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    Can't update either.. tried lots of things..

    Lord.. must everything be difficult?

    I want to load the new OTA (to answer someone's question if it gets me some more battery life I'm all for it). Here's what I've done so far:

    Rooted Device
    Used linksd

    Then the OTA came and I tried to load it and it wouldn't load.

    Unrooted Device

    Wouldn't load

    Factory Reset (wanted to do that anyway)

    Wouldn't load

    At this point I started looking around for the Stock Apps and I found them. But, I really don't think I deleted any of them. But, I used Root Explorer to copy them into /System/Apps. (I had to mount the /System drive rw and then make /System/Apps rw) I didn't replace any of the Apps though, I just let it put ones that weren't there back (in case I DID delete one and I forgot). Well, after that was done I went down through there and I didn't see any of the permissions being wrong (which makes me think that none of the apps were deleted. I then made /System/Apps ro and mounted the /System drive as ro.

    Wouldn't load

    Rebooted the Phone

    Wouldn't load

    I'm about ready to just say screw it and root the thing and put ICS on there as Motorola is dragging their feet on ICS (probably because of some marketing/sales BS). But, I'd really rather not do that. So, does anyone have any other ideas? The only other idea I have is to replace all the Stock Apps with the versions I've found. I know that some of the apps have been "upgraded" so that might be the cause and bringing them back down to their original versions might fix it. But, I'm really at a loss as to what to do next.
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    If you apply the update via stock recovery (power off then power on holding vol up and vol down at the same time) it will give you an error where the update is failing. Foe example mine was giving me an "error sideload build.prop/bunchofnumbers, bunchofnumbers." Thanks to rumgool on xda for posting an unmodified version of stock build.prop and once i replaced mine with it the update went flawlessly. Apparently any modifications can cause an update error.
    The only thing i changed was my dns settings and dalvik heap size.
    I will post the stock unmodified build.prop.
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    Here it is. Hope it helps. Just pull it out of the. Zip.

    http://db.tt/rFiz41Zd

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    Thank you! The build.prop file was the culprit for me as well. Replaced it and the update worked like a charm
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    Glad it helped. I am positive this is what is giving alot of people a headache. I made a copy of my unmodified .219 build.prop in case i have issues with updates in the future.
    On a side note i noticed that the new one is .3kb larger than the old one. I will have to compare the 2 at some point and see what was changed. This was definitely an odd error for updating as i have modified my build.prop on both a d2g and bionic and never encountered this before.

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    Sadly for me the build.prop (which I assume is the one in /System/build.prop) is identical to the stock one.

    No dice.. still working on it.
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    When installing the update, after the phone reboots and the little droid guy unpacking your update appears- if you push the power button + volume down/up it'll give an echo of what's going on, and you'll see where the update stops. Mine was stopping at a blur app.
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    Finally.. wow what a pain. But thank you myfishbear for pointing me to the fastboot ROMs.

    I downloaded those and RSD and went through the process. Took about an hour.

    Seriously shouldn't have been that hard.

    Links for those that need them:

    RSDLite 5.7
    Eternity Project Droid 4 Fastboot Files


    The How To Video helped as I'd never done it before. That ain't me..
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    i hate motorola the razr has a so much cooler boot animation than the d4
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