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Uber Geek


  # 502740 6-Aug-2011 14:07
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it's easy as:

How To Install from Scratch

If you have 2nd Init installed already skip to step 3, if not start at step 1. These steps assume you already have flashed the Nordic Froyo rom to your Defy.

1. Download Defy 2nd init installer, easiest way is from market.
2. Run the 2nd init installer following the instructions closely.
3. Boot into Custom BootMenu by pressing volume down when device flashes a blue led at bootup. Set default boot mode to 2nd init.
4. Select Recovery -> Custom Recovery -> Choose "Wipe Data/Cache" option. Let finish.
5. Choose Install .zip from SD Card, select MIUI rom .zip and let it finish.

(as I use version, I don't need to install language pack. If you install the same, just do (second half of step 8) "Wipe Cache" and "Wipe Dalvik Cache")

6. Let the rom boot for first time. It will be in Chinese but do not worry. Reboot into BootMenu again.
7. Select Custom Recovery, Install .zip from SD Card. Choose MIUI Eng Language Pack .zip and let it install. Let rom boot.
8. Notice some text is still Chinese, go to Settings, Language and make sure it is English UK or US. Boot into BootMenu and Custom Recovery one last time and select "Wipe Cache" then go to Advanced and select "Wipe Dalvik Cache". Reboot.
9. Done! Enjoy!

All process takes approximately 10 mins :) 

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Ultimate Geek

  # 502751 6-Aug-2011 14:37
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Where in the process would I flash nordic?


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Ultimate Geek

  # 502756 6-Aug-2011 15:00
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.....tempted.... :)
As much as I dont want to brick a perfectly working phone, I am a compulsive upgraded and love messing up things that work perfectly :)

What advantages do you get running those roms? Mainly latest versions and speed? Cm7 or miui?

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Uber Geek


  # 502765 6-Aug-2011 15:34
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@SpookyAwol nordic roms is official defy's froyo roms 3.4.2-177-* 3 or 4 of them. later version should be fine too.

I was on 3.4.2-145 finnish deblur froyo when moved to MIUI. I might lose ability to go back to froyo... but I won't be back to froyo anyway...

Yes, it's all about speed, newer versions, few fixes and so on. 

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Ultimate Geek

  # 502769 6-Aug-2011 15:43
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Im probably looking at similar threads as you on XDA, just downloading nordic now. Any pointers on flashing it? (android noob....)

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Master Geek

  # 502862 7-Aug-2011 00:29
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I've been using CM7 and definitely recommend it, it's fantastic. MIUI is known for its sleek and stylish interface, while CM7 is generally faster, while keeping loyal to its stock android base. Flashing and modding couldn't be easier, follow the excellent instructions posted a few posts up, or for a more complete set of information check out FAQ page on xda for Defy's CM7.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 503121 7-Aug-2011 22:04
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Ive got a custom recovery image of the current phone (both retail and nordic)
Is it possible to load CM7 or MIUI and then return to the original backups if i want? Im assuming its kinda like Norton Ghost to rewrite an image?


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Master Geek

  # 503123 7-Aug-2011 22:17
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For cyanogen long as you don't flash a full sbf of cm7 you'll be able to downgrade back to any froyo rom. So make sure you upgrade to cm7 using the recommended method of flashing a zip over your froyo rom (preferably nordic), and you'll be fine.

Can't speak for miui as I've never tried it..

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Ultimate Geek

  # 503328 8-Aug-2011 14:01
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Ahh well, after lots of reading and checks, installed CM7 successfully first time :-)
Now to get used to it.....


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  # 503989 9-Aug-2011 17:41
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Hey all

Recently got a Defy, and looking to upgrade to Android 2.3

Wondering if someone could clarify a few things for me. I'm new to Android roms, but not new to flashing/rooting/jailbreaking having installed Android on an HTC Touch, varios WinMo builds on Touch and Touch2, jailbroken iPhones and iPads etc.

I've also done a lot of reading on XDA but am still a bit confused. As this is a work phone, the ability for me to roll back to stock is very important in case of needing to warranty the device, or if something doesn't work properly after a flash attempt etc.

Currently running stock as per:

I have installed

SuperOneclick (root)


I've also done a wipe and taken a nandroid backup, plus downloaded the Telstra Au 3.4.2_145 SBF from here:

So I come now to flash a new rom - I was thinking of MotoGinger.

The bit where I'm confused is around the SBF - there seems to be two SBF types - full and fixed - what is the difference?

I've read that if I flash an SBF I can't go backwards? Or is that true for full SBF and not fixed SBF? What are the rules around which SBF flashes will let you go backwards?

If a rom comes as a zip file can I flash just that and no SBF? For example why do CM7 instructions give you the option of flashing an SBF and the option not to? What's the advantage of the SBF?

With regards to the Telstra AU SBF I mention above, if I were to flash that, followed by my nandroid backup, would I be back to fully stock?

*so confused*


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Ultimate Geek

  # 506188 14-Aug-2011 10:04
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Uber Geek

  # 507617 16-Aug-2011 22:34
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Bugger, now I want a new phone!
Motorola beefs up rugged Android smartphoneDefy+ hits the 'G' spot?

By Caleb Cox • Get more from this author

16th August 2011 10:16 GMT
Despite obvious distraction in the form of a rather large Google takeover yesterday, Motorola still found time to announce a Defy refresh, upping the speed of the rugged smartphone by 25 per cent.

The Motorola Defy+ now packs a 1GHz processor, which not only puts it 200MHz ahead of its predecessor, but also keeps one foot in front of Samsung's durable and similarly-specced Galaxy Xcover, announced last week.
Defy+The multi-element enduring Defy+ shares quite an alikeness with its older brethren in that it packs a 3.7in touchscreen with a scratch-resistent Corning Gorilla Glass cover, a 5Mp snapper and 2GB of storage.

While the Android OS has here been updated to 2.3 Gingerbread, the Defy+ still sports the company's front-end, Motoblur, which includes a customisable homescreen and easy access social network widgets.

The Motorola Defy+ will be out, come rain or shine, sometime this autumn. ®

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Ultimate Geek

  # 507667 17-Aug-2011 07:57
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Sounds pretty much the same apart from a 1700 battery, 2.3 and a 1ghz processor. Makes it a sweet little performer...

I wonder if the battery will be compatible :) 

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Wannabe Geek

  # 508086 17-Aug-2011 16:41
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It seems that Eking is closed, or down. Looking on priceme for the defy there are a few others that offer a good price. Can anyone recommend another PI other than Eking for the defy. Cheers.

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Uber Geek

  # 508098 17-Aug-2011 16:58
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I got mine from Infotech Expert.

They were very good to deal with, fast, no mucking around and it was all there when I opened the box.

I would recommend them.


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