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Birdman Releases First DROID X ROM, Installation Instructions Here

One of our favorite devs/hackers/awesome people, Birdman, just dropped the first Droid X ROM onto our laps and it’s officially time to get our DX paws a little filthy.  Anyone with us?

His FlyX ROM (ROM Details here.) is only in “RC1 status”, but is available to anyone with a 2.2 rooted Droid X to try out via ROM Manager if they are willing to take the risk.  Obviously we are willing to take that risk!

*Warning 1* – If you root, hack, install a custom ROM onto your phone you are voiding the warranty.  If you choose to do this you accept all risk.  Risks would include permanently damaging your device to the point where it will no longer work.  Again, you accept all risk.

*Warning 2* – READ EVERY SINGLE NOTE.  If you don’t meet all of the criteria, do not attempt this.

Instructions:

*Note 1* – YOU HAVE TO BE RUNNING THE LEAKED 2.2.  (Instructions here.)

*Note 2* – YOU HAVE TO BE ROOTED.  (Instructions here.)

*Note 3* - YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE DROID X BOOSTRAP INSTALLED.  (Info here.)

1.  Once you have all of the above taken care of you are ready to start.
2.  Download and install ROM Manager from the Market.
3.  If you haven’t already, tap the top button to “Flash Clockwork Recovery.”
4.  Once that finishes, choose “Download ROM.”
5.  Choose Birdman’s FlyX.
6.  Choose the only option which is FlyX 0.1 RC1.
7.  The ROM will now download.
8.  When it finishes you will be prompted to backup and wipe data/cache.  Check BOTH boxes.

*Note 4* - Seriously, check BOTH boxes.  You need a backup in case something goes wrong and Birdman is highly recommending that you wipe data and cache.

9.  You phone will now reboot, create a backup and flash the FlyX ROM.
10.  Once it finishes, it will reboot and you will now be running Birdman’s FlyX.

*Note 5* – The first boot will take some time.  Be patient.

*Note 6* – After your phone boots for the first time, if you are really patient, it will likely re-download all of your previously installed apps.  Sign into your Gmail account and watch the sync icon appear and work for a long time depending on the number of apps you had.

11.  Enjoy life without bloatware!

Let us know if you run into any issues.  There are likely to be some seeing as this is the first ROM available, so understand that.  We’ll work through them together by holding hands and singing campfire songs.

I also highly recommend you visit Birdman’s site and donate to the cause.

Cheers everyone who sent this in!

  • http://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/common/newsr/editorial/rog_2009_0810_cantens_scripps.pdf Gaston Cantens

    the X ROM from Bridman releases is the best in its category, it is the first Droid X ROM onto our laps and it’s officially time to get our DX paws a little filthy. even the complete instructions for installations is also given with complete steps.

  • Gaston Cantens

    the phone is very nice with complete features infact the instructions about the installation of first droid X rom is very helpful

  • Danny DeMichele

    Well thanks Birdman….these instructions will prove really helpful…GONNA GO FOR ITS TRY..

  • http://www.fedmod.tv Fed Mod

    it also gives us the choice to check Backup Existing ROM and Wipe Data and Cache. I checked both hit ok and it rebooted but nothing happened. Wasn’t this screen supposed to pop at the end of the installation?

  • Virtualmichel13

    este rom funcionaria para spice xt300 da motorola?
    vc sabe de alguma disponivel?

  • http://www.yellowpages.com/wickenburg-az/mip/gatehouse-academy-23033420/reviews Gatehouse Academy Review

    Birdman was the one responsible for rooting the Motorola Droid X which was followed by a custom recovery image by Koush and now its X rom

  • http://www.maxfurniturerugs.com/ Max Furniture

    The most important thing is that the X will now always get OS updates no matter how old out gets. Sense has never been fully preyed to a non HTC phone because hardware incompatibilities

  • http://www.ecovillage.com Eco Village

    I’ve completely restored and wiped back to Stock 2.1 Droid X software and tried it from the beginning with nothing on the phone, nothing new other than stock and necessary files. I still have the same problem.

  • http://www.usapartsconnection.com/partlocator/index.cfm?action=getJointLocator&siteid=216157 2010 Volkswagen CC parts

    Well I really want to install this so I still might give it a shot rooting with the droid 2 method but im not really sure what I’m doing…we’ll see Thanks

  • http://www.lead411.com/Paul_Ellenbogen_2934931.html Paul Ellenbogen

    Well There are likely to be some seeing as this is the first ROM available, so understand that.Thanks for sharing these useful information!

  • Rattyk76

    I have done everything on these instructions twice and it is not working. After step 6 it goes into a screen that says “ROM Pre-Installation” and it gives you the choice to check Backup Existing ROM and Wipe Data and Cache. I checked both hit ok and it rebooted but nothing happened. Wasn't this screen supposed to pop at the end of the installation? Also, on Step 9 – the phone rebooted, am I supposed to create the backup and flash the ROM or is it supposed to do it automatically? This is my very first ROM after rooting my phone and I am eager to get it working, thanks

  • http://weblogs.jomc.unc.edu/talkingbiznews/?p=17690 Nightly Business Report

    i think its completely restored and wiped back to Stock 2.1 Droid X software and tried it from the beginning with nothing on the phone (nothing new other than stock and necessary files). I still have the same problem. Help?

  • hayjude99

    So can or cant you be on the official 2.2? Because it says there that the leaked is necessary, but I'm thinking that that is instead of 2.1. Thanks

  • Andrewjt19

    Hello I am somewhat new to the android arena, but have succesfully rooted and unrooted my phone couple of times. I just bought bootstrap from Koush and successfully backed up my phone. I am running the stock version of FROYO 2.2 from Verizon. Two questions: 1. What if I could not turn my phone on, is there a way to use bootstrap to restore my saved flash? 2. If I download this ROM here on this page, if I restore my original copy I just made of Verizon's 2.2 Froyo, would I be able to reinstall that with no problem? Basically would it be as though I never installed a custom ROM? Sorry if this is a stupid question- I am learning- but enjoying it. Thanks in advance. [email protected]

  • Sixth

    No swype = fail

  • Sixth

    No swype = fail

  • Jamesnewton23

    how do you add the black notification bar?? please help

  • DatAgginDee

    Just changed my X to FlyX Rom. Pretty good I don't see much of a difference just yet over the 2.2 Leak. Hopefully a few more updates will show a difference. I am noticing a bit faster speed with FlyX Rom while scrolling through app drawer and photo's. I do have one question though does this ROM disable OTA Downloads? With 2.2 for Verizopn release around the corner I don't want my phone to get the update. I know I can keep canceling but I know it will still push.

  • jacko1

    would love to see this in action before i download

  • Jsamuels201

    when i try to flash the rom all it does is wipe my phone n go back to bloatware filled froyo any suggestions?

  • Schilkyl

    Alright im having a problem…
    Ive done everything up to step 9 correctly. I choose both boxes and let the phone reboot. Upon rebooting, the phone goes all the way though to the “M” screen. I hear the phone say DROID and I can tell it loads, behind the “M” screen. I know this because I am able to slide the lock over and open the phone. I can then shut the phone back down by holding the power button and poking at where I think the shut off option is. The whole time all I can see is the “M” screen. Phone powers down and then I hold power to turn it back on. Powers up and goes and loads fine and now no more “M” screen. Go into ROM Manager and i get “Recovery failure” with 3 options: Recovery mode is “broken”, “ROM Manager doesnt reboot”, and “Other”. And thats it. Ive completely restored and wiped back to Stock 2.1 Droid X software and tried it from the beginning with nothing on the phone (nothing new other than stock and necessary files). I still have the same problem. Help?

  • Csalcedo

    Followed the instructions but it does not reboot. After checking the 2 boxes it says it will reboot but nothing happens…
    Any help please….

  • jarrodlilly

    RC1. RC1. RC1.

  • Schilkyl

    Alright im having a problem…
    Ive done everything up to step 9 correctly. I choose both boxes and let the phone reboot. Upon rebooting, the phone goes all the way though to the “M” screen. I hear the phone say DROID and I can tell it loads, behind the “M” screen. I know this because I am able to slide the lock over and open the phone. I can then shut the phone back down by holding the power button and poking at where I think the shut off option is. The whole time all I can see is the “M” screen. Phone powers down and then I hold power to turn it back on. Powers up and goes and loads fine and now no more “M” screen. Go into ROM Manager and i get “Recovery failure” with 3 options: Recovery mode is “broken”, “ROM Manager doesnt reboot”, and “Other”. And thats it. Ive completely restored and wiped back to Stock 2.1 Droid X software and tried it from the beginning with nothing on the phone (nothing new other than stock and necessary files). I still have the same problem. Help?

  • Csalcedo

    Followed the instructions but it does not reboot. After checking the 2 boxes it says it will reboot but nothing happens…
    Any help please….

  • Pharaoh_monch

    so how long is i supposed to sit on the motorola symbol after reboot… its been 20 minutes now

  • Dodgen247

    Mine failed… I had to restore twice.

    E:Can't symlink /system/bin/cat
    E:Failure at line 6:
    symlink toolbox SYSTEM:bin/cat
    Installation aborted.

  • Ma13ro

    So apparantly this “rom” disallows swype. After my titanium backup failed to restore it I went in search of an .apk file. It installed just fine but as soon as you set it you get a fc error every 5 seconds. I don't know what birdman is trying to prove but I will be ditching this garbage until its fixed. Who cares how swype feels.

    • http://twitter.com/exer_505 Alex Mocaby

      Before you flash, back up your swype app in system/apps using Root explorer or whatever you prefer. Install that backup after you flash. It worked for me at least. :)

    • jarrodlilly

      RC1. RC1. RC1.

    • IAMFIRETRUCK

      So harsh for some one who does so much for you and asks nothing in return.

  • http://twitter.com/rrrrryyyyy Ryan Nabat

    Someone should post a video of it. i'd like to see how it looks running

  • Benjpac

    Why on earth would he remove Swype? …..

    • IAMFIRETRUCK

      just save the apk from 2.2 and install it after the rom…. If your going to load a “custom” rom you should have enough knowledge to load apks you like. I saved all the apks for apps I liked I was up and running 15 mins after install.

  • Bsmcansh17

    ran quadrant and got a 1491 first run….not too bad…this is with stagefright=false

  • Krweby

    I don't think some of you get it. Some of the stuff was removed because it was installed in the system apps area. When installed there you can't remove it the normal way. Also if reinstalled from the market you will know when there is a update for the app. Also since google search is removed that is most likely why the search button isn't working.

    • AnDroidSepTIX

      I dont think you get it. I forgot how to type without SWYPE.

  • Sjobs

    I installed. Here is my story.
    all pre-reqs met.
    differences in my system are all bloatware/unwanted process were frozen via TB
    I had to download the rom twice (first one disappeared)
    the install took a few minutes but hung at the “M”. I pulled the battery after 15 minutes. I decided to restart and it booted up just fine. Backup assistant is included in this build for some reason as well as other VZ junk. Not needing this current rom as it provides nothing new for me yet I tried the restore option. It worked without a hiccup.

    • Krweby

      so you are already
      ◦OptiPNG optimized apk's
      ◦Deodexed

    • IAMFIRETRUCK

      FIRST version of the FIRST rom EVER for DX… Its the principle of that. Backup assistant is heavily integrated into motos rom. Why would he hold out release to spend countless hours at debugging and removing something you can just remove once the rom is installed.

  • ajbattaglia83

    I hope rooting 2.2 on gets easier doing it with code scares me a little not being familiar with that stuff but I really want to install this so I still might give it a shot rooting with the droid 2 method but im not really sure what I'm doing…we'll see

  • timarnette

    I would love to install this but I am still waiting on 2.2. Summer we be over on Sept. 21. Where is 2.2

  • Douche

    I never considered Maps bloatware, that's interesting…

  • Hankkb8

    Obviously there are a few bugs in this early version. One bug what I have seen a few people mention is the search button doesn't seem to be working. Just an FYI for you guys and gals.

  • IrishCream

    What if your bloatware is already removed? Just curious about what the benefits of this would be?

    • Benjpac

      No benefits.

  • AnDroidSepTIX

    Why in the world would you remove SWYPE? per birdmans website

  • RevolutionX

    I am Running 2.2 Deodexed on My DroidX. Will this be an issue???

    • DROID VADAR

      no

      • RevolutionX

        Thanks Droid Vader….. Guess I should have read Birdmans info on this before asking a stupid question. Just got done reading it hahaha!!!

        • DROID VADAR

          No problem :)

  • djenks24

    Downloading Now.

  • DROID VADAR

    So glad he took out that bloatware.

  • tjpeco

    All well and good – however this just puts a skin over the existing kernel. You can't change that with the bootloader – so Motorola's interests are still protected from unauthorized attempts to circumvent their security to a large degree.

    Also,
    Removed: Swype (removed for their constant anger towards rom devs)

    Fail.

    • DROID VADAR

      What are you talking about? If you don't like it don't use it.
      v0.1 includes

      * OptiPNG optimized apk's
      * Deodexed
      * Busybox
      * Updated Superuser.apk (credits to chainsdd)
      * Removed
      o 3g hotspot
      o Kindle (market app)
      o Blockbuster (bankrupt company)
      o EMERGENCY (dial 911 for emergency's…dont screw around with an app)
      o My Verizon (bad market app)
      o Maps (market app)
      o Voice search (market app)
      o Swype (removed for their constant anger towards rom devs)
      o Skype (market app)
      o Google search (market app)

      Download from Rom manager now :D

      • http://twitter.com/obsidiangt Gianni

        Really wish they wouldn't have removed Swype. The version on the DX includes the voice-to-text button. The last leaked version does not.

        • DROID VADAR

          Yeah I see your point. I guess it wasn't a big deal to me cause I use the multi-touch keyboard. There are some system dump files floating around the internet.

      • Cleopete

        I don’t want to get in the middle of any feuds here, but I like Swype. I’ve found it to be an extraordinarily useful app. Doesn’t really matter for me anyway, as I was off the grid for the 2-3 days the leak was available. When I got back there was nary a sniff of Froyo left, couldn’t find a torrent or a DC++ file, so I guess I’ll have to wait til “early September” and hope they meant 2010.

        I’m not really clear as to the advantage to using FlyX. I’ve already rooted my phone (thanks Birdman!), and used Launcher Pro to hide the offending apps (which aren’t making much of a dent in the ample storage available anyway), and Autostart to make sure they don’t run on their own. Barnacle WiFi works great, and except for a brief lag when I unlock the phone, it runs like butter. Flash is all I’m waiting on. It seems to me what I have is choice between letting Moto/Verizon/Google decide what I put on my phone, or letting Birdman (again, with nothing but love for the work he’s done) make that decision.

        Is there a compelling reason to do this other than to show those bastards at Moto I’m not afraid to brick my $570 phone?

    • kellex

      And someone's having a sh!tty Monday.

      • Mrpicolas

        Lol..

      • http://twitter.com/MrTissues Jack

        I actually am confused by this. I understand that you can flash custom ROMS (I actually installed 2.2 via ROM Manager which was really cool). But from what I understand it boots up differently than normal, and you are unable to flash custom kernels. I think a cool article would be to explain exactly what this means. Without this functionality what exactly are us DX users missing out on when it comes to the homebrew scene?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623475116 Simon Broenner

          See my reply to Kellex. The custom kernel enables tons of performance/speed tweaks, additional features (things like baking in bluetooth HID support etc. etc.), and most importantly provides future proofing. I don't know about you, but I want to be able to put the newest version of Android on my one year old handset… hell, with Moto, you're likely to be SOL after just 6 months. Check out their update policies when it comes to older devices…

          • http://twitter.com/MrTissues Jack

            Well that is pretty unfortunate. Hopefully the bootloader gets fully cracked, I don't know if it is even being worked on though…

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623475116 Simon Broenner

            People have been working on cracking the Milestone bootloader since that thing was launched. AFAIK it's pretty much impossible, unless they find some fuckup in Motorola's encryption scheme or some other arbitrary bug that allows them access. Actually cracking the encryption is unlikely…

            The only way to fight this is by sending Motorola a clear message: We won't by locked crap.

            But apparently nobody realizes that (even though I and many other Milestone owners have been spreading the word) and way too many people have run out and bought Droid X's and Droid 2's with encrypted bootloaders. Motorola won't notice a dent in sales, and therefore won't change a thing… :(

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623475116 Simon Broenner

        Not really, it's just the truth.

        As a former Milestone owner it pisses me off that every blog on the planet is going on and on about Droid X custom ROMs when they're really just heavy modifications of the system that's already running. If you can't boot a different kernel, you're stuck using what Motorola gave you, and that's not always best…

        Look at the original Droid – the speed increases and the freedom (you know how long they were running 2.2 before it was actually released for the Droid? They ported it from the Nexus more or less right after Google released it) were all due to being able to boot their own kernels.

        The aspect of future-proofing is also in no way addressed by this “custom ROM”. It won't be possible to slap an unofficial Android 3.0 custom ROM on the Droid X when it comes out, but rather, you'll have to wait for Moto to release their version of 3.0, and then you can create a “custom ROM”, which is essentially the same thing but stripped of bloatware, like this here seems to be.

        I really don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but please… just stop calling it a custom ROM. The things that are being done are on the level of what Milestone users used simple Unix scripts run from ADB Shell (in OpenRecovery, for instance) to do.

  • lakerzz

    Damn…just when I couldn't wait until I get my new X in 2 weeks…now I REALLY CAN'T WAIT!!!!! Just saying….

  • KillaPenguin

    I am not sure why manufacturers go through the trouble of trying to make Android phones “hack-proof.” The dev community is and will always be smarter than the manufacturers. If Motorola were smart, they would get the Android dev community involved in the programming of their stock ROM, and the other manufacturers wouldn't stand a chance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623475116 Simon Broenner

      You do realize that this is still just a pseudo-custom-ROM, right? Nothing much that you couldn't do yourself with Root Explorer and read/write access to /system/…

      While the efforts of the community are commendable, the bootloader is still locked, and all modifications will be limited by the fact that you're stuck using the kernel fro Motorola's update – no performance boosts and deeper system level tweaks via kernel upgrades, and most importantly: No user custom ROMs for newer Android versions.

      As we've seen on the Milestone (not to mention the cliq or backflip…), Motorola doesn't plan on supporting its devices much longer than 9-12 months with Android software upgrades, so being able to flash the latest Android version yourself is important.

      Don't say we (Milestone owners) didn't warn you when the next Android version comes out and Moto says, “Screw you, buy the Droid Y if you want the newest version!”.

      And don't get me wrong: I'm happy you guys are able to customize your system so easily… just don't get carried away thinking you've stuck it to Motorola – there's still a long way to go until the Droid X (or the Droid 2 or the Milestone for that matter) is actually cracked.

      • http://wadeivy.com Phoxus

        Well Simon I come bearing news.
        Thanks to module.sh you can hijack the slots, speeds, and voltages of a kernel. :) What does this mean?
        We have everything we need. Open source roms will come, Vanilla roms too. Milestone is a stepchild. Droid X is a show stopper. Watch and see.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623475116 Simon Broenner

          Hijack the slots, speeds and voltages of a kernel… so, like overclocking and over/undervolting on the Milestone? Overclocking only helps so and so much…

          How exactly does this help with true custom ROMs?

          I will wait and see, of course. Wake me when something along the lines of Cyanogenmod, or full Gingerbread without a Motorola Gingerbread release, or a true AOSP build is possible. I doubt we'll ever see it on the Milestone, Droid X or Droid 2, and if we do, it'll probably be because Motorola screwed up signing their bootloader in some elementary way.

      • James T

        wasn't the milestone able to run a 2nd boot process or something that allowed overclocking and more in depth roms though?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623475116 Simon Broenner

          Overclocking was achieved by inserting a kernel module at boot (via insmod)… Nothing special really.

          • Phoxus

            I have got to ask. What do you think a kernel will unleash over what everyone else will bring? I'm not trying to come off as rude but what in the world do people think a kernel will do? Bring jesus back? Seriously, if you can hijack it you can do anything you wanted. The kernel is wifi tether ready for adhoc, there is nothing this phone won't be able to do now. Cyanogen mod most likely will be coming and it will probably use module.sh for the kernel if it must.

          • Speakertx

            I have no opinion one way or the other on whether the bootloader will be circumvented (other than I hope it is – I am an X owner!) But you need to understand – the kernel is *everything*. It controls *all* access to the hardware and it can allow or prevent you from doing anything with that hardware.

      • RJM

        >>Nothing much that you couldn't do yourself with Root Explorer and read/write access to /system/…

        Simon, I greatly appreciate your confidence in me and I hate to disappoint a fellow Droid-Lifer, but I am pretty sure I really couldn't do this. Not with Root Explorer, not with adb, not with a mouse not in a house. (credit Dr Seuss)

        For now I am just going to be grateful that that birdman kid is working so hard and send him a little love in his PayPal.

  • DROID VADAR

    Do we know if we can put the black bar on this one or is that not safe?

    • Timoh

      Do you mean just this ROM? If you mean the Droid X in general, there is a process to put a black bar already. I think I read it on XDA.

      • DROID VADAR

        Yeah I didn't know if there was different way you had to do this one then the other 2.2 bar on xda. People trying to put the black bar on that was designed for 2.1 were going into a bootloop when they tried it on 2.2. I just don't want to deal with that bootloop! :P

        • Timoh

          Ah OK I see. I hadn't been back to check it out since the 2.2 leak.

          • DROID VADAR

            That”s cool thanks for the response! Can anyone confirm that the 2.2 black notification bar works on this from xda?

  • Evermour

    Im still half asleep, but thats great for the DX owners.(:

  • DROID VADAR

    Woops I guess I was to late. Cheers to Kellex and Birdman!

  • Gardner24

    Droid X is finally gettin some custom UI's

  • Djspikezz

    Oh yeah baby #1!!!! DROID X FTW ROMS!!!!

    • DroydHead

      woot!!!