After the new stable Cyanogenmod version was released last weekend i decided to also upgrade the radio and hboot to modified versions that free additional, much needed RAM. Here are a couple of notes I took in the process to help you decide if flashing the new radio-version is worth the risk of bricking your phone.
The following screenshot shows the radio and hboot versions installed before the upgrade:
Available RAM before the upgrade:
~$ adb shell free total used free shared buffers Mem: 97884 96188 1696 0 148 Swap: 0 0 0 Total: 97884 96188 1696
WARNING: Do not follow these instruction if you do not understand what happens in every single step. If you brick you phone, it is your own fault.
The whole upgrade process takes about 30 minutes.
- Create a nandroid backup and copy Pershoot’s 27.08 radio compatible kernel to your sdcard
- Reboot to the bootloader (Power + Camera) in fastboot mode and flash the new radio & hboot with these commands:
fastboot flash radio radio-2.22.27.08.img fastboot flash hboot hboot-1.33.0013d.img fastboot reboot-bootloader
- Erase the old system and boot partitons:
fastboot erase system -w fastboot erase boot
- Reboot to recovery (Power + Home) and restore the nandroid backup you created before
- Install pershoot’s kernel via recovery
After the Upgrade ~14Mb of additional RAM should be available:
~$ adb shell free total used free shared buffers Mem: 112392 110448 1944 0 968 Swap: 20224 652 19572 Total: 132616 111100 21516
The phone feels a bit faster and this is also reflected in the benchmark score:
As you can see, after the upgrade your G1 still won’t be able to compete with newer phones like the Nexus One or even the Desire Z. But it will probably run a bit smoother then before.
P.S: Suck it, Moto Droid!