EVO 4G DamageControl v3.0 - Fast, Improved Battery Life, Tweaks

What a day for EVO 4G ROMs! Hot on the heels of the release of Fresh ROM for EVO, another former HTC Hero ROM developer damageless, notorious for his DamageControl Hero ROM, announced his version for the EVO.

DamageControl v3.0 is damageless' and his partner TrevE's first crack at customizing the EVO and making it both faster and much more battery efficient. First, a little introduction:

I am proud to present the first DamageControl ROM for the HTC Evo!

The ROMs I release are always focused on stability, speed, and ease of use.

My partner, TrevE and I, continue to present ROMs that are easy to update through an application that is bundled with the ROM, DCUpdater (based upon cm-updater).

We also have bundled applications that let you modify advanced Android settings - unfortunately, the application is being given a make-over and we haven't bundled it in this first release. We expect an update within a week or so that will clean everything up even more. You will be notified of an update by DCupdater when it comes out - so feel free to update!

Another application that we bundle is an application that lets you submit bugs. This way, you can get personal help in problems you have with the ROM! Again, this is also receiving a facelift, so it's not bundled in this preliminary release either.

We usually release new ROMs every two-to-three weeks. We hope you enjoy our first ROM release.

We have found that with our tweaks, that battery life has greatly improved. From our results, we have had much more than sufficient battery life.

We have also sped some things up a bit, and made other small tweaks. We hope you enjoy this as a preview of what is to come!

DamageControl Features

-added in dconfig backend. (gui needs a little rework, back next version). Dont mess with /system/etc/dc.conf much
unless you know what your doing
-few kernel tweaks set to try to help out battery. tuned dirty writes, dalvik cache, scheduler & more.
-wifitether/geniewidget/3d gallery w/MT
-piratemedia music apk with rotate, gesture controls + more widgets
-silenced boot
-host file to block ads
-moved some stuff over to data for easier updates.
-added ChainsDD SuperUser2.1
-added quickboot
-removed stock, flikr, footprints, gsd due to being battery hogs
-added busybox, auto zipalign of /data/app/, dcpowertop (run from adb shell to see wakeups), plus more goodies...

Like the Fresh ROM, DamageControl is based on Android 2.1 Eclair. However, after Froyo source is released, you can expect DC to update to the new version.

Step 1 - Root

Of course, installing a custom ROM requires root (unrevoked won't work, as it's not true root, at least right now) - this method, courtesy of toastcfh should work.

Step 2 - Download And Install

Be sure you wipe when you install the first time to avoid problems like boot loops!!

Normally, once you install a custom ROM, you can upgrade to the next version without wiping - you just have to bite the bullet the very first time.

My main hope with these ROMs is that they will fix the battery issues that earned the EVO a bad reputation and prompted posts like these: Don’t Buy The HTC EVO, It Is A Seriously Flawed Device and An iPhone Lover’s Take On The HTC EVO 4G.

As always, if you install this ROM, report back with your experience.

Source: xda-developers thread

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Corey

    I have rooted and flashed this rom but getting process android.process.acor has stopped unexpectedly and it will not stop.

    • Corey

      fixed upon wiping again and reflashing

  • armywife

    I bought the evo so I could video chat with my husband who is deployed but now I know it doesn't work unless he has an evo also which really ticks me off. Anyone have any ideas for me to do video chat on the evo?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Lori, try downloading Fring, which is one of the only, if not the only, program compatible with Skype video chat. You can then Skype from your phone to your husband's Skype on his computer using the app.

      Also, if this works, do let us know :-]

      • armywife

        You guys are awesome. Fring worked perfectly and in seconds. Will make life much easier for us. I can't thank you guys enough.

    • Renato-NY

      U Can Use Yahoo Messenger with the Video Plug in.it works great .also u can use iMovicha it work with android and Windows OS.

  • trtantoniot

    @armywife, he just hs to make a qik account of the conputer he is using. Or make a fring account same as qik.

    And it will work from phone to computer webcam

    • armywife

      I tried qik but could only get it to work evo to evo; which didn't help since he doesn't have cell service in that hole he lives in and 256k Internet is $200 a month.
      But Fring worked perfectly. Thanks for the help everyone.

  • skyrkt

    I am running DamageControl 2.0.9 on my HTC Hero. The improvements from all of the DC ROMS on my phone have been incredible, I bet this ROM is awesome. Once I get my EVO, I will surely go to one of his ROMs.

  • Genesis21

    I'm a newbie to the andriod world. Can you please tell me what wipe means in your statement.

    "Be sure you wipe when you install the first time to avoid problems like boot loops!!"



    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      There is an option to wipe or not to wipe data and cache when you install - choose to do both.

  • Doug

    I've wiped/flashed and repeated, but still getting a boot loop. Any ideas?

  • 3107

    I have DC 3.2 installed and I'm loving it. It very stable and battery life is greatly improved. I am experiencing a problem though. When I download the update for 3.2.1 and run it from the DCUpdater tool. The phone goes to reboot on it's own, as specified, and then does nothing. I left it alone for 3 hours to see if it would do something and all I see is a little Android character along with an exclamation point inside a triangle. I have to remove the battery and start the phone up again, but no update. Help would be appreciated.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      For something like this, please post in the forum thread for DC - they'll be able to help you out.

  • T

    DAmn i got this rom now and the market does not work

  • http://www.needhelpers.com ahuman

    You need to unlock nand and flash the downloaded image manually. the updater downloads the image into the dcupdater directory on your SD card. So move that image .zip file to the root of the SD card and flash it with the flashing utility in nand. Here are the root+nand instructions.


  • Michael

    Every freaking time i find a rom that says to be good and i download to try it. Well the stupid pages are never there so i am f***ing pissed this one doesnt work ether. Please tell me where i can download this rom and/or baked snacks 9.7