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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jplamb, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. jplamb

    jplamb Member
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    Hi,

    I have been talking to a few people over the Christmas break and have been told that there are some good custom roms which would improve my htc hero. Is this a better idea than rooting? is it possible to over clock using a custom rom? are there any that you would reccomend?

    Thank you

    James
     



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  2. Selespeed

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    You'll need to root to be able to install a custom rom
     
  3. jplamb

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    If i root my phone how wrong can it go? i have it for another year. could i put the official version of android back on easily?

    what is the best rom to use if i do root?

    sorry for all the questions, i dont want to destroy my phone
     
  4. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    The process of rooting your phone doesn't carry any risk. Of course, much like having administrator access to a computer, you have to be sensible about how you use root access. Worst case scenario you have to factory reset or reinstall the firmware.

    When it comes to custom ROMs, the absolute worst case scenario is that you 'brick' your phone, so that you have to send it back to HTC for repairs. However, that would only happen if you flashed something meant for the wrong phone, flashed something meant for a Sprint CDMA Hero (a different phone that shares the same name), or you lose power whilst flashing a radio or SPL.

    But we can tell you which files to flash and you won't need to flash a radio or an SPL. So really the worst that could happen if you make it 'bootloop', which is where the phone crashes whilst booting and starts over. But that's not really a big issue, and you can sort it within a few minutes.

    Yes, you can always just run one of the RUU.exe files from HTC's website and install their firmware on the phone.

    The best ROM depends on whether you want 2.1 (comes with HTC Sense) or 2.2 (quicker, but without HTC Sense).
     
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  5. Slug

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    Provided you can follow instructions it's a risk-free process.

    Yes.

    There's not really a single "best" ROM. Some people want to retain the SenseUI, while others prefer a stock feel to their Android. Some like the stability of 2.1 while others go with 2.2. Once rooted you can try the options for yourself and see which fits your own needs best.

    That's what AF is here for. I recommend that you have a read through the Rooting Guide and browse the All Things Root sub-forum for a feel for the different ROMs currently in vogue.
     
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  6. jplamb

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    Thank you very much for the replies. i have installed universal androot and run it. so the phone is now rooted.

    I have had a look at the links in the post and followed a few with in them and the different custom roms are still confusing me.

    I was looking to make my Hero as fast as it can with out killing the battery, just boosting the power when needed and Froyd has been mentioned for this. Would i be right or are there other ones that do the same? would like to run 2.2 if poss and be able to over clock the hero when needed.

    If Froyd is a good one where would i go to get it and the instructions on installing it and the radio? i have googled a few things and it comes up with a few sites i would not trust.

    Thank you again for all the help.

    James
     
  7. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Froyd is one of the best and most popular. It's not my personal choice, but the all of the main 2.2 roms are pretty similar nowadays. It can be overclocked if you want to do that (although 2.2 brings it's own speed improvements).

    You can download it here. You will have to download 1.7.0 first and then the 1.7.1 and 1.7.2 updates as separate .zips. There are a few addons such as the gingerbread keyboard and themes that you can find on their site too.

    You're running 2.1 at the moment, right? The second half of this post contains instructions on how to switch to a custom ROM.

    I'm not so sure which radio your phone needs, as Orange Heroes can be a bit more picky than others.
     
  8. jplamb

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    Thank you for the reply, think i know what i am doing.

    would this be the latest radio patches that i would need? [ROM] Official HTC Hero RUU ROM + Radio Links - xda-developers

    do i install the 1.7.0 version then once that has done it go through the same process to install 1.7.1 etc?

    sorry if i sound a bit thick. i can do most things with computers but never done much in the way of updating phones
    I am currently on 2.1 from Orange
    Cheers
     
  9. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Basically, once you've flashed the 1.7.0 file, just tell it to flash 1.7.1. and then 2. And then any other things like themes or whatever. There's no need to wipe or do anything in-between each one.

    (Although if you're not doing these things all at once, and you booted in between, it's best to tell it to do a dalvik cache wipe first).

    I know there's one radio out there that Orange branded phones don't like (it makes them ask for unlock codes constantly until you switch radios), but I'm not sure which one it is. That's why I'm hesitant to say.
     
  10. Slug

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    My advice is don't touch the radio unless you have problems using it with the new ROM. Flash your ROM of choice and see how it runs first. If mobile network and/or wifi issues develop then 63.18.55.06PH_6.35.15.14 works fine here on an Orange-locked Hero running a 2.2 ROM.
     
  11. jplamb

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    Hi, i have downloaded FroydVillain 1.7.0 and saved it to my computer. I am a bit confued as to the next step.

    I have been looking at http://androidforums.com/hero-all-t...nstall-custom-rom-backup-more.html#post454660

    it mentions the recovery version. is this the correct part of the page?
    It is confusing me a bit with all the different things i need to install and run.

    Thank you
    James
     
  12. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Yeah, that's the file you need. You can ignore pretty much everything in red; the red paragraph isn't applicable to Hero owners and well... I never bothered with the md5sum check. (Which checks to make sure your download isn't corrupt).
     
  13. jplamb

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    Thank you,

    Please can i confirm what i now need to do to make sure i am not missing anything.


    A few parts that i am not 100% sure on before i start.

    Is this the "recovery-RA-hero-v1.7.0.1.img" file i have downloaded and copied to my SD?

    Flashrec - the website says that current firmwares are patched. and i can not find where i download it from.

    Titanium back up - have downloaded and installed but will wait to use it in order with the list.

    Thank you again for your ancients. you must think i am stupid.

    James
     
  14. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Is your phone running 1.5 or 2.1 at the moment? If you're running 2.1 then I don't think flashrec works with that firmware.

    If you download a free app from the market called 'ROM Manager' and hit the very first option 'Flash Clockwork Recovery', let it reboot and then load ROM manager again and click the very last option 'Flash Amon ra' it will do the job of flashrec on a 2.1 ROM.
     
  15. jplamb

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    yer i am running 2.1

    I have installed rom manager and selected Flash Clockwork Recovery. it has done this. it didnt ask to reboot or anything so i turned the phone off and back on again. it bootwed as normal and i have now opened rom manager again. is the option i want to select next "Flash alternate Recovery" "RA Recovery v1.7.0.1"?

    Thank you
     
  16. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Yeah that's the one (I was just listing the options from memory).
     
  17. jplamb

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    I have backed everything up and am ready to install the custom rom. This is the part i am at at the min

    I formatted the sd card and copied the zipped file on to the sd card and then tried to start the phone by pressing Home and On but it came up with a picture of the phone and an '!' icon in the top part of the picture. is this something to do with me formatting the card?

    the phone has booted up properly after i turned it on normally

    Thank you again for all the help

    James
     
  18. jplamb

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    Hi, I have got it running. i had to go through the steps with the rom manager again, it stores info on the SD so when i followed the instructions to format the sd card it removed the settings.

    1 last question i think. how do i put the updates in? i have them downloaded on my pc.

    Think the only thing not working properly is the camera, it keeps force closing. i am restarting the phone now but will see if the updates do anything.

    A very big thank you for all of your help, could not have done it otherwise.

    James
     
  19. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    Chances are the fixes sort the camera (although I haven't looked).

    Put them on the sdcard like you did the original firmware, boot to recovery, do a nandroid backup (get in the habit of doing those before flashing) and then a dalvik cache wipe and a normal cache wipe. (Don't worry, it doesn't wipe anything you need/see, just temporary files).

    Then flash 1.7.1 and then 1.7.2 and then reboot.

    (The ! page meant that you hadn't flashed a recovery menu; so when you first told it to 'Flash Clockwork recovery', it didn't work. Not that that matters now :)).
     
  20. jplamb

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    Thank you very much for all of your help over the past few days. it has made things much easier and i would have prob given up with out the help.

    if i decide to change the custom rom do i put it on the sd card, do a back up clear the cash and install it? (not planning on it but you never know)

    Thank you

    James
     
  21. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42
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    When you come to flash something new you'll either do a partial wipe: nand backup, wipe the two caches and then flash. Or a full wipe: the same, but do a factory reset as well as wiping the caches.

    Usually updating to the new version of the same ROM, or changing theme or whatever, only requires a partial wipe. The only time you'd do a full wipe are when you're switching to a different ROM. But with all the free backup apps (MyBackup Root, Titanium Backup, SMS Backup & Restore) you're able to carry across most of your data to a new ROM even when doing a factory reset.

    I bet you'll be flashing a new ROM when gingerbread comes out :D

    (In fact I'm running gingerbread now, but it's very unstable).
     
  22. Slug

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    Well done James! :D

    Not just for the end result either, but for asking questions when you had doubts. A thread like this is a big help for future 'rooters' who may have similar questions.
     
  23. msiu

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    hey guys,

    im also new to this rooting thing but i want to get it done to my HTC Hero GSM.

    Firmware- 2.1-update1
    Kernel- 2.6.29-063c4d24 htc-kernel@and18-2 # 1
    software- 3.32.405.2

    I've been looking through many post about rooting and having a custom rom but im hopeless at stuff like it!

    please could someone give me a step to step of what exactly i need to do. I would like to root my phone then put froyd villain 1.7.2 on it.

    Sorry for all the questions...hope you can help :D
     
  24. Slug

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    Welcome, msiu!

    Please see posts # 13-19 in this thread.
     
  25. msiu

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    thanks :)

    Which is the best method will root my phone? i just want it done easily, also how do i check if it has actually been rooted after trying it?

    thanks again!
     

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