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[ROM] 11/Jan 3.1 - MoDaCo Custom ROM (now with online kitchen)

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By paulobrien, Senior Member on 26th August 2009, 12:16 PM
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Note: Version 3.2 Beta now available - click for more details!

I'm pleased to present my MoDaCo Custom Hero ROM! No 'wipe' is required for anyone coming from MCR 1.2 onwards, or the stock 2.73.x updates.

You can now create a customised ROM containing only the parts you required - click here to read more about the MoDaCo Custom Custom ROM online kitchen!

MCR now includes a MoDaCo Custom Kernel modified by Teknologist, TCK, for additional features.

MCR now optionally includes Wavesecure in ROM, allowing you to lock / locate / wipe your device remotely in the event of loss and be notified if the SIM is changed. The application cannot be uninstalled by a thief and we we have actively worked with Wavesecure to ensure that your settings will survive a hard reset!

This ROM is based on the 2.73.x release series (currently 2.73.405.66 together with my own optimisations) for the best possible performance! The ROM is now available in 2 core versions, with and without Chinese input, with optional add on packs that can be applied to either ROM.

Included in the 'core' version

- Built with my new MCR build process which reduces size and boost speed of the ROM
- Includes Teknologist's Custom Kernel 1.91 featuring additional filesystem support (EXT4, NFS, CramFS, SquashFS 4.0), CompCache modules and config, DroidWall support and much more! See here for details.
- Rooted with 'adb remount' permission and superuser APK
- A2SD included (fully automatic - thanks cyanogen!) - create a EXT2, EXT3 or EXT4 partition as your second partition to use. dalvik-cache remains on device.
- Added Jbed Java
- Added Google Voice Search and required speech library
- Added Dropbear SSH server running by default, check 'About' screen for password (port 2222). You can now remove this by running /system/bin/removedropbear.sh
- Added Notes app from Dragon ROM
- Added Spare Parts (run it and switch the 2 animation types to 'fast' for an even better experience!)
- Added android-wifi-tether 1.60 pre3 (props to the developer, this is a great app!)
- Added WiFi Status indicator, with kind permission of Andrew Schwimmer
- Added busybox 1.15.3 with Droid Explorer support
- Added Titanium Backup
- Added all 4 available HTC widgets
- Added nano 2.09 - text editor for use in shell mode
- Added parted and sqlite tools
- Added terminfo and settings to boot.img to allow nano etc. use
- Added files required for Debian linux including loxley's updated bootdeb script
- Added huge APN list
- Moved Quickoffice to data partition to allow easy uninstall
- Deleted 'Learn More' application
- ROM now includes touch focus in Camera app
- ROM now supports shortcuts using BetterCut (and therefore I assume anycut!) in Rosie
- Silenced boot sound (it's still there and can be reactivated with a file edit)
- You can now check your MoDaCo Custom ROM (MCR) version from the about menu

Included in main 'enhanced' add on pack

- Added Business Card Scanner
- Added 'Plurk' client (currently unavailable)
- Added WAP browser

Other optional add on packs (apply as normal update zips)

- 'WaveSecure' add on pack (puts Wavesecure in ROM - it is no longer in core)
- 'Boot Sounds' add on pack (restores boot sounds)
- 'Hebrew Fonts' add on pack (installs hebrew fonts)

Recommended applications (available from the market)

- More Locale for setting non english Locales

Downloads

This ROM is also available customised to your exact requirements in the MoDaCo Custom Custom ROM online kitchen - check it out!

11/Jan 3.1 - MoDaCo Custom ROM for GSM Hero - Android @ MoDaCo

ENSURE YOU DO A NANDROID BACKUP SO YOU CAN 'ROLL BACK' IF REQUIRED!

A 'wipe' is MANDATORY when installing this ROM if you are coming from pre MCR 1.2 or a stock 1.x ROM, and you MUST do this BEFORE applying the update zip (as the update zip puts files on the data partition)! I also recommend you install the latest radio from my 'update zips' topic if you have not done so.

Please note that first boot may take a little while, especially if you have a lot of apps on your A2SD partition. Be patient! If you want a real clean start or you have issues with your existing A2SD installed apps when you boot, you need to wipe your EXT3 partition on SD too by executing 'adb shell rm -r /system/sd/app', 'adb shell rm -r /system/sd/app-private' and 'adb shell reboot'

The ROM is in an update.zip format for installation via the custom recovery image, I also strongly recommend installing the latest radio (63.18.55.06JU_6.35.08.29 at time of writing). As always, do a Nandroid backup before you do anything... just in case!

For the complete newbies, these are the steps you need to take with a 'virgin' Hero:

- Download the patched recovery image linked above and install as detailed in that post
- Download this custom ROM, and copy it to your SD card
- Enter the recovery image (if you're not in it already) by powering on while pressing 'home'
- Select 'nandroid backup' from the menu to do a backup
- If you copied the custom rom as update.zip, select 'apply sdcard:update.zip', else select the option below.
- all done

If you would like to remove parts of the ROM that you do not use, see this post.

Feedback / feature requests welcome! This ROM is posted in multiple places - although I try to provide support everywhere the ROM is posted, of course you will receive the quickest response at MoDaCo.

Finally, if you would like to show your appreciation for the ROM, please consider supporting MoDaCo by signing up for a MoDaCo Ad Free or MoDaCo Plus account, which also gives you early access to Beta ROM releases and the online ROM kitchens.

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Changelog

3.1

Based on shipping 2.73.405.66
Includes Teknologist's kernel 1.91
Built with my new MCR build process which reduces size and boost speed of the ROM
Updated Busybox, ROM is now compatible with Droid Explorer
All 4 available HTC widgets now included in ROM
Updated Wireless Tether app
Added Titanium Backup

3.0

Moved base to 2.73.405.66
Updated busybox to fix colour coding ls issue
Updated kernel to Teknologist 1.9
Updated wpa_supplicant (0.5.11)

2.9

Moved base to 2.73.405.61
Added Teknologist's 1.8 kernel with 80MB compcache, tun.ko etc. etc.
Added loxley's updated bootdeb script
Added super-APN file from Cyanogen's ROM
Added Hebrew fonts add on pack

2.8

MoDaCo Custom Kernel 1.2 featuring additional filesystem support (EXT4, NFS, CramFS, SquashFS 4.0), CompCache 0.5.4 modules and DroidWall support
Updated WiFi Tether (1.60 pre3)
Script to optionally remove dropbear SSH (run /system/bin/dropbearremove.sh via ADB)
Moved VoiceSearch to data partition (aids updgrading via market)
Removed Swapper and MoreLocale, now advised downloads in main post

2.7.1

Changed file split between partitions to resolve issue of system partition running out of space

2.7

Updated WaveSecure, moved to add on pack
New Boot sounds restore add on pack
Dropbear SSH running by default, check 'About' screen for password (port 2222)
Add Notes app from Dragon to core
Add Swapper to core
Add WiFi Status to core
Added Voice Search to core with libspeech library

2.6

MCR now includes Wavesecure in ROM, allowing you to lock / locate / wipe your device remotely in the event of loss and be notified if the SIM is changed. The application cannot be uninstalled by a thief and we are actively working with Wavesecure to ensure that in a forthcoming release, your settings will survive a hard reset!

Chinese version available again
Fixed dropbear permissions

2.5.1

Busybox shortcuts fix
build.prop updated for market fix

2.5

Removed IM app due to incompatability with freshly wiped devices.

2.4

Faster than 2.2!
Recommended for use with radio 63.18.55.06FU_6.35.07.08
New WWE core image
Another busybox update - 1.15.2 release
Added dropbear binaries in ROM (will add as a service in a later release)
Replaced CustomLocale with MoreLocales
Added IM application in ROM
Maps is now no longer removed
Other tweaks I forgot!

2.3

Core is now available in regular and chinese flavours, the enhanced version is an addon pack to the core of your choice
Based on different ROM - you now get the new People widget
Another busybox update - 1.15.1 release
Added parted in ROM for partitioning SD
Other tweaks I forgot!

2.2

Corrected tun.ko
Updated busybox
Minor tweaks to unify build with sapphire and dream versions

2.1

Added new bootdeb script
Minor tweaks to startup script

2.0

Based on 2.73.405.5 WWE SHIP update
Updated A2SD to leave dalvik-cache on device (should improve performance, we're not that tight on space!)
Restored bootscreen (no sound)
Restored customize directory, this will give only standard WWE build locales - use Custom Locale for others, or 'adb shell remount' then 'adb shell rm -rf /system/customize' then wipe for full menu
Split features into 'core' and 'enhanced' versions

1.5.1

More optimisations
Removed customize directory, added 'Custom Locale' for setting non English locales
Added version information to build.prop

1.5

Even faster!

1.4.1

Fixed Streetview
Restore Chinese IME
Fixed update script to not error if device is not wiped

1.4

Fixed FC in Messages app

1.3

Fixed broken WiFi in 1.2!

1.2

Huge changes based on new core from leaked update, see first post!

1.1

Fix for market issues

1.0

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26th August 2009, 12:24 PM |#3  
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Any moment now..
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- Updated A2SD (ext3), now runs on initial boot

Will this run with an ext2 partition, or does it need to be ext3?
26th August 2009, 12:27 PM |#5  
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omg great work paul - thanks for your efforts!
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sweet can't wait to flash ~~^^~~ I am excited...
26th August 2009, 12:32 PM |#7  
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Not tried with EXT2 personally, I use EXT3...

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Cheers,

Sadly I haven't figured out how to make an ext3 partition as yet

The partitioning software in Cyanogen's recovery image only does ext2, and I've only found this one guide for creating the partition
26th August 2009, 12:49 PM |#9  
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That's great. was actually planning to flash the generic one until i saw your post. I guess i'd better wait then .hehee
Thanks a lot!!!!
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Cheers,

Sadly I haven't figured out how to make an ext3 partition as yet

The partitioning software in Cyanogen's recovery image only does ext2, and I've only found this one guide for creating the partition

if you already have an ext2 partition you can execute from the recovery console:
Code:
upgrade_fs
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Originally Posted by enlightener

if you already have an ext2 partition you can execute from the recovery console:

Code:
upgrade_fs

Thanks - this sounds easy, but I'm not quite sure waht the recovery console is Is that the recovery image? And do I need to somehow navigate into the ext2 partition to do it?

Thanks,

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