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  1. Handsome Rob

    Handsome Rob Member

    Hi guys,

    New user here, new to smartphones, new to android. Sorry, I know this has probably been beaten to death, I've been trying to search, but their are so many files/guides from such a massive spread of dates, I just want to confirm accurate information.

    In Canada, using an HTC Magic 32A from Rogers, unlocked on another 3G carrier. Thinking to root for 3 reasons:

    1) Freedom, this is why I don't own anything Apple.
    2) Want Wi-Fi tethering.
    3) Using unlocked phone on alternate network, no OS updates, want newer versions.
    4) Hoping to get rid of annoying carrier applications, haven't found anything on that yet.

    Moderate windows power user. Done registry edits, streamlined XP installs, etc. Just learning linux on Ubuntu Lucid, and just starting to learn programming in C++.

    I figured for CyanogenMod for stability and community, want to confirm that this information is still current and accurate:
    Upgrading from CM or other rooted roms - Magic32A Firmware to CyanogenMod - CyanogenMod Wiki

    If all fails hopefully find my way back to cupcake with this:
    How To: UnRoot the Rogers HTC Magic/Get Back to Cupcake (Updated 02.26.10) | The Unlockr

    Anything further I should be doing? Tips/tricks? Nothing on my phone I'd be worried about losing save what it needs to run.

    Thanks much.

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  2. Frank

    Frank Well-Known Member

    You are much more tech capable than me. I am in Vancouver and also have an unlocked Rogers Magic. I found an ad in Craigslist. A shop in Vancouver does rooting etc for $50. I plan on just taking my phone there. I do not have the guts to try doing it myself. Maybe I am too old.....
  3. Handsome Rob

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  4. CooL_SpoT

    CooL_SpoT Well-Known Member

    That's an excellent guide. I used it myself, and as long as you're careful and take your time with it, it works flawlessly. By the way, when making your gold card, the microSD that came with the phone should work, but be prepared to buy another one on the chance it doesn't.
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  5. Handsome Rob

    Handsome Rob Member

    Thanks, gold card worked fine, hit another wall.

    Persistent, error : 'Run nandroid-mobile.sh' via adb

    Googling has yielded:

    Insufficient batter charge - (My battery is 100%, tried plugged into wall and USB)
    Insufficient free space - (2 Gb micro SD, 1% occupied, only contains files relevant to goldcard creation via instructions)

    I don't know where to go, google usually solves these problems for me, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for any help.
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  7. GreatBigDog

    GreatBigDog Well-Known Member

    Could be that your SD card is too full to be able to perform the backup, try deleting some non essential items off of the SD, then try again.

    gbd
  8. Handsome Rob

    Handsome Rob Member

  9. D. Ramey

    D. Ramey Member

    HTC Phones have a NAND lock. The best one I've found to break these is Revolutionary in the US. I don't know if it will work with that particular model. After that you can root from the recovery console.

    Unrevoked or Super One click may work also as this is a very old phone.

    Just search as I can't post links yet.
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