I tried Ice Cream Sandwich on my Nexus One before summer, and despite its quirks and unstable behaviour from the early version I had (MIUI 2.5), I felt I couldn’t go back to Android 2.3 after getting used to it for a while.

When I tried to get a more stable ROM version (MIUI 2.9), I found lots of trouble, obscure fails aggravated by a considerable lack of documentation about how to go for it. So here is how I made it.


Android 4.1 Jelly Bean needs more space in the /system and /cache partitions than it’s originally allowed in the Nexus, so we’ll need a custom bootloader and resize those partitions before think about flashing the ROM itself.

Steps are:

  1. Download Blackrose
  2. Get fastboot to work
  3. Install Blackrose and resize partitions
  4. Install the ROM

Download HBOOT Blackrose

Download and unzip Blackrose and Blackrose Manual (check md5 checksums)

$ md5sum blackrose_120421.zip
f89de99e616a56e1bae29a9f8a190ee1  blackrose_120421.zip
$ unzip blackrose_120421.zip
$ ls blackrose_120421
binary  BlackRose  BlackRose.exe fastboot-linux-i386  fastboot-linux-i386.zip  other

$ md5sum oblackrose_manual_120421.zip
3c2bc61256aba2df1575ce2b6c66c977  blackrose_manual_120421.zip
$ unzip blackrose_manual_120421.zip
$ ls blackrose_manual_120421
fastboot-l  fastboot-m  fastboot-w.exe  go2.lol  go33.lol  go35.lol  hboot_220-16-200.nb0
hboot_blackrose.nb0  README.txt

Get fastboot to work

You’ll need fastboot working properly in order to be able to interact with your phone. The blackrose_manual version does include a fastboot implementation. We’ll use fastboot-l for Linux.

  1. Get your phone into fastboot mode. You should read fastboot on your phone’s screen. To enter into fastboot mode:
    1. Turn your phone off
    2. Turn your phone on while pressing the direction ball
    3. Enter into fastboot mode
  2. Connect your phone via usb to the computer. You should read fastboot USB on your phone’s screen.
  3. Check wether it’s detected by fastboot: $ ./fastboot-l devices HT066P800146fastboot If that does not work:
     1. Try with `sudo ./fastboot-l devices` (might be mounted with root permissions, you can [write a udev rule](http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/Udev) to prevent this)
     2. Check your [fastboot setup](http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/Fastboot), your [android sdk installation](http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/ADB) and make sure that the  `android_sdk/tools` dir is within `$PATH`.

Install Custom Blackrose and resize

Once you get fastboot to work, run the Blackrose executable which comes with blackrose_120421, and install the Custom version, to resize the partitions on the same operation.

Mind the skip parameter, it’s important.

$ ./BlackRose skip
    * daemon not running. starting it now *
    * daemon started successfully *

    |   Nexus One BlackRose 120421  |
    |  Made by Lecahel(XDA-dla5244) |
    |    Dok-Do belongs to KOREA    |
    1    Apply stock/custom BlackRose
    2    Disable HBOOT flashing protect
    3    Uninstall BlackRose
    4    More information
    5    Exit
    Please make a decision:1

Choose 1: Apply stock/custom BlackRose

    Select which you want
    1    Stock BlackRose
    2    Custom BlackRose
    3    Back
    Please make a decision:2

Choose 2: Custom BlackRose.

error: device not found
Input BlackRose password(48 char max):

Ignore the error: device not found erro and insert a blank password. Just press Enter.

Nexus One BlackRose Editor
If you want resize partition, type [resize] and press enter key:resize
system size(MB):280
cache size(MB):20
label name(20 char max):ARL

Here is the root of all problems: size partitions.

  1. Set 280 for the /system partition. If you don’t do so, the installation will fail with symlink: some symlinks failed because MIUI 2.9 demands a lot of space.
  2. Set 20 MB for cache. Otherwise your phone might not boot and enter into a loop.
  3. Set whatever as the label.

    system size:280MB cache size:20MB userdata size:136MB label:ARL

Done here!

Install the ROM

  1. Get the MIUI 2.9.29 ROM (or the latest one from the MIUI website) $ md5sum MIUI.us_passion_v4.1_2.9.29_0xD34D.zip 6433fa6970e65e910c9ebd77cb81563b MIUI.us_passion_v4.1_2.9.29_0xD34D.zip
  2. Put the image into your sdcard root directory
     - You can do so from recovery itself by going to `storage` and setting the storage mode on.
  3. Now wipe both caches
  4. Use the install image from zip and select the ROM.
  5. Cross your fingers.
  6. Reboot your phone after the installation has finished.

Used links and further documentation: