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  1. Joehunni

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    So I just upgraded from my Hero to an Evo (woot!) and was wondering if there is a way to root it without using a computer. My computer is currently dead and although I'm familiar with rooting and flashing (on my Hero) I don't know what options the Evo has. I'd really like to get rooted soon but, have no computer. If this can't be done just say so, if it can, how!?
     

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    Oh yeah, the software is fully up to date, 3.29.651.5
     
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    What part of Texas?
     
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    I've not heard of doing this without a PC, but would be interested. The iPhone for a short while had a one-click jailbreak simply by visiting a website so theoretically it is possible but that changes of course due to software patches / updates.
     
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    I haven't heard, either. Can you borrow someone else's computer (friend, work, school) for a short time?
     
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    I live in the DFW area. As beautiful as this thing is running perfectly stock and up-to-date, I want my options lol.
     
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    I work at the coit and campbell area Dallas/Richardson... if you need help let me know. Just need a heads up so I know to bring the laptop to work.

    PM me....Glad to help if I can
     
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    Thanks for the offer man, unfortunately I live a lot closer to the "FW" part of "DFW" lol, but if I can't get this done soon enough I'll definitely let you know.
     
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    cool...i won't be out that way for a while but if you are in this area let me know. I have a swimming pool retail store and nothing really better to do from 10-6 :D
     
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    you know it SHOULD be possible but at this time it isn't.
    i'm not sure why we have to go through the pc but i think that is a restriction android has put on us.
     
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    This was only possible with unrEVOked 1 and it did not include nand unlock.
     
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    I did mine without my computer. Go to the unrevoked website on your phone browser, click to download the right thing, then use something like Astro File Manager (or similar) to move the zip file to the right part of your SD card. Reboot into recovery and install the file from your SD.

    Edit: This is how I did Unrevoked Forever and it worked without a glitch.
     
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    See that's what I'm talking about, I knew you used to be able to do it all with the phone like this (still can with the Hero) but hadn't heard of anyone doing it with the EVO.
     
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    Can anyone else confirm this as a working method of rooting? Not that I don't believe you, but this is kind of a big deal to trust one voice over all else.
     
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    theres no reason why it wouldn't work. if you want to install any custom roms, tho, you best be on a fast wifi connection because the file sizes are north of 170 megs.
     
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    Lol yeah but I did this all the time with my Hero on the mobile network, usually took about ten minutes for non aosp roms. ShouldI try Unrevoked Forever or regular Unrevoked?
     
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    I don't believe Unrevoked Forever roots the phone. It simply turns the S-OFF and unlocks the NAND, which will allow you to install custom ROMs.

    Unrevoked 3.21 however does root the phone and you can run apps with root privilege without having to run a custom ROM if you so desire. This also turns S-OFF and unlocks the NAND, so you can install custom ROMs if you so choose.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    Ok a couple more quick questions, which download should I use (linux, mac, windows) and how do you flash it without already having a recovery image?
     
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    I only used the Windows one so I can't tell you about the other versions.

    I ran Unrevoked 3.21 with just the reflash.exe, using the process as described here: http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all-things-root/194918-rooting-dummies-extras.html

    My Evo is rooted but running the stock ROM. If you want a custom ROM, you can download any of the custom ROMs from XDA and store it on your SD card. Then you can apply the custom ROM from the hboot screen, after you've done the Unrevoked root process. I recommend you do a full NAND back up first before you load a custom ROM. That way you can rever to the stock ROM easily.

    Good luck.
     
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    You could very well be right. I was on 2.1, full root with Unrevoked 3, and then ran Unrevoked Forever. I do have superuser permissions, NAND, and S-Off.
     
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    No offense taken :eek:) But as an FYI, this is also how I've gotten all my ROMs and kernels onto the phone. I never go through my computer to do it. I download right from my phone browser to my SD card and then put them in a folder I made on the root of the SD card. I called it FlashFiles. Then when I go into recovery, I install from SD card, pick my FlashFiles folder, pick my zip, and away it goes.

    It's worked with everything I've ever tried to flash. Pretty sick.
     
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    You mean install from sdcard not unzip right?
     
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    Well that sounds good but... how am I supposed to flash Unrevoked3 without first having a recovery image flashed? I also have always downloaded roms and kernels straight to the phone and flashed from there, but that was on my Hero. From what I'm gathering Unrevoked3 has to be flashed through usbhboot? which cannot be done without a computer, I'm just getting more confused...
     
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    My bad, INSTALL from SD card, not unzip. Good catch, thanks.
     
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    What are you on, 2.1 or 2.2?

    I did use Unrevoked 3 through my computer to root 2.1 back in August sometime.

    BUT 3.21 is out there now and I don't know if that is different or how. The Unrevoked Wiki was really helpful to me when I was first rooting with their stuff, it might have some more answers. I can really only speak for the one way I've done it.
     
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