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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by DBook, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. DBook

    DBook Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hi all,

    I'm having problems rooting my Orange-branded HTC Desire using unrEVOked 3. I have tried all the advice I can find - on this forum, on XDA, and anywhere else, but to no avail. So I thought I'd ask you fine people if there's something I'm missing.

    I've tried unrEVOked 3.21 and 3.32:

    • On an old thinkpad laptop running Ubuntu 10.10 (sudo)
    • On a new HP laptop running Windows 7 32 bit (run as Admin)
    • Using every available USB port on each machine.
    • Using the built-in recovery image
    • Using the recovery-RA-desire-V2.0.0.img (and the 2.0.1 image), since I have an erase size of 40K.

    My phone specs are:

    O/S: Android 2.2
    Model number: HTC Desire A8181
    BRAVO PVT4 SHIP S-ON (40000 erase size)
    HBOOT 0.93.0001
    Aug 10 2010, 17:52:10

    Baseband version:
    Kernel version: htc-kernel@and18-2 #1
    Build number: CL274424 release-keys
    Software number:

    Using both versions of unrEVOked, after a few reboots I get the message: "This was a triumph", and the command line console displays one or more: "ERROR: n = -1, errno = 19 (No such device)".

    On 3.32, it fails with the error: "Internal error: failed to unlock NAND flash?".

    On 3.21 it fails with the error: "Internal error: couldn't find misc.", and on the console I also get this: "rawadb_open: remote closed the connection looking for target "reboot"."

    Does anyone have any idea what I can try next? :thinking:


  2. InfernalByte

    InfernalByte Android Expert

    have you read the faq of SUroot?
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  3. DBook

    DBook Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I've read SURoot's FAQ many times, along with various other guides posted around the net. Is there something obvious I'm missing?

    EDIT: I didn't even dare attempt rooting until I had some idea of what might go wrong, or what to expect ;)
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    So you're using the amonra recovery when you're rooting?

    All your drivers are correct?

    Only use the version of unrevoked mentioned in the faq. If you're still getting misc errors, you need to use teppic74's downgrade tool
  5. DBook

    DBook Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I started off using the built-in recovery. When that didn't work, more research revealed the 40000 erase size issue, and I switched to using the AmonRa recovery.

    I believe they are on Windows - installed HTC Sync, uninstalled HTC sync leaving drivers, connected phone with USB and installed the unrevoked Android driver. All seems well as far as that goes. I get the same issues on Windows as I do on Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu is actually my main desktop, and would be my preferred option to use. I only tried Windows when I had problems, especially because of the driver issues you can get on Windows.

    I started on the latest one, but began using 3.21 once I'd read your FAQ properly.

    I was beginning to suspect that I might need to downgrade. Are there any other disadvantages or advantages I should be aware of going down this path, particularly being on an Orange branded phone? I can always wait a bit longer for root, if it's likely that a new version of unrevoked will fix my issues.
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    If you downgrade orange using a goldcard, just make sure you remove the SIM card as sometimes that SIM locks it.

    Of course you will have to run a custom rom, but since youre on orange I would recommend that anyway.
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  7. DBook

    DBook Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks all for the advice so far, and SUroot's excellent FAQ. Of all the guides out there on the net, I think it is by far the clearest and most up to date.

    I'm going to investigate downgrading using teppic74's tool. I think this means that I will not be able to reflash back to the shipped (but rooted) ROM, as I can't do a nandroid backup before flashing. So there really doesn't appear to be any way to return the phone under warranty if I do this. I don't think there are any standard Orange ROM's out there I could flash back to. Happy to be told differently!

    Anyway - I've ordered a new SanDisk microSD card, and I'll have a play with making goldcards and so on before I do anything drastic. I'll report back with hopefully success!

    cheers :)
  8. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    To be honest, anything you do on Orange (root, debrand, downgrade) means your warranty is instantly voided.

    If you are lucky enough to have an old AMOLED desire, there is an option to return to stock without an RUU. But other than that, youre stuck. There are no orange RUU's so even if you could root without downgrading, that wouldnt reolve this issue for you.
  9. InfernalByte

    InfernalByte Android Expert

    Where? How? The POS in the shop said mine be AMOLED!
  10. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User


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