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  Reply # 603655 2-Apr-2012 10:57 Send private message

nzgeek:
Neets: The first thing I get rid of is Swype. Then I can install the Beta.  If I can't get rid of Swype then I'm not interested in the ROM.  How picky am I?  I agree, there's loads of apps that I'm not keen on and I'm always trolling through the zip file to see what I can safely remove.

Swype's nice and easy to remove from a ROM. You simply need to open up the zip in something like WinRAR, delete the files /system/app/Swype.apk and /system/lib/libSwypeCore.so, and it's gone.

I quite often tweak the ROMs I use before I flash them. I usually:
  • Remove the text-to-speech data for languages other than English. These are under /system/tts/lang_pico and /system/tts/lang_SMT, and I simply remove all files that don't have 'en' in the file name.
  • Remove any CSC files other than XEU. These are found under /system/csc.
  • Force the XEU CSC. This is done my extracting /system/csc/XEU/system, and copying the files into the /system folder of the zip (overwriting as needed).
  • Remove any system apps that I don't want/need. This often includes any additional launchers that the ROM maker has added, and default apps or widgets that I don't use. These are all under /system/app.
  • Add/update any 3rd-party system apps (e.g. launchers) that I like. These go into /system/app.
  • Install the latest Swype version that I like as a system app. To do this, you need to open up the apk as if it was a zip file, and extract the libSwypeCore*.so file inside its /lib folder. This file needs to be renamed as simply libSwypeCore.so, and should be added to the ROM's /system/lib folder. The apk can then be dropped into /system/app. You can also remove the apk's /lib folder if you want in order to save some space.
It's a little bit of extra work, but it's simply to do and helps to get my ROM just how I like it.


So to clarify, you unzip the ROM, do the mods, rezip and load em up?

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  Reply # 603665 2-Apr-2012 11:08 Send private message

kiwitrc: So to clarify, you unzip the ROM, do the mods, rezip and load em up?

I don't even bother fully unzipping the ROM.

To remove any files, I just select them in WinRAR and hit Del on the keyboard. The files are removed from zip without any recompression needed. It just takes a few seconds for WinRAR to reconstruct a new file with the remaining data.

To add files, I make sure I'm viewing the right directory in the zip file, then I simply drag-and-drop the necessary files from Explorer. I don't bother messing too much with the compression level, as most of the files are already compressed and won't shrink down a lot.

I'm pretty sure that other archive managers (7-Zip, WinZip, etc) are capable of doing this as well.

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  Reply # 603671 2-Apr-2012 11:13 Send private message

nzgeek:
kiwitrc: So to clarify, you unzip the ROM, do the mods, rezip and load em up?

I don't even bother fully unzipping the ROM.

To remove any files, I just select them in WinRAR and hit Del on the keyboard. The files are removed from zip without any recompression needed. It just takes a few seconds for WinRAR to reconstruct a new file with the remaining data.

To add files, I make sure I'm viewing the right directory in the zip file, then I simply drag-and-drop the necessary files from Explorer. I don't bother messing too much with the compression level, as most of the files are already compressed and won't shrink down a lot.

I'm pretty sure that other archive managers (7-Zip, WinZip, etc) are capable of doing this as well.


I've not tried to add a file, but I use 7-zip to open and then remove the files (like Swype) I don't want.  And like nzgeek has said, it takes a few seconds for it to be deleted.  Close the zip file and then copy it to your phone.  Done.




Samsung Galaxy S I9000 16GB (Optus) | 32GB SD | CM9
Samsung Galaxy S I9100 16GB | 64 GB SD | Omega v9 (UK origin on XT Network)
Asus Eee Transformer Pad 32GB | 16 GB SD | ICS 4.0.3 stock (rooted)

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  Reply # 603673 2-Apr-2012 11:16 Send private message

nzgeek:
kiwitrc: So to clarify, you unzip the ROM, do the mods, rezip and load em up?

I don't even bother fully unzipping the ROM.

To remove any files, I just select them in WinRAR and hit Del on the keyboard. The files are removed from zip without any recompression needed. It just takes a few seconds for WinRAR to reconstruct a new file with the remaining data.

To add files, I make sure I'm viewing the right directory in the zip file, then I simply drag-and-drop the necessary files from Explorer. I don't bother messing too much with the compression level, as most of the files are already compressed and won't shrink down a lot.

I'm pretty sure that other archive managers (7-Zip, WinZip, etc) are capable of doing this as well.


I can confirm that 7-zip works exactly the same. I do a similar thing with roms I use, although not the the same extent. I will now though, that was a very helpful guide nzgeek - thanks!

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  Reply # 603676 2-Apr-2012 11:18 Send private message

Thanks all.

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  Reply # 603690 2-Apr-2012 11:39 Send private message

nzgeek:
Neets: The first thing I get rid of is Swype. Then I can install the Beta.  If I can't get rid of Swype then I'm not interested in the ROM.  How picky am I?  I agree, there's loads of apps that I'm not keen on and I'm always trolling through the zip file to see what I can safely remove.

Swype's nice and easy to remove from a ROM. You simply need to open up the zip in something like WinRAR, delete the files /system/app/Swype.apk and /system/lib/libSwypeCore.so, and it's gone.

I quite often tweak the ROMs I use before I flash them. I usually:
  • Remove the text-to-speech data for languages other than English. These are under /system/tts/lang_pico and /system/tts/lang_SMT, and I simply remove all files that don't have 'en' in the file name.
  • Remove any CSC files other than XEU. These are found under /system/csc.
  • Force the XEU CSC. This is done my extracting /system/csc/XEU/system, and copying the files into the /system folder of the zip (overwriting as needed).
  • Remove any system apps that I don't want/need. This often includes any additional launchers that the ROM maker has added, and default apps or widgets that I don't use. These are all under /system/app.
  • Add/update any 3rd-party system apps (e.g. launchers) that I like. These go into /system/app.
  • Install the latest Swype version that I like as a system app. To do this, you need to open up the apk as if it was a zip file, and extract the libSwypeCore*.so file inside its /lib folder. This file needs to be renamed as simply libSwypeCore.so, and should be added to the ROM's /system/lib folder. The apk can then be dropped into /system/app. You can also remove the apk's /lib folder if you want in order to save some space.
It's a little bit of extra work, but it's simply to do and helps to get my ROM just how I like it.


Oh wow, I didn't even know this was possible. Thanks nzgeek :D 

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  Reply # 604221 2-Apr-2012 23:02 Send private message

anyone running omega 6 have problem with speed dialer?

my speed dialer does not save the speed dial contact - all lost after normal reboot. sucks as the thing crashes about ones a day. not the end of the world without speed dialer though ...




Apologies for poor typing standards when on Samsung S4 [swype's fault]/iPad 2 Wifi[too slow to use!]

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  Reply # 604245 3-Apr-2012 01:06 Send private message

Hi guys im new on this forum and i registered cuz i was trying to root my samsung galaxy s gt-i9000 from what i saw from this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw_za0mQorw then i noticed(it was late)that this video was for s2,when i finished with odin(it said the pass msg)and after that my phone stucked.it stucks when it opens when i c on the screen the galaxy s gt-i9000 thing and i dont what to do so i can open my phone,any suggestions?btw sry for my bad english

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  Reply # 604247 3-Apr-2012 01:13

Soter: Hi guys im new on this forum and i registered cuz i was trying to root my samsung galaxy s gt-i9000 from what i saw from this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw_za0mQorw then i noticed(it was late)that this video was for s2,when i finished with odin(it said the pass msg)and after that my phone stucked.it stucks when it opens when i c on the screen the galaxy s gt-i9000 thing and i dont what to do so i can open my phone,any suggestions?btw sry for my bad english


Can you get into recovery mode (powering on while holding the home and volume up) or download mode (via USB jig or holding home and volume down while powering on)? If you can get into either of these modes (preferably download mode) then you will be able to flash the correct ROM back to your device.

If you can't get into recovery/download mode, then you're in a bit of trouble.  There's a way to unbrick your device (google JTAG repair), but I'm not sure if anybody does it locally and it may not be financially worthwhile to send it away to get fixed (vs the cost of a replacement).

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  Reply # 604248 3-Apr-2012 01:16 Send private message

yes i can get on the download mode now what i need to do?

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  Reply # 604250 3-Apr-2012 02:22

Soter: yes i can get on the download mode now what i need to do?


If you know what firmware you were previously on, you could try flashing the stock kernel or a pre-rooted one (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=788108) - that's probably your best option.  Alternatively you can download a full stock ROM and flash back to stock - just make sure you have the right model number this time!

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  Reply # 604254 3-Apr-2012 02:39 Send private message

1 last question what is the CF-Root-xxx-vX.X.zip?i cant find a source to download it :s btw im rly greatful :)

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  Reply # 604255 3-Apr-2012 03:21 Send private message

is ok now it justed lagged too much and now i have like 3 uprgades ty anyway ^^



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  Reply # 604354 3-Apr-2012 10:16 Send private message

Anyone else on Omega ICS v7 who is having issues with the number of missed calls (quantity) and unread text messages NOT showing up on thier Icons in the Apex Launcher?

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  Reply # 604356 3-Apr-2012 10:19 Send private message

networkn: Anyone else on Omega ICS v7 who is having issues with the number of missed calls (quantity) and unread text messages NOT showing up on thier Icons in the Apex Launcher?


I thought that only worked with the stock apps and touchwiz...? 

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