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How to Install a Custom ROM on the ZTE Blade

STOP currently this page is for ZTE-BLADE devices that have the old style memory layout [GEN1] blades.

The [GEN2] Thread for installing ROMS is here : http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...or-gen2-device/

This means that [GEN1] BLADES that use the baseband of 0x02A00000 and they can use anything on this page

If your device has the new [GEN2] layout its baseband will be 0x02600000 - and you MUST NOT install anything from this page

Currently Swedish Comviq phones and also Bulgarian phones (that are 2.2) MAY be GEN2

How to find out what BLADE you have (GEN1 or GEN2)
You need tom install this app Ask Mr Pigfish
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.apedroid.pigfish
http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...ask-mr-pigfish/
(RAR file attached to first post of above link - for devices that don't have the Market)

When you run the APP the first line will be

Mr.Pigfish says you have a Gen1 model

or

Mr.Pigfish says you have a Gen2 model


If it's not Gen1 then STOP HERE! - INSTALLING A GEN1 ROM ON A GEN2 DEVICE WILL BRICK IT


This guide replaces the Old Guide that only showed you how to install clockwork using Fastboot.
This new Guide does not require you to have any drivers on your PC.


There are two ways to install a ROM

  • Using Clockwork
  • Using the Total Phone Transfer System (TPT)
However before you can install with Clockwork you MUST get Clockwork onto your device.

Clockwork is a replacement for the Recovery tool that ships with the ZTE Blade.

If you Boot up the device while holding down the VOLUME DOWN button, the phone boots into the recovery system.
The ZTE one has no use to us - so we replace it with one that is very useful.
The recovery partition also contains a Linux Kernel - this is loaded before clockwork.

The Total Phone Transfer System, does not require you to have Clockwork installed - it does however make much more fundimental changes to your device.
TPT is really for more experienced users - you can only install using the TPT method if the ROM has been specially packed for it.

So there are 5 mini Guides here
  • How to Install Clockwork using Recovery Manager
  • How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager
  • How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually
  • How to Install a Total Phone Transfer
  • How to Install Clockwork using Fastboot (old way)


First - go and pick a ROM from the current selection

Older ROM's can be installed with Clockwork 2.5.1.8 - you can install this if you want - but Clockwork 3.0.2.8 is more current.
(this guide currently shows you how to install 3.0.2.8 - however to install 2.5.1.8 - just swap to the newer file - the instructions are the same)

This Guide will select a ROM to show you the commands, but you can choose your own and substitute the name of your file.

New users should follow the 1. How to Install Clockwork
then follow 2. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager




If you have just arrived here / or you want to understand some of these terms.
Then you may want to cross reference with the Android Glossary

Unlocking for ANY SIM
You do not need to unlock your device to use any SIM, the SIM lock is separate to the ROM.
You can generate an unlock code so the phone can be used with ANY SIM (see Free Version)
The APN settings will need to be updated for your provider.

This Guide will NOT work on ZTE Joe (Vodaphone 845) or the ZTE V9 or the ZTE Racer - You may BRICK your device if you try using the files mentioned in this post.



1. How to Install Clockwork using Recovery Manager


Good News - there are 3 ways to get Clockwork onto your Recovery Partition.
This is going to show you the easiest - however if you want to see the other ways - go and look in the Second Post (Scroll down a lot)

Once you have installed Clockwork - you do not need to do it again to change to another ROM.

The easiest way to get Clockwork onto your Recovery system is to use ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager.

However you cannot run the ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager unless you have root (Superuser).

First we install UniversalAndroot v1.6.1. (http://www.multiupload.com/GMMLSXFUIK)
This is an application - you copy the APK to your phone over USB (or just download in on your phone) then open the file from an APP that lets you browse your SDcard.

There is a Filer app already on your phone, or you can download other ones from the Market (Astro / Es File Explorer)
Files downloaded on the phone go to /SDCard/Downloads

So here are the Steps


Warning : Androot may be detected by a Virus Checker as - Trojan:Unix/Rootkit
This is a false positive - Androot is designed to break the security of Android - that's why it gets detected.

Download to your Phones SD Card



Check files are Good
  • Install ASTRO File Manager from the Market
  • Open Astro File Manager from the App Drawer - browse to the recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.8-blade-gen1.img file
  • Hold your finger on the file and choose Details - check the the MD5 Sum is 39ce6be5ccea9081556acc3a4b422c48 - if not re-download the file.


Actions
  • Install Universalandroot from the APK you downloaded
  • Launch Universalandroot from the App Drawer
  • Choose Go Root
  • Unzip ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager from the ZIP you downloaded
  • Install ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager from the APK
  • Launch ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager from the App Drawer
  • Allow the ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager App to have Superuser Rights
  • Hit the Recovery tab.
  • Hit the MENU button on your device and choose Update Database
  • Choose Install Recovery
  • If you have more than one IMG file on the sdcard you will be presented with a list - choose recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.8-blade-gen1.img


Problems

  • If Recovery Manager keep force closing - try:
    re-rooting the phone (Universal Root)
    removing the Cache of Recovery Manager (in Settings > Applications)
    Use a task killer to kill both Superuser and Recovery Manager



That's it you have Clockwork installed: Now lets get a ROM on


2. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager



We are going to use ZTE-Blade Recovery Manage to tell Clockwork what to do.

However in the future you can now enter Clockwork by:

  • In the ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager App choose Reboot into Clockwork
  • Hold down the VOLUME DOWN button when booting up the phone
First go and download a ROM that support Clockwork - it will be a ZIP file at least 90MB.
If you can't pick then get the MoDaCo Custom Froyo ROM (r12) (r12-update-modacocustomrom-blade-kitchen-unsigned.zip)

Actions
  • Open Astro File Manager from the App Drawer - browse to the Rom Zip file you choose (r12-update-modacocustomrom-blade-kitchen-unsigned.zip)
  • Hold your finger on the file and choose Details - check the the MD5 Sum is the same as the one shown on the thread you go the ROM from - if not re-download the file. (cb1718841318a63775b020e6c544edfa)
  • Launch ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager from the App Drawer
  • Hit the Firmware tab
  • Hit the MENU button on your device and choose Update Database
  • If you want to make a complete backup of your entire phone : use the option Backup Current Firmware - this will put a FULL backup of your device onto the SDCard (in a directory called clockwork)
  • Choose Install Firmware - Not the firmware update
  • If you have more than one ZIP file on the sdcard you will see a list, pick the ROM file you downloaded (Large zip file) - Choose OK (r12-update-modacocustomrom-blade-kitchen-unsigned.zip)


The phone will reboot into Clockwork and automatically perform the following tasks:
  • install the ROM
  • wipe data and cache partitions
  • reboot into the new ROM
Done! - This boot will take a while (up to 6 minutes) as the ROM first loads.


Help it won't boot

let it try for about 6 minutes before you give up.

If you tried to use the Install Firmware Update and the phone won't boot, then you need to Wipe manually (Factory Reset).

This you will do in clockwork

  • Remove the battery
  • Put the battery back in
  • Hold the Volume Down button turn the phone on
  • Use Volume Up / Down to move between options
  • Use Home key to select an option
  • Use Back key to go back
  • From the clockwork menu choose: wipe cache partition.
  • From the clockwork menu choose: wipe data/factory reset.
  • From the main menu choose: Reboot


If this doesn't work then it could be that the ROM you downloaded got damaged.
You need to download the ROM again and copy the File to the SDCard and install again.

This you will do in clockwork

  • Remove the battery
  • Put the battery back in
  • Hold the Volume Down button turn the phone on
  • Use Volume Up / Down to move between options
  • Use Home key to select an option
  • Use Back key to go back
  • From the clockwork menu choose: mounts.
  • From the clockwork menu choose: mount USB Drive.
  • Plug the phone in, copy the ROM file, unmount on the PC
  • Choose from the main menu install zip fom sdcard
  • Choose the 2nd item choose zip from sdcard
  • Choose the ROM zip file r12-update-modacocustomrom-blade-kitchen-unsigned.zip
  • From the main menu choose: Reboot





3. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually



First go and download a ROM that support Clockwork - it will be a ZIP file at least 90MB.
If you can't pick then get the MoDaCo Custom Froyo ROM (r12) (r12-update-modacocustomrom-blade-kitchen-unsigned.zip)

Actions

  • Open Astro File Manager from the App Drawer - browse to the Rom Zip file you choose (r12-update-modacocustomrom-blade-kitchen-unsigned.zip)
  • Hold your finger on the file and choose Details - check the the MD5 Sum is the same as the one shown on the thread you go the ROM from - if not re-download the file. (cb1718841318a63775b020e6c544edfa)


Turn off your phone and take out the battery. Unplug the phone from the PC / charger.

Replace the battery and turn the phone back on with 'volume down' held. The device will go to a ClockworkMod Recovery menu screen.

If you want to make a complete backup of your entire phone : use the clockwork option backup - this will put a FULL backup of your device onto the SDCard (in a directory called clockwork)
  • Use Volume Up / Down to move between options
  • Use Home key to select an option
  • Use Back key to go back
Choose the 5th item "install zip fom sdcard"

Choose the 2nd item "choose zip from sdcard"

Choose the file "r12-update-modacocustomrom-blade-kitchen-unsigned.zip"

Choose the various yes options

When complete use the back button to get back to the main menu


If you are moving to a new Custom ROM, or changing between 2.1 and 2.2 you Must reset the device (this will reset the phone losing your apps and data).

  • From the clockwork menu choose: wipe cache partition.
  • From the clockwork menu choose: wipe data/factory reset.

If you skip the cache wipe factory reset and the phone doesn't boot properly then you need boot back into clockwork to clear the cache and factory reset
To get back into clockwork
  • Remove the battery
  • Put the battery back in
  • Hold the Volume Down button turn the phone on
  • From the clockwork menu choose: wipe cache partition.
  • From the clockwork menu choose: wipe data/factory reset.


Choose the 1st item "reboot now"

The phone now reboots.



4. How to install a Total Phone Transfer


This technique uses a much lower level method of updating your ROM.

However it is NEW, and in development - and only a few ROMs are currently available (but they are newer ones).

Using TPT allows you to change all of the sections of your phone in one single install. This means that the BOOT, RECOVERY and ROM all get installed together.
TPT also has the power to change other much deeper parts of the device; the first discovery has been that you can change the partition sizes.

This means the the Spare space (MB) in the system partition location - can be squeezed down so that you have more space to install Apps in the data partition.
The ROM developer will pick the correct size partition for their ROM.

Here is a video of TPT in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX78MnDKwOA (thanks isambard)

Compatibility

Currently the Hungarian TPT has been confirmed to work on ZTE Blades from the following countries

  • Hungarian
  • Greek
  • UK - both TFT and OLED
  • French
  • Indian - Dell XCD35
  • Austrian
  • Switzerland
Please (if you are not a hardcore user) DO NOT TRY it on a device not confirmed


Preparation

YOU MUST NETWORK UNLOCK YOUR PHONE BEFORE INSTALLING
Go here and get your phone unlocked first http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...-and-zte-blade/


Be sure before you carry on


ClockworkMod install method is much safer, more universal and more recoverable. If the device you have is not in the compatibility list then STOP. This update method - if applied to a device that's not supported - may BRICK IT (make the phone unrecoverable)


MD5 Check your ZIP file before you carry on if you dont you have a good chance of damaging your device

Applying a TPT

  • Mount your phone on USB or put the SDCard into a USB card reader.
  • Create a directory called image (lowercase) on the root of the SDcard (not in any other directories on the sdcard)
  • Extract the contents of the ZIP file to the image directory on your SD card

    (For example: If the drive letter of the SD card is "S:" then extract the content of the ZIP to S:\image)


  • Unmount the SDCard and turn the phone off, remove the battery, put the battery back in.
  • Switch on your phone by holding Menu + volume up + power (hold all three together)
  • Installation will automatically update your firmware, after it the phone restarts (When the updating process starts, you can release the keys) you may or may not see green text here - some users dont
  • After booting - remove or rename the image directory on your SDCard or you can accidently re-flash your phone



5. How to Install Clockwork using Fastboot



On some newer phone you cannot get into fastboot.
To try this turn the phone back on with 'volume up' held.
If all you see is a big grey block with the letters ZTM in the middle, then you will have to use another method to get clockwork onto your device.

On Windows you will need to install the ZTE Blade Drivers.
If you do not install the drivers you will see "waiting for device" when using the fastboot-windows
Drivers here : http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...rivers-and-adb/
Some users report these drivers work when the first do not work : http://flibblesan.co.uk/android/zte_driver.zip

The only tool you need is a md5sum checker.
MD5sum is a way of checking that the file you have downloaded has not been corrupted in any way, when you run the MD5sum command against a files the response is the files "fingerprint", if this differs from the expected MD5, then you need to re-download the file

Windows
Get your md5sum utility from: http://www.md5summer.org/md5sum.zip (COMMAND LINE VERSION)
Extract this Zip file contents and put them into your Fastboot directory on your PC (make one in c drive).

Download fastboot (Mediafire Pro)
fastboot.zip

Extract fastboot on your Desktop (windows users do it on the root of C drive)

Download 3.0.2.8: ClockworkMod Recovery
Clockwork 3.0.2.8 (recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.8-blade-gen1.img) - not the ZIP file direct link

Move the file recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.8-blade-gen1.img into the fastboot directory

Open a Terminal (or a command window if you are in Windows)

cd c:\fastboot

Linux alternative command cd Desktop/fastboot

md5sum recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.8-blade-gen1.img
Check that the outputted MD5 is: 39ce6be5ccea9081556acc3a4b422c48

Turn off your phone and take out the battery. Unplug the phone from the PC / charger.

Replace the battery and turn the phone back on with 'volume up' held. The device will stay at the 'green android' screen.

Plug the phone into the PC.

In the terminal /command window (still in the fastboot directory)
fastboot-windows flash recovery  recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.8-blade-gen1.img

Linux alternative command sudo ./fastboot-linux flash recovery recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.8-blade-gen1.img
MAC if you see the error : ERROR: could not get pipe properties rebooting... you should be able to ignore it - check you can get into clockwork (see step 2)
all If you get "writing 'recovery'… FAILED (status read failed (Protocol error)) android" change the usb cable, and try another USB port.
all If you keep getting waiting for device and you have tried installing drivers - then you could try the alternate Stage 1 (see below) which does not use fastboot


When this finishes, in the terminal run
fastboot-windows reboot

Linux alternative command sudo ./fastboot-linux reboot)



Wait for the phone to reboot

You can now use the Volume Down button (when powering on the phone) to get to the ClockworkMod menu



Thanks

Thanks to everyone who helped with this guide - this is a fast moving community and we all do our best to add to it.

Latest Update

22nd May - Updated clockwork to 3.0.2.8 and recovery manager to 3.6b
7th April - Updated to Clockwork 3.0.2.4
26th March - Added GEN2 thread link and cleaned up the top of post
26th March - Added warning about Androot getting detected as a Virus
25th March - Added link to Gen2 ROM instructions
22nd March - Updated to Recovery Manager 0.34b, Updated to Clockwork 3.0.1.4, Added link to Androot (multiupload)
21st March - Added warning about GEN1 and GEN2 Devices
21st March - Updated newest version of Clockwork to 3.0.1.4
26th February - Added check to see if you have a new device without fastboot.
19th February - Updated instructions to MoDaCo r12, Updated newest version of Clockwork to 3.0.0.6, removed problem instructions out of step 1 and 2
13th February - Added help on running updates for Recovery Manager
06th February - Added warning about not working on ZTE Racer and ZTE v9 and ZTE Racer
30th January - Changed 2. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager to have clearer description of what happens after installing ROM
25th January - Updated Recovery Manager to 0.29b, Added notice about Clockwork 3.0.0.5 - people can choose to use it, but still suggestion 2.5.1.8 as it supports older ROMs
24th January - Updated Recovery Manager to 0.26b - now does a WIPE during install - saves a lot of instructions - also improved what to do if it doesn't boot
19th January - Added more instructions at end of 2. - so that users can use VOLUME DOWN after auto install to enter clockwork and wipe
18th January - Added new section for using Clockwork manually - added driver links - added link to old guide
17th January - Guide created from old guide

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Ok Everyone?

I know its a big change, but its time to move with the times.

Any veterans who would like to follow my guide word for word and see if I made any mistakes please do so,
likewise if anyone gets stuck - or thinks it could be clearer please please please post.

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Ok Everyone?

I know its a big change, but its time to move with the times.

Any veterans who would like to follow my guide word for word and see if I made any mistakes please do so,
likewise if anyone gets stuck - or thinks it could be clearer please please please post.


Reading through it, it sounds fine to me.... I know I mentioned a video (all the kids love videos these days).. but how about some screen shots ?

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Thanks for the New guide. It is much more simple and easy to follow with most recent additions.

One suggestion though. Please include the link for USB drivers for ZTE blade. This will help new users picking up the best drivers. After all they need this driver to transfer files from their pc and/or installing recovery through fastboot.

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with tpt methode

rename recovery-clockwork-blade-2.5.1.8.img to recovery.img and copy this file in /scdcard/image
if something goes wrong you can always boot the phone with clockwork
no need to press menu or home buttons ;)

just power + volume up begin the process (tested many times)

Edited by Phoenix Silver, 18 January 2011 - 12:03 PM.

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Hi...well i tryed to perform as the guide.All seemed to go correctly untill the reboot...now im stuck with the "www.MoDaCo.com" logo at the beginning and nothing else.It simply flash from 16 seg and do nothing else.Any advice plz.
Im running a Optimus/San Francisco with a blade B03...

I repeat the modus...when it asks for install from sd/card i chose and find 2 directories with same r7...modaco stuff...
is this ok ? or there should be only 1 directorie ? thx


;)...well not sure what i did...made a factory reset...made a wipe data from sd/card...and what else...but its working now.
Beautifull set ,thx MoDaCo...thx Steven Harper.
Later i ll tell more about it.

Edited by haamiah, 18 January 2011 - 11:14 AM.

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When I do the following:
# Hit the Recovery tab - Choose Install Recovery
# Browse to the recovery-clockwork-blade-2.5.1.8.img and select it

After I select Choose 'Install Recovery', I don't get the option to browse to it, it just seems to automatically pick it up from the sd card.
At this point it then tries to install the recovery and seems to hang at the next dialog, I then have to cancel it and the recovery is not installed.

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;)...well not sure what i did...made a factory reset...made a wipe data from sd/card...and what else...but its working now.
Beautifull set ,thx MoDaCo...thx Steven Harper.
Later i ll tell more about it.


I think the r7 does not do a Wipe during install - I will alter the guide to account for this.

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I think the r7 does not do a Wipe during install - I will alter the guide to account for this.


Hi Steve...i confirm i have all data (videos,pictures,docs) i had before...even aplications are there altho not installed...wow its fast indeed ,good mod...thx pal:)
My opinion is that the mod needs its time to install ?? or has it been instant for other users...pacience is a must tho ;)

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When I do the following:
# Hit the Recovery tab - Choose Install Recovery
# Browse to the recovery-clockwork-blade-2.5.1.8.img and select it

After I select Choose 'Install Recovery', I don't get the option to browse to it, it just seems to automatically pick it up from the sd card.
At this point it then tries to install the recovery and seems to hang at the next dialog, I then have to cancel it and the recovery is not installed.


Did you install ROOT?

Also can you re-download and md5 checksum the img file.

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Did you install ROOT?

Also can you re-download and md5 checksum the img file.



I did install UniversalAndroot-1.6.2-beta5.apk, when I ran ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager, it asked me for superuser access which I granted.
I did check the img md5 checksum using astrofile manager and it was correct.
How long typically does the img take to install?

Just redownloaded everything, verified checksums all correct. Same thing stuck at Recovery Install Dialog ;)

Edited by Monstrum, 18 January 2011 - 11:55 AM.

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I did install UniversalAndroot-1.6.2-beta5.apk, when I ran ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager, it asked me for superuser access which I granted.
I did check the img md5 checksum using astrofile manager and it was correct.
How long typically does the img take to install?

Just redownloaded everything, verified checksums all correct. Same thing stuck at Recovery Install Dialog ;)

i would try with the clockworkmod method

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i would try with the clockworkmod method


Ive done the fastboot method and it worked first time. Thanks for all the help.

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One suggestion though. Please include the link for USB drivers for ZTE blade. This will help new users picking up the best drivers. After all they need this driver to transfer files from their pc and/or installing recovery through fastboot.

True, the PC driver issues is one of the big stumbling blocks people encounter, Steve seems to be aiming this guide as one you could do wholly on the phone itself.

The problem might be actually be finding this page on the web, so I've been using the Google Chrome to Phone extension Chrome to Phone extension, you can send this page via that and it will (eventually) appear on your phone allowing you to continue reading it and downloading all the files you need for this, direct to the SD card.

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True, the PC driver issues is one of the big stumbling blocks people encounter, Steve seems to be aiming this guide as one you could do wholly on the phone itself.

The problem might be actually be finding this page on the web, so I've been using the Google Chrome to Phone extension Chrome to Phone extension, you can send this page via that and it will (eventually) appear on your phone allowing you to continue reading it and downloading all the files you need for this, direct to the SD card.


I will add the drivers later tonight - and give it all a bit of polish

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Amazing guide! This will be really useful for noobs (like me).

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what's happened to the previous how to about this?

Why is ZTE app manager neccessary now ?

Isn't just install clockwork, wipe data+factory reset, pick your rom from the sd card and flash.

Why has it suddently become more complex. Is there still a link to the old tutorial ?

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what's happened to the previous how to about this?

Why is ZTE app manager neccessary now ?

Isn't just install clockwork, wipe data+factory reset, pick your rom from the sd card and flash.

Why has it suddently become more complex. Is there still a link to the old tutorial ?

it seems that there are problems with winblod and usb connections

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Now with Video!

Add link to OLD guide at top

Added suggestions to do nandroid backups

Also 5 sections now -

So there are 5 mini Guides here

How to Install Clockwork using Recovery Manager
How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager
How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually
How to Install a Total Phone Transfer
How to Install Clockwork using Fastboot (old way)


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I KNOW i'm asking a lot, but as a non-native english speaker and a mediocre writer i think i'm going to say something that other may think.
Do you think will ever be possible to have your youtube video subtitled? i mean i'm good at reading and understanding, but not really at "listen and repeat".
Now since the Blade seems to be mainly a european and asiatic phenomenon (since no US version is avaliable at the moment) a lot of your audience may not understand the video.
Well it's just a tip, your work is amazing, me, at first place, owe you a lot since if i could do something to my blade is thanks to your guides ;)

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