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Thread: HOW TO: Root, Install Clockwork, Safely Remove Bloatware, Integrate Google

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    Cool HOW TO:Root, Install Clockwork, Remove Bloatware, Integrate Google, Un-root, and more

    I compiled this for someone on here, so why not make a thread? It includes a safe bloatware removal list and compiles all instructions in one place:

    Ok. Here it is. First, download LauncherPro or ADW. I would recommend LauncherPro. You need ROM Manager Premium, Titanium Backup donate, Root Explorer, SetCPU, and a file manager like Astro to install the APKs.

    SetCPU can be obtained here for free: SetCPU for Root Users [2.0.3] It's over nine thousand 09/03/2010 - xda-developers

    It can also be bought from the Market. The others also need to be purchased or downloaded from the Market.

    SWITCH FROM TOUCHWIZ TO LAUNCHERPRO/ADW. IT IS NECESSARY.

    One click root: How to Root - Android Forums

    ClockworkMod Recovery Installation(uses ROM manager): Clockworkmod installation how to for windows / *nix - xda-developers

    After the CWM install, I would recommend going into ROM Manager, choosing "backup current ROM," and letting the backup run. That way you can reverse anything from this point on. It may also be a good idea to backup frequently as you move down the list, just in case.

    Install Google Maps from the Market. Then, install this: http://db.tt/xX0UyS0 It's a car home app with Google Maps in place of Bing/VZ Navigator.

    Then, go into Titanium Backup. Click problems to download a good version of Busybox. Then, go into Backup/Restore. Edit Filters. Switch from All to System and click Apply. To freeze an app, click it and choose Freeze. Clicking it again and choosing Defrost will un-do this. Here is a safe list to freeze(requires donate):
    3G Mobile Hotspot
    411 Search
    Allshare
    Backup Assistant
    Blockbuster
    Browser(install Dolphin HD, it defaults to Google search)
    Buddies Now
    Car Cradle
    City ID
    Daily Briefing
    MobileIM
    My Files
    NFS Shift
    Skype Mobile
    SNSAccount, which is Facebook. If you use FB, be careful... freezing this can cause syncing issues.
    Tetris
    ThinkFree Office
    V CAST Music
    V CAST Tones
    V CAST Videos
    Voice Commands VSuite
    VZ Navigator
    Write & Go

    I would advise against removing the "My Files" if you want to use a song/mp3 as an alarm, as you use My Files to select the song.

    Be careful freezing Mobile Hotspot, Backup Assistant, and anything with TW or TouchWiz in the name. It may have undesirable consequences on your phone. Make a backup and be prepared to restore or use Odin.

    Why freeze? You won't be able to update to Froyo without these apps installed. Freezing "hides" them and allow you to easily restore them when the update rolls out. Apps WILL stay frozen after a reboot.

    After that, use Root Explorer. Navigate to /system/app. Scroll through and find I500_BingSearchAndroid_07152010.apk. Long press on it and choose "Rename." Add ".old" to the end.

    Then, install this: Got it! Google widget works now. Bing is dead! - Android Forums And you will have Google integrated with your phone.

    Lastly, if you want the News and Weather Widget, use Astro to install this: Genie Widget from Nexus One Dump - xda-developers

    Now reboot. Make sure you still use LP after the reboot. Say goodbye to the bloatware and you'll also have root and superuser along with Google and the search and genie widgets. Plus, you can easily restore the bloatware if need be.

    Now, install Voodoo: [RELEASE] Voodoo (v0.2) ext4 lagfix for Fascinate! Now with AOSP boot animations! - xda-developers Voodoo is a true "lag fix." Make a backup and install the zip through CWM. Before installing it, remove any lag fix you have installed. After you install it, do no attempt to flash anything. You have been warned.

    Want to return to stock? Follow these instructions: Odin Restore files to get you to stock - xda-developers

    NOTE: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE DONE DO TO YOUR PHONE.
    Last edited by droid8888; 10-13-2010 at 07:40 PM. Reason: Major Updates
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    Hey, Mods. Why isn't this a sticky?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wtherrell View Post
    Hey, Mods. Why isn't this a sticky?
    Good question. XDA stickied it...
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    thanks for the walkthrough! got down to the last part and attempted to install voodoo by copying it to my sd card and using cwm to update to it. during the update procedure i heard the female voice and the phone booted much more quickly than i thought it would. when it did i found myself back in the stock OS minus my apps that the walkthrough had helped me obtain and configure.

    i cold booted into the update.zip cwm utility and attempted to do a restore of one of my full backups but upon rebooting my applications were still missing. any ideas where i may have gone wrong? any help would be appreciated.

    edit: it appears that i have also lost my root. i am now thinking that is likely why things aren't working properly. trying to determine through more research how to proceed.
    Last edited by Cloin; 10-29-2010 at 04:01 PM.
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    2 questions...

    Is it safe to freeze Task Manager because it always seems to be running plus I prefer to use advanced task killer?

    Are you sure it is safe to freeze 3g Mobile Hotspot? Since rooting mine and my wife's Fascinates, we have issues sending MMS messages while on wifi. The messages stay pending but send fine if we are on 3g. I read elsewhere that it is not safe to freeze 3g Mobile Hotspot cuz it effects wifi. I have defrosted that and restarted and the MMS is working on wifi but I will use it for a day or 2 to verify these findings.
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    I hate to sound like the noob, but do we need to really unroot to get 2.2? Won't there be a developer out there that will adapt the release into a better rom just like was done on the Droid 1 that I just upgraded from? I never had to unroot, I just had to flash a new rom...
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    "Install Google Maps from the Market. Then, install this: http://db.tt/xX0UyS0 It's a car home app with Google Maps in place of Bing/VZ Navigator."

    I was not able to complete this step as drop box says I need to log in......

    Help please!

    Thanks
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    Since root, I have had multiple problems. I used CW recovery to install backup, but still not able to make calls. Cannot access Market to install new apps. Tried factory reset but still no luck. Any ideas? Any help would be appreciated.
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    Some more info. Someone else was having endless force close messages as I am, but for different reasons. They flashed a mod over voodoo where I have never installed voodoo. I installed the super clean rom from Clockwork and many of my apps were missing so I figured I would just undo the harm by applying the backup I created (the one I made just after rooting and CW install). Ever since then I have the force close issue. I cannot make calls, nor can I get back to CW to try rom flash. I have tried factory reset, but problems persist. Any ideas? Thanks.

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