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    What is a "soft bricked phone"? A hard bricked phone is one completely unresponsive and cannot be rebooted, even with the battery removal and power button pressed?

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    These are rather loose and oft misused terms, but a brick is just that and does nothing at all. The term is very catchy though, and is misapplied to any phone that won't boot properly. Therefore, the term "soft brick" has become a popular and somewhat more accurate word for those phones that can't boot but can be recovered via some method, usually flashing an SBF, although there are a variety of circumstance that will cause this and a variety of recovery methods.
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    Has anyone tried "AdFree Android" yet?
    I had it on the Droid X and it did a good job of removing ads from web pages and in apps.
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    I've rooted and debloated (frozen) my Bionic. I'd like to use jrummy's "root tools" to change the carrier text to something other than "Verizon Wireless".

    Is that safe? Will the root tools app work safely on the Bionic? I don't want to do anything dangerous at this point with no SBF or CWR.

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    Has anyone tried it out on the Bionic?

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    Oops I posted in wrong section...busy day at work...that is for D3 stock release.

    Will get it moved later.

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    no problem, kbman. I was not going to try it out but was curious about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FAUguy View Post
    Has anyone tried "AdFree Android" yet?
    I had it on the Droid X and it did a good job of removing ads from web pages and in apps.
    Before I dumped my brand new Bionic in an iced coffee (replacement arriving today), the only root apps I was using were AdFree and Titanium Backup. Worked fine.

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    Ouch! Is the dried out Bionic still working?

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    No. I had the phone for about 10 hours; stopped at a store with a friend and left the phone on his center console. One of us knocked it into the open iced coffee container, where it sat for about 5 minutes.

    I tried heroic measures (rice, disassembled it and circuit board cleaning), but no dice. Guy who bought it knows all this and STILL bought it.

    I had another available upgrade, so I used it for an additional Bionic...all told the thing still only cost me $150 (250 + 250 - 175 for bionic and -175 for Droid X on eBay).

    Now I can't upgrade to the Prime (and give the Bionic to my wife) as soon as it comes out; have to wait until December which isn't too bad.

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    recovery now available


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    kbman, any comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by odiej34 View Post
    That was very easy to install as it's an apk file.

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    Both BusyBox and Titanium Backup work.

    By the way...

    Has anyone found a setting or hack to change the Web Browser from Mobile View to Desktop view? I'm really getting annoyed by going to web sites, and having them shown their stupid mobile phone version instead of the full HTML site. On some sites, there may be a link that says desktop or classic view, but not all. Maybe it could be done with a seem edit?

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