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caffy
07-12-2012, 12:17 PM
I would like to ask for some advice on rooting and installing a custom ROM on my phone. It's a Huawei Ideos X5 (running stock Android 2.2.1 (!!!!) the phone tells me my device is up to date). and as far as I can see it's solely that version, not X5 Pro or anything else - I have read that it is important I use the right versions for my phone.

I have been doing a lot of reading but still confused exactly what I need to do.

As far as I can work out:
1) Root my phone (using z4root or SuperOneClick or something like that)
I found this website (http://theunlockr.com/2012/10/29/how-to-root-the-huawei-ideos-x5-u8800/) for instructions how to root, and went over to the other website (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1369453) mentioned on that page and downloaded the USB drives. But I am stick on #3 of 'installing USB drives' as I do not see "other devices" in my Computer Management panel, only 'disks drives' - is that the same? The other thing is I see two devices for my Android on there - which one do I use? (and why do I see two for my phone??)

2) Get a recovery installed like ClockworkMod (however I don't think there's an official version avail for my U8800?) I haven't looked into this further as I'm still trying to work out the root process.

And then I'm not sure what else I need to do after that.
I guess I am a bit overwhelmed with all the differing information out there! And would appreciate some guidance.

I.e. do I need USB Drives and all that?

DeSade
07-12-2012, 12:18 PM
What a disappointment clicking on this thread was.
I expected pictures......

caffy
07-12-2012, 12:19 PM
lol - sorry to disappoint you.

caffy
07-12-2012, 12:22 PM
Oh the other things I wantd to know - which backup apps should I use - Titanium? Anything else?

Speedy Gonzales
07-12-2012, 12:43 PM
The only time Windows asked me for drivers (the Android aob drivers I think they're called) were when I enabled USB debugging on the phone. The drivers for the phone here were on the SD card I installed. I dont know if all phones have to have USB debugging enabled first (before you connect it so the drivers can get installed). But, I'm pretty sure I had to do this before I could root the phone with Superoneclick

stratex5
07-12-2012, 12:52 PM
Follow this and you should be sweet ;)

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1420728

caffy
07-12-2012, 12:59 PM
Follow this and you should be sweet ;)

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1420728

It states official version 2.3.5 - is that referring to the Android version? I'm still only on 2.2.1

Nick G
07-12-2012, 01:08 PM
http://androidadvices.com/root-huawei-ideos-x5-u8800/

The instructions here are pretty fool proof :)

caffy
07-12-2012, 01:47 PM
http://androidadvices.com/root-huawei-ideos-x5-u8800/

The instructions here are pretty fool proof :)

That looks good however the link to the backup page is dead now. What should I do to backup the phone's contents?

EDIT
Just read a bit more it says use Nandroid? - confused by this page (http://androidadvices.com/backup-restore-roms-android-phone/)'s comment: "There are basically two ways with which you can create a backup of the current ROM with the help of NANDROID. The two options are the Clock Work Mod as well as the ROM Manager." Am i right in thinking clockwork mod can only be installed once the phone has been rooted? :illogical

Nick G
07-12-2012, 02:06 PM
I would make a backup with https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rerware.android.MyBackup&hl=en before rooting. Once successfully rooted, I'd ditch it and install https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.rommanager&hl=en instead. Rom manager is a great app for backing up, flashing roms, and fixing your phone if you've stuffed up a rom installation.

Edit - yes, clockwork mod and rom manager can only be installed after the phone has been rooted.

caffy
07-12-2012, 02:09 PM
Sweet, thanks. I will get My Backup installed and going before I root.

Agent_24
07-12-2012, 02:14 PM
What a disappointment clicking on this thread was.
I expected pictures......

Don't lose hope now, keep looking and you'll find them. Remember rule #34.

caffy
07-12-2012, 02:32 PM
I'm unable to find the Rooting Package file (the link in the post Nick G shared is now dead) and I've looked at uploading.com (which is what a Google search comes up with) cannot download it from there for some reason....
Any ideas where else I could find it?

caffy
07-12-2012, 02:59 PM
I'm unable to find the Rooting Package file (the link in the post Nick G shared is now dead) and I've looked at uploading.com (which is what a Google search comes up with) cannot download it from there for some reason....
Any ideas where else I could find it?

I found it in another place - I noticed it said it was just a SuperBoot file so I found that and have replaced the original boot.img file (I kept the original on my PC for backup), and at first I got the blue screen (after loading "Ideos") - but then I tried renaming boot.img to just boot (as I noticed recovery was written as that), and now I can start into Android normally. Phew! So does that mean my phone rooted? I can see (when holding PWR and Volume Up) a menu of some sort...

caffy
07-12-2012, 03:39 PM
I installed ClockwordMod recovery 5.5.0.2 - however when trying to open that via PWR and Vol-up botton I just get a blue screen... What have I done wrong here?

Chilling_Silence
07-12-2012, 03:50 PM
When you're in that screen, I believe you now need to push the Pwr + Vol-Up again to get the text to then show. I had to on my Nexus 7 and on my wifes Galaxy Nexus.

Nick G
07-12-2012, 04:06 PM
I'm unable to find the Rooting Package file (the link in the post Nick G shared is now dead) and I've looked at uploading.com (which is what a Google search comes up with) cannot download it from there for some reason....
Any ideas where else I could find it?
Oops, didn't check all the links from that link.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1369453 might give you some more info.

Note that is is only a basic guide for rooting, not for installing roms.

caffy
07-12-2012, 04:28 PM
When you're in that screen, I believe you now need to push the Pwr + Vol-Up again to get the text to then show. I had to on my Nexus 7 and on my wifes Galaxy Nexus.

That didn't work unfortunately. I just seen there is a newer clockworkmod version avail for the x5, going to give that a try.

Renmoo
07-12-2012, 05:00 PM
Come on The Error Guy, make your presence felt!

*waits*

kahawai chaser
07-12-2012, 05:50 PM
I found it in another place - I noticed it said it was just a SuperBoot file so I found that and have replaced the original boot.img file (I kept the original on my PC for backup), and at first I got the blue screen (after loading "Ideos") - but then I tried renaming boot.img to just boot (as I noticed recovery was written as that), and now I can start into Android normally. Phew! So does that mean my phone rooted? I can see (when holding PWR and Volume Up) a menu of some sort...

I verified root access on my Galaxy Y with root checker from Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=root+checker&c=apps)

The Error Guy
07-12-2012, 07:03 PM
Someone needs root? Quick we must get ready to sudo that Huawei!

If you still need drivers for the phone - http://www.mediafire.com/?5z6i5cv8l6br292

To root the device we shall use Super Boot (instructions included) http://android.modaco.com/content/huawei-u8800-ideos-x5-u8800-modaco-com/340374/25-may-r1-superboot-and-then-some-for-the-huawei-u8800-ideos-x5/

Installing Clockwork:
Download - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=14870348
1) Extract the recovery.img from the zip file.
2) Turn on your phone while holding VOL+ and VOL- (should come up with pink/purple screen)
3) Connect to computer.
4) Go to My Computer and Browse your phone to find the folder with recovery.img in.
5) Replace the recovery.img with the one you extracted from the zip file.

Installing a Custom ROM on the Huawei U8800

This is the Cyanogen MOD ROM, you can choose another one if you wish but this one is supposed to be OK - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1527745

1) Make sure you have ClockworkMod Installed.
2) Download the ROM File you want (zip file) and place on the root of the SD Card.
3) Make sure you have Backed up Contacts and Anything you want to keep.
4) Power on your Phone while holding the VOL+ Button to boot into ClockworkMod.
5) Go to Backup a Restore and Choose Backup. This will do a Full Backup of your phone and save it to the SD Card.
6) Once backup is complete go back to the ClockworkMod Main Menu.
7) Choose Wipe Data /Factory Reset, then go back to main menu.
8) Choose Wipe Cache Partition, then go back to main menu.
9) Go to Advanced and choose Wipe Dalvik Cache, then go back to main menu.
10) Choose Install zip from SD Card and select the ROM you have placed on the SD Card.
11) Once installed go back to the ClockworkMod main menu and choose Reboot System Now.
12) Your phone will restart and may take a fair few minutes to boot up.
13) Enjoy your new ROM.



Source I pretty much copy/pasted from here. An excellent read. if you feel like it I'd recommend looking through - http://www.modaco.com/topic/341011-ultimate-guide-to-the-huawei-u8800/ (This is a very good site, read more for details!)


Now I'm not sure how much I helped. I kinda just skimmed through (a bit TL DR) so if that information help great, if not lets help!

caffy
07-12-2012, 07:30 PM
I verified root access on my Galaxy Y with root checker from Google Play. (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=root+checker&c=apps)

Thanks! Can confirm root was successful :)

Error guy - cheers for the guide, will check when back in front of pc tonight

caffy
08-12-2012, 10:28 AM
1) Make sure you have ClockworkMod Installed.
2) Download the ROM File you want (zip file) and place on the root of the SD Card.
3) Make sure you have Backed up Contacts and Anything you want to keep.
4) Power on your Phone while holding the VOL+ Button to boot into ClockworkMod.
5) Go to Backup a Restore and Choose Backup. This will do a Full Backup of your phone and save it to the SD Card.
6) Once backup is complete go back to the ClockworkMod Main Menu.
7) Choose Wipe Data /Factory Reset, then go back to main menu.
8) Choose Wipe Cache Partition, then go back to main menu.
9) Go to Advanced and choose Wipe Dalvik Cache, then go back to main menu.
10) Choose Install zip from SD Card and select the ROM you have placed on the SD Card.
11) Once installed go back to the ClockworkMod main menu and choose Reboot System Now.
12) Your phone will restart and may take a fair few minutes to boot up.
13) Enjoy your new ROM.

!

Hmm. I think I've screwed things up.... :/

It seems I have placed the zip file in the wrong directory - when I read "SD Card" I assumed that meant the external SD card I have - the 2GB one, so placed it on that. I didn't realise "SD card" also meant the phone's internal storage....

As when I got to step #10 - I can only see the files on the root of the internal storage and not the external SD card. Argh!

I rebooted to the pink/purple screen but I can only see the "Image" drive and not the SD cards....

Is the phone bricked or is there a way to re-start this process??

caffy
08-12-2012, 10:34 AM
Hold on a min - I found a way to mount USB storage via ClockworkMod - and now PC can see the internal storage so at the moment copying over the ZIP file to that...

fingers crossed!

caffy
08-12-2012, 10:50 AM
Sweet, that worked. Phew - few heart attack moments there :)

Now, I am unable to sign into my Google account - would that be because I need to set up another application-specific password for it? (as I have that already enabled in my Google Account) and then use that password to sign in with my Google email address?

The Error Guy
08-12-2012, 11:42 AM
Internal/External doesn't matter for this although, as you have found the external SD is hard to mount/find in CWM sometimes.

By sign in to google acct you mean what exactly? Is the phone prompting for a 1st run setup and you can't sign in to gmail with your google password?

Sorry, Saturday has caught me off guard brain wise!

caffy
08-12-2012, 11:48 AM
I was told my username and password did not match. So I just tried setting up a new app-specific password and used that and it now works (i am signed into my Google account).

Now my issue is I cannot sync to gmail or calendar -nothing happens when I touch to sync, no sync symbol appears in the notifications bar (and yes I am connected to the internet...)

The Error Guy
08-12-2012, 10:57 PM
Settings --> Accounts check google is there and the green sync icon is active *That instruction is for ICS/Jellybean so might be different for you

Here we go:
1) Open the play store and search for gmail, make sure it doesn't need updating. If it does, do so.

2) Send yourself a test email from your own account or from another one it doesn't matter as long as you have a blank email, now open gmail on your phone. Nothing? Right, onwards.

3) In the Gmail app right click/menu key (I'm not sure what it's actually called) then go to settings --> youremail@gmail.com then under the heading "Data Usage" make sure Gmail Sync is ON, if not. Enable it.

4) Quit Gmail, we must go deeper! Open system settings --> Accounts and Sync (or something about sync, I can't remember the process for Gingerbread anything Pre ICS sorry) and make sure Sync is turned ON and all the boxes are ticked etc

This *should* get it working. If it doesn't we shall progressively try bigger hammers until we get a functioning root out of this phone!

Ninjabear
09-12-2012, 11:24 PM
Hi

Talking about rooting.
I rooted my Samsung S3 today to Omega rom

I downloaded the Omega Files from
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.indieroms.OmegaFilesJB&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm5ldC5pb mRpZXJvbXMuT21lZ2FGaWxlc0pCIl0.
I get a list of mods that like the battery icon making it a green circle but after download the .zip file how do I install it?

It says under instructions "Install the files using your favorite method". and I'm like ?????? Favourite Method..??How... with what???

Anyone have any ideas?

Chilling_Silence
10-12-2012, 09:16 AM
Just to clarify, rooting is where you obtain "root" access, or full administrator access to your device.

Changing ROMs is different, however usually they come "pre-rooted" as a side effect ;)

Favorite method would be flashing using Clockwork Mod Recovery, or TWRP for example.

The Error Guy
10-12-2012, 09:46 AM
And by flashing via clockwork he means booting into Clockwork and selecting install .zip from SD in the same way you got google apps installed

Chilling_Silence
10-12-2012, 11:06 AM
And by flashing via clockwork he means booting into Clockwork and selecting install .zip from SD in the same way you got google apps installed

^^ yeah that one :D

caffy
20-12-2012, 01:47 PM
Settings --> Accounts check google is there and the green sync icon is active *That instruction is for ICS/Jellybean so might be different for you

Here we go:
1) Open the play store and search for gmail, make sure it doesn't need updating. If it does, do so.

2) Send yourself a test email from your own account or from another one it doesn't matter as long as you have a blank email, now open gmail on your phone. Nothing? Right, onwards.

3) In the Gmail app right click/menu key (I'm not sure what it's actually called) then go to settings --> youremail@gmail.com then under the heading "Data Usage" make sure Gmail Sync is ON, if not. Enable it.

4) Quit Gmail, we must go deeper! Open system settings --> Accounts and Sync (or something about sync, I can't remember the process for Gingerbread anything Pre ICS sorry) and make sure Sync is turned ON and all the boxes are ticked etc

This *should* get it working. If it doesn't we shall progressively try bigger hammers until we get a functioning root out of this phone!

Dude, sorry for the late reply - was offline for a while and it's been crazy with the lead up to Christmas, as I'm sure everyone else will agree on!

I don't know how, or what I did, but after some fiddling around and turning phone off and back on, hey presto I managed to get it all working again....
Thank you for all your help :) enjoying the much quicker phone, and I'm still playing around with the settings to tweak it.

christine228821
20-12-2012, 03:32 PM
how about android 4.0?

caffy
17-01-2013, 12:30 PM
One question!

If I install the Facebook app onto this phone, will I be able to uninstall it? (Wasn't able to on the stock version)

Chilling_Silence
17-01-2013, 12:57 PM
Yes you can always uninstall apps.

caffy
17-01-2013, 01:04 PM
Yes you can always uninstall apps.

Cheers. I wasn't able to uninstall it before, so wasn't sure how they work on custom ROMs.

Nick G
17-01-2013, 01:10 PM
If you couldn't uninstall it pre root, it would be because it came preinstalled. Most preinstalled apps cannot be uninstalled on an unrooted phone.

Chilling_Silence
17-01-2013, 03:42 PM
^^ This man speaks the truth.

However even now, you can disable preinstalled apps :)

sarel
18-01-2013, 05:32 AM
I also thought clicking on this post would discuss the impossible relations you can have with your mobile. It's damn difficult growing old!