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    Question about/Problem porting a theme

    Hi. I'll try to keep this short, but when I ask a question I just have to give some much info . . . . Anyways I got stuck on KrazyKrivda's old DarkSE 10k/24k theme way back when. His last release was a (all rom) MM version over at MDW months ago which pretty much only had a bunch of .png files (and the DarkSE.xml file, of course) and relied on SpareParts for theming most of the Notification bar colors, etc. Here's the file I am using:

    http://ted.servepics.com/nap/droid/D...onTeddyMod.zip

    I used this via MM to apply it to my current rom way back when and when the market has updated my gmail, maps, etc., all I do is re-apply the theme by copying the .png's again to the proper place in the .apk's, etc.

    I have been trying to update my rom to CM 6.0, ShadowRom 0.2.1, others, and most lately CM 6.1 RC5, but when I carefully apply this theme via MM, it works for a while but invariably I start getting 'process.android.acore' FC issues. And searching for that problem has led me to try to fix any problems with my google contacts, and no others having that error with the ROM's in question. And then it I usually find so many problems/bugs and it just gets to be so bad all I have to do is revert to my Sapphire 0.6.2 and go on without a hitch and running very well all around. And that's my background with this theme.

    Here we go: So now I went to 'port' this theme to CM 6.1 RC5 by unzipping CM6.1 RC5 (and the gapps) and then going one by one and copying the contents from my theme file(s) folders to the correct folders in both of the above. Then I did a wipe and install and damn this thing booted right up and was working nice. But the market was slow to restore and I couldn't for the life of me get two apps to install.

    So my question is should I have _only_ copied the .png files and ignore any and all .xml files?

    Thanks.
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    Well not that it matters, but I thought I'd try a shaeless bump with more info. Since this post, CM 6.1 has been released and I have tried to port my theme to it by copying ONLY the .png's from the folders to the rom and gapps.

    But still that market has many apps missing.

    Any help yet?
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    again.

    More frustration. I guess maybe this thread is only for myself as nobody here want to even give me the tiniest hand in this, arrgg!

    Anyways, CM6.1.2 is out now and I fixed my market problems by installing it clean and then pretty much theme the whole thing with MetaMorph. What .apks that MM doesn't theme because of updates, etc. I can theme with NinjaMorph. HOWEVER, it's the gosh durned tricky butt framework-res.apk file. Once I get to theming that one, my phone will not boot.

    I've heard that the .9.png files should be left alone. Is this where I am having the last trouble? PLEASE? ANYONE? Or have I just pissed everyone off here and nobody want to tell me so? I mean I've got almost a thousand posts and only about 16 of them are threads I've started, and only 8 asking for help. The rest are me trying to give help. PLEASE?
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    Well, I still don't know about them .9.png files. I took and deleted all of them from my theme and copied the rest into framework-res.apk via 7zip and still had a non booting phone. It might have been operator error as I did it all from CMRecovery. Backup -> factory reset -> format /system -> flash rom -> flash gapps -> flash framework-res.apk 'update.zip' -> reboot phone. No boot. Maybe when I calm down I'll try letting the rom boot first and stuff and then try applying the theme.

    Thanks.
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    I'm guessing that most people simply do not have the experience to help you. I can't speak for the themers though, but it sounds like you are dealing with quite a complicated issue.

    I can relate about wanting to stick to one particular theme though. Sometimes it's just about the details or a certain style that others lack. I haven't yet attempted to learn theming, though I'd love to be able to keep my phone looking just the way I want it. It's a bit scary to me as I've heard how all-encompassing it can become.

    I'm sure your experience trumps mine, but I've seen at least 2 script-based apps that are meant to port themes between any rom. If something does not match up it is just dropped, but the framework-res.apk is the big part of what themes touch on. Have you looked into these? I can look them up if you're interested though I imagine you'd have seen them too.
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    Thank you for the reply. Yes, I like this old theme and like it even more since no one else even uses it anymore. There's been two that are similar, but they just don't quite do it for me. I have seen those scripts over at XDA but they are made for porting themes that have been packaged in an update.zip file. And update.zip type file has the whole.apk that is going to be themed in it and the MetaMorph style theme only has the actual .png files in corresponding folders for the .apk's. Which is pretty easy to use with NinjaMorph as well.

    However you are right it must have been too complicated for anyone here as the method that fixed my framework-res.apk (the last one that wouldn't theme) file was one I've never heard of before. A person named Creepy over at Cyanogenmod Forums fixed me up, so this issue is solved now.

    Again, thanks.
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    give me a link to download the theme you want on your phone, then give me a link to a theme THAT IS CURRENTLY APPROVED for your rom.
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    The theme I want is in my OP here. A theme that is for my rom is here:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/kou...ml#post1064529

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    test.zip
    use at your own risk. i have no way to test it. results are gonna be dependent on the theme for your rom you gave me as a base theme.
    if there are coloration issues with the text and bars that need changed for visibility, let me know so i can change the text color.
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    Thank you very much. I haven't tested the file yet, but would you care to share what you did to create it?

    Thanks.
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