December 19, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
PACman ROM seems to be on a roll. After making its way to popular devices including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, MyTouch 4G Slide, Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Desire S and Desired HD, T-Mobile Galaxy S III and HTC One S, the popularity of this blend of CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid seems to be increasing. The latest devices to join the PACman club are LG Optimus 3D and HTC Droid Incredible, getting fully working ports courtesy of XDA Senior Members berni987654321 and zachf714 respectively.
For those of you unfamiliar with PACman, it’s an AOSP-based Android ROM that takes the best customization options added by CyanogenMod, AOKP and Paranoid Android, and bundles them together in one package so that you can access to the settings interface of all these popular ROMs and customize your device to your heart’s content.
Creating a Nandroid backup is very highly recommended for any Android user looking to root and modify his or her phone. For the unfamiliar, Nandroid saves an image of every partition on your device to your SD card. When in trouble, you can simply restore a Nandroid backup in your custom recovery. Nandroids can thus solve numerous problems such as bad ROM flashes and bootloops, provided that you have a recent backup. So, what happens if a Nandroid backup you made, but never touched, reports an incorrect MD5 checksum signature? Panic, of course, but there may be a simple solution.
XDA Senior Member ihtfp69 writes about a simple hack that allows one to bypass the MD5 checksum error, and thus restore from a “corrupted” backup. The method itself is very simple. Users only need to have the Android SDK installed for ADB access. Then, it’s a couple of quick ADB commands and your Nandroid backup is usable again. Of course, this is not a method for everyone. Says ihtfp69:
This is assuming you did not change the folder names and let Clockworkmod create them. I haven’t had it happen until today, but it’s not a nice message to see when you are trying to do a restore.
Removing the MD5 checksum on a truly corrupt backup can be hazardous to your phone. After all, we’ve written about the importance of checking MD5 checksums in the past. It is therefore advisable to only use this method if it’s a Nandroid if you know it is a valid backup because restoring a bad backup is like flashing a bad ROM. While the short guide was originally written for the HTC Droid Incredible, it should be compatible with any device running ClockworkMod Recovery.
For more information, visit the original thread.
February 23, 2012 By: Former Writer
Getting full root on HTC devices has been a virtual Merry-Go-Round. Certain HBoots can be rooted, while others cannot. Even worse, the actual rooting and S-Off methods often change as well. Luckily, this is XDA, and we always find ways around these issues. XDA Senior Member cmlusco has posted a new root method that promises to work for the HTC Incredible with HBoot 1.02.0000, giving users full root and S-Off.
The process itself is long. Very long. With more than 30 steps and including the use of ADB commands, flashing things over ClockworkMod Recovery, and using Unrevoked; this method is not one to be rushed. However, the thread is very thorough, and even those who are not technologically inclined should have no issues with completing the process. Additionally, cmlusco has added a few troubleshooting tips for those who end up having issues.
If you’ve got an HTC Incredible with HBoot 1.02.0000 and you want root with S-Off, head to the original thread for the full method, download links, and troubleshooting tips!
January 17, 2012 By: liwen
HTC has taken to Twitter again to announce that several new models are now supported by the company’s official bootloader unlocking solution. The devices that were added are the HTC Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, DROID Incredible, Status and T-Mobile G2.
As we said earlier, HTC is making pretty good progress in getting as many device bootloaders unlocked as possible, which we can only applaud.
You own of the aforementioned devices? What are you waiting for, head over to HTCdev to get your bootloaders unlocked!
July 22, 2011 By: egzthunder1
The joy of flashing a new kernel has its pros and cons. For starters, the pros are that your device will likely be getting new fixes for hardware support like camera support, wifi, etc, as well as improved device handling capabilities such as overclocking, undervolting, increasing volume levels, adding openVPN support, and so much more. On the other hand, the cons of constantly flashing your devices with new kernels is that it becomes tedious and time consuming. Plus, sometimes newer kernels can sometimes break things that were already working well. If your only reason for installing a kernel is so that you can have new voltage handling scripts as well as a few other tweaks, and if you have an Incredible, then you should really drop by to check out the app created by XDA member chad0989. Incredicontrol was designed to control all the available tweaking parameters of Incredikernel with ease and from a rather friendly user interface. Keep in mind that this is in very alpha stages, so if you are not comfortable with dealing with bugs, you may want to wait until this becomes beta.
Feedback is very important, so if you can try it out, please leave your thoughts on it and better yet, your more technical feedback.
Here’s a preview (i.e. alpha) build of the new IncrediControl apk I’ve been working on. Using it, you can easily control both incredikernel modifications (audio boost toggle, USB fast charging) and HAVS voltages. I’m considering it only a preview build because there are a few things left I haven’t gotten to implement yet:
You can find more information in the mod thread.
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Thanks nagasgura for the tip!
Flashing roms is always both fun and tedious at the same time, a necessary evil if you will. Choosing between roms, unless you have one absolute favorite, is a constant battle with one self. How would you like to be able to boot up to 4 different roms at any given time without flashing them? If you have a Droid Incredible, then you are in luck because XDA member Conap has released a new version of DRX. In case you are not familiar with it, basically this will load the roms to the emmc on boot, which in turn let’s you load the roms quickly and without flashing. This has been tested with several different types of roms, including Sense, AOSP, CM, MIUI, as well as others.
Please leave some feedback for the dev.
DRX2 is an upgrade from DualRom. You can fit up to 4 roms on emmc(and one on the phone if you want) It uses the phone as an installer. I decided to go towards DHowetts idea of mounting img files on the emmc. Emmc will stay as fat32 the way it comes on the phone. This system is fairly simple and so far has worked with all rom’s tested.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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This is a highly anticipated development, which will definitely not go without substantual recognition. If you’ve been keeping up with developments surrounding the new Kingdom Sense 3.0, you’ll know that a mission was started more than a month ago to fully port the OS base to any other device that was humanly possible. And after all of that waiting, I have good news for you Droid Incredible owners: an Alpha development is here!
XDA member incubus26jc brings us a stock Gingersense port developed from 2.3.3 and the original EVO port by XDA member xXxVirusxXx. The port is currently in Alpha stage and, of course, a few things work and a few things don’t. What does work, however, is the UI fitting the screen, as opposed to the original Desire HD port.
Originally posted by incubus26jc
[ROM] Kingdom Stock GingerSense 3.0 [Android 2.3.3] [Alpha1] [5/20/11]
Big Thanks Wozzer for getting this Port done so fast. Hes the Man!!
Also to Virus for the initial port to the Evo.
- EMMC Mounting
- Weather app has graphical issues
- It may not show the lockscreen controls right away sometimes expecially after rebooting.
- Might be more
This is a fantastic breakthrough for all Sense 3.0 lovers, and I’m sure you will join me in thanking the developers over at the original thread.
With the continual development of Cyanogen Mod, occasionally you may run into outdated mods and morphs. Luckily, XDA member rori~ has continued development on his Statusbar PulldownMod morph and has provided us with an update for use with CM7 . Whether your phone is HDPI or MDPI, you can benefit from this clean and practical notification bar.
According to the developer, this morph can be used with all nightlies after CM7 RL1 and has been confirmed working with the following phones:
- Nexus S
The new design includes:
Originally Posted by rori~
You can use this after every nightly but: if CM7 will get an update (probably it will get battery% in statusbar), I will have to update this, so stay tuned - *my Twitter*
For more information, please visit the original thread.
February 23, 2011 By: egzthunder1
When the best just keeps getting better, one can’t do anything other than watch in awe as it happens. One of the newly announced devices from HTC, the Incredible S, has had a dumped RUU for a couple of days now. Our devs, in their eternal quest for perfection decided that it would be a fun project trying to port this new dump onto other devices. XDA members myn and incubus26jc, who are largely recognized for their work on the Vogue, Incredible, and EVO were successful in porting this onto the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC Incredible. Needless to say, the ports are far from complete as many things still need work, like 4G, HDMI, camera, and a few other things, in the case of the EVO.
This new RUU comes loaded with a few updated goodies such as HTC Kernel #15, so if you don’t mind the non-working parts of the rom, you can take it for a test drive. Keep in mind, that this is in very early development stages, so if you believe that you can be of assistance to the devs, please be sure to leave detailed feedback on the thread to try and improve this port.
This is a port of the HTC Incredible S RUU for the HTC Droid Incredible and HTC Evo 4G.
This is a community driven ROM. It’s development is open to any willing contributors at
To become a contributor you will need to send wdfowty a PM asking him.
Also, if you want to branch this off and start your own device port, you are more than welcome to.
We have an IRC channel set up. ##inc-s-base @ irc.freenode.com feel free to join us in there.
This will remain an unthemed ROM. It is far easier to use the built in theming and as time progresses and this becomes a more mature ROM we will look into adding them.
You can find more information in the port thread.
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The XDA member has put together an addon for the Virtuous ROM (v 3.2), which will give you the notification toggle widgets along with all updated notification icons.
The mod also includes the updated email and music apk’s found in the latest release and can be flashed using recovery.
Please note that any themes or battery mods that you may be running will be erased by this mod.
For more information and to download the pack, visit the modification thread.
October 25, 2010 By: egzthunder1
Earlier today, we saw a thread in the HD2 section that called our attention. As it turns out, the Desire HD kernels have finally been released by HTC for everyone to dig into and play with. What does this mean? It will have a nice domino effect, starting from the Desire HD itself. Official kernels act pretty much like a base rom in WM terms, as it can be used as a guide and/or source to improve performance on the device. so, you may start seeing far more active development for the Desire HD very soon. But this doesn’t stop here, because there are various ports of the Desire HD roms for many devices out there, including the HD2, the EVO, and the DInc. most of these ports have various flaws, one of them being the camera not working. This official kernel could allow devs to find the missing piece and finally be able to have a full working Desire HD rom in other devices.
The Desire HD kernel source is available at http://developer.htc.com/
You can find more information in the HD2 discussion thread.
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September 20, 2010 By: mic_888
Following from the recently leaked Desire HD system dump, the animated HTC Sense flip clock has already been ported – and confirmed to be working on the Droid Incredible.
The new clock features numbers that actually flip down as each minute and hour passes and XDA forum member thatdudebutch has posted a link in the forum to download the zip.
Note that you must be already running HTC Sense for this port to work. Moreover, your cached prior HtcClockWidget.apk signature verification is required, so you must not wipe and should have the stock widget active on your homescreen before flashing the update.
For more information and the download link, take a look at the forum thread.
As XDA member dealer75 leaked the ROM of the currently unreleased HTC Desire HD, we can expect that the new enhancements in the Sense interface of this phone will be ported to other devices very soon. This Froyo (FRF91) ROM contains a lot of new features that make Sense much better. Some highlights:
These are just few of the many enhancements. The Desire HD also boots up much faster (about 5 times quicker), but this is most likely hardware related. It could be possible that the OS has had some dramatic changes to make the booting procedure a lot shorter though.
All these changes will likely be ported to many other Android phones soon, including the HTC HD2 with Android. We will keep you updated when the first ports are available.
Some forums you should definitely check out for future development are the Desire, EVO and Droid Incredible. To find the download for the system dump of the Ace, continue to the original thread and the second thread which is located in the new Desire HD forum.