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VM motorola triumph 2.2>CWM>Sharp port>Miui 2.3.7 step by step
I am so please with the result, I would like to post this, so that other noobs like me may benefit
Like eveybody here, been waiting forever to get an update, I decided to take the plunge and the result is unbelievable.
Before: Virgin Mobile, no contract cellphone, motorola triumph running OS 2.2 Froyo. Bought one year ago, no upgrade by manufacturer ever. Lots of problems, random reboot with some apps, battery lasted half a day only, no tether, USB connection hit or miss.
Yesterday: Running OS 2.2 Sharp port, above problems ALL solved except tether. YUP. This is a motorola made, running a Sharp port is more stable than its original built OS, go figure!
Today: Running Miui 2.4.20 (based 2.3.7 android), tether success AND turned this cellphone into a small computer!
This may brick your cell. Only proceed if you know what you are doing.
Oh, you do not need root to go thru the mod.
Step by step guide, may brick your cell! You have been warmed
1) Install CWM, clockworkmod, http://androidforums.com/triumph-all...a-triumph.html, CWM 126.96.36.199 (20120527) --RECOMMENDED VERSION or http://androidforums.com/triumph-all...a-triumph.html, cellphone specific, has to find your cellphone version, will brick your cell if it is NOT made for your model . Bascially, extract the CWM.zip file into a recovery.img file and replace this file with your cellphone recovery.img AND safe copy your original recovery file. I would called the original recovery file recovery.img.ori and copy it to winPC for safe. This is your life line to return your cellphone back to factory in case of trouble. Very important. The original guide works, but the versions are dated, so substitute the guide with more update files.
Upon bootup to recovery, holding all three buttons, vol up, vol down and then power button till phone vibrates, will see CWM 188.8.131.52 in lite blue color. Once installed CWM, you should not, in general, use the "reset to factory" function in your cell. from now on, you have to use CWM to reset and recovery.
2) Make a back up of the original OS - bootup to CWM recovery, navigate down to backup and recovery, make a backup of the your cellphone and copy it to winPC. You need this to get your cellphone back to factory state, so safe guard a copy.
3) Install any custom ROM that is made for your model - Make sure battery is at least 50% before proceed. find any custom ROM you please, download the ROM.zip file to winPC, and do not extract, and copy it to cellphone /SDcard/ROM.zip. Bootup cellphone to CWM recovery, and navigate down to flash ROM from SDcard and flash AND do not touch anything till it is done. In some case, this may be 3 - 4 minutes as if the cellphone is dead. I tried the Sharp ROM port, http://androidforums.com/triumph-all...7-15-12-a.html, and I liked it alot. However, tether is a pita.
4) Install MIUI - I heard a lot about miui, it is an OS based on Android OS. It claimed it is much better. IT IS! Miui turned my cellphone into a mini computer! Strongly recommended! I heard so many rave review about MIUI, seeing is believing.
Follow instructions here, http://androidforums.com/triumph-all...3-7-based.html.
Miui 2.4.20 (based on 2.3.7 android)
Tether USB and hotspot
Google voice/talk/chat incoming and outgoing
everything with 2.3.7
camera, front and back
Skype/Google include video chat
what does not work
has NOT seen any so far, reportedly HDMI
(Gingerbreak apk v1.2)
The moto Triumph can be rooted just like the OpV, copied down from my previous post for completenesss. No. You do not need root to do the CWM mod.
Thanks. It worked on 1st shot. Just jog down a few notes in case I have to do it again.
Brand new stock Optimus V VM670 Android 2.2.1, has NOT been messed around yet till now
1) dl gingerbreak 1.2 to your winPC folder. I called it c:\ff dl\mygingerbreak
2) click ES file explorer>LAN shares>mygingerbreak>GingerBreak-v1.20.apk, it will install from your winPC to your phone.
3) insert an empty SD card, some mentioned that the SD card got wiped out, just a precaution step
4) on your phone>menu>settings>Applications>Development> select USB Debugging. Just enable USB Debugging and do not connect your phone with USB.
5) run gingerbreak on your phone, When prompted, select root. Phone will reboot if rooting is successful. 1st boot takes an unusually long time, kind of nerve wrecking, it is alright, just wait
6) Test root: install titanium backup from market
7) No. z4root does not work. I tried it.
8) So far, so good. wifi/3G/gps/market/skype/phone all working. Have NOT noticed any special behavior. Oh, on 2nd boot, it is back to normal booting time.
Once rooted, you now can look for custom kernel. Have NOT tried unroot yet.
Thanks for OP for this real easy root.
BTW, eventually it is also beneficial to setup adb, or even better adbwireless, use like adb but without the hassel of physically hooking up the USB cord. you will need adb to really play around your phone.
No pics, no stories, here are the pics
update 9/20/2012: reboot loop, unfortunately. Could be my SD card problem. Did not see anybody post problem like this.