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As you probably all know, the Advanced Hack Kit (a.k.a Hack Kit) has been retired for good yesterday. Does that mean that you can not achive root privilege anymore? NO

NO, YOU DON'T NEED S-OFF TO FLASH ROMS....

Getting root acces
  1. Unlock your bootloader with HTCDEV or using this tool: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2133336
  2. Then flash CWM or 4ext recovery in fastboot per this guide: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...25&postcount=7 and make a nand backup.
  3. Then reboot into recovery and flash SU or SuperSU.
  4. Reboot the device and voilá. You are done

IF YOUR BUILD VERSION IS NOT SUPPORTED TO UPDATE THEN:
  1. Create a goldcard using this tool: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=970157 (you need a working phone for this)
  2. Find a RUU which main version is supported and higher than yours and flash it in the PD98IMG.zip way, that is what is the goldcard for.
  3. Re run the tool and you will be able to update the hboot and unlock it

The other way to achive root access is to flash a custom rom after unlocking the bootloader.

As you can notice root access is easy to be gained but not S-OFF. If you are skilled in android and working with terminal or cmd commands, then you can use this: http://tau.shadowchild.nl/attn1/?p=411

Flashing roms with an unlocked bootloader
  1. Unlock your bootloader and flash a custom recovery (CWM or 4ext)
  2. Download the rom zip file you are willing to flash to your PC.
  3. Extract the the boot.img from inside the zip file (do not extract the whole rom)
  4. Put the zip file in your sdcard.
  5. Boot into recovery and do a full wipe (wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition, format system)
  6. Flash rom (install zip from sdcard)
  7. Reboot into bootloader again and plug the phone to the PC.
  8. You need to be in fastboot usb (if you see HBOOT USB PLUG in the phone, just press power to toggle)
  9. Open a cmd/terminal and navigate to where the boot.img file is located.
  10. Type: fastboot flash boot boot.img If you don´t how to do that, watch this video (it is in spanish, thou you can follow it without listening to the instructions)
  11. Reboot and now you should be enjoying your custom rom
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5th March 2013, 11:00 AM |#2  
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Rooting without the Ace kit!
Hi there
Is there a thread or some sort of a step by step manual on how to install ROM with unlocked boot loader (s on) without ace advance hacking kit or perhaps a working method where you can install CWM on a Gingerbread. (I have successfully unlocked the boot loader on htcdev)
Thanks a million
5th March 2013, 01:41 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by simopesh

Hi there
Is there a thread or some sort of a step by step manual on how to install ROM with unlocked boot loader (s on) without ace advance hacking kit or perhaps a working method where you can install CWM on a Gingerbread. (I have successfully unlocked the boot loader on htcdev)
Thanks a million

Check the guide in my signature, you will find the information you need in there. Don't forget to flash the boot.img of the custom rom in fastboot. Enjoy...
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Not registering to mobile network!
Thanks Glevitan
I found the manual and all went smooth and easy. I have one problem though.
The phone does not register to any mobile network. Any idea how to bypass that? It was originally locked on Orange UK network.
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Check the guide in my signature, you will find the information you need in there. Don't forget to flash the boot.img of the custom rom in fastboot. Enjoy...

6th March 2013, 03:40 AM |#5  
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Thanks Glevitan
I found the manual and all went smooth and easy. I have one problem though.
The phone does not register to any mobile network. Any idea how to bypass that? It was originally locked on Orange UK network.
Thanks again

That is weird. What ROM did You flash?
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That is weird. What ROM did You flash?

CM-7.2.0-ace.zip and then I tried aospX-1.0.0-MR1-DHD.zip.
I flashed it many times these two ROM's after Ace Kit without any issues. Also I noticed that every time I restart the phone it requires the network unlocking code. It is weird!
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the pdf file to flash a custom rom/recovery, i dont understand.. how exactly do i flash a custom rom?? for example codefirex??
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Hello,

I try to unlock my bootloader with HTCDEV or by using that tool but have some problems.
At step 8 (HTCDEV) Type in Command Prompt: fastboot oem get_identifier_token
After that you should see a long block of text. But I only get this:

<bootloader> [ERR] Command error !!!
OKAY [ 0.016s]
finished. total time: 0.016s

what's going wrong? what can I do?
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Originally Posted by Albert-Jan

Hello,

I try to unlock my bootloader with HTCDEV or by using that tool but have some problems.
At step 8 (HTCDEV) Type in Command Prompt: fastboot oem get_identifier_token
After that you should see a long block of text. But I only get this:

<bootloader> [ERR] Command error !!!
OKAY [ 0.016s]
finished. total time: 0.016s

what's going wrong? what can I do?

or your build version does not supported or you didn't update your hboot....

Boot in fastboot usb and type:

Code:
fastboot getvar all
Then paste all that info in here (delete the imei)
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or your build version does not supported or you didn't update your hboot....

Boot in fastboot usb and type:

Code:
fastboot getvar all
Then paste all that info in here (delete the imei)

Microsoft Windows [versie 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. Alle rechten voorbehouden.

C:\Users\Albert-Jan>cd \Android

C:\Android>fastboot getvar all
(bootloader) version: 0.5
(bootloader) version-bootloader: 2.00.0027
(bootloader) version-baseband: 26.14.52.27
(bootloader) version-cpld: None
(bootloader) version-microp: 0438
(bootloader) version-main: 3.12.405.2
(bootloader) serialno: HT0AERX05199
(bootloader) imei:
(bootloader) product: ace
(bootloader) platform: HBOOT-7230
(bootloader) modelid: PD9810000
(bootloader) cidnum: HTC__E11
(bootloader) battery-status: good
(bootloader) battery-voltage: 3847mV
(bootloader) partition-layout: Generic
(bootloader) security: on
(bootloader) build-mode: SHIP
(bootloader) boot-mode: FASTBOOT
(bootloader) commitno-bootloader: 743ca94a
(bootloader) hbootpreupdate: 11
(bootloader) gencheckpt: 0
(bootloader) region-id: 0
all: Done!
finished. total time: 0.031s
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Originally Posted by Albert-Jan

Microsoft Windows [versie 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. Alle rechten voorbehouden.

C:\Users\Albert-Jan>cd \Android

C:\Android>fastboot getvar all
(bootloader) version: 0.5
(bootloader) version-bootloader: 2.00.0027
(bootloader) version-baseband: 26.14.52.27
(bootloader) version-cpld: None
(bootloader) version-microp: 0438
(bootloader) version-main: 3.12.405.2
(bootloader) serialno: HT0AERX05199
(bootloader) imei:
(bootloader) product: ace
(bootloader) platform: HBOOT-7230
(bootloader) modelid: PD9810000
(bootloader) cidnum: HTC__E11
(bootloader) battery-status: good
(bootloader) battery-voltage: 3847mV
(bootloader) partition-layout: Generic
(bootloader) security: on
(bootloader) build-mode: SHIP
(bootloader) boot-mode: FASTBOOT
(bootloader) commitno-bootloader: 743ca94a
(bootloader) hbootpreupdate: 11
(bootloader) gencheckpt: 0
(bootloader) region-id: 0
all: Done!
finished. total time: 0.031s

Your build nor your hboot version support unlocking the bootloader. You can try updating the hboot manually by flashing 0029 hboot. However that is a dangerous process. Otherwise, you can create a goldcard and flash a RUU with a Main version that supports the update.
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