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[NEED HELP] After-Root Android HTC Explorer

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ParaXite

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Hello!

I just rooted my htc explorer. I am new to android devices and have no clue what to do next. I have made a fat32 partition and installed link2sd and linked apps, removed bloatware etc. I wanted to know a few things:
1. What are ROMS? How to install them?
2. What can I do after rooting? Is it just about installing ROMS or can i do more?
3. Link2sd isn't installing apps on the sd card I have to do it manually EVEN THOUGH AUTO LINK is ticked and on. (It shows that the app is linked BUT still internal memory decreases)
4. From where can I download custom themes etc. and what freedom have I gained after rooting?
5. Where can I get overclocking software etc. (does this come under ROM as well?)

Thanks in advance!
ParaXite

P.S. Sorry if I sound dumb. Its my first android device.

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coderunknown

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to make it easy to understand i'll explain this in simplest of terms so it mayn't be really accurate:

1. What are ROMS? How to install them?

Android OS. You can't install roms. you flash it. i.e. the rom (OS) replaces the OS in use.

2. What can I do after rooting? Is it just about installing ROMS or can i do more?

fun begins once you are aboard the custom rom bandwagon. you can use scripts, themes, mod it (thats a bit too high level for you rightnow), experiment around with random stuff. in case the OS breaks, flash the rom again or restore a backup (again this is slightly out of scope for you right now).

4. From where can I download custom themes etc. and what freedom have I gained after rooting?

google play, XDA forum. Most if not all themes require T-mobile theme chooser (now integrated into all of Cyanogenmod ROMs).

5. Where can I get overclocking software etc. (does this come under ROM as well?)

custom roms usually ship with OC support out of box. Most popular custom rom series i.e. Cyanogenmod, AOKP, AOSP, MIUI, etc have overclocking support built right into them. else there are apps that you can use to overclock. stock rom (the kernel actually) doesn't allow any OC because it can cause instability and may damage the device.
 

Rajesh345

Youngling
sam and araam has alrdy explained most info so i just add some usefull info about explorer


TO view Different ROms and installation method

Pico (Explorer) Android Development - xda-developers



2. What can I do after rooting? Is it just about installing ROMS or can i do more?


3. Link2sd isn't installing apps on the sd card I have to do it manually EVEN THOUGH AUTO LINK is ticked and on. (It shows that the app is linked BUT still internal memory decreases)

There are memory script available like CronMod-INT2EXT+_signed which will make ur internnal memory mounted on sd ext (second partition on ur SD card , so using it u can install almost unlimited apps (speed of app decrease if u using Low Class sd , pref class 10 SDcard


4. From where can I download custom themes etc. and what freedom have I gained after rooting?

5. Where can I get overclocking software etc. (does this come under ROM as well?)

Currently you wont b able to find any tweak to true overclock our explorer cpu , even with 3rd party apps , Dev's are working on it
[DEVELOPMENT][STABLE]Linux Kernel 3.0 development for HTC Explorer/Pico - xda-developers , previously there were some kernal which showed 800mhz but not true OC





Currently i am using this ROM

[21ST NOV] MIUI v4 for HTC EXPLORER/PICO REVISED EDITION [FASTEST & SMOOTHEST ROM] - xda-developers
 
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ParaXite

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3. Link2sd isn't installing apps on the sd card I have to do it manually EVEN THOUGH AUTO LINK is ticked and on. (It shows that the app is linked BUT still internal memory decreases)

There are memory script available like CronMod-INT2EXT+_signed which will make ur internnal memory mounted on sd ext (second partition on ur SD card , so using it u can install almost unlimited apps (speed of app decrease if u using Low Class sd , pref class 10 SDcard

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First, Thanks to all for helping me out. I really appreciate the help.

How do I install this script? Is there a tutorial or guide? Do I need to flash a custom rom to install this scrip? If no, can I keep link2sd or do I have to remove that? Will running this script put the whole app onto the sd card without even putting 1 byte on the internal memory or will some amount of space be used up on the internal memory?

Thanks again. You guys rock! :)
 

Rajesh345

Youngling
First, Thanks to all for helping me out. I really appreciate the help.

How do I install this script? Is there a tutorial or guide? Do I need to flash a custom rom to install this scrip? If no, can I keep link2sd or do I have to remove that? Will running this script put the whole app onto the sd card without even putting 1 byte on the internal memory or will some amount of space be used up on the internal memory?

Thanks again. You guys rock! :)


Since this is ur 1st time install /performing , giving ur GUI tools , once you are familar with these process you can do most step via adb /cmd line


1) Install Titanium backup and take full system backup
https://play.google.com/store/apps/...DEsImNvbS5rZXJhbWlkYXMuVGl0YW5pdW1CYWNrdXAiXQ..

2) Install TWRP recovery from

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1911242

You need Recovery to partition you sd card primary fat partition to save ur datas and second partition ext3/4 to install you app auto to sd-ext


3) Take a Full System backup from recovery (you should install twrp recovery or other supported recovery to perform this step)


Power Off your phone

Press sound UP + Power button (keep it pressed till you see recovery option)

Click Recovery > Backup > drag the slider to start full backup (touch supported recovery )

4) Enable Init.d support


easiest with Pimp my Rom tool

https://play.google.com/store/apps/...wxLDEsImNvbS5hbmRyb2d1aWRlLnBpbXAubXkucm9tIl0.

Install Pimp my rom > open it > allow root permission > From TOols > Universlal init.d support >Activate

IF u using custom OS , its alrdy init.d supported



5) Install Mounts2SD

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spazedog.mounts2sd




[Note - I take no responsibility incase You loose ur DATA's ,/brick(rare) so 1st TAKE full backup with Titanium backup

and full nandroid backup to preven data loss and save ur full sd card content to PC
 
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ParaXite

ParaXite

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Try searching under here HTC Pico (Explorer) - xda-developers

one of the the many guide on how to install Memory script
[7/11/2012][Guide][Memory Script]Installation & Setup of Mounts2SD[Now Automated] - xda-developers


- Yes u can installl on stock rom but u need to enable Root ,init.d support

Check this guide on how to get init.d support on stock rooted rom
[Solved][Q] How to get init.d support on rooted stock rom? - xda-developers




BTW i bear no responisibility incase anything happens like brick (very rare) ,loose of datas ,contacts ,etc( BACKUP apps using titanium backup )

and do a full Nandroid backup from recovery (think u need to flash 3rd party recovery like TWRP

[RECOVERY]TWRP Recovery - xda-developers


NOTE : BEFORE DOING INSTALL custom rom or doing any changes , do a Nandroid backup so u can get back stock OS incase u decided to restore orginal OS

Thanks I'll surely try it out and yeah ill backup my data before trying stuff. Also don't worry I know a place near my house where I can possibly unbrick any device (have done so with my old phone and PSP which were bricked)

Also the more important question is will installing the script let me store the whole app on the sd card? Coz link2sd does an ok job in doing this to some extent. About 5 mb used on internal storage/70 mb of apps installed. But my phone storage is just 90mb (htc explorer) so if I go through the trouble of installing the script it must give me 100% app storage on sd without anything going on to the internal storage.

Thanks again,
Help appreciated! :)
 

Rajesh345

Youngling
Thanks I'll surely try it out and yeah ill backup my data before trying stuff. Also don't worry I know a place near my house where I can possibly unbrick any device (have done so with my old phone and PSP which were bricked)

Also the more important question is will installing the script let me store the whole app on the sd card? Coz link2sd does an ok job in doing this to some extent. About 5 mb used on internal storage/70 mb of apps installed. But my phone storage is just 90mb (htc explorer) so if I go through the trouble of installing the script it must give me 100% app storage on sd without anything going on to the internal storage.

Thanks again,
Help appreciated! :)



Assume you have 4GB sd card and you partitioned it into 2 partition 3GB for your normal use(fat) and SD-ext ext3/ext4 1GB


if you using CronMod-INT2EXT+ script you will have internal storage 1Gb (other scripts i didnt use , but it should give(not tested by me)




BTW i bear no responisibility incase anything happens like brick (very rare) ,loose of datas ,contacts ,etc( BACKUP apps using titanium backup )
 
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ParaXite

ParaXite

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Assume you have 4GB sd card and you partitioned it into 2 partition 3GB for your normal use(fat) and SD-ext ext3/ext4 1GB


if you using CronMod-INT2EXT+ script you will have internal storage 1Gb (other scripts i didnt use , but it should give(not tested by me)
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The Tutorial you posted above is for mount2sd. How do I get the int2ext+ script? Do I need cyanogenmod for that? Does mount2sd do the same thing as int2ext+?

Thanks!
 
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ParaXite

ParaXite

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Thanks for your help guys. Your links got me started. Had to do research for 3 days (and nights) finally I flashed Cyanomod 9 with the int2ext+ script and got everything right and my internal memory is now 4 GB (equal to the partition).

Note: I could not get things to work on the stock HTC ROM and had to flash a custom ROM. The good thing is that 4.0.4 cyanomod 9 is way better than the stock, so I'm happy.

fun begins once you are aboard the custom rom bandwagon. you can use scripts, themes, mod it (thats a bit too high level for you rightnow), experiment around with random stuff. in case the OS breaks, flash the rom again or restore a backup (again this is slightly out of scope for you right now).

I could manage to flash a custom ROM, Clockwork Recover and install the int2ext+ script. :)
Btw please close this thread as this issue is solved. Thanks again!
 
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