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Old 26. Oct 2012, 01:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Exclamation Rooting: YES Modding: No (At least for now)

Anupam raised and important matter, Rooting and Modding are not the same.
If you want to be in control of your phone, rooting should be enough for you (and most of the users) and YES, a faulty procedure during the rooting process may brick your phone (most of the time it can fixed anyway). That's why you should read any guide you found very carefully and just then you can go ahead with the rooting process.

On the other hand, any ROM or MOD installation needs two things: a Root and an "Unlocked Bootloader".

Bootloader?

(The following text was extracted from a phone manufacturer's support page and irrelevant parts were cut-off)

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LET'S MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO FIRST.

In case you didn't know, Bootloader is a little bit of code that tells your device's operating system how to boot up. Basically, it's what makes your device start up and run the way you're used to.

We have done the work to make sure your device has a fully optimized, certified and tested version of Android.

Unlocking the bootloader will allow you to customize your device, but keep the following in mind:

Unlocking your bootloader is not for the faint of heart. Unlocking your device and installing your own software might cause the device to stop working, disable important features and functionality, and even make the device unsafe to the point of causing you harm. Neither us, nor your wireless carrier or retailer from whom you purchased the device, will be responsible for such damage, so please do not unlock or load any software unless you know what you are doing.
You have only yourself to blame. Once you get the unlock code, your device is no longer covered by our warranty; in other words, please don't blame us if things go wrong, even if they appear unrelated to unlocking the bootloader.
The law still applies. You still need to operate your device in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations prescribed by the FCC, and any other governmental agency for that matter.
And now a word from our lawyers. Finally, in order to unlock your device, you need to agree to important legal terms, which can be found on the next page. Agreeing creates a binding legal agreement, so be sure to read them carefully.

STILL INTERESTED IN UNLOCKING THE BOOTLOADER?

First, confirm that your device can be unlocked

REVIEW ALL THE WARNINGS AND MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS

Once you get the unlock code, your device is no longer covered by the warranty; in other words, please don't blame us if things go wrong, even if they appear unrelated to unlocking the bootloader.
Unlocking your device and installing your own software might cause the device to stop working, disable important features and functionality, and even make the device unsafe to the point of causing you harm. Neither us, nor your wireless carrier or retailer from whom you purchased the device, will be responsible for such damage, so please do not unlock or load any software unless you know what you are doing.
You still need to operate your device in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations prescribed by the FCC, and any other governmental agency for that matter.
Your wireless carrier may prohibit unlocked devices from operating on their network.
Finally, in order to unlock your device, you need to agree to important legal terms located on the next page. This creates a binding legal agreement, so be sure to read them carefully.

HOW UNLOCKING YOUR BOOTLOADER COULD IMPACT YOUR DEVICE

You will lose all media and content on your device and will need to reinstall all applications downloaded from Google Play.
You will not be able to watch any movies you downloaded.
Applications may not work anymore.
You may lose encryption support.
You may lose some key functions like telephone, radio, and audio playback.
You could cause permanent/physical damage to your device.
Unlocking your bootloader will not change your device subsidy lock status
If you don't understand any of the above risks or warnings, we suggest that you do not continue to unlock your device's bootloader.


If, however, you are ready to accept all the implications of unlocking the bootloader, which includes completely voiding your device's warranty, continue on to receive a bootloader unlock code.

END OF TEXT
As you see, trying to install a custom ROM or MOD requires an intrincated process with potential issues and it is not recommended unless you don't have any other choice (that applies to old phones without support, meaning they don't get any new Android updates).

I think you should stick to the rooting process only. I bet you'll be more than happy with the results. Leave the bootloader unlock and the modding option behind (at least for the time being) cause your phone is said to receive continued updates for at least 18 months... JB update is coming and the KeyLimePie update is an imminent thing to happen.
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Old 26. Oct 2012, 07:47 AM   #12 (permalink)
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IO.Hazard... please provide the link from where you got the text. It's because of copyright concerns and stuff like that, we have to be careful.
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Old 26. Oct 2012, 08:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Sure thing! The "disclaimer" text of my previous post was obtained from this MOTODEV page:

https://motorola-global-portal.custh...-your-device-a

Sorry about any inconvenience I may have caused by posting it that way.
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Old 27. Oct 2012, 05:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks IO.Hazard, and no problem... just taking precautions, and keeping with the rules of the forum .
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