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[Q] Can't Root HTC Desire

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28th March 2014, 04:50 PM   |  #1  
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Im stuck on rooting..

First when i try to install the HBOOT drivers it installs them as "HTC Serial Interface (COM4)" after the Android 1.0 thing (windows automaticly installs them and cannot abort that, and if i want to update it with the custom ones it says the current drivers are up-to-date.
So i dont have the "Android Bootloader Interface" option at the device manager.
Got the HTC Driver and HTC BMP USB drivers installed and removed HTC Sync.

Second, whatever Revoked version (i used 3.21-3.32, it keeps hanging on "waiting for Bootloader, make sure drivers are installed"

I've been repeating the process like 100x each step and still.

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OS: Windows 7 64-Bit
Android 2.2.2 Original Stock (SoftwareNr: 2.29.405.15)
4GB SD Card (class 10)

Bravo PVT4 SHIP S-ON
HBOOT 0.93.0001
MICROP-051d
TOUCH PANEL-SYNT0101
Radio-5.11.50.26
Aug 10 2010, 17:52,18

I have used various methods from different forums none seem to work and i'm really clueless.
I've flashed Samsungs, Sony's, even MTK's flawlessly and this particular HTC device is a pain in the ass.

Ive used XDA guide: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1275632

and: http://theunlockr.com/2010/09/20/how...evoked-method/

and: http://androidforums.com/desire-all-...er-2011-a.html

and: http://androidforums.com/desire-all-...oot-guide.html

Is there anyone with a sollution because i really need more app space (or a bloatware free rom) and based on various comment on the sites mention didn't work as well as it should.
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28th March 2014, 05:13 PM   |  #2  
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You'll want to gain s-off first before rooting. To do this you can use revolutionary.
First I'd suggest removing any drivers (and HTC sync) that you have already installed. Then setup adb/fastboot as it may be useful later. Finally install these fastboot drivers. Now to test if its being detected put the phone into the bootloader (turn off, then boot up using volume down + power). Next plug the phone into the computer via usb and open up a command prompt window. Run "fastboot devices" and the phones serial number should be shown. Let me know once you've done this.
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Originally Posted by Chromium

You'll want to gain s-off first before rooting. To do this you can use revolutionary.
First I'd suggest removing any drivers (and HTC sync) that you have already installed. Then setup adb/fastboot as it may be useful later. Finally install these fastboot drivers. Now to test if its being detected put the phone into the bootloader (turn off, then boot up using volume down + power). Next plug the phone into the computer via usb and open up a command prompt window. Run "fastboot devices" and the phones serial number should be shown. Let me know once you've done this.

Thanks i will try that and report back.
It would've been nice if any of those tutorials mentioned S-OFF needed before hand!

Edit: okay the phone is S-OFF, i will now proceed with the ADB thing but its downloading the SDK files as we speak...
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@Chromium

Okay ive installed the adb files and set it all up. But i'm stuck on "fastboot devices" on the cmd command line saying it cannot find "fastboot devices"
If i run C:/adb fastboot devices i get a bunch of commands while the phone was booted into HBOOT (S-OFF ofc)
Also tried C:\adb\platform-tools>fastboot devices but nothing is shown

For some strange reason my device manager says SAMSUNG ANDROID PHONE > Android Bootloader Interface when i hit "Bootloader" in HBOOT (was testing this)

Ignoring the adb step: I rerun every step again but it's still stuck on "waiting for Bootloader, make sure drivers are installed" after running Unrevoked3

additional info:

Revolutionary S-OFF
HBOOT-6.93.1002

Edit: question; I installed Revolutionary CWM v4.0.1.4 through revolutionary after the S-OFF process (which is weird since installing a custom recovery needs root access).
Is it possible to install 'custom rooted roms' through "update from sdcard", without root access?
I ask before hand because i dont want to brick my phone..


I have done a backup in CWM, so i'm going to try and flash a rom...
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28th March 2014, 08:09 PM   |  #5  
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Ok i succesfully flashed my htc with CM7.2 without rooting my htc in the first place.
I've been struggling with the rooting process for 2 days, but as i mentioned in my previous post i just flashed through revolutionarys CWM.

thank god!
28th March 2014, 08:10 PM   |  #6  
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(Even though your best ROM thread was closed, I did mention s-off and revolutionary and the guides...the ones you found are old)

You don't technically need root access to install custom recovery as you have found out.

You are already s-off, that's the hardest bit, rest is easy.

To root your existing ROM if you need to, flash superuser thru recovery

Don't know why fastboot devices didn't show, driver issue somewhere or not set up correctly.

Anyway if you can boot into the os, install 4ext recovery via app from 4ext,net.

Backup your sd card and use 4ext to partition your sdcard.

Then yes you can install a stock rooted ROM or any custom ROM of your choice, check for individual a2sd features or requirements
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Originally Posted by eddiehk6

(Even though your best ROM thread was closed, I did mention s-off and revolutionary and the guides...the ones you found are old)

You don't technically need root access to install custom recovery as you have found out.

You are already s-off, that's the hardest bit, rest is easy.

To root your existing ROM if you need to, flash superuser thru recovery

Don't know why fastboot devices didn't show, driver issue somewhere or not set up correctly.

Anyway if you can boot into the os, install 4ext recovery via app from 4ext,net.

Backup your sd card and use 4ext to partition your sdcard.

Then yes you can install a stock rooted ROM or any custom ROM of your choice, check for individual a2sd features or requirements

I know and i've seen the link, but i started with the ROOT part from that website as i thought the S-OFF part came after the rooting process.

I just installed CM7.2 and everything worked fine.
I partitioned the SD card in the CWM menu but i didn't knew what size to pick so i went with 1024mb and 256mb cache.

Im glad cm works and my app space is 151mb however on first boot there was 148mn available and now after a reboot & googleplay store only 56mb is left????

Well atleast i can move apps to SD (i guess)

edit: I flashed Beanstalk 4.4 (release 4.5) with jmcclue's 250/5/182 hboot & 4EXT Recovery. Everything works perfect.
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Originally Posted by JMailuhu

I know and i've seen the link, but i started with the ROOT part from that website as i thought the S-OFF part came after the rooting process.

I just installed CM7.2 and everything worked fine.
I partitioned the SD card in the CWM menu but i didn't knew what size to pick so i went with 1024mb and 256mb cache.

Im glad cm works and my app space is 151mb however on first boot there was 148mn available and now after a reboot & googleplay store only 56mb is left????

Well atleast i can move apps to SD (i guess)

edit: I flashed Beanstalk 4.4 (release 4.5) with jmcclue's 250/5/182 hboot & 4EXT Recovery. Everything works perfect.

You've rushed into it without following instructions or understanding how things work................

- You shouldn't partition with cwm as it often makes badly aligned partitions (they don't work)

- You don't need to partition with cache as the ROM needs to be programmed use it, and has limited benefit anyway

- You're not actually using your partition if you don't flash an a2sd script or use an app to actually move things to the partition of the sdcard. Your 'move to sd' is moving part of the app to the original fat32 part of your sdcard, exactly the same as before you even rooted/s-off i.e no gain...

- You should have flashed a different hboot before you flashed the ROM as you're wasting space on /system, which is also why your seeing low memory already. Again you have exactly the same amount of internal space as before you rooted/s-off....


So....

- please flash 4ext recovery as instructed

- completely backup and re-partition your sdcard from scratch with that recovery, no swap or cache

- learn to flash cm7r2 hboot with fastboot, instructions in the earlier guide you found

- full wipe and reinstall cm7 ROM again

- flash a2sd script or use an app such as s2e to move future apps to your sd partition (sd-ext)

- Keep apps on internal to trick them to sd-ext, your memory won't necessarily appear expanded, but your partition is working

- install an app like DiskUsage to understand how all your memory is being used in the first place...

Seems a lot but you should have read and done this in the first place you can do it correctly now or run into trouble later when you have no idea why...


EDIT: only saw your edit after my initial reply.

Some of my points still stand...please at least understand how your memory is being used (DiskUsage)

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