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  1. scotty85

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    all htc phones utilize a PxxxIMG file system to flash RUUs and such in hboot. having guides up here,the inc,and merge forums, and being active on the board i see alot of folks have trouble getting PxxxIMG(PG05IMG in case of the TB) to work. the prollem usually has simple fix,but sometimes causes folks an extreme amount of confusion.

    but there is an easier way :)

    i mess with my various htc devices alot,and have found using fastboot is a much faster,easier way to flash PxxxIMG files. you dont need to transfer files to your SD,or boot to change files if youve got a couple to do.

    in a nutshell,youre going to place your file into the folder where adb and fastboot live(prolly platform tools or tools if youre an advanced user that has the sdk installed),place the phone in fastboot,put it in RUU mode and flash the file with this command: fastboot flash zip <filename>.zip

    if you rooted with revolutionary,and have no idea what fastboot or adb even are,heres a step by step:

    1)set up adb and fastboot download this file,wich contains adb and fastboot.
    http://www.mediafire.com/?hzf1u4bowjewhdq
    md5 sum: 9d1c0e2a98f09bb65521889870334b65

    extract it,and place the extracted(not zipped) mini-adb folder on the root of the C drive of your PC. in windows 7,you should be able to just right click,then extract files. if not,you may need a utility such as 7 zip

    re-install revolutionarys drivers,if you dont still have them on your PC from when you rooted.

    open a command window. in windows 7,just click the start bubble,then type "command" in the search box. this should open a small black window.

    change to your mini-adb directory(folder) by the entering the following command at the prompt in your command window: cd c:\mini-adb this should change your prompt to "mini-adb>" indicating that youve changed to that directory.

    2)flash your file put the file that you want to flash into the mini adb-folder. you can copy/paste,drag/drop or move it however you are comfortable moving files.

    plug in your phone. enable usb debugging,if its not allready.

    enter the following commands. from here on,commands will be bold and italics,comments will be blue. each line is one command,enter them one at a time. you can copy/paste or type them in.

    md5sums <filename> this will output the md5 sum of the file you will flash. make sure it matches that listed for your download

    adb devices should output your phones serial number

    adb reboot bootloader will boot you into the fastboot screen(white with colored letters)

    fastboot devices will again output serial number

    fastboot erase cache

    fastboot oem rebootRUU

    fastboot flash zip <filename>.zip

    you will see a green line on your phone as the file flashes.youll see outut in your cmd window. sometimes when flashing a complete RUU you will get an error that says "failed,reflush immediately". dont panic,just run the above line again to reflash your file

    after you get a "finished" message:

    at this point,ycould actually flashe more files if you wanted. for example,a radio and a recovery. just repeat the "fastboot flash zip" command untill youve flashed all your files. then:

    fastboot reboot-bootloader this will take you back to the white fastboot screen

    fastboot reboot your phone should reboot

    and of course,heres what the outputs will look like in the command window. red are my inputs. in this example,im installing twrp recovery,with a .zip file called: twrp111rbox1_PG05IMG

    Code (Text):
    1. Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    2. Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
    3.  
    4. C:\Users\Scott>[COLOR="Red"]cd c:\mini-adb[/COLOR]
    5.  
    6. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]md5sums twrp111rbox1_PG05IMG.zip[/COLOR]
    7.  
    8. MD5sums 1.2 freeware for Win9x/ME/NT/2000/XP+
    9. Copyright (C) 2001-2005 Jem Berkes - http://www.pc-tools.net/
    10. Type md5sums -h for help
    11.  
    12. [Path] / filename                              MD5 sum
    13. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    14. [c:\mini-adb\]
    15. twrp111rbox1_PG05IMG.zip                       31ae566360d4729ff1be2a5a67952777
    16.  
    17. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]adb devices[/COLOR]
    18. * daemon not running. starting it now *
    19. * daemon started successfully *
    20. List of devices attached
    21. HT12CS012936    device
    22.  
    23.  
    24. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]adb reboot bootloader[/COLOR]
    25.  
    26. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]fastboot devices[/COLOR]
    27. HT12CS012936    fastboot
    28.  
    29. c:\mini-adb>fastboot erase cache
    30.                erasing 'cache'... OKAY [  0.262s]
    31. finished. total time: 0.263s
    32.  
    33. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]fastboot oem rebootRUU[/COLOR]
    34.                               ... OKAY [  0.222s]
    35. finished. total time: 0.223s
    36.  
    37. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]fastboot flash zip twrp111rbox1_PG05IMG.zip[/COLOR]
    38.        sending 'zip' (5573 KB)... OKAY [  0.907s]
    39.                  writing 'zip'... INFOzip header checking...
    40. INFOzip info parsing...
    41. INFOchecking model ID...
    42. INFOchecking custom ID...
    43. INFOstart image[recovery] unzipping & flushing...
    44. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,0
    45. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,15
    46. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,27
    47. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,37
    48. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,47
    49. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,60
    50. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,70
    51. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,82
    52. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,98
    53. INFO[RUU]UZ,recovery,100
    54. INFO[RUU]WP,recovery,0
    55. INFO[RUU]WP,recovery,100
    56. OKAY [  7.010s]
    57. finished. total time: 7.918s
    58.  
    59. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]fastboot reboot-bootloader[/COLOR]
    60.      rebooting into bootloader... OKAY [  0.151s]
    61. finished. total time: 0.151s
    62.  
    63. c:\mini-adb>[COLOR="red"]fastboot reboot[/COLOR]
    64.                      rebooting...
    65. finished. total time: 0.150s
    66.  
    67. c:\mini-adb>
    seems a lil complicated,but once you do it a couple times,its quick and easy. :)
     

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  2. tensazan

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    Worked like a charm, thank you very much.
     
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    youre welcome. glad you found it useful :)
     
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    Wow good stuff Scotty!
     
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    Do these adb commands work just for the thunderbolt or can I use this same method on my EVO 4G? (obviously using the correct PGxxxIMG.zip file)
     
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    They should work for pretty much any HTC phone,just use appropriate PxxxIMG files :)

    You can even use them on stock,s-on phones if you use signed HTC files :)
     
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    I am coming from the Rezound forum. This seems like a great way to get the IMG onto the device!

    however...here's what I am encountering.
    Ran the first few steps just fine.
    Got the to flashboot flash zip PH98IMG.zip
    (I had renamed the file to PH98IMG.zip)
    Got the following error message:

    error: cannot load 'PH98IMG.zip'

    Bummer.

    EDIT: SUCCESS! FINALLY! User error. When I renamed the file, it got an extra ".zip" appended to the file name. Checked the properties of the file and saw that, got rid of the extra zip and this method (of course) worked great.

    Thanks so much for this method which worked awesomely.
     
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    Scotty... I have a question... I completely understand your commands.

    What I don't understand is what is a "flashable RUU"? What's in it and what is its purpose?

    I know it has to be a .zip file and I'm guessing that on a Rezound it's something analogous to PH98IMG.zip. But I've seen a lot of PH98IMG files floating around that contain different content. It would help if you could explain all that can be contained in the zip and what each item does.

    Thanks in advance. I'm "prolly" asking for a lot, but your response I'm sure would be helpful to everyone.

    As a starting point, here's what I see in zip files:

    data folder
    kernel folder
    META-INF folder - usually contains com.google.android files but they can be different
    system folder
    android-info.txt - I know this contains the mainver and I've seen this in the kernel folder too
    recovery.img - this is the recovery
    boot.img - is this the booted code when you fastboot reboot? I've seen this in kernel folder and am wondering if this IS the kernel.
    firmware.zip - can the PHxxIMG.zip file really contain and update firmware such as the radio?
     
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    glad you found it useful. :) as youve found,you have to use exactly the name in the command that your zip file is. the extra ".zip" will definately throw it off!

    actually,RUU is HTC's Rom Updater Utility,and is refering to the .exe files that are run on a computer with your phone plugged in. however,the term "RUU" has become more generic- when you see it,it is tpically just refering to factory images and could be refering to the .exe file,or it could be refering to a PxxxIMG file that is flashed in hboot.

    i couldnt find right off where id made a reference to a "flashable RUU",but if i did,i was prolly just refering to a file that is flashable on the phone,and not a utility run on the PC. if you want to quote me more directly or refer me to where you saw that,i can possibly add more details :)

    youre exactly right,a flashable RUU on the rezound would be a PH98IMG.zip. or a PG05IMG on the thunderbolt :)

    something like the above is a rom that you would flash in a custom recovery. you wouldnt have a kernel folder,the META-INF folder,or any folder in a PxxxIMG file,you will only have the android info text doccument,and a bunch of images.

    the important images in a "full" RUU wuld be:
    hboot(bootloader)
    reovery
    boot(where the kernel lives)
    system(the rest of the code for the rom)
    radio(for cdma)
    mdm9k(for LTE)
    splash1(the "HTC" screen)

    and there will be a handful of others depending on the complexity of the phone. a signed PxxxIMG file suitable for an s-on phone to upgrade from version x.xx.xxx.x to y.yy.yyy.y will have all of those,plus the aforementioned others. download a PH98IMG file for 2.01.605.11(or any other) and crack it open with 7 zip if you never have. there are actually 21 different .img/.nb0 files in the 2.01.605.11 file :eek:

    typically you dont see signed PxxxIMG files that arentt full RUUs,but it is possible. the "update" PH98IMG for the rezound linked on xda only contains firmware updates,and is flashable via a locked s-on phone. phones that are being added to HTCdev unlock support all have an RUU that upgrades only the hboot,to the same **locked** style that the rezound and thunderebolt have.

    an s-off device lets you pack up literally any of these together. in the thunderbolt forums,we are able to change our radios and splash images with a PG05IMG file.prior to radio s-off on my thunderbolt, i used to frequently pull the hboot and recovery out of leaked RUUs and flash the rest of them in their entirety.

    without complicating things too much,if the device in question has a radio s-off,you can even change hboots. i spent alot of time flashing different entire european factory RUUs on my inspire 4g. global phones typically have alot of different factory images for different regions that typically contain their own specific radios and hboots. devices that are s-off becasue of an "engineering hboot" you obviously dont want to ever flash a different hboot,as you wont be s-off anymore after.

    with HTCdev unlock,we unfortunately do not have access to anything more than boot/system/recovery. you cannot flash radios,splash images,or any of the other images other than boot/system/recovery. i know... i have tried ;)

    so i guess the answer as far as an htcdev phone is concerned,is a PxxxIMG file may contain any combination of boot,system,or recovery images.

    further questions? :)
     
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    Just helped a Rezound user, thanks all!!
     
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    Hey scotty, the download link in the OP doesn't want to work.
     
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    oops,sorry :eek:
    mini-adb.zip
     
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