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    I have a HTC Desire an the Android version is 2.2 I want to root my phone because of its poor internal memory and i cant update any apps nor download any more apps. If I root my phone will the battery life improve as currently it is only lasting around 5 hours per day so I have to charge it through the night. How easy is it to root a phone, ive been researching this for a few hours now and it still doesnt make much sense to me haha. I have also read the Rooting FAQ on this forum and it says about rooting a radio and that it can permantly brick your phone. Do I have to root the radio and if not how do I not root it haha. Thanks
     

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    it says about flashing a radio, you cant root a radio. And it also says you dont need to flash a radio.

    The FAQ takes a few reads. Read it a few more times and the more you read it, the more it will make sense.

    Rooting alone will not save battery life. All rooting is, is super user access.

    if you flash a custom rom with an undervolted kernel, then yes, you will save battery.
     
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    I'll give it another read. Is there a certain ROM which is best for the HTC Desire, for example would it be best getting a HTC Desire HD ROM or Froyo 2.2.1?
     
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    It is subjectI've, but the hd ports are crisp and nice. Sense 2.0 is better than what the desire gets as standard
     
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    noob question..what hd ports mean?
    noticed that sense 2.0 have this pinch zoom which auto fits to the screen, which is kind of nice, missing in these custom roms.
     
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    A custom Rom made from the desire hd Rom, ported over to the desire.so you can use it.
     
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    Lol, I have no idea what to do. I have re-read the FAQ and i still dont really get it haha. Would this be right if I was to do the following:
    • Download unrEVOked3
    • Install hboot driver and restart my phone
    • Open reflash-bundle.exe and install it
    • Go to unrevoked
    • Enable USB Debugging on my HTC Desire
    • Connect phone to computer
    • Run Reflash
    I basically just copied the following from a tutorial from the FAQ, so if I do all the following above my phone would be rooted? Noob to this kind of stuff as you can tell :D
     
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    Except reflash just runs I think, it doesnt install so when you click the .exe, unrevoked just runs.

    You have to check if your device says PVT4 on the hboot screen. If it does, follow the instructions from teh FAQ to find out what erase size you have.
     
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    Another noob question, after I have done that how do I get a ROM? :p
     
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    Another thing I don't understand is Goldcards, what are they and what are they used for. I noticed it says if your phone is branded you should definatly make one, what does that mean exactly?
     
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    Click the "Rooting" link in my sig and read the Gold card sections.
     
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    I read it on the FAQ, but I still dont understand it haha
     
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    Tell me which part?
     
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    What about Gold Cards? Do I need one?

    For rooting itself, no. However, if your phone is branded, you should definitely make one.


    I just dont understand that haha, whats a branded phone? :p
     
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    Oh right. It's when your phone supplied by a mobile network provider/carrier/operator has their branding on it.

    For example you are on o2 UK. When you turn the phone on you have a huge o2 logo on the screen.

    What operator are you on?

    Settings, about phone. What's the build number? Number like x.xx.xxx.x
     
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    Im on T-Mobile, Build number is 2.12.110.4
     
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    Do I need some kind of adapter and what do i do first create a gold card or root haha
     
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    best to do the goldcard. Follow the link in my rooting faq. I just made one now. Its so easy, it took 2 minutes.
     
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    Ill do that now, then root then. Just to be sure, as my phone is a contract phone, it won't affect my phone in anyway will it i.e I will stop getting texts, minutes and/or internet?

    EDIT: Do I have to downgrade also once I have a Goldcard?
     
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