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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by RawrDinosaur, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. RawrDinosaur

    RawrDinosaur Lurker
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    Hi All - I've searched google, android and HTC support etc etc. and for the life of me I cannot find where to download android, I was hoping someone could direct me.

    Essentially my HTX Sensation XL is ****ed - I want to simply reinstall Android 2.3.5 and be on my way but I just can't get the download it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    HTC's software is more than just the Android code, there's their own (proprietary) HTC Sense framework baked in, so I don't think you'll find the source for that. I think what you probably want is what they call a ROM Upgrade Utility (RUU), which is a program that will reflash your phone's software with a clean copy. Do note that these things also wipe the phone clean, so if you can get into it to back anything up then do so.

    I believe that the Sensation XL's codename is Runnymede, in which case there are a couple of RUU's available here: Shipped ROMs. Provided that your phone is one of those 2 models this should work. If it's a network variant, or from a different region, the program will refuse to run (it will tell you that the "CID" or "Customer ID" check was failed). In that case there is a trick on other HTC devices called making your SD card into a "Goldcard", which bypasses that check, but I don't know for sure whether this applies to the Sensation XL.

    I would generally recommend visiting the device forum for advice: HTC Sensation XL - Android Forums. However, it's pretty quiet over there, so I won't move this thread.

    Good luck!
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