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Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Bionic' started by Bionic_Racer, Jul 7, 2012.

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    And what are the potential consequences? Can i download it ftom my bionic or do i need a computer to do it?

    And could this cause bricking?
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    You install it like any update, by putting the file in the root area of the sd-ext card and booting into recovery. Rooting isn't needed. It's possible you can get off the OTA path if they release another leak, but you can always go back if you need to.

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    How does one "boot into recovery"? And once installed will all my files get deleted?

    Where can i get the said file from?
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    You should be able to get the 6.7.232 (the latest) at http://www.droidforums.net/forum/motorola-droid-bionic/215557-new-ics-leak-6-7-232-a.html If you want 6.7.230, you should be able to get that at http://www.droidforums.net/forum/motorola-droid-bionic/214870-new-bionic-ics-update-6-7-230-a.html I've seen on the 6.7.230 update zip, the file has two items, the update file and a CRC file. All you need to move to your Bionic is the update file.

    As you can see, there's more than one ICS leak, which means that you can be off the OTA path, but it's possible to go back to .902 (and do an OTA to .905) if a new leak appears.

    In theory, you shouldn't lose any of your data. See http://www.droidforums.net/forum/motorola-droid-bionic/215674-will-ics-update-wipe-app-data.html

    Here's the basic method. Step 7 is where you reboot. The first 3 steps are included as if you've never connected your phone to your PC. If you can download the file directly to your phone then just go to step 4 and skip step 5.

    1. On the phone go to Menu>Setting>Applications>Development and check "USB Debugging."
    2. Plug phone into computer.
    3. Press "Mass USB Storage" from the list of choices. Two drives will show up. One is MOT (Internal Storage) and the other is Removable Drive (SD-EXT).
    4. Put the downloaded file in the root (ie main area) of SD-EXT (not Internal Storage). No need to change the name or extract it.*
    5. Eject both MOT and Removable Drive and disconnect the phone from your computer.
    6. Power phone down
    7. Reboot into stock recovery (adb reboot recovery) by holding Power and Volume Up/Down at the same time.
    8. Select "Recovery" by pressing Volume Down, then press Volume Up to initiate it.
    9. When the robot appears, press both Volume keys in at the same time.
    10. Select “apply update from sdcard” using the volume keys, then Power to initiate it.
    11. Using the Volume keys, choose the file that you downloaded (above), press Power and let it load.
    12. When the install is done, press Power. It'll reboot, but it'll be longer than normal (about 6 minutes)

    The whole process, from moving the file into the SD-EXT card to phone rebooted is about 10 minutes. Of that, 3 minutes will be the phone extracting the files (Step 11) and 6 minutes for the install itself (Step 12). A long time to stare at your phone, I admit.

    *I'm going on conjecture here, but it appears that if you change the name of the zip file to "update.zip" (without the quotes) when you do step 10 it'll find the file without you having to show it which one (skipping step 11 for the most part).
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    It does not wipe or delete any data. Because it is recommended to backup just incase.

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    Do u guys think its not worth it and just wait for the ota ics update?
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    Just depends on the person. Some people are just unable to do certain things. To some the act of using a smartphone or a computer is too overwhelming. With that said, i say it is definitely worth it. These leak are pretty solid for the majority that have done it. To many here in the forums it is worth it as they can go back and forth without consequence and with ease. This phone is capable to handle what you are asking. Question would be is the person?

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    Definitely worth it. By the time Verizon gets done with their testing, it could be months before the official OTA. Once you try ICS you'll never want to go back.
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    If you are a little tech savvy... Then you should be able to update no problem. I updated to 223.. and since it kept crashing on my lapdock.. I went to 230..and its been silky smooth. Definitely consider it. Its a giant step up from gingerbread.
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    According to https://forums.motorola.com/pages/00add97d6c "Early Q3" meaning sometime this month.

    As for it being worth it, it's up to you, but there's no harm in installing a leak. It's not hard to do (as long as you do all the steps), plus if you don't like it, you're not stuck as you can go back to .905. Read all the posts as some people prefer 230 over 232 as well as 232 over 230 (or even 2233). Some are saying battery life is better and others are saying it's worse than .905.

    Me, while I've done this in the past, I'm in no hurry as I like the phone the way it is.

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    Do i have to unzip the 232 file? I dont know how to do that if so..

    *EDIT: nevermind its downloading now.

    anything special i need to do after its installed?
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    are you saying that you feel that the way it is currently is better than these leaks? and that the only way it would be better is if it was the official ICS update?
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    Ok guys 232 sucks. You cant watch any flash videos without it crashing. I tried on both the stock browser and dolphin hd. I even uninstalled adobe flash and installed it again and it still crashes.

    Even a hard reset doesnt fix the problem. If there is no way to fix this then i can someone explain to me how i get 905 back please..?
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    Bionic_Racer, I don't know what your problem is with Flash, but I'm running a NewGrounds.com flash video from my phone as we speak. I'm using Opera Mobile for my browser. May want to try that before you try the steps below:



    To go back to stock, you'll need the .902 file which you can find here. Download it to your PC.

    After that, you'll need to download the latest Motorola drivers and install them on your PC.

    Then download RSD Lite and install it on your PC.

    Once you've done all of that, run RSD Lite, and plug your phone into your computer. From there find the button "..." on RSD Lite and then navigate to the .902 file I linked. After that hit "Start" and it should ask if you want to Uncompress and Flash. Accept that, and then let it do it's thing.

    When that finishes you will be stock on the .902 OTA. If you want .905, you'll have to go into your phone settings and download it manually from there.
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    Just tried watching videos on youtubes full site with opera mobile and like the other browsers itll act like its about to play then freeze the browser.

    Why would this be happening to me? Is it because i am not rooted?
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    Highly unlikely. Android natively supports Flash, that's one of the perks of having it and not an iPhone (among other reasons).

    Unfortunately I'm not any sort of developer or programmer so I wouldn't even know where to tell you to begin in terms of troubleshooting your issue. ICS is really, really nice though...I would highly recommend if you don't get it sorted, to do a flash back to .902 as mentioned, update to .905, and try reinstalling your ICS leak. If getting Flash to work is your only problem and you get it resolved, you will love your phone. I can almost promise you that.
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    The Dolphin HD browser almost makes you think that flash videos will play. Come developers let's start programming sites in HTML 5 so I can get back to normal.
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    Awkward you are having problems with the browser, I have video on the stock browser and Google Chrome with no issues. Try going back and reflashing the update from a different source.
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    Yea its pissing me off bad because otherwise its pretty good ics. What source do u recommend?
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    Are you sure what you are looking at is Flash video? I can watch videos through Chrome its Flash that's not working. Mobile Flash is about to be a thing of the past anyway.
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