Spare Parts Update - Warning Do Not Update

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    I have a Droid and tried the new features and it screwed up my phone big. DO NOT update it. My bottom lights stopped coming on among a ton of new problems - took me an hour to get it back to normal.
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    From spare parts? That's always been a safe download.:blink:
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    The new update contains features to speed up your phone and it has a mode to manage your programs - the old spare parts was fine. This new one is a mine-field. If you update just don't use the new features.
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    Thanks for the info. Hope this gets enough views.
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    thank you for this i would of updated
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    You can update probably without a problem but the update only adds features called "other secret system settings". The major one is Activity/Process manager and you can set it to aggressive to have it finish activities and speed up your device.

    I thought GREAT and activated it.

    BIG MISTAKE.

    I had to do a few battery pulls and unselect it and then a reboot to get back to where I was. I uninstalled the program but I found that it didn't really uninstall so I used astro to reinstall it - get the update back to undo what I did and now I have the update but I'm not touching those settings again.

    Even when I opened the keyboard it wouldnt light up in the dark. Many other features of the phone stopped working as well.
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    I think this thread should be renamed 'Spare Parts Update - Warning Do Not Click on a Button When You Don't Know What It Will Do' :)
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    Given that this update added these features only and given that they don't explain exactly what they do they are like candy - you gotta try em.

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    Spare Parts is a program that is intended only for 1.5 and 1.6 Android. I started using it because it let you make changes to the animation of the droid's windows/screens. In the past, the parts that would not work on your Droid were greyed out and would not work. So it was a much more benign program.

    I agree with the analogy about updates and candy. I love updates and update every single time without concern for ill effects. I rarely even read what the updates are about. Guess I'll read from now on.
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    I already updated but have not tried any of the new processes. I won't. Only use it to speed up animations. no problem with that.
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    That's what I used to use it for too. Until I discovered simply turning animations off. That makes my droid even snappier.
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    Always read the comments before updating. Lucky I read a poor soul's rant about the update, so I refrain from updating.
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    What kind of animations does it disable? Any examples?
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    I hadn't even heard of it until this thread so i went and downloaded it. Seems to be working pretty well. I turned the activity/process management to aggressive also. Sped up the animations. Enabled compatability mode (for no reason really). Everything seemed cool then it crashed and rebooted and when it came back up it kept defaulting in landscape mode and I'd have to open and close the slider to get it to go to portrait. I restarted the phone again and now everything seems fine, although I turned compatability mode off. Everything seems good now. Phone's quite a bit snappier with the animations sped up.
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    If I wasn't feeling so lazy I'd photoshop it up but now I've got a vision of a Droid with a mushroom cloud coming out of it sitting next to a "That was Easy" button from Staples.

    Actually...we are fortunate it isn't so easy to truly mess our phones up.
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    Something important to note for those that use spare parts. Spare parts is not really an app per say. It is an app but all it does is let you access options that are already in the system that you normally cannot access. If you have problems DO NOT uninstall spare parts first.

    You must first revert the changes you made in spare parts THEN you can uninstall. if you uninstall first all your changes that you made that were messing your system up will still be switched on.
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