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[TUTORIAL] S-OFF guide for the complete Hero newbie...

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By outrage_uk, Senior Member on 30th January 2012, 03:00 AM
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I know its an old phone now, but my friend gave me this one to update, and it took a while for me to figure it out (used to my Evo 3D)... so ive put this together to help anyone wishing to S-OFF and can't work it out...

*** This is for GSM ONLY. Don't try it if your not sure or you'll brick your phone ***

This is what I did to get S-OFF...

Download Modaco's SPL HBoot 1.76.2007 and move it to your SD Card.

Download Clockworkmod Recovery, rename it to " recovery.img " and move it to your SD Card.

Download UniversalAndroot and move it to your SD Card.

Download ES File Explorer from the market (or any other file explorer).

Download Android Terminal Emulator from the market.

Enable installing from SD Card.. (Settings -> Applications -> tick Unknown Sources)

Open ES File Explorer and install Universal Androot.

Run it and press Root :) ...
It should say.. "Woot ! Your device is rooted !" ... close the program.

Open Android Terminal Emulator, and type " su " . Press enter.
Allow SuperUser access.

Type " flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img " and press enter.
It should just show a $ sign on a new line.

Power off your phone, remove and replace your battery and press and hold the Home button while pressing Power.

Your phone will load into Clockworkmod Recovery.

Select " install zip from sdcard ", then " choose zip from sdcard ". Select " ". Press Back, Back and " reboot system now ".

Leave the phone to update HBoot. Do not interrupt it. (It restarts a few times)

Once done, the phone will restart and load as normal. Check the HBoot version by going into HBoot again (turn off, hold Volume - and Power) and it will hopefully show S-OFF, Hboot 1.76.2007. Job done.
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30th January 2012, 06:46 AM |#2  
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Great guide, very simplistic and understandable. Thanks for this!

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30th January 2012, 11:11 AM |#3  
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Yeah, it was nice, now I just need a reason to get S-OFF :P
31st January 2012, 12:07 AM |#4  

Since i have Rooted my Hero and Flashing ROM, I never knew we can/must do S-OFF.

I'm a bit it necessary S-OFF for Hero? Any advantages?

From my little understanding it just to make control of our Hero's partition.

Correct me if I'm wrong.
1st February 2012, 09:02 AM |#5  
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S-On (Security-On) - is HTC's final resort for locking certain parts of the phone.

With S-On, the NAND section of your phone is locked and will fail to install software (and sometimes gain root access) depending on which ROM and phone your using. On some phones (not sure about Hero) you have to install a separate boot image with fastboot to let you install a custom, non HTC ROM, as it isn't from a signed HTC source.

With S-Off (Security-Off), you have full write access to all partitions on your phone, can gain permanent root, and all ROMs / boot / radios / recoverys should install successfully.

It doesn't appear that most Hero users need S-Off to allow you to install custom ROMs, but as I wanted to update the radio version, I chose to.
1st February 2012, 12:53 PM |#6  
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my hero has a hboot with s-on, and i can update radio images. If u want, i can upload the hboot i have..
2nd February 2012, 03:43 AM |#7  
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I have given the Hero back to my friend now after updating...

Things have changed between the Hero and Evo 3D, but when I use something, I want to have full control on what I can do, not to be forced into not been able to do or access certain things.

Although, I can understand why HTC implemented Hboot Security, careless use with S-Off (flashing wrong images or disconnecting too early) - and you will brick your phone.
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29th May 2012, 04:11 PM |#8  
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thanks this guide works perfect for my htc hero
30th May 2012, 02:40 PM |#9  
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Talking I think I'm lucky, then...
I have a GSM HTC Hero bought back in 2009 and just recently heard this S-OFF issue.

Only recently I checked and my boot loader is in S-ON state.
However, I never had a problem installing whatever I wanted on it.

In fact, the phone was rooted a few days after buying it and it remains rooted as of now! I even had to re-install the official HTC 1.6 firmware because I installed a non-compatible recovery ROM...

I wonder if any of this has to do with the fact that I purchased it without a SIM lock...
4th June 2012, 05:53 PM |#10  
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Working great! Even if you are on 2.1 use the 1.5/1.6 option in androot. otherwise rooting will not work. (even though it says "Woot blabla")
19th June 2012, 08:21 PM |#11  
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Hi im getting flash_image not found in the emulator am stuck please help.
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