12-19-2013 04:12 PM
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  1. RobTheHillbilly's Avatar
    After having so much about the different ROM's on here, I feel like my head is about to explode with so many different opinions of which one is best. I have looked heavily at MOAR to put on my phone. The main concern I have is bricking my phone while trying to put it on there. What type of advice/help can you guys give me to calm my nerves? Is there a thread that goes step by step on how to do it? I looked but didn't really find much. After seeing what has been posted so far about 4.3, I'll not be updating to it.

    I am totally new to this so go easy on me and if you don't mind use small words and don't type too fast cause I am a slow reader........
    DaisFlaque likes this.
    11-23-2013 08:13 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    After having so much about the different ROMs on here, I feel like my head is about to explode with so many different opinions of which one is best. I have looked heavily at MOAR to put on my phone. The main concern I have is bricking my phone while trying to put it on there. What type of advice/help can you guys give me to calm my nerves? Is there a thread that goes step by step on how to do it? I looked but didn't really find much. After seeing what has been posted so far about 4.3, I'll not be updating to it.

    I am totally new to this so go easy on me and if you don't mind use small words and don't type too fast cause I am a slow reader........
    Welcome to the forums.
    I think the biggest thing I can say is this: Always flash ROMs meant for your phone/carrier. Since you have Sprint, stick with ROMs made for Sprint and the S3.
    First thing to do is (if you have a custom recovery installed) make a backup of your current ROM. This process is called making a Nandroid.
    Here is how: http://forums.androidcentral.com/amb...-recovery.html

    Here is how to flash ROMs: http://forums.androidcentral.com/amb...kwork-mod.html

    If you have any questions, by all means ask.

    Since you are new you can also make an intro thread in the Introductions section. Introductions - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com
    RobTheHillbilly likes this.
    11-23-2013 08:52 AM
  3. Super Dave426's Avatar
    I am running MOAR without any issues, and I knew absolutely nothing before I did it, not that I know much more now! First thing I remember is you have to root the phone, there are good instructions in the how to root thread, there might even be a video available. I read it a few times then I wrote out all of the steps in a simple concise order. There are 2 options CW and TWRP, research them and choose because that is a little harder to change. I ran CW, but I think I read TWRP might have been a better option, I am not switching. After you get it rooted you go into the recovery mode and create a backup, this way if anything ever goes wrong you can always restore the phone to this point. You also want to backup whatever you can now, before you do anything, Google will remember anything associated with your account, apps and gmail, but you might want to hook up a cable and move all your pictures and things you want to save BEFORE you do anything, just like wiping a PC and doing a fresh install, back up your data.

    Then you go to the MOAR thread at xda and read this through a few times. It offers so many options, watch the videos and go over the first page to see what interests you. You also want to browse through the Morphology Thread and write down what you prefer the different sections to look like as you do your install. You can always run Morphology at any time without flashing the entire ROM and change the looks, the colors of all the bars and Icons can be changed from the MOAR settings without any flashing.

    You follow the instructions to install MOAR, go into recovery, clear cache, dalvick , data and then flash the MOAR zip, the fun begins and all of the choices will begin, it can feel overwhelming that is why you write down what you think you might want. There are options to leave parts alone, choose inverted (black background as opposed to white, uses less battery) Kernels and other things. I am back to the stock Kernel, Noobz I think, but you can always go back and just flash the Kernel. Keep choosing until you hit the last screen and BAM it restarts and you are a new MOAR runner.

    Don't fret choosing a look you don't like, you can always flash again and switch things up, and it is a lot easier to get into recovery, when you choose restart there is an option to boot into recovery.

    You want to check in the MOAR thread routinely to see what is happening with it and any problems, new options, that sprout up and how to deal with them. I know writing this off the top of my head I am forgetting a lot, but the basics are here, maybe Meyerweb will chime in and offer some tips that I forgot. Happy Flashing.
    RobTheHillbilly likes this.
    11-23-2013 09:04 AM
  4. DaisFlaque's Avatar
    Lol I thought he asked for a short answer... lol. http://androidforums.com/sprint-cric...oot-guide.html here ya go.. one stop shop.
    RobTheHillbilly likes this.
    11-23-2013 09:58 AM
  5. DaisFlaque's Avatar
    11-23-2013 10:02 AM
  6. RobTheHillbilly's Avatar
    I rooted my phone a while back and have been exploring the custom ROMs and having read as much as I have I'm surprised that my head hasn't exploded.... I really appreciate the help!
    11-23-2013 11:21 AM
  7. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I rooted my phone a while back and have been exploring the custom ROMs and having read as much as I have I'm surprised that my head hasn't exploded.... I really appreciate the help!
    I loved Slim on my S3.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    11-23-2013 11:45 AM
  8. RobTheHillbilly's Avatar
    I'm using CWM Recovery v5.5.0.4 to backup but it said for backing up data "No /sdcard/.android_secure found. Skipping backup of application on external storage."
    It also said on backing up cache "No sd-ext found. Skipping backup of sd-ext."
    Generating md5 sum..
    Backup complete

    Is this correct? Or did I do something wrong?
    11-24-2013 02:34 PM
  9. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I'm using CWM Recovery v5.5.0.4 to backup but it said for backing up data "No /sdcard/.android_secure found. Skipping backup of application on external storage."
    It also said on backing up cache "No sd-ext found. Skipping backup of sd-ext."
    Generating md5 sum..
    Backup complete

    Is this correct? Or did I do something wrong?
    If you don't have an SD card, then its fine.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    11-24-2013 03:20 PM
  10. Super Dave426's Avatar
    Is there a way to update CWM? I see I am running 6.0.1.2
    11-24-2013 05:26 PM
  11. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Is there a way to update CWM? I see I am running 6.0.1.2
    Isn't that the most up to date?

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    11-24-2013 05:35 PM
  12. Super Dave426's Avatar
    I don't know, but it made wonder if there was an easy way to update it or if it could only be done through Odin.
    11-24-2013 06:05 PM
  13. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I don't know, but it made wonder if there was an easy way to update it or if it could only be done through Odin.
    I use ROM manager to check for updates, but it works best if the CWM is officially supported.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    11-24-2013 06:18 PM
  14. Super Dave426's Avatar
    Thank you, I'll check it out, I don't think I have a need to update, things have worked well so far, I always feel don't fix it if it isn't broken...
    11-24-2013 06:23 PM
  15. MaXXimus's Avatar
    The nice thing about custom ROMs is there is usually something for everyone. Some people like a completely stock experience where they can load on whatever they want, where other want a more controlled custom experience (ala CWM) and there's myriad options in between. It all boils down to personal preference and the only way to find out what you like is to try them out. As you've already discovered, flashing ROMs is pretty painless and makes the customization experience rather painless. Just don't forget to run a backup of your apps and nandroid before switching things up.

    The GS3 is so much easier to root and customize than my last device and I'm quite enjoying the active dev support it receives.
    11-25-2013 01:50 PM
  16. RobTheHillbilly's Avatar
    Golfdriver, I have a 32gb sd card and have a bit of music on it but for some reason that version of CWM recovery doesn't recognize it I guess. Is there a way for me to up/change the software to make a back up? If not what's the easiest way for me to do it? I know I'm probably asking what some might consider dumb questions but it's a steep learning curve for me right now.

    I really do appreciate all the time and help you all have taken to help me. Once I learn a whole lot more maybe I will be able to pay it forward.
    11-25-2013 02:00 PM
  17. MaXXimus's Avatar
    @RobTheHillbilly...If you have a newer version of the GS3 you need to make sure that you use a modified version of the recoveries otherwise your storage partitions will be wonky. I know the updated recovery files are posted here at Android Central in Skunkape's thread (http://forums.androidcentral.com/spr...galaxy-s3.html). I kept having partition issues with CWM recovery and ended up going with TWRP.
    RobTheHillbilly likes this.
    11-25-2013 02:12 PM
  18. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Is there a way to update CWM? I see I am running 6.0.1.2
    Let me google that for you
    11-25-2013 02:21 PM
  19. Super Dave426's Avatar
    Didn't really tell me if there is a good reason to update it or just leave it be.
    11-25-2013 04:05 PM
  20. MaXXimus's Avatar
    Didn't really tell me if there is a good reason to update it or just leave it be.
    If it's working for you, you don't have to update. I'll usually take a look at the change logs and poke around to see if people are having issues with a new custom recovery version before taking the plunge.
    Super Dave426 likes this.
    11-25-2013 04:09 PM
  21. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Golfdriver, I have a 32gb sd card and have a bit of music on it but for some reason that version of CWM recovery doesn't recognize it I guess. Is there a way for me to up/change the software to make a back up? If not what's the easiest way for me to do it? I know I'm probably asking what some might consider dumb questions but it's a steep learning curve for me right now.

    I really do appreciate all the time and help you all have taken to help me. Once I learn a whole lot more maybe I will be able to pay it forward.
    What class is the card?

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    11-25-2013 04:43 PM
  22. RobTheHillbilly's Avatar
    What class is the card?

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app

    It's a class 10 SanDisk.

    MaXXimus & Golfdriver, I used this video as the instructions on how to root my phone before I found this forum:

    Do I need to put my phone back to stock and root it again a different way to get the TWRP recovery?

    I really do appreciate both of your help!!
    11-25-2013 06:06 PM
  23. Super Dave426's Avatar
    Do you have another card to try with, I have read that some GS3s have an issue with SanDisk, try another brand if you can grab one.
    Golfdriver97 likes this.
    11-25-2013 06:28 PM
  24. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    It's a class 10 SanDisk.

    MaXXimus & Golfdriver, I used this video as the instructions on how to root my phone before I found this forum:

    Do I need to put my phone back to stock and root it again a different way to get the TWRP recovery?

    I really do appreciate both of your help!!
    I agree with superdave, Samsung doesn't like higher class cards. I never had a problem with lower class cards, myself. As for your root method, I don't think a different one will make a difference.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC forums app
    11-25-2013 07:36 PM
  25. MaXXimus's Avatar
    It's a class 10 SanDisk.

    MaXXimus & Golfdriver, I used this video as the instructions on how to root my phone before I found this forum:

    Do I need to put my phone back to stock and root it again a different way to get the TWRP recovery?

    I really do appreciate both of your help!!
    You shouldn't need to go back to stock to change recoveries. If you like CWM you can try to download a clean copy and make sure you have the new version. I know the Odin files here in this forum are up to date for newer devices.

    I ended up using a ROM that likes TWRP better so that pretty much sealed the deal for me.

    Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk
    11-25-2013 10:32 PM
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