Lite using the installer linked above. This will create an Icon on your Desktop
-Execute RSDLite. This process will take a long while the first time, about 3-4 minutes max.
-Once the program is open, plug in your phone in to the computer. Wait for Windows to notify you that the drivers have been configured correctly (takes 2-3 minutes max)
-Unplug your phone from your PC and then reboot your phone.
-As the the phone powers up (Right as the Red M appears) HOLD the VOLUME UP key…
-The phone will display this message: “Starting RSD protocol support”
-Wait about 20 seconds (on the safe side)
-Having the RSD Lite window open, plug in your phone.
-RSD Lite will display your phone information in the bottom and should list it under slot 1.
Status: Connected…
-Click the button the left of START, a button labeled as: “…”.
-Navigate to the SBF file you extracted above.
-Once you have selected this SBF file, the information readout will display in the “File Properties” Window.

Now you are ready to flash:
-Select START

This process will take about 5-10 minutes depending on your computer. You will know this process is finished once your phone has fully booted and about 2 minutes have passed. WAIT the 2 minutes as sometimes people unplug the phone before RSDLite clears and this has caused issues previously. At this point, after having flashed:
REBOOT your phone. DO NOT SETUP until after the first reboot.


-Unplug your phone from your computer, close RSDLite
-After Reboot, complete the MotoBlur setup. (you can skip it but it’s better not to as it is known to cause some issues on some SBFs and phones).

Wait a few minutes and now the phone is ready for the next step.

You have now successfully flashed!
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STEP 2: ROOT and RECOVERY

REQUIREMENTS:
External SD card. Make sure your phone has it inside. <– THERE IS NO WAY TO ROOT WITHOUT THIS.


Noob HELP – Skip this section if you are experienced with ADB and debugging mode.
In order to prepare for this download the “Preparation Script” from the Required Files section above.
-Making sure your phone is unplugged go to:
“Settings -> Applications -> Development”
-Enable USB Debugging – Tick the box.
-Plug in the USB cable to the phone
-Wait for the phone to acknowledge the connection.
-Pull down the Notification bar up top and select “USB Connection”
-In this prompt select “None” and press OK
-The phone will reconnect to the computer with USB.
-Unplug the phone and reboot
-After the phone boots up, plug the phone to the computer.

Now let’s move on to ROOT and RECOVERY

-Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. Plug in your phone (if not already plugged)
-Extract SevenPrepare.zip to your C:\ drive, Example: C:\SevenPrep
-Double click SevenPrep.bat
-Follow the prompt. This will basically install GingerBreak and System Recovery
-After the prompt closes, execute GingerBreak from your appdrawer and hit "Root".
-The phone will reboot. After the phone reboots, execute "System Recovery" from your appdrawer and hit "Install Recovery"
-You will get a SuperUser prompt, asking you to either Allow or Deny this application access to your phone. Hit “Allow”
-After a few seconds it will say “Install complete”

Your phone is now Rooted and Recovery has been installed - Stop here if you are interested in keeping your phone on STOCK and are not interested in flashing the Ginger/Grey ROMS. If you wish to de-odex stock 2.1.1 read below, if you do not know what this is, skip it.


DE-ODEXING (OPTIONAL)

If you are interested in theming stock 2.1.1 or installing language packs such as arabic, you will need a De-Odexed ROM. In order to do so I've created a little tool that will get you going.

REQUIREMENTS:
Make sure you have downloaded Seven's Deodex Tool 2.0.


>>Please be aware this tool is ONLY for 2.1.1. Using it otherwise WILL brick your phone.<<

-Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. Plug in your phone (if not already plugged)
-Extract SevenDeodex2.zip to your C:\ drive, Example: C:\SevenDeodex2
-Double click SevensDeodex.v2.0
-Follow the prompt. This will basically install the deodexed system files and give you instructions on what to do next.
-DO NOT CLOSE THE CMD PROMPT.
-After all the files have been copied, simply follow the instructions listed in the BAT file.

If you read the prompt carefully you will see it instructs you do the following the following:

-Open up ADB Shell and type the following commands in this order, one by one:

su
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 755 install_script.sh
./install_script.sh

Simple! It will take a minute to finish. Once it is done your phone will reboot and you will be de-odexed!
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Step 3: Preparing and Flashing GreyBlur/GingerBlur

>> IF YOU HAVE A LAPDOCK READ HERE!! << - >> If not skip this portion and move to: How to Flash GreyBlur!

It just so happens that if you simply flash over 2.1.1 the default keyboard layout for the Lapdock will be stored as AZERTY and your special characters will not function properly. This is mainly because by default the hardware keyboard layout is set to France.

BEFORE flashing GingerBlur/GreyBlur you MUST follow these steps to ensure that the selected Keyboard layout matches your current Lapdock SKU.

You must do the following:
-Dock your Phone with Stock 2.1.1 on your Lapdock.
-Wait for Webtop Environment to properly initialize.
-Once the Webtop has booted, go to the upper right hand corner and click the COG. This will open up a menu.
-Select Keyboard
-Click on the "Test settings box" and type freely using your Lapdock keyboard. As you will notice it will not type what you keyboard layout is unless you have the French lapdock.
-Click the Keyboard Language... button
-This will boot you into Settings->Language & Keyboard Settings
-Scroll to the bottom and you will see two boxes that will allow you select which Keyboard layout you wish to choose.
-Set BOTH of them to English US (if this is your keyboard layout, this applies to Canada, US). If you have a different layout, choose it from here!
-You will notice it will NOT let you set the bottom one untill you unplug your phone and replug it. Follow the instructions!
-Once you have successfully changed these settings go back to the "Test settings box" and type freely using your Lapdock keyboard.


Now it will properly reflect your current layout and these settings will be saved! Move on to the next section below.


How to Flash GreyBlur!

REQUIREMENTS: AC Power Adapter – keep this plugged in until you finally boot GreyBLur.

-Having downloaded either GreyBlur or GingerBlur, copy one of these files the root of your INTERNAL SD card.
-Make sure Recovery has been installed (if you followed the guide above you are ready to go!)
-Once Recovery has been installed, open the program and plug your phone to the AC power.
-Select “Recovery Mode” -> You will receive another SuperUser Prompt. Select ALLOW.
-The phone will now reboot and enter Clockwork Recovery.

NOTE: If at this point you could not enter recovery, it is because you are NOT plugged into AC power. It will NOT work on USB power as this is a security measure so that we can access Clockwork Recovery when our phone is not booting into Android OS.

-Once in Recovery, use the VOLUME UP and DOWN keys to navigate.
-Navigate down to the option “Install zip from SDCARD”, Press the power button to enter that submenu.
-Once in this new menu select: “Choose zip from internal SD Card”
-Select the zip file you copied in the steps above. Example: GreyBlur-2-1.zip
-Once you have selected this zip file, scroll down and select YES.
-The installer will run and once it is finished it will say “Install from sdcard complete”
-Select “+++++Go Back+++++”
-Once at this menu select: “Wipe DATA/Factory Reset”
-Select “Yes”
-It will take a few seconds until this is complete and you will see a message that says “Data Wipe Complete”

You are now ready to start your phone!

-Unplug your phone from the AC power
-Select “Reboot System Now”

You will now see how the GingerBlur/GreyBlur logo as your phone boots up shortly after the Red M “Dual Core” Logo.
-After the boot finished, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS select “Set-Up”

NOTE: >>SKIPPING THIS MAY CAUSE ISSUES SO DO NOT SKIP IT. SWYPE WILL CRASH. <- This is normal until we apply a fix! <<

-Complete the MotoBlur setup. (In this case, NEVER SKIP THIS….!!!!!!!!)
-Register or log into motoblur blah blah blah you’re done!
-As you are finishing it will prompt you to update your phone. DO NOT UPDATE!!! Just select later….
-Add any needed APNs to enable DATA on your phone. If you don’t know how to do this read the FAQ at the end of this post.
-You will also see a POWER icon on your upper left hand corner. Open the notification bar, click the notification and select the correct profile for you. I use PERFORMANCE MODE.

You now have successfully Flashed GreyBLUR on your phone but this is NOT all that is needed.

Read below.
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Step 4: Apply BlurFix Patches to fix compatibility issues with GreyBlur/GingerBlur and enable performance tweaks!

This patch will fix update notification NAGS, remove Swype and also will enable 1080p Video recording as well as enable performance tweaks!
READ FAQ for more information.


Noob HELP – Skip this section if you are experienced with ADB and debugging mode.
-Pull down the Notification bar up top and select “USB Connection”
-In this prompt select “None” and press OK
-The phone will reconnect to the computer with USB.
-Debugging mode will now be enabled.

If it does not:
-Unplug the phone and reboot
-After the phone boots up, plug the phone to the computer.

Patching:
-Having downloaded Seven’s Blurfix Patch from the Required Downloads above, extract this file to your C:\ drive. Example: C:\SevenBlurpatch
-Open SevenBlurpatch folder
-Run “Seven's Blurfix”
-Follow the steps prompted in the CMD window.
-After the script files have been copied over it will ask you to press any key to continue.
-It will leave you with an open ADB Shell, displaying the “$” symbol.

Type in the following commands in this order:
su

At this point, MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE’s SCREEN IS ON. PAY ATTENTION as it will prompt you to ALLOW or DENY. Select ALLOW on your phone or this will FAIL. If it fails run Seven’s Blurfix again.
The $ sign will change to a # sign.

This means you have Root access through the terminal window. Now we will manually execute the script.
Type the following command at the # prompt:
./data/local/tmp/blurfix_script.sh

After this the phone will reboot and then you are READY TO GO! Read Step 5 for APN information and FAQ!

No more ATT update nags, no more issues and 1080p recording enabled! Performance tweaks enabled, tethering re-enabled. Read the FAQ Section on how to record in 1080p!
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STEP 5 - APN Information and FAQ
Here is the correct APN information for all pertinent carriers. I was unable to find the Korean APN information so if someone will PM me this, I will gladly add it!

It can be found -> Here

This is how you add APN settings:
-Press the Menu key
-Go to Settings
-Go to Wireless controls
-Go to Mobile networks
-Go to Access Point Names
-Press the Menu key
-Select New APN
-Add pertinent information

Depending on what carrier you use, these are the settings:
You might need to add 2 APNs for your specific carrier.
Whatever is does not have settings, leave blank.


After you have added your APN information make sure you ENABLE the little RADIO icon.. its the circular icon, that is usually empty after adding APN information.


Frequently Asked Questions!

Q) What's so special about 2.1.1 vs Stock or 1.4.2
A) A lot of things! Some of the most noticeable improvements are the boot time when using stock 2.1.1. It is FAST and the display is much more responsive than stock Bell Motoblur. Also MotoBlur is much more responsive in loading and switching between screens, even the stock keyboard is an improvement in terms of feedback and usability. Stock 2.1.1 no longer lags when typing. The fingerprint reader has improved significantly as well in comparison to previous SBF. Quadrant scores also went up for me in comparison to 1.4.2 GreyBlur. There is a lot of feedback regarding this but all of it has been GOOD.

Q) Should I stay on 2.1.1 STOCK or should I flash GreyBlur/GingerBlur?
A) Stock is actually quite decent, for Canadian Fido users there is a HUGE improvement as the carrier name is actually correct now and does not take 50% of the notification bar. None the less, GreyBlur runs beautifully and even faster on this SBF! Its quite impressive in boot time, smoothness and the loss of all the bloatware is quite good. It also provides theming support for us International users, so that we may use 1.5.7/1.8.3 framework themes!

Q) 1080p recording?!
A) Yes.. By running Seven's Blurfix Patch, LGCamera Free is installed. This as well as an internal mod allows 1080p recording on the phone! There are however special settings to get it to work.

Instructions:
-Start LGCamera
-Press the Back key to get rid of the purchase nag or buy the full version!
-Select the Video option to switch Video recording
-Press the menu key to open the options menu
-In the options menu scroll down to Video settings and set the following settings. (This is the only way 1080p will work!)

Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
Encoder: Default
File Format: MPEG4
Video Bitrate 13 Mbit


Hit the red button and you're good to go!

Q) What is HSUPA?
A) High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) is a 3G mobile telephony protocol in the HSPA family with up-link speeds up to 5.76 Mbit/s. By default both the ATT and Bell ROMS have this disabled and therefore features like Voice over IP, skype, videochat are almost unusable. By enabling HSUPA this allows you to use these and also benefit from faster uplink access therefore speeding up you're mobile internet.

Q) Why is GingerBlur 3.1 not recommended.
A) It has been shown in various threads and people's reports (in my original thread) that 3.1 has various glitches and issues. Non functional Home button (when skipping motoblur setup), wifi issues (although most of them resolved now) as well as terrible battery life. GreyBlur on the other hand has proven to work PERFECTLY and is a better platform to have custom framework modded ontop of it. Use all both of these at your own risk!

Q) Why is Swype removed by applying BlurFix Patch?
A) Because there are issues with it. I'm also not allowed to post information or files related to swype on how to fix it. The alternative is to install the updated beta which can be found here in the DEV section. Much better fix/alternative.

Q) I want my Launcher to be smoother! How?
A) Use LauncherPro. It is by far the smoothest. A good alternative is GoLaucher Ex which is also great.

Q) I did not get the Power Icon that you mentioned in your guide.. what did I do wrong?
A) This is a feature of the Atrix called Power Management. It can be accessed at: Settings->Battery Manager -> Battery Mode. There you can select whatever profile you want!

Q) I want to flash other themes! What do I do?!
A) Feel free to flash any theme that is for ATT framework ONLY.. As long as you have GreyBlur installed this will work. Try to flash themes for 1.5.2 and 1.8.x ATT. Previous ones are unknown and unsupported.

Q) I flashed a theme and now, my phone wont boot!!! what do I do? Do I have start over again?
A) No you dont! First if this happened, you have to Factory Reset. (That sucks.. But its the price we have to pay to get this functioning)

Follow this short guide below: How to access Android Recovery

-On your first reboot after flashing a new theme, hold VOL down as the phone powers on.
-Then use power down again to select Android Recovery
-Once selected, press Power button ONCE, then VOL UP
-Tap lower right hand corner of screen if you have no buttons
-Select Wipe data/factory reset using volume buttons
-Triple tap (or more) on the lower left hand corner of the screen to select OK
-Using the same method, reboot the phone using that option in the menu!
-The phone should boot.

Should the phone not boot, it means you flashed something unsupported so back to square one!

Q) My Lapdock Keyboard is all messed up!! What do I do?
A) Unfortunately you did not read the section above (STEP 3) which specifically states what should be done in preparation to flash so that your Lapdock Keyboard functions properly. I am attempting to create a hotfix patch for this to avoid people having to reflash but at the moment there is no other way.

Q) I wish to DeOdex Stock 2.1.1 so that I may theme my phone without using GingerBlur/GreyBlur or to install Arabic Language pack. What do I do?
A) Read STEP 2, after ROOT and RECOVER there is a section now, which contains instructions on how to use the 2.1.1 DeOdex tool I've created.

Q) I'm having connectivty issues with DATA and VOICE.. what do I do?
A) Flash this radio -> HERE. This generally solves issues with connectivity.

If you have any more questions please let me know!
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thanks, but why do you say gingerblur 3.1 is not recommended?

running it on 1.4.2 and don't have any issues... just wondering before I update to 2.1.1
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thanks, but why do you say gingerblur 3.1 is not recommended?

running it on 1.4.2 and don't have any issues... just wondering before I update to 2.1.1

This info will be added to the FAQ section but just be aware 3.1 drains battery like hell. Don't mind people saying that resetting stats will fix it but a lot of people have reported issues with that. (I suspect it has something to do with Gallery3D version which is a known drain)

2.1 on the other hand has much snappier performance and the battery life is just a lot better.

Also people using phones from other regions, international regions have reported issues with it if you read the thread.
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Well done guides!

Stock Bell Atrix on Rogers with updated radio, Rooted, deodexed, Honeycomb theme, and frozen!
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This info will be added to the FAQ section but just be aware 3.1 drains battery like hell. Don't mind people saying that resetting stats will fix it but a lot of people have reported issues with that. (I suspect it has something to do with Gallery3D version which is a known drain)

2.1 on the other hand has much snappier performance and the battery life is just a lot better.

Also people using phones from other regions, international regions have reported issues with it if you read the thread.

ya, i did have the battery issue but it's much improved (in my case anyway) with a battery calibration.

Battery drain or not that Gallery3D is horrible.

thanks for the info
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ya, i did have the battery issue but it's much improved (in my case anyway) with a battery calibration.

Battery drain or not that Gallery3D is horrible.

thanks for the info

No problem! Thanks for the feedback. Make sure you read the section on the BlurFix Patch I've created. This will disable the OTA nags and add a few goodies!

Enjoy SIR!
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