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Old December 14th, 2012, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rooted HTC Desire stuck on start up loop - Please help!

Android Version: Gingerbread (think it's 2.3)
Network: Unlocked
Taskiller Used?: Don't think so
[Optional]Are You rooted & which Rom: Yes - Gingervillain
Issue: Villainrom screen keeps repeating on a loop on startup

Hi, I would really appreciate some advice.

I bought a rooted (Gingervillain ROM) HTC Desire off Ebay about a month ago. All was well until this morning when I attempted to turn it on. Instead of booting up normally, it gets past the HTC screen but gets stuck on a loop of the Villainrom screen. I don't really know anything about rooting and what to do in situations such as these so thought I would pick your brains first as you seem to know your stuff. I've contacted the seller to see what they reckon too.

Any ideas?! Thanks in advance.

P.S. I appreciate there are already threads on this topic but as far as I can see they all involve unrooted phones....

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Old December 14th, 2012, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi gorn12, and welcome to AF,

Hmm, bit tricky to know what to do without knowing the cause. Had you had any problems prior to this (e.g. crashes)? Made any recent changes? And out of curiosity, what PVT version is it (top of hboot screen - boot while pressing the back button to see). If PVT1, see whether powering off (pull battery out) and leaving to get cool will get it booting.

A few generic things you can try:

* pull the battery out and leave it out for a few minutes. Reinsert and see whether it will boot. Might work, depending on the cause.

* Boot into recovery, clear cache and dalvik. Most likely won't fix it, but does no harm. You get into recovery from the hboot menu (see above for getting into hboot).

* If you have a recent nandroid backup, restore that. If it still doesn't work, most likely your problem isn't software. Any data since the backup was taken will be lost.

* Reflash the ROM without a wipe. Should fix it if the problem is in the ROM.

* Do a factory reset from recovery (i.e. a wipe). Should fix it if the problem is with user apps or data, but will cause data loss if your backups are not up to date.

* Wipe and flash a completely different ROM, though if none of the above works this is unlikely to.

In the last resort, run an RUU to return to stock software. If this works and you are S-Off it will be easy to re-root. Will involve data loss, and some risk of making things worse if the hardware is flaky, so I'd keep this in reserve until nothing else works.

As this involves a rooted phone I'll move to Desire All Things Root.
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Hi Hadron, thanks for your reply.

It's PVT3. I haven't made any changes to the phone since I've had it. As I said, it was bought rooted off eBay. Given that it worked fine up until now, I assume the seller knew what they were doing when they rooted it. Certain apps did crash from time to time - I assumed this was just the phone/ROM. When this happened I tended to turn the phone on and off and it seemed to resolve the issue - which is what I did this morning when my phone last worked properly.

Quick question about the factory reset: will it cause the phone to return to a locked state. It was previously locked to Orange.

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Holy s***, clearing cache and davlik seems to have worked..... for now.

Problem might arise again soon but for now thanks very much!

Just out of interest, does this mean that every time the cache gets too full this will happen?
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Glad it's going again

No, that may never happen again. I guess something got corrupted, and clearing it out removed the problem.
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