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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by damon7620, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    Ok so I have a Tmobile Sensation 4g on the official ICS update and I need help rooting it and installing a custom rom. I was used to the one click root method with gingerbread which was nice and easy. But the ICS method is really confusing me. Can somebody please tell me how to root the device in lamen terms and step by step. I would really appreciate it :D
     



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  2. scotty85

    scotty85 Extreme Android User

  3. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    That seems way to complicating. I may just stay stock.
     
  4. scotty85

    scotty85 Extreme Android User

    it looks like alot of directions,but if you do things slow,be careful not to miss steps,and organize any files you need before hand and the process honestly isnt too bad once you get started.

    we certainly dont want to push you into something youre not comfortable with. feel free to post up any questions you have,and we will do our best to explain them :)
     
  5. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    Is there any step by step videos? I know how to flash roms etc. But just rooting this phone seems complicating to me? IDK maybe I'm just worrying too much. All I want is a Jellybean/ICS Senseless rom with Google Now.
     
  6. damon7620

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  7. damon7620

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    Ok ive tired like 4 different roms and I keep getting stuck on the image for the rom after the bootloader. I don't know what I'm doing wrong?!?!
     
  8. scotty85

    scotty85 Extreme Android User

    the process you linked is basically using a tool to unlock via htcdev,install recovery,and flash superuser files(steps 1,2,3 from this post of the other thread i linked above).

    the reason i strongly recomended to follow suit with becoming s-off is the same reason that you are haivng trouble.

    htcdev unlock does not allow recovery to write to the boot partition. what that means in simple terms,is that you cannot flash roms from a permantly installed recovery becasue they will not install the kernel.

    hopefully this link will help you understand why s-off is better,and how you can flash roms if you want to stay s-on: http://androidforums.com/rezound-all-things-root/587430-s-want-flash-roms-read.html

    once you have understood everything in the link,you basically have 3 choices if you wish to flash roms:

    1)reinstall your stock rom and root files,then run the s-off tool. s-off rom flashing is much simpler
    or
    2)you must launch recovery into phone memory from fastboot every time you want to install a rom
    or
    3)if you wish to install roms from a permantly installed recovery youll need to learn how to extract the boot image from your downloaded rom and manually flash it

    since options 2 and 3 both reqire a PC in order to work,#2 is the easiest of those 2 options.

    #3 is the only option that will let you download roms right to your phone and flash them without a PC in sight.

    last and not least,the result on the TB thread was similar,but the prollem itself is different. in your case,its a well known issue with htcdev.

    hope that helps clear up some confusion. :) holler if you have questions.
     
  9. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    4)run jp bear

    Can't I just do this step now? I am rooted because titanium backup works and so does set cpu so basically I just need to get s-off.
     
  10. damon7620

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  11. damon7620

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    Ok I am on step 3 in that thread. I am confused as to what I am supposed to do. Can somebody explain it in step by step lamen terms for this n00b.
     
  12. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    Cool I broke it. Device wont power on anymore. I was doing the step with the paperclip and the phone shut off and wont turn back on. Controlbear can't find device either. WTF I followed everything step by step!
     
  13. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    Update:

    I got the device to power on and I decided to just leave it rooted with s-on. It was way to scary when the device wouldn't turn on so I am not attempting that again. But Good news is I deleted all the bloatware and flashed google now on the device. I am 100% happy now:D
     
  14. scotty85

    scotty85 Extreme Android User

    if youre happy,then were happy. :)

    i dont have nearly enuff info on what happened to comment on it. just remember if you wnat to flash roms with s-on you can,youll just need to fastboot boot your recovery so that it can properly install the kernel.

    nothing wrong with staying stock,but if you do id advise you to keep the stock recovery on the phone in case future OTAs try and sneek in. the stock recovery can install them,but your custom recovery cannot,and the the results can be anything from a fixable bootloop to a non-recoverable phone. :eek:
     
  15. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    Yes very.

    According to somebody at XDA the phone went into deep sleep mode.

    And explain this fastboot process for me.
     
  16. scotty85

    scotty85 Extreme Android User

  17. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    Can't I install a rom with the same firmware etc and it would boot?
     
  18. damon7620

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  19. scotty85

    scotty85 Extreme Android User

    the firmware is not important,as long as its ICS firmware. what is important is the boot image,wich is where the kernel lives.

    IF you flash a rom from your permanent recovery that uses the same kernel,then it should boot. you will have to determine that this is the case however,or youll be left with an unbooting phone. make sure you have a nandroid backup of what you have before flashing anything.

    yes that will work,if you prefer to do it that way. IMO its alot easier to just fastboot boot your recovery,as you then do not need to extract the boot image from the rom. just launch recovery,flash the rom normally.
     
  20. damon7620

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    Update now I'm running on Android Revolution HD 1.2.2 T-Mobile by mike1986. But I forgot how I flashed google now:mad:

    SO I need a flashable google now that works on 4.0.3 and voice also works.
     
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  23. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    Rom : Android Revolution HD 1.2.2 T-Mobile
    Recovery : CWM
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    I am now 100% happy :D
     
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  24. damon7620

    damon7620 Well-Known Member
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    I'm just going to ask this in this thread. With the Tmous version of ARHD my data speeds suck. So I hear I can flash a radio? How do I go about doing that and can I do it with s-on?

    Also I want to overclock my device. What kernal can I use that is 3.32 and that I can use while being s-on? I tried the bricked kernal over at xda but it killed my wifi and I couldn't over clock it.
     

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