Motorola Droid :: Themed ROMS
May 15, 2010
Personally I love being rooted and having all the options that being rooted gives me, however I have not found a single theme that I actually like more than stock Android. I mean, some of them have cool elements, JRummy's green themed ROM is ok, as is Fab's NexBeast, they have some really cool parts to the themes, but some of the icons or other things are just God-awful in every theme I have tried. I liked Pete's Smoked Glass theme he had to apply over his BB builds, but the notification drop down had some problems, you couldn't always read the notification text making it basically useless. Overall I am just asking, am I the only one who highly prefers the Android stock theme?
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Aug 7, 2010
Any Tom's with team themes? Love to have the pack on my Droid.
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Jul 1, 2010
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Nov 18, 2010
Pete's Bugless 0.4 FRF84b themed (2.2) - Android Forums
[Theme] 928Droid "Black Glass" 2.2 for Froyo - Update.zip - MetaMorph - Back to Stockl
[Theme] NexTheme for Bugless Beast V0.4 (6/29/10)
Start posting them and I will edit it for people. I can't quite get KangaSaurus to work on it just yet - loads lock screen, everything is themed, then it reboots after SD Card load (sound off)
Credit to bad4u6669
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Jul 21, 2010
Link to mod:
Themed Swype - xda-developers
Different colors at the bottom, delete the color from the file name when placing on sdcard. i.e. blueupdate.zip > update.zip
MUST BE DEODEXED
All Swypes have matching tracers
All these are for 2.2, there is no reason you shouldnt be on 2.2
Original images from bilbobrian, just some extra days on my part getting it to you
As always do a back up
If on 2.2 and have boot strapper installed to use this update .zip, throw it on sd card, open droid x bootstraper reboot to recovery, apply update.zip, reboot done!
........ without bootstrapper method...........if you want just the apk for a different color just extract it from the update.zip file use root explorer or other app to make a copy of your original app ( its in system/app)
First you must remove swype.apk from system/app any way of your choosing, terminal or adb, then reboot.
Follow the following directions
Put the .apk on your sdcard, navigate to it with astro or your fav file browser, open the apk and choose install. If it still says only gives you the option to uninstall, you didnt uninstall correctly. if you can get it to show up after install go into settings and keyboard and make sure swype is checked
................ If you somehow botched it...............
restore your back up.
If you were careless enough to not do a back up and your on 2.2 get a clean download here.. MY droid world 2.2 follow those instructions. then download file again, your last one might of been bad. When in recovery go to mounts and mount system, then install the zip
I replaced a lot of the .png's in Ander Webb's ADW.Launcher and resigned it, so it is installable. It should look a lot more like the stock Blur launcher, but with much better performance
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May 16, 2010
Be sure to support Ander Webb if you like the launcher!
File is attached to the bottom of this post
Available over on cyanogenmod forum...video recording is broken currently on the 5.0.7 pre-release builds, author says he'll have a fix soon.
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Mar 23, 2010
NexBeast 0.9 Release
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May 20, 2010
I built this ROM because I was having some issues with CyanogenMod 5.0.5 (mainly, no MMS), but I didn't want to give up the look and feel of NexTheme, which I really liked.
Before I begin, I must give credit where it is due (everyone but me, I take no credit. I'm just an enthusiast, not a developer).
Pete - For the excellent, bugless base ROM
Koush - For porting over CyanogenMod 5.0.5 to the Droid
Cyanogen - For building CyanogenMod
manup456 - For the AWESOME NexTheme 2.0
ChevyNo1 - For the overclock kernel
AdamZ - For the overclock kernel
gl0be - Whose Desire theme helped me a lot
haxzamatic - For his port of NexTheme to Koush's CM5
jr33 - For his Metamorph of NexTheme
arctu - For the AMAZING HelixLauncher2
Refer to this thread for NexTheme details (and screenshots!):
[THEME] NexTHEME-v2.0 Enom_v1.7.1/CM_22.214.171.124 Final Beast!! =) - xda-developers
Refer to this thread for Pete's Bugless ROM (and scripts):
[ROM] Bugless Beast V0.9 ESE53 (Options Gallore!)
If you're interested in CyanogenMod by Koush, go here:
CyanogenMod Forum -> Motorola Droid
Gonna just copy Cyanogen/Koush here...
If i install the update to handcent, will i lose the theme?
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Jun 11, 2010
In case anyone wants to try another Froyo ROM...this one is nicely themed (assuming you like sterling...).
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Jun 11, 2010
I went into the theme zip file (DropTheme) and deleted the "Vending" file from the Apps folder.
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Oct 8, 2010
No themed Market - but it works.
I have a few questions about theming apps. I don't know much about Android apps, but was thinking about looking into theming some. Before I do, I want to find out if it is worthwhile or if it will be constant re-theming after every update.
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Sep 7, 2010
When an app is themed (like the Revolution Facebook version for example) Can it be updated through the market or released APK?
If updated through the market, will it be overwritten when the app updates?
Do market updates only change the pieces needed or do they replace the whole app?
Are themed apps always complete versions or are they sometimes just the images and other parts that were themed?
For all you guys out there who like taking themes to the max, I was tipped to this website by Android Forums - View Profile: incrediblenotinstock
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Oct 3, 2010
You will want to jump over to Xda here : [url] nd pick up the high res v27 for froyo if your on froyo the other if you are not and pick up that zip. You will need the clicker hi apk from that zip if you want to adjust the settings for the keyboard.
I didn't create this website or any of the themes there All credit goes to those that did. I just wanted to share with the community. Its very easy and a straight forward process and it creates a QR code (which I never got to work) and a download link to dl the apk and side load it like you would any other app. If you already have the htc.ime keyboard installed, you will want to uninstall it first. It does hold a lot of memory (around 11mb in running processes for me) but it doesn't lag. It also isn't multi touch, but I have found typing very fluid for me.
Looking for themed stock keyboard themes. Particularly looking for an orange theme to compliment NexTang
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May 24, 2010
I just got a new theme (Punisher one from JsinLegacy, it is awesome)... and he has some killer wallpapers in the themed helix 2 launcher, however I use Launcher Pro and am pretty happy with it, and would like to get rid of helix 2 cause it is just taking up space (I hate having two launchers installed). Is there anyway to get the wallpapers?I tried extracting the .apk with root explorer but I can't seem to find where the little buggers are...
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Nov 19, 2010
I put the 928Droid BGX2.3 Theme on my phone and I do like it but my wifi and pic sending capabilities have stopped. My pic sending capabilities have stopped before when I got the froyo update and the only thing that fixed it was a factory reset. This is my first theme and I followed directions and put Koush's Bootstrap did a nano backup and then installed the update.zip theme So what should be my steps for a factory reset now?
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Aug 20, 2010
Themed blue ESPN Scorecenter app
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Nov 1, 2010
1. Unistall ESPN scorecenter if already on your phone.
2. Download blue scorecenter and place on sdcard.
3. Install using astro or another file manager.
Note: The market will recognize this app and should promote you if there is an update available in the future. Updating the app will probably revert it back to stock red.
Themed Blue ESPN Scorecenter *Updated v1.0.4*
Why did I do this? Well, I wanted to use Fightspit's circular battery icons. The DX's icons only change every 20% which is kind of useless for the icon set I wanted. It's easy to swap out icons (via 7zip) but adding icons creates a lot of problems. This forced me to come up with a workaround. Here's the process in case anyone else has been trying to do this.
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Oct 15, 2010
The themed framework-res.apk file
Extract framework-res.apk from any themed zip file
Or adb pull it from your THEMED phones system/framework directory
Stock framework-res.apk file
Extract this from TBHs deodexed 2.3.15 leak
Or adb pull from your STOCK phone
Batter and charging icons
I use 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 battery icons since the DX only reports battery readings in 10% increments.
I have 20 charging pngs. You can have more or less but youll have to modify some XMLs (see below) to get them to work.
You can use UOT Kitchen to generate battery icons. There are, also, other icons floating around on XDA. Just be careful to use HDPI compatible types.
The attached decompiled XML files (these go in the DECOMPILED drawable-hdpi folder along with the batter icons). Edit these if you add or remove pngs.
7zip or Winrar (I prefer the former for modding .apk files)
Working knowledge of DOS (optional) or patience
Stock framework-res.apk prep
Extract ApkManager (you can put this anywhere. I have it on c: to make things easier in DOS)
Put your STOCK framework-res.apk in the place-apk-here-for-modding folder
Run the script and DECOMPILE (Option 9) the apk. The decompile folder will be in the projects folder.
Delete the STOCK framework-res.apk from the place-apk-here-for-modding folder
Move the DECOMPILED framework-res.apk folder from projects into the main ApkManager folder. This will be your repository of stock files that you will need later
Themed framework-res.apk prep
At this point you should have NOTHING in your modding folder AND project folders
Put your THEMED framework-res.apk in the modding folder
From the ApkManager root folder, DELETE the log text file
Run the script and DECOMPILE (Option 9) the themed apk.
After the decompile is done, close the script and open up the newly created log.txt file
In the log youll see some .9.png errors in /res/drawable-hdpi folder. These are files that were not decompiled properly because some required information (9patch) was missing. Each of those 9.png files will be decompiled (wrongly) and then renamed to .png. Therefore for every SINGLE 9.png error file, there will be one USELESS .png file. NOTE: If you try to recompile with these broken 9patches, the resultant apk WILL cause you to bootloop.
Lets pause here for a bit:
All the 9.png files listed in the error log, as stated before, are BROKEN. The decompile script aapt (apktool) decompiles these broken 9.png files, makes a copy of said files, and renames the copies as *.png.
So, there are, actually, two broken files (one 9.png and one .png) for every error in the log. You have to delete BOTH of these files and replace them with healthy files from the stock framework we decompiled earlier. If you skipped that, go back up and do it. The awesome thing is that there are hundreds of healthy 9.pngs and even more .png files in your THEMED framework decompiled folder. Locating each of this files (sometimes 30 x 2) is a pain. My workaround is to use good ol DOS. You dont have to do the next few steps with DOS but you have to reach the same end.
Enter the dra¦ er decompiled framework-res folder in /projects.
Copy/mark the error 9.pngs into MS Word (or whatever you use). Keep Word and DOS open till were done with this part.
Using find and replace do the following:
Copy everything before the 9.png file and find/replace that with del.
Copy everything after .png and find/replace it with NOTHING (dont type nothing)
The outcome should be:
and should contain all the broken .9.png files
In DOS, cd to decoded frameworks folders drawable-hdpi folder
Copy and paste the contents of the Word file into DOS to delete all the broken 9.png files.
Go back to MS Word and find/replace .9.png with .png
The outcome should be:
and should contain all the broken, renamed .png files.
If you didnt close the DOS window, just copy and paste the modified contents of your Word folder into DOS to delete all the broken .png files. If you closed the DOS window, shame on you :P. Youll have to open DOS again and navigate back to the decoded frameworks drawable-hdpi folder first.
You should have removed both the BROKEN .9.png and .png files from the decompiled frameworks drawable-hdpi folder
Head back to MS Word one last time and edit the files to look like this
copy first_example.9.png c:APKManagerprojectsframework-res.apk
copy second_example.9.png c:APKManagerprojectsframework-res.apk
The c:... will vary depending on where you put your APKManager folder. If you put it somewhere else, copy the location from your address bar.
Head back to DOS and cd to your STOCK folders drawable-hdpi folder.
Copy the contents from MS Word into DOS and this will copy the healthy .9.png files to your THEMED decoded frameworks drawable-hdpi folder.
You can close MS Word and DOS at this point.
Replacing the battery icons and xml files.
Navigate to your THEMED decompiled frameworks drawable-hdpi folder.
Paste your new battery icons into this folder (overwriting all the existing ones). The files to look for are stat_sys_battery_X.png and stat_sys_battery_charge_animX.png
You should also replace ic_lock_idle_charging and ic_lock_idle_low_battery (I use the fully charged and the battery unknown pngs respectively)
Replace the xml files with your modified ones. The files to replace are stat_sys_battery.xml and stat_sys_battery_charge.xml.
Rebuilding your framework-res.apk
At this point you should have your THEMED framework-res.apk in the modding folder and your THEMED, decompiled framework-res.apk folder in the project folder (with your new png and xml files.)
Go back to the APK Manager main folder and run the script.
Compile the apk (Option 11)
You will be asked if this is a system apk. Choose YES.
You will be asked if you want to copy all unmodified files from the oringal apk. You can choose NO.
Sign the APK (Option 12).
Go into the modding folder, you will find a signedframework-res.apk
Open (DONT EXTRACT) signedframework-res.apk with 7zip or Winrar.
Open (again, DONT EXTRACT) the themed framework-res.apk (also in the modding folder) with 7zip or Winrar
Delete, from within 7zip, the META-INF directory and AndroidManifest.xml file from signedframework-res.apk
Copy, inside 7zip, META-INF and AndroidManifest.xml from your original themed framework-res to signedframework-res.apk Dont unzip anything.
Still in 7zip, navigate to /res/drawable-hdpi in both the original, themed framework-res.apk and signedframework-res.apk. Delete everything BUT the new (stat_sys_battery stat_sys_battery_charge) xmls and battery and charging .pngs from signedframework-res.apk. If you used my files, there will be only 40 items left.
Finally, copy (still in 7zip) everything BUT stat_sys_battery.xml, stat_sys_battery_charge.xml, and the battery and charging .pngs from the themed framework-res.apks drawable-hdpi folder to signedframework-res.apks drawable-hdpi folder.
Your modified framework-res.apk is ready to be pushed to your phone.
Putting the files on your phone.
Either push signedframework-res.apk to your phone via adb or
Create an update.zip for use with clockwork recovery. You can also take the themes zip file and replace the framework-res.apk as well. (I like this). Or you can just make one if you like.
Reboot your phone if you used adb and welcome to 10% heaven.
Im hoping our themers will incorporate the 10% hack into their themes. For them its only a matter of replacing the (2) xml files before compiling the theme.
Ill try to answer any questions as best I can.
Also, please donate to the DEVs (not me!) if you can. This little task took me almost a week (after work and no SSF4 for me ) to figure out. Imagine how much work is required to bring ApeX, RubiX, ZapX etc¦
Grab the Apex rEVO and NexTheme mods and files at:
REVOlution theme with 10% Circle Battery MOD and NexTheme 10% Circle Battery Mod.
Decompiled XML files
I'm rooted now and about ready to do my 1st theme...DroidBlackGlassX DeOdexEERR.
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May 2, 2010
Is there a way to back up my stock LP+ set up so If I don't like the Black Glass and can revert back? Or want my LP+ setup but only with a black bar? I thought I could with bootstrap, but I think I'm wrong...also thought I could with Ti Backup...but again, I think that's only for apps.
NexBeast V1.1 Release. This ROM is based off of Pete's Bugless Beast V1.1. He put a lot of hard work into it, so if you enjoy this, or his work, please donate to him! You can find the link to his donate and the original BBV1 thread at the following:
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Mar 7, 2010
Other developers worthy of your donations/praise are:
-Manup456 for creating NexTheme
-Bekit for the overclock kernels used here
-arctu for HelixLauncher(s) 1 and 2
-Ander Webbs for ADW Launcher
-Cyanogen and Koush for setting a high standard & ROM manager
*And everybody else that helped to make this possible!
ROM Link - Clockwork and SPRecovery Compatible
-Rename to update.zip if using SPR, otherwise just install .zip with Clockwork. It is always good policy to do a complete wipe of data, cache, system, and boot. Don't say I didn't warn you
-All of the speed, scripts, and overall goodness of Bugless Beast V1.1 (see above link for details)
-Completely Themed with Manup's DroTheme
-Includes new font set (removable)
-Includes Themed HTC_IME Keyboard (credit to jonasl & gIMpSTa)
-Themed MotoTorch and Ringer Widgets (thanks btdownloads7)
-Latest Wired & Wifi Tethering Apps
-SpareParts app with options by Pete
-Themed ADW and 3D Launchers
-New Superuser 2.1 app and binary (credit to ChainsDD)
-Themed new Facebook app w/ Inbox
-Lowered Ringer Delay from 3s to 300ms
-Battery percentage in notification bar (hard coded)
-NexThemed Live Wallpaper (credit to Pete)
-Blazing fast w/ tons of free memory!
OPTIONAL Kernels: (credit to Bekit) - Installation Video Instructions in next post!
-600Mhz LV 5X *Already Included*
-800Mhz LV 7X
-1Ghz LV 7X
-1.1Ghz LV 7X
-1.1Ghz SV 7X
-1.2Ghz LV 7X
-1.2Ghz IV 7X
-1.3Ghz LV 7X
-1.3Ghz IV 7X
P3Droid kernels will also work great - Get them here. ADW Update (minor) There's a newer version available in the market now, I've themed it. Get it here: org.adw.launcher.apk. Then use this next script down here to remove the old ADW
Maybe i'm not really seeing anything that stick out to me but could someone please give me an answer.
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Apr 8, 2010
Whats the difference between a 2.0.1 ROM and 2.1 ROM?
I've been rooted for awhile and always stuck with either AdamZ ROM or Pete's Bugless Beast and they were all based off of 2.0.1. Is there something special I need to do in order to run a ROM based off of 2.1?
I have skinned Handcent SMS and changed a few things. Ask if you have any questions. Just install it like a normal application. Any suggestions are welcome.
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Apr 20, 2010
-Optimized all png's so app runs faster and is more lightweight.
-Updated to Handcent version 3.0.4.
-Changed all text entry boxes to stock Android.
-Changed top bar to white.
-Changed all top bar icons to stock Android look.
-Changed send button to grey and made it square rather than rectangle.
-Changed all attachment icons to stock Android 2.0+ icons. (Screenshots)
-Changed settings icon to stock Android settings icon. (In conversation list, press menu, the settings button is changed now.)
-Changed 2 of the notification icons. One is the stock android black smiley icon, and one is the android 1.5 or 1.6 notification icon. Just scroll through the notification icons to find them.
-Updated to Handcent SMS version 2.9.36
-Resized icons so they don't look distorted on the dock of HelixLauncher.
-Recolored the send message button to go with the rest of the color scheme.
-Changed the "To:" text entry box for Handcent quick reply to white.
-Changed widget bubble color to black so the greens don't clash.
-Changed pop-up text entry box to white with orange border rather than the ugly tan color.
-Updated Handcent version to 2.9.35
-Changed Handcent bubbles to chompSMS bubbles. (Both are default silver bubbles now, but in settings you can change the color back to green or whatever colors you like for the bubbles). Thanks to n1ghtwish for helping me figure this out!
-Recolored the top bar of iPhone theme to go better with new bubbles. The top bar is now more white rather than a blueish tint.
-Changed unknown contact icon to an android robot, similar to the Nexus One.
-Changed Handcent icon to the stock android icon (little green smiley face).
-Recolored the text entry box to a white rectangle and added an orange border around to look similar to stock android phones.
IMO, it looks better if you go into Handcent, options, bubble settings, and scroll all the way to the bottom and uncheck start lines of editor box so that it will only be 1 line rather than 2 to start out with. (That's also how it is in the screenshot).
By the way, you must uninstall Handcent and any font packs before installing this modded version. Props to sneaky_zekey over at alldroid.com for helping me figure all this out.
I have slightly themed ChompSMS. Got this "cracked" version from another website, which removed ads. Then I themed it up a little. Unfortunately it is version 3.6, which isn't the latest build, but works pretty flawlessly for me.
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Sep 2, 2010
-Changed ChompSMS icon to stock Android (green smiley) icon.
-Changed message unread bar to green instead of blue.
-Changed highlight color from blue, to the yellow-orangeish stock Android selection color. (Look at screenshots)
-Changed the green notification icon to the stock green smiley icon (you have to change this in notification settings, it isn't defaulted).
Also see my custom themed Handcent SMS app here:
Handcent SMS Themed
might as well suggest this now but could we get a sub forum for roms since birdman broke motorola.
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Jun 13, 2010
I've had my Droid since February and have it rooted. I've been using Smoked Glass v6.0.1 ROM and now I'm ready to change things up. I have ROM manager premium but I'm too overwhelmed by all the choices. I've been trying to research the different ROMs out there but there are too many.
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Mar 22, 2010
Can we make a list here of what ROMs do what? For instance I've read Bugless Beast is great for speed but Ultimate Droid is better if you want looks and don't care about speed. Don't even get me started on CyanogenMod. There are way to many options with that one.
In here you can put what rom you are running and all the info, OC range kernels all that, and a screen shot of the main home screen. and you can discuss on which one is better. what one has that the other doesn't and etc.... i like talking about all that for some reason.
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Mar 26, 2010
I'm running CYANOGEN MOD 5.0.5 W/ 24K THEME AND OC RANGE OF 1000-800MHZ. I have in the past run simmply stunning and smoked glass and droid mod and the desire build roms. i find cyanogen to be the smoothest and most customizable to me. I also like the updater its all very easy to use.
cons: i dont like clockwork recovery, im use to SPRecovery.
All in all CYANOGEN MOD IS THE BEST TO ME.
Can you make voice calls with BT using 2.1 ROMS? Or does that feature still not exist?
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Sep 13, 2010
I rooted my X with the androot, downloaded all of the apps that was in the app list to get once rooted, downloaded FlyX and installed, however once the phone restarted, stuck on the big M luckily i had a backup ready to go so i restored the phone, last night however i wasnt so lucky, i tried the new 2.3 update, and well lets say big M for 30 mins til i was able to flash it back to stock. i know i am doing these steps the correct way, i make a backup each time, and i check the cache data.
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Mar 1, 2010
I decided its time for me to root, ive enjoyed stock droid for a while, but now i want more!
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Nov 2, 2010
I understand how to root, that isnt the issue,
Im not sure how to install custom roms. I really want to use Droidmod 1.0
I dled it, it comes as a .tgz file. How do i go about installing it?
i had a droid rooted with smoked glass and i now have a droid x im looking for a good rom something like the smoked glass.
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Mar 10, 2010
I just got my refurb today and it wont let me install the smoked glass roms neither v4 or v5. i rooted the phone with no problems. and i had smoked glass running perfect on my other phone.
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I go to "advanced nandroid restore" then "choose backup" and i choose the smoked glass rom then the phone says: "nandroid exited with status 25." and if i try to use the backup rom i made it says "nandroid exited with status 21". any ideas? ive tried several times today with same results.