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-- just2mention: (22.03.2010)
latest HTC update (ROM Version:2.73.61.66 for Orange /Release Date: 2010-02-04)
and ROOT rights + flashing custom ROMS will NOT WORK
check page (3) for further information and problem solving :=)
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hey guys,

i bought my HTC Hero (Orange UK) locked a few days ago, and it arrived yesterday at morning
I spent at least 12h trying to unlock it :=) reading all posts over the whole www At 6am in the morning today, i finally could say: yeah i got it unlocked :=) and yeah, i also got the firmware downgraded


So, there is just one requirement (if anyone did it without one, please let me know): At least, for some time (borrowed from a friend) you need an Orange-Sim-Card
You need it to logg into your phone once, so that your pc installs the correct adb interface drivers (if you never got a sim card, you will never be able to contact adb interface) and enable the usb debugging mode on your android phone (so that adb works).
Otherwise i wouldn't have been able to get the Point 1 done correctly. (get the CID...)

=> Other Things you need to install:
- unlock code (maybe from http://www.unlock-now.com/)
- Android SDK
- i took the normal usb drivers (sdk-supports, folder "usb-driver")

so the exact how to:

1) at first (there is no way to bypass it) do exactly the following (create a Gold-Card):
Create a Goldcard (xda-post)

2) flash a custom recovery rom via adb interface (Android SDK):
Code:
adb shell reboot bootloader
fastboot boot recovery-RA-HERO-v1.2.3.img
adb shell mount /sdcard
adb push recovery-RA-HERO-v1.2.3.img /sdcard/recovery-RA-HERO-v1.2.3.img
adb shell flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-RA-HERO-v1.2.3.img
adb shell reboot
(got code from: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=561124

3) Now you can flash any rom u like (maybe at first, if everything works, do a custom backup (nandroid))

i chose: HTC Generic 2.73.405.38
originally from: http://android.modaco.com/content/ht...te-zip-format/

really important: check the requirements above!
get access to an orange sim card. not important which one...
live here in austria, and got an AUT-Orange Card from a friend, but I think you definitely need one!

This was performed on a Windows 7 64 bit machine

greets && good luck to everyone who does this, hope this saves you a lot of time!
 
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I am a novice and having probs....will be trying these steps over the weekend but a few questions in the meantime:-

I can successfully create a goldcard...
but the ROM downgrade bombs out with the 131 error which I believe is because Orange have tweaked it and is effectively locked to them?

Does the custom recovery get around the downgrading problem? I'm guessing it replaces the 'Orange Rom' with a basic image?

If the custom recovery is successful, are you 'unlocked' at that stage? Is your phone bricked if the custom recovery fails?

If the custom recovery is successful, does that give you the ability to do a Nandroid backup or are there specific steps that need to be done first?....(where does Nandroid backup the image to?...sd card? another part of the phone memory?

If custom recovery is successful, is it simply a case of getting the rom you want (such as modaco) and then launching it from the pc with your phone synched and goldcard inserted?

Apologies for all the questions but I'm trying to get my head around how this whole process works. Thanks for any help.
 
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Trying hard to see the point of this thread/poll, when this method for unlocking the Orange Hero has been known for a while now!

Regards,

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I can successfully create a goldcard...
but the ROM downgrade bombs out with the 131 error which I believe is because Orange have tweaked it and is effectively locked to them?
sry, never seen before

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Does the custom recovery get around the downgrading problem? I'm guessing it replaces the 'Orange Rom' with a basic image?
custom recovery, i think, replaces just the "recovery" ;=) boot loader image, the running rom stays the same meanwhile

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If the custom recovery is successful, are you 'unlocked' at that stage? Is your phone bricked if the custom recovery fails?
not yet regarding to above, the rom hasn't change and so the unlock key, won't work either.

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If the custom recovery is successful, does that give you the ability to do a Nandroid backup or are there specific steps that need to be done first?....(where does Nandroid backup the image to?...sd card? another part of the phone memory?
no, if the custom recovery is complete, you can do an nandroid backup as u like. it backups directly to /sdcard/nandroid/..

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If custom recovery is successful, is it simply a case of getting the rom you want (such as modaco) and then launching it from the pc with your phone synched and goldcard inserted?
it the easiest thing you can imagine, put the downloaded rom onto the sd drive, custom recovery lets you choose "restore: browse" you select the image file directly on your sdcard (name doesn't matteR) , wait , and it's done

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Apologies for all the questions but I'm trying to get my head around how this whole process works. Thanks for any help.
never mind i'm welcome to answer your questions

good luck!

The one Thing i forgot above, i bought a unlock key on
http://www.unlock-now.com/
should be clear
 
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Trying hard to see the point of this thread/poll, when this method for unlocking the Orange Hero has been known for a while now!
but never summed up to one thread
from the beginning to the end.

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I presume that the 'recovery' is not available on the phone by default? When I hold the home key after powering on, it just has a sort of warning picture next to the phone.....no text displayed and no buttons do anything at that stage, only option is to take the battery out to kill the power.

Gonna have a go at unlocking this using the instructions later tonight.
 
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I have finally got my Orange UK Hero sorted out.......

to cut a long story short, I had the most recent Orange UK ROM, which stops the custom recovery and doesn't alllow a change of bootloader (I got the 'remote ID' error when following your instructions and therefore couldn't flash it using your method.

In the end I went down the 'flashrec' route and eventually managed to get a standard ROM on, backed it up with Nandroid and then unlocked the mobile. Took a lot of hours faffing around and I'm starting to understand how it all fits together now...thanks for the steer. Regards Daz
 
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I presume that the 'recovery' is not available on the phone by default? .
Thats exactly why you have to do this whole procedure
good luck!
 
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does the website provide the unlocking code for 3 Network locked Hero,thanks
 
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can't tell you, just that they don't work with orange ;=) except you reflesh, but i read over the net, that the keys work in 98% of all cases.

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