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lu270bro

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For those wanting to change the boot animation on your Thunderbolt, here is a quick tutorial. Remember that you do this at your own risk- I take no responsibility. It is fairly simple though.

1. Download your preferred bootanimation and place on the root of your sd card.
2. Rename to "bootanimation.zip" (without the quotes of course)
3. use root explorer and navigate to the /system/media folder OR /system/customize/resource folder for VirusROM (I think)
4. rename the "bootanimation.zip" to "bootanimation.zip.old" and "Finalthunder.mp3" to "Finalthunder.mp3.old"
5. Next navigate to your sdcard, and find the bootanimation.zip file that you downloaded and renamed.
6. long press and choose copy
7. now navigate to the /system/media folder on your phone and toggle to mount R/W
8. Then just paste the bootanimation and done!
9. Reboot to check out your new boot animation

I will be trying to reach out to several devs who have made boot animations and see if they will let me post a link to them here so we can have a centralized place to get anims from. Will update as soon as I start hearing back from those devs.
 
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madroix

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How do you change the boot sound?

I was able to change this right after root by using the same methods as I used on my DINC. But I want to replace the boot sound as well. I have tried renaiming to thunderfinal.mp3, android_audio.mp3, and (VZW_) something .mp3 to no avail. Any suggestions or success?
 

lu270bro

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I was able to change this right after root by using the same methods as I used on my DINC. But I want to replace the boot sound as well. I have tried renaiming to thunderfinal.mp3, android_audio.mp3, and (VZW_) something .mp3 to no avail. Any suggestions or success?

rename it to:
thunderfinal.mp3.old
and it "should" work. at least it worked for me. if you change the bootanimation, just add ".old" after .zip
 

elemerica

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FYI - I don't think that is the correct location - at least it's not on my Thunderbolt. Check here: /system/customize/resource and find the VZW_bootanimation.zip.

I replaced that with one of my choice and it's working fine. The sound is there as well: FinalThunder.mp3.
 
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runhopskipjump

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FYI - I don't think that is the correct location - at least it's not on my Thunderbolt. Check here: /system/customize/resource and find the VZW_bootanimation.zip.

I replaced that with one of my choice and it's working fine. The sound is there as well: FinalThunder.mp3.

It depends what rom you are using. The debloated rom has those files placed in media. I am running the debloated rom now.
 
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lu270bro

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In xda there are a ton of boot animations. Just use the search. I put "boot animation" in the search tab and got a ton of results.

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vdefender

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I've been working on a few of my own boot animations. The problem I found is that when I dropped in my own boot animation and left the finalthunder.mp3 right where it was. It no longer played the thunder sound?? I assumed that changing the name of finalthunder would make it go away otherwise it would play no matter what.

So why did it stop playing when I didn't touch it?
 

lu270bro

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Maybe the sound is tied to the original boot animation through a script or other file...not really sure. I am going to play around with it this week and see if I can get the sound working as I have a couple ideas myself. If I find something that works I will be sure to post back and let you know.

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azbryan3

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changing Stock animation

I'd like to know as well. I can't see anywhere in the VZW_bootanimation.zip where that file is even referenced...
Of course, I'm not exactly a scholar in this area. I just want to use a custom sound with my custom boot ani.

Thanks!
B

*UPDATE*
I extracted all the stock folders from the zip, I changed 1 PNG (the quietly brilliant splash in the 'android' folder), rezipped it and put it back on the bolt. When I rebooted the screen was blank BUT the finalthunder.mp3 STILL played... and there was no animation.

I kept the PNG file name that I changed the same as the original... not sure why it stopped working tho. {Note - I rename the zip (attached) after I have it on my SD card. then move it to the system/customize/resource.}
 

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Franzie3

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hey guys, having some problems making mine

i was able to make everything but i get no image. I made 120 jpg files for the VZW folder and placed them in their.

I then customized the HTC screenie for the android folder, and finally in the progress folder i placed a .gif (which i didn't think was a problem).

I also placed the desc.txt file as well, zipped it up and placed in in /system/media. No dice...

Anyone else having an issue or has had this issue and knows what i need to do??
 

Jc8206

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okay, i need some assistance, I'm trying to make a fairly simple boot animation, but NONE of the animations ive used have worked I am obviously not doing something right, but not sure what
 

Seppeku

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I can't get this to work either... I'm running DaBamf ROM and put these files in the system/media folder to replace what was there and all I get is a black screen and no sound at all... I haven't messed with the stock location of these files yet, so we'll see...
 

madroix

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May 14, 2009
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Ok this is a weird solution but it has worked for me.

1. down load the link below and flash it. When it boots up you will get the famous rick roll bootanimation that jcase put up on April 1st.

2. Go to /system/media/ and replace the bootanimation.zip with whatever bootanimation.zip you want.

3. If you want to add custom boot sound you have to name it android_audio.mp3 to replace what is there. If you don't want any sound delete the existing android_audio.mp3 or you will get Rick Astley every time you boot.

That has allowed me to change bootanimation and get custom sound each time I have replaced the ROM. If that works for you thank me and enjoy.
 

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    Ok this is a weird solution but it has worked for me.

    1. down load the link below and flash it. When it boots up you will get the famous rick roll bootanimation that jcase put up on April 1st.

    2. Go to /system/media/ and replace the bootanimation.zip with whatever bootanimation.zip you want.

    3. If you want to add custom boot sound you have to name it android_audio.mp3 to replace what is there. If you don't want any sound delete the existing android_audio.mp3 or you will get Rick Astley every time you boot.

    That has allowed me to change bootanimation and get custom sound each time I have replaced the ROM. If that works for you thank me and enjoy.
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    FYI - I don't think that is the correct location - at least it's not on my Thunderbolt. Check here: /system/customize/resource and find the VZW_bootanimation.zip.

    I replaced that with one of my choice and it's working fine. The sound is there as well: FinalThunder.mp3.
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    FYI - I don't think that is the correct location - at least it's not on my Thunderbolt. Check here: /system/customize/resource and find the VZW_bootanimation.zip.

    I replaced that with one of my choice and it's working fine. The sound is there as well: FinalThunder.mp3.

    It depends what rom you are using. The debloated rom has those files placed in media. I am running the debloated rom now.
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    no i downloaded another boot animation. i was trying to make my own down animation. everything is exactly as it is stock except the images are different but its just black. i dont know what i should do next.

    Problems in your zip!

    ok i got the bootanimation to work by simply replacing using root explorer. but once i did it the sound on boot stopped working. so i tried to make a custom boot sound by doing the same thing and got nothing. the only mp3 in system\resource\customize is VZW_Airwaves and FianalThunder. Any suggestion?? and remember once i changed the boot animation the sound didnt come back:confused::confused::confused:

    Stick to system/media. Your in the back up area. I'm assuming it sees a problem in the original area which is why its not going. And for some odd reason if my ringer/media volume is off at reboot.. I get no sound either...

    Edit:


    Solved. File compression on the Droid locks the file. Boot won't read because its too busy unzipping,
    Place, read, bla bla (its lazy right lol) zip compression store, opens right up!

    I'll upload the zombie bootloader later!!

    Maybe a few more...

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