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Hey guys, I've had the Orange San Francisco for about 2 months now and I love the phone and the community here. When I first started my journey to Custom ROMs, rooting, customization and so on, I was left puzzled and confused, especially since this was my first Android phone. The fact that the biggest site dedicated to the phone was a forum didn't help either, with information scattered all over the place. Finding information I wanted to know was a struggle in itself.

So a few weeks I decided to create my own website in order to help those who are new to Android or the Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade. Not a forum, simply a website with tutorials, guides and tips presented in an organised fashion. I spent many hours creating the content for my site, and plan to put many more hours in.

Here is a complete, noob and beginner friendly guide on how to install Custom ROMs from scratch.

There are plenty of other guides and tutorials, including a list of ROMs organised by the last release date.

I will be adding more guides, tutorials, tips and articles throughout the following weeks. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute, just give me a message Posted Image

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Edited by beggin, 02 June 2013 - 07:17 PM.

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very nice. well done mate! ;)

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Nice effort. Seems to be a good source for beginners.

However, you could have also put your energy into the ZTE Blade Wiki.

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I noticed an issue: your method of detecting TFT or OLED is based on an old confusion. If the build number on a UK SanFran ends with "05" and the display works fine then it is OLED. If it ends with "08" then it is more likely to be TFT, but it could still be OLED. And if it's also a white SanFran then it's even more likely to be TFT [actually, have we seen any white ones with OLED?].

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Nice effort. Seems to be a good source for beginners.

However, you could have also put your energy into the ZTE Blade Wiki.


I will be sure to contribute to the wiki.

I noticed an issue: your method of detecting TFT or OLED is based on an old confusion. If the build number on a UK SanFran ends with "05" and the display works fine then it is OLED. If it ends with "08" then it is more likely to be TFT, but it could still be OLED. And if it's also a white SanFran then it's even more likely to be TFT [actually, have we seen any white ones with OLED?].


Thanks, will update!

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nice web, nice links to this forum, and nice adds ;)

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Great Stuff!!!
nice and easy for beginners ;)

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IF I HELPED YOU, KEEP ME OFF THE STREETS :D

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It may be a very good Idea to mention that there is a forum here - and link to it here - you could get feedback and users could then find other information they want.

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Looks lite ZTE blow the market last year?? what the sale counter is???

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a backup and restore guide may be useful for beginners,too

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It may be a very good Idea to mention that there is a forum here - and link to it here - you could get feedback and users could then find other information they want.


Yep, that's my plan. As soon as I complete my help articles I will create a link to this forum in the navigation.


a backup and restore guide may be useful for beginners,too


In progress. Hope to have all the articles completed by next week.

Edited by beggin, 15 January 2011 - 09:17 PM.

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nice site bravo ;),

i had an issue accessing http://orangesanfran...cisco-zte-blade

i got 404 :)

EDIT it was from http://orangesanfran...-install-a-rom/ then clicking the link in section 2

Edited by ace9094, 15 January 2011 - 09:26 PM.

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nice site bravo ;),

i had an issue accessing http://orangesanfran...cisco-zte-blade

i got 404 :D

EDIT it was from http://orangesanfran...-install-a-rom/ then clicking the link in section 2


Thank you, link now fixed :)

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wow that was quick ;)

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Also, as I was told in a thread last week, that a lot of the ROMS come pre rooted and flash the boot partition with root privileges so the 'superboot' method is not necessary. Of course if the user is using a stock ROM and wants root access maybe that's the way forward.

I'm not sure on the effect of Flashing a custom ROM already with root and then re-flashing the boot with 'superboot' - could there be any adverse effects - maybe someone else can answer that.

nice site tho - I like what you have done ;)

Edited by Fi5h, 15 January 2011 - 09:39 PM.

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It is not possible not root an TFT phone? :OOOO!
Wow thanks, I would have screwed up my phone if I had not read it on the website.

Thanks alot + awesome website!

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It is not possible not root an TFT phone? :OOOO!
Wow thanks, I would have screwed up my phone if I had not read it on the website.

Thanks alot + awesome website!


Hey there

It is not possible to root using the method on my website, but you can still root using an alternative method. I will add this to my site soon.

Follow the root guide here: http://www.chrislowt...francisco/1824/

You do not have to root a phone to install a custom ROM. A lot of ROMs come pre-rooted, so you may not need to root manually anyway.

Edited by beggin, 15 January 2011 - 10:37 PM.

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Good luck with the site, that's a lot of work (reading and updating) you gotta do, just be careful not to propagate old /outdated stuff like a lot of places do, e.g.

SuperBoot - outdated method.
ClockWorkMod v2.5.1.3 - has caused quite a few problems.
OLED/TFT Detection - using build # is unreliable.

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SuperBoot - outdated method.


Yes this is the one that brings the most new users to the doors of MoDaCo

One of the MODS keeps stickying the old Superboot thread - I keep unstickying it -
it's very out of date and works only on a fraction of the devices out there - making a mess of the rest.

I imagine it is other sites (and Magazines I have heard) with instructions of rooting your device using superboot.

What users need to understand is that rooting doesn't give you all that much - AND is not needed to install a new ROM.

I am not dis-ing Paul for his great work on superboot - and TBH a up to date one that is based on a TFT kernel would be nice.

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Thanks for the input guys, I've updated the root article using the safer method.

http://orangesanfran...isco-zte-blade/

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