[FAQ]ROOTING (Updated 7th April 2012)

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  1. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Goldcard is defined. Read about goldcards in post 1.

    Flashing means installing on flash memory. I will edit one of the entries that refers to flashing to define that

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  2. Ruswit

    Ruswit Active Member

    Can i also ask, is a ROM simply something that edits the standard android system? by "flashing" a ROM you place the new files over the old ones editing how it runs?
  3. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    The android system or OS sits on the /system partition of the memory. This is the ROM (read only memory).

    When you download and flash a ROM, you overwrite the entire /system partition so the previous Android OS is gone completely and the new ROM (Android OS) replaces it.

    Edit> Flashing is a real term. It doesn't need to be in quotation marks :)
  4. Usta

    Usta Well-Known Member


    Below are a few suggests for the rooting FAQ, that you may consider adding. Thanks. :)

    * The link to shipped ROMs is no longer valid. Please update it to this: Shipped ROMs

    * In the RUU section, please add a sentence on how to pick up the correct RUU (perhaps with an example).

    * In the 2nd paragraph, please state the reasons for rooting. I made a short list here: http://androidforums.com/android-lounge/338509-anyone-not-root-their-device-yet.html#post2717345

    * In the section "Whats the best Custom ROM to flash?" give a short overview of which type of ROMs are available for Desire (Sense, ASOP, MIUI) and post a link to XDA overview: Desire Index - Everything Desire is here! [UPDATED: 26/5] - xda-developers

    * Add a section "ROM Manager" and under it the text "Avoid it at all cost!".
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  5. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Done. Didnt know that


    Added but edited. It was a bit too personal

    I've added a new section. As for the link, its in a section already, I dont want to keep repeating the same links.

    Rom manager added too.
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  6. Usta

    Usta Well-Known Member

    As usual, excellent work SUroot! :)
  7. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    I just did what you suggested :)
  8. cook1273

    cook1273 Member

    I have hboot 1.06 CDMA, any way for me to root. looking for superuser but no custom rom.
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Nope. Sorry.

    You can temp root with visionary+ but its lost at reboot so not much use really.
  10. Tyseyh

    Tyseyh Well-Known Member

    genius, thank you very much dude. Been a great help.
  11. Usta

    Usta Well-Known Member

    In the section, "Where do I check for RUU's?" you have updated the link name but not the link itself. :)
  12. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    No I haven't. Its this stupid forum and how it deals with edited links.

  13. falkroy71

    falkroy71 Member

    After rooting my Desire, I didn't understand why I could not run rooted apps, so I went back to the instructions "Rooting for Dummies" and reflashed my phone. Now, any attemp to reboot or turn on the device results in the altell blue logo screen of death. 2%?
  14. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    How did you originally root? Can you provide a link to the rooting for dummies please?

    Also how far through that guide did you get?
  15. falkroy71

    falkroy71 Member

    Rooting for Dummies by Matlock. I rooted my Desire with Unrevoked, got the superuser app, but could not run in rooted apps, all required busybox.
  16. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Updated gold card section:

    Please note by many it was believed the goldcard must be made on your working phone and would only work on that phone. We now know this to be inaccurate. The goldcard tool uses the CID from the SD card (not phone) so the goldcard should be universal across android devices. The Image the goldcard creates however, can only be used on the card it was created for

    *Thanks wyvilledog for pointing that out.
  17. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Yes rooted stock roms dont have busy box. You would have had to either download and use adb to push the busy box file (see adb and fastboot FAQ available in the root forum sticky) or flashed a custom rom.

    In regards to your current problem, can you get to recovery?

    From off, hold vol down and press power.

    At Hboot screen, use Volume to navigate to recovery and press power to select.

    What happens? Please describe exactly what you see
  18. falkroy71

    falkroy71 Member

    The altell logo blue screen and it stalls there. Correction, I'm now in ClockworkMod Recovery v2.5.0.9.
  19. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    OK so you still have the ability to flash custom roms.

    Have you looked at custom roms yet? You can mount the SD card in Clockwork and copy a rom there. Is Altell CDMA?
  20. falkroy71

    falkroy71 Member

    I'll look, thanks for giving me hope. Need guidance, don't want to brick my phone.
  21. Gnans

    Gnans New Member

    All, I have a HTC Desire with Orange UK and rooted it a month back. My phone reboots often and I have noticed this happens mostly when I try to make call. Also my frnds have mentioned that they are unable to reach me.

    I'm wondering if this is to do something with my Radio. Any helpful response is appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  22. abaaaabbbb63

    abaaaabbbb63 Member

    Post edited / Please don't quote huge posts. It makes the topic unreadable.
    Thanks, Usta.


    Sooo, i rooted my desire using unrevoked3 metod. Everything worked fine, until it rebooted into recovery, after clockworkmod was installed. It gives me an error saying: Can't mound cache!!! and other stuff. All i try to do on that recovery, like flashing smth or even a factory reset fails with an error.
    Now, i can deal with the recovery problem, but i have a bigger problem. When i try to use root access that's having to do with any system app, the phone reboots. For example, i tried to move adobe flash player to sd, and the phone rebooted.
    My phone spects:
    Hboot 0.93
    Strock rom Android 2.2

    Does it have something to do with the s-on? Is the phone trying to protect itself?
  23. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Possibly a hardware issue. You could use your goldcard to take it to unrooted stock 2.29.405.5 and see if the issue persists. Unfortunately with orange, there is no way to take back to orange stock.
  24. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Did you use my guide linked in this thread? If so, did you follow it to the letter and check the erase size? You would see this if you have erase size of 40,000
  25. godkz

    godkz New Member

    A friend of mine told me that if I root my desire I can expand my phone memory. Is it true?

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