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Old July 9th, 2012, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default [Guide] S-OFF and ROOT HTC Desire with Revolutionary - Updated

Note: This is a copy of the original guide by Mattb81. I have made this copy purely so that it can be maintained, because Matt is not currently active in this forum. All credit for writing it belongs to Matt, so if you find it helps you please click on this link to the original thread and Thank Matt, not me.

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As many people are saying there isn't a guide for this and I found it quite easy, I thought I'd write a simple one. At the moment I don't have the time to make it too pretty or repeat things which SURoot has already done in other guides, but over time I will edit and improve it.

Revolutionary is not the same as Unrevoked. Revolutionary is more like the successor to Alpharev than the successor to Unrevoked, as Unrevoked roots your phone, while Revolutionary will S-OFF your phone. You then have to root it by running a root zip file in recovery mode.

It's just another way of getting to the end goal of having more options of what you can do with your phone.

Revolutionary will not work for every Desire (currently), but it will work for certain HBoots and is the only way for people who have the "official" HTC Gingerbread Android. Froyo users can also S-OFF and root this way too if you have the right hboot (I did, because Unrevoked didn't work).

Almost everyone should be able to get rooted using either this guide or the Unrevoked guide.

I'm assuming the goal is to root your phone. If you just want to S-OFF and have already rooted, you can ignore most of the sections as you've probably already done them. You can probably just run the Revolutionary software and follow the prompts (Section 5).

For everyone else, follow this:

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SETUP / PREP

1) Firstly, sort out your drivers so your PC speaks with your phone: (note usb debugging should always be on). Skip this step if you are using Linux instead of Windows.

a) Download HTC Sync and uninstall (this leaves the drivers behind but not the program which can interfere with things, you can reinstall it after your rooted)
b) Download and install HBoot driver (see Unrevoked guide for the download link and guide)

2) Choose your recovery: (Updated 09/07/2012 - Hadron)

Revolutionary will, if you let it, install a custom recovery for you. However, our experience is that there are better (i.e. more stable) recoveries for the Desire.

The current recommendation in this forum is 4Ext Touch recovery. The normal way of installing this is through an app once you are S-Off and rooted, as described in that thread. However, the first post of the thread also includes direct download links for GSM and CDMA versions of the recovery (just look for the phrase "direct download" in that post). Choose the correct version for your phone, download to your computer, unzip the package and you will find a recovery .img file which you can flash in Step 6 below. There is also an md5 code so that you can check that you have a good download.

Once you have finished rooting you can install the 4Ext app to keep the recovery updated.

If have a GSM device and would prefer one of the older, non-touch recoveries, then you need to check what sort of device you have in order to determine which is compatible:

a) Find out your PVT version: Boot into HBoot (from off, hold vol-down and press power), make note of HBoot version. If PTV4, follow (b) to (d). If not, go to (e)
b) Download Terminal Emulator from the market and open it
c) Type "cat /proc/mtd" and press enter. It will return results of either 20000 or 40000
d) If 40,000 - download Amon-Ra 2.0.1 Recovery (see below section (e)) and store it in a easy to find and access place on your PC (ie C:/ )
e) if 20000 or not ptv4, download your choice of recovery below, either will work.
Amon-Ra 2.0.1 or ClockWorkMod 2.5.0.7

NOTE: Clockworkmod 2.5.0.7 asks for a username and pw to download. This can be found in the Useful Downloads thread, usually near the last page.

3) Read the [FAQ] ADB and FASTBOOT for Windows

You don't have to necessarily understand it (I didn't until I used it), but just follow the set up instructions.

4) On the Revolutionary page read everything and download the following:

a) Revolutionary zip - save to PC. They will ask for info (currently) on your phone to get a beta key.
b) Root file - place this on your SD card. Superuser-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip (there's an older version at: Goo.im Downloads - Downloading su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip). The revolutionary site also has a link to this in their documentation.

I can't express how important it is that you understand what this program does and what you still need to do afterwards. Read everything on the site, especially the FAQ

Now you're ready to go.

S-OFF PROCESS

5) Run Revolutionary (unzip and run) and follow prompts. Say no to installing their recovery.

Congratulations, you should be S-OFF now. You can check by booting to Hboot and seeing if you have a nice pink "Revolutionary" label above your HBoot info.

ADDING CUSTOM RECOVERY

6) it's time to install your recovery file.

a) Boot into fastboot mode (from off, volume-up and power or volume-down and power then cycle to fastboot option)
b) Connect phone to PC through USB. You should see "FASTBOOT USB" on your phones screen.
c) Open CMD (Start > Run > type "cmd" and press enter)
d) Type "fastboot flash recovery c:\your recovery file name" where c:\your recovery file name is the exact location and name of the recovery file you downloaded.

You should now have a S-OFF phone with a custom recovery.
If you chose 4Ext (which is my preference), check the "Addendum" at the end of this guide. Do not format system even if it tells you to!

ROOTING PROCESS

7) Now for rooting:

a) Boot into Hboot (from off, hold vol-down and power) and choose "Recovery" from the menu.

Optional: you may choose to take a backup while in recovery, before the next step. This is insurance - although the risk is low, if anything does go wrong with the next bit you can restore the backup from recovery and the phone is working again. Making a recovery backup ("nandroid") before flashing anything is a good habit to get into.

b) Choose "flash zip from SD card" or similar from Recovery menu (use trackpad to navigate)
c) Choose the Root file you downloaded to your SD card in step 4b.
d) Wait till it says it's done, then choose to reboot.

Congratulations, you're S-OFF and Rooted!

Addendum

Sometimes a newly-installed 4Ext recovery gets confused and claims it can't read /system, and asks you to format system. Don't do this, as it will erase your ROM. Reboot recovery instead - that usually sorts it out.
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Maybe lock the original and redirect users here?
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The link in the ATR sticky has been redirected, so I expect that to happen naturally.

But you are right that I've linked to that thread here, so it's perhaps best we lock it anyway.
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HELLO, in the original post from matt it says Root file - place this on your SD card but i dont know how to do that and am guessing its something to do with number 3 ? .....I have changed the whole line in variable path to C:\android-sdk-windows\tools and im not sure sure if i was supposed do that ....could you please enlighten me with your word of wisdom. thanks
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The root file is to thing you download in part 4b. Just put it on your card as you need it later.
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just plug phone into pc, set as disk drive and drag the root file into SD card, or just download the root file directly on your phone browser. You dont need adb for that part.
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I have changed the whole line in variable path to C:\android-sdk-windows\tools and im not sure sure if i was supposed do that
You mean you replaced the variable path with that string, rather than add that to the end? If so then no, you definitely weren't supposed to do that, and it could stop a lot of stuff working. I'd advise searching for what should be there (or looking at it in another machine if you have one) - I'm not a Windows user so I can't just tell you what mine is.
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guys your going to think im thick but i cant get the command to work it just keeps saying cannot load
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still no luck i type in adb shell and get a dollar sign thing then switch phone off and go to fastboot usb and type in cmd

fastboot flash recovery C:\Documents and Settings\Gaz\Desktop\recovery-RA_2.0.1.img

but it just says cannot load ??
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Any ideas guys ?
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What happens if you type "fastboot devices"?
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type that instead of flash boot recovery ?? it says SH07BPL02231 fastboot .......

how would i know if it has worked ??
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Yes. Tests that fastboot is working correctly. Should return phone's serial number.
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so does this mean recovery has worked as my serial number has came back ? ....if so when i go into recovery i just get a red triangle
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No, just that fastboot is working. The question then is why it won't load the file (which it seems to find)?

What does your hboot screen say? In particular does it now say "revolutionary" and S-Off? If not you need to run revolutionary again.

Have to go offline now, sorry.
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REVOLUTIONARY
BRAVO PVT1 SHIP S-OFF
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OK, so you've got the updated hboot and should have the full set of fastboot commands. Fastboot is working correctly. So what's left is the file you are trying to flash.

The message "cannot load" sounds like it's found the file but can't load it, but I think it must actually mean that it can't find the file. So, we need to make sure the file is really in C:\Documents and Settings\Gaz\Desktop and is really called recovery-RA_2.0.1.img. One common booby trap in Windows is the "hide known file extensions" setting in Windows explorer. If you have that enabled, turn it off to check what the actual filename is, e.g. make sure it isn't called something like recovery-RA_2.0.1.img.img. That often happens if people have renamed a file.

Otherwise, try copying it to the directory the fastboot command is in (or the one you are issuing the command from) to avoid any possible problems with the file path. If you do this the command should just be "fastboot flash recovery recovery-RA_2.0.1.img".
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Otherwise, try copying it to the directory the fastboot command is in (or the one you are issuing the command from) to avoid any possible problems with the file path. If you do this the command should just be "fastboot flash recovery recovery-RA_2.0.1.img".
Yes, this is what i always do. then shift and right click together to"open command prompt here" if you are a windows user.
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sorry guys but i must be having trouble understanding what to do......do i follow step 3 up to mount /system then type in flash recovery etc etc or do i just open command with out doing any of tht while my phone is in fastboot and then type in the command. THANKS
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Just boot into fastboot mode, connect the usb, then type the fastboot commands on your computer. Just like you did for the "fastboot devices" command.

The recent discussion was just about the naming and location of the recovery .img file on your computer, because my best guess is that your computer is not finding the file you are trying to flash.
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so what i am doing now has nothing to do with step 3 ........im feeling so dumb right now i have been at this for 3 days, its bumming me out man
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What you're doing now is step 6. Step 3 was setting up your PC for this, step 6 is actually using it.
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ok thanks for clearing that up and having patience with me. Could you please explain to me how to do this -

Otherwise, try copying it to the directory the fastboot command is in (or the one you are issuing the command from) to avoid any possible problems with the file path. If you do this the command should just be "fastboot flash recovery recovery-RA_2.0.1.img".

i know you might think it is explained but to me its complicated or im making it complicated lol :s
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Actually I may have made that more complex than needed. If you followed step 3 exactly, including setting the path, you can run fastboot from any directory (folder in windows terminology - I'm not actually a Windows person). So this might be simpler:

From the command prompt (where you would run fastboot), try

cd C:\Documents and Settings\Gaz\Desktop
fastboot flash recovery recovery-RA_2.0.1.img

The first command sets your current directory to your desktop folder ("cd" = "change directory" in DOS speak). The second is the fastboot command, but because your current directory is now the one the recovery file is in, you don't need to spell out the whole path.

If that doesn't work, then type out the fastboot command partially:

fastboot flash recovery recovery

but then press the tab key rather than the enter key. That should complete the filename (I'm pretty sure this works on Windows too). If it does fill in the filename, then press enter.
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Does this help? when i flashed CWM recovery for One X, notice the image file is in the fastboot folder on my c drive. Then i shift right click together and open a command window here and enter your fastboot commands.
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as a last resort you could try android flasher

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I just really wanted to express my happynes for the root of my HTC Desire, since it was my only phone since my HTC Desire HD is faulty with "!" marks and i cant flash it (happened after it had contact w water) and after cleaning all schemes it wont let me access the flashing... i suppose it had smthn to do w HTC guys after i had it over in their shop to look it up for me and got a no after a month where they figured out it had water. anyways, thanks for all your tips, i mean everybody in this thread

I am trying 1.step to make my desire s-off.
i run revolutionary.exe, connect the phone and revolutionary keeps on saying waiting for device, then it starts the magic until it says something like:

enter beta key....
invalid beta key...
aborting...

help

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FIXED THE ISSUE. Beta key generated was correct, i just made a typo for 8 times in a row... duh
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Ok dudes I will defo try.again 2moz but at the mo I'm wrecked on strongbow and whooping my may at fifa 12 .........hand you so much for your resppnce so far
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WOOOOOOHOOOO THANK YOU SO MUCH HADRON

i could kiss you you right now lol

thank you thank you thank you

and cheers to anyone else that tried to help THANKS
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YES now how do i remove apps i dont want .......i would like to flash the rom but after the trouble i have had doing this its put me off lol
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OK, you've got the custom recovery, so now do the last part and use that to flash the root patch, if you haven't already.

Once that's done, you have the 2 ingredients you need to just uninstall any app: root access and S-Off. The simplest way to do this cleanly is to install Titanium Backup, select the app you want to remove, clear data then uninstall. What I'd recommend is taking a backup of everything with Titanium first. What I'd actually recommend is not to uninstall at all, but to freeze instead (see below).

However, before you even think of doing that, please boot into recovery (boot into hboot and select recovery from the menu) and take a backup. This is the "nandroid" backup you'll hear about in all root discussions. The reason is that if you uninstall something that turns out to be critical you may find the phone crashes and cannot boot! If that happens, back into recovery and restore the backup, and you are going again. I always take a nandroid before changing anything in the system (even simple stuff like adding a theme).

The second bit of advice I'd give is to "freeze" unwanted apps using Titanium rather than uninstall them. You don't gain space by removing system apps, as they live in a different storage partition, so freezing them (removes them from app drawer and stops them running) does what most people want, but is also very easy to undo if you find it causes problems.

If you find Titanium won't run when you first try (usually the case), there's a "Problems" button in the app. Use that and let it install "busybox" and you'll be fine.
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i want to have a read of how to install ginger villain but cant seem to find a post on it so is there any chance you could point me in the right direction please.
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GingerVillain should be fairly straightforward to flash. But there's another question to ask first:

* Do you want to use the a2sd+ capability to get extra space?

If you do, you'll need to add an ext-format partition to your SD card, and it's simplest if you do this first. The "root memory faq", linked in the All Things Root Guide sticky post, describes this. GParted is the preferred tool for formatting. Back up your SD card completely (including any files or folders whose name starts with ".", i.e. hidden files) before doing this, then copy the data back afterwards.

This isn't essential - GV will run without it - but it's worth doing as it gives you a lot more space for apps (especially if you move the dalvik cache to SD, as described near the start of the GingerVillain thread at XDA).

Whether you do that or not, flashing GingerVillain itself is fairly standard, so the method described in the rooting faq (linked in usual sticky post) will work fine:

* copy ROM .zip onto sd card
* back up apps and data (Titanium, plus back up messages with a separate app, check that contacts are backed-up separately)
* boot into recovery
* take a nandroid backup
* do a factory reset
* install zip from SD
* reboot

After installation, restore any user apps and their data from Titanium backup, but do not restore system settings. Restore contacts and messages from their backups (Ti stores them in system data, so you should back these up separately). It'll look a bit different from Sense, and do some stuff differently, so allow a couple of days to get used to things.

I highlighted the "take a nandroid" bit because as long as you do that, if anything goes wrong you can just revert to where you were. Without that then any mistakes are recoverable, but will be more hassle and may lose some data.

But don't just rely on this post, read the 2 faqs that I mentioned above. If there is anything you are unclear about, or any other problems, probably best to start a new thread as we're getting off topic for this one
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i first updated my phone with the official ruu to 2.3.3. i like to downgrade my rom now to 2.2.2 again because it i have to much problems with the 2.3.3 system. could any of you tell me how to do this? btw i used this guide as well to get s-off and rooted which i succeded in that. but i only like to downgrade my system and than get s-off and rooted again. so how do i do this?
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hi guys,

i first updated my phone with the official ruu to 2.3.3. i like to downgrade my rom now to 2.2.2 again because it i have to much problems with the 2.3.3 system. could any of you tell me how to do this? btw i used this guide as well to get s-off and rooted which i succeded in that. but i only like to downgrade my system and than get s-off and rooted again. so how do i do this?
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You just download a rom you like and install it in recovery mode. I had 2.3.3 to. But thanks HADRON, I managed to s-off and root it. So now all is possible
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still no luck i type in adb shell and get a dollar sign thing then switch phone off and go to fastboot usb and type in cmd

fastboot flash recovery C:\Documents and Settings\Gaz\Desktop\recovery-RA_2.0.1.img

but it just says cannot load ??

I'm really sorry I missed this. This would have been an easy fix. Glad its sorted now but a brief explanation of the cause and solution is in order.

So in Command Prompt, a space signifies the end of a command, program, variable or option.


In this case fastboot flash recovery C:\Documents and Settings\Gaz\Desktop\recovery-RA_2.0.1.img is:

program command option variable. The variable in this case is the file path.

The problem is that the end of the path is identified by the space. Command prompt is looking at the path "C:\documents " because of the space. Essentially everything after the variable for this command (after the space) is disregarded completely. Like if you have a telephone number and its too long, the last digits don't count anyway.

Obviously this path does not exist so "cannot load" is the result.

This is probably why after windows XP, user profiles are c:\users\username instead of c:\documents and settings\username.

In cmd (or in a run command, address bar) a path that includes spaces must be put in quotation marks to be recognised as a single entity. This renders the spaces useless.

fastboot flash recovery "C:\Documents and Settings\Gaz\Desktop\recovery-RA_2.0.1.img" would have worked.
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Well at least the next person will know what to do
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But this is a great tutorial.
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Well as I said, most of this guide was written by Matt. I've merely taken over maintenance of it, so the credit really should go to him.
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Hello from a newby.

Thanks to Mattb81 and Hadron for a great tutorial. It allowed me to S-OFF and Root my Desire (almost) without a hitch. I installed 4EXT Touch recovery and have kept my original ROM.

The almost is because after successfully S-Offing and Rooting, Google Play (GP) prompted me to update Superuser. This I did, via GP, apparently successfully, but afterwards SU rights were unavailable to all apps requiring them, Titanium, etc. After some thought I came to the conclusion that it was the SU update which caused the problem. I booted into recovery, did a nandroid backup - I'll now do this at every change, and reinstalled the original SU zip. Now I had root access back again. After having downloaded the latest SU zip (v3.1.3, bin v3.1.1) and installing it via recovery I still have root access from apps. So my conclusion is that GP is not the right way to go for updating SU?

A second question is that on starting 4EXT I get the message that it is in safe mode, and that I should format system and if I have changed hboot format all partitions!

Was hboot changed in this process, I notice that the version is different, but did the partition sizes change? Is the reformatting only required for size changes. I guess I don't really understand what hboot really is

I haven't done this as I'm a bit worried about the consequences! Is it really necessary, what can't I do in safe mode. What information is wiped and can it be recovered from a backup, nandroid or Titanium?
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I have updated SU via the play store with no problems, but do remember some people having hiccups. Will check when on a browser.

Only time I had that from 4Ext was when I changed partition sizes. S-Off replaces hboot but does not change these. Could see if message still there after a reboot. Otherwise restoring your nandroid should fix it (that formats system in the process).
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Hmm, I'm using SU 3.1.3, with su binary 3.0.3, and I'm pretty certain I've updated through the market. You could try updating the su binary through the su app, which might fix things.

Otherwise, keep the su you have (nandroid before trying to update it is simplest solution). It works fine, the only problem is that it's annoying seeing an update in the play store which you don't want to install (but can't tell it to ignore).
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Otherwise restoring your nandroid should fix it (that formats system in the process).
Thanks - that did the trick. Made a new nandroid then restored it and rebooted, no more messages. However when I rebooted the rom it took a l-o-n-g time, had me worried for a moment but it got there in the end. I suppose reformatting means some info has to be regenerated. All's well that ends well.

Off to read up what hboot is all about.
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hi all this is my first post yay lol except its to beg for help cuz i think i bricked my fone its stuck on the bootscreen nd wont load as a normal fone can i reset it to factory default so i can try again? also i have never rooted a fone b4 nor am i very computer savy and as u can tell my gramma sucks but im willing to learn
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hi all this is my first post yay lol except its to beg for help cuz i think i bricked my fone its stuck on the bootscreen nd wont load as a normal fone can i reset it to factory default so i can try again? also i have never rooted a fone b4 nor am i very computer savy and as u can tell my gramma sucks but im willing to learn
Can we have that in english please, not text lingo.
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Can we have that in english please, not text lingo.
lol that's the the second time today i've been told that so ok here goes


i haven't rooted a phone before and i am not the best with computers but i thourt i could still do it so i tried i didn't understand step 3 very well and just ignored that things weren't going so well because they kinda were i.e pink revolutionary s-off showing but when i got to step 6 everything i tried failed but like i said it still showed s-off like it worked so i tried to unzip the Goo.im Downloads - Downloading su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip file but it kept saying it couldn't because it was bad or something then 4ext prompted me to do a system format so i did now i cant use my phone as normal sorry about the cappy details i really don't know what i pressed i just wanna factory reset my phone so i can use it
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lol that's the the second time today i've been told that so ok here goes


i haven't rooted a phone before and i am not the best with computers but i thourt i could still do it so i tried i didn't understand step 3 very well and just ignored that things weren't going so well because they kinda were i.e pink revolutionary s-off showing but when i got to step 6 everything i tried failed but like i said it still showed s-off like it worked so i tried to unzip the Goo.im Downloads - Downloading su-2.3.6.3-efgh-signed.zip file but it kept saying it couldn't because it was bad or something then 4ext prompted me to do a system format so i did now i cant use my phone as normal sorry about the cappy details i really don't know what i pressed i just wanna factory reset my phone so i can use it
Hmmm, not sure this makes much sense either. Have i got this right? you are s-off and have 4ext custom recovery working? If you have formatted system without a backup you have no working rom. You need to download a rom of your choice and put it on the sd card (not in a folder). Then from recovery (volume down &power) choose install zip from card and select the rom zip you put on there earlier. If it boots ok and all is working well, go back into recovery and choose backup, then backup your phone.
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Hmmm, not sure this makes much sense either. Have i got this right? you are s-off and have 4ext custom recovery working? If you have formatted system without a backup you have no working rom. You need to download a rom of your choice and put it on the sd card (not in a folder). Then from recovery (volume down &power) choose install zip from card and select the rom zip you put on there earlier. If it boots ok and all is working well, go back into recovery and choose backup, then backup your phone.
yes that's kinda it i had ext but its gone after the format now i have android system recovery its 9 options all in green writing i just downloaded dGB_01_28_2012_eng.zip and put that on my sdcard 1 of the 9 options is flash zip from sdcard this is what it said

install from sdcard...
finding update package...
opening update package...
E:can't open /sdcard/dGB_01_28_2012_eng.zip
(bad)

installation aborted
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