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Samsung Captivate ICS Rom: Dark Knight

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This phone simply refuses to fade into the darkness. Even after a year and a half of its launch, Samsung Captivate continues to get Developer support. Samsung may have washed their hands of the first generation of Galaxy handsets as far as ICS is concerned, but that didn’t stopped developer b-eock over at XDA from giving it some Ice Cream Sandwich treatment. The Rom is called Dark Knight and is fully ported from AOSP Galaxy Nexus ROM. Read on as we guide you through the procedure to install this ROM on your phone.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. If any damage occurs to you or your device, including a bricked, non-functional device, we won’t be held liable. You have been forewarned!

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Samsung Captivate. It’s not compatible with any other device. So, be sure to try this only on Samsung Captivate and not any other device.

ROM Info

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Features:

  • Engine: Android 4.0.3 release Nasif modified, changed, improved
  • Very Fast System
  • New More Black Theme
  • Zoom on camera
  • Pre-rooted
  • init.d Support
  • Touch to focus
  • Voodoo Color
  • Themed APP
  • Zipalinged
  • Insert Busybox
  • Xloud ported enable to default – improve sound speaker
  • Sd card tweaks speed
  • Tweaks in Build.prop
  • Best battery life [NO Android OS BUGS]
  • WiFi Tethering
  • HD 720p Video recording
  • 4.0.4 G-apps

Pre-Installation Requirements:

  • Rooted Samsung Captivate with Clockworkmod Recovery installed.
  • Battery charged to minimum of 50%.
  • This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.

How to Install Dark KNIGHT ROM on Samsung Captivate:

  1. Download the rom file from the original development page.
  2. Transfer the downloaded zip file to your Internal SD card on the Samsung Captivate.
  3. Turn off the phone. Start Clockworkmod recovery.
  4. [Optional] Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this rom. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore » On the next screen, select Backup again.
  5. Perform a full wipe. First select Wipe data / factory reset » select Yes on the next screen.
  6. Next, select Wipe Cache Partition » select Yes then
  7. From the main menu of recovery, select Advanced, and then Wipe Dalvik Cache » select Yes on the next screen. You’re done wiping off the data. Lets flash the rom now.
  8. From the main menu of recovery, select “Install zip from sdcard” » “Choose zip from sdcard” » scroll to and select the **rom_file_name.zip** that you transferred to your SD card in step 2. Then select Yes on next screen. The ROM will start installing.
  9. After the flashing process is done, select “go back” and then select “reboot system now” to reboot your phone.
  10. The first boot will take time, so wait a while for the phone to boot up, and when it does, enjoy the Dark KNIGHT Rom on Samsung Captivate.

That’s it. You now have the Rom installed on your Samsung Captivate. Now you can download cool Themes for this Rom or visit the original development page to check development progress and updates. Share your thoughts and problems in the comments below and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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  • Hari Gangadharan

    I unlocked my Captivate using nv_data hex edit hack. Will upgrading to this ROM break the unlock? I am asking since normal “one click” unlocks did not work for me and I had to slog to get the nv_data hex edit hack work. I really don’t want to loose my network unlock.

  • bougs

    where the heck are the default ringtones and default notifcation sounds ?!??! and how do i even get to choose a ringtone from my music list ?!?!
    there are very few options in the notifications (seems u removed alot of them )

  • avinash

    rom is just good but low performance no speed at all, sucks up with HD video playback
    plz do something to fix video performance.. if it get fixed rom is upto level..

  • magiccat

    I upgraded my phone and everything went smoothly. It works great. The only question I have regards adb. After the upgrade, I can connect to the phone with adb but most adb commands do not work, such as shell, pull, logcat. They just never return to the command prompt. I am running Windows 7 with the Google USB driver that comes with the SDK. I don’t believe the problem is in the phone because adb commands do work when I connect to a Windows XP PC that is running an older (non-Win7 compatible) USB driver from Google.

    • magiccat

      Update: The problem was that I was starting adb with ‘adb usb’ based on reading the options. I could then type ‘adb devices’ and see the phone listed but other commands did not work.Instead, skip ‘adb usb’ and justgo straight to the desired command, such as ‘adb devices’ or ‘adb shell’. This starts the daemon and the command works. So skip the ‘adb usb’ step.

  • disha banerjee

    but even after all this my screen gets on coming back to the reboot recovery menu..what to do?

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      After it’s flashed successfully, it comes to recovery’s main menu only, it’s normal. Just select reboot system now to restart the phone. But you have already done it probably. Anyway, let us know if you need help with this.

  • Playerjunglejosh

    Awesome ROM. Extremely stable, no crashes, no problems installing. It will take about 10 minutes to boot up if turned off, but once up runs as smooth as butter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/radumihai89 Radu-Dan Mihai

    How is it? Did someone tried it? 

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