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  1. cole2kb's Avatar
    How To: Get AOKP or CM9 on your Alltel RAZR MAXX!

    [WARN]General disclaimers apply with some special additions.

    There is currently no way for you to go back to full Alltel stock. You -can- return to your stock ROM at any time, however at this time I seem to be the only one messing with an Alltel MAXX and I have not tried to remove the recovery yet. Theoretically you could just uninstall Safestrap, but I have yet to research or try this out. So, that means if you have to send your phone in for repair or warranty replacement, or you have to take it in to the store for troubleshooting, you might get turned away.

    MMS will probably not work with built-in messaging apps. I'm still working on this. You'll need to use GoSMS for picture messages.

    Neither I, nor anybody else is responsible for your actions. You brick, your fault.

    [TITLE=The Guide][TAB=Before we begin...]You'll need to download a few files.

    -- a program to modify your ROM zip files. WinRAR is the only one that will work. 7Zip / WinZip will not help you here.
    Notepad++ -- a program that can properly modify Android configuration files.
    Black Widow ICS ROM, available in both CM9 and AOKP versions in this thread. (You may be able to do this with other ICS ROMs, however, the process will most likely be different. I'll update this thread with modifications for other ROMs as I go.)
    This ZIP file. This is all the stuff that will (almost) get your ROM to work with Alltel.

    You'll also need your RAZR MAXX rooted and the Safestrap recovery installled on it. The bad-*** RAZR MAXX king "bradenfontaine" has a great, easy to follow guide on how to do all this right here. That guide will instruct you to download a tool to do lots of cool things to your RAZR. You'll want to follow that guide until you get to the part where you install a ROM. That means when you're done with that and you come back here, your MAXX will be rooted, with the Safestrap recovery installed, and you'll have already made a backup in recovery.[/TAB][TAB=Extracting Files & Set-up][TIP]Copy all the files you just downloaded to another folder, give it a name like "RazrMaxx." This will help keep you organized, and give you a backup of everything you've downloaded just in case you need to refer to the originals.[/TIP]

    Step 1 -- Extract your ROM ZIP file.
    Right-click on the file you downloaded that contains your ROM and use the "Extract to [folder name here]" option.

    Step 2 -- Extract the AlltelGoodies.zip file you downloaded.
    Same process as above.

    Step 3 -- Copy the Alltel files directly into the ZIP file.
    Okay, you're going to right-click on the ZIP file for the ROM (in this case, BW_ICS-M6_FINAL), go to 'Open With' and press 'WinRAR'

    Open up the AlltelGoodies folder and move both windows side-by-side. You're going to simply click and drag from AlltelGoodies to the WinRAR window.

    Now, a box will come up on top of WinRAR, asking for settings and such. You're going to click where it says 'Normal' and choose 'Store', then press OK. It will add the Alltel-required files into the ZIP file.

    We're half-way there! If you need to take a break, now's the time. The next part will take a bit longer.[/TAB][TAB=Editing your build.prop]Editing the build.prop -- it's not as hard as it looks.

    In the ROM folder that you extracted (in this case, it's BW_ICS-M6_FINAL, go into the 'system' folder. Right-click on the file called 'build.prop' (or simply 'build'), go down to 'Open With' and choose Notepad++. If Notepad++ isn't in the list, just open up the program manually, go to File > Open and open the build.prop file that way.

    You are going to go through this file, edit some things, take some things out, and add some things. You don't need to "know code" or even really understand what you're doing (although it would be a great opportunity to do some of your own research and learn some things), you just need to follow the instructions VERY carefully.

    I will lay this out in a table format. The left column will be the set of text that appears in the build.prop originally, and the set on the right will be what you need to replace it with. Be very careful copying and pasting. All spacing, line spacing, etc... needs to stay the same. This table will be in the order, so you don't need to do a lot of jumping around, just follow it line by line. Some of these you may look at and say they are the same. Look closely. Some of them will simply have a '#' added in front, but that one character makes all the difference.

    ro.product.model=DROID SPYDER
    ro.product.model=Motorola RAZR MAXX
    ro.build.product=spyder ro.build.product=XT908_acg_us
    telephony.lteOnCdmaDevice=1 #telephony.lteOnCdmaDevice=1
    # Turn on IMS by default
    <-- Delete all of those lines.
    ro.mot.phonemode.vzwglobalphone=0 #ro.mot.phonemode.vzwglobalphone=0
    # BEGIN Motorola, nfjb73 23-jun-2010, IKMAIN-624
    # this is for feature 33860, when phone is activated, the cdma mdn is written.
    # END Motorola, nfjb73
    <-- Delete all of those lines.
    rild.libpath=/system/lib/moto-ril-multimode.so rild.libpath=/system/lib/libmoto_ril.so
    ## Add the following lines directly below.

    [/TAB][TAB=Final ZIP Modification]You're almost done!

    Save the file you just edited.

    If you still have WinRAR open with your ROM zip file, double-click on 'system' and click and drag the build.prop into it just like you did with the AlltelGoodies.

    Now, copy the ROM zip file onto your EXTERNAL SD-card, not your internal memory. If you don't have an SD card, go buy one and come back. They're super cheap. Don't forget to copy over any GApps you may need.

    Reboot your phone. You should see a screen that says 'Safestrap; DISABLED'. Press the 'Menu' button on your phone and you will enter recovery.

    If you haven't done so earlier, make a backup and place it on your EXTERNAL SD card. Scroll with the volume keys and use the power button to select. Scroll down to 'Backup and Restore', press 'Backup' and if it asks you to include Webtop, press 'Yes' and choose 'External SD card' when it asks you where you'd like to store it.

    Now, press the back button until you get to the main menu.


    Scroll down to 'Safe Boot Menu' and select it. Press 'Toggle Safe System.' (Do NOT use Quick Toggle.) It will ask if you are sure. Press 'yes'.

    This will take a little while. Once it's completed, press the Back button or scroll down and select ****Go Back****.

    Choose the following options, in this order:
    Wipe Data / Factory Reset
    Wipe Cache Partition
    Advanced > Wipe Dalvik Cache
    Mounts and Storage > Format /system

    Now, in the main menu, choose 'install zip from sdcard'. Choose 'external SD card' and find your ROM zip file, and select it. It will probably ask if you're sure, choose 'yes'. Let it do its thing, then go back and follow the same process if you have a seperate GApps file you need to flash. Then, go back into the main menu and press 'reboot system now.'

    You'll see the Safestrap screen again, except this time it will say 'Enabled.' Press the 'Search' button or just wait and it should begin to boot into your new ROM.

    Congratulations, you just ported a ROM![/TAB][TAB=Fixing MMS]It boots, and is all kinds of awesome -- but how do I fix MMS?

    Open up the Play Store, and download GoSMS.

    Open it up. Scroll through the three intro screens and tap 'Enter GoSMS'. Make sure to UN-check the 'Agree' box on pop-up that follows, if you don't, it will enable some GoChat nonsense that we don't need.

    Tap the 'Menu' button on your phone, and tap 'Settings.'

    Tap 'Advanced' at the top, and scroll down to MMS Settings.

    Check the box next to 'Fill APN configuration manually.'

    [TITLE=Fixing MMS][TAB=Step 1]Tap 'MMSC' and type http://mms.alltel.com/servlets/mms

    [/TAB][TAB=Step 2]Tap 'MMS Proxy' and type mms.alltel.com

    [/TAB][TAB=Step 3]Tap MMS Port and type 8080

    [/TAB][TAB=Final Product]This is what it should look like when you're all done.

    [/TAB][/TITLE][/TAB][TAB=You're done!]Awesome job. You're all done!

    Big thanks to Hashcode for Safestrap, the guys at DroidRzr for the sweet ROMs, and Jerry Hildenbrand for being my ear throughout writing this guide.

    HELP -- Something doesn't work!
    Go ahead and reply to this thread. List the ROM you ported and provide a link. Make sure you check the ROMs original thread and see if what you're reporting is broken in their ROM first. If your ROM is asking for a SIM card, you're just going to have to go through the process again.

    This looks ridiculous. Can you just post a ported ROM?
    No, and neither can you. I have reached out to several developers and asked if I could post ported versions, but sadly, none were receptive to the idea. I can't post a flashable ZIP patch because the hardest part (editing the build.prop) will be a little bit different for every ROM. I'd have to build one from source, and I am exploring my options, but it is generally outside the scope of things I can accomplish.[/TAB][/TITLE]
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    12-15-2012 02:34 AM
  2. iaminflames's Avatar
    Will this also work with CM10 builds??
    cole2kb likes this.
    12-21-2012 05:58 PM
  3. cole2kb's Avatar
    Will this also work with CM10 builds??
    The process is slightly different. Link me to the build you want to flash and I'll hook you up.

    Sent from my Motorola RAZR MAXX using Tapatalk 2
    12-21-2012 09:08 PM
  4. iaminflames's Avatar
    The process is slightly different. Link me to the build you want to flash and I'll hook you up.

    Sent from my Motorola RAZR MAXX using Tapatalk 2
    I was wanting to try out the ParanoidAndroid AOKP build here: Dev-Host - STOCK-kingkang_spyder_unofficial_Dec-20-12.zip - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service
    cole2kb likes this.
    12-23-2012 11:11 AM
  5. iaminflames's Avatar
    Thanks in advance you are the savior for the Alltel razr maxx!
    cole2kb likes this.
    12-23-2012 11:12 AM
  6. cole2kb's Avatar
    No problem. I plan on working out some flashable patches on Monday and will be sure to crank one out for that ROM. I want to check it out myself, it looks sweet.

    Sent from my Motorola RAZR MAXX using Tapatalk 2
    12-23-2012 11:15 AM
  7. cole2kb's Avatar
    Still working on those patches. The holidays were unexpectedly crazy.
    NGEFreek likes this.
    12-25-2012 07:43 PM
  8. cole2kb's Avatar
    Thanks in advance you are the savior for the Alltel razr maxx!
    Here's your Paranoid Android patch: http://forums.androidcentral.com/dro...ltel-maxx.html

    p.s. This ROM is awesome.
    12-25-2012 09:35 PM
  9. pmassey31545's Avatar
    I started this process and got to the build.prop portion and several of the values that are in your table are not in the original build.prop.

    Do you know why? And, if you have a modified build.prop could you upload it or email it to me and then I could overwrite the one in the zip just like we did the system folder?
    12-27-2012 10:06 PM
  10. carracerz14's Avatar
    Why isn't this stickied yet?

    Sent from my RAZR MAXXIMUS
    12-27-2012 10:30 PM
  11. pmassey31545's Avatar
    [SIZE=5]How To: Get AOKP or CM9 on your Alltel RAZR MAXX!
    We're half-way there! If you need to take a break, now's the time. The next part will take a bit longer.[/TAB][TAB=Editing your build.prop]Editing the build.prop -- it's not as hard as it looks.
    I have uploaded the 2 build.prop files I have. One is the ROM build.prop and the other is the backup I made with Safestrap and extracted with Winrar. Just so you can see what I mean by the differences in the changes you made. I wonder if I could just use my build.prop from my backup and overwrite the one in the ROM?

    12-28-2012 10:31 AM
  12. cole2kb's Avatar
    This -was- a sticky, however, if you look in the stickies now I have begun posting flashable ZIPs for Verizon ROMs to make them work with Alltel. Much easier than asking people to do this. Pmassey -- post in the other thread with the ROM you're trying to port and I'll make you a patch ASAP.
    12-28-2012 11:35 AM
  13. pmassey31545's Avatar
    Well, I did everything as posted here but I can't format system for some reason.

    It says:

    Formatting /system
    Error mounting /system!
    Skipping format...

    Ideas anyone???
    12-28-2012 10:21 PM
  14. cole2kb's Avatar
    Try mounting (or if it's mounted, unmounting) /system in the same menu first.
    12-29-2012 12:57 AM
  15. pmassey31545's Avatar
    Try mounting (or if it's mounted, unmounting) /system in the same menu first.
    Hmmmm. Not happening. I can't mount the system and have no opttion to unmount it. Tried fixing permissions-didn't work. Battery is kinda low, but I don't think that would cause it. Just so you all know I'm using Safestrap 2.11. I can't get the latest version to see my SD card.
    12-29-2012 09:58 AM
  16. cole2kb's Avatar
    What happens when you select mount /system? (I am also on 2.11.)
    12-29-2012 10:30 AM
  17. thenameisnigel's Avatar
    Well, I did everything as posted in the other thread http://forums.androidcentral.com/dro...ml#post2437149Here but I can't format system for some reason.

    It says:

    Formatting /system
    Error mounting /system!
    Skipping format...

    Ideas anyone???
    Sounds like your /system partition block is corrupted. Try installing a stock rom, then wipe all, then your rom+patch.
    12-29-2012 11:18 AM
  18. pmassey31545's Avatar
    What happens when you select mount /system? (I am also on 2.11.)
    Same error posted above.

    It says:

    Formatting /system
    Error mounting /system!
    Skipping format...
    12-29-2012 11:30 AM
  19. pmassey31545's Avatar
    I have Safe strap 2.11 but it says its for the XT910 and my RAZR is an XT908. I wonder?
    12-29-2012 11:54 AM
  20. cole2kb's Avatar
    Nope. I have the same phone and Safe strap works brilliantly. I don't know man. Maybe try removing and reinstalling it?

    Sent from my Motorola RAZR MAXX using Tapatalk 2
    12-29-2012 12:24 PM
  21. pmassey31545's Avatar
    I'm an *****. The first post and Title of the thread says it is for Alltel. Such a doofus. Gonna unistall. Factory reset. Reinstall and see if I can do it then.
    12-29-2012 12:39 PM
  22. cole2kb's Avatar
    Lol, no worries. Let me know how it goes.

    Sent from my Motorola RAZR MAXX using Tapatalk 2
    12-29-2012 12:48 PM
  23. pmassey31545's Avatar
    Lol, no worries. Let me know how it goes.
    Bout to give up. So I went in and did a back up of my current ROM (stock) and booted into my ROM and went through the steps to perform a factory reset. It went great. Phone is up and running at this point. So I installed safestrap and reboot to recovery. Went throught the steps to flash and still cannot format /system. Get the same error I posted earlier. SO, naturally, I decided to restore my backup I made and when I do I get an MD5 checksum mismatch. What the crap??!! I didn't change the name or anything. I have a backup from yesterday and one from today and niether worked so I am back to the "Original OOB" condition.
    12-29-2012 01:55 PM
  24. cole2kb's Avatar
    I would recommend going to the Safestrap thread on Droidrzr and posting your issue straight to the source. Sorry I can't help you more.

    Sent from my Motorola RAZR MAXX using Tapatalk 2
    12-29-2012 06:13 PM
  25. chairwolf's Avatar
    Greetings, folks. Semi-noob here (ok, noob). The Droid Razr Maxx XT908 is my 2nd phone. First was an LG Axis AS740 which I rooted. I now have an XT908. Having trouble finding reliable info on rooting this particular model. NOTE: I'm not on Verizon OR Alltel, but on nTelos.



    ICS 4.0.4


    baseband version N_04.23.00R

    Kernel version 3.0.8-ga0b5673 hudsoncm@il93lnxdroid84 #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Sep 28 08:23:00 CDT 2012

    AP flex version GAS_NA_GCXSPYDERNT

    Build number 6.7.2-180_DHD-16_NA-30

    I don't know anything about ROMS, I just want root access to remove bloatware, use better (root) apps, etc. but I'm interested in learning about ROMS and how they can be of benefit.

    Any help to be had out there?


    12-29-2012 10:23 PM
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