what exactly does a rom do?

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  1. nwwolf1

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    Is a rom the same thing as rooting your phone? Is it dangeroous to do to your phone? I found bugless beast (?) On the market what exactly does roms and all this stuff do? Ha
     
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    rom is basically running a new OS.

    you have the stock rom/kernel, and what the others do is flash a new rom/kernel. you need to be rooted to do this and having a new rom is basically the point of rooting.

    that's basically it in a nutshell....i think, pretty new to it myself actually.
     
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    Are you rooted? I'm not sure if i want to. I don't know much aboutsoftware for phones so I'm afraid I could damage it.
     
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    what dezy said but do NOT attempt any of the rooting/ROMs unless you know what you are doing!

    cause when you get stuck, youre really gonna be stuck for a while until someone on here can figure out what u did wrong :)

    really, its ok to do but just have a grasp on what you are actually doing
     
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    yes i'm rooted and running CyanogenMod.

    greatest decision i've made with this phone and i was running stock til about 2 weeks ago.
     
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    That's the exact reason I'm not doing it. I don't know enough about it ha
     
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    read the 1st link in my signature to understand steps and the anything else to see all things regarding root

    its not difficult and if you have the original Droid (i presume) so its really hard to break anything. just less hassle for you in the long run if you know what youre doing
     
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    if you're still uncomfortable about it, don't do it.

    however i did find an app called ROM Manager after i rooted. it made flashing much easier, it basically does it for you.
     
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    i'm a real techno-tard, but i did it. and, i couldn't be happier about it!! running these custom roms is so suhweeet!!

    but like everyone says, it's risky. i spent many hours reading threads and watching youtube videos. in the end i decided to go for it. here's what i used, primarily, to do it:

    How to: Root Android 2.1 and Install Android 2.2 on Motorola DROID | Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/hacking-faqs/39254-sbf-root-unroot.html

    then, after you're rooted (if you do it), ROM Mgr makes the process of installing new roms and themes MUCH easier.
     
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    yes, there are a bunch of rooting videos on youtube and they are very helpful.

    sometimes we need the visual aid to make things easier.
     
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    are you calling me "slow"?! :wacko::laugh:
     
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    not at all, lol sorry if that's what you thought i meant.

    i'm a very "techy" guy. i build computers and all that but even rooting my phone i was a bit hesitant from just text. I went to youtube and found a buncha tutorials and then felt comfortable following them step-by-step.

    Throughout my process of flashing my 3rd rom in 2 days i learned about ROM Manager and grabbed that. Makes flashing a breeze since it backs up automatically as well, and then flashes for you. Now i'm running CyanogenMod with no problems and this is definitely my favorite ROM, by far.
     
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