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Old August 18th, 2011, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i'm a newbie and would be greatful if someone could tell me how to root the phone, cheers!
First of all, I'd like to thank chlinkchlink for finding out about some rooting instructions on XDA.cn. It has been a pain in the nuts to root this thing but it seems like the chinese folks over there were able to crack the thing. I am not the author of the script, I'm just putting all this together for everyone to enjoy. Also, thanks to the people of XDA.cn for their work.

I know GingerBreak works on some roms, but recent firmware versions have been fixed to not work with GingerBreak, one example is the Bell Canada firmware variant.

So far this method works on:
  • Stock European ROMs (tested by sammyke007)
  • Bell Canada ROMs (tested by me)
  • Asian ROMs (tested by XDA.cn)
  • Waiting for confirmation on US roms.

Requirements:

What does it do?: The script will install the su binary, busybox and superuser on your phone.

Step 1: Flashing the Custom Recovery UI by XDA.cn
  1. Again, make sure your device is S-OFF.
  2. Again, make sure your memory card is formatted FAT32.
  3. Place the PG76IMG.zip file into your phone SD card.
  4. Turn your phone off.
  5. Hold down the "power" button and the "volume down" button for a few seconds till you see the HBOOT screen.
  6. Don't press anything. The system will scan for some files and it will prompt you for an update. Move the cursor to OK (volume up) to start the flashing process.
  7. After it finishes, press the "power" button to restart the system.
  8. Let Android boot and delete the PG76IMG.zip file from your SD card.
  9. Congrats! Custom recovery has been installed. Process to step 2.

Step 2: Flashing the rooting script by XDA.cn
  1. Copy the root.zip file into your phone SD card.
  2. Turn your phone off.
  3. Boot into recovery: Hold down the "power" button and the "volume down" button for a few seconds till you see the HBOOT screen. Let it do its thing and then select "RECOVERY".
  4. At the recovery menu, use the volume buttons to select "install zip from sd card".
  5. Then select "choose zip from sd card".
  6. Then find the "root.zip" file on the list.
  7. Select "YES".
  8. Let the script do its thing till you see "Install from sd card completed".
  9. Select "Go Back" on the menu till you find the "power off" option and select it.
  10. Turn your phone back on and let Android boot.



That's it. Superuser will be installed on the phone along with Busybox and the su binary. You will be able allow access to applications needing root permissions now.

Troubleshooting:

Q: Superuser force-closes when an application requests for root permissions.
R: It will not FC when the 1st app requests permissions, but will FC when a 2nd app does. It happened to me on the Bell Canada firmware. It can be fixed by clearing the Superuser application data and then running Superuser from the app drawer. It will request an update of the 'su' binary, and once installed, the error wont ocurr anymore. I guess I could definitely fix this by finding the su binary and packing it into root.zip, but I have no idea of where to find the latest version.

Source: [TUTORIAL][ROOT] How to root your HTC Wildfire S? - xda-developers

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First of all, I'd like to thank chlinkchlink for finding out about some rooting instructions on XDA.cn. It has been a pain in the nuts to root this thing but it seems like the chinese folks over there were able to crack the thing. I am not the author of the script, I'm just putting all this together for everyone to enjoy. Also, thanks to the people of XDA.cn for their work.

I know GingerBreak works on some roms, but recent firmware versions have been fixed to not work with GingerBreak, one example is the Bell Canada firmware variant.

So far this method works on:
  • Stock European ROMs (tested by sammyke007)
  • Bell Canada ROMs (tested by me)
  • Asian ROMs (tested by XDA.cn)
  • Waiting for confirmation on US roms.

Requirements:

What does it do?: The script will install the su binary, busybox and superuser on your phone.

Step 1: Flashing the Custom Recovery UI by XDA.cn
  1. Again, make sure your device is S-OFF.
  2. Again, make sure your memory card is formatted FAT32.
  3. Place the PG76IMG.zip file into your phone SD card.
  4. Turn your phone off.
  5. Hold down the "power" button and the "volume down" button for a few seconds till you see the HBOOT screen.
  6. Don't press anything. The system will scan for some files and it will prompt you for an update. Move the cursor to OK (volume up) to start the flashing process.
  7. After it finishes, press the "power" button to restart the system.
  8. Let Android boot and delete the PG76IMG.zip file from your SD card.
  9. Congrats! Custom recovery has been installed. Process to step 2.

Step 2: Flashing the rooting script by XDA.cn
  1. Copy the root.zip file into your phone SD card.
  2. Turn your phone off.
  3. Boot into recovery: Hold down the "power" button and the "volume down" button for a few seconds till you see the HBOOT screen. Let it do its thing and then select "RECOVERY".
  4. At the recovery menu, use the volume buttons to select "install zip from sd card".
  5. Then select "choose zip from sd card".
  6. Then find the "root.zip" file on the list.
  7. Select "YES".
  8. Let the script do its thing till you see "Install from sd card completed".
  9. Select "Go Back" on the menu till you find the "power off" option and select it.
  10. Turn your phone back on and let Android boot.



That's it. Superuser will be installed on the phone along with Busybox and the su binary. You will be able allow access to applications needing root permissions now.

Troubleshooting:

Q: Superuser force-closes when an application requests for root permissions.
R: It will not FC when the 1st app requests permissions, but will FC when a 2nd app does. It happened to me on the Bell Canada firmware. It can be fixed by clearing the Superuser application data and then running Superuser from the app drawer. It will request an update of the 'su' binary, and once installed, the error wont ocurr anymore. I guess I could definitely fix this by finding the su binary and packing it into root.zip, but I have no idea of where to find the latest version.

Source: [TUTORIAL][ROOT] How to root your HTC Wildfire S? - xda-developers

Enjoy!
It worked perfectly for me it only took me 5 minutes to root my phone
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Anybody has done it ?
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Is there any way of rooting S-ON without XTC-Clip yet?
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I know this thread is close to a month old since the last activity but I'm wondering if there is a software solution to rooting the Wildfire S yet...

Any help is appreciated for this Android newcomer.
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As it stands, it looks as though the only way to root the Wildfire is with Gingerbreak and you need to be S-OFF which is only obtainable with an XTC Clip.
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what is meaning of s-off or s-on and how to make it pls?????
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S-ON is HTC's built in security check which prevents you from rooting the phone or writing to the NAND Partition. S-OFF deactivates the check.
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I know this thread is a how to root and I thought my query would be ok here (sorry if its not)

but Im looking to ROOT a wildfire S, but what about after when its rooted....is there any custom ROM's about? especially a ROM with a2sd scripting?

I tried a google search but it just comes up with roms for the original wildfire, unless I'm missing something in my search string.
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I know this thread is a how to root and I thought my query would be ok here (sorry if its not)

but Im looking to ROOT a wildfire S, but what about after when its rooted....is there any custom ROM's about? especially a ROM with a2sd scripting?

I tried a google search but it just comes up with roms for the original wildfire, unless I'm missing something in my search string.
There are a few here you could look at: Wildfire S Android Development - xda-developers

Unless you're already S-OFF, it's pretty difficult though, sorry.
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thanks El, I wonder why google wouldnt pick that up in results..odd..

and it will be S-Off, the local phone shop near me has the XTC clip and will do the rooting for me which is good.
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thanks El, I wonder why google wouldnt pick that up in results..odd..
No problem! "Wildfire S Android development xda" does it. There look to be a couple there which support apps2sd.

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and it will be S-Off, the local phone shop near me has the XTC clip and will do the rooting for me which is good.
Lucky man, the phone shop in town doesn't have one and I'm not gonna bother paying the 40 or whatever it is to root it. (I shouldn't technically be doing it anyway as it's my work phone ).
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I'm new here and I joined just for this.
When I HBOOT my HTC Wildfire S,
It says
MARVEL PVT SHIP S-OFF RL
HBOOT- 1.03.0000
MICROP-0451
RADIO-7. 46. 35. 08
JUN 2 2011, 16: 17: 50

Does that mean my phone is S-OFF?
Please reply ASAP.

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Does that mean my phone is S-OFF?
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Lol, Yes Sir!

Yeah, that means your phone is S-OFF and you should be able to root etc.
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That was fast.
OK, once I've done everything in your tutorial,
How do I install a custom rom?
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No probs.

It depends what you're looking for. Each ROM generally has its own install procedures (although they can be very similar).

If yo take a look at some of the ROMs here, that should give you an idea of what they're like. If you let me know what you want, I can have a look and knock up some instructions for you (won't be till later or maybe tomorrow though, I've got a fair bit to get done today).
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I don't actually want anything in particular...
I'm just rooting to move all my apps to SD, because I'm running out of storage.
You can choose what's best for me
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It says NO IMAGE! WRONG IMAGE! :S
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Where about are you based and who is your carrier? It only works on some phones by the looks of things.
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a quick google search hasn't helped vastly for me, so I'll shoot it here....

has the wildfire S yet been cracked with a software root rather than hardware XTC clip?

I ask because sadly my phone shop guys are not having a huge success rate with the ones they have done so far (test models) EVEN with a registered clip, so they aren't doing it for public yet till the rate is higher. So I'm stuck right now.
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I noticed something earlier today on XDA, that temp root had been achieved using a method that worked on the HTC Cha Cha. I can't confirm and can't try (my Wildfire S is a work handset), but here's the link: [Tutorial][S-on]Temp root Wildfire s - xda-developers

Obviously, with temp root what you can do is limited, but at least it's a start.
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I noticed something earlier today on XDA, that temp root had been achieved using a method that worked on the HTC Cha Cha. I can't confirm and can't try (my Wildfire S is a work handset), but here's the link: [Tutorial][S-on]Temp root Wildfire s - xda-developers

Obviously, with temp root what you can do is limited, but at least it's a start.
so as yet, still no software means to S-Off?
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damn, but it means that if they are working on software temp roots, then maybe before xmas we might get full root hopefully...

otherwise means I need to rent an XTC clip then.
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hi..i want to try booting my wildfire S.. but im scared.. what if it failed.. will my phone still work ?
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Heyyyy....
I got my phone rooted, thanks.
Any help on the ROM thing?
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And will my device unroot if I choose to delete all data on phone and memory card?
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SU binary update fails
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I rooted my phone.
Did the SU update thing.
Everything's OK.
Now I only need help with the ROM thing
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so as yet, still no software means to S-Off?
You could also try this: [DEV]Possible S-OFF Without XTC-Clip v2 - xda-developers (just noticed that this morning).

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Glad you're rooted.

Seriously though, rather than me have a look at the ROMs available and choose one for you, make the choice yourself and at some point over the weekend, I'll see if I can write up the install guide for you.
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RUU_Marvel_HTC_Europe_1.33.401.2_Radio_47.10.35.30 29H_7.46.35.08_release_185724_signed.exe

Got this thing ^^

What do I do now?
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That looks to be a official ROM.

If you have a custom ROM on there and want to return your phone back under warranty, that's what you'd run to restore it to its original state.
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Yeahh..
But I want to install this, because I have a telstra AU ROM, and it has all sorts of rubbish from big pond, which I don't want. AND it has weird telstra apps which take up space on my phone.

I unistalled them using root uninstall, but I still want a EU ROM,
So, I need to know how to install this.
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I'm not sure it will work unfortunately. Whilst it's not hard (you just connect the phone to the PC and run the RUU.exe), you have to be careful when running an RUU because if you try to flash non branded software on a carrier branded HTC device, it can cause problems. Have a look here for more info: HELP PLEASE! DHD Bricked? Tried to DEBRAND WITHOUT GOLDCARD

Different handset, but I'm 99.99% sure the result would be the same.

In order to do it properly, you'd need to create a goldcard (a special type of SD Card which tricks the phone into accepting unbranded firmware). I'm not sure you get Wildfire S goldcards yet unfortunately.
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Ugh.
I already downloaded it.
Where can I get custom roms,
and what is app2sd scripting?
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There's a list of ROMs here. Take a look and see what you like though.

Apps2SD is a way of forcing apps to install on the SD Card so the SD Card simulates internal memory.
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First of all, I'd like to thank chlinkchlink for finding out about some rooting instructions on XDA.cn. It has been a pain in the nuts to root this thing but it seems like the chinese folks over there were able to crack the thing. I am not the author of the script, I'm just putting all this together for everyone to enjoy. Also, thanks to the people of XDA.cn for their work.

I know GingerBreak works on some roms, but recent firmware versions have been fixed to not work with GingerBreak, one example is the Bell Canada firmware variant.

So far this method works on:
  • Stock European ROMs (tested by sammyke007)
  • Bell Canada ROMs (tested by me)
  • Asian ROMs (tested by XDA.cn)
  • Waiting for confirmation on US roms.

Requirements:

What does it do?: The script will install the su binary, busybox and superuser on your phone.

Step 1: Flashing the Custom Recovery UI by XDA.cn
  1. Again, make sure your device is S-OFF.
  2. Again, make sure your memory card is formatted FAT32.
  3. Place the PG76IMG.zip file into your phone SD card.
  4. Turn your phone off.
  5. Hold down the "power" button and the "volume down" button for a few seconds till you see the HBOOT screen.
  6. Don't press anything. The system will scan for some files and it will prompt you for an update. Move the cursor to OK (volume up) to start the flashing process.
  7. After it finishes, press the "power" button to restart the system.
  8. Let Android boot and delete the PG76IMG.zip file from your SD card.
  9. Congrats! Custom recovery has been installed. Process to step 2.

Step 2: Flashing the rooting script by XDA.cn
  1. Copy the root.zip file into your phone SD card.
  2. Turn your phone off.
  3. Boot into recovery: Hold down the "power" button and the "volume down" button for a few seconds till you see the HBOOT screen. Let it do its thing and then select "RECOVERY".
  4. At the recovery menu, use the volume buttons to select "install zip from sd card".
  5. Then select "choose zip from sd card".
  6. Then find the "root.zip" file on the list.
  7. Select "YES".
  8. Let the script do its thing till you see "Install from sd card completed".
  9. Select "Go Back" on the menu till you find the "power off" option and select it.
  10. Turn your phone back on and let Android boot.



That's it. Superuser will be installed on the phone along with Busybox and the su binary. You will be able allow access to applications needing root permissions now.

Troubleshooting:

Q: Superuser force-closes when an application requests for root permissions.
R: It will not FC when the 1st app requests permissions, but will FC when a 2nd app does. It happened to me on the Bell Canada firmware. It can be fixed by clearing the Superuser application data and then running Superuser from the app drawer. It will request an update of the 'su' binary, and once installed, the error wont ocurr anymore. I guess I could definitely fix this by finding the su binary and packing it into root.zip, but I have no idea of where to find the latest version.

Source: [TUTORIAL][ROOT] How to root your HTC Wildfire S? - xda-developers

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Id like to thank you for your easy to use guide, but I have found a much simpiler way on CDMA phones. You must create a goldcard, use a file, and then a computer program, but i did it in easily 5 minutes. I have more tutorials here, come check it out if you want [WIP][KERNEL][ROM] Wildfire S Virgin Mobile USA - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com im moving it to androidforums soon
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Hello,
I'm new here and I joined just for this.
When I HBOOT my HTC Wildfire S,
It says
MARVEL PVT SHIP S-OFF RL
HBOOT- 1.03.0000
MICROP-0451
RADIO-7. 46. 35. 08
JUN 2 2011, 16: 17: 50

Does that mean my phone is S-OFF?
Please reply ASAP.

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Id like to thank you for your easy to use guide, but I have found a much simpiler way on CDMA phones. You must create a goldcard, use a file, and then a computer program, but i did it in easily 5 minutes. I have more tutorials here, come check it out if you want [WIP][KERNEL][ROM] Wildfire S Virgin Mobile USA - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com im moving it to androidforums soon
Will this work with MetroPCS phones? Has anyone confirmed this?
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Ugh.
I already downloaded it.
Where can I get custom roms,
and what is app2sd scripting?
hi, any updates?

is this for a Telstra A510B handset?

i really need to get rid of the Telstra bloatware to make this phone usable!
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I have an HTC Wildfire S phone and I am running out of internal memory space. I want to move some apps on it form the phone to the SDCard, but I do not know how or what I need to do.

Can someone help me?

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I have an HTC Wildfire S phone and I am running out of internal memory space. I want to move some apps on it form the phone to the SDCard, but I do not know how or what I need to do.

Can someone help me?

Thank you.
try using this App:

https://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.infolife.app2sd&hl=en

if that does not move enough apps to the SD card, you will need to ROOT it and install a custom ROM
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try using this App:

https://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.infolife.app2sd&hl=en

if that does not move enough apps to the SD card, you will need to ROOT it and install a custom ROM
I have all my downloaded apps to my SDCard, but I still have only 21.69MB out of 150.00MB of space on my phone.

I have never rooted a phone, and not sure what to do.
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I have all my downloaded apps to my SDCard, but I still have only 21.69MB out of 150.00MB of space on my phone.

I have never rooted a phone, and not sure what to do.
i have ordered the XTC Clip device to S-OFF my phone and will be ROOTING it after that...

i will post up an idiots guide once done (i am n00b - so need to write the guide for myself to follow first!)

anyway's:

you can also go into 'Applications' and select 'Remove app' then select 'Sort by size' and your apps will be listed by size.

you can then go through the largest ones, and see the storage used (both for the App and the App's data).

if any App's have big amounts of Data - this can be cleared to make more space... but you might lose some information doing this!!!! so be judicious on which apps you clear...

but i found heaps of data taking up space in apps i don't even use or want...

i'm looking forwards to ROOTING so i can get rid of those apps altogether!
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I've done all of that (clearing data, moving apps to SD etc). I just want a root to be available like with every other android phone so I can permanently remove apps that I never use but which take up space and you can't uninstall without rooting the phone.
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Hi El Presidente.
I finally found something I want to flash on my phone.
It's this ROM by Jikantaru,
Here's the link: [ROM] Android 2.3.5 HTC_Europe_2.13.401.2 [Rooted][Apps2sd] - Fast Stable - xda-developers
I'd be grateful if you told me how to flash it.
I didn't bother asking on XDA 'cause they're really mean.
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hey guys thanks for the infos. am a noob and know nothing much abt these stuffs. i will try these stuffs and will post the response.
el precedente is so nice and helpful. a spl thanks to you mate.
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Hi El Presidente.
I finally found something I want to flash on my phone.
It's this ROM by Jikantaru,
Here's the link: [ROM] Android 2.3.5 HTC_Europe_2.13.401.2 [Rooted][Apps2sd] - Fast Stable - xda-developers
I'd be grateful if you told me how to flash it.
I didn't bother asking on XDA 'cause they're really mean.
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Sorry it's taken a while to get back to you.

Do you have Titanium Backup installed? That will allow you to backup all your apps and the data associated with them.
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