I just wanted to pose a few questions. I've spent about 20 hours going through forums and articles to root my Verizon HTC One, and a heck of a lot of the information out there is very dated, and often contradictory. I've tried condensing it into a single procedure, but am having problems.
Here's the procedure for a brand new phone straight from a verizon store yesterday, running Android 4.3, with hboot 2.55, as I understand it; the information that I believe is now out of date, wrong, or not for 4.3/ 2.55; and the problem(s) I'm running into:
1) Unlock the bootloader and get s-off -- Firewater should be able to do this using the temproot method
2) Flash recovery mod, I was going to use CWM since it worked so nicely on my Incredible for 4 years -- this requires an unlocked bootloader and s-off, done the standard way via fastboot
3) Use CWM to flash superuser in recovery -- push the zip to sd, flash it from recovery
4) Happy times with my old set up back
1) HTCdev -- no longer allowed for HTC One by Verizon, can't unlock bootloader this way. Renders a lot of the threads irrelevant now that this is not a valid route
2) rumrunner -- works for Android 2.2.4, not 2.3, and up to hboot 2.54
3) firewater "standard method" -- useless to anyone attempting to root a new device for the first time
4) "flash ARHD, then run firewater" -- again, not useful if you're trying to get CWM and SU on your phone for the first time
1) The big one. Running temproot/ firewater, I acquire root access after running temproot, but when I run firewater after I get
!!If firewater hangs for more than 2 minutes or device enters qhusb mode, hold power for 60 seconds !!
preparing, one moment
The first bottle is open
2) I got a few suggestions to use rumrunner (before I decided rumrunner was 2.2.4, from the sources I could find). The process would be going fairly smoothily, until it would crash with the error "looks like device is not rooted AND lacks an unsecure kernel. su or FU!!" I also once got an error about "unexpected process or ROM" but haven't been able to replicate it.
3) Found some advice for "flashing CWM without s-off"...that obviously didn't work, but I thought I might as well try
4) Not so much a problem as a concern...I'm a bit worried about my drivers. I think they are good and up to date, I got them from HTCsync, and have full adb and fastboot control to my device, but still...
So, what's your take? Am I missing something obvious?