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CM7 for HTC Thunderbolt Gets Update, Looking More Stable Every Day

The CM7 build for the Thunderbolt that slayher has quietly been working on hit v0.6 yesterday and we wanted to point out how far it has come.  From its early pre-alpha stage, many of you were a little hesitant to go with it, and rightfully so – the warnings were pasted all over that original post.  Since then though, our very own MrPicolas has grown quite fond of it and even made it his daily driver.  He mentioned that some people are having to toggle their 3G and 4G from time to time, but he hasn’t had to at all.  And let me tell you, for a guy that uses his device for everything and rarely touches a computer, a ROM better be good for him to stick with it for a long time.  Pretty good sign right there.

Download:  update-cm-7.1.0-RC0.6-Thunderbolt-KANG-signed.zip

Doesn’t work:  Slow GPS (although Picolas hasn’t had any troubles), mic on video is broken (might be fixed actually), possible data/voice bugs.

Does work:  Everything else.

*The original Thunderbolt radio is recommended.  And I’m actually not even sure if the new radio will work.  So I highly recommend you flash back to the original radio if you plan on running this.

Load it up as you would any other ROM.

Full support can be found at this RootzWiki thread.

  • @JayCity216

    Just Curious, does anyone know if this Will work on the new radio? i dont want to flash back if i dont have to but its not a big deal…

    • Anonymous

      click on the RootWiki link.

      there are 2 versions as of 6/29. one for old radio. one for new MR2/MR2.5 radio

  • TheRealBeesley

    Protip: After installing CM7, make a nandroid of it, then restore your Stock rom via  nandroid Rom Manager, Go out and get a good GPS lock, then restore CM7 that you just backed up.  I dont know why, but now the GPS in CM7 locks in seconds and works perfectly.  I know this is a major issue for some, and this workaround will get you through until its fully fixed. 

  • TheRealBeesley

    Protip: After installing CM7, make a nandroid of it, then restore your Stock rom via  nandroid Rom Manager, Go out and get a good GPS lock, then restore CM7 that you just backed up.  I dont know why, but now the GPS in CM7 locks in seconds and works perfectly.  I know this is a major issue for some, and this workaround will get you through until its fully fixed. 

  • Anonymous

    Which radio should  i use for this ?? anyone have a link ??

    • Anonymous
      • Anonymous

        Thanks man ..  now is this a froyo radio right ?  i have tried all the GB ones out.  i seem to get better battery but worse signal …but thanks for the link ..

        • Anonymous

          Yep this is the only one that works. It’s the MR1 Radio, which is what slayher says to use…and he’s right haha

  • Banjo Kazooie

    The items on my notification bar are green rather then the blue thats shown in the picture. Are they supposed to be blue?

    • Anonymous

      No, Kellex is running a custom theme, probably Cyanbread

  • http://twitter.com/SantoTheWriter SantoTheWriter

    As soon as we get a RC1.0 I’ll jump on the band wagon… for now I will just enjoy CM7 on my OG Droid as the Thunderbolt stares at it in a rage of jealous envy!

  • Poop

    As a long time advocate of CyanogenMod, I don’t really see the point anymore and feel like it has probably out grown its usefulness.

    Das BAMF 1.7 is a fine ROM and I see no need to use CM on my Thunderbolt.

    • tomNasty

      Where can i find das BAMF 1.7

    • tomNasty

      Where can i find das BAMF 1.7

  • Dkuhlman

    Where can I download the mr1 radio?  I loaded this after flashing the radio to mr2 and I don’t have any 4g3g service now

  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    I never really dug the CM7 on other devices, but I’m contemplating putting it on my new DX. Hmmmmm

  • tomNasty

    Do we need the gapps.zip for this

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I’m using the latest zip found in rom manager….

  • tpryor

    How do you change the carrier text?

  • LbAdvisor

    Been using this a while.  If you have 4g data problems go to Mobile networks in wireless settings and toggle to CDMA/EVDO and then to CDMA + LTE/EVDO after you have established 3G on the CDMA/EVDO setting.

    if that doesn’t work toggle again, try try again.

    also GPS
    if you have problems try this i have no clue how it works but it solved my roommmates T-bolt gps problems on CM7(i convinced him to get the phone too!):

    Download GPS status in market
    open, hit menu, then select “tools”
    Hit “manage A-GPS state”
    Click “reset” (clears your gps stats)
    Menu again, then “manage A-GPS state”
    then click download, let the app sit there 15-20 seconds and gather data
    then open up Google Maps, see if you get a lock (and make sure you aren’t sitting in a building or something where you might have a bad signal even if you were running stock.

    -my 2 cents

  • LbAdvisor

    Been using this a while.  If you have 4g data problems go to Mobile networks in wireless settings and toggle to CDMA/EVDO and then to CDMA + LTE/EVDO after you have established 3G on the CDMA/EVDO setting.

    if that doesn’t work toggle again, try try again.

    also GPS
    if you have problems try this i have no clue how it works but it solved my roommmates T-bolt gps problems on CM7(i convinced him to get the phone too!):

    Download GPS status in market
    open, hit menu, then select “tools”
    Hit “manage A-GPS state”
    Click “reset” (clears your gps stats)
    Menu again, then “manage A-GPS state”
    then click download, let the app sit there 15-20 seconds and gather data
    then open up Google Maps, see if you get a lock (and make sure you aren’t sitting in a building or something where you might have a bad signal even if you were running stock.

    -my 2 cents

  • Jeremy Gentry

    i’m using das bamf 2.0-5 beta and it works amazingly well. battery life is great and sense 3.0 is amazing! no reason to switch to this!

    • Petersen5

      Unless you dislike sense

  • tomNasty

    i have been using telsa coil and have never used CM7 can i just download this link of do i need the the older version than use this update

  • Jclaire1319

    Does only work when rooted?

    • Anonymous

      yes, you need to be rooted to install a custom rom

    • Anonymous

      Rooted and unlocked bootloader (S-OFF for HTC devices).

  • Spencer9663

    I installed CM7… And now I am curious as to where my Market app went. I can’t reinstall Titanium backup without the market app.

    Help?

    • Taxidriver5

      You have to download google apps. It’s in rom manager. Reading the post in cds would have told you this :)

    • Petersen5

      Haha make sure to install g apps from cyanogen website. They do not send there roms with Googles apps

    • Petersen5

      Haha make sure to install g apps from cyanogen website. They do not send there roms with Googles apps

    • Flacmonkey

      Go into ROM Manager Extras and install Gapps (Google Apps).

  • Purple_duckk

    So the GPS works, it is just slow to connect?  Is that the deal, or slow as in there is a lag between where you are and where it thinks you are?  Slow as in 3 minutes?  10?  30?  On stock my phone usually takes 3 minutes to connect, but onece connected is spot on.

  • Kevoskee

    I want to download but I actually need my GPS. Don’t know how many times I got lost and saved with it

  • http://profiles.google.com/sudoscientist Balthazar Ruster

    It’s 100% stock. No Sense whatsoever.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sudoscientist Balthazar Ruster

    It’s stock. As in, no Sense, whatsoever.

  • http://twitter.com/gentime Tyler Kratzer

    I have the other build, going to flash this today but I’m unable to get 4g to work no matter what i do? Will this new 402w Baseband work with 4g? and i can’t seem to find a download for it…

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone confirm that this build works better than release 5? 

    I install every test version that Slayher releases and I appreciate and love that he is headed in the right direction. I just hope test 6 is significantly better than 5 since there was no way I could make it my daily driver. I will load it up right now to give it a spin and see for myself. 

    How is this compared to test 5?

    • Anonymous

      I will now answer this myself now that I have installed it.

      It is running wonderfully! The GPS locks in an instant and the 4g works fine. Of course I had to toggle it to get it up but it is great.

      Everything is running very smooth and so far I am very pleased!

      Great job Slayher!

    • Anonymous

      I will now answer this myself now that I have installed it.

      It is running wonderfully! The GPS locks in an instant and the 4g works fine. Of course I had to toggle it to get it up but it is great.

      Everything is running very smooth and so far I am very pleased!

      Great job Slayher!

  • Anonymous

    Whats the hype?  Gingeritis v1.0 / Bamf  is pretty good IMO and everything works!

    • kingofthething

      Cause its AOSP not Sense, meaning its stock android without a stupid skin on it. Some people love sense, some people hate it. I hate it and couldn’t wait for a stable release of cm7. 

      I flashed this build a half hour after it was released and have had NONE of the problems listed above and has been running smooth. GPS locks within 5 seconds even without the suggested fix. Switching from wifi to 3g and 3g to wifi is working fine (didn’t work well in the previous builds that I tried). I will be in a 4g area this weekend so we will see how it handles 4g.

      P.S. I tweeted this to you guys yesterday and am glad you gave it some love. Slayher has been working his butt off and can’t believe how far this has come. 

  • http://twitter.com/Beezzzzy Basil Mahmud

    I really wanna update to this. I think I might wait till a more stable update is available for GPS (I use the GPS at least once a week).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    I have been using the last couple of builds of CM7 for the Thunderbolt and they have been great! A lot better than the earlier builds and CM7 is now my daily driver. It feels so much faster than Sense even without overclocking. I suggest anyone with a Thunderbolt give it a try.

    • Anonymous

      you don’t notice any worse service as a result of using the older radio? are you in a 4g area?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

        My service seems fine. Not in a 4G area though. Using the 1.12.605.6_CDMA_1.13.605.7_LTE radio at the moment without issues.

        • Anonymous

          Where do I find this radio? Is there a download link for it? I flashed a new radio to run Das BAMF, and I’d like to give CM7 a shot. 

          • Anonymous

            There is an “obligatory radio thread” on xda for the thunderbolt, search for that it has all the radios available for download….

          • Anonymous

            there is now a version that supports the new MR2/MR2.5 radios

        • [email protected]

          Would you be willing to shoot me and email telling me how to flash it? Im a TOTAL noob. But I recently rooted my phone and would love this build.

  • Anonymous

    I’m mostly interested in battery life with a non-Sense GB ROM like this and 4G running.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      4G is going to kill battery on any rom, Sense or AOSP. I’ve never lasted a full day with 4G (had it since the beginning here in Denver).

  • Brent Balzer

    4G doesn’t work with this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      4G definitely works, if you’re in a 4G area.

  • http://twitter.com/BartJJ1 Bart Jones

    There are no issues with the mic when recording video. I run this build as a daily driver and this bug was fixed a while back (RC04 maybe?) idk why it is still on the bug list.

  • Anonymous

    I loaded this up yesterday and can confirm that the new mr2 radio does NOT work.

  • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey

    When 4g works with it ill load it. i’ve been waiting for that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      Are you in a 4G area? It works. I’m on 4G right now, CM7 RC0.6.

      • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey

        What radio?

        I thought the reason people didnt like CM7 was the no 4g issue?

  • Anonymous

    The only reason I haven’t rooted my phone is because there hasn’t been a solid CM7 build for it yet…

    I think things are about to change :-)…

  • Anonymous

    i dont understand the lock screen. does sliding it left to right make it…skateboard? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      You can set a custom app for that button, so you can open it from the lockscreen.

      • Anonymous

        wow thats crazy. gotta love CM

      • Drwoktor

        i’d still set it as skateboard.. i’m always stuck at places thinking “mann WHY didn’t i bring my skateboard?!”

  • Purple_duckk

    Anyone know if Netflix works?

    • http://twitter.com/BartJJ1 Bart Jones

      Yes netflix works

      • NeutronBomb

        Does it work GOOD? It worked on the last build but it was really choppy.

        • Spencer9663

          Well*

          • Anonymous

            well does it?

          • Chris Mulliner

            Yes, It does.

  • Anonymous

    i’d LOVE to be running cm7 but i’m waiting until it is updated to use the new radios.. my service was much spottier on the old radio :
    currently switching between BAMF and gingeritis, both are great!

    • Anonymous

      I am still running 1.7 BAMF as I am hesitant to go with the GB builds as they are extremely buggy (better now but not as stable as Froyo). Hopefully a newer leak comes out soon.

      • Anonymous

        no bugs AT ALL with bamf 2.0 or ginigeritis!! just make sure not to sync htc’s twitter app, and everything works 100%.. soo much smoother than bamf 1.7. also loving the lockscreens

        • http://twitter.com/BHagey1 Brandon Hagey

          I did full wipe before installing gingerbamf and had NONSTOP force close issues with everything. it sucked.

    • Anonymous

      Latest Gingerbean is epic (the one from 6/6).  It is the first Rom I have seen that successfully uses stock mms

  • )v(urphy

    Guess it’s time to hit the rooting tutorials soon…I’ve been hesitant ever since I got my T-bolt 2 weeks ago… gonna hold out for a stable build.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sudoscientist Balthazar Ruster

      Trust me, this is stable. I’ve been using these builds since version .2 or .3 and they’ve always been good, but the last one has yielded excellent battery life, no reboots, and extremely smooth performance, even at stock clock speeds.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, this build is super stable, definitely daily driver material….

      • *droidz*

        What are we talking for battery life with the stock battery? How long can you make it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/gorgio1 Alex G

    its true that is what i am running now and the only problem is the ones mentioned above like toggling radios, and  slow gps other than that is great!!! cant wait for a stable release!

    • http://twitter.com/samari711 samari711

      slow GPS is a problem on stock even with the last OTA update, so it’s probably the radio and not the OS