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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mxhideout, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. mxhideout

    mxhideout Lurker
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    I know, there's a million threads and stickies, but I've been looking and trying to root my phone all day. I was following these steps:
    theunlockr.com/2012/11/19/how-to-root-the-htc-evo-v-4g-virgin

    I unlocked bootloader, downloaded the files to my desktop and extracted fastboot, disabled fastboot on my phone, copied the Superuser zip folder to my phone's disk, enabled usb debugging, then opened up command prompt on my computer.

    I did "adb reboot bootloader", then "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img", and appeared to work. I then did the "fastboot boot recovery.img" command and it when to the restart screen on my phone and froze. Nothing happened, and I've been looking for hours now.

    Phone is HTC Evo V 4G (Virgin Mobile) HBoot 1.57.0000
     



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  2. mrawesome22

    mrawesome22 Android Enthusiast

    You say trying to root but it sounds like you are trying to install a custom recovery.

    Go into bootloader (assuming you unlocked it), highlight fastboot and press power. Plug phone to pc. Should now say fastboot-usb on phone screen.

    Then the command is fastboot flash recovery nameoffile.img
     
  3. mxhideout

    mxhideout Lurker
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    Yes, I get to that, but when I command "fastboot boot recovery.img" like it says on theunlockr.com, but that's when it freezes on the start-up screen. I tried changing the "recovery" image name to "recovery.img" like it said, but it says it cannot load it.
     
  4. mrawesome22

    mrawesome22 Android Enthusiast

    I typed in "fastboot -help" in a Linux terminal, and fastboot boot recovery is not a valid command.

    Try fastboot reboot-bootloader then go down to recovery with volume keys and highlight recovery, then hit the power button.
     
  5. ramjet73

    ramjet73 Android Expert

    Or assuming that you have a current version of your recovery in the same directory as fastboot you can use this command:

    fastboot boot file_name_of_your_recovery.img

    The command won't work if you use "recovery.img" as the file name and that's not a valid recovery file.

    Since the recovery program contains a kernel that is bootable I use that after flashing a bootloader through fastboot to go directly to recovery to clear cache+dalvik instead having to start it from the new bootloader. S-ON users can use the same command to enable flashing the boot partition from recovery.

    Either method will work.

    ramjet73
     
  6. mxhideout

    mxhideout Lurker
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    I only see two images from the files I downloaded. "recovery", and "recovery-RA-supersonic-v2.3". Does it matter which one, and is that the file-name you're talking about?
     
  7. ramjet73

    ramjet73 Android Expert

    You don't want RA recovery for the Evo 4G (supersonic) and I have no idea what the recovery.img file is. If you know that is a good copy of CWM, 4EXT or TWRP for the Evo 3D/V it should be bootable using that command, otherwise you are probably better off starting recovery using the bootloader method.

    If you use the command, make sure you specify the complete file name ("recovery.img" and not "recovery"). The file extension may not show if you haven't selected the option in Windows explorer.

    ramjet73
     
  8. badboytoast

    badboytoast Well-Known Member

  9. mxhideout

    mxhideout Lurker
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    Well now I'm stuck again. I need to update my phone, and I believe I need to re-lock it otherwise it won't work. I go to the bootloader screen on the phone and press the fastboot, then plug it in to the computer, but it doesn't say fastboot usb unless I scroll down (I have usb debugging enabled). So in the command on my computer I go to the fastboot folder and enter "fastboot oem lock" to re-lock it, but it just says "waiting for device". I can't even do a factory reset because it just freezes on the htc boot-up screen.
     
  10. mrawesome22

    mrawesome22 Android Enthusiast

    If you are using Windows, you need to install htc drivers.
     
  11. mxhideout

    mxhideout Lurker
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    Hmm, I thought I already had them installed... Thanks, will try again in the morning.
     
  12. mxhideout

    mxhideout Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Well that worked! It's now relocked. However, I tried updating the phone and it went to the bootloader screen and it says security warning.
     
  13. nsciucco

    nsciucco Android Expert

    Just s-off that bitch. Far less trouble. Then you don't need the update. I mean wow. You are going thru some crazy stuff just to get a updated phone. I once was super intimidated with s-off. I actually thought the process was kind of barbaric. But now I have done it over a dozen times. And root and s-off can be achieved in less than 1 hr
     
  14. mxhideout

    mxhideout Lurker
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    I'm not the greatest with this kind of stuff. I tried to figure out how to s-off, but the lingo and steps got a little confusing. Can you direct me to a simple tutorial on how to do that? Thanks.
     
  15. ramjet73

    ramjet73 Android Expert

    I usually try not to direct people away from the guides on this site since the users here are familiar with them but I have a guide on XDA that I tried to simplify as much as possible.

    ramjet73
     
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