And I wonder why so many people brick their devices!
Maybe it's because I'm a bit poorly (hence grumpy) at the moment, but I am currently shaking my head in disbelief at a situation that I find is getting more and more common, and that is device flashing and the inevitable avalanche of 'How do I do this' type post that appear whenever some helpful soul has posted a link to the newest firmware release for a device or, as on XDA, they have delivered their latest shiny custom ROM to a waiting world.
I first noticed this on XDA Developers (possibly one of the greatest assets for phones on the net) when I first got the Star N9770. They have a very large thread about how to root the device (like you do) and install/roll back ROMS. After a bit of reading I decided I could do well without the hassle as the phone had had several types of wireless and cameras fitted and unless you got the specific ROM by matching up random serial numbers and left it as a stock device which suited me fine tbh (that and my particular ROM couldn't be rooted).
The thread is located here: STAR N9770 DUAL CORE MT6577/ulefone N9770. - xda-developers and even by page 3 you can see a pattern emerging in that many of those attempting to flash their devices shouldn't be allowed to do so. There are dozens of I've bricked my device' posts which are matched only by the amount of 'How to I do this?' posts, almost all of which had (at the beginning) been granted the stock reply to read the instructions' at the beginning of the thread.
It's the same same for the tablet I am awaiting delivery for I spent a few minutes this afternoon looking to see what firmwares were available and how to flash it (quite easily thankfully). The device comes with Android 4.1.1 but I found a link to a 4.2 beta which sounded interesting but on getting the download page here: Ainol Novo Google Android Tablet PC News - Ainol Novo 7 Venus Quad Core Android 4.2.2 Firmware Beta I was quite shocked at the 3 comments by people who, essentially shouldn't really be trying this unless they know what they are doing. And it's not like there are not enough vids on YouTube and guides elsewhere to guide them.
I think my point here is that will it ever get to a point where the people who know how to do things in the technical world will stop trying to explain to those who don't because it is simply not worth the trouble?
Or perhaps that x% of all devices sold globally will be bricked by foolish individuals who can't follow instructions and hadn't considered that if they couldn't understand what is going on then perhaps they shouldn't be attempting what they are doing?
Anyway, time to take my medicine and have a nice lie down.