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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by WormDoes, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert
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    Hi Everyone,

    I bought an Inc on Friday and I love it, best phone I've ever owned. Although my Eris, being my first android, will always hold a place in my heart, lol. My question to the brilliant minds here, If I factory reset and wipe data will it unroot my Eris? I'm selling my Eris tomorrow and advertised it as rooted. I just want to make sure it will still be rooted once I reset/wipe to remove all my info, contacts, etc. Thanks everyone.

    P.S. Wanted to thank all the wonderful users in here who have helped me understand and love the android OS. Scary Alien, Erisuer1, Frisco, Dooglad, and everyone else who I haven't mentioned. You're all class acts and I wouldn't know half of what I know if it wasn't for ALL of you [​IMG]

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  2. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    Hey WormDoes, glad you got an upgrade, but sorry to see you "leave" the Eris, lol! Thank you for the kind words. I'm sure the Incredible will be a great phone for you.

    No, wipe / factory reset won't remote the root state of your phone. You should still have 1) the custom recovery partition installed, 2) the su program, and 3) the SuperUser app, and 4) whatever custom ROM you installed (unless you did an in-place root).

    I'm sure we'll see you around the forums...stop back by and say "hey" every once in a while.

  3. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert
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    Thanks, Scary, I will definetely will still stop by to see whats going on in here. I took the stock SD card out of my Eris and am using it in my Inc. I'll be putting the 2gb SD card from the Inc into the Eris (informed the buyer, not trying any sneaky shit) Is there anything vital I should move over to the 2gb other than the ROM I'm running on the Eris?
  4. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    Nah, sounds like you've got the bases covered. By the way, if purchased an extended battery for your Eris (I bought the 1750 one early-on), it will, I believe, fit in your Incredible.
  5. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    No it will not unroot.

    Be aware that one thing it will also NOT do is wipe the activation status of the phone - the phone will still be activated on your account, unless you have already told VZW to dis-associate the ESN from your account.

    When you perform a "Factory Reset" using a stock HTC Eris, not only does it clear user data and settings, but it also clears the activation data from the phone. Both of these operations are performed by the recovery boot, not the OS boot. Amon_RA will do the first (clear user data and settings), but it will NOT do the latter.

    If you sold it as rooted, but don't want to also pass it to the buyer with your VZW account activation status, you really only have two choices:

    1) Call VZW and ask them to clear the ESN from your account because you are selling the phone, and/or

    2) Unroot the phone completely (e.g. using the XDA "FlashBack21" ROM), perform a F/R, and then re-root the Eris without activating the phone. Rooting without access to the Android Market is a little tricky if you use the "One-Click" or "Dummies" method - you need to get past the initial setup screens, turn on USB debugging, and then manually install the (One Click / Gscript Lite) .apk from your PC using ADB.

    Probably doing #1 above and telling the new owner to call VZW with the ESN for registration to their account before trying a *22899 operation is the least-effort method.


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  6. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert
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    Thanks, Erisuser1!

    I have another question. I moved over what I needed to the SD card in the Eris, factory wiped it and reboted and it wouldn't boot. It kept getting stuck at the xtrSENSE boot screen. I restored a nandroid and all my data is still on it, obviously. Should I boot into recovery and wipe/factory reset again or will I keep getting the boot loops? I just want my info and everything removed from the phone! All help is greatly appreciated

    edit: I tried doing what I stated above and kept getting the boot loop of the xtrSENSE screen. I just did all my wipes and reflashed xtrSENSE. Basically installing the new ROM from scratch. I'm praying this works and if it doesn't I have no idea where to go from here

    edit: did all wipes, reflashed xtrSENSE and it booted up into the start up screens. I was just thinking I don't know why I was wiping and rebooting backups. It was pointless haha. Is there a way to bypass the start up screens so I can put my phone into disk drive mode to remove my nandroids from the phone? If not I'll do a basic setup, no accounts and then just re wipe and reboot.
  7. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert
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    As far as wiping the activation status, I de-activated the Eris when I activated my Inc. Is this the same thing or will I still have to call VZW?
  8. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    You can use the "USB-MS toggle" in Amon_RA to have your way with the SD card (from the PC).

    I don't know why you are getting bootloops, unless you were using a2sd and you were only making regular Nandroid backups (instead of Nand+ext), or ???

    FYI, I just restored a xtrSENSE 4.6 backup - lordy, it takes forever to boot up... I swear it's slower than CM6, if you can believe that.

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The HTC Droid Eris release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7600 processor, and 1300mAh battery.

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