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NOOBZ: The EASY guide to rooting your Aria and Installing Attn1's ROM (Win XP/Vista)

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By asiancuta, Senior Member on 19th July 2010, 11:53 PM
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Like some of you, i'm an absolute newbie to Android. But after a week of reading and scrolling through many webpages and forums. i finally got the nerve to Root my Aria and install Attn1's ROM because i was tired of the auto-start of ATT's bloatware and random restarting of those apps that i had to constantly check and kill with Advanced Task Killer ( the Market).
and yes i've actually seen a slight increase in my batter life after. (on at 6am..average txting, heavy web surfing, and minimal Market browsing...69% by 2pm)

so here's the step by step guide without having to go through the many pages of the forums...

** To Root your Aria and Clockwork Mod

1. go to, choose your Aria phone, and click the download file. save and extract into a easy to remember directory on your computer.

2. go to and follow the instructions to install HBOOT

3. go to HTC's website and download and install HTC Sync. Yes it's been said it messes up the process. slightly not true. you're only gonna install it so that the proper ADB drivers are installed that Unrevoked Rooting tool needs to access your phone. as soon as it installs...uninstall it. it will leave the proper ADB required drivers behind. (it took me hours and finally wading through 6 pages worth of forum posts to find this i'm saving you the trouble)

4. now on your Menu > Settings > Connect to PC > Default Connection Type > and select Charge Only

5. go back to Settings > Applications > Development > and check USB Debugging

6. now start UnRevoked (c:\directory you chose\reflash.exe)

7. gray wide window with UnRevoked's logo and a "waiting for device" type message under it. now plug in your Aria via USB to the computer. sit back and watch the magic. 5mins (or less) later and you will have a Rooted phone with Clockwork mod.

**now that your Aria is rooted you can install Attn1's ATT bloatware free Rom.

1. go to Menu > Settings > Connect to PC > Default Connection Type > and select Disk Drive

2. go to and decide which beta version you want to use. I chose B003 since it's the one folks have the least issues with and the cleanest one that hasn't changed too much about the stock rom. download and save the file to your SD Card. i chose the Download folder to make it easy to find.

3. now turn off your phone. hold down the Volume Down button and press the Power button. you should see the standard Fastboot menu with the lil droid guys on skateboards on the bottom. press the volume down button until "recovery" is highlighted. hit the Power button to select it. you'll see the HTC logo as if it's booting and the clockwork mod screen (black background with green text) that you were left at with the Unrevoked tool.

4. using the volume down button select Nandroid > Backup. i'm not quite sure but i think this backups all your settings of the current stock Rom. *advanced users correct me if i'm wrong*. all i know is you NEED to do this. it was stressed in most forums.
give it a couple minutes and the process should finish.

5. now select Install Zip from SD Card. Use the volume buttons and Power button (select) and navigate to Attn1's Rom zip file. select it. don't let the warning scare you too much. his Rom is LEGIT and 110% working select yes and watch the quick install process.
few minutes later you should be up and running just fine.

6. if it reboots and you hear some pleasant chimes/dings and no ATT 3G boot up or loud WOOSH've installed his Rom just fine and all your previous settings as if nothing's changed yes the HTC Quietly Brilliant will be on your screen for a little while since there is no secondary boot animation. don't worry.

credits go to attn1 and quickness to get this clean rom up

***EDIT: July 26, 2010 ***
just wanted to thank everyone for the compliments and glad this was able to help ease the pain of rooting your Aria and installing a custom ROM.
many thanks for the compliments
Last edited by asiancuta; 27th July 2010 at 01:49 AM.
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20th July 2010, 12:06 AM |#2  
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Whoa! Just what I needed. Many have come before you and remained silent so thanks for putting this together. I have been reading for a week now in preparation of purchasing an Aria and it just shipped from Amazon today. Now, I'm psyched!
20th July 2010, 12:20 AM |#3  
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this is amazing, i had literally just done the unrevoked thing and had no idea what to do next, and then all of the sudden this thread pops up and helped A LOT

perfect timing
20th July 2010, 12:32 AM |#4  
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glad to help
the experienced users were right that's it's simple if you KNOW what you're doing. just the answers/instructions were vague on exactly how.
20th July 2010, 12:39 AM |#5  
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ok, now how do i access clockwork? do i have to restart while holding the volume and power buttons or is there something im missing?

also, is there a way to move the apps to the sd card?
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20th July 2010, 12:46 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by unteagle

ok, now how do i access clockwork? do i have to restart while holding the volume and power buttons or is there something im missing?

also, is there a way to move the apps to the sd card?

Power down your phone, than hold down the volume down button and power button. In the fastboot menu push volume down till Recovery is highlighted and push the power button to select. 5 seconds later it'll load into clockwork

And I have yet to try the SD card app method
Last edited by asiancuta; 20th July 2010 at 12:48 AM.
20th July 2010, 01:09 AM |#7  
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thanks, hopefully someone will find out how to install apps to the sd card soon, it would save a lot of space
20th July 2010, 03:28 AM |#8  
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I certainly appreciate your help here. I am now running the liberated 005 on my Aria. Still want to make the jump to 2.2
20th July 2010, 07:49 AM |#9  
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Not to be rude, but we really shouldn't keep posting new instruction threads, they generally confuse people, and attn1 already mentioned this method.
20th July 2010, 08:36 AM |#10  
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new here. thanks for the step by step!

all was running fine up till the point where the program was rebooting my phone... but after the phone reboot and is running fine... it still say it's "waiting for reboot..." so... i try to start over and now it says that it's "waiting for device"...

but i've already installed and uninstalled the HTC sync for aria. please help!
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