New to Epic - battery life, DRM service, wired tether?
Great forum! I'm new to the Epic and Android in general, coming from a (hacked and modded to the hilt) Palm Pre. I'm trying to get up to speed on where things currently stand on a few issues. These are probably not related, but are probably tied together by my general newbieness, so I thought I'd ask em all in one thread.
1. Battery Life - coming from the pre, I'm used to this lol. But of course I'm always looking to maximize. I keep reading about the DRM service introduced with Froyo. Is this thing still a problem in the current EC05 build? How do I stop it? I think I understand that, once rooted, I'll be able to kill it but it'll keep coming back? Is a custom ROM the only way to get rid of it entirely? Any recommendations for one that's totally stable and retains stock functionality?
2. Wired tether - doesn't work even with drivers installed, Sprint error code etc. I've found the modded wired tether package that's supposed to fix this problem, but they all say they're for the EB build of Froyo. Anyone know if this will work for the current EC build as well?
Thanks for reading. I'd be glad for any advice or suggestions on any of this stuff.
- 05-11-2011, 03:32 PM #2
You can kill the DRM service by (from the home screen) going to menu > Settings > Applications > Running services then finr the OmaDRMconfig and tap that and it'll stop that (Rooted or not). In the most recent Froyo builds, I haven't noticed a battery life either way with that and I think I remember others saying the same. I think most custom ROMs leave it in because if you take it out completely it causes more problems.
For Wired tether to work, I believe you'll have to be Rooted (not sure if the Sprint tether works on wired or if it's only wireless). Not sure about any other issues with it, since I've always used the wireless tether when I need to.
Also, for battery life improvements, I always like to recommend the Screen Filter app if you're indoors a lot, since it'll dim the screen even further than stock can, thus saving battery life a bit.
- 05-11-2011, 03:46 PM #3
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Yea, you can kill DRM the way he described.
As for tethering, Sprint charges for that service, so your phone is not going to do it unless you root it and install a custom ROM.
I use ACS syndicateFrozen ROM. I have been using theirs for a while. I get great battery life with them and their twilight kernel.SFR 1.1.0 with the Twilight Zone Kernel, EXT4 and EC05
Cool, thanks guys. I was going to root and set up wireless tether tonight... I thought if wired would work it'd be nice to have since you probably want to be plugged in if tethering for any length of time anyway... But no biggy.
Thanks for explaining how to kill the DRM... Honestly batt life hasn't been bad in standby anyway, which was why I was wondering if it was still a problem in this build. I read so many horror stories but they were all old. Now if I could just quit turning the thing on and playing with it every couple minutes maybe I'd have decent battery by the end of the day. ;-)
- 05-11-2011, 06:57 PM #5
- 333 Posts
- AOKP'ing it.
I haven't really used wired tether all that much as I use wireless tether mostly. Even if you use wireless tether, you can still keep it plugged in so the battery doesn't drain so fast and all.
Oh yeah, and I came from the Palm Pre too. I told myself I'd never get an Android phone and was almost mad at the fact that all these new Android phones were coming out on Sprint, but no newness from Palm. Haha! Since I've had the Epic, I haven't looked back....
- 05-11-2011, 10:50 PM #6
- 244 Posts
- ACS SyndicateROM Frozen
An easier way to kill the OmaDRM service is a great program called Startup Auditor, which kills it on startup (and anything else you don't want to run). Free version lets you kill up to 5 processes, unlimited in pro.
I second ACS's Syndicaterom Frozen. Crazy fast and stable, and when paired with Twilight's kernel it sips battery.
- 05-12-2011, 12:15 PM #7
- 1,259 Posts
I am not rooted and using easytether to connect my laptop wirlessly and I'm not paying sprints $30 cover for hotspot/tether either. They are raping me already as is! DL the lite version to check it out inthe market. Free version only allows websites, not secured ones where u have to type a username and password. They charge u a one time fee of $10 for access to that. Good luck!
- 05-13-2011, 01:56 AM #9
Thanks Paul... poor terminology on my part. I've been reading that thread about the wireless tether... Awesome community you guys have here.
Btw, I grew up in Joliet and then lived near Caton Farm Rd and the Dupage for like ten years before moving out of state. Small world lol.
- 05-17-2011, 01:38 PM #12
- 05-18-2011, 07:21 AM #13
- 05-18-2011, 10:13 AM #14
- 244 Posts
- ACS SyndicateROM Frozen
- 05-18-2011, 01:42 PM #15
Last edited by rando991; 05-18-2011 at 04:05 PM.
- 05-19-2011, 06:54 AM #16
Update: This quote from the XDA developers: "Yeah, google removed the code for taskkillers in froyo."
So, your startup auditor does not really work on your phones, it only appears to. I don't know if you can get your money back. If I were you, I'd recommend all 4 of you put in bad reviews and maybe they will put in a warning about it BEFORE anybody else pays for these apps.