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How To Install PAC ROM for Sony Xperia Z

Android development forums are flooded with so many custom ROMs and choosing a best one has become a difficult task, however some of them have become very popular because of quality interface and useful tweaks such as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid, to cure ROM hunt, I recommend PAC MAN ROM that is combination of them.

PAC MAN ROM covers features from CM, AOKP and PA ROM to experience everything in one place, it’s pretty stable but we should not forget that since this is WIP stage, the ROM may includes a few bugs too, worry not as the developer will hopefully iron out all bugs soon. The PAC MAN ROM for Sony Xperia Z commands respect with a beautiful combination, so make your life easy with it.

This guide shows you how to install PAC MAN ROM for Sony Xperia Z.


  •  Keep in mind that your Sony Xperia Z must have unlocked bootloader, check this guide to unlock bootloader.
  • Make sure a custom recovery is installed on your Xperia Z, check this guide to install ClockworkMod recovery or this guide to install TWRP recovery.
  • You need a Windows PC and make sure USB drivers for Xperia Z and Android ADB drivers are installed. Use official Sony PC software to install USB drivers and check this guide (for Windows) or this guide (for Mac) to install Android ADB.
  • Backup everything because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages useSMS apps, lastly use the carbon Android app to backup apps and data.

DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.


Step #1: Turn off your Sony Xperia Z and reboot into recovery mode by holding down volume up and power buttons, in recovery mode create nandroid backup of your current ROM, it’s important because if anything not work out that you expect from this ROM, you’ll be able to easily revert back to your current state. To create backup select “Backup and Restore”, and then select “Backup” again, if you’re on TWRP recovery, click on “backup” and slide the blue button to confirm the action.

Step #2: Download the latest version of PAC MAN ROM and GApps for Sony Xperia Z from here.

Step #3: Copy the zip file to internal storage of your Sony Xperia Z.

Step #4: Download the Fastoot Package to your PC.

Step #5: Unzip the downloaded file into C drive “c:\”, it’ll generate fastboot folder containing four files.

Step #6: Unzip the ROM zip (downloaded in step 2) and get the boot.img file, then copy the boot.img file to fastboot folder, now you have 5 files in fastboot.

Step #7: Turn your Sony Xperia Z off.

Step #8: Reboot phone into fastboot mode, to do this reboot phone by holding down volume down and power buttons.

Step #9: Once you’re in fastboot mode, plug phone to PC using a USB cable.

Step #10: Open up the command prompt on PC that can be found from Start menu>All Programs>Accessories.

Step #11: Enter following command on command prompt, it will take you to fastboot folder:

cd c:\Fastboot

Step #12: Enter following command prompt to install boot.img:

fastboot flash boot boot.img

If you get a message saying “waiting for device”, then enter another command to install kernel:

fastboot -i 0x0fce flash boot boot.img

Once the boot.img is installed on your phone, you’ll get a message saying “finished”/OKAY.

Step #13: Once the installation is done, unplug phone from PC and put it in recovery mode.

Step #14: In recovery mode, perform wipe, select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen then select wipe cache and confirm on the next screen. At the end, select advanced, then select “wipe dalvik cache” and confirm action.

Step #15: Return to main menu by selecting “Go Back”.

Step #16: Select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” and locate the downloaded file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation.

Step #17: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”

That’s it, the PAC ROM is now installed on your Sony Xperia Z, if you experience any error, leave a comment below.

Via: XDA

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