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Hey OCN,

I like the sound of a custom ROM because:

I purchased a Nexus S a month ago. I've got a few friends with Android phones who have unlocked them, loading up MIUI or Cyanogenmod 7. They show me the feature of overclocking and also saving battery life.

I don't like the sound of a custom ROM because:

I can't do that with my stock ROM but I do know that unlocking the bootloader during the process, will void my warranty. Also, another thing that is holding me behind is that the stock ROM will update in packages, much like the apps in the market. I heard that you'll have to manually install Cyanogenmod updates, which will wipe the phone.

Can you guys please tell me convince me that I should indeed, unlock the bootloader and load up a custom ROM.

Thanks.

EDIT:

Alright guys, that's enough convincing. I have been convinced. Now, I tried following zedomax's guide on how to root Nexus S, but the driver download just doesn't seem to work out.
http://nexusshacks.com/nexus-s-hacks...-root-nexus-s/

Basically, I'm having trouble unlocking the bootloader, are there any guides that work?

Edited by Yangtastic - 8/8/11 at 4:00am
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Originally Posted by Yangtastic View Post
Hey OCN,

I like the sound of a custom ROM because:

I purchased a Nexus S a month ago. I've got a few friends with Android phones who have unlocked them, loading up MIUI or Cyanogenmod 7. They show me the feature of overclocking and also saving battery life.

I don't like the sound of a custom ROM because:

I can't do that with my stock ROM but I do know that unlocking the bootloader during the process, will void my warranty. Also, another thing that is holding me behind is that the stock ROM will update in packages, much like the apps in the market. I heard that you'll have to manually install Cyanogenmod updates, which will wipe the phone.

Can you guys please tell me convince me that I should indeed, unlock the bootloader and load up a custom ROM.

Thanks.
Just do it. You want to, so do it. If something ever happens, then flash a STOCK ROM back onto it, and then BAM. They'll never know that you voided your warranty. I did it with my HD2 before I sent it back for repair.
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Just do it. You want to, so do it. If something ever happens, then flash a STOCK ROM back onto it, and then BAM. They'll never know that you voided your warranty. I did it with my HD2 before I sent it back for repair.
Can't they check? I mean, if I root it, the Lock Status will show unlocked.
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If you do flash something such as CM7, which is a fantastic ROM, every time an update comes out (nightlies are released every.....night), you just simply flash it through ROM Manager/Clockworkmod. 5 minutes at most to download and flash, and it still retains all your data.

You have a Nexus S. A phone that is literally made to be tinkered with. I look at the whole warranty thing as, if you ever get the point you need to use it and your cannot get your phone on, then they (El goog, Samsung) wouldn't be able to even get it on.
    
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You have the Nexus S buddy! There is no excuse not to root a vanilla phone, much less a Nexus. To answer some of your question :

-You can always flash back to a stock ROM
-No your cell provider wont be able to tell you rooted even if you brick your phone since they will be forced to wipe it manually and there is no way of noticing it in the process ( done it a couple times myself )
-If you're installing an update all you will have to do is wipe the dalvik cache and thats all, all your data will still remain on the phone, you can also choose to back it up when using ROM manager which makes your life a whole lot easier and safer.

Look threw the XDA forums, lot's of helpful information on ROMs, Kernels, and Radios.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the first time you root and flash a new ROM make sure to back up any important files you might have on your phone to your computer since you do have to do a clean wipe when installing a different ROM.
Edited by ArtistDeAlec - 8/7/11 at 11:50pm
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Originally Posted by Yangtastic View Post
EDIT:

Basically, I'm having trouble unlocking the bootloader, are there any guides that work?
Always check out XDA for guides on rooting and custom ROMs.

i9023 or i9020A:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1007782

I'm assuming you have the i9023 or i9020A model of the Nexus S. If you have the i9020T version, there's another guide on XDA.

i9020T:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=895545
post #8 of 10
Depends on the type of Nexus S you're having. So far, more than 3 variants are available so check your version for us to give you the appropriate unlocking guide.
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Don't worry guys, my friend helped with the process. I'm running a rOM called SuperOSR. Very fast. Quadrant Standard score of 3600 on 1300MHz.
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my brother bricked his HTC Eris, just be careful when flashing and read alot about it before you go flashing everything. The program that bricked his phone was clock work.
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