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[Guide] How to install a custom ROM & Partition your SD & Root

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Step 4 doesn't work for me and i'm unable to install acer download tools after extraction when i click it, or run as administrator, it says the program has stopped working, windows is looking for a solution.

PLEASE HELP!!!


What operating system are you using?

im having trouble with installing recoveryMT has anyone with Windows Vista successfully installed drivers that work?

ive tried to install liquid usb tool setup but keep getting an error.


Windows Update should download them automatically, at least it did for me although I'm using Windows 7.

Try plug it into a different USB port, that might make it re-download the necessary drivers.

on step #4 i get "sd image download procedure failed....SIGNATURE_MISMATCH" and can't seem to find anything on google :(

if i skip that step, in recovery more i stay blocked on Acer logo


Try flash using the Acer Download Tool.

It's under 'Important Note' in the first post. If you have questions how to use it it's best to read the Acer Download Tools thread or post there.

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That's the one.

I'll clarify it.


All done thanks, I'm getting the hang of this phone now. I have been a blackberry fan for
years but always dissapointed with the browsing experience.

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i've tryed to flash 3.027.01by acer tool and yhe tool say me: PARTITION TABLE IS NOT THE SAME OVERRIDE IT??MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE RISK.
what i've to do?

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just say yes - gingerbread has another partition table than froyo

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It appears quite a few people (including myself) have decided to purchase the Metal due to the excellent price at Expansys. Subsequently, I reckon there are going to be a few questions on how to install a custom ROM etc. so I've put together this guide.

This guide isn't really my own I've just taken the information from here, here and here and aggregated it.

1.) Download the Gingerbreak leak: http://www.multiupload.com/NBSC3OP3DO
2.) Extract the "acer_ug" folder from the zip file on your SDCard
(optional) : Reboot in recovery and wipe all/factory reset
3.) Power off your phone
4.) Boot to SD Download Mode with Camera / Vol- / Power (the phone will vibrate 3 times)
5.) Wait until it has finished, the phone will reboot
6.) Activate USB debugging on your phone.(How to)
7.) Plug your phone to your computer with your USB cable
8.) Download Recovery 2.2: http://android.modac...r-liquidmt-v22/
9.) Unzip the "RecoveryMT-2.2" folder from the zip file
10.) Launch "install_recovery.cmd"
11.) Download your custom ROM e.g. http://android.modac...final-tl-metal/ and copy and paste onto the SDCard
12.) Boot into recovery mode using Volume Up + Volume Down + Focus (Press Camera button Gently) + Power
13.) Wipe all user data (don't wipe the SD Card).
14.) Go back and select 'Flash .zip from SDCard' and browse to the ROM file, confirm.
15.) Enjoy

Important Note: SD Download Mode (Step 4) checks if the language in the BIN files are consistent, this may mean you need to use the Acer Download Tool from here to flash BIN files of a different language. It's probably a good idea to try this utility if you get error messages at step 4. Flash the BIN file in /acer_ug/acer_xx/whateverfile.bin using the download tool.

Thanks to Vache for instructions 1 to 10 & Thanks to lgcmn for the basic structure of the guide from this thread: http://android.modac...final-tl-metal/ & Thanks to Vikings123 for notifying me of the limitations of SD Download mode. Also, Thanks flibblesan for pinning this.

Sorry if there are any mistakes or anything else to be aware of, if so please let me know and I'll amend them.


Hi K0zmic,

I have a question that I hope isn't too stupid, but here goes... the gingerbread leak for Acer LiquidMetal has the letters EMEA in the file name, I understand this is a European designation. I live in North America (Canada) can I use that ROM or am I screwed waiting for Acer or my Carrier to push one out?

Thanks

Steve

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Thanks a lot for this tuturial.
I was waiting for a post like this to start flashing my liquid mt.

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just say yes - gingerbread has another partition table than froyo


thanks!!!

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Hi K0zmic,

I have a question that I hope isn't too stupid, but here goes... the gingerbread leak for Acer LiquidMetal has the letters EMEA in the file name, I understand this is a European designation. I live in North America (Canada) can I use that ROM or am I screwed waiting for Acer or my Carrier to push one out?

Thanks

Steve


Erm, honestly I'm not sure.

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Ill appreciates if someone explains what each of following does and why to do it?





1.) Download the Gingerbreak leak: http://www.multiupload.com/NBSC3OP3DO

8.) Download Recovery 2.2: http://android.modac...r-liquidmt-v22/

11.) Download your custom ROM e.g. http://android.modac...final-tl-metal/ and copy and paste onto the SDCard


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Great guide, worked fine for me, thank you.

A question though: If you've followed the whole guide to install a custom ROM on your new phone, where do you start at again to try another one. Step 11? Does that clean out all the apps you'd installed?

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Great guide, worked fine for me, thank you.

A question though: If you've followed the whole guide to install a custom ROM on your new phone, where do you start at again to try another one. Step 11? Does that clean out all the apps you'd installed?


Yeah from Step 11.

If you're on the same ROM e.g. t&l but a new version of it comes out then you probably just need to wipe Dalvik Cache rather than everything. If you do have issues e.g. poor battery life, force closes then try to do a full wipe and then re-flash.

If you're on a different ROM e.g. a Froyo one and you want to upgrade to a Gingerbread one then you need to carry out a full wipe.

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I believe there are two different versions of the phone. An EMEA one and an ASIA/US one. The differences are in the frequencies the phone operates on (EMEA: 3G:900/2100 ASIA: 3G:850/2100). Thus I think this is reflected in the firmware GEN1 is the EMEA one while GEN2 is the ASIA/US? This is particularly important for the radio image/partition; the code that does all the telphony GPRS/3G, etc. So if you are flashing the phone from scratch (the acer_ug from sdcard or the Acer download manager), then it will change the radio image; so make sure you load the correct one. If you are installing a custom rom via the recovery, it should not touch the radio image and thus is safer if you want to try out roms. This is my understanding from playing with other phones (G1/ZTE Blade/Z71).

I would ALWAYS make a backup before reflashing, if only to save alot of work getting back to the point you were before you reflashed!!! I mean you can restore it all back, but that will take some time, so better to take a backup.

While I am here, has anyone use the recovery to do full backup/restores? Would be nice to know it all works properly. Sorry I haven't as I have just got the phone.

If I got any of this wrong; feel free to correct me.

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I believe there are two different versions of the phone. An EMEA one and an ASIA/US one. The differences are in the frequencies the phone operates on (EMEA: 3G:900/2100 ASIA: 3G:850/2100).

Do you have any link regarding EMEA: 3G:900/2100 ASIA: 3G:850/2100?
Thanks,

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Ill appreciates if someone explains what each of following does and why to do it?





1.) Download the Gingerbreak leak: http://www.multiupload.com/NBSC3OP3DO

8.) Download Recovery 2.2: http://android.modac...r-liquidmt-v22/

11.) Download your custom ROM e.g. http://android.modac...final-tl-metal/ and copy and paste onto the SDCard



Hey guys,

I understand the purpose of step 8 and 11, as i have a htc magic and have gone from adroiod 1.6 through to 2.3.4 but have never had to flash any "leaks" to it, its always just been a full wipe and flash from recovery..

Why is it necessary to perform step 1 with each custom ROM used?

Thanks for the help and sorry if this has been clarified in another post

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Hey guys,

I understand the purpose of step 8 and 11, as i have a htc magic and have gone from adroiod 1.6 through to 2.3.4 but have never had to flash any "leaks" to it, its always just been a full wipe and flash from recovery..

Why is it necessary to perform step 1 with each custom ROM used?

Thanks for the help and sorry if this has been clarified in another post


The leak is to upgrade the radio/baseband I think.

You can switch between custom ROM's using just recovery and full wipe without having to go from step one, assuming the radio version installed is correct for the ROM.

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Thanx for partitioning tutorial.
why set swap partition to 0 ?
I heard that it can be used as RAM or virtual memory..
plz explain..

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Thanx for partitioning tutorial.
why set swap partition to 0 ?
I heard that it can be used as RAM or virtual memory..
plz explain..


http://zerocredibili...snt-make-sense/
http://wiki.cyanogen...p_and_Compcache


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In step 1 your link is for 3.027.01, shouldn't it be 4.000.07?



Edited by stonebear, 17 October 2011 - 11:57 PM.

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In step 1 your link is for 3.027.01, shouldn't it be 4.000.07?


Indeed it should be, thanks for the heads up. It's fixed.

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Indeed it should be, thanks for the heads up. It's fixed.


No probs. :)

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