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Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 2' started by MattyP, Nov 2, 2010.

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    I know there are a ton of posts already about the latest OTA update and the pros and cons of it, so please pardon me for posting my own, but I need some answers to a few basic questions before I proceed with the update. I have read 20 page threads and a million posts on the subject until my eyes are crossed, but have found more questions than answers.

    The basics: I am on a rooted Droid 2, running stock ROM, overclocked to 1.4 GHz, I have Bootstrap recovery and all the goodies that go along with root access. I also am well aware that I will lose root access when I update, and I have no problem with rooting again after I update.

    My questions:

    1) After gaining root I did delete some of the Bloatware apps, such as Skype and a few others. Is this going to screw up the update and how do I fix this?

    2) There has been alot of talk about manual updates VS the downloaded OTA, which one is easier and the least amount of hassle?

    3) Is there a thread that I may have missed with explicit step by step instructions on doing the update and what to do if things go screwy?

    4) What are the pros and cons of the newest update? Is it WORTH the hassle or is it just a basic update that removes my root access?

    5) Will my data and settings be intact after the update?

    Bottom line I do not want to turn my phone into a high dollar brick, I like to do my homework first before I jump into something like this, just like I did my homework before I rooted my phone the first time. I dont want a simple update to cause me a bunch of unnecessary grief. Thanks for any help and answers to my questions. This is a great forum, I have learned alot here. :)

    EDIT: my phone tells me the update is available to me. So far I have told it "LATER"
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    Hope this helps.


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    Thanks pool_shark, I guess I am screwed because I don't even remember which apps I uninstalled, other than Skype, and I would have no clue how to find out or how to rename them anyway. Any ideas? Is there a way to tell what I have uninstalled?
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    Will doing a factory reset back to square one fix the uninstalled Bloat apps problem? Then just do the update re-root and start over? Sounds like I should decline the update and roll without it.
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    No it will not. All it will do is clear your data and your unpaid apps.
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    Poolshark forgot to add that contact scrolling is a lot smoother, it has a very fast and snappy response. It's not slow/difficult to use anymore.

    I'm thinking the best thing u can do is just load up an old recovery of your unrooted/untouched phone if you have one. If u don't have one, i guess just do a factory reset. My phone was rooted before the update, I think the update is worth it. I simply re rooted.
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    Thanks. So I guess there's no way to fix it, and I should just decline the update and go with it as is? I'm quite happy with my phone the way it is anyway.
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    Thanks but it looks like I wont be able to update anyway since I deleted bloatware after I rooted. :)
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    OK according to my Titanium backup, the two Bloatware apps I uninstalled were Skype Mobile and City ID... Skype Mobile is available from the market, but City ID is not. Does this mean I'm screwed as far as updating to 2.3?
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    Do this is you backed up when those apps were there. Otherwise, get the .apk for city id, or flash the .sbf.

    I flashed the .sbf and let my phone go unused over the weekend.

    In the end, think of these two things:
    1. Am I happy with my phone? We root and mess with stuff to make it more enjoyable to use.
    or
    2. If I let my phone stay in this state, will there be support for it if everyone else updated? Do I need support?

    If 1, leave alone :D
    If 2, fix it and I'd go for a backup or .apk before flashing the .sbf
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    Ahhh, thanks again pool_shark, I already found the file by doing a handy Google search... however being a noob, I have NO clue what to do with the file or where it goes to restore City ID so I can update and re-root my phone LOL

    Sorry for being a PITA... this is driving me nuts LOL :icon_eek:
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    Use a file explorer with root access to put the .apk in /system/apps where all the others are. Longpress on it and assign permissions.
    Post #4
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/angdroid/87770-droid-2-hacking-guide.html
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    I have a file explorer, "Super Manager", and I browsed through it and found the system/app folder ... I take it I need to transfer it from my computer to my phone using the USB cable? And Thank you! :)
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    That's correct!
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    And crap, it's not working. I put it in the Download folder on the SD card first, tried to copy and paste it to system/app and it didn't show up. Then I put it in the root of the SD card, and tried to copy and paste it from there, and it's still not showing up. Any ideas or suggestions?
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    Are you currently rooted?
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    Your File Explorer needs ROOT access. Make sure when copying to /system/app that /system is mounted as r/w (read/write) not r/o (read/only).

    I use Root Explorer (paid version) and the option is at the top of every folder I'm in. Always forget to change it :p
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    Super Manager has root access, but I dont see any options for mounting /system as r/w. I'm looking...bear with me.
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    Just mount it yourself using a terminal emulator.

    mount -o rw,remount -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk1p21 /system
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