Originally Posted by denverd1
just got on a Droid this year. I've got a HTC Desire/Inspire 4G and am looking to get my feet wet on this as well.
Sean, I noticed that link is for Droid X specifically. or thats how it appeared anyway.... Can all droid phones use droid OS? or are they specific to the phone?
Android is the base OS, there are device/model specific ROMs, and then you can modify tweak apps and configs. Within the ROM there very device specific libraries, so you do need to use a ROM assembled for your device. If you put a Desire HD ROM on an Inspire you'll like have very tiny sound and mic issues. This is easily solved by running a script to correct those drivers and some ROM include this. That means the ROM detects Desire HD or Inspire 4G and set the correct files automatically. A Droid X ROM on a Inspire is not going to work.
I'd go to http://forum.xda-developers.com/
and find your device. Read thru the forums and settle on some ROMs you like and try them out. You want to root your device and get a backup/recovery application running first. Clockwork Mod is the most popular one. This will allow you to create a recovery image of your phone saved on your SD card. If you fub something up, you just restore the saved image. If you are trying something out you are not sure about you create a recovery image first. Pretty safe. You can completely brick your phone, but it's very unlikely and the Desire/Inspire devices are very hard to brick. I flash my Inspire weekly if not several times a week for close to a year now, no issues. If you corrupt something (start to get random force closes and reboots, you might need to do a factory reset and then reinstall the ROM). Titanium Backup is the defacto standard for backing up your applications and data. With it you can back up all the apps+data, hard wipe your phone, install a new ROM, restore your Apps+Data so that you have not lost things like game progress or text messages. Some times restoring data just restores an issue but you can do this App by App.