Unable to enter recovery menu


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  1. jim_h

    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi,

    I tried installing OpenDesire 4 on my rooted Desire earlier, which didn't work. I ended up seeing the flashing Android logo on a black screen when trying to boot and can't get past it.

    So, as I have a nandroid backup, I figured I could use that to recover. BUT, when I hold the volume down button and boot the phone, it just goes to the HBOOT screen. I cannot get into the recovery menu. If I select recovery from HBOOT, it just goes to a black screen.

    I have tried reflashing using unrEVOked3 and the recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.1-bravo-slcd image, but it didn't fix this problem.

    I'm in a right flap now. ANY help please?

    Thanks,
    Jim
     

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  2. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

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    Is it a black screen it goes to or does it have an image of a desire with a red triangle? If the latter you have to press vol up and power.
     
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    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It's just a black screen. I've tried up volume and power and it still takes me to the HBOOT menu.
     
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    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

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    At the black screen up vol and power takes back to hboot?
     
  5. jim_h

    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    No, it doesn't respond. I have to remove the battery to get it to do anything once the black screen is displayed.
     
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    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm also seeing the following flashing up when trying to enter recovery mode:

    SD Checking...
    Loading...[PB99DIAG.zip]
    No Image!
    Loading...[PB99DIAG.nhh]
    No Image or Wrong Image!
    Loading...[PB99IMG.zip]
    No Image!
    Loading...[PB99IMG.nhh]
    No Image or Wrong Image!
     
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    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I saw that thread, but it looks like he was able to enter the recovery menu, which I can't do.

    I do have a goldcard. Would that be of any use? I'd settle for a working phone with any version of Android on it at this point.
     
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    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

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    Will have to wait for someone else to answer.unless you can Google the error.

    Important thing to remember is don't panic or do anything drastic
     
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    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok, well I appreciate you trying anyway danfrance. Many thanks.

    I've spent all afternoon on google trying to fix this, to no avail.
     
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    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It's FIXED!!!!! :D

    Wow, that was a marathon. I managed to find an RUU for Froyo which has upgraded my Desire to 2.2 and unbranded it, but has also fixed the strange bootloader problem. I have lost root in the process, but I don't care at the moment.

    For 12hrs work trawling google and reading dozens of threads and pages on this and the XDA site, I've got my baby back. Phew, that was a scary day! I honestly thought I'd permanently broken my Desire.
     
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    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

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    shame :/ i was going to tell you that your problem was the version of unrevoked you were using to root.
    you should have been using 3.21 not 3 and the recovery is old.
    anyway you are back, if you want to root please makesure you use 3.21 and not 3
    also busybox thread, i had titanium backup working with the client busybox on stock rooted 2.2 ruu rom
     
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    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Rastaman, it's strange the way it happened. Everything was fine when I used unrEVOked3 (Clockwork bravo recovery image for SLCD) to root the phone. It was only when I used ROM Manager to try and install an alternative rom that things went pear shaped.

    I haven't got it installed any more, but there was a menu item in ROM Manager to install or flash the latest clockwork. I used it and it asked me for my mobile model, then I think it downloaded a file and said done. Sorry if that's slightly wrong, I can't remember exactly now. Anyway, it's at this point I had the OpenDesire 4 rom on my SD card and selected to install it using ROM Manager. That's when it all died and I couldn't get the phone to boot or enter recovery menu. From what you've said and what I read last night, it seems ROM Manager installed the wrong file for my HBOOT version?

    I'm not saying ROM Manager is to blame, but everything seemed to be working fine until I used it.

    Next time, I'm just going to use unrEVOked3 to get the correct recovery running, then the recovery menu to install the rom. I should have done that in the first place I guess.

    You live and learn! :D :rolleyes:
     
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    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

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    Although unrevoked and Rom manager both flash clockworkmod, they handle it differently. Can't really use one with the other.
     
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    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ahh, I didn't know that either! So my using the wrong (old) version of unrEVOked with the incorrect use of ROM Manager resulted in an almost bricked Desire. Crikey, I have been lucky then!

    Cheers for the explanation danfrance :)
     
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    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

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    thats wrong, unrevoked bundles it but unrevoked is there to give root and su.
    after unrevoked is done you are free to flash clockworkmod or any other recovery how you like and it should in theory work as long as the recovery supports what you are doing.

    early versions of unrevoked 3 didnt give root perms at nand level so when you flashed certain roms with kernals it could fail
    on top of this if you flash a rom from rom manager it doesnt always wipe user cache and system so residual things can be left behind and cause a problem

    its likely the main problem was that update.zip from clockwork got removed in the flash process meaning that it couldnt find the recovery image to access it.
     
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    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

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    Thats odd, when I manually go into clockworkmod using my rom manager flashed one, I have to go into standard recovery then apply update.zip to get into it. I thougth with unrevoked it replaced standard recovery, hence everyone not being able to get into recovery at all...

    Thanks for the correction.
     
  18. jim_h

    jim_h Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    So, I'm now running unrooted 2.2 (2.10.405.2) with HBOOT 083, am I "supposed" to be safe using the latest version of unrEVOked (3.21) to root and subsequently just use the new recovery menu to apply roms? Or, something else entirely? I'm not sure which way to do it now.

    My aim is to root and have the option to apply various different roms in order to find one I like. What I don't want is to spanner my recovery menu again. Too scary.
     
  19. teppic74

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    The primary purpose of unrevoked3 is to flash custom recovery, not to root. It roots the phone as part of the process. It's not necessary to be rooted to install a custom ROM.
     
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    You were right. It replaces recovery, and if you use an old version of the image (as has happened here), you will just get a black screen on an SLCD phone.
     
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    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

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    you are correct, it does replace the recovery however when you use rom manager and re flash the recovery to use its features then it reverts it to the old way of using update.zip
     
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    ROM Manager doesn't flash recovery, it can't touch it. It simulates it using real recovery. So if your actual recovery (installed by unrevoked3) isn't working, ROM manager won't work either.
     
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    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

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    well thats very odd as my collegues device couldnt access clockworkmod via voldown power and it wouldnt load it, just showed an android with an arrow coming out of a box and hitting the floor
    he booted back in, went to rom manager it said "in order to use the features you will need to flash the latest clock work mod recovery"
    he clicked flash
    it worked and he can access recovery via voldown + power
     
  24. teppic74

    teppic74 Well-Known Member

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    When you use vol down + power you run your actual recovery. From there you can run 'fake' recovery (i.e. what is installed by ROM Manager). That's why you can use ROM manager to run versions of Clockworkmod that don't actually boot for real.
     
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    Rastaman-FB Well-Known Member

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    so you are saying if i reflash the clockworkmod via rom manager it doesnt do anything as i have true recovery via a flashed img it just allows fakeflash.
    if i was to remove update.zip it would still work?
     

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