not saying you have never had a problem with rom manager but, I can honestly say I haven'tyour the only one But why advocate Rom Manager as buggy as it has been?I guess I can be the one to actually answer your questions.. The easiest way to install BB is by getting rom manager out of the market. You will also find a list of most available kernels within the rom manager downloads section. clockworkmod is the easiest recovery because there is no file renaming which means you dont have to delete each .zip file before installing another and you dont have to rename to update.zip! As far as data wipes go,,,I always do one or two before installing any new roms. some people disagree with me but the reason I do it is because I would rather do a data wipe and know that if that rom doesnt run smoothly that it is the rom and not because I short cutted. That and it really sucks when you run into problems and you find out that after all that work you just did now you have to do it all over again because this rom required a data wipe. and now for the 16 questions in number 2... chevyno1 kernels are really good but so are p3droid. you will find that you will get mixed reviews, everyone has an opinion. The easiest way to swich from kernel to kernel again is with rom manager there are many of them there but not all. even if you cant find the kernel you want right in their download section you will still have an easier time installing it with clockworkmod because again you dont have to rename to update and then delete before you can try another one. also it is usually not required to do a data wipe if the kernel is all you are changing. I use chevyno1 low voltage 1200mhz.I just gained root privileges on my stock 2.1 this afternoon. Now, I'm looking to forward to installing BB v.4 and then figuring out what kernels my droid can handle. I've read all sorts of things in these forums, but I'm basically a n00b, so I have two main multi-questions:
First question: what is the easiest way to install BB? The posted link seems to be in the update.zip format that I used in SPRecovery to get root access earlier today. So can I just rename it update.zip, put it in /sdcard, and install? But I'm coming from 2.1, so do I need to wipe data and cache? How? Do I need to do this 3x? I know that some people use Rom Manager and ClockworkMod Recovery. Is this a different process altogether?
Second question: what is the best way to test kernels? Chevyno1's kernels are very well reviewed, so I'm looking forward to playing around with them. I know that different hardware is different, so if I experience errors, I need higher voltage or lower CPU speed. But what is a boot loop, and how do I avoid it? What battery temperatures should I look out for? Can I use SetCPU on BB, or does Pete's script render it useless?
Thanks for all the help! It's been really fun so far.
A boot loop is when your phone keeps running the boot animation over and over again. you experience long boot times any time you install something new on the phone. when droid scrolls across your screen that is the start of the boot animation. the start of the boot animation is not when the motorola logo is visible. If you see the red eye and then it goes and scrolls droid across the screen again then back to red eye then droid...ect...ect then that is a boot loop. there is no sure fire way to avoid a boot loop it will inevitably happen sooner or later but that is why you always backup your previous stable configurations before installing new things.
Setcpu is optional but not useless its great that that rom will always seek the highest slot but what happens if your phone is overheating where is the failsafe??? The failsafe is in the profiles section of setcpu thats where. If you activate failsafe profile when your temp reaches the high temp you have specified then it will slow the cpu to whatever you have it set at. my failsafe is anytime I'm running above 145f it cuts my cpu to 400mhz max and 250mhz min. but i have really had no problems with overheating.
Now that I believe I answered all questions I will close with this...You are going to screw up your phone......But, thats okay its how we learn. If you give it time you will figure out what configurations work best for you and keep in mind that droid forums is always here for you. Anytime I have had questions I will post it and have a response within minutes. Enjoy your droid and never return to a lessor os.