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From Cupcake to Hero (Magic) > what do I need to do?

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15th July 2009, 02:18 AM   |  #1  
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Hi guys.

I know that the various aspects of this post are covered in other posts, but I haven't seen anything that acts like a step by step or repository for this info.

Basically, I have a VodafoneAU HTC Magic with 1.5 on it, and I'd like to flash on it one of the Hero roms. I used to have a Diamond and then Diamond Pro, but I know little about Android at this point.

My biggest fear is bricking the phone, followed by not being able to restore my previous rom (and even apps and settings would be awesome too, though not essential) should something go pear shaped.

I know the steps I need to follow are:

1 - Root the phone
2 - Back up ROM (settings/apps too?)
3 - Flash new ROM
4 - ?????
5 - Profit (in the form of enjoying an awesome Hero ROM)

Jokes aside, if someone can point me in the right direction for the first 3 steps, that'd be great. Even if it's as simple as

1 - Root it using this post (link)
2 - Use this App to back it up
3 - etc..

Like I said, I know this info is probably covered elsewhere, but not in one place (that I've found) and I'd hope this post could serve as a guide for anyone else looking to go the same steps as me.

Thanks for any help anyone can give.

Cheers.
15th July 2009, 04:30 AM   |  #2  
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First off, you don't need to root your phone, update the SPL, or any of that scary stuff. Which is great, cus that's the riskiest part of it all. Briefly, the procedure is as follows:

1. Boot your phone in fastboot mode (power the phone off, then hold the back button as you power it back on). You'll see a white screen with some text, the word "FASTBOOT" and some androids at the bottom.
2. Note the version numbers you see at the top of the screen - it'll look something like:

SAPPHIRE PVT 32A SHIP S-ON H
HBOOT-1.3300.0009 (SAPP10000)
CPLD-12
RADIO-3.22.20.17

3. Download the ROM you want to upgrade to for your phone's version, rename the zip to update.zip and put it on the root of your phone's SD card
4. Boot a recovery ROM using fastboot (from the Android SDK)
5. Use Nandroid Backup to back up your current firmware to the SD card
6. Copy that backup (and the rest of the contents of your SD card) to your PC, just in case. This is the last point at which you can back out!
7. Use the recovery ROM to wipe your phone's existing firmware
8. Use the recovery ROM to apply the update.zip from the SD card
9. Wait for the update to complete
10. Reboot your phone and enjoy your new ROM!

I did this on my Vodafone NZ HTC Magic (PVT32B) running 1.5 yesterday and am enjoying Hero on it right now, barring a few quirks. If you like, I'll put together a detailed step-by-step of the procedure.
15th July 2009, 05:04 AM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by KarrdeNZ

First off, you don't need to root your phone....


I did this on my Vodafone NZ HTC Magic (PVT32B) running 1.5 yesterday and am enjoying Hero on it right now, barring a few quirks. If you like, I'll put together a detailed step-by-step of the procedure.

Awesome, cheers. I'll have a crack at it tonight then.

So Am I correct then in assuming step 5 backs up my phone as it is now? So essentially if I roll back it will be exactly as it was? Installed apps, settings, contacts (although sync sorts that out) and all?
15th July 2009, 08:51 AM   |  #4  
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Originally Posted by papalazarou

So Am I correct then in assuming step 5 backs up my phone as it is now? So essentially if I roll back it will be exactly as it was? Installed apps, settings, contacts (although sync sorts that out) and all?

Nope. Nandroid only backs up the existing firmware (and I believe some settings). It doesn't back up texts, contacts (though those should be synced with your Google Account anyway), or apps. For the most part, apps are easy to retrieve from the Market, but if you have any you got from elsewhere you'll need to reacquire them. The app MyBackup Pro seems to be recommended on these forums for more thorough backups, though it isn't free (and I've not used it myself). As my phone was (relatively) new I wasn't too fussed about keeping backups of anything except the firmware.
15th July 2009, 09:41 AM   |  #5  
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I've done a couple of Nandroid backups and restores and it restores everything (except SD card), meaning applications, settings, everything is restored.

Also, I highly recommend RAv's recovery (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=530492). Use it to make your Nandroid backup .
15th July 2009, 01:08 PM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by Wysie

I've done a couple of Nandroid backups and restores and it restores everything (except SD card), meaning applications, settings, everything is restored.

I've heard differing reports on what Nandroid does and doesn't back up, so was erring on the side of caution. But if it backs up everything, awesome.

And yep, that's the recovery ROM I used. I'm writing up the step by step instructions at the moment - will post em when they're done.
15th July 2009, 01:40 PM   |  #7  
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Originally Posted by KarrdeNZ

I've heard differing reports on what Nandroid does and doesn't back up, so was erring on the side of caution. But if it backs up everything, awesome.

And yep, that's the recovery ROM I used. I'm writing up the step by step instructions at the moment - will post em when they're done.

depends how you restore it- you can restore system.img only and not get all your data etc (using fastboot) but if you fastboot data.img as well then you get it all..... the new recovery restores it all...
15th July 2009, 04:21 PM   |  #8  
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Originally Posted by KarrdeNZ

First off, you don't need to root your phone, update the SPL, or any of that scary stuff. Which is great, cus that's the riskiest part of it all. Briefly, the procedure is as follows:

1. Boot your phone in fastboot mode (power the phone off, then hold the back button as you power it back on). You'll see a white screen with some text, the word "FASTBOOT" and some androids at the bottom.
2. Note the version numbers you see at the top of the screen - it'll look something like:

SAPPHIRE PVT 32A SHIP S-ON H
HBOOT-1.3300.0009 (SAPP10000)
CPLD-12
RADIO-3.22.20.17

3. Download the ROM you want to upgrade to for your phone's version, rename the zip to update.zip and put it on the root of your phone's SD card
4. Boot a recovery ROM using fastboot (from the Android SDK)
5. Use Nandroid Backup to back up your current firmware to the SD card
6. Copy that backup (and the rest of the contents of your SD card) to your PC, just in case. This is the last point at which you can back out!
7. Use the recovery ROM to wipe your phone's existing firmware
8. Use the recovery ROM to apply the update.zip from the SD card
9. Wait for the update to complete
10. Reboot your phone and enjoy your new ROM!

I did this on my Vodafone NZ HTC Magic (PVT32B) running 1.5 yesterday and am enjoying Hero on it right now, barring a few quirks. If you like, I'll put together a detailed step-by-step of the procedure.

I am a noob...Why don't need to FLASH SPL and ROOT the phone?? But u can still flash into HERO rom. I would like to have a full flash procedure from you,thanks. My machine is running on PVT32A.
15th July 2009, 05:03 PM   |  #9  
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Originally Posted by snowhk

I am a noob...Why don't need to FLASH SPL and ROOT the phone?? But u can still flash into HERO rom.

You can load the Hero ROM without replacing your SPL (in most cases) or rooting, so why replace it if you don't need to? I've done it myself without doing so and it's working fine.

My guide is now ready - check it out at http://www.karrderized.com/romguide/.
15th July 2009, 05:17 PM   |  #10  
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Originally Posted by KarrdeNZ

You can load the Hero ROM without replacing your SPL (in most cases) or rooting, so why replace it if you don't need to? I've done it myself without doing so and it's working fine.

My guide is now ready - check it out at http://www.karrderized.com/romguide/.

Just ask for curiosity..But why did others do so?? Thanks. You provided a clear guide.^^

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