shuwaz

Atrix 4G - who has this phone?

Tell me about it, have you modded it?
I am after some video tutorials or good instructions on installing a custom ROM on it.
Only had it less than a week but thinking about selling it as my upgrade is a few months away yet.

Most Useful Answer Qaari  Jan. 13, 2013 at 03:07

Hey shuwaz. It's Qaari from HUKD. I used to own this phone a while back and managed to get it rooted, have CWM recovery installed and get a brand new ROM up and running without a hitch.

If you've got an XDA-developers account then take a look at the guide I posted. I'll rip it here as a backup but all the links mentioned are in XDA-developers.

INSTRUCTIONS:


STEP 1
CARRY OUT INSTRUCTIONS HERE WORD FOR WORD!!!:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1219753&highlight=unlock

When finished DO NOT DELETE ANY FILES YET!!!!


When you get to:

Flashing 2.3.4 (Orange FR):

Downloads:

Moto-fastboot - Download - Thread

STOP!!!!

Do not download this Moto-fastboot. Download the one in the link below. It is a zip file which includes the correct version of Moto-fastboot as well as some missing DLL files not included in the guide. Once downloaded then carry on with the rest of the downloads and guide.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=18508486&postcount=20

STEP 2
INSTALL ROMRACERS RECOVERY:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1204500

Choose any colour you want and download the zip file.

Make sure your phone is in fastboot mode ( same as in STEP 1).

Locate the fastboot directory you created to flash 2.3.4 using Moto-fastboot and extract the zip file you downloaded into this directory.

Carry out instructions given in the above link for example:

moto-fastboot devices

moto-fastboot erase recovery

moto-fastboot flash recovery recovery.img - (recovery.img being the name of the file you just extracted)

It is very similar to flashing the 2.3.4 firmware file (except you're just flashing the recovery. It will all make sense don't worry it's the same process just slightly different commands)

Restart phone when done or remove and reinsert battery and boot normally.

STEP 3
DOWNLOAD CUSTOM ROM

FOR ALL MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G LATEST CUSTOM ROMS VISIT:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=997

I recommend you start with Alien Custom ROM:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1186537

Download the zip file from the link above and LEAVE INTACT!!! Do not extract or modify or tamper with the zip file you download IN ANY WAY!!! Plug in your USB and copy the zip file to either your external SD or internal SD storage. Your choice but remember it!

STEP 4
MAKE NANDROID BACKUP

Now that you have flashed Romracer's Recovery and transferred your custom ROM zip file unplug your USB and power off the phone.

Once completely switched off, hold the power and volume down button until it says Fastboot. Then press down until you get to Android Recovery. Once you see this, press the Vol Up button and wait. It should take you directly into

Rom Racer's CWM (also in the colour that you downloaded).

CONTROLS:
Vol. Up - scroll up
Vol.Down - Scroll down
Power button press (NOT HOLD) - enter-OK-select

Go into recovery, select 'backup & restore', select 'backup'. It takes a while, don't worry your phone hasn't frozen. It can take about 10 mins if you include webtop in your backup.

Still in recovery go to 'wipe data/factory reset', then 'wipe cache partition', then 'advanced', then 'wipe dalvik cache'. This wipes everything off your phone for a nice clean install.

STEP 5
INSTALL CUSTOM ROM

Stay in recovery and go to 'install zip from sd card', then 'choose zip from sd card', then 'external sd card' (unless you put the zip file on your internal storage), scroll down to find the .zip file of your custom ROM and select. The rest is automatic, it will reboot into the new rom on it's own. If it doesn't and after it's installed you're still in recovery just select 'reboot system now'.

It can take about 5 mins and once it's done you should let the phone settle for a few minutes before you start doing anything. There are still a few things going on in the background that you can't see.

You should do this every time you flash a new rom. It only takes a few mins to do, not as long as the instructions seem.

HTH :)

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 13, 2013 at 00:38

Don;t know anyone who has one. But I "promoted" this thread to the frontpage. Maybe somebody will stumble upon it. How do you like it?

shuwaz  Jan. 13, 2013 at 01:22

Don;t know anyone who has one. But I "promoted" this thread to the frontpage. Maybe somebody will stumble upon it. How do you like it?

Many thanks for that Jan.

Its quite an impressive phone, just let down by lack of ICS/Jelly Bean upgrade.

The laptop and multimedia docks work very well (despite lots of reviews saying they don't) and the fingerprint recognition is a true touch of class. Considering its running Gingerbread the phone still runs very well. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2/S3 stock launcher the Motorola interface (aka MotoBlur) works quite well. The widgets are sleak and relevant, the Motorola touches are well thought out, the battery performance mode (e.g. you can set it to run on minimal mode at night time) gives me around three days usage with mobile data constantly on and features such as the 'Nokia style profiles/modes are a long awaited Android welcome.

Its hard to believe that this phone is so old! Its got the build quality to rival Apple and to me (asides from fashionable/stylish looks) it beats an iPhone hands down.

I originally bought the phone (with all the accessories) as a play thing whilst I wait for my contract phone upgrade/renewal. However I'm becoming attached to it a lot faster than I did my previous phones (most recent being the SGS3 and fake iPhone [running Android ICS]).

The fake iPhone (Star W007) was a good laugh although its slowly falling apart. But for less than £100 from Amazon it beats most phones on the market now - even the dual core ones! Besides the fact that it has dual-sim, dual standby support out of the box. Did I also mention that it was unlocked?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 13, 2013 at 01:41

Sounds good.
I know a lot of folks hated Moto Blur, but I kinda liked it on the Pro+ - quite useful, and snappy, considering how underpowered the Pro+ is. With the hardware qwerty Moto added some very neat features, also - which tells me they haven't completely lost it, yet.

marra  Jan. 13, 2013 at 03:02

I have this phone and I'm very happy with it I rooted it and unlocked the boot loader myself but I got the sim unlock from ebay, I'm currently using cm7 ROM but I'm going to change that soon I currently don't have the links for the tuts I used to hand but if you still need them I will dig them out and post them as soon as I can.

Qaari  Jan. 13, 2013 at 03:07

Hey shuwaz. It's Qaari from HUKD. I used to own this phone a while back and managed to get it rooted, have CWM recovery installed and get a brand new ROM up and running without a hitch.

If you've got an XDA-developers account then take a look at the guide I posted. I'll rip it here as a backup but all the links mentioned are in XDA-developers.

INSTRUCTIONS:


STEP 1
CARRY OUT INSTRUCTIONS HERE WORD FOR WORD!!!:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1219753&highlight=unlock

When finished DO NOT DELETE ANY FILES YET!!!!


When you get to:

Flashing 2.3.4 (Orange FR):

Downloads:

Moto-fastboot - Download - Thread

STOP!!!!

Do not download this Moto-fastboot. Download the one in the link below. It is a zip file which includes the correct version of Moto-fastboot as well as some missing DLL files not included in the guide. Once downloaded then carry on with the rest of the downloads and guide.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=18508486&postcount=20

STEP 2
INSTALL ROMRACERS RECOVERY:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1204500

Choose any colour you want and download the zip file.

Make sure your phone is in fastboot mode ( same as in STEP 1).

Locate the fastboot directory you created to flash 2.3.4 using Moto-fastboot and extract the zip file you downloaded into this directory.

Carry out instructions given in the above link for example:

moto-fastboot devices

moto-fastboot erase recovery

moto-fastboot flash recovery recovery.img - (recovery.img being the name of the file you just extracted)

It is very similar to flashing the 2.3.4 firmware file (except you're just flashing the recovery. It will all make sense don't worry it's the same process just slightly different commands)

Restart phone when done or remove and reinsert battery and boot normally.

STEP 3
DOWNLOAD CUSTOM ROM

FOR ALL MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G LATEST CUSTOM ROMS VISIT:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=997

I recommend you start with Alien Custom ROM:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1186537

Download the zip file from the link above and LEAVE INTACT!!! Do not extract or modify or tamper with the zip file you download IN ANY WAY!!! Plug in your USB and copy the zip file to either your external SD or internal SD storage. Your choice but remember it!

STEP 4
MAKE NANDROID BACKUP

Now that you have flashed Romracer's Recovery and transferred your custom ROM zip file unplug your USB and power off the phone.

Once completely switched off, hold the power and volume down button until it says Fastboot. Then press down until you get to Android Recovery. Once you see this, press the Vol Up button and wait. It should take you directly into

Rom Racer's CWM (also in the colour that you downloaded).

CONTROLS:
Vol. Up - scroll up
Vol.Down - Scroll down
Power button press (NOT HOLD) - enter-OK-select

Go into recovery, select 'backup & restore', select 'backup'. It takes a while, don't worry your phone hasn't frozen. It can take about 10 mins if you include webtop in your backup.

Still in recovery go to 'wipe data/factory reset', then 'wipe cache partition', then 'advanced', then 'wipe dalvik cache'. This wipes everything off your phone for a nice clean install.

STEP 5
INSTALL CUSTOM ROM

Stay in recovery and go to 'install zip from sd card', then 'choose zip from sd card', then 'external sd card' (unless you put the zip file on your internal storage), scroll down to find the .zip file of your custom ROM and select. The rest is automatic, it will reboot into the new rom on it's own. If it doesn't and after it's installed you're still in recovery just select 'reboot system now'.

It can take about 5 mins and once it's done you should let the phone settle for a few minutes before you start doing anything. There are still a few things going on in the background that you can't see.

You should do this every time you flash a new rom. It only takes a few mins to do, not as long as the instructions seem.

HTH :)

Qaari  Jan. 13, 2013 at 03:09

The above guide was compiled by me btw which I posted on XDA. You can take a look at it here (better formatting):

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1317350

shuwaz  Jan. 13, 2013 at 08:18

Thanks for that guys, i'll give it a go shortly and report back.

BIG thank you to Jan for helping also.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 13, 2013 at 09:19

No probs, shuwaz - I had posted a link on Twitter also ;)

shuwaz  Jan. 13, 2013 at 09:22

No probs, shuwaz - I had posted a link on Twitter also ;)

Wow! thanks! Now that's what I call going the extra mile.

cal8889  Jan. 13, 2013 at 13:32

i have this phone!

i can fully recommend this rom

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1781970

all jellybean features work and its really smooth and stable, my battery will easily last 2 days aswell.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 13, 2013 at 13:34

Thanks for sharing :)

shuwaz  Jan. 13, 2013 at 13:50

i have this phone!

i can fully recommend this rom

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1781970

all jellybean features work and its really smooth and stable, my battery will easily last 2 days aswell.



Okay I'll give that one a go... thanks.

Shame there isn't a video tutorial on YouTube but perhaps I'll do one.

shuwaz  Jan. 14, 2013 at 19:59

[quote]Hey shuwaz. It's Qaari from HUKD. I used to own this phone a while back and managed to get it rooted, have CWM recovery installed and get a brand new ROM up and running without a hitch./quote]

how long should this process take?

Qaari  Jan. 14, 2013 at 20:05

Depends really. You need to download quite a few files (Fastboot, Custom ROM, CWM etc) which range from 3 to about 100MB or so depending on the type of ROM you download.

To read through the instructions and properly understand (and double check for verification, can't stress this point enough) should take no more than an hour really if you have some technical knowledge (so you know what a command prompt is and you know how to type in commands and move around files, extracting archives etc) :)

shuwaz  Jan. 14, 2013 at 22:05

Depends really. You need to download quite a few files (Fastboot, Custom ROM, CWM etc) which range from 3 to about 100MB or so depending on the type of ROM you download.

To read through the instructions and properly understand (and double check for verification, can't stress this point enough) should take no more than an hour really if you have some technical knowledge (so you know what a command prompt is and you know how to type in commands and move around files, extracting archives etc) :)


I work in IT Support so I would say above average knowledge/skill.

shuwaz  Jan. 19, 2013 at 22:24

Hey Qaari,

A lot of the links in that guide don't work! I have already got 64-bit drivers for my Atrix 4G and they work fine in Windows 7 for me.

Don't suppose you know of any alternative sources?

Qaari  Jan. 19, 2013 at 22:30

Hey Qaari,

A lot of the links in that guide don't work! I have already got 64-bit drivers for my Atrix 4G and they work fine in Windows 7 for me.

Don't suppose you know of any alternative sources?


Sorry mate I wish I did but I sold my Atrix 4g about a year ago and I've not kept up to date tbh.

Have you taken a look at the general development section in XDA? There's usually an all-in-one sticky in the development section which gathers all the useful guides etc into one topic. There's usually something in there that will help.

Also, have you taken a look at the posts in the original guides (for example the guide in Step 1)? Cos there's usually an alternative link that's either posted or requested when a link goes down. Sorry I can't be of more help but good luck :)

shuwaz  Jan. 19, 2013 at 22:47

Oh man, looks like I'm going to loose lapdock and HD multimedia dock functionality if I install a custom ROM on this phone.

Torn, I install a new ROM and get ICS/JB but no lap/HD dock.. or keep Gingerbread and lap/HD dock functionality!

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