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A "Recovery" is a special space in the internal memory of your phone, set aside by the manufacturer to perform diagnostics and OS upgrades. In Windows terms, it's a rough equivalent of Boot Menu (usually accessed by pressing F8 during boot-up.) It's invisible to the phone under normal operation, and is accessed in a special way (usually by turning the ...


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It sounds like the "/system/bin/app_process" has been modified and so it doesn't match the signature required. There are 2 ways to fix this, either get a copy of the stock file from another phone/rom or flash the factory image for 4.3 Edit: After reading "update 2" it sounds like you want the factory image option detailed below. AndroidPolice has a step by ...


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I had the same problem and I found the solution is to rename a file in the system folder: remount /system in read/write mode (use something like the Root Explorer app or ES File Explorer; both have root modes (check the app's settings) for remounting /system as writable) rename the /system/recovery-from-boot.p to /system/recovery-from-boot.p-bak ...


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No, it does not format the SD card. It only wipes all internal memory on the phone. It is recommended you do this every time you switch to a new CustomRom, or if the current CustomRom is giving you problems (typically after upgrading the CustomRom).


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If you have a fastboot-enabled bootloader version (such as the old 0.76.0000 engineering HBOOT in the EVO's case) you can use that to flash it from a PC via USB. Reboot into your bootloader, then select the "Fastboot" option from the boot menu (if it has one, it may start up fastboot automatically). Once it's ready, go to your PC's shell and execute: ...


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Clockworkmod Recovery can be used to replace your device's recovery with something more useful. Specifically it can be used to make backups of and restore your current ROM and data, as well as install new ROMs. You can also use an app called ROM Manager from the Market to manage which Clockwork is installed (you need one specifically for your device) and ...


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First, some disambiguation is in order. Amon_Ra is a developer who created one of the recovery consoles (named after himself.) Just like ClockworkMod (which was created by a different developer named Koushik Dutta, a.k.a. Koush) Amon_Ra's Recovery performs various low-level tasks on Android devices. Odin is a Windows application that can be used to flash ...


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Starting with version 6, deduplication support has been built into clockworkmod recovery. The blobs directory folder contains a hashed directory structure that holds the deduplicated files across all backups. See the developer's Google+ post for more, in short: TL;DR: ClockworkMod Recovery now deduplicates files between builds. This results in way ...


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In short, if you want to flash KitKat Android 4.4, you'll have to upgrade to a version of CWM greater than v6.0.4.5. Or, use an alternate bootloader. For the Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P5113 or GT-p5110 you can find the instructions here.


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The required part of a kernel .zip file looks like this: META-INF com google android update-binary updater-script You'll also want to have the kernel zImage file somewhere else, easiest if you just have it in the root of the archive. updater-script contains the following at minimum (assumes zImage ...


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Two things are important here: 1.) Even if you wouldn't install ClockworkMod, you'd lose your warranty since you replaced the pre-loaded operating system with unsupported one. 2.) ClockworkMod (or any other alternative recovery) is what actually installs CyanogenMod on your phone so it is required. In short: Replacing your phone OS with Cyanogen will void ...


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Yes, it is possible to install custom kernels on stock roms. The kernel developer will usually say which roms (or types of roms) the kernel supports. If you are not sure you can try reading the kernel thread, and there will always be poeple saying things like "working great on [firmware version here]". This way you can also make sure that it will work ok on ...


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Primary reasons for the no swap recommendations are the basic uselessness of swap for most devices, performance reasons, and device longevity. As Liam mentions, modern devices have no shortage of RAM (Even my old underpowered Wildfire S has as much RAM as my previous desktop.) and that RAM is managed fairly well by the modern Android system, making a swap ...


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I would check your /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup folder and remove any old backups you have in there. You can also remove them from within Rom Manager under Manage and Restore Backups. Then click on the older backups and select Delete from the menu.


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I just a got an email from the Heimdall dev, he said it's not compatible with the Galaxy Mini. Thanks guys for your replies.


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Clockworkmod stores its backups in /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup (replace /sdcard with the path for your external card if you're looking for backups to external memory). With versions prior to 6.0, you can move off (or delete) the entire directory to clear space. The entire backup is self-contained. If you're using a 6.0 or greater version of Clockworkmod, ...


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It does this in order to break up large .tar files into chunks of 1000000000 bytes: -rwxrwx--- root sdcard_r 0 2014-03-19 14:31 data.ext4.tar -rwxrwx--- root sdcard_r 1000000000 2014-03-19 14:33 data.ext4.tar.a -rwxrwx--- root sdcard_r 1000000000 2014-03-19 14:36 data.ext4.tar.b -rwxrwx--- root sdcard_r 1000000000 2014-03-19 14:38 ...


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A nandroid is the name for a complete backup or image of your device. It can be performed in clock work mod (cmw) . Clockwork mod is a custom recovery because it is a second of tools that can used without booting an os. Think of it has an additional BIOS. When rooting and jailbreaking, u will want to install the clockwork mod. It is the workhorse that has ...


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The easiest way would be to install Rom Manager. The first item in this app says "Flash ClockworkMod Recovery" and under that it will say something like "Current Recovery: ClockworkMod 5.0.2.2" (see below). If it does not say this, or has nothing here, chances are you don't have it. If you don't have it and would like it (and are already rooted, of course) ...


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CWM is the shortform of ClockWorkMod. ROMManager, CWM recovery, Tether etc are their products. CWM Recovery and ROMManager are tools which enables you to backup your current ROM, install custom ROMs etc. If you are interested in knowing more about CWM, see this page. For rooting you do not need CWM. In fact for installing CWM you need to be rooted. ...


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If you are talking about a Nandroid backup: Yes, it would. It creates images from the devices file systems -- so all that's stored there gets copied to those image files. You can then even extract single items using e.g. Titanium Backup.


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The general consensus is there's usually different partitions available: system data cache boot recovery When a guide says to flash "partition" where partition is one of the above, then that implies transferring the contents destined for the partition. The mileage will vary depending on the handset/manufacturer as not all of them actually have ...


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This suggestion assumes familiarity with connecting to the phone via ADB I had a similar situation on my previous phone. I was able to pull the important stuff over ADB when the phone was in recovery. In my case I had to mount some of the filesystems to access everything I wanted to retrieve. I'm not sure if it is dependent on the phone whether the ADB ...


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It was removed because It's total placebo these days. I wrote it for dealing with the silly things that happen when we used to put apps on SD before Android supported it. Since then, it's been something of a sugar pill that magically fixes all problems without actually doing anything. (Taken from the commit history, posted by Steve Kondik)


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Sony Xperia Devices use a recovery-in-boot arrangement. While you can't simply flash a version of TWRP or CWM, you can flash a kernel that includes what you need. For the Xperia L, you can flash the Phanton Kernel, which includes CWM. There is no other way to do get CWM or TWRP without flashing a new kernel.


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Strictly speaking, you could try to keep your apps around, but it is generally a bad idea. During the install process you'll want to wipe the /data partition in order to prevent application crashes and weird permission issues after flashing. If you skip that then your apps and data should hang around, but it causes a lot of strangeness. The best thing to do ...


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If you have a working CWM or 2e recovery you can flash Darky's with it just fine from a stock ROM. If you have a lagfix, particularly the ext2 OCLF, be sure to undo it first. (It appears Darky's uses the Voodoo ext4 lagfix, so no need to disable Voodoo beforehand. See Is the Voodoo lagfix compatible with Darky's ROM?) Note that your data will be ...


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If you have succesfully rooted the phone and have the ClockworkMod recovery image, you can easily flash a custom 2.2 ROM. Have a look on MoDaCo for some good options. You should also install the Rom Manager app from the market for easy flashing, booting to recovery, backups, etc. You shouldn't have to wait long before there are plenty of 2.3 options too :) ...


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"Fake flash" When you boot into recovery via vol-down at power up, you get stock When you boot into recovery using RM you get update.zip You need to flash permanently eg via alpha rev, unrevoked or via adb. I have a desire so what I used may not work for you.


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/emmc is basically ok and accessible if you can 'mount' it. You already have a working CWM installed which comes with adb enabled. This gives you some options. Boot to CWM recovery and mount your partition in the 'mounts and storage' section. It's now accessible internally and you can use the adb tool (ADB stands for 'Android debug bridge', it's usually used ...



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