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  1. 631735's Avatar
    Here's for the, hold my hand crowd on installing this rom from Stock. Being here, you know the risks. (windows only, sorry. but if you can root your phone on Mac, OS doesn't matter when flashing this rom) Special Thanks to MikeyMike01,ChanceM & LinuxBozo *more special thanks to Al Gore

    Root your phone first
    Install Samsung driver for pc here. thanks to AC's DroidXcon's page here.
    Easiest way to root is CLShortFuse's SuperOneClick 2.1.1 Download is at very bottom but READ the page. UNMOUNT your SD Card BEFORE you root (settings/sd card and phone storage/unmount sd card). If it ask to install busybox during the root process. Do it.

    Once rooted, backup Contacts, Apps and SMS messages. Samsung's native contacts app can do one for you.
    Titanium Backup for Apps (needs root for this). Hit the Menu key, Batch. I did "Back up all user apps + system data". Just in case. For sms, native app doesn't do this (from what I seen), I use Go SMS Pro which has a backup function for messages, check if yours does too. Call history? didn't care for it. Check in Market Place if you do. Calender events? I sync with Google calender, if you don't check market place. Also, It will not touch your internal/external sd cards when you flash the rom, but you can backup if you want.

    **edit - Check out MyBackup Root and backup all info besides the apps. I'd still like to use Titanium Backup for apps. If you purchase the Pro version, reinstalling apps is faster.(no need to go through install for each app). Another reason to support the devs I personally haven't used MyBackup yet, but will try it on next rom flash.


    CWM Installation Instructions: from Gtg's Q&A Page with links changed for Dipity
    1) You must be rooted.
    2) If you have a /Voodoo folder on your internal SD card, delete it and reboot.
    3) If you're already running a custom ROM with Voodoo lagfix FULLY enabled, you can skip to step 7.
    4) Download CWM-community-kernel-v8.zip if you're on Froyo or CWM-infused-v2.0.1-kernel.zip if you're on Gingerbread and place it on your internal SD card.
    5) Install SGS Kernel Flasher from the Market.
    6) Open SGS Kernel Flasher, select choose kernel, select the file you downloaded, and select flash kernel. Your phone will reboot and begin to enable Voodoo lagfix. Let it do that and boot all the way up. It will take a while (5-10 minutes) because it's converting all partitions to ext4.
    *edit there's a cool female robot voice telling you it's process and when it is almost done.
    7) Download S7_Infuse_8_26.zip and place it on your "internal" SD card.
    8) Power off your phone.
    9) With the phone powered off, hold both volume keys and the power button for about 10 seconds and then release. This should boot you into RED CWM.
    10) Select "install zip from sdcard" and select S7_Infuse_8_26.zip. *edit volume up/down is cursor, power button selects
    11) Once that finishes, select "wipe data/factory reset". *edit It wont touch the int./ext sd cards except for some database files in internal.
    12) Select "reboot system now".
    13) Do NOT restore system data with Titanium Backup. Do NOT restore ALL apps with data. If you absolutely must restore something with Titanium Backup, only restore MISSING apps with data.

    The LAST 6 words are VERY important when restoring your apps. This is where it gets tedious, when you're restoring your apps, you're going through the install process again for each app. Only thing that didn't come back right were my widgets once launcher pro was reinstalled. But it was as simple as removing broken widgets and reloading them. Reimport your contacts (it even keeps your pictures, if you used the native app), SMS messages and log in to any of your syncing features (ie google, facebook). Then I just rebooted again to clear system resource from all the reinstalls. All back to where I was before flashing, except better, stronger. Like a Superhero! Enjoy Dipity my friends!

    *edit
    I forgot to add this part in the thread.

    From mikeymike's official S7 page
    http://serendipityinfuse.weebly.com/add-ons.html

    Just check whatever addon's you want back in and it will create a flashable zip. same way you flashed the S7 rom but drop in the addons zip instead. From step 7 to 12. skip the wipe data/factory reset step and just reboot. Your apps will be there on boot.

    ps i wouldn't install the color themes, (well, one of the blue themes, not sure which) they seem to mess up a couple things when you flash it.

    **edit
    If you didn't know yet, there are a couple major bugs in this rom. First call no sound on boot, 15fps video recording and no MHL adapter(HDMI) support.
    The first call is simple to undo, just toggle the speakerphone button on/off and it's normal again. Thanks to the UCKI4 leak, Gtg has fixed the recording back to 30 fps. We probably won't have MHL until official AT&T GB release.
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/inf...m-gb-roms.html

    You may see this thread change once a rom is released with the official builds. Gtg and Mikeymike have agreed to make a final GB release when it does. And we will have to worry no more, unless we are able to use IceCream Sandwich. Does this phone pass requirements for it?
    DECKER417, navmed, mbnocx and 4 others like this.
    09-08-2011 02:29 PM
  2. ughazi93's Avatar
    After the kernal flasher thing (step 6) is done, do you still have to delete the recovery file like it says in the xda step by step for infused?
    09-14-2011 07:03 PM
  3. 631735's Avatar
    After the kernal flasher thing (step 6) is done, do you still have to delete the recovery file like it says in the xda step by step for infused?
    Negative, that list is a different way of installing the rom. This way is easiest. I did it the way listed in my instructions and never received any errors
    09-14-2011 11:39 PM
  4. DECKER417's Avatar
    everything is was going exactly how you described and I followed the directions to a tee, however after the robot chick stated she was through my phone is just black screen and vibrating
    please help
    09-21-2011 10:42 PM
  5. 631735's Avatar
    it does take a while for that process. site said 10 minutes, mine took over 6. how long has it been now?
    DECKER417 likes this.
    09-21-2011 11:25 PM
  6. DECKER417's Avatar
    Thankfully My dumb moment ended and i figured it out
    09-21-2011 11:50 PM
  7. DECKER417's Avatar
    It took me having to mount my internal sd card from that red cwm.

    From there I was able to place the zip file on the card and proceed. Scared me to death. Lol This was my first mod.
    09-22-2011 12:00 AM
  8. 631735's Avatar
    Glad it worked out.
    09-22-2011 03:18 AM
  9. stlracer9486's Avatar
    How do I return my phone from Serendipity
    *VII back to stock
    09-24-2011 06:00 PM
  10. 631735's Avatar
    I don't see a reason why you would go back to Froyo but here's one way. Also nice if you try other Roms or somehow bricked your phone in the process.

    Once again thanks to Gtg over at XDA. Donations highly recommended!
    [ODIN][UCKD5] GTG's Ultimate Unbrick - Return to stock - Working PIT included - xda-developers
    09-24-2011 07:32 PM
  11. stlracer9486's Avatar
    How do I get the Samsung media hub on Serendipity VII or is there not a way
    09-24-2011 07:38 PM
  12. 631735's Avatar
    Oh yes I forgot to add that part in the thread.

    From mikeymike's official S7 page
    Add-Ons - Serendipity Infuse

    Just check whatever addon's you want back in and it will create a flashable zip. same way you flashed the S7 rom. From step 7 and on. skip the wipe data/factory reset step and just reboot. Your apps will be there on boot.

    ps i wouldn't install the color themes, (well, one of the blue themes, not sure which) they seem to mess up a couple things when you flash it.
    09-24-2011 07:54 PM
  13. mascaw's Avatar
    Hi, new to android, having come from using ios since its release.
    your instructions are pretty detailed and nicely done. I have my infuse rooted, backed up apps and data
    etc etc.
    I just need a little more hand holding if you will.
    when I download CWM-community-kernel-v8.zip.
    am I supposed to put the zip file on the phone (when you have it mounted as usb) or am I supposed to put it in a particular folder or does it have to be unzipped first?
    09-27-2011 08:24 PM
  14. Stonecold's Avatar
    Hi, new to android, having come from using ios since its release.
    your instructions are pretty detailed and nicely done. I have my infuse rooted, backed up apps and data
    etc etc.
    I just need a little more hand holding if you will.
    when I download CWM-community-kernel-v8.zip.
    am I supposed to put the zip file on the phone (when you have it mounted as usb) or am I supposed to put it in a particular folder or does it have to be unzipped first?
    Place the zipped file in the internal SD and install the ZIP from recovery
    09-27-2011 08:46 PM
  15. mascaw's Avatar
    Just got done a few minutes ago. Working great really love the rom. I was enjoying the phone before but now its just so much better.

    Sent from my SGH-I997 using Tapatalk
    09-28-2011 12:00 AM
  16. diamonddawg21's Avatar
    Thanks so much, worked like a charm.

    I followed you walk through on installing a custom rom for my INFUSE and it was perfect. I installed seredipity. My wife has a samsung captivate I would like to install a custom rom and and wanted to know if your walkthrough can be used as well? Almost every ROM was DEV has something different but it seems the same principles apply, but I want to be sure before I risk jacking up her phone.
    09-29-2011 09:03 AM
  17. 631735's Avatar
    I would think it would be the same way. Root, Backup, Install CWM recovery, flash a custom kernal/rom. For ease of installation of any rom from stock, I would follow what the dev puts in their installation instructions. But once you have CWM Recovery, you can flash any CWM rom you want in. Infuse S7 is actually a direct port of the Captivate version so it should be better than our version.

    For your wife's, if stock, I'd follow his (mikeymike's) instructions on installing.
    Download - Serendipity VII

    His xda thread is also here.
    Also, an AC thread http://forums.androidcentral.com/t-c...ipity-vii.html if you want to read through others comments
    09-29-2011 04:33 PM
  18. diamonddawg21's Avatar
    Thank you Sir, I will give it a shot
    09-29-2011 08:40 PM
  19. aapold's Avatar
    No MHL HDMI out is a killer for me. I use that regularly.
    mascaw likes this.
    10-05-2011 08:09 AM
  20. jvandenburgh85's Avatar
    I appreciate the "hold my hand" approach. This being my first install, I needed it. Awesome ROM. Love it. Is there a way to get some color in the settings menu by any chance? Would that be a theme? Just wondering. Super fast. Getting my apps back on there now and getting Launcher Pro going again. Great job!
    10-06-2011 12:39 AM
  21. buckwheat-phd's Avatar
    Some initial thoughts on this ROM (coming from stock 2.2):

    1) All this talk about quadrupling your battery life is BS. It drains just as fast as Froyo, period. The backlight on an Infuse uses 400ma/hr, no exceptions. Power usage is, and always will be the Infuse's achilles heel.

    2) A good # of older apps that run fine with 2.2 cause all sorts of bizarre behavior with 2.3. This certainly isn't a Serendipity issue though

    3) Basic apps like Email etc are excluded from the distribution, and you have to spend another 3 hours searching this forum - to find out he threw them in the corner of his website, and they require a separate download and installation. But they won't install anyway, get "Application Not Installed" on all of them. It's an authentication issue, and you'll have to search again to find a non-signed version. ALL of this could have been avoided if these little apps were just thrown in to begin with. No excuse on this one. Size doesn't matter anymore.

    4) You'll need recovery.zip, and you'll have to spend the usual 3 hours searching and finding the right /latest one. Then you'll have to purchase a root file handler to rename/install. This should somehow be bundled with this and ANY ROM

    5) 2.3 mangles Call blockers, voicemail etc. You'll have to reconfigure them then they should work fine.

    6) Phone now rings once or twice, after caller hears it ring for 5 times. You'll miss calls.

    7) This version is simply MUCH quicker than 2.2. It loads everything from browsers to apps about twice as fast.
    10-26-2011 03:05 PM
  22. 631735's Avatar
    1) Battery life, we are all mostly talking stand-by/idle. This rom & 2.3 has better memory management and keeps it going longer if you know what you're running in the background. Of course having the display on kills the battery faster.

    2) don't know what the apps are so can't comment

    3) I don't know the legalities, but I'm pretty sure I've read from the devs, the reason those types of apps are left out is it's illegal to compile them in their roms. Seems like AOSP type apps are there cooked in the roms. I believe Google Apps are a bit iffy if cooked in rom but a lot have shown up in roms. The email app is Samsung's which is why it's not in there. Also, I don't think you read the install right. You flash the zip from the add-on's that you've created in CWM Recovery. Not unzip it and install each apk from it.

    4) What is the purpose of the recovery.zip file you speak? Never needed that to flash/run roms

    5) never had that issue

    6) never had that issue

    7) yes


    *are you new to flashing roms? 3 hours to find things? esp if you're on XDA, the first post has everything you need. even in this thread, i even left links to places in my first post
    10-26-2011 11:37 PM
  23. buckwheat-phd's Avatar
    *are you new to flashing roms? 3 hours to find things? esp if you're on XDA, the first post has everything you need. even in this thread, i even left links to places in my first post
    Oh yea - I'm new at it. We've got the best android phone so far [Infuse], and it was killing me that Samsung and ATT tossed it in the desk drawer and forgot about it and 8 others just like it. To make it worse, these devs were ignored in order to babysit a hardware stream, each with severe concessions and lacking capabilities in the name of sales. People like yourself and others that are interested enough to donate time/effort when Samsung left off are to be commended.

    Nonetheless it left me in a precarious position - flashing the device myself if I wanted it updated to something newer than a year-old version. After choosing from the dozens of roms available, each demand their own idiosyncrasies and levels of effort/research. True, to you and others who have the experience it's a no-brainer. But I would say this could easily cause some friction within our own ranks - and has even driven some back to the iPhone.

    IOS is a much more robust OS than the Linux micro-kernel Android, but Apple suffers from only one choice of hardware (or two if you count the pad). On the other hand, we have a wealth of hw choices and manufacturers - who almost all are now back on their heels with the 4S being introduced. I mean what were they doing the last 12 months upgrading n 800mhz processor to a 900mhz and renaming the device?

    So now the avg end-user is faced with two daunting issues - fighting the greed/laziness of the Android hardware developers, and the ever-hope that some x.y version of Android will come up to IOS's potential - like ICS perhaps. And if they dont get a grip on competing with SIRI, theyre cooked - believe me.

    The more I look at Android, the more it really wreaks of the same issues that kept Linux out of the limelight for the avg consumer. Only this time we arent forced to deal with a bastardized OS like Windows as our only alternative. IOS is a formidable piece of work and itll take all the Android community can muster to keep up, much less surpass. Lets dont get cocky about this just because we have the nicety of dozens of mediocre hardware choices on our side. IOS 5 is so far ahead of any kernel version of Android we need all the help we can get. Toss in the flippant attitudes of Samsung, Motorola, LG etc plus the carriers and this is trouble for us Android-owners. These mfgs should be WAY far out in front of the ONE Apple device from a hardware perspective. Instead, we get a dozen new models each month, each with huge issues and lagging specs. That's when we say [down here] that someone needs to take names and kick ***.

    I was SO hoping that Google would have forced standards and policies (like Apple did with IOS). Sort of like big-brother that Redhat and others could never do. But I havent seen it.

    So my comments above were frustrating in nature, and although asinine to you and knowledgeable others, these issues are quite real-world to a large percent of us. Go count the posts (just in this thread even) similar to "I'm lost" or "I've bricked it" where do I get primary file xxx.yyy just trying to bring their damn phones up-to-date. Root file managers, specialty boot binaries we have to search for, licensing/authentication/signature issues with apps, GUI ROM managers, fixing all the apps after the migration, broken cell issues all do NOT bode well for the Android process.

    Until we can bring the discipline of one-click control and updates to Android, manufacturers who incessantly place at least dozen aggravating/outdated design features in each new model, until then I think were screwed. For instance: the iPhone has a Samsung 535 graphics chip, almost 8x faster than the same Samsung chip Samsung is shipping in their own phones. The Samsung Prime has a 531 chip, circa 2007. Inexcusable. I don't care if Steve Jobs did buy them all up from under Samsung - that still leaves us (the consumers) with pitiful hardware.

    I think well simply languish in our own mediocrity and pool of manufacturing greed until some authority steps in and slaps us silly. Apple had that discipline built into its own bureaucracy. We dont have that luxury and must do it ourselves. And we SURE cant count on executives from Verizon and the phone company (ATT) to get a conscious in the near future.

    So in the meantime, I was lucky enough to find a ROM with Clockwork that was a one-click flash, now its running the latest Infused. A quick format of the internal SD, a reload of all apps and I was in biz.

    But believe me the Infused rom is not nearly as sexy as the serendipity, nor as fast IMHO. Im going to switch back to Serendipity here in a min just as a benchmark wish me luck. And thanks SO much for your and all other Android developers out there. My complaints may be common, but theyre not meant to be inflammatory by any means especially to the android developers out there that are both providing us users with a service, and carrying the torch.

    All the best
    10-28-2011 09:25 PM
  24. iceface's Avatar
    So I downloaded cwm-community-kernal-v8.zip (which shows up as SetupV1.exe on my internal SD card) and when I open SGS kernal flasher and tyr to flash it I get an error message that says the zImage file is not a valid kernal image and the kernal flash failed. Do I need to unzip it on the internal SD card?
    11-08-2011 09:11 PM
  25. iceface's Avatar
    anyone?????
    11-09-2011 01:07 PM
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