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Cool [Guide] How to root the Wildfire S with S-ON

NOTE: This tutorial is for rooting the HTC Wildfire S by unlocking the phoneís bootloader even with S-ON. It is no longer necessary to gain S-OFF in order to root the Wildfire S!

This method of rooting the phone became possible with HTC devís release of the unlocked bootloader for the Wildfire S. I donít take credit for coming up with this method, just for consolidating it here for those interested. Credit goes out to the guys at xda developers for each step.

Please note that this method does involve the possible voiding of your warranty, so be certain that you are willing to risk that to root your phone. Moreover, you proceed at your own risk. I accept no responsibility for what you do with your phone. All I can say is that I got it to work on mine, and so have many others.

You will need much patience and time, and youíll need to know how to use SDK tools for Android (see below). If you are a total noob, I do not recommend this for your first project! If you try anyway and get confused with terminology, try looking here for answers: Terminology - CyanogenMod Wiki.

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Before you begin, make sure that your computer can properly recognize the phone:

You will need SDK tools for Android, Java runtime, and HTC Sync installed on your Windows computer. If you run Mac, I canít help you. I avoid all that narcissistic iStuff like the plague.

1. You only need to install HTC Sync for the drivers that come with it. But the program sometimes causes conflicts, so during this procedure, make sure it is not running. Open Task Manager in Windows and kill it. If you donít use HTC Sync, you may also open Control Panel and uninstall it without uninstalling the drivers.

2. With the phone on, connect the USB cable. Make sure the phone is connected in Charge only mode.

3. Enable USB debugging by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging.

1. Perform a full backup your phoneís data as you will be doing a factory reset.


2. [OPTIONAL] Update software version to 2.3.5
If you have a Marvel/A510e, I recommend updating to 2.3.5 before proceeding (if possible), though you can root a 2.3.3 device. If you decide to root 2.3.3 now and install 2.3.5 later, youíll lose your root and have to run steps 4 and 5 over again.

If a 2.3.5 update is unavailable for your phone through HTC OTA updates or your carrier and youíre willing to do some work, check out this guide to install the European 2.3.5 ROM which is known to work with most Marvel/A510e phones even from other regions.
[GUIDE]How to update HTC Wildfire S/Marvel/A510e/GSM to Software Version 2.3.5

Certain other phones like MetroPCS are stuck at 2.3.4, so move on to step 3 below.


3. Unlock your bootloader at htcdev.com
The next step is to head over to htcdev.com and follow the procedure there to unlock your bootloader. This is the step that can void your warranty!

↓ ↓ ↓ READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE CONTINUING!!!! ↓ ↓ ↓

Phones with updated ROMs already have an unlockable bootloader, so step 3B below (the hardest step in the rooting process) is unnecessary. Before beginning, check to see if you have an updated bootloader already as follows:

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1. Boot the phone into HBOOT (turn it off, pull and reinsert the battery, hold volume down and press power button).

2. If you see ***LOCKED*** at the top of the screen, your bootloader is already the unlockable type and updating is unnecessary. (Lucky you!) Proceed to step 3A, skip 3B and finish with 3C.

3. If you see ***UNLOCKED *** at the top of the screen, your bootloader is already updated and unlocked. (Really lucky you!) You can skip step 3 altogether and proceed to root the phone at step 4.

4. If you see neither of the above at the top of the screen, then you must perform all of steps 3A - 3C before rooting the phone.
3A. Getting started Create an account at htcdev.com and login. Click the "Unlock Bootloader" icon and "Get Started" button.

On the right side of the next page you will see Supported Devices and a dropdown list that says ------- Select Your Device ------- below it. If your bootloader already says ***_LOCKED_*** then choose All Other Supported Models since you do not need to update your bootloader. Otherwise choose HTC Wildfire S *. The asterisk (*) means that your phone requires a bootloader update (step 3B below).

Finally, click the "Begin Unlock Bootloader" button. Fill out all the nasty forms telling HTC that itís perfectly fine with you to potentially void your warranty by doing this process.

If your phone's bootloader already shows ***UNLOCKED *** and you selected All Other Supported Models then proceed to step 3C below. Otherwise continue at step 3B.

3B. Updating your Bootloader Read the "Bootloader instructions" page carefully. Then choose the correct RUU for your phoneís carrier and model number (ie, PG76xxx00). The model number for your phone is found under the battery minus the final two 0s. If youíve successfully upgraded to the European 2.3.5 RUU in step 1 above, the corresponding bootloader update (HTC EU) should work for your phone. Itís the one I used for my Asia A510e/PG76100. Re-read the instructions and then follow them.

When you run the RUU, make sure that HTC Sync isnít running in the background or youíll get error 170 USB connection and the update will fail.

Once the bootloader is successfully updated, when you boot your phone into HBOOT (turn it off, pull and reinsert the battery, hold volume down and press power button) youíll see ***_LOCKED_(OOW)_*** ("Out Of Warranty"?) at the top of the screen and and H-BOOT-1.08.0099 or H-BOOT-1.10.0000 below. Move on to 3C below. But, if you run into problems...

If you canít find an RUU for your phone/carrier, try a generic RUU for a phone of the same model. These will start with "HTC" instead of a carrier name. Again,make sure that itís for the same model (ie, PG76xxxx) as your phone. If you ignore what I just said and brick your phone, then you probably arenít reading this sentence either but itís still your own fault

How to manually flash the update if you get errors trying to update with the RUU...exe:
First, verify that HTC Sync isnít running in the background. If not and youíre still getting errors (ie, 131-wrong CID, 170/171-USB error, 191-ROM Not Supported) chances are you can overcome them by flashing the ROM from your MicroSDHC card using this procedure.

1) Run the RUU...exe again. (For A510e users, download the HTC Asia RUU and run it instead of the HTC EU RUU. Thanks for the tip, fyerwyer!) Once the wizard is running, look for the temp folder it created. It will look something like C:/Users/[YourLoginNameHere]/AppData/Local/Temp/{82B23FCD-D5D0-45CA-A3A2-5350D3926551}. To get there quickly, open Explorer and type %temp% in the navigation bar, then open the folder with the long file name.
2) Find rom_02.zip in a subfolder of that folder and rename it PG76IMG.zip
3) Copy PG76IMG.zip onto the root directory of your MicroSDHC card
4) Shutdown the phone, pull and reinsert the battery and reinstall the MicroSDHC card
5) Boot into HBOOT (hold volume down and press power)
6) Wait for it to load PG76IMG.zip and press volume up ("yes") to install
7) Shut the phone down and delete PG76IMG.zip from the MicroSDHC card
8) Boot into HBOOT again and you should see ***_LOCKED_(OOW)_*** with a bootloader version of H-BOOT-1.08.0099 or H-BOOT-1.10.0000 below. Move onto 3C below

If youíre completely stuck on this step you can get more help here or post a reply to this thread and Iíll try to help. But be sure to thank the guys that help you by clicking the thanks button!

3C. Unlock the bootloader
Now youíll follow the steps starting on pg. 2 of the unlock bootloader procedure at htcdev.com. (Find the green button waaaay down at the bottom of the ROM selection page that says "Proceed to Step 1".)

This step requires you to use adb commands (SDK tools) to retrieve your phoneís oem identifier token. You will then upload that to the HTC dev bootloader unlock page. Make sure that you enter it without any spaces. After receiving it, HTC dev will respond with an email containing an image file ("Unlock_code.bin") which you will then flash to the phone to unlock your bootloader. When done successfully, the HBOOT screen will show ***_UNLOCKED_***. Success!




4. Now on to root the phone!
Note: this will only work if your phoneís bootloader is successfully unlocked (you see ***_UNLOCKED_*** on your HBOOT screen) or you happen to have an S-ON phone.

There are easier methods of rooting the Wildfire S using "one-click" tools such as the HTC SuperTool v3 by frigid at xda-developers, but these tools are getting less-and-less reliable with new bootloaders and updated stock HTC ROMs. The method below is a little more involved, but has a near 100% success rate. It's also the first way the Wildfire S was rooted--the way of the ancients . Credits to the guys at XDA.cn for developing the rooting script and user Heritz at xda-developers.com for posting the method.

4A. Install ClockworkMod Recovery
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1. Download the official 5.0.2.8 image at ClockworkModís download page. Make sure you choose the right one for your device whether Marvel or MarvelC (listed as "Wildfire S" and "Wildfire S CDMA" respectively) and save it somewhere you can find it later. If you downloaded the zip version, extract the img file from the zip you just downloaded.

2. Boot the phone into HBOOT. (You are a pro at this by now, right? ) After it scans for PG7610.zip, select FASTBOOT and press the power button then connect the USB cable. The word FASTBOOT will change into FASTBOOT USB. If not, then either your USB drivers for the Wildfire S or Android SDK Tools is not installed properly.

3. Open a command prompt in Windows and navigate to the folder where you extracted the recovery image in step 1.

4. Type the following command: fastboot flash recovery [image name.img]. For example:
c:\android\>fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-5.0.2.8-marvel.img

If you have downloaded the MarvelC image, the image name will be recovery-clockwork-5.0.2.8-marvelc.img.
If CWM Recovery will not load on your phone and you get a black screen when loading recovery from HBOOT (this is very common with the newer ROM builds) then try TWRP Recovery which, as you would expect, comes in GSM and CDMA flavors. You can download and install it with GOOManager or download it directly from TeamWin: GSM or CDMA

4B. Download root.zip and put it on your SD card.

4C. Flash root.zip
Boot into HBOOT and go into Recovery. Then select install zip from sd card and choose zip from sd card. Then find the root.zip file downloaded above and install it.

4D. Go back to the main menu and reboot the phone.

4E. Verify that the SuperUser app is installed and go to Google Play market to update it. If the SuperUser app is not installed, download SuperSU from Google Play store. Either way, reboot the phone.

4F. Verify that the phone is rooted
by installing any app that requires root and opening it. Some good apps that require root are Link2SD, Titanium Backup, ES File Explorer (enable rooted exploring under settings) and Root Explorer. When you open the app, you should see something like the following:


If you don't see this screen and the phone says it can't access root, reboot and try again.


5. Iím finally rooted! Now what?

5A. Backup your stock HTC ROM in CWM5 (or TWRP) Recovery!! Before you make changes to your stock ROM or decide to install a custom ROM, this is a must! Reverting back to a stock HTC ROM after installing a custom ROM can cause massive headaches. Restoring from a backup is MUCH easier. It will also help if you've ruined your ROM causing a softbrick. You just boot into CWM5 Recovery, do a factory reset and clear cache (including Dalvik) and do a restore from your previously backed-up ROM.

So, reboot the phone into bootloader, use volume down to select Recovery and press power to select. When Recovery comes up, select Backup/Restore > Backup. Then find the backup you just made on the SD card (under sdcard/clockworkmod/backup) and copy that to your computer for safekeeping in case you loose or format your SD card.

5B. Install custom ROMs. Some are happy with HTCís stock Sense 2.1 ROMs. But most of us arenít, and thatís why we rooted the phone in the first place, right?

First, make sure that the ROM you download is for your phone:

For a list of other custom ROMs available, check out this thread [INDEX] roms/recovery/guides/kernel/root/... and make sure that the ROM you download is for your phone, whether Marvel/MarvelC/MetroPCS.

The procedure for flashing a custom ROM is as follows:
1) Boot into Recovery and backup your stock ROM. If you donít and something goes wrong, youíll have a major headache on your hands. *DO NOT* skip this step.
2) Download the ROM and copy it to the root directory of your SD card.
3) Do a factory reset, wipe the cache partition and wipe dalvik cache (under Advanced).
4) Install the update from the SD card.


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sounds good! but will this work for a A510B as well?
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sounds good! but will this work for a A510B as well?
Since the A510b is a GSM phone similar to the A510e it will work. However, the radios are different (frequency issue) so avoid flashing the radio with an A510e ROM.

The important thing is the part number (behind the battery). My A510e is part# PG76100 and I used the corresponding generic EU HBOOT update for that part. I read somewhere that the A510b is part number PG76120. (You'll need to verify that for yourself.) If so, there is an HBOOT update for you at HTC dev, but it may have a different country/brand than your phone.

Also, check out this post: ERROR [191] ROM IS NOT SUPPORTED , my wait seems endless - xda-developers. His method will get you past the first half of step 2 above, which is the hardest part. It's a little complicated, but I had to go through the same process because HTC has not released the Asia-flavored PG76100 HBOOT update. Thus I forced the EU HBOOT and everything went fine.
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I don't see a T-mobile US file there... Damn, I really want to root this thing...
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I don't see a T-mobile US file there... Damn, I really want to root this thing...
What's the model number of your phone? It will be under the battery and look like PG76X00.

Are you running 2.3.5 yet?
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can u please tell me if in this processs there is a possibility of bricking the phone??and also a list of custom roms available for the wildfire s after rooting would be very helpful!!
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can u please tell me if in this processs there is a possibility of bricking the phone??and also a list of custom roms available for the wildfire s after rooting would be very helpful!!
From what I understand (I could be wrong) it would be hard to brick the phone with S-ON. I've not yet heard of someone bricking a phone with this method.

As for a list of custom ROMs, you have basically the following (use google to see previews):
  • HTC Sense stock ROM
  • HTC Sense modified ROMs (modifications vary by developer, with or without HTC Sense)
  • Cyanogen 7.2 stable unsupported
  • Cyanogen 7.2 nightly (not yet perfected)

I'm using Cyanogen 7.2 and I really like it. I won't be going back to HTC stock/Sense ROM any time soon. More info here:
[INDEX] roms/recovery/guides/kernel/root/...


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Confirmed working with Australian Telstra Wildfire-S (S-On).

My phone is now European 2.3.5 RUU, unlocked hboot, rooted.

I did hit a couple of stumbling blocks along the way, but the links in the OP to XDA forums have got some solutions.
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Confirmed working with Australian Telstra Wildfire-S (S-On).

My phone is now European 2.3.5 RUU, unlocked hboot, rooted.

I did hit a couple of stumbling blocks along the way, but the links in the OP to XDA forums have got some solutions.
Congrats! Now run out and get yourself Clockworkmod Recovery v5.0.2.6 and the Android Superuser app. Then check out this thread for all the cool things you can do with a rooted WFS.
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hello! I am new to android and wildfire s is my first phone.. so I read this tutorial,and i think it says I need to update hboot to root or i don,t need to update hboot if I allready have S-ON version.

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this will only work if your phone's bootloader is successfully unlocked (you see ***_UNLOCKED_*** on your HBOOT screen) or you happen to have an S-ON phone.
Question is do I need to update hboot if I all ready have S-ON phone?
Can I skip hboot unlocking?
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hello! I am new to android and wildfire s is my first phone.. so I read this tutorial,and i think it says I need to update hboot to root or i don,t need to update hboot if I allready have S-ON version.

Question is do I need to update hboot if I all ready have S-ON phone?
Can I skip hboot unlocking?
I think you are misunderstanding. To root the phone, you either need S-OFF or an unlocked bootloader. Since your phone is S-ON, you must unlock your bootloader which requires updating your HBOOT per step 2 of the guide.
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The guide has been expanded and vastly improved, especially for those having trouble updating their bootloader. I've also tacked on a section for what to do once root is achieved to cover the basics.
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Hi guys, I'm having a little problem.

I have unlocked the bootloader on the phone and have (I think) rooted the phone. My problem now is that when I try to drop into cwm recovery it shows a screen with the phone and a big red triangle?

I'm really stuck on what I have done wrong, can anyone help?
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Hi guys, I'm having a little problem.

I have unlocked the bootloader on the phone and have (I think) rooted the phone. My problem now is that when I try to drop into cwm recovery it shows a screen with the phone and a big red triangle?

I'm really stuck on what I have done wrong, can anyone help?
Hi, thecreeper77.

I don't understand if you have rooted or not your mobile phone. Why aren't you sure for this activity?

Could you also send us a picture of what your screen shows?
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Hi guys, I'm having a little problem.

I have unlocked the bootloader on the phone and have (I think) rooted the phone. My problem now is that when I try to drop into cwm recovery it shows a screen with the phone and a big red triangle?

I'm really stuck on what I have done wrong, can anyone help?
What error message do you get with the red triangle? What have you done since unlocking the bootloader? Did you install CWM recovery? If so, how? What ROM are you using? And please confirm root. If you don't know how, use Google. There are lots of ways.
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Hi guys, really sorry I have not replied sooner. I am Pretty sure it has been rooted as superuser is running, the main problem I am having is when it comes to flashing cwm recovery, as it doesn't give an option for the wildfire s, only the wildfire.

I will post pics a little later when I get home, just to show you what the screen looks like.

Thanks for your help and patience, really appreciate it!
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the main problem I am having is when it comes to flashing cwm recovery, as it doesn't give an option for the wildfire s, only the wildfire.
How did you try to install cwm recovery? Did you use eoghan2t7's installer over at XDA or did you try to install it yourself some other way?
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Near, BTW congrats on getting your bootloader unlocked and phone rooted!! Be sure to let us know what you've done with it since.
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From what I understand (I could be wrong) it would be hard to brick the phone with S-ON. I've not yet heard of someone bricking a phone with this method.

As for a list of custom ROMs, you have basically the following (use google to see previews):
  • HTC Sense stock ROM
  • HTC Sense modified ROMs (modifications vary by developer, with or without HTC Sense)
  • Cyanogen 7.2 stable unsupported
  • Cyanogen 7.2 nightly (not yet perfected)

I'm using Cyanogen 7.2 and I really like it. I won't be going back to HTC stock/Sense ROM any time soon. More info here:
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Sorry for again asking this...I want to know if rooting by this method my sd card contents will be deleted.? And whether I have to install all the apps again on my phone? That is if data on my phone will be deleted?
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Sorry for again asking this...I want to know if rooting by this method my sd card contents will be deleted.? And whether I have to install all the apps again on my phone? That is if data on my phone will be deleted?
As stated in the guide, yes you will do a factory reset (potentially twice) during the procedure. You must back up your data if its valuable to you. There are apps on Android Market for backing up and restoring apps. The procedure should not alter the contents of your SD card, but I'd back it up just to be safe.
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If you can't find an RUU for your phone/carrier, try a generic RUU for a phone of the same model. These will start with "HTC" instead of a carrier name. Again, make sure that it's for the same model (ie, PG76xxxx) as your phone.

If you get errors trying to update with the RUU executable (ie, 171-USB error, 191-ROM Not Supported) chances are you can overcome them by flashing the ROM from your MicroSDHC card using this procedure:

1) Run the RUU again and look for the temp folder it created, usually something like
C:\Users\[YourLoginNameHere]\AppData\Local\Temp\{82B23FCD-D5D0-45CA-A3A2-5350D3926551}
2) Find rom_02.zip in a subfolder of that folder and rename it PG76IMG.zip
3) Copy PG76IMG.zip onto the root directory of your MicroSDHC card
4) Shutdown the phone, pull and reinsert the battery and reinstall the MicroSDHC card
5) Boot into bootloader (hold volume down and press power)
6) Wait for it to load PG76IMG.zip and press volume up ("yes") to install
7) Shut the phone down and delete PG76IMG.zip from the MicroSDHC card
8) Boot into bootloader again and you should see ***_LOCKED_(OOW)_*** with a bootloader version of H-BOOT-1.08.0099 below. Move onto 3C below
For me this was the hardest step, and I can confirm to others reading this that the flashing ROM from your MicroSDHC does work.

I just want to confirm something with OP (CafeKampuchia). CafeKampuchia, when I did this step I found it was necessary to use the Asia RUU, because the Europe RUU only had 1 zip inside.

Also, within the Aisa RUU there were 2 zips (rom_1.zip and rom_2.zip), and I was instructed to exectute rom_1.zip on the SDcard first (this one just updates the radio), and then rom_2.zip (which updates radio and hboot). Not sure if this info is valid for everyone, but it did 100% work for me. Let me know if things have changed recently (maybe the Europe RUU was updated) and I can edit out this post (to avoid confusion).

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1) Run the RUU again and look for the temp folder it created, usually something like
C:\Users\[YourLoginNameHere]\AppData\Local\Temp\{82B23FCD-D5D0-45CA-A3A2-5350D3926551}
2) Find rom_02.zip in a subfolder of that folder and rename it PG76IMG.zip
3) Copy PG76IMG.zip onto the root directory of your MicroSDHC card
I just want to confirm something with OP (CafeKampuchia). CafeKampuchia, when I did this step I found it was necessary to use the Asia RUU, because the Europe RUU only had 1 zip inside.

Also, within the Aisa RUU there were 2 zips (rom_1.zip and rom_2.zip), and I was instructed to exectute rom_1.zip on the SDcard first (this one just updates the radio), and then rom_2.zip (which updates radio and hboot). Not sure if this info is valid for everyone, but it did 100% work for me. Let me know if things have changed recently (maybe the Europe RUU was updated) and I can edit out this post (to avoid confusion).
Thanks for the heads up. Did you use the "HTC Asia India" RUU? I don't see a pure "HTC Asia" on the list. When I did it the HTC European RUU (PG7610000_Marvel_hboot_1.08.0099_20111216.exe) had both, the one that updates the HBOOT being rom_2.zip as it seems to have been the case with your Asian RUU. I'm curious to know which European RUU you tried that only had one.

Thanks again for the positive feedback on the guide!
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I'm curious to know which European RUU you tried that only had one.
On the HTC site now, its showing as "HTC EU 2.12.401.2", but maybe its been update since I first followed you guide.... (?)

The one which worked fine was "HTC Asia India 2.13.720.1".

It seems all this is a moot point now anyways since you have tested EU to be working. Good news for all. HTC did a darn good thing by facilitating us to enjoy our S-ON phones.

Oh and PS. Strange thing happened when experimenting. My hboot screen started reporting as "S-OFF". Is this even possible that it was accurate, or just a display glitch? After executing rom_1.zip + rom_2.zip its now back to displaying "S-ON". Not important at all, just a curiosoty (I saw another user report same anomaly). Cheers again.
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No I didn't use that method, but i just have and it is now working!!

Thank you very much for your help, really appreciate it.
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On the HTC site now, its showing as "HTC EU 2.12.401.2", but maybe its been update since I first followed you guide.... (?)
And possibly different since I rooted my phone, which is why I didn't mention RUU version numbers in the guide.

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The one which worked fine was "HTC Asia India 2.13.720.1".
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Oh and PS. Strange thing happened when experimenting. My hboot screen started reporting as "S-OFF". Is this even possible that it was accurate, or just a display glitch? After executing rom_1.zip + rom_2.zip its now back to displaying "S-ON". Not important at all, just a curiosoty (I saw another user report same anomaly). Cheers again.
Strange... I'm guessing glitch. Too bad it didn't stay S-OFF!
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Many thanks for the guide, worked perfectly for a vodafone UK carrier. The only problems i ran into were due to my own stupidity (mistyped commands lol).
I was only going to root in order to instal a clean version of the stock rom, without all the apps that make me rage by turning on every time i turn on wifi/3g. but i realised it's just as easy to get CM7 so thats what i did.
one thing that scared me was the cyanogenmod had to be prompted to import contacts from SIM (i thought they were gone for a second :P), which i guess just reinforces the view that i am in control now, not the phone.
By the way, i realise there has been a clockworkmod recovery released for the wildfire S (which is how i backedup my stock rom), but is there (going to be) a clockworkmod mod manager compatible? as i understand, since there's no wildfire S on the list in the app it isnt compatible so far...
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hi i rooted my device using the above steps(i was able to get into su using a terminal..)..but i was not able to get s-off on my device...now since i already have root access,is it necessary to get s-off...or does it not matter???
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Many thanks for the guide, worked perfectly for a vodafone UK carrier.
Congrats! Thanks for letting letting us know that it worked!
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but i realised it's just as easy to get CM7 so thats what i did. ... i am in control now, not the phone.
That's why I don't see myself going back to HTC Sense, unless it's a modified ROM.
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By the way, i realise there has been a clockworkmod recovery released for the wildfire S (which is how i backedup my stock rom), but is there (going to be) a clockworkmod mod manager compatible? as i understand, since there's no wildfire S on the list in the app it isnt compatible so far...
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Actually, Clockworkmod recovery itself is not officially supported for WFS. Eoghan2t7's installer found in my guide is only a port for WFS. Most of this stuff hasn't been supported in the past (even CM7) because before HTC released the unlocked bootloader, the phone wasn't rootable. Why develop and support software that requires root for an unrootable device?
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hi i rooted my device using the above steps(i was able to get into su using a terminal..)..but i was not able to get s-off on my device...now since i already have root access,is it necessary to get s-off...or does it not matter???
First, thanks for letting us know that you successfully rooted your phone!

To answer your question, getting S-OFF is not necessary now that the bootloader has been unlocked. In fact, it's not possible at the moment unless you use an XTC Clip.
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First, thanks for letting us know that you successfully rooted your phone!

To answer your question, getting S-OFF is not necessary now that the bootloader has been unlocked. In fact, it's not possible at the moment unless you use an XTC Clip.
thanks for ur promt reply....even installed cm7...enjoying root privileges...great thread!!!!!
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BTW, what HBOOT version do you have now, same as the European, H-BOOT-1.08.0099? If it's different I'd like to mention it in the guide.
After a quick check I can confirm that mine is the exact same number, 1.08.0099
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is this reversible?
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It depends on what you mean.

Root is reversible. You can easily unroot a stock HTC ROM. Or if you installed a custom ROM, you can flash back to a non-rooted stock HTC ROM.

Unlocking the updated HBOOT is reversible. It's not to hard to relock it.

Updating the HBOOT is reversible. It's not easy, but it's possible to flash an older locked HBOOT.

Waiving your warranty rights is not reversible. During the bootloader unlock process you are required to upload your phone's oem identifier token to htc's website. They'll know that your phone's bootloader has been unlocked, even if you revert. Your warranty is still broken.

Like I say in the guide, don't do the procedure unless you are willing to sacrifice your warranty. But once it's done, I don't know why you'd want to reverse it all. The extra control you gain over the hardware is well worth it for a tweaker like me.
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I am stuck on this part of the HTCDev. It doesn't work with my phone.

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I also have no idea what a rom or ruu is. Something about updating the phone? So I skipped that and went down the the bottom of that page where you download bootloader (Hboot or something). And I just put that in my sd card. Could I be stuck because of my "ruu" and "rom"? I get to the bootloader page successfully though.

Also, if I press the power button on "Bootloader", this is what I get

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Main question: Every time I try to unlock the bootloader, why do I get stuck at this point? I know some code is supposed to show up instead.
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I also have no idea what a rom or ruu is.
Check out this page for words you don’t know: Terminology - CyanogenMod Wiki.

The short answer: ROM is the internal flash memory of your phone. All components of the OS reside in ROM including the HBOOT, which needs to be successfully updated to finish the process. An RUU (ROM Update Utility) is a downloadable program that updates the ROM on your phone from a Windows computer via USB cable.

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I also have no idea what a rom or ruu is. Something about updating the phone? So I skipped that...
You must update your bootloader by downloading and running the appropriate RUU from htcdev.com. Make sure that you have completely and correctly finished step 3B before trying 3C. Step 3B is the key to the whole process.
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Thank you I understand now.

So, would this be the RUU that everyone is talking about?

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If so then I already put this in the root of my sd card. The name of it is like "Hboot Marvel" or something. It is what loaded the bootloader. So I don't think it's the RUU. I cannot find the RUU people are referring to. If it is, what am I doing wrong? It could be that my usb is not recognized by my computer, yet I can still access my sd card. And yes I have HTC Sync installed.

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Thank you I understand now.

So, would this be the RUU that everyone is talking about?

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If so then I already put this in the root of my sd card. The name of it is like "Hboot Marvel" or something. It is what loaded the bootloader. So I don't think it's the RUU. I cannot find the RUU people are referring to. If it is, what am I doing wrong? It could be that my usb is not recognized by my computer, yet I can still access my sd card. And yes I have HTC Sync installed.

Thank you.
To be honest, I'm really not sure what you are talking about.

1. Download the appropriate RUU from the list. It looks like you have already downloaded Bell Mobility WWE. Save it on your computer somewhere.

2. Connect your phone to the computer via the USB cable and enable USB debugging (Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging).

3. Run the RUU from Windows and follow the instructions in the wizard.
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Thanks! the HTC super tool said it rooted but it didn't say that on my phone. So I used another method and it worked! I thank you for making this tutorial and helping me root my phone
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I know this may be a bad place for this, but i have more chances in this topic.

Could anyone send me clean CWM backup which was done after procedure described here?

My WFS got bootlooped and I don't have backup. Stock ROM woun't flash because it has lower version (2.13.401). My ROM version (after 2.3.5 update and htcdev root) is 2.17.0.0 :/


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Sweet!!! I had already rooted with an XTC clip, but just installed CM7 and it's slick! Thanks
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Confirmed working with Australian Telstra Wildfire-S (S-On).

My phone is now European 2.3.5 RUU, unlocked hboot, rooted.

I did hit a couple of stumbling blocks along the way, but the links in the OP to XDA forums have got some solutions.
hi mate, could you atleast tell me the model you have
i have A510b PG76120 and it wouldnt load the eu htc ROM
could you please point me in the right direction that would be very much appreciated.
some body suggested using the thialand rom but not sure what that would end up like.
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hi mate, could you atleast tell me the model you have
i have A510b PG76120 and it wouldnt load the eu htc ROM
could you please point me in the right direction that would be very much appreciated.
some body suggested using the thialand rom but not sure what that would end up like.
I think there is an HBOOT update listed at htcdev.com for PG76120 (Brightstar?). If so, you could try to download it and run it or flash it using this procedure from the guide:
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1) Run the RUU again and look for the temp folder it created, usually something like
C:\Users\[YourLoginNameHere]\AppData\Local\Temp\{82B23FCD-D5D0-45CA-A3A2-5350D3926551}
2) Find rom_02.zip in a subfolder of that folder and rename it PG76IMG.zip
3) Copy PG76IMG.zip onto the root directory of your MicroSDHC card
4) Shutdown the phone, pull and reinsert the battery and reinstall the MicroSDHC card
5) Boot into bootloader (hold volume down and press power)
6) Wait for it to load PG76IMG.zip and press volume up ("yes") to install
7) Shut the phone down and delete PG76IMG.zip from the MicroSDHC card
8) Boot into bootloader again and you should see ***_LOCKED_(OOW)_*** with a bootloader version of H-BOOT-1.08.0099 below. Move onto 3C below
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Hello My first post here,

This is a brilliant thread but I cant understand how to back all my phone up in case things go wrong (not meaning addresses ect). I have spent a while looking at posts and ended up getting more of a headache

I have a WFS V 2.3.3 HTC Sence V 2.1 Software # 1.33.161.2

I think I have rooted my phone following this info given here, followed everything and got no errors.

I am stuck with is how to use and Backup the stock HTC ROM in cwm5 recovery I would like to be able to understand this and store the original rom somewhere safe then load a better rom,

which would be the best to use? to get rid of all the bloatware and run apps from a sd card freeing up internal space

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That's a very unique guide, thanks so much for it.
But I have a problem.
I rooted my device and confirmed it by choosing number 3 in HTC Super tool which showed me the word ROOTED.
I installed Link2SD and it doesn't have root access and doesn't prompt me to allow it.
I installed Superuser and there was no apps in the list at all.
Did I root it right ? or I need S-Off to install Link2SD ??
Even Rom Manager didn't work "superuser was not found at system bin su or system xbin su" .. I used the installer from the first link
So it appears I don't have root access at all
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Hello My first post here,

This is a brilliant thread but I cant understand how to back all my phone up in case things go wrong (not meaning addresses ect). I have spent a while looking at posts and ended up getting more of a headache

I have a WFS V 2.3.3 HTC Sence V 2.1 Software # 1.33.161.2

I think I have rooted my phone following this info given here, followed everything and got no errors.

I am stuck with is how to use and Backup the stock HTC ROM in cwm5 recovery I would like to be able to understand this and store the original rom somewhere safe then load a better rom,

which would be the best to use? to get rid of all the bloatware and run apps from a sd card freeing up internal space

Thanks
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1. Shut down the phone, pull the battery and reinstall.
2. Restart the phone in recovery (hold down volume down and press the power button).
3. Scroll down one (volume down) to select RECOVERY and press power button.
4. Select "backup and restore" and press power button.
5. Select "backup" and press power button to initiate the backup. The backup will be stored on your SD card under /clockworkmod/backup.

IMHO, the best ROM for memory management and lack of bloatware is CM7 with Link2SD. There is a great tutorial over at XDA, I think by d33ps1x, on how to install and use Link2SD.
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That's a very unique guide, thanks so much for it.
But I have a problem.
I rooted my device and confirmed it by choosing number 3 in HTC Super tool which showed me the word ROOTED.
I installed Link2SD and it doesn't have root access and doesn't prompt me to allow it.
I installed Superuser and there was no apps in the list at all.
Did I root it right ? or I need S-Off to install Link2SD ??
Even Rom Manager didn't work "superuser was not found at system bin su or system xbin su" .. I used the installer from the first link
So it appears I don't have root access at all
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The problem was that Link2SD didn't have root access yet because you didn't install SuperUser first. Try rebooting the phone and seeing if you have SuperUser access after that by opening ROM Manager. If so, then try installing Link2SD.

If still no joy, uninstall SuperUser and Link2SD, re-run the root step just to make sure, install SuperUser, RE-BOOT, verify root by opening an app that requires it, and if so, install Link2SD.
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I uninstalled Superuser, Link2SD and other Root apps except Rom Manager.
Then I rooted the phone and rebooted it.Then installed SuperUser and rebooted again, but there is no change.
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I uninstalled Superuser, Link2SD and other Root apps except Rom Manager.
Then I rooted the phone and rebooted it.Then installed SuperUser and rebooted again, but there is no change.
What app requiring root have you tried? Are you still getting, "superuser was not found at system bin su or system xbin su"?

Also, what are your SuperUser settings?
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I tried Rom Manager which still gives me the same message.
SuperUser preferences are their default.Now I changed Automatic Response from prompt to allow.
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I didn't notice this before. But when I choose 3 in HTC SuperTool I think it gives errors

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