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Old January 14th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
Monkeyworld
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Hi everyone,

I've recently been given an HTC mytouch 3g phone, which a friend brought back from her stay in the US (I believe it's known as the HTC magic in Europe). Anyway, the problem is that the phone is basically a blank slate with no Androis system on it and I can't work out how to install one.

I'll give a few more details. It was region and sim unlocked and being used here in Hungary but wasn't functioning correctly so I though maybe a new rom might sort it out instead of throwing it away. I rooted it (using super one click), checked that through a root checking app and then installed rom manager. Through rom manager, I flashed the correct clockworkmod recovery image and then tried to make a back up. Here is where things started to go wrong.... After creating the backup, the phone rebooted but went into a boot loop where it would get as far as the green splash screen and then shut down and start again. I pulled the battery and restarted it and it booted up OK. I figured it was maybe a glitch and everything would be OK (bad move).

Next, I tried to use the HTC developers website to unlock the bootloader about a hundred times but every time I got to the fastboot oem get_identifier_token stage it would tell me that the command was unknown. I scoured teh forums and tried every piece of advice but nothing worked... So, I figured that I may not need that anyway since the general web opinion seemed to be that rooting is enough for flashing a custom rom.

So, I downloaded a bunch of roms e.g. cyanogen, ginger yoshi, bananabread which were stated as for the 32B version of my phone (the one I have). I followed the installation instructions and used the recovery mode to install one but none of them will boot correctly. They just get as far as the green splash screen and then either hang (I left them for over an hour just to be sure), or go into a boot loop. The best result I got was with bananabread which (as long as you don't install the final kernal zip) will boot to the bananabread splash screen but then stay there and not proceed further.

Unfortunately, it also turns out at this stage that my backup was no good and so I can't go back to the original set up....

Sorry for the length of the post but I really wanted to try and provide as much detail as possible in order that someone may be kind enough to help me try and save this phone. I figure it's not bricked as I have full access to hboot and recovery mode so the system still works, I just can't install any version of android!

Thanks in advance to anyone that even reads this far! )
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