Adventures and experiences of a virgin android user:
Got out the trusty hard backed notebook I use for jobs like this. Noted Mac ID, Sim number, phone number, day to change underwear, you name it from the phone. Just do it guys, 6 weeks or months later you won`t know where they are. Its 5 mins with me.....
I take pills that are supposed to block severe pain signals in the brain. What they also do is kill my short term memory and thought control so dealing with a first time Android phone and knowing the specific needs I felt for it was always going to be difficult. Thanks to one or two forums but especially this one I hung in there and got it sorted myself, even if I went a long way around to do it and took over 24 hours with breaks from it for something called Real Life (real world not the program)? Its overrated so don`t go there, virtual life is better.
I was never 100% sure this was the phone for me but 98% sure with this SFII and it went out of stock 3 times before I got the money to plunge. T Mobile had a Vivacity in and I went to town to get one, funds not paid in so no chance. Came home and the SFII was back in stock, next day at daybreak
funds were in and I ordered it online to be delivered to the shop Friday 23rd in time for Christmas, wey hey got me piggy bank n headphones etc but struggling to get the free £20 of games cos their server has problems. Never mind, Friday night I unlocked the phone and this helped (Mods delete it if it breaks the rules);http://ztecrescent.blogspot.com/
I only used that for the unlocking as it was clean, uncluttered and to the point. I got into Recovery accidentally and only once but just wanted to unlock on Friday only. Then soon after (minutes) wished I`d de branded and got rid of the Orange stuff. I figured Recovery, flash new ROM, end of and couldn`t get back in there. But hey, my 02 card was working perfectly so I played with new apps instead, but back of my mind (such as it is was in turmoil over de branding and using Restore.
The rest was looking, posting, trying incessantly to get the Restore working. Then I went here (Don`t delete this link Mods, its yours);http://android.modac...d-now-complete/
Read it 15,000 times and it was logical Captain. That`s life Jim but not as we know it (its not all the pills lol). I only used the 2nd and 3rd rectangles with instructions in as I`d already unlocked elsewhere. Right clicking in the ADB folder while pressing shift should win an award, so much easier than all that tie pin. Sometimes it fails but the main thing is phone switched on and usb cable on then it should work. Be logical where you place the bits and pieces, get them in a folder with subfolders so you can get each part you need at the time you need it, depending on the process you`re on. So I take the ADB folder out of its De Branding archive and on the desktop, do whatever that first post says (forgot already-go read it) then place it back in your De Branding folder when finished. Take the Crescent.zip and for me the SFII.Zip and put them on the root of the SD card, not in a folder. But keep a copy in your De Branding main folder on the desktop, that`s your archive folder in case you have to repeat it any time. Worked for me, logical, easy to follow, not losing folders and files. I use 2 monitors so instructions on one and do the biz on the other. Had to use the lappy too cos the main puter won`t work with and SD card above 2 gig and then only certain ones.
Don`t do what I did and forget to put both parts on the Micro SD Card. Then make it worse by forgetting to use the blooming SFIIkernel.zip straight after the Crescent.zip. no wonder the thing was unresponsive. Don`t be in a rush, calm that heart beat a little, get a cuppa, take your time. Do it when the kids are in bed and tell the missus sex has to wait. You have a missus? I told the dog to STFU instead. Ok, give her the best 2 mins of her life first and come back after a snooze. OK, so I went back and managed to get into Restore but its still hit n miss, tried two apps and they just sit and stare at you. Anyway, got back in and put the stock ROM on then rebooted. Got back in to Restore after two failed attempts. This time the Crescent.zip and the SFIIkernel.zip were on the MicroSD card and I made it the 16gig I bought, kept the stock ROM on the 2 gig supplied with the phone, put a piece of paper in to say what was on it. Proceed something like this;
Enter Restore (ha, if you`re lucky). Something like install from zip on SD Card? Press vol down to get to it, press Home to select it. Press vol down to get to it + Home to select. And maybe I had to press vol down to get to the right line, then HOME to select. Use the symbol on the far right bottom of the SFII that looks like UNDO and works like BACK to go back to the start. Then repeat all the Vol downs and Homes to locate the SFIIkernel.zip and install that. NOTE. Crescent.zip is same for the SFII and the Vivacity, SFIIkernel flashed straight after the Crescent if on SFII or the Vivacitykernel.zip if on the doo da diddy (Vivacity?), gotit? Then keep pressing back until you reach the main menu and restart the phone by Vol up/down and HOME to select.
OK, this helped. Its a video for the Orange Monte Carlo but the thing is it puts all the text into perspective when you see a similar operation carried out on the screen. Watch it a few times but don`t forget you`re on a different phone so treat it a little with a pinch of salt (not the phone, D`oh!). http://community.gif...ee/ba-p/2432091
Look here for a free Partition Manager for the SD Card;http://www.partition...on-manager.html
I set both partitons to Primary and split the 16 gig into roughly two 8 gigs. 7.5 each to be honest is nearer the mark as you lose some to the system or whatever the latest excuse is to rip us off on sizes. I set Fat32 as it was over 4 gig and then set the second half to EXT2 so it was suitable for APP2SID to transfer files from the phone to the MicroSD Card and back. One partition isn`t seen by windows but thats the EXT2 part for APP2Sid and that`s a free app in the market, was on the first time I used Crescent but couldn`t find it again so I downloaded and installed it. You need to save the contents on your PC before you partition, I floated them back afterward and test the card, make sure it and APP2Sid works if using it, you don`t have to. Delete the crescent.zip and the SFIIkernel.zip from the SD card but keep an archive copy on your puter to use again. It won`t do anything to leave it there but you want to save space right? Space is the final Front Ear they say.
I then got Power Manager and paid 62p on the puter link cos it declined my card on phone. turned out to not be registered with Google wallet but typically goes all around the houses without telling you straight. I`d tried the trial and it`s well worth the considerable expense. I put all my apps on and especially K9 Email, it`s the dogs wotsits! App2SD moved the apps that could be moved to the SD card and the phone is cooking on gas now. Got Titanium Backup and was brave, backed up 6 files then said stuff this for a game of soldiers. Paid just shy of £4 to license it, spam filter changed back on me and I lost it but they kindly resent after I proved I was me and me wasn`t you or him or her or them.
Right we`re cooking on rocket Fuel now, not gas. Phone is brilliant! thanks for helping all you guys and you know who, any guyesses too. Finally, tried Real Racing too and downloaded tween 400 and 500mb before I could play it. I did not expect much of an 800 CPU and low memory. the SFII played it brilliantly and no lag that I saw, great gameplay, fantastic graphics and no waiting around. Phone got very warm, phone power was well under control with Power Manager (and the car power too lol). Tried the video playback and it was superb so I had to splash my very limited funds again for £4.75 to get the full version. Done in minutes from the game too, very impressed.