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Default HTC Desire GSM Froyo - 4EXT Recovery issue - please help!

Hi all!

I have been looking forward to flashing my HTC Desire for a long time now, and just today finally managed to do it. However, on the final step I have come across a big problem and I dont know what to do. My phone details before I started on any tinkering:

HTC Desire Orange GSM
Froyo 2.2 Stock
Baseband version 32.48.00.32U_5.10.05.30
Kernel version 2.6.32.15-g29e526b
htc-kernel@and18-2#1
Build number 2.17.61.3vCL274424 release-keys
Software number 2.17.61.3
Browser version WebKit 3.1
HBoot 0.93.0001
Bravo PVT4 SHIP S-ON
microp-051d
Touch PanelSYNW0101
Radio 5.10.05.30
Erase size 20,000

So what I have done is as follows:

1 - Formatted my 8GB SD card with a 1GB ext4 partition, and created a gold card with my SD Card
2 - Rooted phone using Unrevoked method
3 - Nandroid backup
4 - Installed 4ext Recovery Control - I then realised I need to S-Off phone for this software to work properly
5 - S-Off phone using Revolutionary method - checked in HBoot menu and it was confirmed working with pink Revolutionary text
6 - Install 4ext Recovery Control - at this stage 4ext asked me to install another app for it to work properly, which I did, but cannot remember its name
7 - 4ext backup done
8 - Transferred MildWild5.0 ROM zip file to my phone root menu
9 - I would have checked the ROM md5sum at this stage but couldnt find what it is supposed to be online anywhere, so missed that step
10 - In the Recovery menu, I selected "wipe date/factory reset"
11 - In the Recovery menu, I selected "wipe cache + dalvik"
12 - In the Recovery menu, I selected "wipe battery stats"
13 - In the Recovery menu, I selected to install the ROM file
14 - Then I selected to reboot the phone - at this point I got a message saying something about 4ext being in safe mode and to wipe the system partition. I selected to carry on rebooting instead of wiping the System partition, as I didnt know what that meant and hadnt read it on any of the guides anywhere for installing a ROM

My phone has now been stuck on the HTC logo screen for about 2 hours. Did I do something wrong? Should I start over again? Should I have wiped the System partition? Can someone please advise as to what I should do now, and what I did wrong? I have a feeling it was step 14, and I should have wiped the System partition, but I was so confused about it, and couldnt find anything anywhere about it online, so didnt bother. Please help!!

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Hi all!

I have been looking forward to flashing my HTC Desire for a long time now, and just today finally managed to do it. However, on the final step I have come across a big problem and I dont know what to do. My phone details before I started on any tinkering:

HTC Desire Orange GSM
Froyo 2.2 Stock
Baseband version 32.48.00.32U_5.10.05.30
Kernel version 2.6.32.15-g29e526b
htc-kernel@and18-2#1
Build number 2.17.61.3vCL274424 release-keys
Software number 2.17.61.3
Browser version WebKit 3.1
HBoot 0.93.0001
Bravo PVT4 SHIP S-ON
microp-051d
Touch PanelSYNW0101
Radio 5.10.05.30
Erase size 20,000

So what I have done is as follows:

1 - Formatted my 8GB SD card with a 1GB ext4 partition, and created a gold card with my SD Card
2 - Rooted phone using Unrevoked method
3 - Nandroid backup
4 - Installed 4ext Recovery Control - I then realised I need to S-Off phone for this software to work properly
5 - S-Off phone using Revolutionary method - checked in HBoot menu and it was confirmed working with pink Revolutionary text
6 - Install 4ext Recovery Control - at this stage 4ext asked me to install another app for it to work properly, which I did, but cannot remember its name
7 - 4ext backup done
8 - Transferred MildWild5.0 ROM zip file to my phone root menu
9 - I would have checked the ROM md5sum at this stage but couldnt find what it is supposed to be online anywhere, so missed that step
10 - In the Recovery menu, I selected "wipe date/factory reset"
11 - In the Recovery menu, I selected "wipe cache + dalvik"
12 - In the Recovery menu, I selected "wipe battery stats"
13 - In the Recovery menu, I selected to install the ROM file
14 - Then I selected to reboot the phone - at this point I got a message saying something about 4ext being in safe mode and to wipe the system partition. I selected to carry on rebooting instead of wiping the System partition, as I didnt know what that meant and hadnt read it on any of the guides anywhere for installing a ROM

My phone has now been stuck on the HTC logo screen for about 2 hours. Did I do something wrong? Should I start over again? Should I have wiped the System partition? Can someone please advise as to what I should do now, and what I did wrong? I have a feeling it was step 14, and I should have wiped the System partition, but I was so confused about it, and couldnt find anything anywhere about it online, so didnt bother. Please help!!

Thanks
Naz
Seems you may have found yourself in a soft brick. Not familiar per se with the mildwild rom but my best guess would be there is an incompatibility between rom and your kernel. (just off the top of the head.)
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Kernel is part of the ROM, so it shouldn't be that.

Don't format system - that will erase your ROM. Or do it, then reflash the ROM again. Rebooting recovery is usually enough to clear that message (I don't know why it sometimes happens). I'd try pulling the battery out, leave it out for 2 minutes, then see whether it will boot. If not, pull battery, boot into recovery (boot while pressing volume down key, then from the hboot menu select recovery), then do a factory reset again and see whether it will boot. If that doesn't work, try reflashing the ROM.

If none of that works, let us know and we'll see what we can work out.

As this is a root issue I'll move the thread to Desire All Things Root - you should get more expertise there.
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Kernel is part of the ROM, so it shouldn't be that.

Don't format system - that will erase your ROM. Or do it, then reflash the ROM again. Rebooting recovery is usually enough to clear that message (I don't know why it sometimes happens). I'd try pulling the battery out, leave it out for 2 minutes, then see whether it will boot. If not, pull battery, boot into recovery (boot while pressing volume down key, then from the hboot menu select recovery), then do a factory reset again and see whether it will boot. If that doesn't work, try reflashing the ROM.

If none of that works, let us know and we'll see what we can work out.

As this is a root issue I'll move the thread to Desire All Things Root - you should get more expertise there.
herm.... --->A ROM comes with a default kernel when you flash it. However, the kernel can often be changed, by flashing a different one (the files just get overridden). Not all kernels are compatible with all ROMS/devices, so this does involve a bit of reading (and nandroid backuping, of course). <---
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Yes, but bigweed has listed everything (s)he did, and there was no separate kernel flash in that sequence. Hence (s)he will have the kernel that was in the ROM.

I've flashed an awful lot of kernels in my time, so am quite aware of the possible issues
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Yes, but bigweed has listed everything (s)he did, and there was no separate kernel flash in that sequence. Hence (s)he will have the kernel that was in the ROM.

I've flashed an awful lot of kernels in my time, so am quite aware of the possible issues
ive OTAU'd and then tried to flash roms and have experienced issues on some devices which i fixed by changing kernels. As far as helping the guy with the problem, thats only one aspect to the troubleshooting process. It was a starting point simply for exclusionary purposes. also, he mentioned what the device settings were prior, and not after he completed tinkering - i never said he flashed a separate kernel btw was simply stating that --> sometimes <--- when flashing a rom package, the included kernel may misfunction in some instances.
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Kernel is part of the ROM, so it shouldn't be that.

Don't format system - that will erase your ROM. Or do it, then reflash the ROM again. Rebooting recovery is usually enough to clear that message (I don't know why it sometimes happens). I'd try pulling the battery out, leave it out for 2 minutes, then see whether it will boot. If not, pull battery, boot into recovery (boot while pressing volume down key, then from the hboot menu select recovery), then do a factory reset again and see whether it will boot. If that doesn't work, try reflashing the ROM.

If none of that works, let us know and we'll see what we can work out.

As this is a root issue I'll move the thread to Desire All Things Root - you should get more expertise there.
Hi Hadron

Thanks for your advice and help. I removed the battery as you suggested and then checked, but phone didnt reboot. So I tried the factory reset which also didnt work. I then reinstalled the ROM, exactly as I did originally, wiping the same items as per my original installation, and this time it all went okay! I can boot into my phone now, and am the VERY happy owner of a great phone!!! This ROM flashing ROM business will be addictive I have a feeling...!! Thanks for your help!
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