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The right way to root and upgrade to Gingerbread?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by danm003, May 27, 2011.

  1. danm003

    danm003 Lurker
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    Firstly I have been reading loads about rooting and upgrading to Gingerbread, and I feel I am in a position and feel confident enough to go ahead and go it.

    I have also read about different methods, and I feel the following is the easiest and less risky one...

    Could somebody confirm this is the right thing to do and I am not forgetting anything? That'd be great! :p

    1. Create a goldcard that is basically a backup of my phone and everything.
    How To Make Gold Card for HTC Desire HD

    2. Follow the instructions here:
    [TOOL][VIDEO] One click Radio S-OFF, SimUnlock (Easy Root & S-OFF Guide) - xda-developers
    One-click radio S-OFF tool.

    3. After following those instructions, can then go ahead and find a Gingerbread ROM to flash to the phone. For example, this here: [ROM] Android Revolution HD 4.0 β 4 | Gingerbread & HTC Sense 2.1 | Android 2.3.2 - xda-developers

    That's it. Or is it? I have the feeling I am missing something! :thinking: Anybody put my mind at ease or offer any tips?

    Thanks a million!

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  2. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker

    Hi there!

    You only need to create a goldcard if your phone is carrier branded (this does not mean locked/simlocked, but is where you have, like I did, carrier branding when you power the phone up or you have carrier branded apps). I am on Orange UK and I had to create a goldcard, before I could downgrade to a rootable version of Froyo. The goldcard does not back anything up, it simply tricks your phone in to thinking that it is non-branded and thus allows you to install non-branded firmware on the phone.

    EDIT - You may loose data/apps when you downgrade... any apps can be downloaded again by going through your history in the marketplace. Your contacts should be saved, if you sync them with googlemail - I lost ALL numbers when I downgraded, as I hadn't done that!

    The above is correct to root... as I said above though, if your phone is branded, then you'll need the goldcard first - not difficult, but that's what toook me the most time!

    Yeah - that's right.

    I'll see if I can find the post I put in another thread for you... includes a video on rooting too! :)
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  3. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker

  4. danm003

    danm003 Lurker
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    Brilliant reply, just what I was looking for, thanks!

    I am living in Germany but bought my DHD on eBay before Christmas as an unwanted t-Mobile upgrade, hence it has all their s**t on it and takes years to load up :(

    Hopefully will get it done tonight and get Gingerbread on it and report back, thanks again!
  5. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker

    No worries mate!! :D

    I rooted about a month ago... took AGES to get the goldcard bit to work... I was using HEX Edittor and it just wouldn't do it properly. Once I got it to work, then the downgrade and root and flashing custom GB roms is EASY!

    I'm now on Cyanogenmod 7... this is much better!!

    Are you still on Froyo? What version are you running? If it's build 1.32, then you won't need to downgrade, just root...
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  6. danm003

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    Android version 2.2.1
    Software number

    So looks like I need to goldcard, downgrade, root, upgrade. Right? :)
  7. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker

    Yeah - that sounds about right. I was onn 1.84 when I started on the path of rooting.

    Just lookijng for another post I put in a thread about how I created the goldcard... much easier method than going through HEX editting... will post it here for you in a bit!
  8. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker

    After a bit of digging... found what I said elsewhere...

    Hope this is of some help! Let me know how you get on with everything! :D
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  9. danm003

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    Thanks mate!
  10. swift2fly

    swift2fly Member

    has anyone rooted their phones using mac? for the required downloadable programs to root system requirements always say "Windows" required.

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The HTC Desire HD release date was October 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, 768GB RAM, Snapdragon S2 processor, and 1230mAh battery.

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