Unfortunate times for my Droid.

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  1. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch New Member

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    I have frequented droidforums pretty much since I got my Droid, but have only just today thought to become a member.

    As my signature suggests, I'm currently between roms. I've been having great difficulty getting any rom to get past the red-droid-eye booting-screen-thing. I'll probably end up posting a thread about it later, but I'll give a little run-down here.

    I downloaded the .zip for Ultimate Droid 2.3 and 2.4 and have tried hopelessly to install them onto my droid using SPRecovery's install tool. I have wiped the poor device completely and attempted to install UD and a few other roms several times. All of the installs seem to go well until the unfortunate glitchy-looking droid-eye-loading screen thing. *if only I had a bigger vocabulary* Anywho, I don't know if I'm missing out on some steps or what... but I'm not really sure what step I should take next.

    Here's what's basically happened thus far:
    1. Flashed SPRecovery as recommended by a rooting tutorial.
    After I installed it, I rebooted my phone and it flipped out. The battery symbol suggested that the (very full, recently charged) battery was completely dead. Also, service was unavailable. I couldn't do anything apart from look at my apps.
    2. Attempted to use SPRecovery's factory restore tool.
    I didn't really mind factory restoring it, so I thought I'd give it a try. It didn't do anything when I tried it.
    3. Flashed a stock rom to wipe it.
    Success! I can use my phone again! :3
    4. Flashed a different SPRecovery file in case the other one was just dumb.
    ~Here's where things get a bit redundant. This happened several times with different Update.zip files~
    5. Put an Update.zip file into the root of my SD.
    6. "Allowed" and "Installed" update.zip using SPRecovery.
    7. Rebooted droid and it comes to the "hey look I'm a cool droid eye loading screen for this super legit rom you just installed!" screen. The screen looks promising, then will twitch a bit and start up the flashy droid boot sequence again.

    I will flash the stock rom on it again so that I can have a working phone until I can figure this out :/ Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I would much love to have that super-sleek Ultimate Droid stuff. :3
     
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    CJM Developer Relations Staff Member Rescue Squad Premium Member

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    :welcome: to the forum. Here is the process I use before a new rom. I got it from LFY install isntructions. I had UD working on my Droid. I got Clockwork from Rom Manager on the market. Hope this helps.

    1) Reboot into recovery (ClockworkMod Preferably or SPRecovery)

    NOTE: If you haven't already done a backup...do one now. I always perform my backups via ROM Manager so I can properly label my backups. If you need to do a backup at this point it will work exactly the same way but it names your backup with time and date information (you can rename the file later)

    Here's how to create a backup in ClockworkMod Recovery
    From the main recovery screen, go to: Nandroid and then select "Backup"

    2) Select "wipe data/factory reset" - This will actually format your Data, Cache, and SD-ext partitions

    3) Go into the "partitions menu"

    4) Format "Boot"

    5) Format "System"

    6) Go back to the main screen (power button backs you out to the previous menu)

    7) Install zip from sdcard

    8) Choose zip from sdcard

    9) navigate to where you have stored the zip file and select it (no need to rename the file)

    NOTE: You can do the same thing if you are using SPRecovery (you will need to rename the file to update.zip) but you have to format partitions using ADB shell (there are no menu options tormat partitions like there is with ClockworkMod).
     
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    Tintenfisch New Member

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    Thanks so much for your help! It's working beautifully so far :3

    :icon_ banana:dancedroid:icon_ banana:
     
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    Alright, so all of the rooting and ROMing worked out well, and everything went great for a long while. For some reason, today, my Droid starting acting sketchy. I tried to take a picture and launched the camera app with the camera button and it started to reboot itself constantly. It just kept rebooting and never got past the M screen. I got concerned and flashed a stock ROM and activated it and that seemed to be working fine for about ten minutes. Now, whether I'm trying to do something or if it's just chilling out on its charger, it will reboot itself about every two minutes. I'm not really sure what to do. I flashed to stock :/

    Here comes my next problem. I would just send it into Verizon to get another one sent to me, but the glass on my display is very obviously cracked and there is teeeeensy damage to the LCD screen in the top left corner that doesn't seem to be spreading. My concern is that they're going to tell me this is a result of the fall it suffered (despite its fantastic operation for the months it has been broken) and tell me to claim it on insurance. I've already had to replace my droid once this year from another accident and I'm pretty sure my insurance won't be willing to replace it again after such a short period of time.

    My question is, can I fix this on my own, or do I have to send it into Verizon. And, if I have to send it into Verizon, what are the chances they won't be willing to replace it when they see my screen?

    :c
     
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    I'd call verizon and talk to them. Let them know the situation. That way you know your options. I can't say for certain, but since the screen is damaged you might be stuck with it. I'f thats the case, see if you can get an upgrade. Good luck with it.

    Swyped from a Droid
     
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    The only other thing I can think of is wiping the dalvik cache. But if youre stock and are still having problems, it may be the phone.

    Swyped from a Droid
     
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    Thank you! Shortly after I posted, I realized the problem wasn't caused by software, it was because the battery kept dying even whilst on the charger. Something in my phone isn't charging any battery I put in it and I called Verizon and told them that, (not mentioning the booboos) and they offered to replace it without an insurance claim. Hopefully they won't say anything about the crack and if they do, I'll just say "well I didn't call about that, did I?" >.>

    Well anywho. :3 Thanks for your help.
     
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    For the battery, try cleaning the contacts. A similar thing happened to me. But the booboos may come back to haunt you. Don't know this for sure and not wishing it on you either.

    Swyped from a Droid
     
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