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Default [TUT] How to Unbrand / Debrand your HTC HD2 with PSAS Goldcard [2010-11-29]

Tired of waiting until your service provider releases HTC updates for your branded phone?
Here comes your step by step guide on how to unbrand or debrand your HTC HD2/Leo using a PSAS Goldcard.
(Thanks go to svc und oliverweidel)


Introduction:
What does a Goldcard do? Mark's post
answers this best:
"All a GoldCard will do is bypass the carrier ID check when you attempt to flash a stock rom via the microsd card that you wrote the GoldCard to. A GoldCard [as such] won't unbrand your phone, that is only acomplished by flashing an HTC Stock Rom [with your Goldcard]. If you flash a carrier's Stock Rom
[with your Goldcard] then it will still be branded with whatever that carrier added to it. That means that you have to use that same card everytime you want to flash a stock rom and you have to use the same method to flash it (via the same microsd card). It wont sim unlock your phone and it wont let you flash any other roms apart from stock roms".

Note:
If you experience problems:
- Check first whether you have correctly followed each step carefully
- Read the Troubleshoot Section below
- Search the thread for a similar problem
- Post a question (Please do not send me a PM with support requests but post them. Thank you!)

A. Prerequisites:
A.1. Micro SD card (no SDHC [HighCapacity], it needs to be <4GB)
A.2. The "PSAS" Software
A.3. PC with ActiveSync or MobileDeviceCenter Connection to your HD2 (Guest is good enough)

B. Make your SD Card a Gold Card:
B.1. Back up your system (especially your SD-Card!! for a Goldcard you have to format your SD-Card)
B.2. Format your Micro SD card with FAT32
B.3. Insert your formatted SD Card into your HD2
B.4. Connect your device to your PC (ActiveSync/MobileDeviceCenter)

B.O.1. Option 1: PSAS Full Version:
..O.1.1. Buy your PSAS Full Version (30€). http://psas.revskills.de/?q=payment
..O.1.2. Following the link in the registration confirmation e-mail, download, install and activate PSAS
..O.1.3. Start PSAS (needs administrator rights)
..O.1.4. Goto "Calculators/Generators" - "Generate HTC Goldcard"
..O.1.5. Select Device Key “LEO”
..O.1.6. Click on "Get SD Card Serial from WINCE Device"
..O.1.7. Choose the right SD Card (note the Size under SD Card Info)
..O.1.8. Click on "Save Goldcard Image to WINSCE SD" (Alternatively, you can save the Goldcard image to file and write the image later - see Option 2.7)
..O.1.9. Now your Goldcard is ready

B.O.2. Option 2: PSAS free Version:
..O.2.1. Download an install the PSAS Free Version: http://revskills.de/downloads/revskills.zip
..O.2.2. Start PSAS (needs administrator rights)
..O.2.3. Goto "Hardware Forensics" - "WINCE SD Card Utils"
..O.2.4. Click on "Get Serial and Disk ID".
..O.2.5. Choose the right SD Card (note the size)
..O.2.6. Copy the displayed CID (i.E. 9E000000400000000000020002000000)
..O.2.7. Send the CID to a friend owning the full version to prepare your image
..O.2.8. If you don’t know one, send a PM to either "lyriquidperfection
", "oliverweidel", "mskip", "sirsmiles" or me ("pcwe")
..O.2.9. Once you have your image, click on “Write Image File”
..O.2.10. Select the image you received (Goldcard.img)
..O.2.11. Now your Goldcard is ready

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Links to images for frequently used CIDs:
GoldCard_9B000000400000000000020002000000.img
GoldCard_9D000000400000000000020002000000.img
GoldCard_9E000000400000000000020002000000.img
**********************************


C. Flash HTC Stock ROM:
C.1. Download your HTC 3.14 Stock ROM
C.2. Extract your Stock ROM (RUU_Leo_S_HTC_XXX_3.14.XXX_Radio_15.42.50.11U_2.1 5 .50.14_LEO_S_Ship.exe)
C.3. Copy RUU_signed.nbh to your Goldcard and rename it to LEOIMG.nbh (Use the “Explore” Feature of ActiveSync / MobileDeviceCenter)
C.4. Switch Off your device (or remove the battery)
C.5. Press VOL Down and Switch Device on to enter Bootloader
C.6. Bootloader loads your Goldcard (grey screen) and flashes every part of your HD2 (Bootloader, Radio, OS…) Takes up to 10 mins.
C.7. When finished, Reboot your device (remove/insert battery or press red button)
C.8. Congratulations, now your HD2 is unbranded!!

D. Install favored ROM (Artemis!):
D.1. Download your favored ROM
D.2. Connect your device to your PC (ActiveSync/MobileDeviceCenter)
D.3. Run SSPL_RUU.exe with Artemis v40 RUU_Signed_0xxx.nbh in the same folder and follow the instructions
D.4. Hard reset (Press VolUp+VolDown and still holding both press PowerOn and follow the instructions)
D.5. Boot to homescreen
D.6. When on homescreen –> Softreset
D.7. For more information, read the first page of the Artemis Forum

*** Troubleshooting ***
In case you experience a problem check these points:

1. Is your card a no SDHC Card? -> SDHCCards (all cards 4GB or bigger) often cause problems, especially many of the no- or low-brand cards.

Then, follow these steps again:
2.1. Format your card again, using a Windows PC instead of the HD2's card utility.
2.2 File System must be FAT32 and allocation unit size 4096 Bytes

2.2. Make sure your card has no name (no Volume Label).
2.3. Double check your drive ID. You need the CID of drive ID 07.
2.3. Double check your CID.
3.1. Download your HTC Stock ROM a second time.
3.2. Extract
RUU_signed.nbh from the newly downloaded Stock ROM again.
3.3. Rename
RUU_signed.nbh to LEOIMG.NBH.
3.4. Copy LEOIMG.NBH to your newly formatted
and try again.

4. It didn't help? Post a support request on this thread with a detailed description of your problem and when it occurs.

Note: Do not send me a PM with support requests but post your problem here. More persons can help you and others benefit from it as well. Thank you!

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Nice job pcwe! Hope this will help many LEO owners to flash the great Artemis v.40 by Sir sternas...

So, HSPL actually will not be neccessary to flash 3.14 Stock roms (SPL 3.03...)

ACTUAL PHONE: HTC One Glacial Silver 32 GB | CROM: Android Revolution HD

PRIOR PHONES: HTC HD2 | HTC TyTN II | Nokia 6230i | Samsung E620 | Nokia 3210


Flash any Stock ROM on operator branded HTC HD2 without HSPL with the goldcard method!
 
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Nice job pcwe! Hope this will help many LEO owners to flash the great Artemis v.40 by Sir sternas...

So, HSPL actually wont be neccessary to flash 3.14 Stock roms (SPL 3.03...)

No, HSPL does not go well together with Stock Rom 3.14/Artemis40.
But using Goldcard, you don't need to remove HSPL before starting. It removes everything on the device.
HTC HD2 (De-Branded with PSAS Goldcard)
ROM: Artemis v70 WWE
SPL: 3.03 (from Stock ROM 3.14)
RADIO: 2.15.50.14

PROVIDER: Orange Switzerland / VodaCom D.R.Congo
CUSTOM.: CHT 2.0 (final)
STORAGE: 16GB Class 4

Tutorial: How to debrand your phone using a PSAS Goldcard

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Howdy,

very nice thread!

One question:
HSPL will be overwritten through this procedure - thats clear as eggs in eggs - but will the stock rom from sd card start to flash without hspl?

Maybe stupid, but I thought, I read something about this somewhere...

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Thanks pcwe. The goldcard image you sent worked perfectly. I was able to install the stock 3.14 ROM on my Telstra HD2, and then Artemis v 40.0 ROM
Device: DVP-8GB, Upgraded 32GB
Operator: TMobile USA

Previous Device: HTC HD2 (Telstra)
Operator: AT&T USA
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Howdy,

very nice thread!

One question:
HSPL will be overwritten through this procedure - thats clear as eggs in eggs - but will the stock rom from sd card start to flash without hspl?

Maybe stupid, but I thought, I read something about this somewhere...

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with this Goldcard you can flash every rom on your HD2 you dont need anything on hd2. If HTC Build the HD2 the first flashwas with debug same as Goldcard.
My devices:
HD2 Artemis V62 GER
T-Mobile Branded flashed with SD-Coldcard 3.14 HTC Rom
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Thanks pcwe. The goldcard image you sent worked perfectly. I was able to install the stock 3.14 ROM on my Telstra HD2, and then Artemis v 40.0 ROM
I'm glad it worked. Thanks for the feedback.
HTC HD2 (De-Branded with PSAS Goldcard)
ROM: Artemis v70 WWE
SPL: 3.03 (from Stock ROM 3.14)
RADIO: 2.15.50.14

PROVIDER: Orange Switzerland / VodaCom D.R.Congo
CUSTOM.: CHT 2.0 (final)
STORAGE: 16GB Class 4

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Howdy,

very nice thread!

One question:
HSPL will be overwritten through this procedure - thats clear as eggs in eggs - but will the stock rom from sd card start to flash without hspl?

Maybe stupid, but I thought, I read something about this somewhere...

Regards
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A gold card comes with its own boot environment. Its only kicked on by your bootloader (whatever version) and flashes all: Your current bootloader, radio, OS etc. Aftewards you have an unbranded HTC device like one bought in shop.
HTC HD2 (De-Branded with PSAS Goldcard)
ROM: Artemis v70 WWE
SPL: 3.03 (from Stock ROM 3.14)
RADIO: 2.15.50.14

PROVIDER: Orange Switzerland / VodaCom D.R.Congo
CUSTOM.: CHT 2.0 (final)
STORAGE: 16GB Class 4

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I, yesterday, tried the "gold card-method", following step by step the tutorial.
But, unfortunately, flashing process stopped at "Os" level.
I went back to artemis V37, but i'll try again, perhaps sdcard issue ?
Thank you for your tutorial, pcwe.
Phone : HTC HD2 T8585 SFR branded
Rom : Artemis 43.0 FRA (French)
Radio : 2.15.50.14
SPL : 3.03.0000
 
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I, yesterday, tried the "gold card-method", following step by step the tutorial.
But, unfortunately, flashing process stopped at "Os" level.
I went back to artemis V37, but i'll try again, perhaps sdcard issue ?
Thank you for your tutorial, pcwe.
Try formatting your card on Windows PC (it must be FAT32). Then insert it into the device, but do not format it again. Then follow the steps to get to your CID and send a PM for another Goldcard image.
HTC HD2 (De-Branded with PSAS Goldcard)
ROM: Artemis v70 WWE
SPL: 3.03 (from Stock ROM 3.14)
RADIO: 2.15.50.14

PROVIDER: Orange Switzerland / VodaCom D.R.Congo
CUSTOM.: CHT 2.0 (final)
STORAGE: 16GB Class 4

Tutorial: How to debrand your phone using a PSAS Goldcard


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