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    Question What's going on with my Charge?!


    I bought my Droid Charge the day it was released. My problem(s) started the next day when I started downloading apps. It started running slower and as more apps were downloaded the greater the lag time. I asked in Droid Forums about it and the advice was to move all apps from the SD card to the phone which, I did, but there was no noticeable difference. Eventually, I moved them back to the SD card as I was running into low memory warnings. At the same time I also asked if there was a limit to the amount of apps you could download as long as I still had memory (RAM). I have over 240 apps on the phone and really like the way the phone is set up now except that it runs horribly. Trying to execute a simple phone call can be the hardest thing on the PHONE. I am always killing apps but of course they won't stay off. I have a number of widgets to help me evaluate/control what is going on and simply there are too many apps running in the background and the processor is near full boot unless I use an app to help me get some processes reduced. This obviously, is not the way it should work. So, I have at least a couple of questions.

    1) Can someone actually tell from my description what is happening? Remember this started as soon as I started downloading apps and got progressively worse. And then how do I correct it. I truly hope someone does.

    2) If I root the phone can I shut off apps that start up with the phone - much like going into system configuration in Windows and unticking programs in the Start Up Menu? I realize there are many other benefits to rooting one's phone but I wanted to get it set up and running right before I did. But now I am thinking if I can shut off apps from starting up automatically that may be my only way of freeing up more memory (I have about 50 MB free most of the time) and also reduce the load on the processor (Unless, someone has an answer to question number 1 which, would then resolve the problem.). After that, and the phone is running good I would then feel free to root the phone and enjoy the benefits from doing so.

    I forgot to mention that the phone freezes now quite a bit as well as frequent crashes and random reboots. As well as the battery heating up at times from trying to execute something but can't so is simply being overworked from trying to do so.


    Thanks, for any help.




    P.S. I am running Go Launcher but have the stock TW launcher as well as Launcher Pro.
    Last edited by Carrera; 12-11-2011 at 02:59 AM.
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    I can only attest to your problems with stock. Stop using task killers now. The apps that are using memory will continue to use this memory as they are designed to do. When you kill them you are stopping them only temporarily and forcing them to redouble their efforts to recover causing them to use more memory. If you want to keep the app let it run the way its designed to.
    Get rid of your Widgets. Lets think about it. Through your Widgets you are allowing multiple processes to run constantly and every time you shift pages on your desktop those processes are redrawing from your memory. Along the same lines, put your desktop apps into folders. They let you run your desktop without constantly animating each individual icon.
    Make a shortcut: settings>manage applications >running services this proves a replacement to any task managers and runs native to your is without taking more memory or ram. Look at your apps, identify your ram hogs and uninstall/check the app settings to reduce synq frequency ie Facebook synqing your contacts and their status will constantly drain your ram.
    It pains me to say it but replace go launcher. It is such a great UI and I love it but if you look under your running services it is another hog. I made the switch to adw, sacrificed the hour to rebuild my desktop but my system runs so much snappier.
    Although I have not rooted my charge (I want to, but this is my only phone and don't want to risk it) rooting your charge and flashing it with a from with voodoo lagfix will give your phone new life. It rewrites all your system files into a format that is much easier for your os to access.
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    http://www.toms-world.org/android/
    Check this out and weigh your options. All my research has pointed to the charge being one of the best phones to root. Like I said I really want to but won't risk it

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    Quote Originally Posted by D3PHAULTID View Post
    I can only attest to your problems with stock. Stop using task killers now. The apps that are using memory will continue to use this memory as they are designed to do. When you kill them you are stopping them only temporarily and forcing them to redouble their efforts to recover causing them to use more memory. If you want to keep the app let it run the way its designed to.
    Get rid of your Widgets. Lets think about it. Through your Widgets you are allowing multiple processes to run constantly and every time you shift pages on your desktop those processes are redrawing from your memory. Along the same lines, put your desktop apps into folders. They let you run your desktop without constantly animating each individual icon.
    Make a shortcut: settings>manage applications >running services this proves a replacement to any task managers and runs native to your is without taking more memory or ram. Look at your apps, identify your ram hogs and uninstall/check the app settings to reduce synq frequency ie Facebook synqing your contacts and their status will constantly drain your ram.
    It pains me to say it but replace go launcher. It is such a great UI and I love it but if you look under your running services it is another hog. I made the switch to adw, sacrificed the hour to rebuild my desktop but my system runs so much snappier.
    Although I have not rooted my charge (I want to, but this is my only phone and don't want to risk it) rooting your charge and flashing it with a from with voodoo lagfix will give your phone new life. It rewrites all your system files into a format that is much easier for your os to access.
    Sent from my SCH-I510 using DroidForums
    I use Go Launcher but even the stock TW is snappier. It just doesn't have the features.
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    Adw will give you those features minus all the extra apps like go SMS,go Widgets, etc and runs much smoother.

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    Thx i'll check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D3PHAULTID View Post
    Stop using task killers now. The apps that are using memory will continue to use this memory as they are designed to do. When you kill them you are stopping them only temporarily and forcing them to redouble their efforts to recover causing them to use more memory. If you want to keep the app let it run the way its designed to.
    Nice post D3...especially the explanation about task killers...+1
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    root your phone already, running liquid on mytbolt on startup i have over 300mb free.

    i think p3 droid has released some stuff for the charge. go for it. not like you're "risking" anything unless you're too slow to follow instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bendystrawboy View Post
    root your phone already, running liquid on mytbolt on startup i have over 300mb free.

    i think p3 droid has released some stuff for the charge. go for it. not like you're "risking" anything unless you're too slow to follow instructions.
    despite the fact that you are making presumptions about people's intelligence while simultaneously posting about your tbolt in a charge thread I do agree. My trepidation to root has more to do with the lack of a reliable desktop. If you have the tools needed, root the sucker. But these opinions belong in a "benefits of rooting" thread and I can't be sure how much they answer the OP's ?s

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    Let's stay on track here and play nice everyone.
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