Just a little housekeeping before we start:
Please! If you have a question, do not post it in both downgrade threads. Doing so makes it hard to follow what you've already done. Many people frequently visit both threads and will see your question. Thank you for your cooperation.
All credit goes to Unknownforce for making it possible to downgrade the EVO 3D. I take absolutely no credit for the downgrade method. My aim in creating the HBOOT Downgrade Toolkit was to make Unknownforce's downgrade method as easy and painless as possible. Thank you to him and everybody else listed below.
See post #3 for:
- Full Step-by-step directions
- Bootable USB flash drive instructions
- Other useful resources (How to burn an ISO to a CD)
Important! Please Read this!
- This is for CDMA phones only! DO NOT USE THIS IF YOU HAVE A GSM EVO 3D!
- Test that your computer will boot the Toolkit before Bricking! Use the 'Check device status' function in the Toolkit to see if your phone is being recognized (USB debugging must be enabled on your phone (Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging).
See Unknownforce's thread for bricking instructions.
- Do not do this if you already have S-OFF! If you aren't sure whether your already S-OFF, boot into the bootloader on your phone (Power off -> Hold down 'Volume Down (-)' and the power button). If you see S-ON, you're fine. If you have any questions, feel free to post them inside the thread.
- Charge up your battery - know that you have at least a decent (even 50 or 60%) amount of battery power going in. It will save you a lot of frustration later.
- If you are flashed to a different carrier: you must keep a record of the settings for your phone, as they will be wiped when you do this process.
Again. This is less scary than it sounds! I promise.
LATEST VERSION (STABLE): (should work perfectly when burned to a CD; if a USB flash drive is used, follow the NEW instructions in the second post to make the drive bootable)
- Device Test now properly states how to start the test
- Device Test does a Fastboot test, and an optional ADB test
- Help option gives a brief overview of the Downgrade process
- Some more information given before doing tests
- Downgrade will no longer snap back to the main menu after finishing
MD5 Checksum: c6b6889c7f12681621feaec26580f695
Download - Thanks WTLORd!
Mirror - Thanks notsointeresting! (+d-h.st)
Mirror #2 - Thanks disturb3d1/wwjoshdew!
* Run Revolutionary from the Toolkit (Beta code required)
* HTCDev Relock support integrated
* Flash either ClockworkMod 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52
- Menu has been cleaned up (cleared up some wording as well)
- Fixed bug with shutdown not being allowed in some cases
I encourage you to try it and please let me know how it runs! Thanks everyone!
MD5 Checksum: c69c796c13a39b589d28a6ebe26b18d2
Unknownforce for bringing us the EVO 3D downgrade method.
notsointeresting and WTLORd for mirroring these downloads.
Mpgrimm2 for his awesome advise and assistance!
lowetax for kindly helping with the downgrade inside and out of the thread.
madmaxx82 for permitting me to bundle 4EXT Recovery
The Core Project (Tiny Core)
Personal thank you to the Revolutionary Team
Thanks to everyone who tested the CD and reported their findings.
If I forgot someone, please PM me, and I'll add you to the list.
I will also quote Unknownforce's thank you list, as I'm pretty sure that most of the programs in the downgrade CD method have some relation to them.
MOVZX, RussianBear, Fuses, Dexter93, TrevE, Crackanug, USSENTERNCC1701E, jcase, The entire Revolutionary team
What is this?
This is a Live-Bootable Linux-based CD that attempts automates many of the steps that are required for the downgrade process. It's designed to make the task less daunting to users unfamiliar with Linux. It does not install anything onto your computer, and contains the drivers right inside of it.
Is there risk involved?
I won't lie. There is a small amount of risk using this. Then again, there is a small amount of risk with almost everything you do with your phone. There's even some risk in the HTCDev method. Doing this is a lot less scary than it sounds. Many people have used this method, and many have used the Toolkit to simplify the process. If you have questions, you may always post them inside the thread.
Is this a one-click method?
No. Not quite. It will still require you to use short commands.
Will I still have to work in a Terminal?
Yes... But don't leave yet. Most of the processes are done for you, and require entering a single letter to run a process.
Should I backup my phone before doing this?
Yes. Whenever doing something like this, you should always make backups! Also, this method will require you to flash a RUU after you are done downgrading and doing the Revolutionary S-OFF. You WILL lose all data on your phone (not SD Card) when applying the 1.13 RUU.
How do I know that my phone is bricked?
If the screen powers on and displays anything at all, it is not bricked.
I'm unlocked using the HTCDev method. Do I have to do anything different?
You will have to lock your bootloader before starting. Since you likely already have the benefit of backing up, do that before locking. Lock your device by using the HTCDev Relock feature in the Toolkit, or the command: fastboot oem lock while in the bootloader (Fastboot-USB mode) on your phone. If you are running a custom ROM, there is a chance that your phone will reboot and give you a Security Warning. You will have to apply a stock 2.08 or 2.17 RUU before proceeding. Get the 2.17 RUU from here, rename it to PG86IMG.zip (If file extensions (.zip, .doc, .mp3) are set not to show in Windows, just rename the file 'PG86IMG'.) and place it on the root (main directory) of your SD Card. Boot up your phone and run the RUU all the way through. Remember, running this RUU will erase all data on your phone (not SD-Card though). Now, continue as if you hadn't taken the HTCDev Unlock.
Please make sure to keep this thread limited to questions and comments on the live CD. For support with the Downgrade method, it's probably best to keep discussion in Unknownforce's thread. I will try my best to support the CD, but I cannot guarentee that I will be able to continue to answer questions about the CD.
0.8.2 - Device Test now properly states how to start the test - Device Test does a Fastboot test, and an optional ADB test - Help option gives a brief overview of the Downgrade process - Some more information given before doing tests - Downgrade will no longer snap back to the main menu after finishing 0.8.0t* Fix error with messages flooding the screen on some hardware * Fix error with hardware not working too nicely with USB - No other changes - Same version number cosmetically (forgot to change it before building) - MD5 Checksum: 0246fe0f8a80197bc1e63599eeda83ee 0.8.0 - Rebuilt (again) from the ground up - New menu-driven interface - 4EXT Recovery now included (Thanks madmaxx82) - Usability fixes - Broadened device test - Boot directly into the bootloader - Easily exit utilities without rebooting - More instruction while using - Built off of Micro Core - MD5 Checksum: 9e0b883f013ab8db46101663dc188cdb 0.7.0 - Run Revolutionary from the Toolkit (Beta code required) - HTCDev Relock support integrated - Flash either ClockworkMod 184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11 - Menu has been cleaned up (cleared up some wording as well) - Fixed bug with shutdown not being allowed in some cases - MD5 Checksum: c69c796c13a39b589d28a6ebe26b18d2 0.6.5s- It's been (pretty much) rebuilt from the ground up (new Base OS - TinyCore Linux) - It's 93% smaller than the previous version of the Toolkit Live CD. - It's a lot faster booting up. - Should only require about <128MB of RAM, and <500MHz Processor. - It's text based only, but that's okay (trust me). It boots; press 'd' to downgrade. That's it. - I have integrated the ability to Flash ClockworkMod 18.104.22.168. - MD5 Checksum: 4884fbcd21e37e7cd3f1ea2f7ddef8da 0.5.1 - No longer need to do step 1 - Type 'downgrade' into the Terminal to do the downgrade. You no longer need to flash an RUU at the beginning, or temp root. - MD5 Checksum: 5014B2E79B834173887941C5BE71E7A3 0.4.1 - New version of emmc_recover - No need to open four terminal windows anymore! - Thanks Unknownforce! - MD5 Checksum: f6be045551ed18c6c22912a6e46f1cd6 0.3.4 - zergRush Temp Rooting - Mainver version change and verification - Start command that lists the names of all commands available to the user. - Step Three HBOOT flash for partitions sdb13, sdc13, sdd13, sde13. - MD5 Checksum: 03eac19c68672f3334526580ac91d5bb 0.2.2 - Step Three HBOOT flash for partitions sdb13, sdc13, sdd13, sde13. - MD5 Checksum: 40c1de37fd66f0348770f2a7a53d0998
Obligatory Disclaimer - This software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty. You take full responsibility for the usage of the software. I am not liable for anything that goes wrong with this Live CD, including, but not limited to, "bricked" (otherwise unusable) phones, or anything else that happens to your phone(s), computer(s), or anything else. You take full responsibility for your use of these tools.