How I ruined my Bionic

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    Hey all,

    Just a rant.

    Got my bionic yesterday, got to the office, rooted with one click - everything went smooth without any problems. Then I started to remove the bloatware. My office computer did not have ADB installed so I downloaded Titanium backup - what a powerful program - and fired it up. I removed:
    Amazon Kindle
    Blockbuster
    Citrix
    City ID
    GoToMeeting
    IM
    NFL Mobile
    Slacker
    Social Location
    Social Networking
    ALL of V CAST crap
    and VZ Navigator

    After all said and done - Bionic was fine and running a bit snappier.

    I should've stopped then - it was a perfect setup - almost as clean as Google phone.

    But, I've decided to take one more look into what's there and accidently removed Yahoo Authentication - without having to back it up first. Well, after that, contact wouldnt open forceclosing with an error. Search for SBF was unsuccessful, installing Yahoo from Market did not help.

    Sooo.... I had to install ADB on my office PC, removed suprersuer.apk, removed titanium backup, removed settings.apk along a few other system apks and went to Verizon. Since they couldnt get into settings and run factory restore (eventhough restore wouldnt have brought the removed apps) exchanged it on the spot for a new one.
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    Titanium is great, especially if you Freeze an app first to see if there are any issues with it being out of commission, then you can unfreeze it to make your phone happy again if you need to. Much easier and safer than deleting :)
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    I think you coulda used one from a system dump or someone else coulda pulled one from their phone.

    At least we got a somewhat starting list of what to and what not to remove..:happy:
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    Seriously? You returned a perfectly good phone because of your mistake? Man I can't wait until VZW starts checking devices and then charges you for rooting and causing your own issue.
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    Don't delete or freeze anything yahoo related.
    It will mess up the contacts.

    Its been this way on the D3 so im assuming the same for the Bionic.

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    Yep, always read and research before doing things like this.
    If VZ finds out, they could very well charge you full retail.

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    And then people complain about Verizon screwing the consumer. How about the other way around? No wonder they charge us so much. Verizon is the one who should be ranting, not the crazy OP.
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    So basically don't mess with yahoo but all the others are fair game to freeze? Got it.
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    I froze pretty much every bloatware app with the exception of NFL Mobile since I use it, and I am fine.

    All I know so far is DON'T FREEZE anything yahoo related.

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    Okay that's good. I've been kind of waiting to buy Titanium Back Up because of the cost. I wish I could find it free but I might end up buying it anyways.
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    how do you remove those once its rooted? in mass storage mode? just delete?
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    Yes I did. Any other questions?

    Well, once it out of my possession, there is no telling who or what was done to the phone. Was it rooted? Not when I handed it to Verizon rep.

    Now, I posted this post for others to see what can and should not be removed, not for sympathy, counseling, lecturing, or any other crap, so get off your righteous horses. Don’t like it? Roll up your eyes and move on to the next thread.
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    I've downloaded on and installed ADB, then connected phone to PC and switched it to "PC Mode", ADB recognized the device and then:
    su (Login as root)
    mount -o remount,rw -t rfs /dev/stl5 /system (system to read-write mode)
    rm -r /system/app/<AppName>.apk

    mount -o remount,ro -t rfs /dev/stl5 /system (system to read only)

    to lookup .apk file name:
    cd /system/app
    ls *.apk
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    I use Root Uninstaller. It's free.
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    No need to delete just rename. Do not do the same thing to you phone that the OP did to theirs. Besides someone could have gotten any file for you that was damaged / lost.
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    screw that, if they would't lock the bootloader crap like this wouldn't happen in the first place.
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    Ok calm down.

    I am telling you because there may be other times down the road that you need to research first.
    Think before you do.

    BTW, you should never remove bloatware in the first place, as it can lead to problems.
    Freeze it using various root apps.
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    Thats the absolute safest solution if you're gonna do this without a SBF. Safest even if there was an SBF.
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    If they unlock the bootloader, there will be millions of people trying to root there phones and breaking them due to lack of research. (OP)
    And that'll just mean more replacing for Verizon.
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    Sure it would. Because people will still screw up their phone and expect Verizon to replace it for them.
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