How to Flash / Debrand your DesireTips

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  1. Hodge

    Hodge Member

    thanks for the guide worked perfectly, just curious if anyone else got the virgin media shortcut and homepage on first bootup?

  2. Khas

    Khas Member

    Thanks for the guides, this seems to be a very good forum so I joined up (I usually avoid forums, but this seems worth it).


    I'm encountering a possibly strange problem trying to flash my Orange Desire. When running the RUU, the first time it goes through and restarts the Desire, but then it doesn't detect that it's restarted and 'Waiting for bootloader' times out with Error 171. The phone is still waiting there for the RUU to get back to it. I run it again, and this time the RUU manages to contact the Desire and starts doing the magic (Erasing user data, sending, creating signature) and then I get the dreaded 131 error.

    I'm using the SD card that came with the phone (although I'll try another one when it arrives), both formatting from the phone and using SDFormatter. Using the phone there are always folders left when I check to see if it mounts, with SDFormatter there aren't, and the phone says the SD card is damaged (as described above).

    I've double checked that the computer list the device as My HTC and is using the HTC driver. I rebooted the phone into the bootloader but I can't figure out how to see what driver it is using (so this may be the problem). However, HTC Sync works fine (which as far as I can see is simply an easy way of checking that both driver sets match).

    It's really beginning to bug me, I've been trying this for two days and started from scratch a few times now, and everything goes smoothly until I actually try to flash the ROM.

    Can anyone offer any pointers? I can't find anything else searching on the intertubes.

  3. Khas

    Khas Member

    Ok, I tried another set of instructions - I stupidly was Ctrl-C Ctrl-V for the image - Paste Write is Ctrl-B. Still no luck though.
  4. CamTarn

    CamTarn New Member

    Many thanks for the guide and useful links!

    Worked perfectly for me up until the update installer rebooted the phone into the bootloader. At this point, it hung with a "Waiting for bootloader" message while the phone stayed at a dark screen with the HTC logo. Disconnecting the USB cable dropped me into the Android bootloader (a white screen with some skateboarding robots and tiny text).

    I tried a few different things to try and get it working again, but the one which finally seemed to have an effect for me was the following:

    Make sure the phone is powered on and plugged into the PC (if it's hung at the bootloader, reboot it by removing the battery).

    Open a command window and navigate to the tools directory of the Android SDK (I unzipped it to C:\AndroidSDK, so this would be C:\AndroidSDK\tools ).

    Type 'adb devices' to check that USB debugging is enabled and the phone is recognised. Now type 'adb reboot bootloader' to manually reboot the device into the bootloader - it should show a white screen with skating androids and some text.

    Once this screen is showing, run the HTC updater. It will reboot the phone again itself, but in my case, the phone managed to get past the initial bootloader and begin flashing the phone.
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  5. Khas

    Khas Member

    That worked a treat to get rid of the 171 error, but I'm still getting the 131. I'm going to try a second SD card later, it's the only thing I can think of to try, but I'd rather not given I will never have another need for it :-(

  6. Khas

    Khas Member

    I've been rooting around the internet, and found a couple of titbits from other devices and forums here and there.

    Is there a particular ROM I need to get? A lot of places talk about downgrading to a different ROM before I can get OTA updates for the generic ROM...
  7. SJamG

    SJamG Well-Known Member

    I downloaded and installed the Update pushed to my phone OTA.

    It completely disabled my WiFi. "Unable to Start WiFi".

    So, others beware that if you followed my guide of Flashing/Debranding your Orange Desire, WiFi will stop working if you apply the update.

    What I plan to do is use the same Goldcard I created but install the updated ROM, found here :

    RUU_Bravo_HTC_WWE_1.21.405.2_Radio_32.36.00.28U_4. 06.00.02_2_release_126984_signed.ex - xda-developers

    My personal opinion is that, its going to be a real pain having to re-flash my phone everytime there is an update. My next flash will probably be to Froyo.

    I will post back here the results!
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  8. rabidmonk

    rabidmonk New Member

    hi guys. i recieved my orange htc desire yesterday only to find exactly what is described here. I'm not the kind of person to just put up with it so i followed your guide and i've got everything ready to flash my phone, i had a bit of trouble finding the right code from the cmd prompt thing but i think i've got it now. I just have a few questions before i do.

    1. As i understand you recieve updates via OTA? what does this mean exactly?

    2. Will 3G internet still work?

    3. The file in the previous post is definately the most up to date version?

    4. And what you say about the wifi not working when you update? how often do they release updates that reflashing would be needed?

    I'm totally new to all this so sorry if i'm being over cautious.
    I'm gonna call orange tomorrow and see if i can return and get something sorted out through carphone warehous, i dunno if thats even possible..

    Thanks in advance!:)
  9. Khas

    Khas Member

    Ok, this is doing my head in now. Just bought a 2GB Kingston, which I've been told other people have got working, and it didn't! Still getting Error 131. I am so frustrated!

    Please can anyone help? Do I have to factory reset or something? What's going on?
  10. jasonwatkins

    jasonwatkins Member

    i can answer a couple as I rooted mine last week.

    Yes, mine works fine

    My Wi-Fi is perfectly fine ..
  11. rabidmonk

    rabidmonk New Member

    Ok i went ahead and did it. I was pleasantly surprised because it worked first time! So thanks for the help, I am much happier with my nice new unbranded desire.

    A few more questions.

    -Can I just upgrade safely to Froya via the OTA messages? (i know what it means now)

    -If not is there a version of the new Froyo rom out anywhere?

    -If so can I just do exactly what I did before with the same goldcard?

    I have version 1.15.405.3 installed btw.
  12. deadpool2e

    deadpool2e Member

    want to try this but need clarification about the wifi issue? does it work once this proceedure is done?

  13. SJamG

    SJamG Well-Known Member

    The procedure that was posted originally, will not effect WiFi, 3G or anything else.

    What to watch out for, is after doing the procedure and the Over the Air (OTA) Update may be pushed to your phone by your network, or by manually "Checking Now" in the System Update option within the Settings (About section).

    Its only when the update is installed that I started getting problems, but I just followed my own guide above with the updated ROM (found on XDA Developers) and I was away again.

    Hope this helps.
  14. noks

    noks New Member

    So I take it you used 1.21.405.2? And wasn't that the one causing some problems on Orange handsets..?
  15. SJamG

    SJamG Well-Known Member

    I manually chose to update to 1.21 from the phone's menu - BAD IDEA! That is what caused my WiFi problem.

    Stick to flashing the 1.15 as noted in my first post if you want to be safe. i did eventually get the 1.21 on the phone, but flashed it using the same method as above. Beware with this though, it may lock the network on your phone - It locked mine and I paid a $15 fee for an unlock code. To avoid this I could have downgraded the Radio version, but thought it is useful to have an unlock code for the future.

    Hope this helps.

    Again, I take no responsibility if you BRICK your phone. Do all this AT YOUR OWN RISK!
  16. noks

    noks New Member

    ah, OK! I was just going to wait for HTC to release some update whereby you never get any sim locks or Wi-Fi problems in the first place.

    if (somehow) the problem is caused by the Orange sim itself, then I would probably flash earlier & buy an unlock code.

    I just cannot justify to myself buying an unlock code when the ROM updates work fine on 'non-branded' Desires.
  17. SJamG

    SJamG Well-Known Member

    See what you mean - but because I flashed mine with a generic HTC ROM, i could only assume that it was HTC making that 1.21 update available when Orange were not ready for it! A few folks over at the 1.21 OTA post have said that no update is available on their Orange branded Desires.

    I can see your point in not buying an unlock code, as if I bought a Desire that was not tied to a network - I wouldn't buy a code either, so in theory, you should be fine.
  18. DesirableHTC

    DesirableHTC Well-Known Member

    Hi all, just a quick question regarding this gold card stuff.

    Once i have created the gold card, does that card then stay in the phone? what i mean is, i have a 4 G SD in my phone (that came with it) But i have also got an 8 Gig class 6 that i will be using for my phone, so if i create the gold card with the 4 Gig card can i then take that out and use my 8G class 6 card? Does that make sense to everyone? :confused: I'm really dubious about doing this, but i really need to as i want the 2.2 update as soon as i can, iv been told it could be months before Orange release froyo :( so am i right in assuming that once the gold card is used and the phone is unbranded, i can then insert my new SD card?

    Thanks in advance
  19. SJamG

    SJamG Well-Known Member


    Basically, the Goldcard allows you to Flash your phone with the Generic OS. Once your phone has rebooted and you have confirmed that everything is working properly, you can switch the phone off and replace your Goldcard with your 8gb one.

    Keep the goldcard if you can - you will need it again if you want to flash a generic version of Froyo if the Over The Air (OTA) update doesn't work.

    Remember, it may be some time before HTC even release froyo with all the necessary SenseUI alterations, but allegedly, HTC have had a FROYO since the beginning of June, so it could be soon - no one knows for sure. But either way, it will be quicker than Orange!

    Good luck.
  20. DesirableHTC

    DesirableHTC Well-Known Member

    Thank you, it would be nice if HTC came out and gave a clear idea as to when certain handsets will be updated with froyo, but i suppose that is too easy for them!! Personally, i think they have been waiting for Ap*le to release their efforts in iOS4 before releasing 2.2, not wanting to be upstaged in the whole iPhone love in. I was an iPhone owner up until a month or two ago, now i will never own another A*ple product in my life, android is the future of mobile technology :)
  21. SJamG

    SJamG Well-Known Member

    The beauty with this guide, is that if you keep an eye on the Generic ROMS that are posted on XDA Developers, you may find FROYO will appear there before HTC release would need to be fully working of course before I would do it.

    I too was an iphone owner up until March, I like their products, but they are getting too expensive (look at the price of the new Mac Mini) and common! Plus I wanted a change...Android and HTC certainly gave me that. :)
  22. DesirableHTC

    DesirableHTC Well-Known Member

    I cant even set the adb/USB drivers, i followewd all instructions from here

    How To: Set Up ADB/USB Drivers for Android Devices | TheUnlockr

    But i dont get any serial number showing up? it says if this happens then install the drivers manually, but they dont have a link for the desire? bloody hell, i cant even get past the first step!!
  23. shug176

    shug176 Active Member

    Guys iv got a desire branded to orange im trying all these steps but im still getting error 131 im using windows 7 on 64 bit
  24. shug176

    shug176 Active Member

    im getting adb server out of date could this be what is causing error 131 ?
  25. umairmh

    umairmh New Member

    hello. Totally new to these forums. I just bought an htc desire from orange. But i hate all the crap they have stuffed in it. I want to debrand my phone but i want to flash it to the latest version 2.2. How do i go about doing that? And i want the end result to be error free. I know its asking alot but is it possible?

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