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  1. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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    In regards to nandroid / radio the only time it will revert back to the orignal radio would be when you have first taken a backup of the phone (before installing a custom rom) and then you install a custom ROM and newer version of the radio... and then if something goes wrong you restore your phone...(as you are using a backup which had the phones original stuff)..

    Otherwise most people will have nandroid backups that have the newest radio because they are using there new backup which they take after installing the custom ROM.

    I have written a very long winded post about this here.. does it make sense? Are there any ways to make it clearer. It is difficult to word as it depends on the persons ituation. I.e. which backup they have as there latest...


    But again a valid point and one which I need to stick in somewhere.

    Also.. I have added a note about your 2nd point.
     

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  2. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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    thanks for pointing that out. link updated.

    Rep +1 :p
     
  3. aidan257

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    Sorry to be a pain, but the instant root didn't work for me, is there a walk through guide to help me get my phone rooted as tbh i'm sick of waiting for the official update to come out.
     
  4. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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    Try the following again:-

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    If that fails try this:

    1) Go to the market and install an app called Terminal emulator.
    2) Make sure recovery-RA-hero-v1.6.2.img is on your SD card. Not in any folders, but the root of your card.

    3) Open the Terminal app and type in the following commands. (enter) means press the enter button lol. :D.. please not the SPACES. This is important.

    su (enter)
    flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-RA-dream-v1.6.2.img(enter)
    reboot recovery (enter)

    See if that works. I did it yesterday as I updated from 1.5.2 to 1.6.2 and it did not says 'successful' or anything so to see if it works power off your phone. Turn it on holding the power and home button.

    You should see a new recovery menu and at the bottom it will say Amon Ra 1.6.2 .. when this is done follow these instructions (steps 7-9) or post back here.
     
  5. aidan257

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    Thanks, just so you know its a UK Hero. Not a sprint Hero.
     
  6. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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    Hi there please follow the instructions above and let me know what happens.

    Flashrec 1.1.3 (latest) can be downloaded here

    Flashrec 1.1.2 (download only if 1.1.3 don't work) can be downloaded here
     
  7. aidan257

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    Terminal emulator doesn't appear to support the Hero as i can't get the Keyboard up :S

    Does the Amon Ra recovery image give root access?
     
  8. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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    Hi. Your the 2nd person that has said Terinal emulator does not work on there Hero yet it works on mine.. I downloaded it yesterday from the market..

    try another terminal app...

    Instant Root - Roots your Phone

    Amon Ra - Allow you to install / flash a custom ROM etc
     
  9. aidan257

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    Thats the thing, Instant Root hasn't rooted my phone. I installed it then ran Titanium Backup & it said i didn't have Root Access.
     
  10. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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    You must be doing something wrong because you have the 2.73.405.5 ROM so it will let you use instant root etc.

    Why it is not working I do not know.

    Can you give me the exact details that pop up etc.

    Please be more detailed because I need to rely on the information you give me in order to build a picture of what's going on.

    Right now I am going in blind and I cannot advise you any further.

    Try reading this. May be the instructions are more clear.

    If the phone still can't be rooted after following the instructions (please try to do it at least twice) then at the top of the page there are other alternatives if the main one fails.
     
  11. aidan257

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    I looks like i may need to downgrade, so i'll do that when i get back from work, re-attempt auto root & take it from there.

    Now i tried the downgrader & it says "Error Incorrect Boot Loader", I've looked into the "goldcard" method, but my only problem with that is i can't get adk to connect to my Hero (my system is currently XP).
     
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    Thanks for this, I am now fully up and running with Modaco 3.2 and may be inclined to give a 2.1 ROM a try at the weekend!
     
  13. bluenova

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    For me neither. Try 'Better Terminal', it works great or use 'ConnectBot' set to local.
     
  14. jUsT2eXy

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    Glad it worked for you.

    Did you have to downgrade your ROM (as I can see your on Orange?)

    thanks.
     
  15. aidan257

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    I'm attempting the Goldcard method, so far i'm stuck on the connection to HTC Sync (which it now won't do since i've prep'd the memory card)

    Just run this which has appeared to have worked.

    20. Use the Official HTC RUU to downgrade to 2.73.405.5 here ftp://xda:xda@ftp.xda-developers.com/Hero...ed_NoDriver.exe
     
  16. Jaffa

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    Which carrier and Build are you using?
     
  17. jUsT2eXy

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    You need to "check" the "USB de-bugging" setting in the phone;

    HOME > MENU > Settings > Applications > Development needs to be selected for the phone to be able to synchronize with the PC using HTC Sync.


    try that

    OR

    Open HTCSync on PC
    Connect handset to USB cable
    When "HTCSync" notification appears in the top bar, pull it down and select it
    (DO NOT select "USB Connected" - this will mount your SD card on the PC)
    After a short time HTCSync and handset connect and sync options are available.

    OR

    remove-and-replace-the-battery .. restart phone lol
     
  18. aidan257

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    Now i could be totally insane, but i've just used ConnectBot (set to local) typed in root as username & got a $ prompt. then @ $ prompt i typed su & got a #. Am i getting all excited over nothing or do i have root access?
     
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    Sim free/Factory Unlocked bog standard Hero, though i did update it with the latest software from HTC.
     
  20. jUsT2eXy

    jUsT2eXy Well-Known Member
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  21. aidan257

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    I think somethings been missed, I just checked that thread & someone mentioned Busybox not working. I clicked on Problem, downloaded busybox & it now appears Titanium backup sees my phone as being rooted.
    What i'll do is start from scratch, (so i've not missed anything, last thing i wanna do is brick this phone). Then i'll report back if i have any further issues.

    Thanks :)

    Right, got a Great BIG warning screen.

    WARNING

    Busybox works but the "su" command does not elevate to root: "whoami" reports "whoami: unknown uid 10047" instead of root/uid 0. I think your "Superuser Whitelist" system app does not work. Please check with your ROM provider.
     
  22. bluenova

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    Dunno as I've never tried gaining SU permissions with a non-rooted phone :D but I would imagine you would get a 'permission denied' or something along those lines.
     
  23. aidan257

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    show off ;) lol i'm being ultra careful as i had a Black Magic i bought from ebay before i got my Hero, which i bricked trying to put an english custom rom on (due to believing i had root access) Which is why as soon as i get something not going the way i'm expecting i'm asking a million questions. lol.
     
  24. mez

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    hi great guide but im having a problem....

    htc hero, on orange and ive installed the older orange rom from htc.

    build 2.73.61.5

    im now following the how to root post #3, after installing intantrook.apk using astro it says the file is installed but when checking a root app from the market it doesnt work and i dont have root access.

    have i missed something?

    ta for the help
     
  25. aidan257

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    When you installed the app with Astro did it say that you had gained root access? or that it installed without any issues?
     
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