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Video: Installing a Custom ROM Using SPRecovery

Sorry to leave everyone hanging last night after posting the video tutorial on how to flash SPRecovery to your stock 2.1 Droid, but I wanted to wait to post this video until today to catch a broader audience.  Today’s video will walk you through step-by-step on how you can boot into SPRecovery and load basically any custom ROM you want without actually having root.  What is also fantastic, is that after you flash over a new ROM, you will have 2.1 root assuming you’ve chosen a 2.1 ROM.

So here we go!  Let’s get everyone on a custom 2.1 ROM and rooted…

*Warning* – The process we are about to layout is extremely risky.  If you choose to do this, we are not liable should you brick your phone or cause any sort of permanent damage.  If you do harm to your phone, please do not email us asking for help as you have already been warned and accept all risk involved. Cheers!

Initial steps…

1.  You have to follow the steps from yesterday on flashing SPRecovery using RSD Lite.

2.  You need to find a custom ROM that you would like installed.  In the video I’ve chosen the ROM that I’ve been using over the last week called JRummy’s Remix which is based off of CyanogenMod 5.0.5.7.  It’s a fantastic ROM.

3.  I used the “update.zip” method of installing a custom ROM in this video.  This process will work for any ROM which has the option of installing using an update.zip file.  Here is a list of similar ROMs to the one I have in the video…

4.  If you find a ROM which will only allow the Nandroid backup method, this video should help you out.

Video instructions…

Step-by-step instructions…

1.  Update and backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe /data.
2.  Download your ROM of choice and rename to update.zip.
3.  Place the ROM on the root of your sdcard.
4.  Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and “x” button at the same time).
5.  Choose “Wipe data/factory reset”.
6.  Choose “Wipe cache partition”.
7.  Choose “Install”.
8.  Choose “Allow update.zip installation”.
9.  Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated)”.
10.  Reboot and you will have to add your Google accounts again.
11.  Done!  Enjoy!

*Note 1* – Keep in mind that you can flash one of the ROMs listed above which will give you 2.1 plus root access and if you do not like it, download ROM Manager and change to whatever you’d like.  There is also a 2.1 stock ROM with root available in ROM Manager.

Questions?  As always, drop them in the comments so that we can all take a shot at answering them!

  • Lanningkelsie

    Can u help my droid died will put sp on and know it will not read my charger

  • Yellows_and_m

    I had the same thing happen. By putting the update.zip on my sdcard from a computer and following from step 4 I was able to get my phone to boot

  • Trendkill84

    dont name it update.zip like everyone says.
    Just update it worked for me!!!

  • Trendkill84

    dont name it update.zip like everyone says.
    Just update it worked for me!!!

  • Dan

    how do create a back up for my files and apps and contacts

  • Ttrek2020

    I downloaded froyo 2.2 for my droid and install it.. it worked fine then I wanted to root my phone and followed the video.. after completion of all the steps my phone would boot up for a few minutes then would shut off and finally got into a boot reboot cycle.. it was a brick. I had to replace my droid.. any suggestions?

    • Yellows_and_m

      I had the same thing happen. By putting the update.zip on my sdcard from a computer and following from step 4 I was able to get my phone to boot

  • bryan

    everytime i rename the file it says “if you change the file name extension, the file may become unusuable” anyone got any ideas about whats going on or should i just ignore this?

    • Chris Nimon

      just rename it update, windows is known for adding the .zip. too many .zip's and it wont read it.(p.s. DON'T unzip it first)

  • Imabeautifulloser

    can I follow these same steps and load the bb froyo update v1 im still new to this but i want to run on the 2.2 system

    thanks Hooligan

  • Ricks69l78

    did the 2.1 root and then downloaded rom manager premium and installed ultimate droid new era 1.0.0 which is really sweet but now i don't have the superuser ninja icon and all my rooted apps don't like setcpu,titanium backup,metamorph and so on so can someone tell why i lost my rooted 2.1.

  • Kingfighterx

    i get E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (no such file or directory)
    Installation aborted
    whenever i try the install, what can i do to fix this?

    • Ruddy

      try naming it just update..

      same thing happened to me and that way it worked just fine

  • Jake (Digital)

    So the download links for the ROMs are absolutely useless considering that they're invalid. I would appreciate you updating the links to actually download them given that this is an absolutely wonderful, vivid tutorial how to get the mod that I really would love to have on my Droid. I appreciate your work, but when you come so far just to get shot down by a broken download link, it's something so frustrating that my word cannot express. Please fix it so I can get the custom ROM

  • LINKS ARE BAD, sorry to shout. 🙁
    (for ROMS)

  • tim

    i keep putting the update.zip on my sdcard and everytime i try to install it from recovery mode it comes up instatllation aborted no such file or directory

  • Walter Talley48

    I did did the standard rom install can i now do the custom one also

  • Enrique Alcoser

    Hey guys I have a question.
    I used SPRecovery to install my custom ROM and now Im tired of being rooted and I want to go back to stock,especially since the 2.2 is coming soon.
    How do you do this?

  • JacobXDM40

    where do i go to download the JRummy Remix custom ROMs? i thought that i downloaded one but every time i go through the step to install the update.zip file it says aborted

  • DJ

    For those trying to use the stock 2.1 rooted from the root video kellex showed, I found using the bekit kernels do NOT work with it. I tried all of them from ROM manager. Easy fix though I used a P3Droid Kernel from ROM manager and it works brilliantly. I dont know if it has been covered but I thought this would be useful for people who do not want a custom Rom just the stock 2.1 rooted overclocked.

  • Shai

    trying to root..gained access to sprecovery but getting E:CANT MOUNT SDCARD:update.zip i renamed the 2.1 rooted rom of choice to just “update” w/o the .zip bc I know it is already recognized by phone as zip file and I have tried many diff files the same way I keep getting denied..I just got my new phone yesterday could it be that now everything is blocked or what?

    • I had the same problem, seems to be something trippin' with SPrecovery? I re-flashed SPrecovery >right before< installing update.zip and it worked for me

  • scott

    Make sure that when you rename the file update that you do not include the “zip” part. It will automatically determine that it is a zip file.

  • wicked5156

    hey. im having a little problem. im trying to install a new rom, i put the update.zip file in the root of my memory card. when i go to install it, it just aborts. it says that the file does not exist. what should i do?

  • ross

    in the install, when i get to varification, it tells me it is unable to find the file or there is no such file in the directory. but, on the sd card when i plug in, it is clearly there. I tried using jrummy, blue and cyan and ised jzip and winrar. Help please

  • wgpeter

    I'm sure this is user error. I followed all the steps as you went through it and ended up (3rd time now) with E:Can't Open /sdcard/update.zip
    (bad)
    Installation aborted

    Any Help would be awesome! Great site and love the posts by all. Thanks!

  • shelbski

    now what do you do to have a wifi tether?

  • enriqueA

    Hey guys I have a serious question.
    I used SPRecovery and everything is great but with Froyo coming out soon should I return back to stock?
    Please help thanks.

  • Ryan

    i want to root but im scared that im going to brick my phone.

  • scott

    okay, I get this error when trying to install a simplystunning rom:
    install from sdcard
    Finding update package…
    opening update packate…
    verifying update package…
    E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (No such file or directory)
    Installation aborted.

    Any ideas? I changed the name to update.zip and placed it in the root of the sdcard (not in any folder)

  • wgpeter

    Please Help!! I just went through the steps and half way through the “Install /sdcard/update.zip” it tells me “Installation aborted” What now?? Thanks!

  • WhiteNoise

    worked flawlessly…A++ thanks so much!

  • Chris

    I got all the way to the last step of installing the ROM, using update.zip but it said Installation aborted. Can't open sdcard/update.zip Please help.

  • droiddev

    This was a great post – thank you so much! This site is one of the best out there!

  • Sanitroc

    okay so i just renamed the file “update” as apposed to “update.zip” and it seems to work! WOOT! XD

  • Sanitroc

    Do I unzip or extract the ROM?
    I ask because when I try to install the unextracted/unzipped renamed to update.zip ROM placed in the sdcard root; it does not work. ='( I have followed the steps. I am here because I had stock 2.1 but changed 2.1 sprecovery. Suggestions as to why it will not work?

  • Sanitroc

    Do I unzip or extract the ROM?
    I ask because when I try to install the unextracted/unzipped renamed to update.zip ROM placed in the sdcard root; it does not work. ='( I have followed the steps. I am here because I had stock 2.1 but changed 2.1 sprecovery. Suggestions as to why it will not work?

  • FRANK

    HELP!!!!! THE UPDATE ABORTED…WHEN I REBOOTED, NOW I CAN'T GET INTO MY GOOGLE ACCOUNT…WHAT DID I DO WRONG…WHAT CAN I DO???

  • Chrisd3

    How do I back up my apps and contacts and all that good stuff? please help thanks!

  • lsxfbodygen3

    Kellex…thank you for all the great write-ups and videos. Ive been reading this site at work just about everyday(shhhh). Im just about to do a custom rom and root. My question is how would I go about backing up my phone before I go and do this. How do I save all my apps, contacts, and etc before I loose it during the root?

  • lsxfbodygen3

    kellex…ive been following this site for a while and decided to finally root my droid and go with a custom rom. Before I do this. Can you tell me again how to backup all my apps and information so I dont lose it when I do a custom rom. Thats the only part I am lost on!

  • thankz kellex and all droid lifers im rooted

  • plz help i followed all instructions but it says installation aborted

  • Towelie420

    Im trying to install rom on SPRecovery and it once i click install it says “E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (No such file or directory)
    Installation aborted

  • Joseph

    I figured out my issue. In fact, it really wasn't an issue of mine at all. The links to the JRummy Themes on this page don't work (at least the Blue one didn't work). I decided to try another custom ROM to see if the JRummy ROM I was working with was the problem. It worked great. I went with a NexTheme that a reader on another forum suggested and it worked without any issues. I'm not crazy about the look of the ROM, though, so I might look around to see if I can find some others than can be loaded using SPRecovery. In any event, the instructions that Kellex provides here are wonderful. If any of you are having issues similar to mine, it's probably due to the update file you're working with being invalid.

    • Towelie420

      SIMILAR PROBLEM HEEEEELLLLPPPP

  • Joseph

    Ok…What have I done wrong here? I followed the previous video and had no issues with getting SPRecovery on my phone. I downloaded the Blue Theme from the link on this page, renamed it update.zip like Kellex says to do in the video, did everything he did and when I went to install it almost immediatly says that the install was aborted. The progress bar goes about 1/5 of the way and stops. I had to back out, use Nandroid backup to restore my phone and I'm back at square one. I'm not sure if this matters, but I'm using Windows Vista and downloaded the JRummy file on here using Internet Explorer. Also, on my phone I've been running Helix Launcher 2. Will either of these things have a negative impact on the ability to load this custom ROM on my phone? Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

  • Joseph

    Ok…What have I done wrong here? I followed the previous video and had no issues with getting SPRecovery on my phone. I downloaded the Blue Theme from the link on this page, renamed it update.zip like Kellex says to do in the video, did everything he did and when I went to install it almost immediatly says that the install was aborted. The progress bar goes about 1/5 of the way and stops. I had to back out, use Nandroid backup to restore my phone and I'm back at square one. I'm not sure if this matters, but I'm using Windows Vista and downloaded the JRummy file on here using Internet Explorer. Also, on my phone I've been running Helix Launcher 2. Will either of these things have a negative impact on the ability to load this custom ROM on my phone? Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

    • John

      Hey Joseph,

      I was having this exact same problem just now. I went in and took out the “.zip” extension on the Update and its installing now.

  • Towelie

    From here can you overclock..? how do you get all your apps back?

  • david6184

    hey someone help me. i followed the first video. it gave me a little ninja guy. i cannot install nothing from my SD card. i followed this one and i dunno. do i delete the original update? kellex's video only had the new update.zip but im afraid to forever screw up my phone…HELP!

  • villian1998

    Anybody know why I can't log into my yahoo account anymore?
    But thanks to everybody who posted, it really helped me through the rooting process. Anybody else who is considering it, I recommend you do. Follow Kellex instructions and use Chrome or Firefox to download the ROM you want to start off with and rename it “update” and you will not have any problems.

  • Nathan C.

    the person below was right, if your useing windows explorer to download it, don't rename it update.zip just rename it update. I did this because i was getting errors with using the .zip. I now have the new mod, it is cool keep up the good work.

  • dennie

    hey i just installed cyanagen rom 5.0.6.2 for my droid, and i keep getting a message sayin “the application launcher(process com. android. launcher 2) has stopped unexpectedly please try again”. over an over again what do i do… plz help

  • geostone

    In following the above steps, I get an error message that installation of update.zip is aborted, and the progress bar continues…for a bit. Then I try again, and the progress bar moves a bit more until done. After getting Google back up, it is apparent that the ROM did not load. Any ideas?

  • knc

    hey kellex try everything on the video but all my phone does it goes to 2.0.1 no superninja can youu help me please.

  • knc

    hey kellex try everything on the video but all my phone does it goes to 2.0.1 no superninja can youu help me please.

  • HawgFan1979

    After I did this today, my browser is closing on certain web pages. Some work fine, and this one (rivals.com) closes after a few seconds. It doesn't usually even get loaded fully. It does this on dolphin too. Any suggestions on what could be causing this? It never did it before I rooted.

  • Bill V.

    Thank you for the great information using the SBF recovery method. Once Ive flashed it, installed the JRummy Rom. What is the best overclocking application or procedure you would recommend.

  • bigmike4302

    That was by far the best mod I've ever done. the video totally helps. Thanks!

  • Ok so for the hell of it i went back to stock OTA 2.1 was alot easyer then i thought. I used the update.zip to go back to 2.0.1 and then fromm there i just let me phone sit and it OTA updated itself!! did not know that was going to happin… now im back to the stock recovery and stock 2.1! i know that most of you are asking why the @#$% would you want to go back to stock? hostly i like it more… i have run jrummys new rom and simply stunny 3.1 and smoked glass. they all had a hard time run smoothly on my droid for some reason.. mmmmm 2.1 ftw.

  • Wtf why dosent rom manager work? its telling me to install clockworkmod rec? is this normall i have SPrecovery… therfor i cant get to rom manager and DL new roms… help

  • Can somone please help me out iv searched and searched. I have Flashed SPRecovery on my phone and have done 2 roms so far simply stunning and jrummy's. I like both of them! but iv alwasy had this worry in the back of my head… CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO GET BACK TO THE STOCK OTA 2.1 UPDATE?? i need to go to verizon because im having a isue with my phone and i have the best warrty so im just going to replace it at the shop but they wont do it if they see a diff rom on the phone?? please help me! is there a update.zip file that has the stock 2.1 update in it?

  • enriqueA

    Hey guys I can really use some help. Heres my problem.
    I installed Simply Stunning 3.1 which is working perfectly. I then thought to myslef well now that I have rooting capabilities I guess I'll download Metamorph. That worked fine too.
    I played with it a little too much and now my drop down notification tray has a picture that I do not want in the background.
    I cant get rid of Metamorph so my question is.. Should I re install Simply Stunning?
    Thanks

  • wolfhound0023

    After much reading and watching videos, finally broke down last night at rooted my Droid v2.1 to JRummy Remix v0.7 with a overclocking kernal. Runs awesome, don't know why I waited this long!!!

    Excellent website!!

  • iammebane

    followed this step by step…..when i selected the rom, and went to sp recoverry to update zip… it immediately says complete, and the bar had not started….the bar only went 1/5th of the way over,and did not move anymore…i have the ninja, but no rom…..help.. this is driving me crazy!!

  • reyman00

    problem: everytime i install the update.zip file it says the install from the SD card was complete, but the yellow progress bar never even reaches half half way and just gets stuck their for awhile.. anyone have any tips for me?

    • iammebane

      im having the same problem…. do you have the ninja????

      • reyman00

        ya i have the ninja. i cant figure out what to do next.. i mean i could try doing the droidmod thing before 2.1 update came out but i dont wanna risk bricking my phone

        • iammebane

          i hear you….. i dont know what to do …..i cant get rom manager to work…someone mentioned that you would have to have cyanogen on your phone, and the ones that were listed were only themes…..im just stuck…

    • iammebane

      ok… try to rename it to update…… not update.zip……it worked for me that way!!!!

  • dtrue21

    another quick note..as i try to install update.zip file its says e: installation blocked and Installation aborted..now rebooted with just stock..looked in my settings about the phone and says im still carrying 2.1 update1

  • dtrue21

    hey kellex,
    just did the whole spr recovery..when i try to install a rom it tells me installation aborted..i downloaded winrar and downloaded the files from firefox..please help!!!

  • dtrue21

    hey kellex,
    did the whole spr recovery with 32 bit driver..when i transfer a custom rom and try to install it keeps telling me that the installation is aborted..i think it has something to do with the file..please help!!!

    • reyman00

      i have the same problem. has anyone else helped you out with if yet? cause i need help too.

  • iammebane

    i got the super user ninja…. but the custom rom i wanted did not download… it just looks like stock 2.1 did i miss something????

  • bigred4x15

    ok so now that I am rooted, what app do you use to over clock and what setting do you use so not to fry the phone?

  • pipester

    For those of you looking to go back to STOCK, first you have to go to 2.0.1 then you can update to stock 2.1.

    To get back to stock 2.0.1 follow this tutorial: http://www.droid-life.com/2010/03/27/video-retu

    Then you can get your 2.1 update file and get back to your stockness from there!

  • sonicboomin

    If i download the cyanogenmod 5 0 6 2 with rom manager, and then if and update comes out , do i need to wipe data and cache? will i also need to do that with themes for cyanogenmod?

  • enriqueA

    Okay so were not rooted but have rooting capabilities? I was thinking of installing the custom boot animation that you were showing us but it says you have to be rooted. Am I able to do so?
    Sorry guys. Im new to this whole rooting thing but its pretty fun.
    Please get back to me.
    Thanks!

  • ynggun25

    How do you get nandroid backup before installing a custom rom in SPRecovery? I would like to know how to backup my apps and contacts before wiping my phone.

  • ck1007

    when i go to install from sd card it says
    cant open (no such file or directory
    installation aborted, i have retried several times but cant get past this, someone help please

  • droid65

    Thanks to whoever reestablished the links to JRummy's ROMs. What backups should I do (and how) prior to executing this? I'm not concerned about contacts or apps because I can retrieve those from GMail and the app store but what about getting back to stock 2.1 if I decide to do that?

  • be1823

    Anyone having issues using google voice after installing JRummy Rom?

  • jester4u503

    The only thing I've noticed that should be fixed is with these roms, you can't *228 your phone and reprogram because there is no dial pad that comes up when it asked you to press 1.

  • Josh

    On JRummy's Cyan theme, i noticed that when you slide open the keyboard and see the lock screen, the unlock slider is backwards and the silence slider is backwards, instead of it like [ ) and ( ]

  • jizzoizzm

    i really had something interesting happen with my drooid, when tryna open the sbfile it would not open, so i opened something different and the droid seemed to go back to 2.0.1, however i couldnt boot to recovery and the 2.1 update was lurking, after futile attemps to add custom roms i did the 2.1 update again:-(….im back where i started……..DROOIID/

  • cali562

    wtf now i cant download the file does any one have a link. need help plz

  • jj

    im new to this.. hehe
    just got about 3days ago…
    where can i find roms???
    pls help me…

  • droid65

    The links to JRummy's ROMs appear to be broken. Anyone else having this problem. Please advise. I'm running FireFox 3.6.3

  • droid65

    The links to JRummy's ROMs appear to be broken. Anyone else having this problem. Please advise. I'm running FireFox 3.6.3

  • kegofkillians

    Ok here's my problem…

    …I got 'rooted' by using Simply Stunning. I downloaded ROM Manager and Premium. I did the ClockworkMD Recovery and am up to date. I went to download ROM and located JRummy and found the 3 files. I tried to download Blue and have repeatedly download errors. So I tried to do Bgill55's Clean Black Theme 4.2.2 and was able to download that. I moved that file to my sdcard's root and did an instal from SDcard. It was aborted and had to go back to Stunning. I remaned that same Bgill55's file 'update.zip' and that didn't work either.

    Can anybody help me be able to go from ROM to ROM????

    thanks,
    kO

  • kegofkillians

    Anybody else having problems downloading any other ROMs besiges Simply???

    • melvman

      yes im having trouble with the link also i have both IE8 and Firefox .. im going to try chrome hopefully it works.. and I do have the winrar program

  • I have instilled Jrummy's Remix V0.6 – Cyanmod 5.0.6.1 and i like to know how i can overclock my Droid.

  • shay

    yay i did it! and i didn't even have to be a computer geek!!!!!…one thing thought where can i get the correct link to download the jrummy remix?

  • soundwave424
  • brandon

    GOT IT!!! thanks so much!

  • bayb63

    Ive downloaded both, re downloaded simply stunning through firefox, renamed to update.zip and i keep getting an error! i need help please!

  • 805droidcrazy

    w00t ok so i figuerd out jrummyand its instaling now! iv been runing simply stunning for a few days and loved it but im a noob and want to keep switching chit up every few days or so. again how long should the boot up screen take?

  • brandon

    im getting an error when i go to install the rom, i downloaded winrar but i have no clue what to do with it! Help please!

    • mkedroid

      Brandon, what browser are you using to download? You need to use either chrome or Firefox to download the file. Even with Winrar, if you download using Internet Explorer, it will not work. Winrar is basically the file reader program that allows you to open the JRummy file. Get the right browser, just google Firefox, install it, you dont have to set it as your default, come back to Droid Life using the Firefox browser, download the file, it should automatically use Winrar unless you have another like Winzip. Choose to use Winrar if you have more than one file reader. Save the file and rename it “update”. Connect Droid to the PC, follow the video and your good.

  • jizzoizzm

    im stuck at open rsdlite and hv the 32 or 64 bit …

  • jizzoizzm

    i love all this DROID support, however im missing a step some where,when you say oh just open rsdlite and make sure i have the right size drivers 64 or 32 …im just stuck. i have 64 and 32 on my computer and rsdlite and dont know how to do the steps tht you mention but dont explain how…

  • dcaum

    Listen up! I went through the same installation issues as a lot of you. I used Chrome to download the files, instead of IE8, and then copied the file as “update.zip” to the root of my SD card. Then I entered the SPRecovery and installed as discribed by Kellex. It worked beautifully. I am a newbie and this worked for me.
    Thanks Kellex for the original info. If you could add an update to your original post suggesting this you may save hours of frustration for other newbies.

  • cali562

    when i get to install the update.zip file my phone tells me it cant be found what am i doing wrong can some one help me plz

    • Anthony

      Same problem for me 🙁

      • cali562

        damm that sucks it look so easy

  • cali562

    when i get to install the update.zip file my phone tells me it cant be found what am i doing wrong can some one help me plz

  • Anthony

    Hey Guys, I'm doing everything by the book, but when i try installing the rom.. it doesn't install. gives me an error message. Does anyone know what can be causing it? thank you

  • dcaum

    Didn't work for me. Ran into an abort installation error message. Can anybody describe what exactly winrar and firefox can do to make this work? Thanks for any help you can offer. On a happy note the SPRecovery instructions worked perfectly.

  • hawgpapa

    Thanks, so much, to Kellex and everyone else who has give some great insight to this process. It was one of the easiest things that I have done on my Droid – once the fear and trepidation was over. I had rooted prior to the 2.1 update and went back to stock, but I wished I hadn't. Glad this came around and it was sooner than I expected. Can't wait for more improvements. My Droid is my “life”…Hope my wife doesn't read this!

  • Sebastien

    Hello All,
    When my droid tried to unpack the update.zip from the theme I have downloaded,it says No tar file found or Bad. Any ideas.

    Tks

  • Brent

    I keep getting the Error tryin to install update.zip.. I've triple checked the name of the file, and tried different files and renamed them update.zip i still get the error, any ideas??

  • jose

    i try it and when i get to install the update.zip it tells me cant find it what do i do can some one help plz

  • Alex

    I'm on 2.1 rooted with no custom rom via rom manager. I'd like to overclock using SetCPU but it will only allow up to 550. Through some quick research I gather I need to switch out the kernal or flash it. Can someone point me to some directions on how to do this?

  • nkhex19

    anyone here check out the new Cyanogen 5.0.6.1 yet?

  • DroidNewbie

    Just went through the whole process starting with stock 2.1 and it was as simple as could be. I am fairly new to all of this and it was easy even for me! Thanks Kellex!

  • If I follow your steps and use sp recovery and I put a custom theme on the phone, does that root my phone, and void my warranty

  • mkedroid

    Ok guys. Here is the lowdown. FOR EVEYONE GETTING ERROR MESSAGES DURING INSTALL. This is what you need to to: If you dont have them, download Winrar, it's free. Then download Firefox browser. Internet Explorer does not work with this!!!!!! That was the problem. I did everything right, like many others, but this was the problem the whole time. Do this and I'm telling you it will work. I am now ROOTED!!!! Special shout out to Ken who responded via email and helped me out a lot. All you guys are great!

    • Brent

      Thank You Mkedroid!!! IT WORKED

      • mkedroid

        I'm glad I could help the way others helped me. DROOIID!

        MIGUEL PERALES

    • dcaum

      Can you be specific? What do I need to do with Winrar and Firefox? Thought I lost my Droid there for a moment. Whew!!! Fortunately it rebooted. Thanks for your help.

      • enriqueA

        Yeah I dont understand either. It told me there was an error just like you said.
        I have Winrar but why firefox?
        Now its making me log into my google account and thats about it.
        Help please.

        • mkedroid

          You need Winrar to unzip the file. You need a browser like chrome or firefox to download the file. When you try to download with Internet Explorer, it corrupts the file. So download one of these browsers, dont set them as default if you dont want to. Go to this website and download the link for JRummy's . Save it and rename it “update” NOT UPDATE.ZIP. This will create the naming problem. Like before, attach your phone to PC. transfer file over to Droid and try the process that way. I tried everything else and that is the only thing that worked.

          • enriqueA

            Hey Mkedroid,
            Thanks a lot for replying to my question. Im following your instructions but it seems like the Rummy links arent valid anymore so Im DLing Simply Stunning. On the video instructions above Droid-Life says not to unzip but to leave on the SD so thats what Im doing. Now following your instructions Im renaming the file “update”. Annnddddd
            It works!

            To anyone who is also having this problem I hope my conversation with Mkedroid will help you.
            Once again thank you Mkedroid for replying on your free time!
            Off to play with a new toy!

          • Fetanyl

            wow all you have to do is rename it to “update” not update.zip ive spent 2hrs trying to figure out why it wouldnt work thank you so much for your help

          • Helpsneeded

            Can you help me out just a little bit more please,
            Im getting the problem where it says “Unable to access folder doesn't exist”
            By doing the steps that you put up, I 1st need to unzip the file using winrar, and than just transfer the file over to the phone?
            and continue with the same steps that are on the video?

          • mkedroid

            You don't need to unzip. Sorry if that was unclear. Yeah, just transfer
            the file from PC to Droid. Then just follow the video. Hope this helps.
            Let me know.

            MIGUEL PERALES

    • dtrue21

      hey mkedroid maybe you can help me. Ive been dying to root my phone and have been running into problems lately. I specifically followed the spr recover step by step and after that i tryed to install a rom and it would not allow me to do so (screen saying installation aborted). I downloaded winrar and tryed to transfer that file on to my droid but the same message would come up when trying to install the rom. Please Help! im dying to root this phone and sport some sick themes!!!

      • mkedroid

        What browser are you using to download? Internet explorer will not work.
        You need Firefox or Chrome. Make sure you name the file “update ” on your
        PC.

        MIGUEL PERALES

  • aazz1993

    anyone please help. OK well i'm going to Verizon wireless on Monday so i need to take off sprecovery how do i do this. please help i don't want to void my warranty

  • soundwave424

    having problem with the install…. i recieve a

    E: can't open/ sdcard/update.zip
    (bad)
    Installation aborted

    help needed… thanks

  • mkedroid

    Ok. So I along with many others here are having the same problem. I think we have concluded that it is simply not the remaning of the file. There is oblviously something happening in the download. Some say it is Internet Explorer, which is what I have. Others say it does not work with Winzip. which is what I am using. So youre telling me I not only have to download Firefox, but Winar as well? My question is this, Is it absolutely necessary to use the computer? There is a video on Android Central that is a walk through on manually updating to 2.1. In the video, the guy downloads the file from his phone(which some here have suggested) , then uses Astro to both rename and move the file into the root of the SD card. This is actually how I ugraded. Very simple process and it works. So I am thinking why can't I do the same here? Well, I tried it and guess what, it didn't work. The jrummy file which I named update.zip, showed up on my SD root with a white label next to it. This was strange because the last time I tried it from my pc it showed like it should, like a bot with papers sticking out of it. So what gives? IS THIS FILE GOOD OR NOT? Has it been overloaded and corrupted somehow? Others have repeated the process many times with no sucess, but then they tried simply stunning and it worked? Doesn't make much sense. Kellex, your videos are great, but we need some support here, Dude. If anyone has any helpful suggestions, please share either on this post or at [email protected]. Thanks a lot , this site is great.

  • Since going to JRummy’s Cyan Theme Custom ROM, I'm loving being (almost) rooted again, and all the bells and whistles. But newly, my YouTube won't play. When I attempt to play a video, the phone freezes and reboots. Happening every time. One one of the screen freezes, I got the following message:
    Org.apache.harmony.xml.
    ExpatParser$ParseException: At
    Line 1, column 16554: unclosed
    token

    Other than YouTube, everything seems to be fine.

  • ktsken

    Just a FYI folks… Internet Explorer 8 seems to corrupt the downloads and Firefox doesn't. I just ran another test a few minutes ago and the results… IE8 corrupted the zip file and Firefox downloaded a “good” zip file. So, if you're still having issues try downloading with Firefox.

  • randy21671

    IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!! had to use winRAR. Was using winzip than 7zip and neither would work. Used a different computer to flash SPRecovery using RSD Light. Koush and Kellex, Gentalmen…. Thankyou!

  • nkhex19

    I was wondering once you download the ROM via update.zip to sd card method, once the ROM is installed to your phone can you then delete the zip file from your sd card? Or do you have to leave it there?

  • patridge

    I see that the abort problem is still raging. If you can't open the zip on your machine and see the contents of your zip file, you are wasting your time trying to install it on your phone. You will get the error message update aborted. This only applys to the abort error not the file not found. The file not found is the issue of accidentally renaming the file update.zip.zip. As I reported yesterday, I fixed the zip image by doing the following.

    1. Find one of the programs that can handle zip files and can open your update.zip file (ex. quick zip, winzip,winrar,etc). You should be able to see the contents of the zip file. (folder,files,etc)
    2. Save the zip from within the program.
    3. Now you should be able to open the new file as a windows compressed file.

    I think the problem stems from the what program was used to zip the rom file or the OS being used.

    Good luck.

  • doublea007

    What do I do when my droid says update.zip file is not available? I tried to flash simply stunning 3.1 last night. It was a no-go. 🙁 I'd really like that J-rummy remix…so how do I get that flash?

  • doublea007

    I downloaded the simply stunning 3.1 yesterday, but when I tried to install my droid said the file wasn't there. It therefore stopped downloading even though I could see the update.zip on my sd card. What happened?

  • andrew401

    kellex i'm def feeling that JRummy Cyan Theme ROM but I would like to explore other roms too. I have a few questions for you. I have Rom Manger and would like to check out some of the roms on there. can I install any of these roms over the current ROM I am on now? Also I backed up my current ROM so if I basically don't like the new ROM I can just go back to JRummy Cyan correct? One more question too when install a new rom is there anyway to keep all my apps because I don't feel like installing them all again.

  • nurse0zombie

    I really should read beofre i freak out. I got everythign working is was named zip.zip fixed it and now all is well! yaaay!

  • nurse0zombie

    I really should read beofre i freak out. I got everythign working is was named zip.zip fixed it and now all is well! yaaay!

    • andrew401

      yeah that will do it

  • nurse0zombie

    I have done everything you did on both vids but when i go to “install zip” i get “no such file or directory” “installation aborted” can you help me get past this? I'm on windows XP so I used the 32 bit RSD.

  • mlopez123

    i did all the steps correctly but when i got to install the update.zip its says installation aborted.
    what did i do wrong?
    do i delete the other updates from the root?

  • Hoping some one can help. Had no issues using simply stunning to do this. Before I did it, I backed up everything on Astro file manager. Now for the newbie question, how do I restore my apps?

  • 805droidcrazy

    ?? Can anyone answer the problems with the jrummy zip files? is the zip bad? i tried alll 3 multi time's with no effect then i said what the hey and tried simply stunning and BAM worked first go around! Wth? Dose rummy just hate me or something?

    • rizzet

      I fixed it by downloading it directly to my phone. See above. 🙂

      • Tbone1151

        I'm following rizzet's lead. Hopefully this will work. I'll update as soon as I find out if ive had success as well.

        • Tbone1151

          I had much success!! Thanks brother rizzet! Much appreciated!

    • gamboo

      At least what I have found is that the J files are missing the following:
      META-INF
      system

  • rizzet

    GOT IT!!!!!! To everyone that is having trouble and are getting the error message like I was (see my post above) just gen on wifi, download the rom directly to your phone…..then mount your phone to your computer and put it in the root of your SD card and rename it to update.zip, then follow the rest of the instructions……worked perfectly!

  • steroidfootball

    What do you do if you already have a update.zip file in the root of your sd card? The update.zip is from when I followed the directions on here to manually update my phone to 2.1 stock instead of waiting for the OTA.

    • andrew401

      delete the update file you already have on your SD card and then just put the new file you named update into the root of your sd card

  • rizzet

    HELP!!!!

    I am following instructions to the T….and I keep getting the following error in SPRecovery: E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip(bad) Installation aborted

    I have tried it twice with 2 different ROMS (the Cyan and the Green) and both times it failed. The file is NOT named .zip.zip like some people did.

    Anyone???????

    • andrew401

      that's weird… you dont already have a update.zip in your sd card correct?

      • rizzet

        No, I don't have another on on there. seems like the guy who commented above me has the same issue.

        • rizzet

          Anyone????? Please!!

  • 805droidcrazy

    OK guys i have been reading and reading all about this and how to do it… Iv gone over every step, step by step and re checking thing's i have DL the ROM multipul time's and still get the same message, That sdcard/update.zip (bad) i have uninstalled and reinstalled jrummy about 10 time's now and no im not nameing it update.zip.zip i know better then that… i can get the recovery up and everystep good tell 9!! please a quick help would be great

    • Tbone1151

      Don't understand..the renamed the file update.zip and put it on my sd card as instructed. follwed the rest of the instructions to the letter but failed to install. When I checked the zip file on my comp it was empty…anyone have this problem? I noticed in the video there is a rar file. The file I downloaded was a .zip file folder…anyone else experience this? Am I doing something wrong?

  • nkhex19

    I DID IT FINALLY!!! Running Simply Stunning 3.1 and its AWESOME!!!

  • nkhex19

    Anybody try out the simply stunning 3.1 ROM?

    • Steve

      Yup, its the only one I've tried so far and I'm diggin it!

  • cwietbrock

    Im in a bit of a pickle here, im stuck in the boot animation screen, it keeps looping back over and over again. Should i battery pull, or wait this one out, ive been sitting here for about 3 mins reading the comments to see if anyone else has the same problem.

    • topherleh

      i'm having the same problem. The animation is still repeating itself for about 10 minutes now. I don't know what to do and i'm getting very worried. <.<

      • cwietbrock

        ok, i was in the animation for way too long, and i even knew it. So i battery pulled, then booted again, still didn't work, so i battery pulled again, powered up in reboot screen, wiped data and cache again, did another install, and rebooted after the install finished. Only thing different was, that it worked this time. YAY!!! try that bud, it worked for me

        • topherleh

          wow thanks bro! wiping the data and cashe again with another install and reboot worked perfectly!

          • cwietbrock

            Yes sir, i was a little nervous to do the battery pull, but it worked out, so good luck bud

    • andrew401

      battery pull

  • andrew401

    kellex i'm def feeling that JRummy Cyan Theme ROM but I would like to explore other roms too. I have a few questions for you. I have Rom Manger and would like to check out some of the roms on there. can I install any of these roms over the current ROM I am on now? Also I backed up my current ROM so if I basically don't like the new ROM I can just go back to JRummy Cyan correct? One more question too when install a new rom is there anyway to keep all my apps because I don't feel like installing them all again.

  • str8havoc

    OK now that I have rooted my Droid I was wondering if any one has done the Eris. if some one could point me in the right direction that would be great.

    • andrew401

      are you still on 1.5? If your running the 2.1 leak I'm pretty sure there is no way of rooting the eris yet.

  • patridge

    I have tried everything a number of times I get the same error as others
    verifying /sdcard/update.zip abort (bad)

    Please don't suggest it is the file name I have double checked that it isn't update.zip.zip.
    Any other ideas? Is anyone else still having this problem. Has this been test with all versions of windows. I am using xp but I see others are using vista or win7 any possibility it is a windows issue. I too have tried downloading the jrummy files a number of times. Please Help all of us having problems

    • nkhex19

      Same problem for me, I have checked dozens of times making sure its not update.zip.zip and I have also downloaded JRummy's files atleast a dozen times and still I get that same message when I try to install the zip. I actually stopped trying. Got too frustraited. I also made sure each time that it was in the root of my sd card. And I already flashed SPRecovery so I honestly have no idea whats wrong. People claim the update link are good. Guess I'll wait til another method comes out if one even does.

    • total7kaos

      I put my phone on Wifi and d/l the file directly to my phone, then lugged my phone into my PC, rnamed it update, moved it to my root. I rebooted in recovery, wiped date and cache allowed update, installed update and BANG!!! jrummy!!!! works great!

  • sonicboomin

    is overclocking a must when using custom roms?

    • dylan84

      It's not a must, but its definitely a good idea.

      • sonicboomin

        any suggestions on settings on setcpu. this will be my first time trying custom roms

        • dylan84

          Are you currently able to overclock?

  • T-Roy

    Is there a link somewhere or a specific version of RSDlite I should download?

  • Daballa

    Popped my rooting cherry last night. Running JRummys Cyan, pretty sweet! My question is this; when switching roms, say if I wanted to try out JRummys Green. Will I have to reload all my apps every time I change roms or will rom manager save my screen setup, settings etc. Would love to jump around and try out more roms but putting everything back the way I like it is a bitch. Can anyone help answer this?

  • dylan84

    I ended up just using a friend's windows laptop to do this…and it worked! Yes! Thanks a lot Kellex for all the work you've done to make this so simple! Im running the JRummy Cyan Theme right now. AMAZING

    • andrew401

      that ROM is soooo dope

      • dylan84

        Yeah, this rom is freakin' awesome. So glad I finally rooted! Running JRummy's Remix v0.5 – CyanMod 5.0.5.7, overclocked to 1GHz. Using SetCPU for overclock control, and ROM Manager Premium, and ClockWorkMod Launcher. Love the setup I'm running right now.

        • andrew401

          yeah man i got the exact same set up right now and it is def OFF THE HOOK!!!!! shit none of it would of been possible if it wasn't for KELLEX! madd props to you Kellex

          • dylan84

            Yeah, serious props to Kellex for making this so simple! Andrew, I'm actually just looking through Spare Parts right now.

          • andrew401

            yeah he's a beast with the droid lol. spare parts is wicked cool you can do a lot of shit to the phone from there

  • moneymaker19

    Kellex I followed every step in your video and when i went to install the update.zip I got an aborted messeage? also after deleting the update.zip from the sd when i tried another rom it was still there when i went to install i instead of the new rom that i renamed and put on my sd root… i know others had this problem yesterday… can anyone help???? please and thank you this site is the best!!!!!!!

  • palomosan

    Once again Kellex you're the man with the video tutorials, it doesn't get as easy as this, now I'm running the Jrummy's Blue theme and it's like butter, now to run set cpu and run my dear 1gb mhz on my Droid.

    Thanks to all the Devepelopers for all the time and input to doing all of this.

    Guys whenever you can donate to this guys, what they're doing is priceless.

  • str8havoc

    OK we need a page that talks about roms and were to get them. The ones that you listed work great but was hoping for some different colors.

    • jbfickler

      +1 definitely need a page for ROMS

      • slatejones

        That would be cool.

    • natthompson72

      kellex, when i go into recovery, no words pop up like yours. just a big triangle and phone. what do i do?

      • Are you sure you installed SPRecovery correctly?

      • morgue

        Press up on the volume rocker and the power button at the same time.

  • slatejones

    Ok, That was WAY to easy, now Im bored…. What are the best roms?

    • slatejones

      Ok, I decided to reflash with the jrummy remix green theme, I think I like it better than the cyan one. It looks AWESOME with the red live wallpaper from the goodies folder. from here
      http://www.droidforums.net/forum/jrummy/36071-4

      Plus I am LOVING the response from my droid after installing setcpu.

      • robodude

        I am haveing problems running setcpu after doing this, not matter what I select as the max, it wants to run @ 1200. I selected autodetect when I first started. Anyone else have this issue with setcpu?

  • i3itchlips12

    Ok, So same story, different noob…..I have gotten through the sprecovery……
    List of quick (hopefull) questions:
    1.sprecovery covered the need for droidmod?
    2. how do I backup files i wish to restore? what are common (pics+vids or apps???)
    3. Where do these ROMs come from? Is there a site? I saw ROM manager (which I have and it's premium)
    4. Once I can actually get rooted…..is there a site that gives instructions on the WiFi tethering? I saw that and wanted it!!

    -Thanks all
    p.s. If anyone who wants to spend the time to help me (besides here on this comment) I can be emailed at [email protected]

  • Bakani

    Alright, I am ready to hop down off the fence, but I haven't done a thing and dunno where to start, whether there was a way to backup things before I did this, or just jump into it and start anew. I am running 2.1 and have the Helix Launcher. All I keep hearing about is Nandroid back-ups and then ASTRO to save applications. I know I am a total rookie when it comes to this, and I am sorry for the sad questions, but I think it is time to step up to the plate; …just need a good coach. XD
    ( The other problem is I don't wanna brick the phone, because I will have to face the music because all the Techs around here, that would exchange it, know me because I used to work for Solectron.)

    • slatejones

      Just follow the directions on the sprecovery post, then this one. When your done your gonna wonder why you waited. Make sure you download EVERYTHING you need first, and follow the directions EXACTLY as he lays them out.
      As far as backup, you dont need to back up contacts, they will be redownloaded after you finish and sign back into google with the phone. I used astro to backup my apps, the only complaint is that my market links didnt stay intact so my apps wont auto update unless I redownload them from the market…. but, very small price to pay.

      • Bakani

        I am having a problem now. I am unable to get the phone to be recognized in RSD Lite. I have switched all ports, installed and reinstalled the drivers and still cannot get the phone on the screen. Any suggestions?

  • Michael

    I just use the old update.zip and i now have the superninja but how do I get a custom rom now. It says there is still an error in rom manager

  • Michael

    I use the old zip and i now have the superninja but how do i get the custom rom now. When i go to the rom manager and flash for reovery it still says there is an error

  • Jason

    How long is the initial boot supposed to take for JRummy Cyan? I flashed and have been seeing the same boot animation for almost ten minutes.

    • sangseong

      I just did mine like 20 minutes ago. I still have that colorful boot animation. I'm not starting to get nervous…

  • bohde

    I tried the alternate method that was supposed to give root access and it did not work. When I attempt to install a custom rom using this method now it goes all the way to installing then right after says aborted. There is not “bad” message just aborts the install I have tried this with the Jrummy and ultimate droid 10 no luck.

  • james34

    What are some good CPU settings to use on JRummy's Cyan Theme. Default is slow. Thanks

  • james34

    How do u go about speeding up the CPU using JRummy's CyanMod Theme. The default sucks and is slow. Or what are some good settings to use. Thanks

    • dpu328

      In app drawer, there is app called Spare parts open up to CPU settings. I change it all the time as the higher setting starts to get a little warm. makes me nervous.

  • earz

    having a problem… after step 9 “choose install/sdcard/update.zip” it says
    assert faild…..
    …error in sdcard/update.zip
    (status 7)
    installation aborted

    any tips on what i can do to fix that?

    • djspikezz

      Yes.. remove the .zip at the end of the file.. It's a zip already! If it appears as a zip file to you.. renaming it to “update.zip” actully is naming it “update.zip.zip” So if your a windows vista/7 user.. just name it update without the .zip at the end… I'm sure we'll see a post on this from the Droid-Life guys regarding this.. I had this problem as well.

    • yhwhsozo

      i got the same msg

      • str8havoc

        I had the same problem last night, but I got it to work this morning. Make sure your battery is fully charge and I waited until the zip file was on my phone to rename it to “update”. Not sure if that will work but worth a shot.

  • Kellex you rock! Followed instructions, got root, got JRummy's Green theme. Smooth as silk.

  • andrew401

    kellex how do i download and apply a new kernal for JRummy’s Cyan Theme?

  • Daballa

    This may be a dumb question but I have update.zip already on my sd card from manually updating to 2.1. When using this method of applying a custom rom and renaming it to update.zip what do I do with the update file originally named that from the 2.1 installation? Anyone?

    • andrew401

      remove it and replace it with the new file

  • palomosan

    Hey guys, need help, I have the RSD lite open, my phone is booted in the black screen, I downloaded the SPRecovery file but when I double click on it like the video says I don't get the file properties, I press the start button and it says in the result section FAIL… What am I doing wrong?

    I know this is not the post for this but since this is the newest one I'll get a quicker answer I hope, thanks.

    • Bennyfuld

      I'm having the same issue.

    • dpu328

      Make sure you have RSD lite V4.6.7z Also make sure the SP fiel is not on yor desktop. These are mistakes I made

  • imrf

    Ok, this question may have been asked and possibly answered, I may have missed it. But when this is done, the phone is wiped out and all your apps and setting are toasted in the process. What is the process of getting them back after the ROM is installed? I read that the apps will have to be downloaded all over again by going into the App Store and going to downloads. Ok, thats fine a bit tedious though, but survivable. But what about the rest, mainly like the email configuration of the phone? I current have 3 GMail accounts and 2 Yahoo accounts in there. Am I going to have to redo them all over again? Same goes with the placement of the icons/widgets on the screens? I just want some clarification before I pull the trigger.

    • dpu328

      I had to reinstall most apps. Some were in my market place download file waiting to be re-downloaded and some just disappeared all together. I also lost all my Everything Notes. I should have backed those up. I'm still not sure what all is missing. I have not had to repay for anything. All widgets will be off desktop. I like starting clean anyway. It forces me to really think if I want certain apps after all. Especially all the novelty ones. The weird thing is that some apps seemed to be just fine. No idea why they didn't get wiped. I am also pleasantly surprised to see stuff reappear with apps. Example my PF voice mail loaded up all my saved messages. Who knew? Yes you will have to do your email again. There are some Easter egg apps if you will in the drawer. When you flash roms, think of it as installing a fresh new Windows or other OS. Hope this helps.

      • imrf

        Thanks for the response. I pulled the trigger last night. Though later I
        found out I could have user Astro to back up all my apps and stuff. Figures.
        But I got it done. Though I'm not all that impressed with JRummy's ROM. One
        thing that bugs me is that when I get a txt the Handcent notification stays
        in the notification car even after read. I have to hit clear to get rid of
        it, unless I am missing an option somewhere. It's not too bad, but I think
        I'm going to see what other ROMs are out there and maybe not so black in
        color. lol

        • dpu328

          Let me know if you like something better. Also would like to know steps for
          backing up the apparently. I had to re-install Astro

  • str8havoc

    OK I need some help. I got to step 9 and it wont install the ROM it keeps aborting, saying no such file exist. Anyone have any ideas.

    • djspikezz

      This is what SPrecovery is telling me as well:

      Install from sdcard
      finding update package
      opening update package
      Verifying update package
      E:can't open/sdcard/update.zip
      (No suck file or directory)
      Installation aborted

      • djspikezz

        Ok Im replying to myself….. when you rename the file just rename it “update” it's already a .zip file extention… the video slightly mislead me so I had a update.zip.zip extention which is why it wasn't working. I works now!!! WOOT!

        • dpu328

          yeah, what he said.

    • i3itchlips12

      Do not rename it “update.zip” causes “update.zip.zip” rename as “update”

      • str8havoc

        The strange thing is i did that last night just named it “update” and it didn't work. tried it this morning and it worked. The only thing that was different was that the battery was fully charged and when i renamed the file i did it on the phone. Just glad it worked. Thanks everyone.

  • Jason

    so what am i doing wrong i do all the steps and when i go to apply the update it fails and says update is not on sd card. Please help

  • ssminnow

    I thought once you put Cyanogenmod on it essentially brought you to 2.1? When you go into about phone it says 2.1 update 1. I thought the beauty of the mod is that you dont need to go to 2.1? Why do we need to be at 2.1 and then install a custom mod if we are already there?

    • dpu328

      so you can overclock and many other administrative features.

  • jgmo

    Any options for people with a Mac? RSD Lite is not working…

  • FromUDtoCyanogen

    Hmmm, there might be a problem with file.. I am trying to go from UD10 to Jrummy's Cyanogenmod but… When i try to install it says can't open/sdcard/update.zip (bad).. so i was gonna try nandroid restore but there is an error, can not extract the file…. what is going on.. i need help…

  • devincean

    only question I got is will we still be able to go back to 2.1 standard if vrz and droid eventually come up with another update?

  • lompi129

    sorry kellex one more question, are you having any cell standby or signal loss issue with the jrummy remix!? thats all i would like to know and will be installing if not! please let me know!

  • dnruas

    If i root and install a rom, how do i later install a new one? do i just have to do the same things like this where i go into spf and install the new custom rom as my update.zip?

    • dpu328

      I had same question. Was told to download Rom Manager in Market. Still not sure what to do with it. I think you just use it. I don't think you have to boot into the SPF. I believe that was just a workaround for downgrading from Stock 2.1.

  • Michael16

    I keep trying to do this but it stops me at the end and say installation aborted

  • Michael16

    These are easy instructions but everytime i get to the end and try to install it says installation aborted.

    • kellex

      Sounds like the update.zip isn't in the root of your SD card. Also make sure your file isn't named update.zip.zip.

  • lompi129

    Kellex please help me out, what launcher are you using in the video with 5 icons!?!?

    • kellex
      • lompi129

        kellex, your site is amazing, but i have the helix2 beta and i do not get the 5 icon app drawer only 4!? is there something i need to select to get this to give me the 5 icon app drawer?

        • dpu328

          Go menu, Configure and Screen size. Up to 7

  • jbfickler

    Hey Kellex,

    I went through everything and everything works perfectly. I am now running JRummy….

    My only question is dealing with installing from Rom Manager and the option, “install from SD card” .If I were to go to a different site, download a new rom, Ultimate droid (udthemeud10-BDS-20100412-2232), where do I put it on my card? On the root directory, in the clockwork mod folder, somewhere else? Also, do I have to rename the file to something else?

  • Kellex,
    How come you can just install a previous nandroid backup that was rooted, if you had one? Like if you have the cyanogen 5.0.5.7 or whatever that is and you had sp recovery, why not just restore that?

  • kellex

    And so everyone knows, I just redownloaded the JRummy Cyan Theme to my PC and it opened fine without an issue. Not sure what's going on with people having corrupt files. Which theme were you choosing?

    • total7kaos

      I d/l'd all 3 and simply stunning. When i use winzip to open the zip files…the jrummy ones show as bad..simply stunning opens. I changed the name (one at a time of course) to update.zip. I tried to load each and got
      E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
      (bad)
      Installation aborted

      I then did simply stunning and it worked no problem. weird.

      • carlosdejesus

        i can confirm simply is the only working rom

        • kellex

          I just downloaded all 3 Rummy ROMS and they all work. Try WinRAR.

          • dpu328

            My Jrummy works great. Like you don't unzip. changed name

      • kellex

        Tried WinRAR?

        • carlosdejesus

          Yes used winrar im using winxp. only simply works. have you done anything recently to the files?

        • total7kaos

          I did. what is weird is when i try to open the zip I get C:DesktopDroid StuffRomsJRummys-Remix-v0.5-CyanMod-5.0.5.7-Cyan-Theme.zip: Unexpected end of archive
          and all that is there is the boot.img

  • andrew401

    i just installed JRummy’s Cyan Theme and it seems like the browser and market are both really slow. and all my downloads seem like they take forever as well. does anyone know what i can do to change this? ugghhh it's getting me aggravated

    • andrew401

      nevermind i rebooted my phone and it's running beautiful now. and by the way Kellex your the f*cking man this rom is def sick and thanks for the video your a life saver

      • kellex

        Haha thanks. And yeah you've gotta give it a minute to warm up. 🙂

  • josh1980

    Hey Kellex,

    Where did you get the JRummy's Remix zip file to download it to your computer?

    • josh1980

      Hey Kellex,

      Where do I get the custom ROM .zip to download to my computer?

  • dubs1856

    Not sure where exactly to post this or how to notify the proper people but maybe this is the best spot. When I followed the process above and got my phone back up and running most of my apps were automatically restored. I noticed that Music Online Lite (the free app) was missing from my app drawer and when I went to re-download it from the app store it was no longer there. Just the paid version was available. I did a little searching around and found that there is a direct download link to the free app on the developers webpage. I just wanted to share this incase this happened to anyone else and save you the couple of minutes of your life you would have to spend researching this your selves. The link to his site is:

    http://yyqidian.com/

  • darkrm

    I have never tried a custom ROM on my droid, but i am curious about it. Can you tell me if there are any features/stock software that don't work compared to the stock 2.1 OS? I rely on Corporate Exchange email very heavily, 90% of what I do on the phone, does this work flawlessly with these ROMS like CyanogenMod?

    • ssminnow

      I was a BB user for 6 years and heavily relied on Exchange. Droid out of the box unfortunately sux for ActiveSync and they dont seem to care. However, touchdown for exchange is the only way to go. I rooted and modded a day after i got my phone. Running cyanogen ever since and works like a charm. There are definitely some things it lacks from the enterprise standpoint, but there are ways around it all. You couldnt pay me to go back to BB after having a Droid and rooting and loading Cyanogen.

      • darkrm

        You say there are some things that it lacks from the enterprise standpoint,
        are you referring specifically to the MOD or to android? I tried Touchdown,
        but hated the interface. So, just for clarification with CyanogenMod, the
        corporate email works just as it does on stock 2.1? I guess my simple
        question is if there is anything funky in the mod that would make the
        corporate email/calendar/contacts act any different than it does on stock
        2.1? Thanks again for your help.

        • ssminnow

          Cyanogenmod does not change anything from what I have seen with activesync support and exchange. when i first made the swtich to the droid, i didnt want to use anything but the built in exchange support. i didnt want to have a different interface etc.. i found that the stock interface for exchange was so terrible. no ability to multiselect, no signature. it truly is horrible. Touchdown gave me everything i wanted. what i meant by the things touchdown is missing, is the ability to add contacts from email or the browser or scanning cards with goggles. To get around it, i had to setup the default activesync, tell it not to sync email, but to sync contacts. now when i want to add a phone number or email address, i send it to the defauly activesync contacs and it gets to my outlook and in touchdown. there are a few things like that, but for me in order to use the droid as a work device, touchdown was a life saver.

  • josh1980

    Hey Kellex,

    In the note 1 you said there is a 2.1 stock ROM in Rom manager if I do SPRecovery to install a custom ROM and use other ROM's for awhile. Will that ROM put me back to stock like it was with the OTA 2.1 update?

    • kellex

      The stock ROM in ROM Manager still has root access, so it's not true stock.

  • nkhex19

    E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (bad)
    Installation aborted

    I got the same thing but there is a bar that was loading at the bottom but now its stuck. Anyone know what to do? If I already wiped data and cache then where do I go from here?

    • total7kaos

      is it possible the rom is bad?

      • nkhex19

        I redownloaded the file, the JRummy Cyan Theme and see if it works. You have any luck?

        • ccrsems5

          I just kept hitting the camera button, the bar kumped up a little each time, with same message. Finally hit power, selected reboot. I am on 2.1 stock now, just had to sign in again, reinstall everything, but I have a Ninja icon in app drawer. No ideas…

          • nkhex19

            I had the same thing happen and skipped the google account set up process and am stock 2.1 but I do not have the ninja icon. I think the link is bad because a lot of us seem to not be able to get the update file to load on our phones

        • total7kaos

          no luck..went over to winXP and that still did not work. I hope Kellex has some advice. when i try to open the zip with winzip i also get an error..i did not get that error with the simply stunning one i downloaded.

          • cwaffles

            Same thing here…..I download any one of the JRummy roms and I cant even open the .zip file on my computer…basically says its corrupt. Almost seems if as the files are corrupt on the links.

          • total7kaos

            I got simply stunning to load in sprecovery but now I am caught in a boot loop

          • total7kaos

            I redid the simply stunning and it booted the first time. Seems to be running fine.

      • nkhex19

        Did anyone ever get it to work? Its gotta be the ROM link, I have seriously tried like 5 times and no luck.

        • total7kaos

          I never got the jrummy but i got simply stunning to run, now i got rom manager going and getting cyanogen it's working now….try simply stunning.

        • teejaytm

          That happened to me and I downloaded it on my phone(took FOREVER) and then plugged it into my computer and changed the name and put it in the root of sd card that way and it worked

    • fireproof1905

      as with alot of others i would be willing to bet your file still looks like this.. (update.zip.zip) like early check it out with astro file manger once you get it on your sd card…. I got the same thing till i checked it and fixed it there…

      • cwaffles

        No, I havent even renamed the file yet. I just download it and try to open it on my PC and it tells me that the file is invalid. Dosent have anything to do at this point with the .zip ext.

  • cylentz

    This is wicked awesome… So now that I have this on here, how can i overclock???
    An always, thanks a lot Kellex

  • total7kaos

    I get this error:
    E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (bad)
    Installation aborted

    Help?

    • nkhex19

      I run windows vista and when you rename the file to update make sure you don't add zip at the end because Windows will recognize its a zip file. Putting zip at the end will actually make it update.zip.zip and you don't want that. Just rename it to update and see if that works. If that doesn't work then I am not sure what could be wrong.

      • total7kaos

        I thank you for the response, I did just rename to update and got that message. I also tried to d/l another one of the roms and nothing.

        • ccrsems5

          I got the same response. I ran RSd and reflashed the .sbf file first, then made sure my rom was renamed Update.zip. Ran it and same error message as yours? I have a superuser icon in my app drawer….

          • nkhex19

            I redownloaded the cyan link and im getting this menu again. Kellex is the link bad?

          • kellex

            I downloaded from that link yesterday. Maybe we blew it up?

            Redownloading now to see whats up.

        • fireproof1905

          just install astro file manager on your phone and put the update.zip file on your sd card…open your astro file manager and look for the update.zip file(should be on root) then click edit and rename and i almost guarantee that the file is named wrong still…. take the extra zip off of it and it will work fine…

          • smckee

            I am having the same error. I double and tripple checked to verify that the file is named update.zip. I downloaded it 3 times with the same error.

            When i try to open the file with WinRar i get the following error:
            “<path>Update.zip: Unexpected end of archive” and the only file listed is boot.img.
            Any suggestions?

            I was able to install Simply Stunning 3.1 though.

          • Bob

            the same thing happened to me i loaded rom manager and then I had to format sd card. Used the flash in rom manager and was able to load the rom through it. Hope this helps.

  • schmaltzy

    I'm planning on doing this tonight (popping my rom/root cherry!) but one question….do you just put any of the themes on you may want to use of just one of them?

    The reason I ask is because there are 3 different JRummy Themes and I'm not sure which one I'll like. Is that what the Rom Manager is for?

  • nkhex19

    I think it was asked earlier but just curious since we flashed SPRecovery using RSD Lite then technically how do we ever get to stock 2.1 (No Root) if for some crazy reason we needed to? Will there be a simpler way then what I'm assuming is to RSD Lite flash to 2.0.1 then upgrade back to 2.1? I am not wanting to go back to stock but I'm sure there are other people curious to know this as well.

    • andrew401

      download rom manger and theres a stock unrooted rom in there you can flash

  • total7kaos

    I get the error E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (bad)
    installation aborted

    HELP!!!!!

    • Joandy

      Make sure the file is: update.zip and not update.zip.zip.
      Windows hides the known files extensions. Go to folder options and uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types.” The name might change from XP to Vista to 7 but its around there.

      Hope this helps!

      • antrison

        Thanks so much Joandy! exactly what happened to me. I had no clue how to rename the file while I was in recovery mode but luckily I found the option to mount the sdcard. No brick here!

  • Trug

    Which version of rom manager contain the stock 2.1 update or do the paid and free versions both have them? thanks

  • Plewis

    If I am rooted & running a 2.1 ROM; would you recommend going through the process of getting stock 2.1 updated and rooting this way?

  • cylentz

    Awesome job kellex! Going home now to install a rom, then off to the hospital to see if its time for labor 😀

    • amosk

      Congrats cylentz! 🙂

      • cylentz

        Thank you, amosk 🙂

    • kellex

      CONGRATS!

      • cylentz

        thank you, kellex 😀

  • Ray

    i did my process much easier last nite. Once you the posted the video of Sprecovery i just ran the last nandroid backup i had from a few weeks ago. Then that took me back to 2.01 then i downloaded Rom manager and ran flashwork recovery. then i downloaded JRummy’s Blue Theme rom and installed it and didnt like how it turned everything blue including all icons so i switched to UDv10 which i like. Thanks Droid-life for all the help i was about to go crazy if i didnt figure this out!

    • kellex

      That would work too. A lot of people don't have previous nandroids though. 😛

      • Steve

        If I have my old stock non-rooted 2.0.1 Nandroid backup, could I use that to go back? Not that I want to 😉 Just curious…

  • Chris

    Running JRummy's Remix v0.5-CyanMod 5.0.5.7 and love it. The cyan awesome with that (B+W) wood wallpaper and beautiful widget ANDRODena_Pure_style_Clock skin.

  • KunglaoLay

    Kellex Yo do a Review on THE GAME GRIPPER is it worth the $15?

  • josh1980

    Sorry where is a good place to find custom ROM's and screen shots?

    • maizekidstill

      The rom manager from the market is what I use. You can go free or buy the premium….the screenshot though I could send you the one I'm using right now.

      • josh1980

        That would be great. Also after I install the ROM with SPRecovery then can I use ROM manager to change to other roms? And when I poen rom manager will it prompt me to do clockwork mod?

        • maizekidstill

          yes you will have to update if everything is greyed out

          • josh1980

            When I use Rom manager for the first time will I have to clock work flash
            recovery?

          • maizekidstill

            Yes

  • tpags

    Question. How do you get back to stock 2.1 if you need to after doing these. Who would want to, but it is just a question in case we need to. Will we have to do the manual update route.

    • kellex

      Not really a good process to get you back there at this time.

      • droidaholic

        Hey Kellex. Do you think that you will eventually post a way to get back to stock from this.. and can we use the manual update 2.1?

  • OldNuc

    A passing thought expanding on this process. This is to the people still running 2.0.1 rooted with SPRecovery installed and say DroidMod ROM. This sounds like it would be possible to flash JRummy's ROM and have a functioning 2.1 with root.
    <<<Has anyone tried this?

    • kellex

      If you have 2.0.1 rooted, just install ROM Manager, install a 2.1 ROM.

      • OldNuc

        Then the only functional difference would be leaving you with ROM Manager instead of SPRecovery.

  • josh1980

    Before I try to install a custom ROM with SPRecovery can i use astro to back up my apps and files, or do I use the backup when I'm in SPRecovery? This will be the first time attempting this?

    • kellex

      I would use Astro for apps.

      • josh1980

        Thank you Kellex. Does sprite back up apps and contacts?

        • Joandy

          Contacts are in your google account. As soon as you login, all of your contacts should be there.

        • Tom

          fun fact: your google account has your apps and contacts. so just by logging in it should restore your apps. but having another back-up is always good. but imagine my surprise when i flashed and did a wipe to 5.0.5.7 [had problems doing a regular upgrade from 5.0.5.6 for whatever reason…] and realized that my apps were restoring themselves! I used my Titanium Back-up anyway because it was faster… BUT STILL!

          • josh1980

            Thanks. Is titanium in the market?

  • xFenixKnightx

    Dang, I was good with the old DMUpdater. Now all this is just way too out of my league it seems. =/ I really just want to overclock since the 2.1 update sort of left some lag.

  • nkhex19

    My question is when you update and backup files before you wipe/data, where do the files get backed up to? Is this method different from a Nandroid backup? I was just wondering because I was wondering when I flash this ROM if my contacts and apps will be there or not. First time doing this so I was just curious.

    • kellex

      That would be through Sprite backup or some other non-rooted back up app.

      • Milestone

        Hey guys,!!

        This is for Droid.
        So…
        How to do this with Milestone ??

        Really love to Custom ROM, it looks too good.

        • HKPete

          Same here, Milestoner… Should be possible to do the same as per your guide on the Milestone, shouldnt it?

          Cheers!

          • Tom

            NO! It won't work! The bootloader is not open on the milestone. Doing this will likely brick your device! You need access to the bootloader in order to install custom roms!

  • maizekidstill

    If you are going from one theme to another do you have to wipe data and cache?

    • i only did the wipe data and cache when going from root 2.0.1 to cyanogenmod rom

      going back and forth from UD to CM, i do the occasional backup

      • maizekidstill

        Well I was actually wondering about going from jrummy theme to a smoked glass. Would I have to wipe data and cache….?

        • kellex

          As long as its a 5.0.5.7 build, no need to wipe data.

          • maizekidstill

            Thanx kellex just wanted to make sure…..

          • teejaytm

            so if I wanted to try smoked glass I could just put that over jrummys green theme or would I have to install standard cyanogen again???

          • Tom

            They are different themes so one can't be installed over the other. You have to choose, but you don't have to go back to standard ever. You can if you want, but so long as it is the same build you can switch themes to your hearts content.

    • Ray

      i assume you mean going from 1 custom rom to another custom rom and no you dont need to wipe data and cache.

  • ssminnow

    I am a little confused too. I installed JRUMMY's theme through ROM manager the other day and it worked great. I assume that left me at 2.1 rooted, with this theme on Cyanogen 5.0.5.7?? Is this just another way of doing it with SPRecovery giving us the ability to load other ROM's that require SPRecovery instead of Clockwork???

    Thanks for everything! This site rocks!

  • teejaytm

    I did the jrummys green theme and I LOVE it! And not to mention, now I have rom manager and can do whatever I want. Amazing!

  • Eric

    Do you install a custom theme the same way as before? And just out of curiosty what do u get out of this by rooting this way and not the old way?

    • kellex

      Yep same way as before.

    • Ray

      Yes you install a custom rom the same way as the old way right from rom manager. This way is def. much easier than even rooting 2.01 was thats just my view.

  • This is what I have been waiting for, thanks Kellex. Will be attempting this after work tonight.

  • indeed69

    Sweet!

  • fireproo1905

    thanks kellex for you videos they make it easy as can be… i have a couple of questions… I followed your video last night (both of em) i'm running the same rom as you and everything.
    I don't knwo why but i downloaded and installed the rom manager (free version) and hit the flash clock mod or whatever it's called it worked with no problem didn't give me errors or anything and opened up the rest of the choices which is i assume because it added the little ninja guy.. I also downloaded and put set cpu on my phone and it seems to be working but how can i tell.. i set the speed and eveything… an my second question is can i use rom manager to install other roms… or do i need to do like the video and put it on my sd card etc etc… also on the rom your running now is there a way to change the launchers.. I had like four choices and choose the one where the tab is in the middle with two icons on each side… also i had the nexus wallpaper running taht was in the rom but after reboot it is gone,just that one and the grass… so i nstalled the onbe from the market i bougth and it's working fine… my last question is i was reading about the extra goodies on jrummys post can we use any of those and if so how do we try to use themm and then why do we have terminal emulator and ninja if it hasn't changed alot of stuff…. sorry if these are dumb question and also for the amount of qurestion… but thanks again kellex

    • kellex

      Use ROM Manager from here on out unless you find a ROM that is only installable using SPRecovery.

    • Ray

      if you want to install a different Rom all you have to do is go into Rom manager and hit download Rom. once you have done that a screen comes up thats gives you all the roms you can download free ones and some that you need the paid version of rom manager to see. Just download the 1 you want and install it. Pretty simple No you dont need to do the thing where you download the rom from your computer and change the name and all that if you have rom manager you can do it all from your phone.