HELP!! Had to factory reset my rooted HTC Evo


  1. fweiss09

    fweiss09 Member

    So without the huge storyline, I screwed up and chose to factory reset my rooted Evo and now I cannot use the phone because the Rom that I had flashed is the only thing the phone recognizes...in other words there's nothing but a blank main page that is accessible when on.

    I've scoured these pages and have read all the info on what factory reset does, but how do I UNDO what I've done? How do I get my phone working again? I realize this is about the most stupid thing I could have done...so all help would be appreciated!

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  2. brianvillage5

    brianvillage5 Well-Known Member

    If you still have recovery restore a nandroid. If you didn't make a nandroid shame on you!!!! Bad! Or you can reflash or flashing a new rom. If the phone boots you can use titanium backup to restore data. In the future do a little research before you factory reset, or erase things. It will save you from that oh whit feeling you get after you boot up and realize you did something real back.
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    do you have recovery? if so do you have a nandroid backup you can just restore?
  4. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Welcome to AF!!
    Can you/do you know how to get into your bootloader screen? And from there into recovery?
    Do you have a nandroid backup you could flash?
    If not, and you can get into recovery, all is not lost.
    Just post what info you can for us.:D
    I am assuming you wiped your phone in recovery? Or how did you reset the phone?

    Edit: dang! ninj'd twice! but nice!!
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  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    lightning fast cuz i had me some kool aid:D
  6. fweiss09

    fweiss09 Member

    Yes you all are right, I should have researched a little...but I think I figured out my issue. I basically went into recovery and am reinstalling the rom right now...I'm hoping this works.

    My issue is that I rooted this thing like a year ago and this is all new again. I appreciate the patience with this noob. Ha
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  7. fweiss09

    fweiss09 Member

    On an aside question...as I said earlier, I rooted the phone about a year ago, and since that time I cannot connect the phone to my computer at all. The computer doesn't recognize the device and said "driver not properly installed." My work around has been to take out the SD card and plug it into my computer directly, but it sucks in this situation...Any help as to what caused this?
  8. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    try this fix:
    [ How-To ] Fix SD card not being detected & USB port not working - xda-developers

    should work for you.
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  9. fweiss09

    fweiss09 Member

    Much appreciated! And thx to those willing to post. Phone is perfectly fine after I flashed the backup...easy as pi!
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  10. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    just got my phone in mail from ebay it was rooted and i have no idea whats going on with this thing having the same problem tried to factory reset then went back to turn on and i cant do anything with the phone it just shows battery status and wallpaper
  11. brianvillage5

    brianvillage5 Well-Known Member


    You need to restore a nandroid, or flash a rom. A backup would have been handy. What prompted you to perform a factory reset anyway?
  12. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Hey chunks, welcome to the forums!

    Let's do this..pull your battery out and wait about a minute, then put it back in.
    While holding down the volume button, push and hold the power button.
    That is your bootloader screen. Post back here what it all says.
    Then, from there, try to go into recovery by selecting the recovery option and tell us what it does.
    Don't worry, I think we can fix it:)
  13. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    i get a screen that say **unlcked** at the top supersonic evt3 ship s-on im assuming this is a bootload screen?
  14. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    it didnt have the android market and i was trying to put apps into phone but kept getting a message saying i hadnt acessed the google play app on the phone
  15. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    so i went into recovery and it sent me to a android system recovery page with a black backround and white htc logo in center

    also i forgot to mention that after i factory reset i for some reason thought it would be a great idea to clear storge?? i dont know if that means anything i know im such a nooooob!
  16. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    O.k...this is what I think should be done...and I will copy/paste the instructions here....these are taken from this guide:

    I kinda edited a little just for you:p

    http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all...-rooting-gingerbread-2-3-5-dummies-guide.html

    Basically, this is what we are going to do. We will install a recovery (called AmonRA). Then we will flash a rom to get your phone working.

    Do you have adb on you computer? If not, let's do this:
    1. On your desktop, create a folder and call it "Android"
    2 download and move these 3 files to that folder.
    adb.exe
    fastboot.exe
    AdbWinApi.dll

    3. Download these 2 files and run both of them:
    HTC Sync 3.0.5551
    Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

    Time to install the recovery.

    ADB command method
    1.download amon ra 2.3 from here:
    PC36IMG_RA_2.3.zip

    2. extract the file and then go into and move recovery.img file into the android folder you created.

    3.on your phone you should be in the bootloader menu screen, highlight and select the fastboot option and plug the phone into your computer. (the word "fastboot" should change to "fastboot-usb")

    4.on your computer press and hold shift while right clicking the android folder.
    5.select open command window here option (windows 7)
    6.enter command:
    Code (Text):
    1. fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    congrats!!!!!! you have just installed amon ra 2.3

    7. get out of fastboot and highlight recovery, that should put you into your new recovery screen.


    Time to flash a rom.

    1.first you need the vr superwipe (this is not a rom. this is a file that wipes your sytem partitions and also wipes all the temp files as well:ZZZVR_SUPERWIPE.zip. download it and put it on your card. (optional)*
    2.download the rom (i recommend MikG v3.11 [3/9/2012]) of your choice and transfer it to your card.
    --To transfer the files to your sd card, in recovery, there should be an option called "usbms toggle" That will mount your phone so you can see the sd card contents on your computer. AFter you transfer the files, unmount the phone.
    3.go into recovery (you should already be in recovery)
    4.make a nandroid backup (for you, there is nothing to backup so, skip this step.) :)
    5.select wipe from the main menu and wipe dalvik cache, cache, and data
    6.select flash zip from sdcard
    7.find the superwipe file and select it.(optional)
    8.find your rom and select it. It will install the rom. Wait until its done. Then,
    9.reboot.

    first boot will take a bit longer then normal, so be patient.

    That should do it man! :D

    If you have any questions after reading this, just ask so you are clear on the process.:D
  17. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    thanks bro ima give this a shot ill repost if i have any questions
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  18. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    ok i just donloaded the superwipe in step 7-1 where do i put it ....im in the usb toggle mode and it gives me options of "android secure" and "lost dir." in removable disk F folder
  19. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    just drop it onto any spot, not in any folder....same with the rom.
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  20. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    ok so i have the rom now do i put everything that was in the zip folder or just something specific?
  21. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    Once you download the rom, do not unzip it...just put it on your sd card like you did with the superwipe...do not unzip anything unless instructed :)
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  22. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    almost done will repost with results thanks peeps!
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  23. chunks gtb

    chunks gtb Member

    hell yeah you guys rock my phone is now functioning better than before thankls alot :)
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  24. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    NICE!!!!!!!!!

    now go and get your flash on:D

    you can get most roms from here:
    http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all-things-root/618281-list-utilities-apps-roms-kernels-og-evo.html

    the staff picks are great roms to start out with. i believe you are on mikg which is a great rom. but if you are fealling adventurous try deck's reloaded aosp rom.

    also the second post has some info on what roms and kernels are.

    and lastly read the http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all...-rooting-gingerbread-2-3-5-dummies-guide.html. the after root section, the second post, also has more info for you to read and know.

    and you know what to do if you have any questions.
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  25. rshapron

    rshapron Well-Known Member

    I did the same thing on accident. I dont know about rooting but m friend helped me root my evo 3d and that broke. So i ordered a rooted evo 4g and had to factory reset and without thinking i clicked it, no idea why. Im stuck in supersonic evt2-3 boot loader and i dont know much about flashing since my friend did most of the work on m 3d. Anyone able to help a newbie?

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