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By attn1, Recognized Developer on 22nd June 2010, 09:23 PM
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Obsolete: Go HERE: Unrevoked's reflash Root/Recovery flash tool

Originally Posted by attn1

This will root the device and allow you to install things like wireless tether.

Edit: I can connect to wireless tether, but it's not routing to anything and takes forever to get an IP address. Once I get an ip address, I can't even ping the gateway. I suspect further AT&T foolery. I am working on it.

Custom recovery is a bear to get to. You can however, get to custom recovery, and we can flash custom roms.

For the most part, I used the root method and files from the MT3G root procedure. However, I could not get the adb to read my in recovery until I used my gold card. Many failed attempts before, and it pretty consistantly worked afterword. I suspect the difference was the SD card itself, and not that it was a gold card, because it makes no sense that a gold card should make a difference. Both cards were 2 gb Sandisk cards, but the one I used was from a Hero, which was what I used to make my goldcard to root that.

Folks, the MT3G method works. This isn't mine, I was just the first to make it go on the Aria.

Here's eugene's "How to Root the Slide thread"

Eugene, Koush, Modaco, ChiefzReloaded, brokensanity, the EVO Unrevoked team and many others, on behalf of an awful lof frustrated AT&T Android fans, thank you.

The Unrevoked team has more info here if you get stuck.


Instead of and superuser.apk, you can just flash my rom. (See next post in this thread).

That includes root, busybox, superuser.apk and strips AT&T applications & brings the ROM much closer to a generic HTC sense ROM.

Check out this thread:

Once you have root (either by pushing slideroot and installing superuser.apk or skipping those and installing my rooted ROM) do yourself a favor and check out this thread: Unrevoked team: Recovery reflash tool (updated - Now for Aria/Liberty!)

Once rooted, you don't have to do the adb chase anymore; you can now flash custom recovery with the tool in that thread. It works!

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22nd June 2010, 09:24 PM |#2  
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Installing a custom ROM and loading Clockwork Recovery on an unrooted HTC ARIA.
Installing a custom ROM on Aria/loading Clockwork Recovery on an UNROOTED HTC Aria.

(like mine, found here: ROM Liberated_Aria)

This method is borrowed heavily from eugene's MT3GS root method, using Unrevoked exploit.

OS X/Linux Users: remember to preface abd commands with ./ (./adb)
  • We now have the ability to flash custom recovery on the phone! (Thanks to the Unrevoked Team)
  • PREREQUISITE #1: You must have the android sdk installed on a Windows machine and know how to use adb. Alternatively, you can use a *nix/OS X box if you don't mind verifying devices without the loop to watch.
  • PREREQUISITE #2: Download

  1. Format the SD card supplied with the phone like this: (Thanks Yoshiofthewire) in a card reader if at all possible.
  2. Copy your new ROM zipfile to the root directory of the SDCARD. DO NOT name it DO NOT unzip it. You must flash the zipfile later.
  3. Copy the contents of to the tools directory of your SDK, along with your ROM zipfile of choice.
  4. Power up the phone, holding down the VOL-DOWN button.
  5. Wait about 30 seconds, until some diagnostic checking is done.
  6. Press volume down to highlight recovery, but to do not push power to execute just yet.
  7. Open a command prompt and navigate to your SDK tools directory.
  8. Start the loop.bat file and let it run. (Optional if you don't mind running adb devices until the decide to show up).
  9. Get ready to connect the phone to the computer with the USB cable, but don't connect one end until you read the next step.
  10. This part is a PIA and it's critical, and it's inconsistent and therefore may take quite a few tries to get it right: Pushing the power button first and then approximately one second later plug in the USB cord. (Think ONE THOUSAND ONE-PLUG)
  11. When the triangle/exclaimation over phone graphic appears, hold volume up and press power. This will bring you to stock recovery.
  12. If this works, your loop running the adb devices command will list the device. If not, start from the beginning from power up. This can take a lot of tries, be patient and don't give up. Not all SD cards will work reliably.
  13. Once devices are listed in the loop, hit CTRL-C to terminate the loop if you've started one. Hurdle one complete.
  14. In recovery, use volume down to select Apply and push the power button to execute (This will fail, but it's enabled write access for me.)
  15. adb push /sdcard/ and press the enter on keyboard to execute. (No - that's not a typo)
  16. If that pushes without error, then enter adb push /sdcard/ but do NOT press enter.
  17. In recovery, again scroll down with power down to select but do not execute yet.
  18. Press the power button and then watch phone to say "verifying" and then press enter IMMEDIATELY on the keyboard. If timed right, Clockwork recovery should load. If not, start back at step push /sdcard/ and repeat from there until clockwork loads.
  19. Optional: From Clockwork Recovery, do a Nandroid backup.
  20. From Clockwork Recovery, select install zip from sdcard, and execute, then choose zip from sdcard and execute, and then you can scroll down to your pre-rooted rom of choice and execute that to flash it. In Clockwork you can scroll with trackpad or volume buttons, and you can execute with either the power button or a trackpad button push.

If you get stuck trying to get Clockwork to load:
On a rooted Aria, do yourself a huge favor and install Clockwork Recovery. See this thread: Unrevoked team: Recovery reflash tool (updated - Now for Aria/Liberty!)

Also, enable installation of non-Market (untrusted) apps (sideloading):

  • Start the phone normally.
  • Enable USB debugging (settings > applications > development > USB Debugging)
  • Leave the phone running - do not reboot to Clockwork.
  • adb remount
  • adb pull /data/data/ settings.db

    Linux/OS X:
  • echo "update secure set value = 1 where name = 'install_non_market_apps';"|./sqlite3 settings.db

  • echo update secure set value = 1 where name = 'install_non_market_apps';|sqlite3 settings.db

  • adb push settings.db /data/data/
  • Reboot phone and sideloading works. (thanks to fluffyarmada)

When I get a chance, I'll figure out how to do a proper menu toggle.

ROM Downloads:
(HTC Boot theme, AT&T apps removed, Google Search default web page)
MD5: 2d7a3aeb8ebe2c33247897be7ef22740
(Stock with ROOT, AT&T Boot theme & Apps)
MD5: af56f22d24e4dcc4b205cf9bb3bc9ba1
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22nd June 2010, 09:25 PM |#3  
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Aria Issues:
  • Even with root, wifi tether does not work.
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22nd June 2010, 09:32 PM |#4  
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Thanks attn1 and whoever else worked on the Aria. Awesome job.
22nd June 2010, 09:36 PM |#5  
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very impressive!

Remember I told you I had a feeling it would work!
22nd June 2010, 09:38 PM |#6  
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Oh and whenever went into recovery during the root process after running the loop did you actually select recovery from the menu or did you use the other method we talked about in that other thread?
22nd June 2010, 09:51 PM |#7  
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What is the procedure for removing the bloatware? As I said in the other thread, this will be my first endeavor into the Android market and I hope this is not a stupid question.
22nd June 2010, 10:17 PM |#8  
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Originally Posted by _Opiate_

very impressive!

Remember I told you I had a feeling it would work!

You did - and you were right!
22nd June 2010, 10:21 PM |#9  
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Originally Posted by attn1

You did - and you were right!

Im just glad it worked! I can't wait to give it a go myself.
22nd June 2010, 10:31 PM |#10  
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does anyone have a stock rom for the HTC aria? Just wondering if ever i want to go back to the original ROM.
22nd June 2010, 10:37 PM |#11  
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if you give this a try, please let us know how it went. that would be a big bonus.


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