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Old November 29th, 2011, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question [Newbie here ]- just starting out need some help..

Hi everyone. 1st i would like to thank everyone who is reading this and willing to take the time and help me out with a couple questions before I root my phone.

This is my 1st Smart-Phone, so I'm new to knowing and terms people use on the forums. Right now I have a stock HTC Inspire 4G and when I go to the system settings to find out the firmware it says

Android Version; 2.3.3
HTC Sense version 2.1

After subscribing to a couple forums like XDA, howardforums etc.. I have learned a lot. But some things for some reason aren't sticking with me.

I haven't figured out what Sense is?
I think I have " Gingerbread " on my phone. Not to sure what that means but to me it sounds like the its the phones software.

Now I have been looking around and there is a great program with a lot of sucess called Advanced Ace Hack Kit (UPDATED 29-10-2011)

Now I watched a youtube video on that and it seems like a good program. I've learned that, that is Step #1. Root my phone.
When I root my phone does it restart with some kind of software on it so that the phone is useable? If that is true, it comes with a lot of features some including,
  • Busybox manager app installed
  • S-Off, superCid & carrier sim unlock
  • Correct Radio is automatically restored for HSPA+ operation
  • Clockworkmod Recovery and Rom Manager included ROM Manger. Now this is were I get confused one what to do. Do I download different ROMS that people have created and they go into the ROM Manger and than I load them up and it will change how the phone looks and acts?

I understand Step 1 with using the Advanced Ace Hackkit, but am stuck from there one... Any help would be greatly appreciated a lot!

Does Advanced Ace Hack install Sense? I really don't know what Sense is, if someone doesn't mind helping me out. Sorry for being such a newbie on this subject but I would like to get the most out of my phone as possible.

Thanks again for reading my post. I know I might of asked a lot of questions but without some answers I will confused and I don't want to do the wrong this and brick my phone. I've been reading about this for about a week and still confused. So like I said, thanks for reading my post.

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Old November 29th, 2011, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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questions i can answer.
1 yes you have gingerbread on your phone already.
2 yes ace hack kit it will push a rooted rom to your phone with sense
3 sense is htc's user interface meaning that it is htc's version of how you interact with the android operating system
4 ace hack kit is going to be the easiest way to root your phone
5 read the effin manual

your good to go..there is alot of help on these forums so if you do run into a problem you can find the answers here.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 02:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for answering my questions. Especially in a blunt and easy way to understand. I found an excellent video on You-Tube that gave me a great introduction to some apps and about rooting my phone. For anyone interested here is the address.

HTC Inspire Rooted Android 2.3 Gingerbread - YouTube
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I would recommend reading these articles. It should help make things a bit clearer regarding flashing ROMs and using ClockworkMod & ROM Manager.

What Is ClockworkMod Recovery And How To Use It On Android

How To Install A ROM Or App From Zip File To Android Device From Recovery

As for custom ROMs, there are basically two categories for the Inspire; those with HTC Sense and those without. Those without Sense are based on a more "pure" android experience, with CyanogenMod being pretty much the standard. Each ROM has its particulars so no one can tell you what is "the best ROM" for you. You'll need to just try some and decide for yourself. Once you learn how to do that by reading the articles I linked and through the different forums, you'll find it's not so daunting and you'll figure out for yourself what you want from your ROM.
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1: Sense is the User Interface that ships with every HTC phone.

2: Ace Hack Kit is the way to go. I rooted simply and easily after having READ THE EFFIN MANUAL several times. The author of the program is very adamant that you read the effin manual and even forces you to input a particular code unique to every root that proves you have read the effin manual. But seriously, do everything he says to do down to a "T." I did, and rooting was absolutely painless and worked perfectly. If you fail to follow the instructions completely, however, you do risk bricking your phone.

3: When your phone boots up after rooting, it will be absolutely identical to how it was before except that you will have a few new programs and will now be able to allow particular programs superuser access. This will allow you to download and use all sorts of wonderful apps. Google something along the lines of "things to do with a rooted android" to see what I'm talking about. But unless you did something wrong, you shouldn't lose any data/configurations.

4: If you don't really think you need/aren't going to use anything that requires root, it's probably not worth the trouble/risk.

5: During the root process, don't bother the phone. Don't press any buttons. Don't touch it. Don't panic if it takes a while to complete the process. Mine took about five minutes, but I've heard of it taking longer. Also, if you have troubles inputting the code (mine told me to read the effin manual the first few times) just keep trying and eventually it'll work.

6: By the way, in case I didn't mention it, read the effin manual.

7: Have fun! I was super nervous when I did it, but it's way easier than you would think. Tell us how it goes!
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