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Old March 14th, 2014, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

could anyone point me in the right direction to remove the vodafone branding from my HTC One please?

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You need to either have an unlocked bootloader (via HTC Dev) or be S-Off, which I'd recommend in order to flash another ROM (also requires a custom recovery). I'd recommend S-Off as it's the only way to remove the 'Tampered' mark from bootloader screen and reset your phone back to complete stock for warranty purposes.

Once done, you can download and flash either a stock based RUU (ROM Update Utility, unbranded version) or flash a custom ROM.
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Hi, and thanks for your reply. On going through the instructions to achieve s-off, I firstly have to unlock Hboot, but a lot of the links were dead or full of trojan's. So that is pretty much as far as I got.
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Hi again Peachy. First of all let me encourage you to read as much about the subject as possible as there is no substitute/magic wand for getting to grips with what you want to achieve.

Amongst others on here, I'll try and guide you and provide sources of information to enable you to do this successfully. Be warned, don't just make a cursory read, if uncertain go and ask or 'Google'.

Now to the nitty-gritty. The best source (imho, and no offence to anyone in this forum) are the developers over at XDA. They usually provide in-depth guides, from rooting, bootloader unlocking, S-Off, custom recoveries and custom ROMs, as well as general stuff of interest. You simply join and its FREE.

P.S. I bought a HTC One from eBay (for an incredible price) and that also came with Vodafone firmware and ROM, so I have gone through what you want to achieve and I have successfully flashed a custom ROM, have unlocked the bootloader and am S-Off with 'Tampered' flag removed from bootloader. I had a lot of drama with my PC not recognising the HTC in adb (you'll read about this in the links, it is essentially the means of communication between your PC and your android phone). This was entirely due to my PC operating system being Windows 8.1, which doesn't play nicely with the drivers needed for adb, but I got around it in the end. Just thought I let you know.
Go to this forum at XDA for a good guide to achieving S-Off and SuperCid on HTC phones. With SuperCid you can flash any ROM regardless of for which country/operator they where issued. Here is the link [Guide] Vomer's Ultimate AIO - S-OFF, SuperCID, Firmware Upgrade & Custom Recovery - xda-developers

You might also want to look at this thread for flashing guide to get back to 100% stock and how to unlock your bootloader - [GUIDE] Complete Flashing Guide | Rooting | Going Back To Stock | 05.05.2013 - xda-developers

Finally, once you become a member there you can look at the HTC Development forums for custom ROMs, Stock and rooted ROMs, custom recoveries and kernels. The forums are here HTC One - xda-developers

Finally, first things first.

1. Unlock your Bootloader at HTC Dev (just follow the instructions on the site Welcome to HTCdev (beware, you will loose any warranty after you have unlocked; there are ways of relocking the bootloader and going back to S-On, but this is a bit more involved. First get into it and read through the forums.)

2. Gain S-Off - you need this in order to update the Firmware (this is not the ROM, but the hardware codes for bootloader, Radio, recovery, etc.). You can flash recoveries and ROMs without S-Off but if you want to return to a stock HTC at any point in the future you can only do this with S-Off (remove 'Tampered' Flag and return to an original CID and so on.

3. Flash custom recovery, followed by Superuser (gain root access) - I'd recommend Chainfires SuperSu (he's also a developer at XDA.

4. Before flashing manipulating your HTC read, read, read and good luck.
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Hi, and thanks for your reply. On going through the instructions to achieve s-off, I firstly have to unlock Hboot, but a lot of the links were dead or full of trojan's. So that is pretty much as far as I got.
if youre useing the guide here,there should not be any prollems with dead links. if you do encounter something let me know and ill look into it.

rest assured that alot of the phone exploits are just seen as trojans by your security programs,there should not be any issue. if youre concerned,you can always run the tools from an ubuntu live cd(wich is a better idea,anyway,imo)

otherwise,you may just need to temporarily tone down or turn of your securities to run them on windows.

wether you want to stay s on,or go full s off(my recomendation as well) the first step is unlocking the bootloader. see this thread for info: The HTC One root thread

just holler if you have questions
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Firstly, cheers guys. I'm going to have a good read up about all of the info provided and I think I will attempt the procedure this evening
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If you carefully follow instructions on the sites mentioned (including scotty85's advice) you should be fine - if in doubt ask before 'pressing the button' (can save you a lot of grieve).

Other than that you'll never look back and ask yourself what it was all about. You can do so much with a rooted device that you'll ask yourself why you never ventured that way before.
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Hi guys, tonight I started to follow instructions to achieve s-off but I'm already scratching my head, feel like an idiot to be honest ha. Firstly, via Vomer's ultimate AIO to get adb and fastboot, I downloaded and extracted to C: drive but not sure how to check the file path is exactly this C:\adb\. Also when going to the adb folder in C:, when I hold shift and right click, there is no option for "Open command window here". If I just click "open", a command window does open but only for a split second, scrolls a bit then disappears. I wouldn't mind but I've done something similar once before with an old HTC Desire HD, successfully too! Just a bit scared of messing this one up though. Thanks for all your help and advice so far, I'm hoping this is just a minor blip and can get past it haha.

P.S if it helps, my o/s is XP Pro.
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Hi guys, tonight I started to follow instructions to achieve s-off but I'm already scratching my head, feel like an idiot to be honest ha. Firstly, via Vomer's ultimate AIO to get adb and fastboot, I downloaded and extracted to C: drive but not sure how to check the file path is exactly this C:\adb\. Also when going to the adb folder in C:, when I hold shift and right click, there is no option for "Open command window here". If I just click "open", a command window does open but only for a split second, scrolls a bit then disappears. I wouldn't mind but I've done something similar once before with an old HTC Desire HD, successfully too! Just a bit scared of messing this one up though. Thanks for all your help and advice so far, I'm hoping this is just a minor blip and can get past it haha.

P.S if it helps, my o/s is XP Pro.

your going to need the command prompt here
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Have you gotten the bootloader unlocked yet? If so,you're making the command window harder than it needs to be if you used the guide here,you can just use the miniadb files.

You can do the shift/right click thing,or you can open it and change to it as described in the root guide.

If you've used the cmd window with your dhd,its not any more difficult with this phone
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What Windows platform is your PC on?
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Sorry, just noticed a reference to XP Pro. In that case drivers should not be an issue and Scotty seems to have a simple alternative to Google's SDK that includes adb in the form of the mini adb, although I must confess I never used it. Either way, you should be able to get comms up-and-running between your One and your XP Pro PC.

Once you've crossed that bridge you will be on your way. To check a healthy comms open a command window in the folder where you have your adb (mini adb) .exe located and connect your phone via USB after your rebooted into bootloader mode then make sur you're in Fastboot. In Fastboot type into the command window fastboot devices and if you have a valid connection it should return some text along with a 13 or so digit number or alpha-numeric code (which represents your devices Serial No.). If that is the case you are good to go and unlock your bootloader and go S-Off and so on.
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Guys I'm so sorry and feel like I'm wasting your time, I can't even get adb to recognize my phone! My wife thinks I've gone mental too ha.
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No. I don't think you've gone mental! Trust me, the biggest hurdle in rooting is to get your device to communicate with your PC as unlocking the bootloader, S-Off and initial flash of custom ROM rely on low-level communications between PC and the phone via adb (Android Debug Bridge) - that reminds me, have you checked in your phone's settings that you have USB debugging enable in Developer Options in Settings? Just in case.

After you get adb working the rest is fairly easy. Having XP Pro should in theory be straight forward. If you still struggle and you can access another PC with Windows 7 I'd try that route.
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Hi heat57, i managed to get adb working this morning but when I came to run rumrunner and the ccommand window came up, it executed fine but stopped 5 minutes or so in to it telling me to go to rumrunner.ru or something like that to use an updated version. I'm at work at the moment but I will be carrying on when I get in. I won't give up! Ha. Thanks so much for all your help and support.Martin.
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It's a bit tricky getting rumrunner to run on a windows pc,as the exploits used are flagged as virus... Many folks have had to temporarily disable their firewall and.security programs. Another option(the better one,imo) is to run the tool from an ubuntu live cd.

Have you gotten the bootloader unlocked and superuser installed?
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Hi Scotty85, I haven't done as yet as ill need to get the updated version of rumrunner later. I have totally disabled my avg and firewall, I do have an ubuntu live disc so if I fail then I'll run it all with ubuntu. Cheers, Martin.
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It seems you are a little confused about the proper order of things. You must unlock your boot loader at htcdev.com,and install recovery/root before you can use rumrunner for s off.

The steps you need to follow:

-unlock boot loader
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-flash superuser
-rumrunner or firewater for s off
*debrand( there are a couple ways to skin this cat that we can go over when you get to this point )
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...also beware! Some S-Off exploits only work with certain bootloader versions! If you're on hboot 1.44 you need to use 'revone', for hboot 1.54 and 1.55 I believe it's Rumrunner and for the latest hboot 1.56 it needs to be 'Firewater'.

But as scotty already said, first things first, you need an unlocked bootloader before trying to gain S-Off. So unlock then check your hboot version and choose the correct exploit. My One was on hboot 1.44 intitially.
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Ok, just followed instructions to unlock bootloader at htcdev.com, typed in what was required (fastboot oem get_identifier_token), and this is what I get :-

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Martin>fastboot oem get_identifier_token
'fastboot oem get_identifier_token' is not recognized as an internal or external c
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operable program or batch file.

C:\Documents and Settings\Martin>fastboot oem get_identifier_token
'fastboot' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

C:\Documents and Settings\Martin>

Also when I download, extract and execute fastboot binaries I get this, This application has failed to start because AdbWinApi.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem
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Sounds like you do not have the phone in fastboot
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Hi scotty85, my phone is definitely in fastboot.
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Sounds then like the fastboot utility is no located in documents and settings \martin
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I said I wouldnt give up but I think I may have to, sorry guys. Thank you all so much for your help. I've tried but I'm pulling my hair out with it, absolutely nothing wants to work. Thanks, Martin.
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Well,peachy,I think if this is something that you want to do,you are capable of doing it. I suspect that you possibly are confused with all the different links and trying to follow somewhat less clear instructions.

Sorry for the short answers earlier,but 1) I was at work,and 2) its hard to know what you're doing,what guide your following,what you've tried,etc when your posting in this thread here.

I suggest you take a few deep breaths and follow the guide here. Go slow and do each step one at a time and it will work for you I promise. I'm not saying that other guides are wrong or bad,just that I wrote this one with folks who've never done anything like it before in mind,as I remember the confusion I had when I first got into all this. Also,I 100% support anything i do here on android forums and will do my best to help you thru it if you have problems.

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Hi scotty85, ok so you've shamed me . Don't worry I didn't take any offence at any short answers, I felt worse for you guys trying to help me out and I'm just not getting anywhere with it. So, I'm going to start again from the beginning see how it goes. Cheers, Martin.
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Hi scotty85, ok so you've shamed me . Don't worry I didn't take any offence at any short answers, I felt worse for you guys trying to help me out and I'm just not getting anywhere with it. So, I'm going to start again from the beginning see how it goes. Cheers, Martin.
Lol I didn't mean to shame you. Just meant if its something you want,don't give up we can help you
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Hi guys, after a few days out I have decided to have another crack and I have managed to unlock boot loader. In the end I had to use a different computer as I think the HDD was failing. Anyway, boot loader unlocked! now to install recovery and flash superuser.
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Great Peachy, you have managed the biggest challenge, getting the two (device and PC) to communicate. The rest is relatively straight forward.

Now you're in a great position I would gain S-Off (remove HTC security flag) before anything else, as if anything ever goes pear-shaped you can usually recover from it with S-Off since the phone will allow to flash virtually anything unsigned.

You already have several links in the posts here to be able to do it.
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Hi guys. Well yet again I'm struggling, I'm trying to run rumrunner as heat57 suggested to gain s-off but I just keep getting this message back in the command window ERROR: run rumrunner again and READ (no adb connection to device. Debugging on?
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Press ENTER to exit.

I've uninstalled the drivers/adb fastboot and re-installed and I just can't seem to figure it out now. Cheers, Martin.
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Have you looked in Windows device manager after connecting the phone to your PC via USB? When you have rebooted into bootloader, does it show up in device manager as 'HTC Android device' or Android adb? Have you got debugging ticked in developer options?

When your in bootloader, connected your phone with USB to your PC and open the command window in the directory where your adb executable is located then type 'fastboot devices' (without quotes) and if you have a proper adb connection it should return your phones serial number.

If that is not the case then you have not got the drivers properly installed und you have to try again to install them.
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Martin, I had similar problems with adb comms and Windows driver installation for adb. In the end I found this driver package and used it successfully. You might want to do the same. When you install it do so as admininstrator (right-click the exe). Here is a link to the file UniversalAdbDriverSetup6.msi | by DocHoliday77 for Galaxy S 3_T-Mo
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Thank you heat57, I'm still messing around with adb etc trying to get them comunicating again. When i boot the phone into bootloader then go into fastboot usb, my phone shows up in device manager as "android device" and underneath it says "my htc", but when my phone is just booted up as normal up to the desktop, it shows further down in other devices, and within, marked with the yellow question mark is "android phone" and "cdc serial" indicating there are no drivers. Also when trying to go through the instructions for rumrunner, I'm a bit confused with this line, "Ensure device is booted to android with usb debugging enabled". Do I just have my phone booted up as normal when using rumrunner and do everything through the command window?

Just tried the universal adb set up and it's still the same
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Thank you heat57, I'm still messing around with adb etc trying to get them comunicating again. When i boot the phone into bootloader then go into fastboot usb, my phone shows up in device manager as "android device" and underneath it says "my htc", but when my phone is just booted up as normal up to the desktop, it shows further down in other devices, and within, marked with the yellow question mark is "android phone" and "cdc serial" indicating there are no drivers. Also when trying to go through the instructions for rumrunner, I'm a bit confused with this line, "Ensure device is booted to android with usb debugging enabled". Do I just have my phone booted up as normal when using rumrunner and do everything through the command window?

Just tried the universal adb set up and it's still the same

Did you use the guide here? If so,are you able to change to your miniadb folder and get responses to adb devices and fastboot devices ?

Windows xp is not a troublsome version to.get adb/fastboot working. The first few steps of the root guide gives links for drivers and a useable package with the most current adb/fastboot,as well as some troubleshooting steps.
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now that im back at a pc,here are a few basic troubleshooting tips that may help you figure out your connectivity issues:



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Hi scotty85, I seem to have the adb/fastboot and HTC usb drivers sorted now after going through it all thoroughly. The problem I'm having right now is trying to s-off. I have tried running rumrummer a few times now and I keep on getting this :- FATAL download updated package at www.rumrunner.us, which I have done twice (even though it's the exact same file given in the link in the forums) but keeps on giving me the same message.
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Have you tried turning off your windows firewall and antivirus? It can be a real pain to get these programs to run on Windows. Lots of folks have had to disable their security temporarily while running the tool
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Yes, both AVG and Windows firewall are disabled completely.
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Hmm do you have a working internet connection while running the tool?
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I do yes, I'm connected via wifi to the home broadband.
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I think I could be in trouble, I flashed TWRP to the phone and when I boot into recovery it goes to team win recovery project screen but won't let me install. I can't activate anything on the menu at all. If I press power it shows an unlocked padlock with twrp in the combilock and at the bottom of the screen is a swipe function to unlock, only it doesn't work. Also, in bootloader it now shows TAMPERED above UNLOCKED.

Flashed this "recovery-clockwork-6.0.4.6-m7ul.img" to the phone instead and I'm not sure which file to install. If I go into "choose zip from sd card" I get this - o/
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Of I go into - o/ it gives a list of files on the phone and both twrp and clockworkmod are there. If I select clockworkmod to install it just says no files found, and the same with twrp.
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Hi Martin, which version of TWRP did you flash?

The padlock with the swipe bar is what it should be and swiping left to right should open TWRP menu with grey rectangular tiles for individual functions, e.g. install, wipe, reboot etc.

You say that you flashed CWM and that, I guess when you press install zip you get asked for the path to the file, right? I don't use CWM but my guess is that you can select all of the locations offered until you find the file; you just 'go up' the directory tree again, if you chose the wrong one, back to the root like 0/.

To flash any image file the adb command is 'fastboot flash recovery 'reoveryfilename'.img'

By-the-way, the tampered flag is normal and that can be safely removed after you gain S-Off, but first things first.
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Hi heat57, this is the TWRP img I flashed "openrecovery-twrp-2.5.0.0-m7.img", but the swiping wouldn't work, neither would the touch screen on the menu's. With clockworkmod I couldn't find the file anywhere, I went through them all and nothing. With TWRP it was all just locked up nothing would work.

I have now flashed "openrecovery-twrp-2.7.0.0-m7.img" and I can use the menu and swipe from left to right and scroll to the file but it wont install.

Update:- I now have the above recovery on my phone but I don't think i'ts installed properly. I have checked on root checker and my device isn't rooted yet. I have supersu downloaded from google play but it's trying to update binaries and keeps failing.

Installed SuperSu through TWRP and have now gained root access.

Tried, tried and tried again but can't get s-off.
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the tampered banner is typical and appears when you install a custom recovery or kernel.

were you trying to get s off prior to installing superuser? or after? what errors did you encounter?
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I tried to get s-off after I unlocked bootloader as heat57 suggested, but when I couldn't do it I installed TWRP and SuperSu then tried again with Rumrunner but it just keeps giving me the FATAL: download updated package at www.rumrunner.us
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Peachy, which hboot version is the phone running? I looked through the thread and either I am going blind or you haven't stated it yet. If you haven't, look at the bootloader screen, it will tell you. If you are on anything other than hboot versions 1.54 or 1.55 then rumrunner won't work. Let us know.

In any event, you have managed to liberate your device and S-Off is really just an additional safety feature, imho. But if we can help to get you through this last hurdle then so much the better, however, if not successful it won't impede your new found freedom too much.
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Hi, the hboot version is 1.55
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Actually,rumrunner should work on just about anything that is able to be htcdev unlocked. Verizon phones that require temp root are really the only ones that are buid specific. In some cases an insecure kernel may need to be installed as well.

Peachy,you will need to have superuser installed to run rumrunner or firewater. However,I am unsure about your error. Did you download the "universal" rumrunner from their page?

This is the one you need:

http://rumrunner.us/rumrunner_downloads/rumrunner_HTC_0.5.0.zip
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Hi scotty85, I have SuperSu installed and the download I used was that very one in your link above. Should I try firewater instead do you think?

Here is my bootloader screen if it helps at all:-
***TAMPERED***
***UNLOCKED***
M7_UL PUT SHIP S-ON RH
HBOOT-1.55.0000
RADIO-4A.21.3263.04
OpenDSP-v32.120.274.0909
OS-3.63.161.6
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Nov 5 2013, 16:13:23.0
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