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Old 07-18-08, 05:11 PM   #1
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Heart Experimental/Beta WM6.1 ROMs for Axim X51v

There are basically 3 different beta ROMS for X51v that you can choose from. I have tested all three and will give an overview on them.

My Axim x51v is due for an annual hard reset. I will get a chance to test some of these new ROMs/ Kitchens!


First off, this is a warning:
If you decide to flash your ROM to any of the below listed ROMs, you will void your warranty (if you still have any) with Dell. Meaning if something goes awry, you have $300+ paperweight. Dell will not fix it. Also, I am not liable if the Axim decides to blow itself up rather than be flashed.

On the lighter note, here it is:

Football's ROM:

Site: Dell Axim x51v WM6.1 Football Edition - xda-developers

Newest Version: A07

Sub-editions: None

Pros for A07: Simplicity, Battery life, less hangs/crashes, and No crapware

Cons for A07: Boot speed, Overall speed, no utilities, and no graphical goodies.

Overview and Rating for A07: Football was basically who started all the experimental ROMs with X51v. His ROM is extremely simple with no additional software.
4 Stars

*Note* Football's ROM- A08
His A08 ROM seemed to have disappeared. I will revert the newest version to A07
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LennySh's ROM:
Site: http://forum.htcgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=1089

Newest Version: L12- Alpha 2 (Lenny 12, Build 21139)

Sub-editions: Lenny Edition

Pros: Will be flashing and testing soon

Cons: Will be flashing and testing soon

Overview and Rating: Will be flashing and testing soon

*Note: Lenny's L14 is coming with a brand new interface and awesome speed. Can't wait!
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Makuu's ROM
Site: [X51V] ROM WM6.1 VOIP Professional (WWE/GER/ITA/ESN/FRA) - xda-developers

Newest edition: A09
Sub-editions: None

Pros: VOIP. Sound quality is great, really depends on your connection. A bunch of utilities and programs pre-installed for easier usage and such. Battery life beats both Lenny's and Football's. Great for multimedia usage with TCPMP and Youtube "add-on" to Pocket IE. Boot times are a hair bit faster than Lenny's. Extremely fast response when browsing files.

Cons: Menus are not really responsive. Takes about a second extra to close and open. Confusing Wi-Fi manager (As soon as I click "Wi-Fi", it disappears). Cannot uninstall unneeded programs as it is within the ROM. Memory-intensive games sometimes lag. VOIP is extremely confusing to set up...

Overview and Rating: For a speed demon like me, the unnecessary programs that are embedded are a hindrance. Of course, my other side enjoys multimedia. While Makuu's ROM is great for watch video, movies, and listening to music, it sacrifices the compactness of Lenny's ROM. The Wi-Fi manager feels a bit odd to my likings. The plethora of programs installed are beyond my imagination. Of course, are they really useful? That depends on you. Makuu provides us with a unique ROM that allows VOIP and also long battery life, but only if you are willing to sacrifice responsiveness.

4.5 stars
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Flasher's Guide:
Football's ROM: Flash if you want simplicity+battery efficiency at the cost of speed.
Lenny's ROM: Flash if you want speed+utilities at the cost of battery drain
Makuu's Rom: Flash if you want VOIP+a boatload of utilities+battery life at the cost of responsiveness.

For Newbies!
For those who do not know how to flash/upgrade to new ROMs: (Thanks Virkelie!)
Step by step instructions by me: Here
Video (A video is worth 1000*1000 words ): YouTube - Dell AXIM X51V/X50V WM6 Update Guide NOT FOR X50 OR X51! (Thanks Drakey83)


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Old 07-18-08, 08:24 PM   #2
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Thanks for the reviews, at least I don't feel like Im missing out..Lennys L11 is in the works and he's making it for both the X51v/x50v..exciting stuff..
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Old 07-18-08, 09:44 PM   #3
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Dude, that was a great review! Thanks for taking the time to make and post it. I am just getting an hx ipaq 4705, and it would be awesome if you could do the same review for it. Of course, I'm sure you just have a dell, so I won't cross my fingers. Great job!
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Just a quick word on Lennys L11 in beta testing right now. Its faster than L10. It cuts in half the time for a search of my over 6500 calendar items, half the time to load my excel and word files as well as my pdf files. Also loads mp3s, avis and pictures faster. :approve:
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Hey johnhu,

Speed is important to me, but I do not need unnecessary "crapware".

Is there that much a difference between Football's Rom and Lenny's Rom?

When you say Lenny has better graphics, what do you mean - don't they both have the same Windows Mobile 6.1?

Thanks for your testing.
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Originally Posted by virkelie View Post
Hey johnhu,

Speed is important to me, but I do not need unnecessary "crapware".

Is there that much a difference between Football's Rom and Lenny's Rom?

When you say Lenny has better graphics, what do you mean - don't they both have the same Windows Mobile 6.1?

Thanks for your testing.
The proof of how good the pudding is is in the tasting. Go ahead and try them both and keep the one you like best! :approve:
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I have used Lenny's and Footballs
Newest Football is A08 it is not on the front page for some reason but barried in the thread, I think around page 15. Lenny adds some eye candy, a nice clock, quick menu and things like that. They are nice. I have been sticking with Football, I like stability and good battery life. I have added in Quick menu, that is easy enough. When Lenny's L11 is done I plan to try the bare bones addition--I do not like all the MS crapware. I have had trouble running caligrapher on his previous Lenney bare bones edditions and I use caligrapher and pencommander all the time.

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I am just trying to understand things...

If you add more "goodies" to the ROM, as apparently Lenny does, why would his ROM be faster than Football's - which I understand is more stripped down.

Doesn't more software slow down the operating system?
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Originally Posted by virkelie View Post
I am just trying to understand things...

If you add more "goodies" to the ROM, as apparently Lenny does, why would his ROM be faster than Football's - which I understand is more stripped down.

Doesn't more software slow down the operating system?
Trust me, I have tried both and Lennys L11 is the fastest yet! :approve:
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johnhu in his initial post, lists 3 subeditions of Lenny's ROM:

"Stock Dell Edition, Bare-bones Edition, Lenny Edition"

What are the main differences between them?

I would like any new ROM to approach the X51v A12 ROM as close as possible.

I don't need extra software/utilities. I just find often they cause conflicts with software I do need.

Thanks again for your replies!
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Originally Posted by rlarson_mn View Post
Trust me, I have tried both and Lennys L11 is the fastest yet! :approve:
I can't find L11 - where is it?
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I can't find L11 - where is it?
its still being tested by the beta testers. not released yet......
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Well, with MUCH TREPIDATION, I decided to install Fottball's A07 ROM.

Although I want speed, I need stability, and I hate "crapware".

The great thing about football's ROM is that it looks VERY similar to Dell's A12 ROM, with virtually the same programs - so it was easy to get to know the new OS.

In terms of speed, I do find it faster than WM5; more for some programs, less of a difference for others.

The main reason I upgraded however - was that I couldn't get certain software to work with WM5 - but now it finally works under WM 6.1!

It took me 8 hrs to reinstall all my applications - it wasn't worth it for the relatively small increase in speed overall - but the 6.1 OS is stable, and the software I needed is working.
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Is there a FAQ or sticky that shows the step by step process to upgrade an x51v ROM?
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How to flash your Axim to WM6.1 - HTCGeeks Forum

YouTube - Dell AXIM X51V/X50V WM6 Update Guide NOT FOR X50 OR X51!
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