How To Root + Install Custom ROM + Backup + More

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  1. Jaffa

    Jaffa Well-Known Member

    Yes, I did I'm rooted fine, don't forget, when you first boot your new rom, walk away for ten mins

  2. lobby

    lobby Member

    Probably a stupid question, but I can't get the phone into recovery mode, tried holding down home and power (the house and the rightmost key) continually but the phone just cycles through the HERO logo - looks like its continually restarting as I hold the keys down (held them for about 20 seconds) when I release it just boots normally
  3. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member

    That means the Recovery image installed via Flashrek did to install / flash

    try it again.
  4. lobby

    lobby Member

    Did that again, "flash successful" but no joy in going into recovery mode.

    Is my firmware OK?

    2.73.405.5 (146733 CL#61267 release keys

    Phone is unlocked
  5. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member

    2.73.405.5 = generic rootable rom. you should have no problems rooting on this rom what so ever.

    I know for a fact your phone is rootable and somewhere along the line you have may be skipped a step or something... it has worked for everyone else..when people say it does not work and I tell them to start over, triple checking stuff they come back and say "it worked"...

    Keep trying. Restart your phone. Take the files off your SD. download them again 'fresh' .. put them back on. Uninstall flashrek etc.

    Do it once more.

    Try pressing Home + Power button down for 5-10 seconds once more.. as simple as it may seem people get this wrong too :p
  6. lobby

    lobby Member

    Sorry, a thing called "work" got in the way of my rooting!!!

    Got it, I HELD Home down and only pressed power once, and it booted into recovery. Holding "Home and Power" together just causes my phone to cycle through on/off/on/off etc.

    Anyway, thanks - am doing Nand backup now and will ost an update if all goes well!
  7. lobby

    lobby Member

    Wahoo, all installed including the upgraded radio s/w

    Now just to put back all my apps/settings and have a play around with villain 5.22

    Thanks for all the help!
  8. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member

    Hey no problem. Glad you got it working
  9. akimenon

    akimenon Member

    Hi guys,

    Now have to say till date i wasnt aware of what ROOT was and technical stuff like that. but this is the end..So same like many of u guys i was eagerly waiting for the official 2.1 release for my Hero. But now i feel to get out of the shell and try for Custom ROM.

    My build number is:2.73.720.5 146733 CL#61267 release-keys.

    Please help me out how to root with ths build#.

    Thanks in Advance..
  10. LABRAT

    LABRAT Well-Known Member

    i rooted my hero last night and flashed the villain rom and the latest radio..

    managed it all without to many probs.. big thanks to all who have taken the time to do writeups on all of this..

    im very impressed with the villain rom.. loads of cool new stuff to play with..

    bugger htc and there never ending wait for an official rom.. rooted and villain are just fine for me...

    thanks again everyone..


    p.s. a mate from work has a 3 branded hero... so now hes seen mine running 2.1 hes green with envy.. lol hes a bit of a tecky blackhole... so me and my big mouth said id help him make a gold card so he can root his...

    buggery it looks complicated lol....
  11. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member

    LOL. Have fun with the goldcard method :D haha

    Follow these instructions

    If you get stuck post bac kehre with your problem(s) in as much detail as possible.

    For the record someone with an Airtel Hero with your current ROM has managed to successfully undertake the procedure... so bear that in mind..

    see here
  12. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member

    LOL. Have fun with the goldcard method :D haha

    Follow these instructions

    If you get stuck post back here with your problem(s) in as much detail as possible.

    For the record someone with an Airtel Hero with your current ROM has managed to successfully undertake the procedure... so bear that in mind..

    see here
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  13. akimenon

    akimenon Member

    Thanks for u rreply.

    Does the nandroid backup save my contacts too?
  14. Hybrid Ozone

    Hybrid Ozone Member

    A massive thanks to all that posted to this link to help me & others !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My sense2.1 is awesome and everything is working!!!!!!!!

    Ecstatic hand shakes and back patting to all :D
  15. Hybrid Ozone

    Hybrid Ozone Member

  16. LABRAT

    LABRAT Well-Known Member

    is anyone having problems with apps that need root hanging on the su (superuser) request screen?

    im on the villain 5.2 rom .. all was good untill i re instaled titanium backup and when i run it it just sits and hangs on the su request.. i can use the home button and the phone works great.. but any apps requiring root cause the same problem..

    i reflashed the 5.2 rom this morning and its still the same..

    any ideas?

    cheers simon
  17. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member

    you don't need any apps Google syncs contacts with your Gmail automatically. If you have not already perform a Google search on how to backup contacts to Gmail. do not buy any contact backup apps. nandroid doesn't backup contacts

    Sent from my Hero using Tapatalk
  18. akimenon

    akimenon Member

    ok so i did follow the steps and installed the InstantRoot.apk. But how can i confirm whethr rooting was successful other than the option that u mentioned there. and also when i tried copying file to root folder its showing Copying failed..Any idea?
  19. Jaffa

    Jaffa Well-Known Member

    Goto the market search root and install titanium backup, open it and it will tell you if you have root, it may need you to download busybox, hit problems and let it download, then restart titanium, it may still error but will say root access OK
  20. akimenon

    akimenon Member

    yup thats the same there in the installation guide. But the currently due to some network issue am not able to connect to the market. Thats why i asked for other sources. and while copying the instantRoot.apk file we need to create a folder called root in Sdcard and save inside?. coz i dnt find a file named root inside sdcard.
  21. Jaffa

    Jaffa Well-Known Member

    most apk's should be OK on the root of the SD does the guide tell you to put it in a folder?
  22. akimenon

    akimenon Member

    Safe & Easy.

    1)Download it.
    2)Save it to your SD Card ROOT (not in any folders)
    3)Open up a file manager on your phone (Download ASTRO File Manager from the marketplace..if you don't have a file manager..)
    4)Find the 'InstantRoot.apk' file.
    5)Run it.
    6)It will say it's been successful

    Now what am confused is wthr we need to copy it in Sdcard inside root folder. as far i can c there is no root folder in sdcard. will there be any?.

    and i appreciate ur quick response..thanks dude..
  23. bluenova

    bluenova OK Computer VIP Member

    SD Card ROOT means the top directory, so not in any sub-directories.
  24. akimenon

    akimenon Member

    Guys thanks a loot. i got villain5.3 ROM into my HERo..its just awsome man..i am so happy and anxious..Evrythng went smooth and all credit goes to the installation guide made by just2exy...Excellent work dude.....
  25. Caspa

    Caspa Well-Known Member

    Quick question guys...

    Whats the best way to go back to stock ROM, in my case Orange one?

    Need to get my phone back to 'normal' before I pass it on to the new starter...


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