I am creating this because I couldn’t find a simple How To that takes a completely stock unrooted FRG83D Droid 1 to running Peter Alfonso’s (simply amazing) stock Gingerbread ROM with his custom low voltage kernels. Here are the steps I took.
I hope it helps someone else finally take the plunge to rooting and custom ROMs. Being a ‘day-zero’ Droid adopter, I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.
I cannot stress this enough – HUGE thanks to Peter Alfonso, AndroidCentral Forum contributors, XDA Developers and everyone else in our great Android community. Make a legitimate effort to donate a little cash to any one or all of these fine folks.
IMPORTANT: You are doing all of this at your own risk. As with any rooting / romming / kernel modification, you are voiding your warranty and you run the risk, however slight it may be, of turning your phone into a glorified paperweight. I am not responsible for any ill effects you encounter. If you are concerned at all, stop here. Rooting and custom ROMs are not for you.
1.) Root your FRG83D (may work on other stock OS versions) phone using SuperOneClick: Follow the instructions and get SuperOneClick here.
2.) Install Rom Manager from the Android Market.
3.) Open Rom manager and choose to Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.
4.) Download Peter’s latest Droid Gingerbread ROM here.
5.) Download a version of Peter’s custom kernel that you are happy with. I chose the 1.0 GHz Low Voltage as a nice middle ground and it works fantastically. remember to Flash his AutoOverclocker.zip to enable the new clockspeed.
6.) Copy those two zip files to your Droid’s SD card via USB cable with USB Storage turned on.
7.) Disconnect your phone from your computer and open Rom Manager.
8.) Choose Reboot into Recovery. If your phone hangs at the exclamation screen on reboot, pop out your battery, put it back in and boot the phone as normal. Open Rom Manager and choose to flash a different version of ClockworkMod Recovery. Repeat booting into recovery until it actually does (you will see a text-based menu.)
9.) From the recovery options wipe your Data and Cache partitions.
10.) Choose to install a ROM zip from SD. Pick Peter’s Gingerbread rom and flash it.
11.) Choose to install a ROM zip from SD. Pick Peter’s kernel and flash it.
12.) Go back to the main menu and reboot the phone.
13.) Welcome to stock Gingerbread. Go through the standard paces of linking the phone to your Google account. While it is syncing, go to your Wireless settings and connect to WiFi (will make this all go much faster.)
14.) When you finally see the message that all your apps have downloaded / updated, make sure you have You Tube, Gmail, Maps, etc. If you do not, open up the Market and go get what you need.
15.) Set Gmail to auto sync by going to your phone: Settings > Accounts & sync > firstname.lastname@example.org > Sync Gmail
16.) Shut the phone down and then boot it up to tie up any loose ends.
Enjoy. Donate to Peter here. Donate to XDA by creating an account and becoming a contributor.