First of all, this is not meant for those who already know the basics of flashing. I will not go deep into details of why and how but instead concentrate on making this as easy to follow as possible for all newbies.
Now, before you begin your exciting and often nerve wrecking first custom ROM flashing, take a deep breath. There you go. Feeling better? No? Well, didn’t think you would. But that’s fine, that’s what this guide is here to hopefully easy your anxiety and allow you to have higher confidence when you take that leap into the world of custom ROMs.
I will address a few usual questions I get before I proceed on the how-to.
Q1. Why should I flash in a custom ROM?
A1. Custom ROMs usually offer benefits like better battery life, less cluttering of not-so-useful OEM materials (like Samsung Apps, HTC Likes, etc), additional functionality and better support for upgrades.
Q2. Doesn’t it void warranty?
A2. Yes it does. In most cases though, you should be able to flash back to the stock ROM before sending it to customer service should any hardware issues occur. There are contrasting stories on this and I have not had to send mine back to customer service so I can’t say for myself but there are those who claim that customer service is still able to detect that it has been custom-ROM-ed and those who says otherwise.
Q3. What is the difference between using a custom ROM and putting on a custom launcher like Go Launcher Ex?
A3. Any custom launchers like Go Launcher Ex are just manipulating the surface of the GUI. Their changes do not and, in some ways, cannot go deep. Think of it as a custom launcher is just putting on makeup while a custom ROM is altering the way you look completely with bone/tissue manipulation.
Q4. Is it safe?
A4. As with all things custom, there are risks. Understanding the risks will reduce the likelihood of hitting an issue but it is almost impossible to say that there are no risks involved. Taking your time to read the instructions, checking and double checking your facts will help. When you’ve done a few custom ROM flashing, the risks of hitting an issue will be very low. Having a backup plan also helps in case the unwanted really does happen.
Firstly, to all readers who have started working this week, good luck in your work for the year ahead. For those still on holiday or on your way home, stay safe and have fun.
Chinese believes that each year has a combination of element AND zodiac tied to it. While I’m not too clear on how they calculate the cycle, I do know that this is the year of the Water Dragon.
Chinese believes that the Dragon year will bring good fortune, health and luck to all those born in the year. So, expect slightly above average birth rates as many Chinese couples around the world are keen on having a Dragon baby. Chinese New Year weather in Penang is usually hot and this year is no exception. However, due to the Water Dragon year, this year’s Chinese New Year has seen some rain in the evenings and nights. I guess there is some truth to Chinese Astrology after all.
What about your culture’s superstitions or believes? Have you witness anything that made you believe in them more?
To Stephy, my relatives, friends and readers out there,
Let’s all have a great Dragon Year ahead!
Dangers of Facebook
I’m sure that you’ve heard or read stories about the dangers of Facebook and other social media. Well, now I can say that I’ve experienced it first hand. To anyone who is trying to contact me via Facebook and/or other means, do NOT start the conversation by asking if I’m married and saying you are single guy/gal. I’m not looking for a partner, male or female. I posted my contacts so that people who has questions for me can find me.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against gays/lesbians as they have a right to choose whom they want to spend their lives with. However, do note that I am not gay and have no desire to be so. You have your right to choose and so do I.
Today I visited the DiGi Gila Sale Roadshow in Queensbay Mall and gotten my hands on a brand new Samsung Galaxy SII!
Noble Black was the only color available as White is surprisingly out of stock in the roadshow and also in a couple of DiGi authorized dealers/centers that I’ve asked.
This is of course the I9100G compared to the original I9100. As such, there are some custom ROMs which are not compatible with it. Do ensure that you know which version you have and if you gonna flash custom ROMs, do get the non-G version as that is the more popular version being supported by most custom ROM developers.
DiGi Smart Plan RM68 with 2 year contract
RM15 rebate for 2 years
RM5 rebate for autobilling
RM1199 for Samsung Galaxy SII
Free gifts: Screen protector + Umbrella + Shoe bag + Paper bag
The total cost:
RM1199 + RM568 (downpayment/deposit) = RM1767
The downpayment/deposit money will be used to offset my DiGi bills until it is exhausted. Then only will the autobilling to my credit card take effect.
According to the sales person there, it was the last unit they had on hand for the roadshow as well.
Did you manage to get yours?