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Oxygen MOD

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Have been using OpenDesire MOD for a couple of weeks and generally like it, but time to upgrade to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). To do that, I have chosen Oxygen by AdamG who also did OpenDesire.  It is pretty lean and uses the Zeam launcher instead of ADW … I’ll see if that’s more stable than ADW.

Loading Oxygen was pretty straitforward, so the first step is to figure out how to get Oxygen to use my Ext3 partition properly.  It does not seem to be aware of it and is trying load all apps to the limited phone memory … oops down to 6MB free – that is very unhealthy.

Okay, looks like life is not so straitforward with Oxygen. Adam has managed to figure out how to do away with Ext3 but some more hoops are required to be jumped through. Install order  according to this post (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=882758) is:

  1. Root your phone – done that.
  2. Install a custom “recovery” module – done that, installed Clockwork.
  3. S-Off the phone – ok, this is new. Follow the S-Off steps from the Oxygen FAQ link (above) and then look at this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=805811 PLUS read the comments which have some extra tips that might make it easier for Windows users.
  4. Setup Fastboot and ADB – Instructions from the FAQ are a little out of order and it looks like installation of the SDK will be required.
  5. Now load the Oxygen HBoot – wtf … have no idea what this is and looks like it is making a serious commitment to Oxygen, but the page at http://alpharev.nl/ has other HBoot files that look like you can use if all does not go well with Oxygen.
  6. Do a full backup of the SD card, then reformat it to FAT32. Keep reading FAQ instructions.
  7. Check to see if you need new Radio code
  8. Now you finally get to Download and Install Oxygen.

Ok, that’s looking more complicated than Download ROM … Flash Rom … Restore applications.

Time to boot back into recovery and do a nandroid restore.



Written by tangram11

14 January 2011 at 8:56 am

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  1. Yes, certainly a little more complicated than a simple, download ROM … Flash … Restore apps!

    So far, I’ve rooted the phone, installed clockwork recovery, nandroid backup, S-offed, installed ADB/Fastboot(that was a pain to install cleanly “my way” on my Win7 machine), loaded the Oxygen HBoot, checked formatting of my new 16GB class 6 SD card & am now ready to install radio & Oxygen.

    Would be nice to have step-by-step (end-to-end) instructions, as I’ve found you really need to walk through the entire thing first, before you start, so you’ve got everything ready, where you need it – but I guess that comes with my “engineering mindset / approach”.


    30 January 2011 at 1:12 pm

  2. OK… got Oxygen all working nicely now. Will have to compare notes next time we catch up.


    30 January 2011 at 6:57 pm

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