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Old things tend to stick around. In everyday things (toasters, microwaves etc) there is some kind of software to control the device. That software is installed by the manufacturer and is usually hard to change, in practice read-only. While you can flash the system partition on android, with some electronic devices you needed to and still need to plug in some ...


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Since you have a .tgz file, I would assume you downloaded the factory image for your device. You cannot use adb sideload with those archives. They are not packaged for that. You note in your comment: The instructions also said to do it as a .zip ...and the instructions are correct. If you find that your environment is deviating from the stated ...


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The factory image is just the ROM that's on the phone when it leaves the factory. It sounds like you might be thinking about different kinds of ROMs. When you download a stock ROM from the phone's manufacturer (or elsewhere), it usually includes the image for the system partition and one for the stock recovery. In contrast, when you download a custom ROM, ...


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Factory images are not supposed to be flashed in recovery. Instead, you should follow the instructions on the page you linked to. Open the tar file, it's probably just a compressed file, just like a zip. But first, let me point you to some "Custom ROMs" that ARE flashable in recovery: Stock Rastakat Cyanogenmod 12 (unofficial) However, those may all ...


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CyanogenMod - Xperia SP maintainer here. If you are sure about having a Xperia SP then you can safely remove that assert check in the install script of the zip :) you should have the right prop id so you can continue on with normal releases. i've never seen this issue before.


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You don't need to install Gapps to use Cyanogenmod, you can install it and use it without them. If your real question is "do I need to install Gapps if I want to comfortable install all my favorite apps from the playstore?" then the answer is probably yes.


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It might be a power button issue. when you take the battery out, and put it back in does the phone automatically turn on by itself? or do you have to press the power button to do that? You should turn it back on with the power button, if it turns back on automatically then it means your power button has gotten stuck. What I did was hold it and kept pressing ...



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