How/Where do I start? Should I?

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    I just got my new DROID 2 Global a few days ago, and I want to customize it, but I'm not a programmer. How/Where do I start my journey into mod'ing my D2G?

    Many thanks.

    OwlD2G
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    Welcome!

    There are plenty of things you can do. Root and ROM the phone (a different feel to how the device operates. Generally better than the stock feel). You can root the phone and freeze the bloatware apps. Finally, since you are not a programmer and might not want to dig into the programming aspects, you could just see what apps in the market can do!

    I know I may sound like a Jerk, but skim through the forums. There is so much useful information out there that me just giving you a couple links to tutorials would be unfair. There are many threads on rooting, romming, freezing apps, and some on apps you can find in the market!

    Give it a look. If you are still lost, I (and I am sure others here) will give you some more solid direction.

    Welcome to the Droid community, you won't regret owning an Android :)

    EDIT:
    A must download is Dropbox. If you haven't used it, it is a really good file storage/transfer/backup app that works on the Android as well as Mac/Win/Linux/iOS/etc... If you do any rooting/bootstrapping/romming - This will make installing APKs (Android app installers) a breeze!
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    Thanks, Phoenix. What would be the easiest/least risky mod to start with?
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    Personally I think the Droid 2G is so good that I would not root it and install a custom rom/theme/kernel. I think I would just get the app "Folder Organizer" and create custom icons for my favorite apps and then using a custom wallpaper, I'd bee done with it.

    I mean the phone is fast, the phone is stable. Do you realy need to change it's performance or it's looks?

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    I would suggest looking into what the app store has to offer. If that isn't enough, try a ROM. I am running the Fission ROM. Its a slimmer, friendlier Android operating system. Removes the Verizon bloat. It will get rid of Blur (the social network widgets on the home screens if you use it).

    Fission is here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dr...ic-android-aosp-like-fission-rom-manager.html

    I suggested Dropbox in my last post (an edit). It is well worth it for ANY modding.

    If you want to go the ROM route it fairly simple:

    Install Z4, run it, then hit permanent root. It might lock up or not work. Usually a battery pull or two can happen. But it will work in a couple tries.

    Then once that works, install the custom recovery bootstrapper. Run it (should ask for root rights, means step 1 worked. hit ok). Click bootstrap recovery.

    Once that runs. Reboot, then install Fission ROM Manager. Open, Download 2.4.3. Install (make sure to select backup and erase).

    Viola, you are on a new ROM.

    If you think that is something you want to do, I have all the files and can give you a better writeup (it really is quite simple). You will just need to make sure that you have your contacts backed up and any other data you need backed up.
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    Thanks for giving some direction there too Bayou! Its always good to have options. I personally am a rooter/hacker/etc. I love trying new things, so I don't know how to JUST customize. We need people like you to keep us Root/ROM people from going too crazy.
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    OK, I just d/l'ed Folder Organizer; I'll start by playing with that. Now, if I could just organize/un-clutter my Droid's home screen... I have the Droid dude at the top of the screen; GPS Weather below that, to the left; Data Usage meter to the right of that; Voicemail; Browser; Kindle; and Text Message below that; World Weather and Antivirus below that.
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    Long hold on each, then you pick it up. You can drop it on the trash can on the bottom of the screen. To put more stuff on the screen, long hold in an empty spot and a menu will come up to change the wallpaper and add folders/widget/etc
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    Droid 2 Global Essentials Pack just arrived; Droid 2 Global sitting in the docking station; cheap, included 'ear-bud' headphones attached; will play with other stuff as needed. Now, if I could just move my music from iTunes to my Droid...; also, shame on Verizon for not including a carrying case for the D2G in this 'value pack'
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    observation (damn it!)

    I probably can't move my music onto my Droid 2 Global. Why not? The Droid 2 Global has 8 GB of space on the storage card; I have over 300 GB of music in iTunes.
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    Well you wont be able to move all of it but theres a computer application on verizons website that you can download verizons v cast media manager. Install it, hook your phone up and on the notifications bar a usb symbol will pop up, press usb mass storage and then the v cast application will give the option to pull music from itunes and then yer set!

    Sent from my DROID2 GLOBAL using DroidForums App
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    How do I verify if I successfully rooted my phone?
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    What am I doing wrong?

    When I try to root my Droid 2 Global using DoRootv3, here's what happens:


    Last login: Tue Feb 8 19:11:25 on ttys000
    c-24-62-164-120:~ owl-luvr$ chmod 0755 /Users/owl-luvr/Desktop/dorootv3.sh
    c-24-62-164-120:~ owl-luvr$ /Users/owl-luvr/Desktop/dorootv3.sh





















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    Checking for needed files.
    -->Superuser.apk
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    That's as far as I get. I verify that debugging is enabled and that my Droid is in PC mode. Where do I go from here?

    Many thanks.

    OwlD2G
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    The command line and DoRoot didn't work for me. Use Z4Root - its an app you install on the phone itself, then one button push and you are rooted.

    Getting the APK on the Device (Can be done other methods, but this is simple and work for the future)

    Note: If you know how to ADB push, it can be done that way too, but this way allows you to remote root anywhere without a PC.

    1. Download and install Dropbox on your Mac/PC (Signup/Install here: Dropbox)
    2. Drop the Z4Root file in your Dropbox (DL here: Z4Root.apk)
    3. Install Dropbox on your phone
    4. Log-in to Dropbox
    5. Open the Z4Root APK (If warned about unsigned/non market, tap the button to go to settings and allow non-market apps then tap back to get back to Dropbox)
    6. If you had to change settings in 6, open the Z4Root APK again. Otherwise you are set.

    Rooting (Z4 Installed and in the Apps drawer)
    1. Open Z4Root
    2. Tap Perma-root
    3. Wait 30 seconds
    4. If it doesn't say rooted or locks up, pull the battery and reboot
    5. If you are not rooted, repeat steps 1-4 a couple times. I have never had a phone take more than 3 tries.

    EDIT:

    Verification
    Once rooted, it should tell you and will install a SuperUser app that manages root privileges for apps.
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    I don't think Z4Root is available anymore, is it?
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    That is a link to my copy of the file. It should work just fine...
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    worked like a charm, thanks; now that I'm rooted, what's the first mod you recommend? over-clocking? If so, where can I find those steps?
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    If you are following these instructions properly, you will wipe your data. Make sure to back-up in the steps. If you have Google Backup enabled, it should restore everything (including apps) once you get the new ROM running.

    If you are not sure about hopping on a ROM just yet, buy titanium backup (look here) then you can go to http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-2-global/117840-difinitive-apps-freeze-list.html and freeze much of the bloat.

    If you want to install a new ROM, here are the files needed (2 links. Left is the APK, right is the marketplace buy link. The APKs are the free versions LEGAL):
    Bootstrapper - Marketplace Link
    Rom Manager - Marketplace Link

    Put them in the Dropbox like the Z4Root, and install. Both are on the market place and I would recommend buying them, support the developers so they can make more and better apps. These are free, legally, too... Its your choice.

    Once installed, run the bootstrapper and and choose bootstrap recovery. Reboot. If you are booted into a black screen with a green menu, just hit the camera button to continue into the Android OS (will happen once in a while).

    Now, you can use the ROM manager - The boot strapper steps are here too... but start at step 8 if you have the bootstrap already done: Team Defuse ROM Install - the ROM has a forum post here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dr...ic-android-aosp-like-fission-rom-manager.html

    My setup is just that... then lots of apps.
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    OK, now, I'm panicking. I don't see my apps, my wallpapers, anything. I know I have root access. What am I doing wrong?
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    did you install a ROM? That will erase everything...If you bought apps, they can be re-downloaded free. You can re-download all your apps from the market.

    Wallpapers and contacts should have been backed up by the google backup and they will slowly make their way back to your phone. Your contacts should all be there still.

    If you want to go back, you can open the bootstrapper and reboot to recovery. There is options in there to restore. Otherwise, on your SD card, if you followed the steps, you have everything in the data folder backed up - your wallpapers should be there.

    If there is anything vital (maybe wallpapers or anything) keep it on your SD card or in dropbox from here out, in case you want to flash a new ROM.