modding experts: need help installing a modified google search apk file

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    i did a little modding to the most recent google search widget to give it a smoked look, but whenever i try installing it i get "application not installed". i've tried serveral different installation methods (uninstalling the original, installing over the original, etc), but nothing works. i can get it to install by simply copying it to the data/apps folder, but when i use that method it breaks my search button on the home screen. does anyone know how i can get this installed correctly?

    thanks
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    Need more info, how did you mod it?? Did you try installing it on the system partition under /system/app
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    here's the process i went through:

    1. downloaded and installed app from the market
    2. copied that apk to my computer
    3. renamed it to zip and replaced two png files to get a smoked look
    4. renamed to apk and resigned it with "auto sign"
    5. copied it my to my phone and tried to install it
    6. failed

    does anything there look wrong?

    thanks
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    I would try using 7-zip which you can open the apk with, without renaming to zip or needing to re-sign. You should be able to replace the PNG images directly that way, and simply copy the file back over without additional steps.

    I did this once to change the icon of a shortcut to a diffierent color (mms app). Try it this way, just by copying/replacing the already installed file (not reinstalling).
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    Don't know if you did this or not but you need to uninstall the non themed version first then install the new one. If that doesn't work just push the file to /system/app with root explorer or adb
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    APKs that are in system (like google search) need to be either manually installed or installed via ADB. Try one of these methods and see if they work.

    Method 1). Reboot to recovery, install via ADB
    Method 2). Reboot to recovery, mount SD card, manually copy apk to /system/app, overwriting the existing one
    Method 3). Using terminal emulator, manually copy apk to /system/app, overwriting the existing one. Reboot
    Method 4). In Terminal emulator, as root, delete the apk, run pm uninstall com.google.search (or whatever the package name is), then run pm install on your new apk file.
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    the new google search app wasn't in system, so that's why i was thinking it didn't need to be installed like that. i tried it with adb and it works perfectly now, including my search button. thanks!
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