It really seems that 4.4.4 is not ready or stable for the i717 yet and this makes sense since it takes a lot of work/development and testing to get the factory stock ROMs working well. In the end I used the 4.1.2 based Blackstra BlackJelly because it was fast, stable and just works and feels great. The aftermarket support is great but many devs are focussed on adding features and customization that most of us don't want or need rather than getting things smooth and stable.........
Apr 17 11:55:47 Cluster01 heartbeat: : WARN: ha_msg_add_nv_depth: line doesn't contain '='
Apr 17 11:55:47 Cluster01 heartbeat: : info: >>>
Apr 17 11:55:47 Cluster01 heartbeat: : ERROR: NV failure (msgfromsteam): [>>>
I have never been able to reproduce the above but it happened on heartbeat-3.04-2 when Itook a node down for testing.
One thing Ibelieve caused it was by configuring ha.cf........
I chose this because I heard a lot of stories about scams and that many providers I contacted said they can't unlock the Canadian I717s (one said "my Bell server" is down).
This method worked perfectly on my Bell I717M and should work for all I717 in Canada, I was able to insert a foreign SIMcard. This will work abroad too but remember entering CWM mode is different for I717's in other countries (at least theUS).
Step 1 - Root + CWM........