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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Complete Newbie's Guide to rooting and flashing Evo 3D ROMs/Kernels using fastboot

Hide tags are now fixed! You should now see the guide as it was written!

This is a guide to walk users through installing the Android SDK and using fastboot and ADB. While meant for people on HBOOT 1.5 and above who have no other choice other than to deal with fastboot at some point, these commands can be used by previous HBOOT users to help recover their device in case of catastrophic failure. This is not a programming guide. For a programming guide, please go to the Developer 101 forum.

So let's get started!

This is for the Sprint version of the HTC Evo 3D (CDMA). For the GSM version, please see the second post.

Also note: This WILL wipe out your settings, apps, et cetera. Please make any/all necessary backups before proceeding.


Step 1) How to install and configure the Android SDK






Step 2) Picking the recovery, ROM, and kernel you want to use.






Step 3) Opening the command prompt and getting ready for entering fastboot.






Step 4) Unlocking with HTC Dev






Step 5) Let's install then boot into recovery!






Step 6) Before you do anything, it's time to make a backup.






Step 7) Flashing the ROM






Quick Guide) Flashing another ROM






(Optional) Installing 4EXT - Highly Recommended!






(Optional) Getting S-OFF - Highly Recommended!





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Some of the commands in this guide were found here: [GUIDE] HTC Unlock Hboot 1.50 + TWRP Recovery + Root + Flash!! [9.11.11] - xda-developers and http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/385358-how-manually-flash-recovery-image-via-fastboot-sd-card.html. I just sought to make a complete newbies guide version of it.

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Hide tags are now fixed! You should now see the guide as it was written!

This is for the GSM version of the HTC Evo 3D. If you're on Sprint, ignore this section.

Also note: This WILL wipe out your settings, apps, et cetera. Please make any/all necessary backups before proceeding.


Step 1) How to install and configure the Android SDK






Step 2) Picking the recovery, ROM, and kernel you want to use.






Step 3) Opening the command prompt and getting ready for entering fastboot.






Step 4) Unlocking with HTC Dev






Step 5) Let's install then boot into recovery!






Step 6) Before you do anything, it's time to make a backup.






Step 7) Flashing the ROM






Quick Guide) Flashing another ROM






(Optional) Installing 4EXT - Highly Recommended!






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Credit to go to: [Tutorial] [UNLOCK/ROOT] EVO 3D GSM Hboot 1.49.0011> + S-On [HTC Unlock method] - xda-developers - For the links
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i thought about putting this together for some people that need it... looks like you beat me so ill just throw you ideas as they come to me!
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Funny you did this, I was thinking of doing something like this to save us some time with the newbs, seems like these questions keep coming up, so a SDK guide is perfect. I was just looking for the time. Great work so far.
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Thanks J, this will be a big help! I still have to struggle through adb every time I use it.
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Oh, and if Guides who want to contribute or correct discrepancies, you have my permission to edit the post.

I was actually hanging on to this write up in a txt file for a week or two on my HDD. Glad I posted it now before all of you wrote your own so time isn't wasted I plan on flashing a recovery through fastboot to make sure everything is named correctly to progress on it. But I have a busy weekend this weekend, so it'll probably be a few days
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Oh, and if Guides who want to contribute or correct discrepancies, you have my permission to edit the post.

I was actually hanging on to this write up in a txt file for a week or two on my HDD. Glad I posted it now before all of you wrote your own so time isn't wasted I plan on flashing a recovery through fastboot to make sure everything is named correctly to progress on it. But I have a busy weekend this weekend, so it'll probably be a few days
You should throw a note in there for the windows 7 users for them to just hold shift and right click on there platform tools folder and select "open command window here" this will save them a lot of time changing envinromental variables and mostly them getting path errors. Oh and by the way I know you said you didn't wanna lose your hboot 1.4( I.don't blame you). If you ever did decide or needed to update your hboot you won't lose s-off when you upgrade but you will have to do HTC unlock method. After that you can flash to any partition like you can on 1.4 and/or roll back your hboot if you wanted to. My new phone has 1.5 : ( everything you got on there so far looks good.
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I also Stickied this thread as I think this will be a crucial step for those rooting and will make our life much easier in guiding and explaining, I know we are trying to cut back on the sticky threads but I believe this one is warranted.
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You should throw a note in there for the windows 7 users for them to just hold shift and right click on there platform tools folder and select "open command window here" this will save them a lot of time changing envinromental variables and mostly them getting path errors. Oh and by the way I know you said you didn't wanna lose your hboot 1.4( I.don't blame you). If you ever did decide or needed to update your hboot you won't lose s-off when you upgrade but you will have to do HTC unlock method. After that you can flash to any partition like you can on 1.4 and/or roll back your hboot if you wanted to. My new phone has 1.5 : ( everything you got on there so far looks good.
I tried this with my build of Win7 (Home Professional or whatever it's called...the mid-grade version) and it didn't work, so I figured I'd show how to type it out (or allow people to copy/paste). But thanks for the tip! I'll put it in there the next time I revise.

And there's nothing on HBOOT 1.5 that I would want. I'm sure the discrepancies I've been seeing between 1.4 and 1.5 is because 1.5 requires that you flash a recovery through fastboot, and it's being named differently than the HBOOT PG86IMG.zip recovery name. So I'm going to flash the recovery through fastboot and continue on with the guide sometime this weekend or next week.


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I was going to sticky it when it was a little more complete. I also wanted to talk to you and a few of the other guides and mods about consolidating and/or revising the sticky list, so it's not like 8 or so stickies
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I agree we need to consolidate, and I think it is good stickied now, as it is usable now anyways, I edited a few to take some codes out, for those with small screens, this way they won't have to scroll from right to left to read.



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And there's nothing on HBOOT 1.5 that I would want. I'm sure the discrepancies I've been seeing between 1.4 and 1.5 is because 1.5 requires that you flash a recovery through fastboot, and it's being named differently than the HBOOT PG86IMG.zip recovery name. So I'm going to flash the recovery through fastboot and continue on with the guide sometime this weekend or next week.




I was going to sticky it when it was a little more complete. I also wanted to talk to you and a few of the other guides and mods about consolidating and/or revising the sticky list, so it's not like 8 or so stickies
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I agree we need to consolidate, and I think it is good stickied now, as it is usable now anyways, I edited a few to take some codes out, for those with small screens, this way they won't have to scroll from right to left to read.
Heh, you screwed up some of the tags, though. Don't worry, I fixed it. Whenever I manage a long thread like this (the FAQ thread, for example), I usually hit edit, copy all and use Notepad++ to modify it. It shows you tags and makes it easier to edit.

This one isn't as bad. Go into the FAQ thread and hit edit and look at all the formatting tags. It's really hard to keep straight without Notepad++
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I was just going back in to edit and then I got a customer that came into my store, LOL



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When you install sdk, does it still put fastboot in the tools folder and adb in the platform-tools folder? If so, this should be noted and recommend copying from one folder to the other
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You tell us if you know, we are both still on HB 1.4, but I believe it does, so we will have to make sure.


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I remember this being an issue in older Android SDKs. So I made a point of it to make sure both ADB and fastboot were int he same folder. They revamped it in the new version so that fastboot and adb go into the platform-tools folder by default now. Actually, both tools don't even come with the installer, you have to select the tool option and download the tools specifically. I remember that was different in older SDKs, too.
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actually i believe that the sdk no longer comes with the fastboot option...

so might want to look into adding the adb/fastboot files in this post. just a thought.

fastboot was included in sdk before r.11 i believe so as soon as people update they lose fastboot and need to aquire it from another source.
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actually i believe that the sdk no longer comes with the fastboot option...

so might want to look into adding the adb/fastboot files in this post. just a thought.

fastboot was included in sdk before r.11 i believe so as soon as people update they lose fastboot and need to aquire it from another source.
The guide already includes how to get fastboot/adb installed. If you open the SDK, you get a list of checkboxes, one for each API of each Android version. At the very top of the list is a 'Tools' checkbox that includes fastboot and adb.

When I get more time to work on this, I'll include pics and stuff like that to make sure it's absolutely clear
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Thanks! It should be complete now. The only part I'm unsure on is the HTC unlock portion, as I couldn't do that step-by-step to verify my procedure.
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I have just typed in "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" and in the cmd window it just says sending, on my phone it shows the green bar..

It has been sitting there for about 15minis, Anyone have an idea?
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You did rename the file "recovery-twrp-shooter-1.1.1.img" to "recovery.img" and place it in the fastboot directory, right? It will either be called "C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools" or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools" depending on your version of windows.

If so, download the TWRP file again, you may have gotten a corrupt file. The process should take less than a minute to flash.
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Im reading this guide,
http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/494212-complete-newbies-guide-rooting-flashing-roms-kernels-using-fastboot-updated-2-20-a.html


But on step 5 where he is talking about "A quick repeat of the instructions in the HTC Unlock section" I get lost. I dont know if I should repeat or what. and things stop working.

Hell, I was thinking of going back to the 4G or paying someone off CL to root the thing for me.
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http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/494212-complete-newbies-guide-rooting-flashing-roms-kernels-using-fastboot-updated-2-20-a.html


But on step 5 where he is talking about "A quick repeat of the instructions in the HTC Unlock section" I get lost. I dont know if I should repeat or what. and things stop working.

Hell, I was thinking of going back to the 4G or paying someone off CL to root the thing for me.
All that is saying is make sure you have "fastboot" shutoff on your phone and that you have USB debugging enabled.
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But on step 5 where he is talking about "A quick repeat of the instructions in the HTC Unlock section" I get lost. I dont know if I should repeat or what. and things stop working.

Hell, I was thinking of going back to the 4G or paying someone off CL to root the thing for me.
I moved your post over to this thread. So if anyone is wondering why he's linking the thread he posted in, it's because I moved it and don't have permission to edit his post to remove the URL.

That part is just recapping what happened in Step 4 in case you skipped it because you're already unlocked through HTCdev. This is the important part from that paragraph:

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I hope that clarifies things? I just re-wrote the first sentence of Step 5 to hopefully avoid this confusion in the future.
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So after I run
"fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin"

I should run
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And start from here?

"You should now be in your bootloader. If you're still in the bootloader from the HTC Unlock procedure, you can ignore this step ................"


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Also, after running "fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin" it still shows "LOCKED" at the top of the screen, is that normal?
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Also, after running "fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin" it still shows "LOCKED" at the top of the screen, is that normal?
Umm...no. Try rebooting the bootloader to see if you get it to say UNLOCKED instead of locked. If still locked, flash the unlock token again and reboot the bootloader again. If you still are locked, you'll have to flash the RUU. I'll give you instructions if you need for flashing the RUU.

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So after I run
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I should run
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And start from here?

"You should now be in your bootloader. If you're still in the bootloader from the HTC Unlock procedure, you can ignore this step ................"
Honestly, this is the only place where my guide is unconfirmed as I have never done the HTCdev method (I was lucky enough to root with HBOOT 1.4). I know it's supposed to reboot your phone after flashing the unlock code, but I don't know if it reboots into the bootloader or if it reboots the entire phone. I assumed it rebooted the bootloader.

The bootloader is a white screen and says HBOOT 1.5 S-On at the top. Recovery has an Android with a triangle around it. Custom recoveries will call themselves Clockwork Recovery or TeamWin Recovery at the top.

I modified Step 5 again. But if you're still locked, you need to fix that, still. I've included more troubleshooting steps at the bottom of step 4 to help with that.

And I apologize for the confusion. You're the first one to actually give me feedback as you've gone through it. Hope this helps clear up more confusion
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Is this for cdma phones or gsm phones?
I wrote it using CDMA, as I have a CDMA phone. But it largely is the same as GSM, except you have to use a different download links. I'll put a GSM friendly version up in the next 30 mins.
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Thanks for updating this!

I will try it when I get home tonight and let you know how it goes, this is killing me not having root on my phone.

Will this be about the steps I have to take to flash any rom?
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Thanks for updating this!

I will try it when I get home tonight and let you know how it goes, this is killing me not having root on my phone.

Will this be about the steps I have to take to flash any rom?
Thank God no.

This is just the first time run. After you get your first time done, you only need to load up fastboot and type 'fastboot boot recovery.img' and then do steps 6 and 7. And 6 is optional, really. You don't have to back up your device before flashing something new. But for the very first time around, you really should.

I just wrote up a 'Quick Guide' for when you want to flash something else. It is basically just the list of commands from various steps compiled into one area for easy reference.

GSM phones actually can retrograde their HBOOT to get full S-OFF. Hopefully the guys can crack it for CDMA (Sprint), so that people can retrograde to 1.40 and get S-OFF so flashing ROMs is just like the Evo 4G. That's my hope, anyways.
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Unfortunately for me its a no go so far. I'm only getting as far as downloading HTC Sync. Giving me invalid installation error which I assume is pc issues. Will update after attempting from another pc.
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Unfortunately for me its a no go so far. I'm only getting as far as downloading HTC Sync. Giving me invalid installation error which I assume is pc issues. Will update after attempting from another pc.
Re download HTC Sync, it may have gotten corrupted when you downloaded it. Reinstall if it had installed before giving you the error.
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Just curious, anyone else have issues flashing ICS on their HBOOT 1.50? I've tried multiple ROMs that are ICS and none of them get past the flash screen once installed. I've let them sit for 10 minutes plus. GB ones install no problem. Also, it seems that if the ROM includes a kernel that allows for over clocking, when installing via Recovery or Fastboot, it won't let it be over clocked at all.
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my fault i just realized i already had the htc drivers installed from previous root attemps. will try again and update
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is it normal for estimated download time for the stock rom right around 10 hours on wifi? :/
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Just curious, anyone else have issues flashing ICS on their HBOOT 1.50? I've tried multiple ROMs that are ICS and none of them get past the flash screen once installed. I've let them sit for 10 minutes plus. GB ones install no problem. Also, it seems that if the ROM includes a kernel that allows for over clocking, when installing via Recovery or Fastboot, it won't let it be over clocked at all.
I'm not on HBOOT 1.5, but what recovery are you using? I use TWRP 1.1.1 and I have no problems installing. But I do a little different procedure than what's listed here. To flash an ICS ROM, I go to the format menu and format /system, /data, and /cache. It somehow maks a difference with the new toastcfh CM9 build.

And none of the stock kernels I've seen that come with ICS able to overclock. Or if the GB ROM uses the HTC kernel, it can't be OC'd either. The AnthraX kernel will work for the new software base and give you OC, but you lose the camera.
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Another quick question before i get rooted. I've rooted my previous last 3 galaxy s phones but I've never messed with roms & kernals. Are there certain roms that can be only used with certain kernals
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I'm not on HBOOT 1.5, but what recovery are you using? I use TWRP 1.1.1 and I have no problems installing. But I do a little different procedure than what's listed here. To flash an ICS ROM, I go to the format menu and format /system, /data, and /cache. It somehow maks a difference with the new toastcfh CM9 build.

And none of the stock kernels I've seen that come with ICS able to overclock. Or if the GB ROM uses the HTC kernel, it can't be OC'd either. The AnthraX kernel will work for the new software base and give you OC, but you lose the camera.
I'm using TWRP 1.2 (whatever the newest one is). If I flash an ICS ROM I can't even get it to boot.

I thought I had a GB ROM (Android HD, I think?) that had a Kernel that allowed OC. Could be wrong though. I'll try to install ICS tomorrow morning following this information.
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It's a little different than that. Only certain kernels can be used with certain firmware versions. If you're updated to the latest OTA (2.17.651.5 in your about phone > software information), then you can only use ROMs/kernels built around the 651.5 base. Which, only the stock kernel and only two versions of the AnthraX kernels are built around, currently. But if you're on 2.17.651.3 or older, you can flash anything that isn't a 2.17.651.5 base ROM/Kernel. 2.17.651.5 updated a lot of the firmware, improving battery/performance, but then HTC didn't release the source code of the kernel, so programming them is difficult without a source.

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I'm using TWRP 1.2 (whatever the newest one is). If I flash an ICS ROM I can't even get it to boot.

I thought I had a GB ROM (Android HD, I think?) that had a Kernel that allowed OC. Could be wrong though. I'll try to install ICS tomorrow morning following this information.
I am unfamiliar with that ROM. But if you go to About Phone > Software > Software information (I think...it says it gives you info about your kernel. I'm on an ICS ROM right now, so I can't verify what it is exactly). It'll say something about htc-blahblahblahweirdstuffblah. If it says HTC in it, it's the stock kernel. If it says other weirdness, it's a custom kernel.
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After reading the GSM rooting post, I have some questions: (My HTC EVO 3D is GSM)

1) So we need to Root the device first then back up the original stock ROM (yes I want to back it up)? or do we back it up first?

2) By using the revolutionary method (as my HBoot is 1.49.0008), is it necessary to flash the ROM as well? By that I mean, I just want to Root my device and get rid of some stock apps and the annoying carrier starting animation. Seems to me rooting and flashing the ROM are two different things, but I would just want to make sure before I do anything...

3) Following up the previous question, how do I get rid of the starting up animation? Is it something to do with the kernel? Or can I just do it by deleting some file?

4) In the case that I'm going to flash the ROM in the future, is there a way to choose between those many ROM out there? I mean, for example, the 3D camera won't work with some custom ROMs, so is there a way to know it before I flash it?

I am a newbie in rooting and flashing the ROM, and I would love to thank you all for the hard works!! I've read many post and guides in this amazing forums, it's just hard for a newbie like me to sort the information in my head clearly at this moment...

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First of all, please know that I wrote the GSM version from my general knowledge of rooting and all of the info I could find on the GSM process. I have a CDMA version, so I can't confirm any of it by first hand knowledge. With that in mind:

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If you want a full backup (called a NAND backup, a NANDroid, or a recovery backup), yes, you need to unlock your device and install a custom recovery before you can do that.

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Technically, no, you do not have to flash the stock + rooted ROM. In the GSM version of this walkthrough, I provided a link to the super user patch. The super user patch just installs SuperUser.apk, busybox, and a few other necessities to the ROM that is already on your phone. That will make it so you can debloat your phone and change the boot animations. If you ever want to branch out and do more stuff, like install themes, you should look at installing a custom ROM. It isn't that big of a deal, but I can understand your apprehension. I was similar when I started rooting, now I'm a flashing fanatic.

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3) Following up the previous question, how do I get rid of the starting up animation? Is it something to do with the kernel? Or can I just do it by deleting some file?
It's really simple. Get a boot animation that fits the EVO 3D. The animation has to be 960 x 540. Look in the HTC Sensation forums and the Evo 3D forums on XDA and you should find a bunch. It doesn't matter if it's posted in a CDMA forum or not, the images work for either. They are just images ;p Then you need to find the boot animation zip files in /system/customize/resource/ and replace them with the boot animation of your choice. To do that, you'll need a root explorer app (I recommend ES File Explorer) and to mount /system as writable (done in the settings) before you can overwrite the default boot animation. Some boot animations come as a flashable zip, in which case you just flash them in recovery and no swapping needed.

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As you're on GSM, you have to be a little more careful than us CDMA users. GSM ROMs are built on a variety of carrier-flavored software, so make sure that you don't flash an Orange based ROM on a Rodgers phone (at least, I'd assume that would be bad).

Second, each ROM will post in it's OP thread the features and bug list. Make sure to read both. Then you can decide from there.

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I am a newbie in rooting and flashing the ROM, and I would love to thank you all for the hard works!! I've read many post and guides in this amazing forums, it's just hard for a newbie like me to sort the information in my head clearly at this moment...

Thank you in advance for any advice and suggestions.
We were all newbies once. Start slow, get accustomed to it, and you'll be flashing ROMs and telling others how to do it before you know it.
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I just want to say to Jerolfld That you did a stupendous job on this guide in both the first and second post, and I hope everyone appreciates the time that takes to do along with all the research, so I thank you for making our life much easier, well done Bro, glad to have you on our team.
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This is a great tutorial. I am in the process of rooting my EVO 3D but I am trying to use it with Straight Talk which is powered by sprint. I believe it is CDMA. Do I need a ROM that is specifically for Straight Talk or is that something that I can change in the antenna settings later? I am very new to rooting and would appreciate any advice on this matter.

I can't find a CDMA ROM that seems suitable. I was going to use the CDMA Shooter ROM listed in the first post above just to get used to the process but the download link doesn't appear to be working anymore.
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Interesting, the link works for me. How about this link: Dev-Host.org - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service

And yes, as a Straight Talk user, you use CDMA. Another way of telling what type of phone you have is if you have a SIM card. CDMA phones do not use SIM cards (at least, not until we get LTE) and the HBOOT are solid numbers (1.30, 1.40, 1.50). GSM phones use SIM cards and have 1.49.00XX bootloaders.

Flashing the phone over to Straight Talk will not be changed when you flash the ROM. The info you use to link with Straight Talk is contained in another part of your phone that isn't linked to ROMs or kernels.
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I have this bookmarked but can we get this as a sticky. I know I'm going to need it soon, and once I root my 3D my friends are going to want to do it too. Most of them are scared since it is supposed to be really hard compared to other phones. I've never rooted anything so I have nothing to compare to, however I will have this open when I root it. (probably tomorrow or thursday)
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It was a sticky, but once we got a unified sticky for our root forums, it got un-stickied. You can find a link for it in the HTC EVO 3D - All Things Root thread, under Guides. As well as some other useful information.
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I've stopped the process at step 1 for the night. I installed everything and updated all of the programs in that step. I should be good to go for tomorrow

Is Viper Rom a good one to start with? I like playing with features and changing things around from time to time. (don't we all?) It seems to have the features I want along with a solid battery life. I like also the idea of a rom having an updater so I don't have to flash every time there is an update
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