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Release: DarkEdge Themes from Mrbobrowitz and Team Chaos

Spending 2 hours trying to put a video together on how to install the full DarkEdge is probably the most frustrating thing on the planet.  Luckily, many of the themers in the Droid world decided to attack the DE theme and release it for you all, making this process 10000000000% easier.

*Note 1* – On Mrbobrowitz’s version, I was able to come from Cyanogen 5.0.6.2 without wiping data and cache, but seemed to be missing some of the theme.  On the Team Chaos theme, I came from Bugless Beast V1.0 and was able to apply it without wiping data and cache and everything appeared to be included.

First up is the Mrbobrowitz version:

Instructions…

1.  Download the theme zip file:  SteamDarkEdge.zip (alt link)
2.  Copy the file to the root of your SD card.
3.  Open ROM Manager and choose “Install ROM from SD Card.”
4.  Scroll down and choose the SteamDarkEdge.zip file.
5.  Make a backup if you don’t have a recent one.  Skip “wipe data and cache.”  Hit “OK.”
6.  Phone reboots, applies the magic and BAM!  Done.  Enjoy!

*Note 2* – Not all of the themed icons were ported over, so I had to apply the DE-Icon Pack theme in MetaMorph.  File here.

And second is the Team Chaos version:

Instructions…

1.  Download the theme zip file:  Team_Chaos_Dark_edge.zip (alt link)
2.  Copy the file to the root of your SD card.
3.  Open ROM Manager and choose “Install ROM from SD Card.”
4.  Scroll down and choose the Team_Chaos_Dark_edge.zip file.
5.  Make a backup if you don’t have a recent one.  Skip “wipe data and cache.”  Hit “OK.”
6.  Phone reboots, applies the magic and BAM!  Done.  Enjoy!

Questions or comments?

Cheers Nick and @Tony319!

  • kschris

    Yes. It's normal. Your phone will not really explode. Come on.. lol.

  • kschris

    Most of these things can be fixed easily.

    -Download a different kernel overclock beyond 800 MHz.
    -Download different launchers.

  • kschris

    kellex – how do you get Beautiful Widgets themed? Everything else worked for me, but that's missing the theme..

    Hope this post is still being checked..

  • Phil_W

    Quick question: I get through step 5 of the instructions for the Team Chaos install (i'm running BB v1.0) and the clockwork recovery screen shows up. I scroll down to “install .zip from SD card” and I choose the Team Chaos .zip. The phone restarts but i'm still on BB v1.0. Even if i just choose reboot phone i stay on BB v1.0. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Buth/1660112274 Nathan Buth

      You shouldn't need to use clockwork recovery because you just use rommanager

  • sheldawg

    I have been waiting for a theme like this. Sexy. Thanks for posting this Kellex

  • sheldawg

    Eddie for real dude…. root your phone. You will never go back. Take the plunge its not hard at all, just follow the steps one by one. I did it and every morning is like Christmas for me on this site. What will Santa Kellex bring to the boys and girls today…lol just root it.

  • sheldawg

    Eddie for real dude…. root your phone. You will never go back. Take the plunge its not hard at all, just follow the steps one by one. I did it and every morning is like Christmas for me on this site. What will Santa Kellex bring to the boys and girls today…lol just root it.

  • tj

    anyway to get darkedge theme for handcent cant see text in send box?

    • Jer

      having the same problem

  • dgriff

    can anyone please tell me where to get that theme for the beautiful widgets…the team chaos edge zip is one of the best themes i have seen yet. i just need that theme for bw to top it off.

  • iammebane

    seriously….did someone REALLY complain about being rooted/non rooted….. seriously!!!!!!

  • kentucky1

    I love the look of this app. But is there a way to increase the font size, and in certain applications the Font is white instead of black so it is impossible to see what is being written. Please help.

    • Jer

      i have that problem when I'm messaging…the background is white and so is the text I'm typing…can't seem to change the font color in Swype or the Dark Edge keyboard…anyone know what to do? lol

  • http://www.whatsyourissue.tv/ HeathCliff Rothman

    I like the look of the Theme. But there are drawbacks:
    == it's taken up a lot of memory
    == the max CPU is 800. When I up the kernel to 1000 or 1100, the phone doesn't work.
    == My Linpack Benchmark MFlop has gone from 9.5 consistently, to 2 or 3 or 1
    == The App Draw on the home screen is taking up the whole row of real estate, and you can't put any other icons in the bar across the bottom, which is a waste.
    ==Only 5 screens, rather than 7.

    • kschris

      Most of these things can be fixed easily.

      -Download a different kernel overclock beyond 800 MHz.
      -Download different launchers.

  • ferg6

    Love this works great so far!!

  • samg88

    Kellex please help…I installed Darkedge coming from Cyanogen 5.0.6.2. It seemed like it was working fine but it started to force close loop, with setcpu,mobile defense, and com.android.process. I got tired of and went back via Backup. I want to enjoy the awesome new theme….any ideas?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DJYBY2JCJIAHPKWT6AD2OK6BF4 Scott

    I have a few ?s I'd anyone would want to help. I want to root my phone and in confused on the whole proccess first what does SPrevovery do to my phone and why can you in stall some roms through rom manager and some you have to boot up in save mode and do it that way. Please help I wanna root

  • Bgill55

    You might want to mention as well My port is only a add on not a full Rom Per Xeudoxus(the Dev) instructions

    his disclaimer:

    Do Not Redistribute this theme, make modifications, or release as your own, or upload as your own. If you would like okay to do any of these contact DarkEdge Email

    Devs that have been given permissions to release must not:
    - Redsitribute via “Rom Manager”
    - Redistribute as a “rom” with DE applied (DarkEdge can only be an addon)
    - Forget a link to be directed directed back to here for main updates/info.

    Here is an example of a BAD port (His “rom” is released WITH DarkEdge) Mrbobrowitz

    Here is an example of a GOOD port (ie, DarkEdge is only an addon for their rom and could not be installed on its own)bgill55 / Team Chaos

    • jdon285

      It doesn't matter how it was released, I personally don't think it was ready to be released, too many bugs that are just so obviously overlooked to get it out for some reason. You can't possibly read through the 100's of posts in the DE support forum and expect to find anything that answers your questions. Didn't need to be the big mess that it is. C'mon Black on black?…ect ect…..

  • evltwn

    To install the DE-Icon Pack using metamorph, would I do this they same way as installing a regular theme that Kellex outlined in an earlier post? Please help.

  • johnroxie

    there quikstart looks real eazy to install.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIGKPitGPSY

  • evltwn

    wow…just downloaded Team Chaos over BB v1.0 and it looks awesome. Thanks to the Dev's who are making owning a rooted Droid so much fun.

    • andrew401

      how i cant get this theme to go over bb 1.0 what theme were you running before you applied it?

      • evltwn

        I was running Bugles Beast v1.0 nextheme. I just followed the directions to a TEE. What problems are you having?

  • Adam

    Liking this more and more. Such a sexy theme.

    Has a few kinks to iron out, sure, but I love it.

  • aczm1988

    I cant get either of these to work. Im running the regular DarkEdge i assumed thats why. However i even installed bugless beast 1.0 and tried going from there and still get nothing. It sits on boot animation and goes no further. Dont know what im doing wrong i followed it step for step.

  • Julzbernando

    can i use it on my motorola milestone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sjj1991 Soh Jun Jie

      i would like to know how to install it on a rooted milestone too.

      • Julzbernando

        how can i root my milestone?

  • dgriff

    i am in desperate desperate need of some help!!!!! i went to use the theme from team chaos and all it did was put me in a force loop with helix launcher 2 and i went into recovery mode to change to a zip rom i had downloaded and all it does now is just start to load the boot animation and then quits and restarts loading the boot animation over and over and again. and that is it… please someone help me with this if yall can. thanks in advance.

    • dgriff

      ok i got my droids back to normal again(thank god) but i really want this theme team chaos dark edge. can someone help me with getting this on the best phone ever MADE!!!!!

      • dgriff

        alright i have now got it back on jrummy's 5.0.6.2 and when i go to rom manager to restore my backup. when i go to flash clockworkmod recovery it gives me a message “An error occured while attempting to run privileged commands!” and lets me hit ok. when i go to download a new rom or upload a backup it lets me select ok to do the install and then it just does nothing. i mean nothing happens at all. can anyone help me with this. kellex i need your help in a bad way man.

  • kschris

    Did this wipe Swype for anyone else? I tried reinstalling it, but when I actually try to type, it doesn't let me do the actual swyping.. just says it's not supported. Still lets me use it as a regular keyboard, though.

  • kschris

    How do those screencaps have four icons in the dock?

    I can only have two.. one on each side of the launcher.

    • teejaytm

      I was just about to type the same question???

  • chaozu

    Anyone get YOUR DROID WILL EXPLODE!!! when trying to power off. Kinda scary. And everyone keeps saying this is just a theme, but when I go to rom manager and look at current rom it says Steam ROM DarkEdge, I was on Cyanogen before. Can someone explain please. Thanks

    • chaozu

      Anyone? When I hit power off it say “your droid will EXPLODE!!!” I went ahead and hit ok to see what happends. The next message said “Game Over”. NOT the kind of message I want to see. I lost my app2sd option, so Im thinking this is not just a them, as stated above the rom manager says my current rom is Steam Rom. A few other things I didn't like was the white on white letters in texts and black on black letters in the 3 cube app. I love the look of it but not very comfortable with the power off messages. Anyone else get that?

      • kschris

        Yes. It's normal. Your phone will not really explode. Come on.. lol.

  • ugadroid

    I tried installing the Team Chaos Dark Edge over BBv1 and I get nothing but FC's and boot loops. I don't have helix launcher 2 installed either… Any Ideas?

  • theetechkid

    That team chaos theme is a work of art!

  • BodyMarks

    Hi I loaded the Team Chaos theme, sellected no backup (have recent) and did not wipe. when the zip loaded and my droid booted up none of my apps were there. I am attempting to restore using my backup rom. Any ideas why my apps were gone. My cm5062 backup restored everything. It's to bad it looked so nice and the app drawer was like 6 across. Any ideas?

  • cizzlen

    Yeah Muse FTMFW!!!

  • Joshua

    I've found a slight glitch, when unlocking if you barely tap the top of the screen it unlocks your device.. This could cause an issue possibly.

    • aczm1988

      Thats not a glitch thats how it works lol.

    • evltwn

      try settings>location & security settings>set unlock pattern. That will keep you from “accidently” unlocking your phone when you're not ready.

  • aarynk

    Sorry for this question that's a little off topic but if I'm running BBv1.0 Nextheme and want to try Cyanogen 5.0.6.2 do I need to do a wipe data/cache? Thanks all for the help

  • kschris

    I just installed the Team Chaos one.. I'm stuck in a force close loop with Helix2 after rebooting! What do I do?

    • kschris

      Nevermind – problem solved through booting in safe mode.

  • http://twitter.com/camsummerson Cameron Summerson

    With Team Chaos, I couldn't get past the M logo screen. Flashing over rooted stock.

  • IntenzeDroid

    Kellex, Can you let us all know witch beautiful widget theme your using for the darkedge theme.

  • intenzedroid

    Kellex, What beautiful widget did you use for your darkedge theme. I can't find that one.

    • kellex

      It's listed in my skins options in Beautiful Widgets. But it may have been leftover from my full flashing of DarkEdge. Let me see if I can extract it.

      • IntenzeDroid

        Still waiting LOL i know you have a site to run :)

        • IntenzeDroid

          Btw been visiting your site for the last few months now and just posted for the first time today. Just want to say love your site.

      • Brett

        Any luck on extracting? Was looking all over BW skins and couldn't find it! (Stock Droid)

      • Jason

        Kellex whats goin on? Where did you get that background? Its awesome.

      • Jason

        Kellex! Whats up dude? Where did you get that background?

        • Jason

          Nevermind. I found it using google goggles. That app is so awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/jkroberts0 Jason Roberts

    How did you theme Beautiful Widgets in the Team Chaos version? Same procedure using MetaMorph?

  • hawaiianbrowneyez05

    is this for root only?

  • banggugyangu

    I put this theme on top of Simply Stunning ESE81. Used the guide posted by the creators. It went on smoothly. I've noticed a significant increase in speed with this over the standard simply stunning theme. Apps drawer loads MUCH faster *using the same helix launcher on both*. Phone is overall more responsive. I did a factory wipe before and after applying the theme, however. Restored my apps and settings manually after everything. Theme looks great, but my only complaint is that some menus have an incorrect font color. Black font on transparent black menu = can't read.

  • Mikey

    Installed the DE theme, looked great until I tried out the Helix Launcher 2, all it did was put me in a Force Close loop… Backing up and trying again lol

  • puck

    so let me see if im reading this right. I can install ANY theme over ANY rom? is that correct

    • http://twitter.com/Durrock2000 Derek Weber

      No

  • http://www.madeofawesome.net JimK

    There are elements I LOVE, like the system popup windows and the dialer, etc. But there are things I hate, like how it slows my phone to a crawl (SO. MUCH. TRANSPARENCY) and how nothing in the notification pulldown is really readable. And the font is…pretty, but not long-term usable? Does that make sense?

    This is hands-down the most beautiful theme I've seen, but I just can't see living with it day-to-day. It's a stunner though.

  • http://www.youtube.com/cardinalpower119 Austin Newsam

    Kelex I would really enjoy an instructional video on even how to install DarkEdge…. Looks so cool and stable, but I still don't know what I'm doing from those directions. I think I'll stay with JRummy Remix and the new ADW home right now…. The ADW by the way is completely smooth. Awesome!

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      What confuses you about the directions? Need a lil' more guidance?

    • kellex

      Let me know what step you are getting caught up on and I can try to rephrase it possibly.

  • onetime420

    this has nothing to to with the dark edge theme but i just saw this video on you tube thought id share it with…………..its a iphone running android lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvuC2hrx3PE
    Droidddddd

  • NikolaiVolkov

    I installed this over BB v 1.0 and it ran flawless just make sure you remove helixlauncher2 first or it wont work and force close loop, I got bored with it an hour in and went back to BB, but some might like it

  • briderx

    No offense to anyone.. But this is about standard for installing custom roms.. Why is it so hard to create a tutorial? <Insert Rom Name> to those instructions and you're done. I may also be missing something.. Good tutorial none-the-less..

    • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

      It was because it was an entire rom that you had to install and it was in some sort of beta or weird stage and there was a long way to do it, so big rom makers helped and made it a them you can install over roms now.

  • Adam

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/jeffboek Jeff Boek

      YES!!!!!

    • eddie

      This sucks, it should be called Root life.com instead of droid life.com because hardly ever is there something cool for non root stock users. Very upsetting will not be coming back to root life.com untill there is more about non root stock droids you know droid life.com gosh!

      • aczm1988

        Lol all you guys do is complain, cracks me up. Root your phone, your the minority here.

      • Jess

        I don't understand comments like this. OCing aside, one of the perks to rooting is the freedom to use the phone to its full potential and do cool things with it. In its standard stock glory, it's a hell of a phone. But considering rooting offers even more possibilities, of course there will be more cool things for the root users Meh.

        That said, I'm torn. DE is beautiful. Just not sure if it's practical for me. And I'm running BB 1.0, and it's the insanely fast and stable. What to do, what to do…

        And ah, Muse. I knew I liked you for a reason, Kellex.

      • scorpion77

        Bye Don't let the door hit ya on the way out … lol Why do you think peopel Root there phones so they can do cool things like this ..
        It's not like Kelly is programing all this stuff himself he just finds it an tells people about it an makes it easy for people to understand ..

      • andrew401

        get a life faggot or get root

  • gonzo319

    you got it kellex, my first shout out on droid-life. No problem man I check this site out every day man, it the least I can do.

    Peace

    • Bgill55

      Wow How did my port make it over here Kinda Cool!!!!

      Bgill55
      team CHAOS CO-Founder

      • gonzo319

        saw it on DF and had to let kellex know, he was working on a video tutorial
        on how to install darkedge and told him that you already ported it over to
        the chaos ROM, thus making it easier for him. Thanks for the hard work
        Bgill55

  • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

    Why is this so much better than any rom? It doesn't look as good a bb, am I missing something amazing that I can do.

  • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

    Why is this so much better than any rom? It doesn't look as good a bb, am I missing something amazing that I can do.

    • aarynk

      I was wondering the same thing… I think I'll just wait for Bugless Beast v1.1 or Cyanogen 5.7. Hopefully both of those will be out soon!!

    • http://twitter.com/camsummerson Cameron Summerson

      If I'm not mistaken, this isn't an entire ROM, just a theme that will apply over your current ROM.

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      Yea. This is just a theme to go over a desired ROM :-P