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Rooted and Still Haven’t Updated to 2.1? Get to ESE81 the Easy Way.

If you’ve held off from going to the official ESE81 2.1 update because you simply love custom ROMs, then you are a wise and patient soul.  Through ROM Manager, you can flash the new CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7 which  according to Koush is “based off the eclair branch, which has newer code than ESE81” and now includes the Launcher2 with 5 columns.  It runs on some of the ESE81 drivers and can be overclocked so your performance will be greatly improved.  If you go through this process, your baseband will be updated and your build will be ESE81.  And yes, it’s awesome.

*Note 1* – This process is for ROOTED users only.  Rooting instructions here.

*Note 2* – If you have already updated to 2.1 without root, follow the instructions at this post which will get you back to stock and then to a rooted 2.1.

Instructions…

*Note 3* – If you haven’t updated your baseband, please perform steps 1-6 first.  Your baseband only needs to be updated once, so if you have already updated to C_01.3E.03P then skip to step 7.

Updating to Baseband C_01.3E.03P:

1.  Open ROM Manager.
2.  Click “Download ROM”.
3.  Click “Radio Update”.
4.  Download the file and skip “wipe data and cache”.  Perform a backup if you’d like.
5.  Click “OK” and allow the update to take place.
6.  When your phone boots back up, you will have to re-activate.  If your keyboard is missing, exit activation, use the physical keyboard, select phone and dial *22899.

Installing CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7:

7.  Go back into ROM Manager.
8.  Click “Download ROM”.
9.  Click “CyanogenMod”.
10.  Click “CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7”.
11.  Once the ROM has downloaded, make sure to check the box for “Google Apps”.
12.  Then choose “wipe data and cache”.  Perform a backup if you’d like.

YOU HAVE TO WIPE DATA AND CACHE.  THIS IS A NEW BUILD.

13.  Phone will boot into recovery, load the ROM and BAM!  All done.
14.  Enjoy ESE81 with Launcher2.  🙂

*Note 4* – HelixLauncher2 went immediately into a force close loop.  Stick with the Launcher2 on this one.

IF YOU HAVE KERNEL QUESTIONS VISIT THIS POST.

Be sure to drop your questions in the comments so that our amazing community can offer their support!

  • Chuckboy1129

    i keep trying to update sapphire-0.8.4 from rom manager it keep stopping saying aborted what do i have to do to download the update

  • Chuckboy1129

    i keep trying to update sapphire-0.8.4 from rom manager it keep stopping saying aborted what do i have to do to download the update

  • Rejuvination

    I am having a huge problem with ROM Manager… When I try to Flash with ClockWork I get “An Error occured while flashing your recovery.”

    I have tried reinstalling ROM Manager at least 4 times, and have installed a new custom rom at least 3 times, always with the same problem. anyone know what I can do to fix it?

  • kmdavisjr

    Launcher2 does not seem to work with better cut. When you try to edit text, the icons get distorted (they seem to grow) when you place them on the home screen. Very odd. Otherwise, a great ROM.

  • anonymouse

    umm..if after i install rom and everything goes through and my phone boots then goes to black screen and wont turn back on does that mean its bricked? or could it be that my battery was just too low? it was like 10%

  • Karnage

    hey guys and gals… been trying to go to cyan 5.0.5.7 from 5.0.4.2 and get “an error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands!” Nothing shows in my Superuser Permissions Icon and if I put in 'su' in android terminal, I get 'access denied.' Any help would be Super!! thought about going back to stock and rerooting and everything, but do not know how to do that b/c both rom manager and dm updater will not allow me to follow any of the tutorials i find due to not having superuser permission. Any help would be sooo appreciated!!

  • JDub

    i'm new to flashing/rooting and all that jazz but would really like the look and access that it gives. but does this wipe your contacts? if so how can you back those up?

    • kmdavisjr

      Your contacts live on the cloud, and will be synched when you finish flashing your ROM

  • Dracul

    That didn't fix it!!! can someone help me????

  • Dracul

    Kellex, I'm having a problem…. I'm stuck n a force close loop. it just started tonight. I installed the ROM Manager and flashed the clockworkMod, got the custom ROM CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7 and a bekit 7-slot 1g kernel, I did this bout 2 weeks ago. I notice today that my settings where being changed, I change them back 2 what I had it set @ and they somehow get changed again. I rebooted the phone and that's when it started the FC loop, I need help, plzzzz. 🙁

  • Dracul

    Do I really need Titanium Backup?

  • malik116

    What about Droid Eris? Is there a way to get the new 2.1 gallery on it? Mine is version 2.1

  • misterw

    Please help. I am running cyanogen 5.0.5.4 with updated baseband. My phone ifo says my firware version is 2.1 upate 1. Do I still have to wipe cace and data before flashing cyangen 5.0.5.7? I would much rather not have to wipe if I dont have to but dont want to get stuck in as force close loop either. Also waht about switching to Ultimate Droid. Can I go to UD 9 without wiping first? Thank you in asdvsnce for your advice!

  • jose martinez

    i tried to instal it to my phone and i get a force closed massage when it came back on came anyone help me plz

  • jose martinez

    i installed it to my phone and it just gives me a force closed message can some one help me plz

  • Karnage

    “An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands!” comes up every time I try to flash or install anything in ROM MANAGER. It does say there is an update available every time I open ROM Manager and I can see that my current recovery is ClockworkMon 1.7.8.9 instead of 1.8.0.8. Market tells me that I have downloaded any updates available tho. Please help. I'm quite a noob to rooting and This Site has been an amazing help!!!! Thank You all for this community! WoOt!!

  • phillip818

    i cant get superuser permissions. can anyone tell me how to get it?

    i have firmware version 2.1 update 1
    baseband version c_01.3E.03P
    kernel version 2.6.29-omap1-gf8788 [email protected] #1
    build number ese81

    • phillip818

      everytime i try to install the new cyanogen mod, it says an error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands. i rooted with droidmod 11.

  • javajoe1981

    I decided to try out CyanogenMod but was having issues.. I am currently on 2.1 ESE81 rooted, but everytime I try to flash the rom it installs and gets stuck on the boot animation.. Am I missing a step? Do I have to still update the baseband before installing? and do I also have to wipe data? I was hoping to keep everything I had and just switch over to this mod.. thanks in advance and keep up the good work Kellex!!!

  • rreusch

    I have version 2.1 rooted from ROM Manager. I would like to go to Ultimate Droid 9.8. I have tried to use ROM Manager three times and each time it freezes up on the Motorola screen. I tried to hold “X” and start and it still freezes on the Motorola screen. I then just pull the battery and turn on the phone and it reboots back to 2.1 rooted. I also tried to backup the ROM in ROM Manager and it did the same thing, freezing on the Motorola screen. I have wiped cash on the last two attempts and still the issue.

    Any thoughts?

  • Droid_Lifer

    I installed the new Cyanogen Mod 5.0.5.7 and when I booted up, I tried to install my apps back on my droid but they were not in the downloads section, except for a few ones, like the one app I purchased. Help me?

  • scorpion77

    I back up all my apps an stuff but is there a way i dont have to Ok them all ? is there a way i can just hit install an be done with it ??

  • atreyu

    rooted and waited, wanted 3d app drawer got a stally sometimes disapears no good launcher, reinstalled helix lost the drawer runs smooth how do i get this app tp work…….

  • gsxr750

    I downloaded cyanogenmod 5.0.5.7 and i only saw home and launcher. Is there a launcher 2? Anyone

  • df7003

    i just flashed to this Rom and everything is working fine but when i go to the market it want download it just stays at the downloading bar

  • misterw

    OK I am officially confused. Do I have to update my baseband before going from 5.0.5.4 to 5.0.5.7 or not? Above it says its included:
    “If you go through this process, your baseband will be updated and your build will be ESE81. And yes, it’s awesome.”
    followed by note 3 which says:”Note 3* – If you haven’t updated your baseband, please perform steps 1-6 first. Your baseband only needs to be updated once, so if you have already updated to C_01.3E.03P then skip to step 7″
    I would rather not update baseband and have to reactivate if I do not have too. Please let me know either way.

    • Droid_Lifer

      Yes, you do. Going from any build to the ESE81 5.0.5.7, you need to update your baseband.

  • oinkinator

    is there any way to get the neural network wallpaper?
    i dont seem to have it

  • Todd

    Google Earth not for download on updated Droid 2.1

  • kenny78

    Man.. Took me a while, but i did it!!!! From OTA 2.1 update to stock 2.0.1 and back to rooted 2.1 and bam… with rommanager, i got cyanogen 5.0.5.7. With the new kernel i am all set.It runs smoothly.. so far no FC… Thank You Kellex

    • Billyhouse

      I'm rooted 2.1 and trying to find instructions for using rom manager to install and make recovery and backup and install cyanogen rom.

  • Dito_Muertez

    i remember hearing somewhere about a known issue with wifi, and i had this same problem the last time I tried cyanogen, but i can't connect to known good wifi connections, any ideas?

  • Michael16

    I downloaded the DMUpdater and can't seem to use it. How do I install it to put it to use? I also downlaoded a ROM manager but everytime I hit Flash Clockwork Mod Recovery it says error occured. Can someone help me please this is frustrating.

  • rneal_ra

    Thanks so much Kellex. I am now back to my Cyanogenmod ROM and have my wireless wifi tether back. I love having a phone that we can try so many different things on. I am going to run this ROM for a while and then may try some of the others.

  • rich_r

    I would appreciate some guidance. I am currently running DroidMod 1.0 with the new baseband. I am planning on moving to Cyanogen, but before I do I have a couple questions. I know that I have to wipe data and cache. I am also using the paid version of Titanium Backup.

    What is involved in recovering from the wipe data and cache? What is gone? All Apps? All App settings? Any phone settings cleared? Do you need to activate? Titanium Backup cautions loading some system data; any idea what is safe? Any other tips to recovering from the wipe?

    thanks.

    • Tom

      First off… All your apps are stored by google… Titanium back-up happens to be faster and a bit more thorough (at least if you have premium, if not just let google replace whatever it can).

      SO here is what you do… You wipe, when you boot back up you have to log back into google. Again… your phone will take care of the rest for the most part. Just put apps and widgets where you want them on your 5 screens.

      If you have any more feel free to reply.

  • Yagermeister

    I had originally used DMUpdater to root. I then installed ROM Manager but no custom ROMs. I was rooted. I then went through your steps to return to stock but only to find I was at stock but still rooted and with the SPRecovery images still on my SD card. I went ahead and did the manual install of 2.1. IT WORKED and all the while rooted 🙂 Did I do something wrong somewhere (probably many places)? Am I at risk of anything being unstable? All seems well with all the new features…I just went ahead and tested through Terminal Emulator if I was actually rooted and Permission was Denied! How do I get rid of the ninja since I am not actually rooted?

    • Yagermeister

      Any help with my questions would be greatly appreciated!

    • Yagermeister

      Kellex, any way you can review my post quickly and point me in the right direction? Thanks!

      • kellex

        If you are on 2.1 and have root access, then that's awesome.

        To make sure, try to flash a recovery image in ROM Manager and see what happens.

        • Yagermeister

          Clicking on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery at the top displays “An error occurred while attempting to run privilieged commands!” I believe this confirms that I am not rooted…and frankly with the new Launcher2 I'm fine with that 🙂 BUT any way I can get rid of the little ninja still listed in my apps list?

          • Yagermeister

            And btw, thanks for answering me 🙂

  • nickmears

    I am now on ROM ESE81 but only 3 screens, I can't download apps, can't reboot, can't flash clockwork because it says I am not connected to the internet, can't root, can't return to stock…nothing. Did I finally screw up my phone or is there some way to fix this???? Please help.

    • Tom

      turn off your phone, hold x and turn on your phone to boot into recovery. and choose a back-up. This is why back-ups are indispensable. <3

  • zach471

    For me, UD 9.0 seems to work better than Cyanogen. I'm always getting some sort of Bluetooth issue w/ the cyanogen ROMs. Last night, it wouldn't sync with my car. I loaded my backup with UD and it worked flawlessly again. It's a shame, because I do really like a lot of the features of cyanogen. Maybe I'll wipe and give .7 another try this afternoon.

    I DO like loading the ROMs, I DON'T like setting up the phone again each time!!

    • Tom

      I agree with you on the setting up part… I don't get these wi-fi bluetooth problems… It is strange. The only bluetooth that I have that doesn't work with the Droid NEVER worked with the droid, and I don't expect it to. I connect to my headset and computer flawlessly.

      Cyanogen is perfect imo.

      • zach471

        Not sure, either, Tom. For whatever reason the change to .7 wipes the bluetooth devices from the memory (Wi-Fi) remains) and last night it wouldn't pick the car back up.

  • lenny

    Hey every1,

    Has any1 updated their ROM with Ultimated droid mod 8.1.1 yet?

    I love the black notification bar, just wondering what does every1 thinks of it comparing to new Cyanogen mod…..

    • I go back and forth between them. Ultimate Droid is a more feature-rich ROM with a lot of options available, but it tends to get rushed out so wait a day or two after each new release before you try it. Case in point, 9.5 was rolled out last night, had a lot of issues, and was pulled back.

      • lenny

        Ahh No wonder, I couldn't find Ultimate Droid ROM v.9.5. But, love the UD ROM v.9.0. It runs so stable, never crash on me yet.

  • coolfx35

    Problem 1:
    when I open ROM manager (upgraded to premium), I have to Flash ClockworkMod Recovery first…I click it and it loads all the way up until the last part of it then stops and says
    “An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands!” ok ok maybe it just needs a kick in the head…NOPE restarted it and everything and didnt work DAMN well how about just rebooting into recovery mode manually??

    Problem 2:
    Which leads me to my second problem…it wont reboot into recovery mode…NOR will it allow me to turn it on then hold the lock key and x button to boot into it…The only thing I can think of is a factory reset (I'm not a retard and of course I backed up my data the first week I had it) so I could use that.

    Question:
    Will my idea work? I dont want to be screwed out of anything or ruin my phone. I dont mind re-rooting it and going through all of that I just want to make sure…Better safe then sorry ya know?

    THANKS A LOT for your guys' help this is a great site and I've learned a lot! talk to you guys soon thanks

    http://www.motorola-droid.org/root/cannot-boot-

  • When I dock in the multimedia station the weather widget doesnt work. I went into the app drawer to the news and weather icon, then settings. Typed my.zip code like normal. It worked finebefore moving to the ese81 build.

    any Ideas?

  • US_Marine_beta

    So, I did this and i didnt have any stock apps so i returned to stock 2.0.1 but I still have the updated baseband; will i still receive my 2.1 update? or do i have to revert back to the other baseband, if thats possible.

  • david

    will it work with droidmod

  • david

    will this work for droidmod

  • crowell392

    i tried to get the latest version thru the rom manager now all i can get is the 5.0.4.2 ,my dm updater says i have to check the box but i cant get to the box ,and my rom updater keeps getting some kind of error ,please help .im stuck…..the error that im getting in the ROM manager says “an error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands” this is after i try to flash clockwork mod recovery

  • crowell392

    i tried to get the latest version thru the rom manager not all i can get is the 5.0.4.2 ,my dm updater says i have to check the box but i cant get to the box ,and my rom updater keeps getting some kind of error ,please help .im stuck…..the error that im getting in the ROM manager says “an error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands” this is after i try to flash clockwork mod recovery

  • rawburt

    So, i'm running UD9 rom. Can I still use the the baseband update from cyanogen mod? Or is that only an option if you're running the cyanogen rom?

    • littlemac48

      Check to see if you have the baseband already, if not you should be fine to download it. I had the droidmod 1 installed and I just followed the steps and it worked fine, only with a few minor issues, but it was just issues with verizon, not the baseband or the rom.

  • US_Marine_beta

    how do i get my contacts back? and i dont even have the market. nor do i have voice search. wtf?

  • JF

    does anyone now the name of the widget hes using for clock and weather? the one that says 43 degrees. thanks

    • US_Marine_beta

      kellex has said this a million times. its called beautiful widgets, you can find it in the market. lol

  • DAZ655321

    For some reason, after updating to this I can no longer install some apps. Tried installing NESOID and the HTC keyboard on my droid and it now says installation failed and not enough memory. I know I definitely have enough memory on my phone. Any ideas on why this would happen?

  • syntakk

    OK, so I finally updated CM to 5.0.5.7. Everything went well using Launcher, so I flashed a 1Ghz kernal and all was well. I had read that most common themes for MetaMorph worked so I decided to install bowerbar – apparently my phone didn't like this. On reboot I was stuck on a constant force close loop for the launcher. Safe mode didn't help so I had to restore my nandroid backup. Not sure if I really want to do that again, I may try UD next.

  • US_Marine_beta

    What if I do this and then return to stock in a few weeks? The update notification won't still be sent to my phone right? It'd probably be in ROM manager right?

  • Bigbootyman

    In step 6, if you don't have a keyboard, you don't have to exit activation, use the physical keyboard, select phone and dial *22899………you can use the #1 on the physical keyboard.

  • asamuelson

    Maybe someone can help me understand why I should want to do this. I am currently running ultimate droid which gives me all the apps of 2.1 and is faster because of oc. So for all intents and purposes aren't I already running 2.1? What will updating, either through verizon or doing it this way give me what I don't already have?

  • Richard

    On “Updating to Baseband C_01.3E.03P”: I have the latest version (I think) of ROM Manager, also the paid version (version 1.8.0.6), but I do not have “Radio Update” as a choice when I click “Download ROM”. I have 7 choices from CM, UD, forkup, etc…

    Do I have to do something else to get the “Radio Update”?

    • litrekid

      You have to select cyanogenmod and it will be in that list

      • Richard

        I'm talking about this:

        *Note 3* – If you haven’t updated your baseband, please perform steps 1-6 first. Your baseband only needs to be updated once, so if you have already updated to C_01.3E.03P then skip to step 7.

        Updating to Baseband C_01.3E.03P:

        1. Open ROM Manager.
        2. Click “Download ROM”.
        3. Click “Radio Update”. <<< Isn't there for me.

        • litrekid

          you have to select cyanogenmog first then it will bring up a list of different versions and the radio update will be in the list. Selecting the rom type will not start the download. you have to select a version first.

          • Richard

            ohhhhh… duh me! LOL

  • slackerjoe

    Hi guys, when I do a backup, I get this message “No sd-ext found. Skipping backup of sd-ext”. What does that mean and how do I fix it?

    • littlemac48

      Mine did the same thing, don't worry about it it does nothing

      • slackerjoe

        Hi Littlemac, I finally figured out what the message means! (on my own too =) lol ) With this rom, you can run apps from the SD card. If you go and re-partition the SD card, you can designate an area where you can run apps from, the “ext” is that area. So if you don't have that set up, it won't find it. Thought you might like to know. =)

  • litrekid

    Not sure what the deal is with cyanogen and my phone but this version and the previous both wont let me turn off the screen with the power button. It will turn off and on fine but wont sleep when i push the button. Its also very slow and laggy. Any ideas guys?

    • Paul

      Same here… not sure why, but from a battery saving standpoint this is a big deal for me… those 15-30 seconds all day long (not to mention accidentally hitting a button) add up.

  • avl92681

    Alright everyone involved here, I just want to make sure that I'm going to do this right. I'm currently running Cyanogenmod 5054 with the Smoked glassesque Theme 1.1 I found in the ROM manager. So i download the Radio Band thing, and I'll have to reactivate. At any time here should I create a backup? Do I just do this through ROM manager? Then, after i download and install 5057, will I still have the Smoked Glassesque theme or will I have to Re install the latest version? ( I kind of want to get rid of it) Any help here would be appreciated, and again, thanks to Kellex and the others here who know what they're talking about and help out noobs like myself!
    Thanks!

  • dgriff

    after installing the new CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7 and downloaded setcpu why does it register at only 600mHz max?

    • littlemac48

      I don't mean to get mad at you or anything, but can you please read the responses before making a response. You are like the 10th person who asked that after the comment was made that you need to install the custom kernals.

  • crowell392

    i tried to get the latest version but it keeps going to the 5.0.4 version ,what am i doing wrong

  • crowell392

    mine went to 5.0.4 what did i do wrong

  • cee_em_jay

    Hey guys, quick question…my 360 rotate only works when I have the browser or an app open, when I'm on my homescreens it doesn't rotate at all. Using Launcher NOT HelixLauncher…any ideas what's up?

    • littlemac48

      It doesn't work with the launcher home screen, you need to use helix of the original home screen.

  • ssjnimma

    im sure its in the works… but a video from being stock with the new 2.1 update through this process would be nice!!

    I feel its more of a peace of mind when watching your how-to-videos =)

    keep up the great work!!

  • I am running CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7 , but my SetCPU 1.5.1a is only detecting up to 600 mhz. It is set to AutoDetect.

    I hit refresh, tried selecting motodroid for the device and back to auto.

    It wont change, has anyone else had this problem??

    • PS…. i did a wipe and cache. i thought i'd let you guys know before someone asks….

      • waldizle

        Had the same question! I was able to go to 800-1000 MHz on the other versions but when I updated to version 7 (just like you) I could only go to 600MHz. Would be nice if you could go higher for faster capability. I kinda noticed after updating that it doesn't run as smooth as the other versions… at least that's my opinion.

    • kellex

      Need to install a new kernel.

      Go into ROM Manager>Hit Options and select Developer Mode

      Then go to Download ROM>CyanogenMod>bekit Kernels and select a new kernel.

      Post on the details of this coming soon. Likely tomororw.

  • bcbp6272

    Si my market app is MIA any suggestions? My sd card is partitioned for apps to SD but I stuck with ultimatedroid and have never used cyanogenmod before, and I checked apps2sd in not enabled, any ideas on how to get my market back so I can start playing with this? And also I did not check install google apps as I didnt use most of them but didn't think market would be included?

  • zach471

    I wiped to get 5.0.5.6, but not the update to 7. Did I need to?

    • waldizle

      Yes! As stated above, it is a completely new build— so wiping cache would help the process run better.
      I just updated to Cyonagen 7 and although you lose the icons that you can permanently place near the launcher, its quite nice with the 5 screens. Another thing, if your clocking your phone, the highest MHz is 600 MHz to oppose to be able to reach 800-1000MHz on the other versions.

      ***If someone knows ho to reach a higher MHz on the updated & version, please let me know! THX

      • don

        Ultimate droid 9 doesn't lag at all, runs insanely smooth. For some reason cyanogen seems to be every ones favorite even though it lags coming out of sleep or apps. You can use you setcpu and you get your icons at the bottom and you get to customize it all if you have rom premium with your own fonts and boot up animation.

        • waldizle

          Now, have you tried Cyanogen? if so, what do you sacrifice? I havent yet tried to ultimate droid thats why I ask.

          *** and just to recap, to install Ultimate droid ( I have premium ROM) all I need to do is go to download roms, click ultimate droid, skip wipe cache and back up, and will it work with the newest build?

          • don

            Only thing i see that you sacrifice is 360 rotation and one less row in app drawer which isnt anything big lol. You go to rom manager download it, i prefer to do a clean swipe each time with new rom, helix 2 and i pick adams kernal1.0 medium. If you got a backup youll be fine. Once its downloaded you can go back to rom manager and go to ultimate droid customization. There youll find what font you want, your boot up animation, different live wallpaper, and your apps that you want. For your customization you dont have to wipe data.

  • lenny

    I need HELP!!!!

    I just installed the new Cyanogen, my droid keeps rebooting……

    HELP……

    • Let me get you back up and running, then you can read up more and try again:

      * Turn the phone OFF (pull battery).
      * Hold the X key on the keyboard, and power the phone on. It will enter recovery mode.
      * Restore the backup you made before you flashed. using the Nandroid option on the menu.

      • lenny

        Hey Jeremy,

        You are right, I forgot to check the full wipe option.

        Now, I've tried to hold the x key, and STILL keeps booting up……What am I doing wrong?

        Thanks!

        • lenny

          Shoot, never mind…..
          I didn't pressed the x key long enough to reboot, now is restoring the back up….. 🙂

          Be back in a few……

  • waldizle

    how do you load the ROM from revovery?

  • littlemac48

    I know this has been asked before, but how do I fix the 3g problem, do I turn on wifi for a hour and the turn it off?

  • Anothamexican

    i followed the instructions to a T but I didnt get the Launcher2 option just the home and regular Launcher. Does anyone know how I can get it?

    • Tom

      Launcher IS launcher 2

      • Anothamexican

        in the past I've been given the choice between launcher and launcher2 and
        assumed they were different.

  • littlemac48

    I know this has been asked before, but how do you fix the 3g problem? Do i just turn on wifi for like an hour and then turn it off

  • for all the videos you do and support you offer, you should have a donate button…i'm sure this site costs a pretty penny to maintain.

    • US_Marine_beta

      There is a donate button in the about section of this website.

  • Mathew

    I was reading posts on the FC's relating to the Launcher, I just updated from CM 5.0.5.4 without wiping data and cache, on the forums it says to go to manage apps and clear data and defaults from Launcher. Basically I reverted back to the regular Home screen, making sure to clear data on Launcher, then I updated. All my apps work fine no loops and no problems.

  • Morgan

    Kellex, i just completed your instructions above 1-14 on expanding my baseband and installing the newest Cyanogen Mod, and i hit a snag. After install i made Launcher 2 my default and now im stuck in a force close loop. Any advice on how to get out? Am i the first to report force close issues with Launcher 2 and this new build?

    • kellex

      Hit the search key, go into the market, download HelixLauncher and hit home. it should prompt you to choose another launcher at that point.

  • scorpion77

    what is this Radio update ?? what does it do ??

    • kellex

      Apparently increases battery life and coverage.

    • scorpion77

      Thanks Kellex!! I love these roms.. i just wish they would tell you a little bit more detail, sometimes is all 🙂 great site keep up the great work man

  • syntakk

    Man ive been wanting to update for a while now but I'm so tired of wiping everything. I have titanium backup and would love to pay for the full version except that for some stupid reason he makes you buy the key through PayPal, which I refuse to do. Why can't he just put a paid version in the market like everyone else does?

    • Tom

      I assume the reason is that the paid probably goes against Google's TOS, or breaks some market place rule.

      I got the Premium and its safe. don't be afraid to pay through paypal

      • syntakk

        It's not so much that I don't trust him, I've seen all the great comments and reviews. It's the fact that I've managed to avoid creating a PayPal account for all these years and I don't really want to make one just for this…

    • littlemac48

      Because he doesn't want people to put it online and then everyone can download it for free

    • IMA_210

      Because of your post I looked up what Titanium Backup was… Good Lord! If this does what it says it does… Where in the world have I been to have missed this great App??? Kellex would you be interested in doing an app review on this?

  • kellex

    DO NOT FORGET TO “WIPE DATA AND CACHE” WHEN INSTALLING THE ACTUAL ROM. This is a new BUILD (ESE81) and needs to be wiped. This should clear up your force close loops.

    (Please like this to jump it to the top)

    • US_Marine_beta

      So you're running this ROM right now? I've been waiting for the update but this looks VERY enticing 🙂

      • kellex

        I am running this and it's money!

    • zach471

      Had I not just wiped today from UltimateDroid 9.0 to 5.0.5.6 I would have wiped again for .7 build. I guess your post is pretty clear that, even coming from .6, a wipe is still necessary to get the .7 buid, but man, do I NOT want to do that again today.

      It's funny, because even in ROM manager, it's telling me that I'm running .7. Does this mean I'm not getting the full benefit of it?

    • kmarker

      Is there a way to get the 4 shortcuts on the bottom or did Koush take that out of this rom

      • kellex

        You should be able to install HelixLauncher to get those 4 apps. However, do NOT install HelixLauncher2.

        • I'm getting an error message when Rom Manager tries to run my priviledges, so I can't go back to stock nor can I upgrade. I even tried a master reset or at least I thought it was and I'm still stuck on the old Cyanogen. Can you help me please?

          • shane0790

            Do you still have the super user access ninja?

            You might just have to fix permissions and reboot

          • Yes, I still have the ninja but its there's nothing there when I click on it.

          • shane0790

            Have you tried going to Rom Manager and fixing permissions?

          • Yeah, ROM Manager won't allow me. everything is pretty much grayed out.

          • shane0790

            You need to flash your clockworkmod recovery?

          • When I do flash I get an error message. It cant run my priviledged commands.

          • shane0790

            do you have super user access?

          • Karnage

            having the same problem. i have the super user permissions icon, but nothing is in it when i click it. I'm running Cyan 5.0.4.2 currently

          • shane0790

            Try reloading stock 2.0.1 and re running droidmod to regain super user
            access then load custom roms

          • shane0790

            Make sure to wipe all data and cache and do a backup

        • javajoe1981

          so can you not have the 3d app drawer and the shortcuts at the bottom of the home screens? with Helix i dont have the 3d app drawer

    • mike

      will this clear up the fc issue with helix2 also? one other thing, do i want to dl the new base band if i'm going to dl 5.0.5.6 and not .7?

      • shane0790

        Does not fix helix2 fc loop. just use Helix Launcher

  • Mathew

    It removes the four icons on the bottom but the five columns makes up for it!

  • littlemac48

    I updated the baseband but my phone will not re-activate can you please help!!!

    • what's it doing, exactly?

      If you aren't getting the keyboard, you can open the phone and use the physical one.

      • littlemac48

        The keyboard on the Keyboard was not the problem, the first time I tried to activate it wouldn't let me do anything and said my phone was unable to upgrade. The second time I did it i went through the waiting process and then at the end it said it was unsuccessful, finally I tried the same thing one more time and it worked.

    • littlemac48

      Ok I fixed it i had to run the activation 3 times and the third one worked you know what they say “the third times the charm”

  • If I'm coming from 5.0.5.4 do I really need to wipe data and cache?

    I'm going to make a backup, so I suppose if nobody answers by the time it's done downloading I'll be the guinea pig 🙂

    • Tom

      Already tried it…

      You should… Unless you want a FC loop in launcher2

  • It keeps going into srp recovery when using Rom manager. Coming from droidmod

  • Chris

    I can't wait to tether my iPad….oh crap did I say that out loud?

    • kellex

      Hah busted.

  • waldizle

    Hey Guys! Ok Im having trouble installing CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7. I am currently running on CyanogenMod 5.0.5.6. Every time I tried to install the ROM, it just takes be back to the ROM Manager Menu screen and every time i tried to flash Clockwork it says “An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands.” I tried rebooting and problem keeps persisting.

    Please help me get the newest version of CyanogenMod, really appreciate it! Thx Droid-Life crew!

    • Did you fix this problem? If so, how?

      • Aaron

        I would try within ROM Manager – Fix Permissions and see if that helps. After that, reboot.

  • scuba_koop

    I get confused about rooted, then flashing rom, and wiping cache etc…I bought the premium rom manager. I had stock update 2.1. I flashed the phone back to 2.0.1 and have no applied the OTA update.
    Now that I am basically stock 2.0.1 will the rom manager root my phone? If I click on “flash clockwork recovery” I guess I really don't understand what I am actually doing. I have successfully rooted and what not but I just seem to be following steps and not really understanding when to do what!! I also don't understand the difference between flashing rom using rom manager, or booting in recovery and picking an update file??
    Please help!!

    • I feel exactly the same way…
      🙁
      Hopefully someone can help out there! lol

    • Mathew

      if your on 2.0.1 and you don't have root (no ninja) then you missed a step, you can watch a video on how to root 2.0.1 on this site. After rooting then you can download rom manager and flash clockworkmod.

      • scuba_koop

        Thanks! I guess what I am saying is I really need a breakdown on the steps. So by what you are saying the first thing is to root no matter what? I have rooted before, I just don't understand the logic in all the steps. I was wondering if someone could give me a synopsis of the order of it all. Basically like what program to do first and when to do a “wipe data and cache” and what the difference is using ROM manager. I know that may be a pain in the arse, and I appreciated all the step by step videos. It seems like once I applied an update or rom, I got confused on what step in the process to begin at to make any changes….does that make sense??
        Thanks!!!

        • kellex

          I'll try to help…

          Root your phone. (http://www.droid-life.com/2010/02/26/video-root…)

          1. If you ARE rooted and on 2.0.1, simply download ROM Manager.
          2. In ROM Manager, the first option you have is to flash ClockworkMod Recovery. Do that.
          3. From there, go into Download ROM.
          4. Choose whichever ROM you would like. I recommend Cyanogen as thats what this post is about.
          5. Choose the newest Cyanogen which is 5.0.5.7.
          6. Let it download.
          7. It will then prompt you for “Google Apps.” Check the box and then OK.
          8. It will then prompt with “wipe data and cache” and “backup rom.”
          9. If this is your first time doing this, make sure to do both. Then press OK and OK again.
          10. Phone reboots, works magic, turns back on with awesomeness. 🙂

          • scuba_koop

            Thanks Kellex!! I really appreciate all you do. I really like the facebook updates, it always brings me right back to the website. I know I am being a noob, but I can and have followed your steps…..Is there any summary form of the process. I really don't understand the difference in what I am doing!! I don't want to waste everyone's time, and I can follow along, I just don't get what I am doing and what order things go in??? If it is too much of a pain I will just continue to follow along 🙂

          • scuba_koop

            Thanks for the message. I don't know how you keep up with it all. Last question!!!! Once we are on custom rom, how do we change? Just using ROM manager and flash? What is the point of the SPR recovery with the power on and X…..isn't that also a way to flash????

  • Jason

    OK, I just updated to this and didn't do a wipe and now I'm stuck in the force close loop and not sure how to fix it. I never installed it from the market so I can't uninstall it that way. Does anyone know how I can fix this? Thanks in advance.

    • Anothamexican

      I had the same thing happen to me, I shut down and restarted holding down the X key then scrolled down to nandroid and hit the camera button or center d pad. Scroll down to restore and hit the camera button again then you'll see a list of back ups you've done (hopefully) and select the last backup. When it finishes doing its thing select reboot and you should be back where you started. Im not sure if thats the correct way of doing it but it helped me.

      • Jason

        Hey, thanks for the reply. I was able to get this fixed by downloading Home Switcher in regular boot mode and got the market to open using the trick outlined in the force close loop post. I then opened Home Switcher and switched to the original home launcher, reverted to my 5.0.5.4, then reinstalled 5.0.5.7 with the wipe. 🙂

        • Anothamexican

          how were you able to download home switcher being in a never ending fc loop?
          I wanna know for future reference.

  • Famf

    I updated (cleared cache/data) and now setcpu won't go above 600 mhz?

    Anyone else having this problem?

    I want my 1.0 ghz 🙁

    • Tom

      Oops… I replied to the wrong one… Either way… I posted how to fix it 16 minutes ago. <3

    • kellex

      Tom has posted those instructions above and i'm working on a full post now.

  • gonzo319

    hey kellex, I downloaded the newest ROM from Koush after installing it it went to a crazy force close loop, which got me worried a bit. I saw your note about helixlaucher2 and that what I think happened, how do I switch it to lancher2 its it during the download process.

    • Tom

      Read my post from 16 minutes ago. I explain how to fix that <3

      • Tom

        Oops I replied to the wrong one… Sorry about that… However for your problem if you have home switcher its easy…

        If you just updated from 5.0.5.6 you may have to do a data wipe. I have the same problem so I just tried that. I'll post again in a few minutes on how that goes.

        • gonzo319

          thanks Tom I actually was coming from 5.0.5.4 and with a sweet smokeglass theme. But to follow up with the question, I didn't wipe data so I think that's were I went wrong. Let me know how it goes.

    • Tom

      yea wiping did the trick and showed me why. It is 5 screens only… and there is no way to change that. but the benefit is amazing. it is so smooth.

      • gonzo319

        Cool thanks tom, so wipe it is

  • pyroholtz

    Kellex, I noticed the dots down at the bottom of the home screens like the N1 on your screenie, are these removable in order to see/use the persistent icons from all home screens like I'm using in 5.0.5 currently?

    • kellex

      Persistent icons are available in the HelixLauncher, but do not use HelixLauncher2 as it will force close. You should be able to use the regular HelixLauncher though.

      • anyhat

        Kellex: What happened to persisten icons in Cyanogen? Prior to upgrading to 5.0.5.7; I had persistent icons in 5.0.5.4? I understand I can load a third party launcher such as Helix as you explained above; but would rather not. Having multiple lauchers suck up resoureces and valuable memory; cause both seem to lauch. I'd have to research how to C/L cp laucher.xxx laucher.xxx.bak so that the stock Cyanogen laucher doesn't start at boot (init process). Could you do a post on this is you are bored? For all it's worth; I'd be just as happy with the Cyanogen laucher; if I could find out how to get persistent icons to work!

  • Leon

    I really have come to enjoy the original Helix Launcher, does that have any problems running on this build?

    • f8shand

      HelixLauncher1 works great for me on 5.0.5.7.

  • Tom

    I have a one thing to add to Kellex's post. Since users on 5.0.5.6 had issues with overclocking.

    First off I'm not sure if Koush fixed the whole unable to OC problem. It is an easy fix. Just follow these steps:

    here is what you do… Go into Rom Manager –> hit menu –> select Developer Mode –> go into Download ROM –> CyanogenMod –> bekit Kernals –> Choose one

    Here is the break down of what you need to know…

    Stock is what you have now, so it will change nothing

    The number of slots is how many slots you have when you go into SetCPU

    And the mHz is the max mHz for that kernal.

    0.8.1 is simply the version number.

    So what that all means is that if you choose say 5 slot 1.0gHz you'll have 5 choices between the minimum and 1.0gHz

    if you choose 7 slot 1.0gHz you'll have 7 choices between the minimum and 1.0gHz. This is the one I personally use because 5 slots skips over 600mHz. I like being able to go to that when my battery gets low.

    I know NOTHING about Increased Voltage. I do not suggest doing that. I have a feeling that may have some adverse effects.

    Like upgrading the ROM you have the choice to Back-up (I suggest doing this) and DData wipe (you dont' need to do this)

    Consequently this will also allow you to use Apps2SD, after you use ROM Manager to Partition your SD card.

    Hope that helps.

    I think there is something else… But that should take care of OC and Apps2SD. Just remember you need to backup your SD card and use Rom manager (or other method) to partition your SD card in preparation for Apps2SD.

    • kellex

      I should probably do a post on overclocking these new ROMs. 🙂

      • Tom

        Probably a good idea…. We have already seen several people ask about it. And we both know there will be more, especially after 2.1 is officially rooted and people go back to using CyanogenMod

      • amosk

        Please 🙂

    • littlemac48

      Do you need to have the paid version of this app? I enjoy the 600, but it gets slow sometimes.

    • ken_young

      I followed the instructions and after installing the Kernal I get stuck at the Motorola Logo on boot up. I tryed clearing the data and cache

      Any Suggestions

  • droid_fanatic

    kellex can u please tell me two things before i try this rom out ? I already have the new baseband from UDv9.0 so I'm good on that right ? Second how is the launcher2 in landscape? I have had multiple issues on a couple different roms using the 3D app drawer in landscape. Like it either started a diff app from what i selected or when i go back to portrait view the words are off center and missing letters from the icon description…

    • Tom

      No, you do not need to get the new baseband. You are set with that until they come out with another.

      The 3D app drawer was never intended to work in landscape. It is incredibly stable for doing something it wasn't designed for.

      If the file names are off center, all you need to do is restart it, and it will be fixed.

      • droid_fanatic

        ok thank you. I wasnt trying to bash it by any means it works great in portrait I just didnt know what to expect in landscape. Now that I know its all good. Thx Tom

    • kellex

      Actually this Launcher2 works perfectly in landscape. In fact, it couldn't be cleaner. This is a different version than you have likely ever seen before.

      • droid_fanatic

        awesome ok I will be trying it then thank you downloading now : )

      • droid_fanatic

        this is what days off work and late nights are ment for LOL!!!

  • IMA_210

    Downloading this ROM now, thanks Kellex for the update and the screenies!

  • Why can't there just someone who would do this for me…
    In your opinion Kellex, which is the best custom ROM?

    Then, if you want to tell me exactly how to put it on my phone, I will give you $10…
    lol Easy money right? 😛

    • ajavgeek

      How can you ask which is better Mac or PC? It depends. Every ROM will have something different. In fact the same ROM versions may not work same on 2 phones (I am not sure why but seems that is what happening in few cases).

      Just jump in with ROM manager and try out few different ones.

      Again all at your own RISK!!!

      • No foolin? My own risk? Damn…
        Anyways…..
        Thanks for the advice…

        • ajavgeek

          You are welcome, so r u gonna do it 🙂

          No pressure 🙂

          • So…..feel free to laugh at me 😛
            I have to flash my “officially” updated 2.1 phone back to 2.0.1, then root it, then
            get the ROM manager and that's about it??? lol And that's minus all the technical mumbo jumbo.

            Yikes 🙁

          • ajavgeek

            No laughing matter, $200 device and I would not play with it (bought it on 11/6/09 FIRST DAY) . First time when I converted to CM I was upset ( out of warranty ) … but now it does not matter. Come and join the Custom ROM group whenever you get tired of 2.1 regular update, just kidding… have fun with your Droid…

            PS: I wanted to root the Droid because I wanted to use Tethering
            http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/
            Very cool, works like charm…

          • No, I'm serious. I want to run these awesome ROM's….
            But am seriously confused lol

          • flavorman55

            becarful verizon will try to slip the 2.1 update back on your phone

        • kellex

          The nice thing is, once these ROMs all get on the same build, you can jump between them in a matter of minutes without wiping data and cache.

    • kellex

      I'm a huge fan of Cyanogen ROMs. Something about it just appeals to me. I've run into stability issues with Blackdroid ROMs in the past, but they all seem pretty stable now. In fact, I tried the ERE27 Blackdroid is it was awesome.

      I keep coming back to Cyanogen though. 🙂

  • Sorry for the noobish question, but if I do a backup on the radio update, is there any reason/benefit for doing a backup on the Cyanogen update?

    • kellex

      You should be fine by skipping the backup at the Cyanogen update.

      • I've already done it, but is it necessary to wipe data and cache in the future? And, if so, is there a fast way to restore all my downloaded apps?

        • kellex

          I back all of mine up in Astro so I can easily re-install them.