Installing Stock Android Gingerbread on LG P500

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I just said goodbye to my old windows mobile phone yesterday. Got myself an LG P500 (with a stock Android Froyo) since it came bundled with my mobile line (Globe). I have to say that this mobile OS is definitely for geeks.

Since Android Gingerbread was already out, I decided to upgrade my phone’s OS. Here are the steps that I did to get my phone’s operating system (OS) upgraded, rooted and overclocked:

1. First, I installed the stock Gingerbread ROM from LG with these instructions. The ROM take note is from LG India, I chose this ROM because it is not locked to any mobile carrier.

2. After the upgrade, I rooted my phone with these instructions. Look up post #2.

3. Then I installed ROM Manager with these instructions. I installed this one because I wanted to make sure I have a backup of my ROM before I do anything else with it.

4. Then I installed Franco’s kernel for Gingerbread using ROM Manager.

5. Finally, I installed SetCPU and overclocked my phone to 729 MHz from 600 MHz.

So far I’m very happy with the results. I chose the stock ROM because as much as possible I wanted most of the phone’s available hardware/feature running, just to let you know what’s working:

  • WiFi – works as expected.
  • GPS – works as well, not very accurate, was off by about 100 meters but I guess this is usual.
  • FM – works as expected, the channel scanner was very helpful in setting up the stations.
  • Bluetooth – works as expected, was able to pair it to my Plantronics headset and laptop with Win7 64bit. File transfers were a breeze though I had to set it up first.
  • Camera – no kinks whatsoever, works as expected no bugs found so far.
  • 3G/HSPDA – works as well but I disabled it on purpose since I have WiFi available most of the time.
  • Tethering – this was the only thing that wasn’t working. I’m able to connect when the mobile hotspot was enabled, however, I can’t view any http data on my laptop. I can ping a domain though and it resolves to an IP but other than that nada.

LG P500 GingerbreadI chose the Franco kernel instead of stock because I wanted to try out the SmartassV2 governor for SetCPU. So far no complaints about it, I get a good mileage out of my battery (a single charge lasts me about 2 days) and the UI works smoothly.

A word of caution, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING THEN DON’T DO IT. If you do not understand the steps that were done or how to recover your original ROM in case something goes wrong then there’s a chance that you might brick your phone. I will not be liable if you brick your phone.

I only did all these because I wanted to get the most out of my phone’s hardware, besides I’m a geek.  Hope this helps ^_^

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

nicky October 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

hi i used also franco but when i check there is no network service what will i going to do? pls. help me.thnks

Jeedo November 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hi Nicky,

Are you using the stock LG gingerbread ROM? If yes, was there any network coverage before you switched to the franco kernel? I’ll need a bit more detail before I can help you with your inquiry.

Adhil December 5, 2011 at 1:04 am

Perfectly working mann!!! You just helped me recover my half bricked p500… Thankz man…. let me know if u publish somethin new abt p500 :)

Jeedo December 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hi Adhil,

I’m glad this guide helped you out ;-)

Margarita A. Mcclure October 23, 2013 at 5:53 am

Users of stock Android devices such as the Google Nexus One or Nexus S also need to unlock its bootloader before they can proceed. To do this, simply follow our guide on what is the bootloader and how to unlock it for stock Android phones . Once you have done this, you may proceed to the next step.

Jeedo December 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

Hi Marg, thanks for the share :-)

Gokul May 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Hello dude,can you please update the link.its not working

Jeedo June 3, 2016 at 3:21 am

Hi Gokul, sorry bout that, I’ll see if I can find an alternative link. Already have note 3 and I already gave away my old LG P500.

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