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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by LoUiS1985, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. LoUiS1985

    LoUiS1985 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hi all,

    after water damaging my phone i want to send it away to be fixed. You see it still works but the battery is draining like crazy, even with the phone switched off.

    So before i send it back will i need to unroot or will it not matter. And if i do need to unroot, how do i go about it, as most of the methods talk of using a 'goldcard' however i rooted without the use of a goldcard, using the 'one-click' method?

    Thanks All

  2. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    Is your phone branded? If so, which network? And do you have an SLCD screen?
  3. LoUiS1985

    LoUiS1985 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    my phone is branded, on orange. As for SLCD screen.....i'm not sure, how do i tell??
  4. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    You're in a difficult situation then, as you cannot rebrand an Orange phone (which would remove root), and if you install a generic ROM then there's a chance they will refuse a warranty repair.
  5. NickB95

    NickB95 Lurker

    It is quite easy to tell if it has an SLCD or AMOLED. What you need to do, is find a page (would be pic,app, webpage, deesnt matter) that is a black as possible - but not screen off- and see if it is a 'true' black, or a 'whited black'. You should be able to tell, but if unsure, do same thing with another devive, that you know has a LCD or LED - such as TV, iphone, (smaller devices are preferable), then just compare them. You will know an AMOLED black when you see it.
  6. LoUiS1985

    LoUiS1985 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    ok thanks.....so basically i'm fooked??
    either live with it or send it away anyhow and chance it that they'll repair it for me, worse case they'll send it back as is and it'll be back where i started?!
  7. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    You have two options:

    Send it in rooted and hope they don't notice or don't care.

    Make a goldcard and install an unbranded but official ROM and hope they don't care.

    Some people have said they've been told by HTC that they will honour a warranty so long as it's an official ROM.
  8. LoUiS1985

    LoUiS1985 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    ok thanks once again......but are you talking about the official Froyo ROM as i was using that until i switched to neophyte. If so i don't need to create a goldcard to flash back to the official Froyo ROM
  9. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    You will need a goldcard.
  10. DesirableHTC

    DesirableHTC Well-Known Member

    rooting doesnt void your warranty anyway does it? I thought android was open source so therefore fully legal to root.... Send it in rooted and if they say anything, just play dumb, say you dont know what they are talking about, for them to say you have rooted it they will have to call you a liar, and believe me they will NOT do that.

    Good luck
  11. LoUiS1985

    LoUiS1985 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    desirable....that was my first thought, just dent all knowledge of it, pretend i don't even know what rooting is.........worse case scenario they just send me it back as it was
  12. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    They can absolutely refuse a warranty repair on a rooted phone.
  13. riki1kenobi

    riki1kenobi Well-Known Member

    I vote for playing dumb......Send it as is, and then IF they say anything shrug your shoulders and say that was how you received it and that you are NOT happy at all as it appears to be be a returned phone that they have sent you!
  14. LoUiS1985

    LoUiS1985 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    sounds like a plan
  15. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Android Expert

    Its true rooted phone = no warranty
    Use a goldcard & install a generic rom one of the first two from the following link will do

    [ROM] Official HTC Desire RUU ROMS and OTA Update URLs - xda-developers

    After all installing an official htc rom is quite legal & using the goldcard method isn't rooting, I am on orange & i know they still cover the warranty & so do htc using that method.
  16. ajanu

    ajanu Member

    Why is a goldcard required if he is already rooted and using a custom ROM? If he installed a generic ROM the same way, would he still be rooted? I thought generic ROMS would reset the bootloader as well as the OS.

    I am about to get a Desire and am worried about the warantee so I'd just like to know as much as I can about rooting.

  17. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    Rooting does not allow you to install a true official ROM. Installing one will remove root though.
  18. LoUiS1985

    LoUiS1985 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    ok thanks for your advice chaps....much appreciated as always

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