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Default Complete Newbie's Guide to rooting and flashing Evo V 4G ROMs/Kernels using fastboot

This is a guide to walk users through installing the Android SDK and using fastboot and ADB. The unlocking and rooting process for HTC devices can be a little daunting. We discovered this with the Evo 3D, so I wrote a similar guide to this one in that section to help ease the confusion. I hope to continue the tradition with this guide in this forum.

So let's get started!

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

Due to popular desire for a simpler guide, I've decided to make a "skinny" version. If you need further explanation, please see post 2 for the "full" guide.

sanman1185 has made a video that he has posted in this thread: How to Root Video HTC EVO V, click show to see the video:





Step 1) How to install and configure the Android SDK






Step 2) Move files to where they need to be.






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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Based off of my Evo 3D root guide found here: http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/494212-complete-newbies-guide-rooting-flashing-evo-3d-roms-kernels-using-fastboot.html

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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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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Based off of my Evo 3D root guide found here: http://androidforums.com/evo-3d-all-things-root/494212-complete-newbies-guide-rooting-flashing-evo-3d-roms-kernels-using-fastboot.html

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Rather involved to say the least, but now there is a way. Hopefully some tools will come along to automate or partially automate this.
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Rather involved to say the least, but now there is a way. Hopefully some tools will come along to automate or partially automate this.
Unless we get s-off, this is the only way possible.
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Unless we get s-off, this is the only way possible.
There are some S-OFF methods for the Evo 3D, but I don't know if they will work with the Evo V, so I didn't want to refer to them.

If people want to try, I'd gladly link to them. One requires you to temp brick your phone and downgrade the HBOOT to a version that the Evo V never had. The other requires a little 'wire trick' to short out an input to defeat the security and set S-OFF. But the second method also requires you to be unlocked and rooted through HTC Dev, so it's not like it circumvents it.

Both would be at-your-own-risk, obviously.
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Pull battery and reinstall, hold vol down while turning the phone on. you will then be in hboot and you should see the text hboot somewhere on there and a number beside it. hopefully it is 1.50


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can we get s off with hboot 1.57 or is there a way for us to downgrade ? also what are benefits to s off
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No s-off is possible at this time with hboot 1.57 which is what is reported as installed version. Both the wiretrick s-off and the "brick" method only works on hboot version 1.50. Hope this helps some
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No s-off is possible at this time with hboot 1.57 which is what is reported as installed version. Both the wiretrick s-off and the "brick" method only works on hboot version 1.50. Hope this helps some
I take this statement back. I posted a thread here how to s-off the device. Or you can always just HTC unlock the device
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OK, what does it mean to have S-on or S-off? This is after all a thread for newbies!
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I take this statement back. I posted a thread here how to s-off the device. Or you can always just HTC unlock the device
Don't you need to HTC Unlock to get s-off anyway? Or am I just reading the instructions wrong?
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Don't you need to HTC Unlock to get s-off anyway? Or am I just reading the instructions wrong?
Yeah you are right. But you don't HAVE to do s-off. HTC unlock unlocks recovery system and boot partitions. Nothing else. So for the casual flasher HTC unlock is sufficient. But for someone that flashes daily HTC unlock isn't the best choice. S-off gives you full control of everything related to your phone. But also makes it easy to brick if you don't know what you are doing/flashing
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So, today a friend and I hacked our devices for a lack of a proper term for everything we did. We followed this guide for our Evo V 4Gs. We were able to unlock with zero issue and we both were able to use the S-OFF method jzm posted elsewhere with the wire trick. We had to flash an extra hboot file to make it work, however. Found out how to do it on the IRC channel #htc-evo-3d on freenode. So, once all that was done, we discovered that any Sprint-ready rom for the HTC Evo 3D should work. We're both currently on Swagged Out Non-Sense with no issue. All features of the phone work.
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So, today a friend and I hacked our devices for a lack of a proper term for everything we did. We followed this guide for our Evo V 4Gs. We were able to unlock with zero issue and we both were able to use the S-OFF method jzm posted elsewhere with the wire trick. We had to flash an extra hboot file to make it work, however. Found out how to do it on the IRC channel #htc-evo-3d on freenode. So, once all that was done, we discovered that any Sprint-ready rom for the HTC Evo 3D should work. We're both currently on Swagged Out Non-Sense with no issue. All features of the phone work.
I know you said all features work but specifically does SMS & MMS work because VM handles these different and ROMs meant for other phones on both Sprint & VM (e.g. Samsung Intercept) had problems with SMS & MMS when using a Sprint ROM on VM phones.
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I know you said all features work but specifically does SMS & MMS work because VM handles these different and ROMs meant for other phones on both Sprint & VM (e.g. Samsung Intercept) had problems with SMS & MMS when using a Sprint ROM on VM phones.
SMS works perfectly fine, MMS appears to send but in my test of sending a pic to myself I haven't gotten a text incoming yet
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I want to stick with the stock rom but I want to root the phone for wifi tethering purposes. Which steps do I need to perform and which can I skip? Also can I just install superuser from the market after rooting or do I have to install the one provided in the guide?
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Yeah you are right. But you don't HAVE to do s-off. HTC unlock unlocks recovery system and boot partitions. Nothing else. So for the casual flasher HTC unlock is sufficient. But for someone that flashes daily HTC unlock isn't the best choice. S-off gives you full control of everything related to your phone. But also makes it easy to brick if you don't know what you are doing/flashing
Casual flasher means what exactly?
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I want to stick with the stock rom but I want to root the phone for wifi tethering purposes. Which steps do I need to perform and which can I skip? Also can I just install superuser from the market after rooting or do I have to install the one provided in the guide?
htc unlock, flash recovery, flash superuser zip
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Do I have to use the recovery in the guide or will clockwork work as well?
Cwm is fine. So is 4ext and twrp2
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Great thanks for the info. Successfully rooted with TWRP recovery! Everything works great now to get wifi tether figured out.
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Great thanks for the info. Successfully rooted with TWRP recovery! Everything works great now to get wifi tether figured out.
I'm looking into how to enable it with native app
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Got it fixed with the other app. Switch the device profile to Generic ICS, enable routing fix, and MSS Clamping. Works like a charm!
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I'm on the HTC Evo V 4G but for some reason the HTC Bootloader won't begin. I have all the previous information, but when I select HTC Evo 3D (Sprint) the page doesn't change at all...
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No, you need a custom recovery for that.

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Also, with all the feedback being positive, I'm going to remove WIP status and put up the wire trick for S-OFF and 4EXT as confirmed.

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So 4ext basically automates everything for after HTCdev unlock and root?
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Okay, so HTC unlock is all I would need to run "root-only" apps? S-off is not needed for running things like Root Explorer? I guess I am understanding right?
Also, S-off is not needed for flashing roms?

Forgive me, I've never owned an HTC phone. I've always used Gingerbreak. Haha..
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Okay, so HTC unlock is all I would need to run "root-only" apps? S-off is not needed for running things like Root Explorer? I guess I am understanding right?
Also, S-off is not needed for flashing roms?

Forgive me, I've never owned an HTC phone. I've always used Gingerbreak. Haha..
You need to unlock, flash a custom recovery, then flash superuser or SuperSU binaries (a flashable zip) through recovery in order to root it. You don't need s-off for root.
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You can also flash ROMs without s-off after taking the steps listed.

Really the difference between the HTCdev unlock and s-off (from an end user standpoint) are that you cannot flash basebands/radios (but there may be a work around for this, there are on some phones) and you can't flash the boot.img with the ROM (although you can do it with fastboot). It's possible that there are a couple other differences that I left out (I just got done with a birthday party for my daughter and a couple of her cousins and the kids all exhausted me and I can't think straight ).
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So 4ext basically automates everything for after HTCdev unlock and root?
Yes. If you ever used ROM Manager w/ Clockwork recovery, you'll feel right at home with 4EXT Recovery Control. It's similar, but more useful (IMO).

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You can also flash ROMs without s-off after taking the steps listed.

Really the difference between the HTCdev unlock and s-off (from an end user standpoint) are that you cannot flash basebands/radios (but there may be a work around for this, there are on some phones) and you can't flash the boot.img with the ROM (although you can do it with fastboot). It's possible that there are a couple other differences that I left out (I just got done with a birthday party for my daughter and a couple of her cousins and the kids all exhausted me and I can't think straight ).
4EXT and Dumlock (a TWRP 2 variant) can flash kernels without fastboot on S-ON/unlocked devices. But radios/bootloaders and other firmware are impossible to flash without S-OFF or by relocking and flashing the RUU.
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Yes. If you ever used ROM Manager w/ Clockwork recovery, you'll feel right at home with 4EXT Recovery Control. It's similar, but more useful (IMO).
So after unlocking, just use 4EXT as a custom recovery.

Also, is the reason some roms say the kernel must be flashed separately related to S-off or would that be unnecessary with 4EXT?

Thanks guys for explaining the basics.
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Stuck at the sdk-tools command prompt. I am getting to where it says

c:\sdk-tools but when I type in fastboot I get that it is not a recognizable command. Where have I gone awry??

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The hardest part is getting the SDK stuff setup, well if you do the full Android SDK install, I haven't tried the mini-SDK. After that it is pretty easy. It's definitely more than a "one click root" type procedure, but it isn't too bad really.
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Stuck at the sdk-tools command prompt. I am getting to where it says

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You unzipped the sdk-tools.zip into c:\sdk-tools correct? And installed the drivers from HTC sync?




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That is where I unzipped the sdk-tools to. Assuming I have the HTC drivers as the HTC Sync is working between the phone and computer but might have missed something in there.

Redid the unzipping of sdk-tools. Still getting the fastboot error so I am guessing somehow the drivers did not download correctly (although HTC sync is working fine between the phone and computer).

OK so I don't see a zip file of drivers from HTC. Am I missing this? In my program files there is an HTC folder that has an HTC Drivers folder in it.

Giving up for now.
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When you look in the sdk-tools folder there is a file named fastboot.exe?
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The command prompt is "c:\sdk-tools>" then you get the error when typing "fastboot"?



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That is correct. It says fastboot is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Just to be sure I should be in the C:\windows\cmd.exe window correct? First thing that comes up there is C:\Users\myusername>
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That is correct. It says fastboot is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Just to be sure I should be in the C:\windows\cmd.exe window correct? First thing that comes up there is C:\Users\myusername>
Then type "c:\sdk-tools" without quotes. Then try fastboot command
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That is correct. It says fastboot is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Just to be sure I should be in the C:\windows\cmd.exe window correct? First thing that comes up there is C:\Users\myusername>
Type "cd\"
Then "cd c:\sdk-tools"
Then type "fastboot"

Hitting enter after each command.
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Still getting that same error message.
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Still getting that same error message.
Is your phone connected and in fastboot mode (from the Bootloader)?
I think it shouldn't matter, but I could be wrong.
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Put it in Fastboot mode. Tried it again, still same error.
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Try doing a full sdk install, instead of the mini-sdk.
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Downloading it now. We'll see what happens.

Alright downloaded and installed JDK and the full SDK. I see the folder in my files. But following the directions the Android SDK manager never opened like it said it would. The SDK manager also shows up in my start up menu but it doesn't open there either.

Beginning to take this as a sign that I am not supposed to root this phone.....
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Downloading it now. We'll see what happens.

Alright downloaded and installed JDK and the full SDK. I see the folder in my files. But following the directions the Android SDK manager never opened like it said it would. The SDK manager also shows up in my start up menu but it doesn't open there either.

Beginning to take this as a sign that I am not supposed to root this phone.....
No its not that. The sdk is really annoying to use.
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