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So im just going to take the plunge and root my Desire :/

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Demonhotrod, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Demonhotrod

    Demonhotrod Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've had it nearly 18 months and the lack of space is killing me, I only have like 4 apps installed and I have 15MB left, so I figure it's about time that I give it a shot...im not nervous AT ALL :rolleyes: heh

    I'm following SURoot's guide (kudos on that btw man) and I just wanted to check a couple of small points and ask a couple of questions (that have probably been asked a million times before heh)

    1) If my Desires already unbranded there is no need for me to make a GoldCard right? My phone has never been branded

    2) If I want to backup my sms and mms messages and then restore them to the phone once im done, what app would ya'll recommend?

    And lastly when it comes to putting on a new ROM, which is "better" CyanogenMod, MIUI or LeeDroid? Im debating either of those 3 so far and I know it's highly subjective but so far the only system i've been used to is HTC Sense so...

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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    If you really have only 4 apps installed but only 15MB left then I think there's something else wrong. But as I only have a few seconds, let's answer the specifics:

    1) a goldcard still gives you more options, but there are a few RUUs an unbranded phone can use without one, so you are probably OK. To be honest, I never made one myself.

    2) MyBackup or SMS Backup+

    3) Unanswerable - it is, as you say, completely subjective. But take a nandroid backup before flashing anything, and you can try all 3 if you like.
  3. Demonhotrod

    Demonhotrod Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    4 is probably a dramatisation on my part, counting them I actually have 8:

    Circle Battery Widget
    SwitchPro Widget
    TuneIn Radio
    Then Facebook and Youtube on top

    But that's besides the point really, it'll be nice to use the space that's just sitting idle on my SD Card :)

    If you think making a Goldcard will give me options then I may as well make one I guess, I've not looked into how yet as I thought I wouldn't need one but depending on the specifics, it shouldn't be too difficult...hopefully haha

    Cheers for the suggestion about MyBackup and SMS Backup+, i'll look in to both of those on the market in a little while
  4. snakeeyes21

    snakeeyes21 Member

    for a goldcard download the following file, unzip it,
    read the instructions and run the tool

    As for backing up and restoring sms and mms, mybackup everytime,
    backs up sms, mms, call log, contacts, settings etc etc

    As to which rom to use.. may I suggest cool3D AceS v3, excellent
    excellent rom
    [ROM][Cool3D Sense 3.0][14 Sep]Cool3D AceS v2 |Android 2.3.5|FAST|STABLE|STOCK|CM7/r2 - xda-developers

    V3 can be found below, the post hasnt been updated yet
    Coolexe's Rom
  5. StevenChap

    StevenChap Well-Known Member

    Sorry to jump on someones thread, but I too am planning on rooting. Since its a unrooted Orange branded desire, does this mean I need a gold card ?
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Most don't need a goldcard anymore because the 2.3 dev release works on most branded phones without a goldcard and is still covered by warranty
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  7. Mubble

    Mubble Well-Known Member


    4 or 8 apps and only 15mb left?

    How big is the data and cache of your Fabebook and Youtube?

    My Facebook app can sometimes balloon up to 30mb of data. I frequently clear the data (drops the app back down to 5mb) then just re-login.

    I also use App2SD Free - which has a useful 'clear all app cache' feature.
  8. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    HTC e-mail client too. Deleted items still take memory until "trash" or whatever its called is emptied.
  9. erry

    erry Well-Known Member

    Just to add I notice that APPS2SD. Wasn't on the list you gave, so its not surprising there is only that space left as your listed apps are all probably on your phones memory now, not on the SD card
  10. Demonhotrod

    Demonhotrod Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    My Facebook cache is... 1.66MB with the Application taking up 5.71MB and Data 3.58MB totalling 10.96MB, so not massive. Youtube is 4.15MB

    I have all my mail forwarded to my Gmail account so thankfully I only need to use that, which uses PUSH right? So I shouldn't have the email client taking up too much space but i'll check it out. I'll also look into emptying this trash application or whatever, can I find it in Settings?

    Of the Apps I listed the only ones that can be moved to SD Card are Skype and Sportacular, both of which are on the card rather than the phone. Apps2SD works better than Froyo does natively at moving apps to the SD Card right? Hmmmm

    Cheers for the support and suggestions guys, I didn't get around to rooting last night, got a bit carried away watching the NFL and then fell asleep
    Take 2 tonight! Hopefully
  11. wimpythewhite

    wimpythewhite Member

    O'h my God, I have just made a gold card. Only taken me 3 months to pluck up the courage to try it, all I need now is the courage to do the rest of the rooting process. Should have it done by Christmas
  12. cashmere_cat

    cashmere_cat Well-Known Member

    Congrats! I just rooted this weekend and just making the goldcard took me over 2 hours! (I kept stalling, re-reading, double checking) lol.
    Good luck on the rest. The rooting guru's here are wonderful resources!
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  13. Demonhotrod

    Demonhotrod Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've just this second finished doing it, whew, didn't take me long at all once I got my head around what I needed to do and download. Hopefully now I can find a nice ROM (recommendations anyone?) and figure out how I get Apps2SD+ to work

    Eeeek haha
  14. cashmere_cat

    cashmere_cat Well-Known Member

    Depends if you want Sense or not. I started out on Teppics ROM. It is almost exactly like the stock HTC, only without some of the bloatware. I really liked it and will probably go back to it as I found the battery life to be great - I was getting a good 40 hours per charge.

    You can find all the roms at: Desire Index - Everything Desire is here! [UPDATED: 3/10] - xda-developers
    Give them a shot and see what tickles your fancy - everyone prefers different things.
    Some of the roms need a separate flash for A2SD in order to make use of the space on your SD card (if you partitioned...)
  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Read the root memory faq for how a2ad+ works
  16. yenrod

    yenrod Well-Known Member

    Its basically;

    How To: Root the HTC Desire | TheUnlockr

    Once you get the prog on the phone & it does the dirty deed then do a factory wipe then install a ROM from SD card...

    Tho' i did the 'wipe after installing the ROM lol

    Its pretty simple really its just a case of having the backside to do it' BUT having the back-ground knowledge IS EXTREMELY USEFULL !!!!!! if not imperative !
  17. yenrod

    yenrod Well-Known Member

    ...as for a back-up of apps etc.. I just used MyBackUp PRO...+ ToolBox.
  18. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    That is actually the MOST out-of-date rooting guide for the desire you could possibly find. It even states:

    ...and then links to a guide that is STILL out-of-date.

    You realise that for unrevoked, our guides are the most up-to date? I've noticed some people linking to external guides that are out of date instead of our guides.

    Please can you link to ours in future as its us who have to support people who run into trouble.


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  19. Demonhotrod

    Demonhotrod Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    That was my first port of call, thanks mate :)

    So I have 2 slight questions, related to now that i've rooted etc:

    1) If I want to totally reverse the entire procedure (doubtful) would I just need to find the correct software version of the HTC RUU, or would something need to be done with reversing unrEVOked?

    2) I dont know if it's a placebo, or if Orange have done something (I know they're testing HSPDA?) but ever since I rooted, my mobile internet is much, much quicker and stable. Before when I was running stock I never got above "G" which was painfully slow but now using the mobile connection is now a viable alternative to my broadband, it never really dips below 3G. If it is Orange, it seems very coincidental it happened on the exact day I decided to root and use a new ROM
  20. DCFC79

    DCFC79 Android Enthusiast

    So the consenus is that a gold card isnt needed then
  21. smallclone

    smallclone Well-Known Member

    what the hell is a gold card?
  22. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Read the root faq
  23. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    hi guys.
    I'm on my 6 rom flash at the moment but as yet haven't sorted a2sd
    out. I find I have at least 30mb internal free after flash and with
    all my apps loaded. fine for me. roms I have tried:
    miui xj and cm7. these are biggest and most visual roms. all the extras.
    redux2 and oxygen 2.2. lighter than above but with good features.
    dGB 1.4. a very light rom :) think I had 60mb free with this one.

    all above are non sense roms.

    btw. I would STRONGLY recommend using Titanium backup. it is great :)

    good luck

  24. Fuzzy Dunlop

    Fuzzy Dunlop Newbie

    A few quick noob questions if people don't mind?

    There is a ridiculous amount of info on rooting, as a complete noob its a bit overwhelming and I just don't have the time to go through it all - can I assume the guide posted above is the most up to date idiot proof guide?

    Also, will rooting debrand my Orange desire? or do I need to do something else to get rid of all that crap they put on my phone? im on 2.2 version if that's any help.

    I appreciate the need to read though stuff but looking on here and xda developers there is just too much to read/remember now! A point in the right direction would be a massive help.

    Much appreciated!
  25. Rushey

    Rushey Well-Known Member

    I searched the web high and low before I rooted, but I came down to using just SURoot's guides. Worked for me :)


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