AT&T Tilt Software – Revisited

In my previous post, I did a very high level overview of what software changes I made to my phone for better usability and performance. This time, we’re going to talk ROMs. The Tilt/Kaiser/Vario III/TyTN II/etc is a versatile piece of equipment. However, I have yet to find an owner that didn’t have a few pet peeves for things that were on there or things that were left out. Now many of these gripes can be addressed with just installing the programs we want. Removing provider bloatware is another matter. It is usually cooked into the ROM itself and does not show in the Remove Programs app. Enter XDA-Developers and the Kaiser ROM kitchen.

This little bundle of joy allows one to take a dumped ROM and customise it. You can then flash the rebuilt (cooked) ROM to the phone and enjoy all the new toys. Don’t have the knowledge/time/patience/desire to build your own? No problem. The guys at XDA are fanatical about tweaking and performance and have already built lots of ROMs to suit most everyone’s needs and desires. Personally, I like the ROMs cooked by Dutty. He produces them quickly and they almost always push a new boundry making the experience just that much better. I’ve gone through about four different Dutty ROMs and all have left me impressed.

I am currently using his DualTouch v2 Fixed Full ROM. This one incorporates elements included in HTC’s DualTouch phone such as TouchFlow and the Cube. Performance on this ROM is worlds beyond what I had with the stock AT&T build. Just make sure that if you flash the ROM, that you also flash the Radio ROM. These are separate steps and both must be done on an AT&T Tilt if you use a non-AT&T ROM. Why? The Radio ROM handles the peripheral hardware like the cellular radio, camera, and speaker. If you use a non-AT&T Rom with the AT&T Radio, you will lose the speaker and a have weird issues out of the phone. Don’t worry, the flashing of the radio is just as easy as flashing the ROM and faster. It won’t wipe out any settings, either.

So, how do you do it?

  1. Download and install HardSPL. This will allow you to flash non-factory ROMs to your device. Note: some AT&T users report a solid white screen when installing, there is a thread about it here. BE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS IN THE FIRST POST OF THESE THREADS.
  2. Pick the ROM of your choice and download it to your PC. Unzip it and run the .EXE file. Follow the directions on the screen. (There is no master list of ROMs, you just have to peruse the threads.)
  3. Most of the ROM chefs advise doing a hard reset on your device after the flash. This prevents odd issues. So do this after the ROM is flashed and the device reboots and finishes basic setup.
  4. If you have the AT&T Tilt and used a non-AT&T ROM, you need to install the Tilt Keyboard Fix. Just copy this to the phone and run it. Otherwise, some symbols on the keyboard will be incorrect.
  5. Also, If you run a Tilt, now is the time to flash the Radio. Just download the version of your choice (most suggest either .17 or .32 for best overall performance) and run the .EXE. Failure to do so will result in loss of audio and possible dropped calls and system instability.
  6. Load any CAB files and change any necessary system settings (like configuring email and marrying BlueTooth devices) and enjoy.

Beware, however, that flashing becomes addictive. You quite probably will end up changing the ROM often to see what new gadgets there are and what kind of performance the latest combination of tweaks provides. Don’t believe me? In the time it took me to write this article, I changed to Dutty’s DualTouch v3 test version to see what the hype was about. And yes, it looks like the performance increase is huge.

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  • well every time I meet people here, I’m sure they are very young and don’t know what to say, that’s why they write weird stuff

  • well every time I meet people here, I’m sure they are very young and don’t know what to say, that’s why they write weird stuff

  • Hi,
    I was given a new Tilt with AT&T and I am still in contract with T-Mobile. So I tried to unlock it and I messed up the phone. The flash screen says “Not for resale” when I flashed the screen expecting something NOT AT&T. I just want to get the thing unlocked. Anyone care to assist me personally? My phone number is Bill Zimmermann 619-260-0677. I can ship the phone to you after we talk. I will have to verify your employer so I don’t get ripped off. certainly you understand this. If we can do it over the phone that’s cool too.

    Bill Z.

  • Hi,
    I was given a new Tilt with AT&T and I am still in contract with T-Mobile. So I tried to unlock it and I messed up the phone. The flash screen says “Not for resale” when I flashed the screen expecting something NOT AT&T. I just want to get the thing unlocked. Anyone care to assist me personally? My phone number is Bill Zimmermann 619-260-0677. I can ship the phone to you after we talk. I will have to verify your employer so I don’t get ripped off. certainly you understand this. If we can do it over the phone that’s cool too.

    Bill Z.

  • @Bill – My best suggestion is to hit up the Kaiser forum over at xda-developers. The guys there are far more intimate with the finer nuances of the device than I am and they’re always up for a challenge and glad to help out.

  • @Bill – My best suggestion is to hit up the Kaiser forum over at xda-developers. The guys there are far more intimate with the finer nuances of the device than I am and they’re always up for a challenge and glad to help out.

  • Great article. Any thoughts on whether it is worth waiting for the new HTC updated ROM before doing this? Or are the performance benefits between the standard ATT Rom and say Dutty’s make it a no brainer to go with Dutty’s — realizing of course, no one has played with the new HTC rom

  • Great article. Any thoughts on whether it is worth waiting for the new HTC updated ROM before doing this? Or are the performance benefits between the standard ATT Rom and say Dutty’s make it a no brainer to go with Dutty’s — realizing of course, no one has played with the new HTC rom

  • @dMOTUc – Are you talking about WM6.1 ROMs? If that’s what you mean, then there’s no need to wait. Most of the ROMs being cooked (like dutty’s) are WM6.1. They’ve got their hands on the new AT&T; version as well. From what I’ve read, it’s still better to grab a cooked ROM that has been toyed with for speed. Just avoid the one radio ROM that locks the device. I believe it’s the 17.10 but you can check the XDA forums to confirm that.

    Never underestimate the power of people to get their grubby hands on something before they’re supposed to…

  • @dMOTUc – Are you talking about WM6.1 ROMs? If that’s what you mean, then there’s no need to wait. Most of the ROMs being cooked (like dutty’s) are WM6.1. They’ve got their hands on the new AT&T version as well. From what I’ve read, it’s still better to grab a cooked ROM that has been toyed with for speed. Just avoid the one radio ROM that locks the device. I believe it’s the 17.10 but you can check the XDA forums to confirm that.

    Never underestimate the power of people to get their grubby hands on something before they’re supposed to…

  • Thanks Michael,

    i was curious as to what ROM and Radio you’re using. I am such a NOOB that after 4 hours and going back and forth, I am totally confused. I ended up loading ROM 3.53.502.0 WWE with a 1.64.08.21 radio — developer claims that it is the latest ATT WM6.1 ROM. So far so good, but was curious what I am giving up by not going with a Dutty ROM (for example). What do you mean by speed? And my biggest complaint is constantly dropping calls (even when I’ve got all the bars!!). Appreciate your very helpful comments!

  • Thanks Michael,

    i was curious as to what ROM and Radio you’re using. I am such a NOOB that after 4 hours and going back and forth, I am totally confused. I ended up loading ROM 3.53.502.0 WWE with a 1.64.08.21 radio — developer claims that it is the latest ATT WM6.1 ROM. So far so good, but was curious what I am giving up by not going with a Dutty ROM (for example). What do you mean by speed? And my biggest complaint is constantly dropping calls (even when I’ve got all the bars!!). Appreciate your very helpful comments!

  • @dMOTUc – By speed I mean how responsive the phone is. You wouldn’t believe the difference between the AT&T; stock ROM and Dutty’s latest ROM. It’s like moving from a 286 to a Core2Duo. The screen redraws so much faster and apps open and close so quickly that’d you’ll feel the phone is more like a laptop than a calculator. By the way, if you are having dropped call problems, I would try a different Radio ROM. The good news is you can flash new radios all day without losing any settings on the phone. Just avoid that one evil radio that locks you down and you should be fine. Besides, different radios not only affect call quality but battery life. Most of us run through every radio for the WM version we’re on just to see which works best for our area.

    As for what I’m running, it’s http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=388947

  • @dMOTUc – By speed I mean how responsive the phone is. You wouldn’t believe the difference between the AT&T stock ROM and Dutty’s latest ROM. It’s like moving from a 286 to a Core2Duo. The screen redraws so much faster and apps open and close so quickly that’d you’ll feel the phone is more like a laptop than a calculator. By the way, if you are having dropped call problems, I would try a different Radio ROM. The good news is you can flash new radios all day without losing any settings on the phone. Just avoid that one evil radio that locks you down and you should be fine. Besides, different radios not only affect call quality but battery life. Most of us run through every radio for the WM version we’re on just to see which works best for our area.

    As for what I’m running, it’s http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=388947