Installing GingerReal / ROM on your Galaxy ACE (via CWM)


1.Be on updated Gingerbread ROM
(Any of the stock GBwould do.Its completely OK to go with with Indian GB version DDKQ5)

2.Install CWM Recovery.(Click here to read my previous post)

3.Go and download the latest Gingerreal zip file from the following official link page (100-150 mb sized zip file),100.0.html

Either try v1.1 or v1.3(a2sd preinstalled).Some are facing problems v1.2.

4.Put the zip file on your sd card.

5.Open CWM Recovery,

6.Wipe /cache partition

7.Wipe /data partition

8.Select Install zip from sd card, choose the previously copied zip file and confirm YES to flash it..

9.Reboot n wait patiently..



Download the zip file from the following link..

Wipe /cache and /data (and also /sd-ext if you have)

The page says to have KPN(2.3.3) base version installed.But i feel its safe to install over DDKQ5(2.3.4) too.I myself tried it over GingerReal(which itself was installed over DDKQ5)

First install the Latest X2 zip file by copying it to sd card (as explained for GingerReal Step8)

NexT copy the updates and flash them sequentially 2.2 then 2.3

If you want a2sd then download and copy the DT A2SD ZIP update from the same page.and follow instructions here.



You can install any ROMS coming in recovery flashable zip format by following the above said steps.

Be sure to read the instructions given in the ROM developers page.
(Iam not responsible if you brick your phone.)
(If you would ask me which ROM i prefer, CURRENTLY i would recommend gingerreal v1.1 or v1.3.)


September 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM Leave a comment

Migrating to a new ROM : Backup and Restore your Full Applications and Data

Some of you might be keeping away from installing custom ROMs because of the fear of loosing all your programs and data settings..

Here i’ll guide you through the process of backing up and restoring all your data and programs easily onto a new ROM.

You’ll need ROOT acces first.

Using Titanium Back Up :

Install Titanium BackUP from market..(No need of pro version)

Advantage of titanium backup is that it can zip your backups and is faster.

Open Titanium back up and select the second tab “Backup/Restore”


Click menu button and choose “Batch”


Then click the highlighted item “RUN Backup all user apps +system data”


Next click on “Run the batch operation”


After the job is finished you can flash your new ROM.And when you are back in the new ROM again install titanium backup and then choose Backup/Restore.

Click “RUN Restore missing apps +all system data”, and then “”Run the batch operation”


And thats it.Reboot & you are free to go.You’ll have all your progs  and data restored. 🙂

Using My BackUp :

An advantage of mybackup is that you have an option to view your data (calls, contacts,sms & bookmarks) and export them to html

Install Rerware My BackUP free version  from market..

Open MyBackup, choose “BACKUP”

First Click “Data”

Choose Local/sdcard

Select all and click OK

Now again choose BACKUP. Click Applications & Media

Tick only “Apps”. No need of photos.and then click OK.

Now select all applications and click next. On the next prompt choose

Proceed with backup as you did for data previously.

To RESTORE All those simply get into Mybackup from your new ROM and then choose RESTORE, Choose DATA, then again choose Applications & Media,Select APKs+DATA..
Reboot.. Enjoy..!

September 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM Leave a comment

How to partition your SD Card and Enable DT Apps2sd on your galaxy ace[CUSTOM ROMS] using a2sd gui – The easy way

Hi all, today let me explain you the easiest way to enable Darktremor app2sd on most of the custom roms for galaxy ace. As majority of the custom roms use a cf-root kernel, they have apps2sd support by default.The difference may be that in some roms it comes pre installed (but disabled) and in some others we have to install it manually.

For doing it the easy way first of all we need to have the following things done first

Copy all your sd card contents into your Computer harddisk.Its needed because you will lose all you sd card data once you format it for partitioning.
(There are numerous methods to parttion your sdcard, here i’ll go with the most SIMPLEST one for your Ace)
Note: i had problems accessing some files on my 8gb card via usb cable.But no problems with 2gb card.So use a card reader if any errors popup while copying.

Install ClockWorkMod my previous post if you dont know)
Reboot into CWM recovery.
Navigate down the menu and choose “ADVANCED” (the second-last option in CWM 4.0.09)
Select “Partition SD card” from the menu (again the second-last option,CWM 4.0.09)
Choose the size required for your sd card second partition, which you are going to use as internal storage.
512MB is mostly enough for intalling 100+ apps all on internal memory.

3.Now you can restore the sd card contents back, from your PC. Note that the size we used for the above partition will not be available in your /sdcard directory.So before copying back ensure the size isok.Remove some media files from the backup if needed.
Install any of the custom ROM available.Flashable zip format is the easiest one to go with.Try or gingerreal.Please DO NOT ASK ME WHICH CUSTOM ROM IS BEST OR SO..Its upto you and iam not responsible with what you do with you device without proper understanding of requirements for each ROM.(most of the problems recoverable).I personally use gingerreal v1.1 for now..[CAREFULLY READ THEIR INSTRUCTIONS AND DO IT THE EXACT WAY]


Get these things done
1.Apps2sd support in ROM (dont worry most of the roms have support by default)
2. Root your device if not yet rooted
3. Install apps2sd GUI if not available in applications.Its free, search it in market.


Case1: Pre-installed
Open apps2sd gui.Allow root permissions when asked for.You will be prompted with a warning message.Click YES to continue.
If apps2sd is not pre-installed it’ll show error as apps2sd not found.In that case jread case2 to install it and or else skip this paragraph
[Case2: Not Pre-installed
In that case you’ll have to flash the a2sd zip file via CWM recovery.Its only this single step, and reboot.The zip file for a2sd will be given together in the custom ROM download page.You can get it from there and copy it ito your sd card.Choose Flash zip from CWM recover and rebot

Follow the steps one by one
1.Open “TWEAKS” from application drawer.Navigate down and you will find a menu as shown below

2.Select and put a TICK mark in
DT: Autostart
if not already ticked.Restart the device.

Now open apps2sd GUI and select the first tab

Click ON “Apps are on SD” , the button must light up, green or whatever color used in your theme. Activate swap if needed.Swap deals with RAM and not internal storage.You will require swap file/partition.Leave that for now.


3.Your phone may reboot once or twice and the initial boot may take some time(1to5 minutes).dont panic.

Next time open apps2sd and navigate to second tab “Dalvik”.
Click on “Dalvik Cache on SD-EXT”

4.Then click  “Move and rebuild”. Do not skip this step.Your device will restart as in the previous step.Be patient.


5.And now you are done.Open Task Manger and see for yoursel how much of your internal memory is free..You’ll get more than 100mb free with even  100+apps installed on internal..:)
Note:As you can see the last version of a2sd gui may report sd-ext size wrongly, its a bug in a2sd gui.No problems.(Read if forums that the developer has fixed it.)


If you want to know if the sdcard partition SD-EXT is full or how much used you may open “ext4″ manager from applications and see the usages.Or you can use Titanium backup pro. Or type ” df -h ” on terminal.

Currently you cant do this simple in the stock GB ROM as the support isnt built in, either you have to manually edit the config files (toughest) or you’ll have to flash cf root kernel(the same kernel used in most custom roms).I hope to come up with a tutorial to enable a2sd+ on stock Gingerbread rom.But i cant write anything unles i test it myself or somebody help me to know the results.It lltake time.

All credits goes to the developers and iam not responsible if you end up bad.. 😉
XDA  Links:


DT A2SD  :

For the timebeing Enjoy with custom ROMs…! 🙂
Fell free to post your genuine doubts and ill try to get them cleared.

September 15, 2011 at 11:03 PM 7 comments

What is ClockWorkMod and what will i get if i install it..

Many of you with a new android device might be wondering what is this CWM.

CWM stands for clock work mod a recovery program by Koushik Dutta. Its nothing but a program that runs at a level closest to the hardware (something like MS-DOS for a pc) on your android phone and will allow you to do some very basic tasks like backing up the full data on your phones operating system.

In simple terms it takes a snapshot of your phone and saves it in the sd card for future usage. You can use this backup in case you need to restore your phone to an earlier time. Its clone to Norton Ghost or Drive snapshot programs in windows. You might be familiar with system restore in your windows accessories. It does a similar(not exact) thing, simply restores your phone to an earlier date.

Those who want to know where it runs on and how its installed let me tell you something technical in this paragraph. Every processor requires a bootloader to run the initial startup when its powered on. Android devices are powered by ARM processors which on powering on will seek the bootloader to know what it must do next. The bootloader if uninterrupted will continue with normal boot if it isn’t interrupted with a special keypress or so. For example if the bootloader detects a button on startup it will enter into the code section for recovery program, something like (IF true THEN GOTO recovery) as in c programming. And this clockworkmod is one such recovery program. It does’nt need android files to be present so that it can run. When installed it replaces the stock recovery (2e or 3e recovery by default in your Galaxy ace ). Actually on installing what it does is it replaces your code section of recovery with the custom made program codes. The result is that next time when you press the combination for recovery you’ll enter into clockworkmod recovery.

What you can do with CWM

Iam not going into details or screenschots as there are a plenty of them available on the internet.


Now let me just brief up what you can do with CWM

-Choose the backup menu to backup your phone state into sdcard. Of course you’ll need about 500-700mb space on sdcard for each back up separately , depending on the android os you are running.

-Choose the restore menu to restore your phone into a state previously saved on sdcard.

-Choose flash  zip from sd card to install a theme or  program or ROM which comes in the recovery flashable zip format.

-From advanced menu you can partition your sdcard, mount your sd card as usb storage, restore specific partitions and so on. Ill write about all partitioning and setting up a2sd soon.

Installing CWM

Now that you know what is CWM & the basic use of CWM go and install it from the following link

For Galaxy Ace>>

or get it from the official website

Find and click on Samsung Galaxy Ace (or whatever phone model available in the list which matches your android phone) Do not attempt to flash with a different phones recovery.

-Put the ClockworkmodeAce zip file on the sd card. Reboot into recovery.

(Power off your phone. Hold the home key pressed and power it on.Keep the home key pressed until the first Samsung logo shows and then you can release it. You ll get recovery menu.)

-Select apply zip from sdcard and choose the above zip file.

-Now reboot. Next time you start the recovery u’ll be taken to the CWM recovery menu.

-Now you can enjoy the advanced recovery features…
Navigate the CWM recovery menu via vol up/down, back button and home button to select.Touch screen wont work.

Some Extra Notes:

You must ensure atleast 50%battery while doing a backup/recovery via CWM.Do not attempt backup/restore until ur battery shows fully charged, in case your battery level is not showing correctly.(Or you may plug in your phone to ac charger too better avoid this.)

You can also intall CWM via ODIN by flashing the PDA tar  file containing CWM image. Its the easiest way to get back your phone to life (of course from a previously backed up image on sd card) if you ended up something wrong in installing a custom ROM or such and tampered your recovery image.

Although i used CWM to restore my stock GB ROM after flashing a custom ROM, i could not restore and ended in a bootloop.But i was successful in backing up and restoring most of the custom roms via CWM.(You can always flash back your stock ROM including stock recovery via ODIN, in case you wanna claim warranty)

Warning:: ROM Manager is an android front-end program for clockwork mod. Its not yet supported with Galaxy ace, You’ll end up with a completely dead phone if you attempt to install ROM Manger and do backup/restore from ROM Manager on your galaxy ace.

September 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM 1 comment

Upgrade your Galaxy ACE to android 2.3.3 Gingerbread via Samsung KIES India – beginner friendly

Hi all, the Indian Galaxy ace had only the froyo version available until last month. Now that we have a gingerbread update lets see how to upgrade it via kies, the safer way.
Android froyo shipped with the phone was version 2.2.1,  DDKC1 representing the samsung code for indian region firmware. Now we have an update version 2.3.3 with code DDKQ5 for indian region.Let us go through the steps for updating your phone.Read each and every point carefully.
Download and install the latest version of Kies (2.0)  from the samsung website
Also the older version have some problems connecting with the samsung servers via certain ISPs and hence shows “no response fron server” error.
If it shows so try connecting your PC to internet via another internet service provider.I had ver 1.5 on my cd provided with phone which could’nt find an update for the phone while checking.
This is what i got when i checked for an update via kies ver 1.5(on windows xp)

I couldn’t connect my phone with kies 2.0 in windows XP. It showed “connecting to device”, endlessly.The easy way is to try your update in windows 7 PC. Luckily i had windows 7 installed and i could connect my phone with ease.If the problem persists you may right click kies icon and select “Run as Administrator”.
With kies ver 2 installed when you connect your phone you will automatically get prompted for a firmware update as shown

Please ensure that you have the following conditions met.Other wise there is a chance that you may brick your phone.
-Make sure your phone is fully charged or at least more than 50% before connecting to kies.
-Those who are using a desktop you must have a good backup ups or make sure you’ll be having uninterrupted mains supply during the process.
-Better use a laptop with charger plugged in or with enough power to run for atleast 2hours with your phone connected.If you dont have a broadband connection its better to leave it plugged in as it will take time to download.Update is more than Some 100mb.
Once you have the above conditions met its 100% safe to go further
Click on the Firmware Upgrade button in kies and you will be prompted to backup your contact information etc..Do it otherwise you’ll loose them.
Dont worry you will not loose your already installed programs while updating.
You’ll be getting a screen as shown below.

At the final part of upgrading your phone will show “Downloading” text alone on a blank screen.This is the critical part.As shown in kies do not disconnect the phone from PC or interrupt the process.

Its safer if you do not attempt to run any other programs in background while the update is running.

After the upgrade is complete you’ll get a screen as shown.

And thats it. Now restore your contacts through kies (if you did a back up before) and you are now having an updated galaxy ace.
Thats all for now.I’ll come up with more beginner friendly articles soon.

September 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM Leave a comment

Hello world ..!

Hi friends.. I am from India and I plan to write friendly articles for andriod..First of all I would like to admit that I am not a frequent blogger. Iam here to share my experiences on making the most juice out of your galaxy ace android smartphone. I hope you all will enjoy reading my blog.

September 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM Leave a comment


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