How to Install Syndicate ROM on your Epic 4G!

For those of you who are tired of the Samsung Epic 4G stock ROM or you hate the Samsung/Sprint bloatware, you probably want to upgrade your phone to the Syndicate ROM. This ROM is highly
recommended as you get rid all that bloatware and save a ton more battery life.

It’s a bit complicated so I urge you to follow directions carefully.

Here’s how to install the Syndicate ROM on your Epic 4G:

First, you will need to copy over the following Syndicate ROM file to the SD card of your Epic 4G (or check this thread at XDA Developer’s for the latest version).

Download Syndicate ROM


syndicatefro110-standard-signed.zip

IMPORTANT: Make sure you update Clockwork Recovery ROM Manager app to the latest version first, you can do this simply by going to Market, search from ROM Manager and hit update. Then open up ROM Manager, and hit Flash Clockwork Recovery.

Now, if you are on a stock ROM (meaning you haven’t rooted), just make sure you’ve update your phone to the latest EC05 stock ROM. (See directions here)

If you are on an older after-market ROM, my suggestion is to back up everything, unroot your Epic 4G, then update your phone to the latest EC05. This is because the Syndicate ROM uses EXT4 filesystem, you will brick your phone if you try to do just install the zip file. You can use tools like Odin as described on XDA Developer’s Syndicate ROM page but it’s a big mess and headache, I don’t recommend that route.

Once you are on EC05 stock ROM, go root your phone again.

After that, it’s easy, you can go into the Clockwork recovery menu by turning your phone off then press on power WHILE HOLDING DOWN Volume Down and the Camera button.

Once in Clockwork recovery, you will see that Clockwork will backup your old filesystem RFS and convert everything from RFS to EXT4. This process will take 4-5 minutes.

What is RFS and EXT4?

RFS is a proprietary filesystem used by Samsung but it’s laggy and slow while EXT4 is preferred linux filesystem that will speed up your Epic 4G and also the filesystem that Syndicate ROM uses.

Once this is done, you can simple “wipe” to factory then install the zip file you copied into your SD card.

When that’s done, you can enjoy the super-fast Syndicate ROM.

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14 Responses to How to Install Syndicate ROM on your Epic 4G!

  1. Dan Martin says:

    Thanks for this straight forward how to video.

  2. Havasufem says:

    Hi Guys and thx for all of this! I am trying to do this part on my Epic 4G:

    IMPORTANT: Make sure you update Clockwork Recovery ROM Manager app to the latest version first, you can do this simply by going to Market, search from ROM Manager and hit update. Then open up ROM Manager, and hit Flash Clockwork Recovery.

    However, my phone is telling me that Clockwork does not support the Epic 4g?!?!?!? I have rooted and checked that it worked. I am running the EC05 stock Rom. It asks if I have installed a Clockwork based recovery manually? Well I didn’t that I know of…. Then I read where you say the following and i am freaking a little bit:

    This is because the Syndicate ROM uses EXT4 filesystem, you will brick your phone if you try to do just install the zip file. You can use tools like Odin as described on XDA Developer’s Syndicate ROM page but it’s a big mess and headache, I don’t recommend that route.

    I don’t want to brick my phone. LOL So I was unable to flash Clockwork (I did have to DL it fir the first time tonight though) or basically do anything with Clockwork because I kept getting the unsupported message, So do I now just have to turn off my phone then press on power WHILE HOLDING DOWN Volume Down and the Camera button? Thx soooo much!

  3. Steve says:

    Having the same problem as above…i have Rom Manager but as far as clockworkmod recovery i cant find that in the market and i really dont know what that is or where to get it from…please help

  4. leo says:

    I complete all steps you mention. once i get into the recovery mode i notice the the file system is not converted on my phone the same way it happens on yours. can you tell me another way to convert the file system or maybe what i could be doing wrong. i make all steps and when i restart the phone it stays on the samsung sign and it gets stuck there. Thanks in advance…

  5. Leo says:

    @Dave…
    I figured out what was the problem dave. we were using clockwormmod recovery 2.5.something. you have to have 3.0 or above. look for it and update your phone with the latest one (remember it has to be 3.0 or above to change the file system. I realized this because when zedo was doing the file updater his has a hat and a different color ours had no hat and the color was yellow. look for it and once you have it you will be ok. look for clockwormMod Recovery v3.1.0.1 ( its purple )

  6. JRC says:

    so i have clockwork installed v3.0.2.5 and have my phone rooted using the oneclick root on this website… but when i press Volume Down, Camera and Power buttons… the clockwork boots and brings me to a menu… but it doesnt automatically covert files over… and not sure why… i have unrooted and rooted and updated my android to EC05 multiples times… and still no auto convert… anyone know why?

  7. Darrell says:

    I am using clockwork 3.1.01 and my phone is rooted. When I boot into recovery my files are not converted.
    Everybody is having the same problem and there has not been a single response. Really makes me not want to use this ROM.

  8. Jack Famous says:

    Hey so Thank you soooo much for this outstanding rom and quick/easy how to install video!!!
    Very Nice work and will def recommend to other Epic 4G users.
    But heres the thing. I’ve been using this rom now for exactly 10 days(Since 10/14/11)
    And I’ve been noticing very low RAM accessibility. the phone itself is equipped with 512Mb Dedicated, and it says the ROM uses 155Mb of Ram services to run, leaving me with +/- 356Mb. thats what the system shows.
    OK no big deal. BUT… In RAM Manager, it says 356 TOTAL RAM, and 155Mb of Even THAT is used by google services Framework, leaving me with +/- 200Mb for whatever i run or use. So why is this?

    The ROM itself has made me fall in love with the Epic 4G all over again and its so smooth and elegant, responsive and reliable, until this morning at work. I was getting allll sorts Google Services force closes, and Application force closes, rendering my phone almost completely useless, as it wouldn’t connect to 3G, 4G, WIFI, any calls or texts would also stop all together. Upon a reboot and cache clear, it began boot-looping.
    IT ALSO DECIDED TO Re-RFS its file system for no reason on that same reboot btw.

    Now I’m no genius here, but i do know a great deal about the android system. I restored my phone(Thank god i did a backup upon successful installation) and im dealing with the same RAM issues, but no more FC’s because its a fresh install.
    My question is, why is the system hogging all my accessible RAM, and why would the whole system go into shock and force close for no reason?
    Even the EC05 ROM didnt use this many resources. I always had a good 300+ Mb of RAM with the stock rom.
    I haven’t changed a single thing from the Syndicate ROM and only installed apps that i use on a daily basis like pandora, handcent, RingDroid, etc. that use very little resources and space.
    It just decided to have a bad day today and it pissed me off because i needed my phone to communicate with my co workers like i do every day to complete my job, and i couldnt.
    Any Help would be Greatly appreciated, as I would really like to not have to worry about my phone breaking down every 10 days.

    **NOTE** Last night around 7pm(Found it in the Logs) It updated the SuperUser App. Could this have had anything to do with it? and why would it update on its own especially since it has always told me that my outdated binary could not be updated because the SU App was built into the OS and inaccessible?
    Probably just a bug, but i thought you Dev’s should know of this little speed bump in your otherwise flawless build.
    Thanks for your help!
    -Jack

  9. Jack Famous says:

    update*** FULL Fresh install
    TOTAL RAM CAP: 338Mb
    Active applications: 1: Launcher Pro@ 14.96Mb
    Total Used RAM: 208MB/338MB
    Thats the readout im getting.
    I have 493MB of program space available. Can i Dedicate about half of that to RAM?
    I dont need all that space, especially if i dont have enough ram to run all the data that many apps would use.
    Thanks!
    -Jack

  10. mababel says:

    I have an Epic 4G flashed from sprint to Cricket and after reading all the forums it states i should have froyo.ECO5 but instead my phone has Gingerbread.EI22(Firmware version 2.3.5), will this still work on my phone? Also will i lose my Cricket mobile flash rendering my phone useless on cricket.

    • jerry says:

      Hhey i want to know if u updated ur phone from froyo to gingerbread with the phone flashed n dod u lose ur cricket flash after u updated it because mines is on froyo n i just got the update but im afraid i lose my cricket flash

  11. jarrod says:

    I did something really wrong I stuck in ANDROID SYSTEM RECOVERY it will not reboot apply update. Wipe data. Wipe cache … I can not get it yo turn off plz plz help

    • Martin says:

      I have the exactly same problem, i rooted my epic with frama root an it did very fast, then i installed rom manager and it flashes the cwm 5.something and it says that is the curren cwm version installed on my phone (i never have cwm before) but when i go to recovery i get the androi recovery instead of cwm :/

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