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Hi!

This is my custom ROM for ZTE Skate/Orange Monte Carlo: SKatie

It is based on generic ZTE Skate 2.3.5 ROM and is dedicated to conservative users who would like to have ROM that is very close to stock but has some improvements like:
root, overclocking, more space in internal memory for applications, notification power widget, extended power-of menu (reboot, recovery, screenshot), custom compiled kernels, online update kitchen and more...

This is the final and stable release suitable for daily use.

Main Features - version 1.1

- automatic repartition to 150MB system, 35MB cache and 255MB data
- overclockable kernel Elitemovil Z3 (thanx to Elitemovil) - overclocking up to 998 MHz
- rooted
- ClockworkModGUI Recovery 4.0.1.5 (thanx to photom)
- deodexed
- zipaligned
- notification power widget (based on KonstaT's port so big thanks to him)
- extended power-off menu: reboot, reboot to recovery, screenshot
- battery circle mod with 1% decrements
- latest version of google apps
- Gmail 2.3.5 fix to allow 3rd party applications to read/write gmail
- no-frills CPU control
- link2sd
- LauncherPro
- ES File Manager
- DSP Manager
- SD Speed Increase
- latest Superuser.apk
- K-9 Mail
- Data Counter Widget
- Optional RTL support (via flashing ADDON - see second post)

Some screenshots
http://ceco.sk.eu.or.../v1.1/notif.jpg
http://ceco.sk.eu.or...er_off_menu.jpg
http://ceco.sk.eu.or.../homescreen.jpg
http://ceco.sk.eu.or..._vs_tweaked.jpg

Option 1
This is TPT version that brings the easy installation and no troubles with partition layouts because the installation process will do the repartitioning automatically. There is no need for any pre-steps to be taken before installation. No root nor ClockworkMod is needed. You can install this rom directly to phone containing all stock (original) parts.

Flashing will erase all data in phone except data on SD card. Before installing be sure you have enough battery left.

I TAKE NO RESPOSIBILITY FOR ANY HARMS LIKE BRICKED PHONE, ETC. In case you would like to revert to original partition layout, flash one of the stock TPTs you will find in this forum or use TPT Helper app from Play store

Download: http://tinyw.in/00Yx
( MIRROR1, MIRROR2 )
MD5 Checksum for ZIP: 592c95dc60a4177baf22b57ff4dd0e7b
MD5 Checksum for image.bin: 2169f65124c9e6a35ddded25a93ed282 (check this after you extract ZIP just to be sure)

Installation steps

1) Download ZIP and extract it into the root of SD Card. After that you will find directory "image" with one file in it "image.bin" in the root of SD Card

2) Power off your phone

3) Press simultaneously [VOL+] [Menu] and power on the phone while keeping the buttons pressed

4) Flashing progress bar will appear - do not interrupt the process

5) After flashing is finished phone reboots automatically

6) Visit Update Kitchen at http://skatie.ceco.sk.eu.org to update to the latest version and for additional customizations according to your preferences.

7) Optional: Read info in Settings / About Phone / Legal information / Support author
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Option 2
This is the version installable using ClockworkMod recovery - install zip from SD card. Your current partition layout will be maintained.
It is recommended to make a backup of your existing ROM to be able to revert back if desired.

Download: http://tinyw.in/fmJa ( MIRROR1, MIRROR2 )
MD5 Checksum: fe0f793e397772872a6db14f6a99c188

Installation steps
1) Download ZIP to your SD Card

2) Reboot to ClockworkMod recovery

3) (Optional) Make backup of your current ROM

4) Perform: Wipe data / factory reset, wipe cache, advanced / wipe dalvik cache

5) Perform: install zip from sd card / choose zip from sd card, choose ZTESkate_CustomROM_SKatie_v1.1-cwm.zip and confirm

6) Reboot after installation is finished

7) Visit Update Kitchen at http://skatie.ceco.sk.eu.org to update to the latest version and for additional customizations according to your preferences.

8) Optional: Read info in Settings / About Phone / Legal information / Support author
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Check out the second post for info on updates!

If you like this ROM you can donate to my PayPal account. Donation button can be found at http://ceco.sk.eu.org

Thank You!

Credits go to: Elitemovil, KonstaT, Photom, tilal6991, Tillaz - for their work being such a great inspiration!

Edited by C3C0, 12 August 2012 - 05:12 PM.

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SKatie Custom ROM Update Kitchen 1.3
This kitchen can be used to additionally customize your SKatie.
Except for automatic update to the latest version it is possible to
customize what applications you prefer using.

Check out the kitchen at: http://skatie.ceco.sk.eu.org

What's new in version 1.2
- maintanance release - so not much changed
- build.prop tweaks to improve performance and battery life
- removed faulty DSP Manager
- introducing Update Kitchen for further user customizations

What's new in version 1.3
- improved visibility of Power Widget
- support for sysinit (running boot scripts from /system/etc/init.d)
- additional memory, cpu and process priority tweaks (inspired by Atomic - thanks tillaz)
- auto-zipalign at boot - new installed APKs will be auto-zipaligned at next boot
- AppWidgetPicker - widgets in picker menu better organized - grouping of differnet types of the same widget
- busybox
- Adobe Flash Player option added in Update Kitchen
First boot after flashing update can take longer than expected - patiente required.

What's new in version 2.0
- new kernel - Ceco S1 - based on TomG's CM7 kernel. Higher overclock, TUN interface support (e.g. for OpenVPN to work), debugging code stripped.
- screen off animation
- SKatie extended settings (inspired by AtomicMod - Credits go to tillaz)
- Customizable notification power widget (Credits go to lidroid and KonstaT for porting)
- MIUI style battery bar (Credits go to Pvy)
- USB charging commander (Credits go to t0mm13b)
- Notification bar brightness control (Credits go to daryelv and KonstaT for porting)

- Proximity sensor calib
- updated system apks
- new features in Update Kitchen: Choosing kernel (elitemovil Z3 or Ceco S1), Music app (stock, meridian, MIUI), FM Radio app (stock, MIUI), Alarm clock (stock, Desk Clock)
- removed startup scripts that don't seem to have impact on performance to speed up booting
- does not require wipes before flashing

Screenshots: http://ceco.sk.eu.or...enshots/v2.0en/
Use Update Kitchen to update to the latest version: http://skatie.ceco.sk.eu.org

What's new in version 2.1
- new kernel - S2 - successor of S1
----- completely reconfigured
----- more CPU governors
----- more IO schedulers
----- improved performance - mainly 3D
- Support for switching next/previous music track by longpressing Vol+/Vol- while screen is off - no longer necessary to pull your phone out of the pocket to skip songs (ported from KonstaT's Swedish Snow)
- addfree hack - eliminates most of the adds in apps (not all, though)
- fixed Contacts app FCing when Romanian language is set
- updated Link2SD
- updated YouTube
- does not require wipes before flashing


What's new in version 2.2
- New EGL graphics libraries (thanks to lthunter and stephen)
----- 3D performance remarkably improved
----- antutu screenshots:
http://ceco.sk.eu.or...creenshots/gpu/
- Market replaced by Play Store
- does not require wipes before flashing


What's new in version 2.3
- Dolby Mobile fully integrated - it is now possible tu turn Dolby on/off in menu Settings / Sound (Thanks H3ROS for great support and providing me with modified Settings.apk)
---- When using Equalizer or other DSP Manager be sure not to go with your min. CPU frequency under default 245MHz limit to avoid choppy audio
- does not require wipes before flashing


What's new in version 2.4
- Extended Dolby Mobile Settings - possibility to choose dolby sound profiles and also define own profiles. New Dolby Settings are integrated into SKatie Settings
---- Screenshots:
http://ceco.sk.eu.org/omc/skatie/screenshots/dolby/
- 2G/3G switch in notification power widget (ported from Swedish Snow . Thanks to KonstaT and hansip87 )
- Wifi Tethering switch in notification power widget (ported from
Swedish Snow . Thanks to KonstaT and CyanogenMod)
- Cursor movement using Volume keys (thanks to
azuwis)
- disabled scrolling cache
- Link2SD and other apps updated
- new Alarm option - Alarm Clock Xtreme Free
- does not require wipes before flashing


ATTENTION:
it has been reported that stock alarm clock is behaving oddly on som phones - it doesn't wake up correctly when phone is in deep sleep and thus doesn't ring. Use Desk clock if you have problems with stock.

Update 13/09/2012
New kernel added in the kitchen: "Ceco S2 rev1" featuring:
- support for additional light/prox sensors: ONA3301 and ISL29026
- touchscreen + LCD panel drivers updated - support for newer Skate models (GB_RU_P743TV1, ...)
- relevant config changes

This version of kernel doesn't suppor SFR Staraddict because it requires specific kernel config that breaks compatibility with other models.
This one will be available as additional option soon.


If previous "Ceco S2" kernel works in every aspect on your device then there is no need to update to rev1 version!
Anyway, it shouldn't cause problems, in case you do update but in case of problems return to original S2!


Hotfixes

1) Alarm info on lockscreen from any alarming app - APPLICABLE TO 2.4 ONLY
Download non-RTL version: http://tinyw.in/YLlF
Download RTL version: http://tinyw.in/4VGT

2) Media profiles update - fixes low FPS in video recording - Applicable to any version
Download: http://tinyw.in/uYEo

3) Low battery sound and camera shutter off
Download: http://tinyw.in/kG7A

Edited by C3C0, 13 September 2012 - 01:56 PM.

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Nice work!!!

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Woohoo, new dev new dev!!

Will give this a whirl later, I like the idea of TPT installs, takes all the hassle out, nice work.

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Nice work :) Shouldt people check the MD5 sums before doing a TPT, ive had a corrupted ROM serveral times if that happens to a TPT your screwed right?

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Well, you have to extract ZIP anyway so if the download is corrupted you won't be able to extract ZIP so I would say it is safe even without MD5. (as ZIP has CRC check itself).

It would be more useful to have MD5 sum for image.bin - so you can check if it is correct after extracting ZIP to SDCard. Will add it soon in the first post.

Edited by C3C0, 12 January 2012 - 03:12 PM.

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Great job. Good to see another dev ;)

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Pretty tidy rom, nice and quick.

Any chance of slipping in the contacts from CM7? ZTE contacts dont join with other applications like linkedin, facebook etc?

Apart from that, nice work.

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Pretty tidy rom, nice and quick.

Any chance of slipping in the contacts from CM7? ZTE contacts dont join with other applications like linkedin, facebook etc?

Apart from that, nice work.

I found any zte based rom doubles up your contacts as opposed to joining them, regardless of contacts program used :/

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Thanks for the release and welcome C3co new skate dev :D

You've deodexed so if you don't mind I'll post an RTL (right to left language) supported version for our exotic skate users....

I see you've included link2sd...any chance of including darktremors ap2sd script into the rom?
I find having native sd-ext support is much better than apps like link2sd...

Edited by dadashi, 12 January 2012 - 04:27 PM.

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I found any zte based rom doubles up your contacts as opposed to joining them, regardless of contacts program used :/


Actually, now I think about it, only CM7 and CM9 work properly. Its wierd, never had an issue with the blade, just a case of dropping the AOSP contacts.apk & contactprovider.apk (I think, its been a while)

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Any chance of some screenshots of the power menu etc.? :D

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Thank you all for the positive feedback!! Appreciated.

Some screenshots added to the first post.

PedroVader: CM7 contacts, hmmm. Sounds nice but this colides with my main intention - to be as close to stock as possible. The more things you add from other roms the more there is potential of some stability (or other) problems. Would like to keep the rom reliable at all costs :)

Dadashi: What needs to be changed/added to enable RTL support? Please, more info on this. Thanx.


Regarding app2sd by Darktremor. Sounds good but I have to take a look at it first.

If there are any more recommendations for improvements I will think about all of them to be added to the next release (in case if people will be interested to have another release at all) :D


Ceco.

Edited by C3C0, 12 January 2012 - 10:42 PM.

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Edited by dadashi, 12 January 2012 - 06:24 PM.

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Tried the RTL patch from the link above (the latest one). The phone just won't boot using the patched framework.jar and libs...

What's wrong?

EDIT: Looks like 64bit windows is the culprit. Will give it another try under XP 32bit

Edited by C3C0, 12 January 2012 - 09:53 PM.

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RTL Support Addon now available. Check out the second post.

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another great rom, thankyou

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Downloading the scrolling cache tweak now, will use for a few hours then report, thanks very much indeed!

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Ok I have to first say that I don't think any GPU acceleration is enabled in your ROM, it was definitely more laggy overall until I tweaked the build.prop :P

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Well, that's the conservative approach I am mentioning in the first post :)
Anyway, will do some tests in the near future to find out if there really are some tweaks rom could benefit from.

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