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Old October 1st, 2012, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, impressed by the in-depth fixes I've seen on here but haven't found anything similar to my current problem. I'm a bit of a noob with the techy side of playing with my DHD so please bear that in mind!

So my situation is:

I have a DHD locked to the 3 (UK) network (I've heard this network can be a **** to work around their firmware..?). Tried to root it a few months back, didnt succeed but phone worked fine for a few months after so not sure if its related to that, or if my lack of success fixing this current problem might be. A couple of weeks back my phone started rebooting itself every so often, becoming more frequent, and sometimes when restarted would freeze. Eventually it went into a bootloop, starting the 3 logo animation and then the HTC logo, sometimes it would boot and run ok for a few hours, sometimes just looped over and over. I tried the HBOOT recovery screen thing and after a few tries it worked for a couple more days, then started going as far as the HTC screen before freezing. I eventually tried a factory reset, worked for another half-day then nothing since. I can get to the HBOOT menu, otherwise just powering it up does nothing, I get the 3 logo and thats it, just sits there displaying that. I made a goldcard a while back while trying to root but didnt really get around to using it, its no use to me at the moment as it checks the .img and gives me a CID (?) error. I've got the SDK manager downloaded but it isnt clear to me how I should be using it. HBOOT screen tells me:

ACE PVT SHIP S-ON RL
HBOOT--0.85.0024
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RADIO-26.09.04.28_M2
eMMC-boot

Thats about as much help as I can be at the moment. Love this phone and would like to resurrect it if possible. Really appreciate if anyone can help!

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Sorry that you haven't had a reply MerkyBlud - I meant to have a look at this the other day when you posted it, but got side tracked!

I will have a bit of a look later, if I get chance, I am going out pretty much as soon as I get home from work... bear with us, we will try and help you out
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Could you post a link to the method you tried to use when you tried to root previously?
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Hi - cheers, appreciate the help

Not quite sure of the exact method now as it was at the start of the year, pretty sure it was one on xda... I tried Visionary+ and another one-click type root app whose name I forget which didnt work but also didnt seem to cause any harm at the time, and tried with the goldcard method but no luck - didnt get too far into the process tbh. Not very helpful I realise...
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Right, so the tools I have are the SDK kit, android AIO flasher, and a few RUU files both .exe and .zip to try. PC doesnt see the SD card when its in my phone but card is ok, works in seperate card reader. Not sure how to progress...
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Sorry I've not been back to you... I was out ALL weekend (left before you had even posted back to me on Friday) and did not get home until late last night... have been in work today and only just seen it!
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Passed through this thread several times... but really have no ideas. My initial impression is that it is a hardware issue. If that is the case there is not much that can be done on this end. Does not hurt to try.

Unless you enabled USB debugging before the phone went dead, the PC utilities you have will not really be useful.

Have you tried booting the phone without the SDCard installed?

Can you still get to Hboot? If not, try removing the battery for 20 seconds and putting it back in. After you put it back in press the volume button down and press power.

If you can get into HBoot we would have to find the RUU image for your phone.
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to add to what ral said,you can do the following to help us try and finda proper ruu for you to run:

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first download and install these drivers: revolutionary drivers

then,download this small file:
mini-adb.zip

-unzip it,and place the unzipped folder onto the root of your C drive(not inside a folder)

-open a cmd window(with win 7,click start bubble,type "command" or "cmd" in hte search box)

-now change to your mini-adb directory(assuming you didnt chagne the name). type in the black cmd window that opened on your PC:
cd c:\mini-adb

-pull the battery in your phone for a few seconds. hold volume down,then power. hold them both until you see the white/colored writing hboot screen

-select "fastboot" from the hboot menu with the vol rocker/power button

-in your cmd window type:
fastboot devices

it should output your phones serial number. if so youre good to go. if not,youre apparently having a driver issue. i usually recomend these drivers from Revolutionary: modified htc drivers download and install the drivers(you should just have to run that file). afterwards,unplug your phone,plug it back in. make sure its in fastboot. as soon as you get a result from "fastboot devices" your ready to procede to the next step.

-in your cmd window,type(or copy/paste,is much easier):
fastboot getvar all

-copy the info that outputs here. right click in your cmd window,click mark,highlight it all in white. hit enter. paste the info here. it will help us know which ruu for you to run.
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Hi all, and cheers...

D-U-R-X, Android AIO flasher is this: Android AIO Flasher Makes ADB and Fastboot Easier – xda-developers - looks useful but no luck with it so far.

Ral, booting the phone without SD card doesn't make a difference, phone acts the same. I can get to the HBOOT menu however. I did set the phone up for USB debugging a while ago but have done a factory reset since then so I guess that its not set up anymore.

Scotty: thanks - I'd tried getting that number before but had no luck, must have been missing the drivers. Here's what I got:

INFOversion: 0.5
INFOversion-bootloader: 0.85.0024
INFOversion-baseband: 26.09.04.28
INFOversion-cpld: None
INFOversion-microp: 0438
INFOversion-main: 2.50.771.2
INFOserialno: HT0C7RX08056
INFOimei: 352668049062746
INFOproduct: ace
INFOplatform: HBOOT-7230
INFOmodelid: PD9810000
INFOcidnum: H3G__001
INFObattery-status: good
INFObattery-voltage: 4057mV
INFOpartition-layout: Generic
INFOsecurity: on
INFObuild-mode: SHIP
INFOboot-mode: FASTBOOT
INFOcommitno-bootloader: a3d4fa0f
INFOhbootpreupdate: 11
INFOgencheckpt: 0
INFOregion-id: 0
all: Done!
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I called in the cavalry, as I was a little stumped

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Hadn't seen that before! It only works on rooted phones... not useful in this instance

Thanks for the other info... I'm sure Scotty will be able to point you in the right direction for the right RUU (he seems to be able to find them ALL)
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Oh we all were. If we get this thing running, it will be really satisfying.

Hope scotty finds one. I was searching for a DHD ROM from Three UK (I think the is the correct service provider) and all I found is someone looking for the same thing.
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INFOcidnum: H3G__001
Interesting.

RUU_Ace_H3G_UK_1.37.771.3_Radio_12.28b.60.140e_26. 03.02.26_M_release_158897_signed.exe

Wait for scotty85 or D-U-R-X for advice.

I do not see the harm in downloading it.

This part worries me a bit:

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26.03.02.26
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You're telling me it will be satisfying to get this thing working! either that or it gets driven over hahaha

I had already downloaded that file as it looked like the closest match, however I haven't done anything with it yet

Why the worry, out of interest?
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I think what you have on your phone is a newer version. But don't pay attention to me. Probably not a problem. Best wait for scotty or D-U-R-X to pop back in.
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Yup.

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Just to add, I'm not too bothered about keeping all the specific 3UK stuff on there (bootup animation goes on forever!), a generic or custom ROM is fine too if thats any easier...
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Do you have another android phone that you can use to.create a gold card?
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Why the worry, out of interest?
better safe than sorry. the guys just want to make sure that they dont have you do something that could make any change of recovery more difficult(like raising the main version) or that may actually make things worse(like flashing a rom incompatible with the device,or flashing a wrong radio or hboot)

in this particular case nothing bad really could have happened. if you had tried to run the ruu ral linked,it would have simply failed with a "main version older" error,or a CID error if youd tried flashing a different carrier ruu.

ill look a lil more later,but i havent been able to find your exact ruu either. the important info is this:
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INFOversion: 0.5
INFOversion-bootloader: 0.85.0024
INFOversion-baseband: 26.09.04.28
INFOversion-cpld: None
INFOversion-microp: 0438
INFOversion-main: 2.50.771.2  <- we need to flash an ruu with this build number or higher
INFOserialno: HT0C7RX08056
INFOimei: 352668049062746
INFOproduct: ace
INFOplatform: HBOOT-7230
INFOmodelid: PD9810000
INFOcidnum: H3G__001  <- we need an ruu that is compatible with this carrier id,or we need to make a gold card.
INFObattery-status: good
INFObattery-voltage: 4057mV
INFOpartition-layout: Generic
INFOsecurity: on <- this prevents it from being easy ;)
INFObuild-mode: SHIP
INFOboot-mode: FASTBOOT
INFOcommitno-bootloader: a3d4fa0f
INFOhbootpreupdate: 11
INFOgencheckpt: 0
INFOregion-id: 0
so basically at this point we have 2 options:
1)install htc compatible hboot and install a recovery. at that point we can try and install a rom,wich prolly will not work. what we can do with the booted recovery is use adb to change the main version to a lower one so we can flash the ruu ral provided,wich will match the cid.

2)create a gold card and simply flash any ruu thats got a higher main version,like this one: RUU_Ace_Gingerbread_S_KT_KR_2.52.1010.2_Radio_12.5 9.60.26_26.11.04.21_M_release_201461_signed.exe - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

the big disadvantage of #1,is that if your device shipped with GB,it will goof you up,possibly unrecoverably,so you need to be 100% sure it shipped to you with froyo. other than that,the htcdev unlock and adb commands are fairly simple.

the only disadvantage of #2,is that it can be somewhat tricky to make a functioning gold card: directions and you will need another phone to use to do it.

if you go the gold card route,use the app goldcard helper from market. if you use it skip right to the step of "Go to this page and enter this new number into the SD Card Serial (CID) field" and enter the output of the sdcard cid for mmc2 into the goldcard generator site.

i personally would just pick up a small spare sd to use for this. its not really worth the effort of backin up,transfering,etc. the contents of your current sd to make it into a gold card.
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We really need to get you a good keyboard for your phone. SwiftKey.
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I don't have a spare Android, but I do have a spare sd card that I got to create a goldcard, as I wasn't successful in rooting the phone I'm not sure the goldcard worked. Followed the instructions and looked ok. I removed the resulting .img file while I was trying to fix this problem myself as the phone wasn't happy with it not being a CID match, assume this means the goldcard didnt work..? I still have the .img file on my pc though to put back on the card in case it was something else I was doing wrong... would there be a way to create a new one if needed using a USB card reader, pc-based software and the info I output from my phone earlier? I have the goldcard helper app on my main sd card that I've kept at a safe distance from the phone since it started its antics. Oh yes, my phone did come with 2.2 / Froyo, it was just after the OTA update shortly after to 2.3 that I looked into rooting it and realised I'd just made it more difficult for myself haha! so a factory reset would send it back to Froyo?

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In your situation I think I would try:

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2)create a gold card and simply flash any ruu thats got a higher main version,like this one: RUU_Ace_Gingerbread_S_KT_KR_2.52.1010.2_Radio_12.5 9.60.26_26.11.04.21_M_release_201461_signed.exe - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com
If your gold card is not working, or was not properly created then, than the flash would simply fail and there should be no consequences.
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lol,the issue comes from using the gawd awful htc-ime keyboard,while trying to type fast at a stoplight or in a parking lot between deliveries. i drive all day,so i dont have a job i can sneek off to a corner and type detailed messages. ive used swiftkey,but really prefer the good ol' AOSP keyboard.

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I don't have a spare Android, but I do have a spare sd card that I got to create a goldcard, as I wasn't successful in rooting the phone I'm not sure the goldcard worked. Followed the instructions and looked ok. I removed the resulting .img file while I was trying to fix this problem myself as the phone wasn't happy with it not being a CID match, assume this means the goldcard didnt work..? I still have the .img file on my pc though to put back on the card in case it was something else I was doing wrong... would there be a way to create a new one if needed using a USB card reader, pc-based software and the info I output from my phone earlier? I have the goldcard helper app on my main sd card that I've kept at a safe distance from the phone since it started its antics. Oh yes, my phone did come with 2.2 / Froyo, it was just after the OTA update shortly after to 2.3 that I looked into rooting it and realised I'd just made it more difficult for myself haha! so a factory reset would send it back to Froyo?

Thanks for your continued help guys
unfortunately no,the factory reset wont send you back to froyo. the reason for the question is that there is something about GB shipped phones that causes a very sluggish boot(10+ minutes ) and difficulty getting to hboot/fastboot. it should be recoverable,but in your current condition would complicate things for sure.

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If your gold card is not working, or was not properly created then, than the flash would simply fail and there should be no consequences.

i agree. despite the complexness of making the gold card,its a pretty simple operation to flash a different carrier ruu once youve made it.

just make sure youve read the directions carefully(from this page):
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*Copy all of the data on your microSD card to a backup location on your PC
*Format the microSD to FAT32 format
*Open a command prompt one again and type the following:
cd [then press Enter]
cd AndroidSDKtools [then press Enter]
adb shell cat /sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1/mmc1:*/cid [then press Enter]
*You should get a long number something along the lines of 532600bd227d9c0347329407514d5420
*Goto this page and copy the number in the above step into the box and hit Submit, you’ll then be given another long number
*Go to this page and enter this new number into the SD Card Serial (CID) field
Enter the other details and hit Generate Goldcard
*Check your email and save the attached goldcard image file to your pc, I usually save it to the desktop as you’ll be needing it shortly
*Download HxD Hex Editor from here and install
*Open HxD Hex Editor. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you must run the application as administrator
*Go to the Extra menu and select Open Disk. Under physical disk, select Removable Disk (your microSD card), uncheck Open as Read-only and click OK. Note that you should select physical disk NOT the logical disk
Go to the Extra menu again and select Open Disk Image. Open the goldcard image that you received by email and saved above
*You should now have two tabs; one is your removable disk and the other is your goldcard image. Press OK when prompted for Sector Size (selecting 512 (Hard disks/Floppy disks)) and click OK
*Click on the goldcard image tab. Go to the Edit menu, choose Select All then select the Edit menu again and select Copy
*Click on the Removable Disk tab. Highlight offset (line) 00000000 to offset (line) 00000170 (including the 00000170 line), then click on the Edit menu and select Paste Write
*Click on the File menu and select Save, accepting the warning
You now have a goldcard
using the gold card helper app lets you skip directly to the part where you submit the CID and generate the gold card,since it automatically reads the sd card cid,and then generates the second long number.

if you did not use the gold card helper app,then you needed to have gotten the sd card number,then submitted it at the first site to get the gold card compatible number.

then you need to hex edit the sd card itself with the image,it is not as simple as drag and drop the image onto the sd drive.

in short: if the CID you submitted to the gold card generator was properly obtained(using the app or the "long way" in these dirsctions) then you should be able to hex edit your sd using the image you have to make a working gold card. note that you have to use the sd that you used to generate the image,as the image sent is based on thaT Particular CID.

hope that makes sense
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The adb command "adb shell cat /sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1: */cid" isn't working, I'm getting a 'device not found' error. Strange because 'fastboot devices' is returning the serial number alright... :s
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The adb command "adb shell cat /sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1: */cid" isn't working, I'm getting a 'device not found' error. Strange because 'fastboot devices' is returning the serial number alright... :s
actually,thats not strange... adb is for use within the booted android OS. with the device in fastboot,you will only have use of fastboot xxx commands. no adb xxx commands will work.

this is why i asked you if you had another android phone you could borrow for the purposes of making the gold card.

you can try revskills gold card tool with the sd in a card reader,but im under the impression it needs to be in a phone: How To Easily Create Gold Card For HTC Desire Without Hex Editing

i tried to use the revskills tool to create a gold card for my htc flyer,but it didnt work for some reason i dont know if its a prollem with the sd,or something else.

unfortunately,if the tool wont it in a card reader,theres no other way(that i know of) to get the sd card CID without having a phone to find it.
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Ah, I see...fastboot commands only. Think I still have the email with the goldcard image so should be able to just hex edit that file and try it. I take it the MMC number wouldnt change as a result of the factory reset and I wouldnt need to start the process again..? I'm not 100% sure if this number relates to the phone or the sd card... phone, right?
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Correct.... the mmc number will not change with a factory rezet,and is relative to the phone
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I have what I think is a working goldcard, I've put that RUU file on it and gone into HBOOT - as running the .exe from the PC to update doesnt work (pc doesn't see phone... well, it gives a ding when I plug it in but the software doesnt find it) - phone checks card, looked for PD98DIAG.zip and PD98DIAG.nbh and came back with 'no image' and 'wrong or no image' respectively then next time I looked the phone was off. I assume this was a dead battery so have plugged it in and restarted the process, currently waiting... am I missing some files I need or trying to update this the wrong way? and are the signs encouraging if its looking for these files?
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am I missing some files I need or trying to update this the wrong way? and are the signs encouraging if its looking for these files?
nope... you are not doing anything wrong. your assesment of a dead batter sounds correct,and it is very reccomended to run an ruu with a full charge.

the phone looking for the files is normal hboot behavior,its simply searching the sd for files it recognizes- it does not mean you are missing any files.

hopefully when the phone is cahrged,hboot will flash the writing,stop on PD98IMG and youll see a couple of status bars as the phone unpacks and inspects the file. it should pass the main version check,so as long as youve got a good gold card,the CID check will be bypassed and it will ask you to update.

allow the update,then carefully place the phone down somewhere it can do its thing without falling and spitting out the battery(as that happening during an hboot or radio flash could permantly brick the device )

when its done,it will ask you to reboot. reboot,and immediately remove PD98IMG from the sd.
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When I got back to the phone eventually it was back on the main HBOOT menu and is still not booting. I'm not sure where this PD98IMG.zip file is coming from, doesn't appear to be on my pc...do I need to rename something with this filename in order for it to be recognised?
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Did you rename the RUU to PD98IMG.zip? Rename the RUU, put it in the root of your SDCard (not in any folder). Boot into HBoot. When it asks you if you want to update, say yes.

I am more knowledgeable on flashing custom ROM's than RUU's so it is safer to wait for confirmation from one of the more senior members here.

But, we are almost there
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my apologies,when i answered yesterday i did quickly,without much thot to what weve done prior... the threads tend to get mixed up in my head

after skimming back thru things,i realize we havent made any references to PD98IMG or instructed you to download one of those types of files,so its natural for you to be a lil confused.

just to make sure were on the same page,you are going to try flashing this ruu,wich is a slightly higher main version than yours:
RUU_Ace_Gingerbread_S_KT_KR_2.52.1010.2_Radio_12.5 9.60.26_26.11.04.21_M_release_201461_signed.exe - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

correct?

the .exe file cannot be run from the sd card,and it cannot be renamed PD98IMG

you may have had trouble getting the .exe to work if the phone was not in the correct mode. boot to hboot,then select fastboot from the hboot menu. once the phone is in fastboot,run the .exe as administrator if your version of windows permits that. make sure the gold card is in the phone.

i am downloading the file now,but you can get a .zip file much quicker than i can download and re-upload in the following manner,if you cannot get the .exe to run:
-run the .exe utility
-check the "i understand" box and move to the next screen
-now,just hide the utility out of the way,temporarily. search the c drive of your pc for "rom.zip". this may take a few minutes if you have alot of stuff on that drive.
-the pc should find rom.zip in a temporary location(it will be different every time you run the .exe). move or copy rom.zip from this location to somewhere safe on the PC.
-you can now drag the utility back into view and cancel its operation.

*rename rom.zip to PD98IMG and follow rals directions to put it on the root of the sd.

a word on naming: the phone must see PD98IMG.zip. windows likes to add and hide the file extension,so if your renameing with windonws,its usually correct to rename to "PD98IMG". manually adding the file extension results in the file name of "PD98IMG.zip.zip",wich will be invisible to the phone

there are only 2 reasons that the phone will not find a proper PD98IMG on the root of your SD:
1)not named correctly
2)sd card not formatted FAT32
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Sorry MerkyBlud, I failed to notice that the RUU was a .exe and not a zip.
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Thanks - getting a CID error from the .img file method, and a similar error from the .exe, but the .exe is at least starting the update and getting to the updating signature part - think the problem is with making the goldcard, I will look for another sd card I have somewhere, try that and report back - looking a bit more promising though
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Yup... the cid error indicates a prollem with the gold card. If we can get that worked out,hopefully you'll back in business
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Hi all - still having probs with the goldcard. Got myself a Galaxy S3 the other day so will use that to make one hopefully - still want to get this thing resurrected!
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Not sure if you can create a gold card with one type of phone to be used on another... ready to be told otherwise though!
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does the s3 have an sd card? i thot it wsa like the nexus with an internal,nonremovable sd. but,its samsung... so i could be wrong

if it has an sd card spot,i see no reason why you couldnt use it to make the gold card. you just need adb to read the sd card CID. youll need to figure out wetehr the s3 mounts the sd card at mmc,or mmc2.

try the gold helper app,and see if it will run and give you the inverted cid
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Hi all, resurrecting this thread - my gf managed to get her phone driven over so I've been trying to get the DHD back to life as a stand-in! Somehow, the phone has started booting and working ok for a few hours at a time now (didnt do anything specific, not sure why its happier now) but at some point it reboots and goes back into its 3 logo bootloop shenanigans. So I've been trying to update it with a more stable stock rom but no luck - at various points in the running off RUU.exes it loses the USB connection while waiting for the bootloader (cable is fine, hasnt been disconnected during the process). I tried unlocking the bootloader at htcdev.com so I can try flashing it via fastboot - but the required HBOOT update it gives me is an .exe - which also gives me this USB connection error so I'm in kind of a catch 22 situation with it. Just looking to get this thing working, root/custom ROM would be nice once its happier but just a stock 3 rom would be fine. Any idea whats causing this USB error? I'm 99.9% sure I have all the right drivers installed. There doesnt seem to be any kind of recovery on there either - choosing recovery from HBOOT gives me the red triangle and it wont see the sd card mounted (once its booted normally it sees the card ok).

Oh btw, the S3 does indeed have an SD slot - I don't want a phone without once as I'm too paranoid I'll need it one day to fix all these phone problems - but it didnt help with the goldcard

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