Question about installing new Kernel.

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    I have been playing around with a bunch of different roms over the past few days and have decided I want to stay on the stock but rooted rom.

    How should I go about installing a new kernel? Is there a specific order to doing things, like new kernel first, then updating and rooting the rom, or does it not really matter?

    Do you install a kernel the same way you flash a rom, or is there another method to changing your kernel?

    Thanks in advance!
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    You must have a rom installed first. You add a kerne via the update.zip (SPR) or in RM I believe it is the extra or bonus section in the download rom section. You do not wipe data or cache.

    I do suggest that you make a backup first.

    Hope this is helpful.
    Mike
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    Installing a new kernel is the same method as installing a rom. I use sprecovery (though it seems more people use clockwork recovery), and so I just download a kernel, change the name to update.zip and then install it through my custom recovery (in this case, sprecovery). Installation only takes a few seconds.

    Before you install a new kernel, MAKE A BACKUP. Cuz some kernels won't work well with your phone, and may cause it to bootloop. In that case, you could pull your battery, then boot into recovery holding x while powering your phone on, then restore your backup. Then you could always try a different kernel. Most people seem to use ChevyNo1 or p3droid kernels.

    Oh so yeah you intall the rom first, then the kernel. Don't need to wipe when installing the kernel.

    Sent from my Droid
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    + 1 for SPR and making a backup!!!!!!!!!
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    Thanks a lot for the info guys!
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    How do you backup to restore your original kernel? I downloaded Titanium Backup and I see the option to make an update.zip backup but my gut tells me that will not restore my stock kernel. Any help would be appreciated since I am planning on installing a 1Ghz kernel soon.
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    Nevermind - I finally figured out how to make a nandroid backup in SPRecovery.
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    The backup I suggest is done in SPR or ClockWork recovery. Either of these can be used when booted into recovery and will allow you to get your phone operational should you encounter problems.

    Titanium is an excellent app but you must have a operational OS and Rom to access and restore.

    Hope this clarifies and is helpful.

    Mike
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    Glad you figured it out. Having a good backup can save you hours of work and frustration.
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