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Multi Boot Your LG P500 With Multi-ROM Mgr.

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This monsoon comes with surprises for the android world and so is today for the Optimus One family. Last year an esteemed Optimus One user “Tassadar” initiated an idea for multi booting our beloved P500 into different ROMs. This Multi-ROM app allowed you to boot two ROMs but it required a common kernel to support both the ROMS.

This feature limited the app to multi boot two ROMs with different kernels like booting ICS and GB, since both have different kernel tree. You may follow his thread.

But this is not an issue anymore, as a new inspired user arnab321 modified this specific app and indulged the capability to boot two different ROMs with different kernels. This seems to be a huge news for those who already loved this app (mod).

Features Beholded by this app are as follow:

1. ROM Switching: The app has a unique feature to change kernel, as in by backing up the boot.img and flashing them. (The flashing takes least time, about 1 min for GB based ROMs and may be a little more for ICS/JB based ROM)

2. ROM Zip Modder: This feature is for the ease of the users, so now you just have to select the zip you want to flash to SD-Ext and this app will amend the updater-script and make it directly flashable to your SD-Ext. Also the modified ROM.zip will have the multirom embedded, so there won’t be any need to install it again)

Limitations, that must be kept in mind:

1. ROMs must be for same baseband.

2. It will be slower than internal memory. (However, if you have a high class memory card, it shall be as fast as the internal memory ROM)

Requirements for using this mod and the app:

1. Ext4/Ext2/Ext3 partition on SDcard big enough to hold all files from /system and /data, which is from 170mb to 400mb (depends on ROM and apps installed), so I think 512mb partition is minimum (if its 90% or so free).

2. Modified recovery (AmonRA and CWM available)

3. Kernel with ext2/3/4 support

Downloads & Useful Links:

1. Multi-ROM v19

2. Recoveries: AmonRa – based on 3.06 (9th March 2012 21:57)

AmonRa – based on 2.2.1 (20th October 2011 22:29)

CWM – (9th March 2012 21:57)

3. Latest Multi-ROM Manager (by arnab321)

4. Tasssadar’s Sources

5. arnab321′s app sources

Simplified Instructions (as by the developer himself):

1. Guess you already have an ext partition on sdcard. (else create it from recovery, gparted, or any partitioning software). A typical rom takes about 200-250mb if you keep minimal apps.

2. I also assume that you have multirom (not this app) installed. Else simply use the app’s “check for updates” to install multirom. (Or maybe download the flashable zip from tasssadar.github.com )

3. backup your current boot image with the app. (I’m calling this backup as rom1.img)

4. Steps to flash a new rom to sdcard:

-use the “prepare zip” menu of the app, choose the rom zip you want to flash on sdcard. (Sense roms will not work)

-it will take some time as it extracts, modifies and repacks the zip. When the preview of the updater script is shown, just press “save”.

-after the progress bar completes, you will see the “embedding multirom” screen. If you are a first time user and see a prompt about choosing multirom.zip before that screen, just choose “download from internet”.

-At the “choose boot location” prompt, select “sdcard”.

-the boot image of the Rom will be stored as “tmp_boot.img” (all boot image backups are stored in /sdcard/multirom/). Just rename it to something meaningful with a file manager. Let’s say I renamed it to Rom2.omg. You will need this to boot into the Rom later.

-go to recovery and flash the zip. (The modded zip will have the prefix “mrom-”).

-reboot. Your Rom in sdcard should boot now.

5. Switching Roms:

-to switch to Rom on internal memory, go to “backup/restore boot image” on the app, select rom1.omg, choose “internal memory” and reboot.

-to switch to Rom on sdcard, do the same thing with rom2.img and choose “sdcard”.

 
Dhananjay (DJ) is an Android enthusiast, a ROM Developer, a Tech Blogger and a responsible Son. Seeking and working hard on his ambition to join the Google Android Developers Team. You will either find him cherishing moments with his pals or working on his Android devices. Current devices include Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus S, HTC Desire Z and LG Optimus One.