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[GUIDE] How to mod/root a virgin hero

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By Exit93, Senior Member on 23rd January 2010, 10:59 AM
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Why Should I root my phone?
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What can I do with recovery?
With recovery you can principally flash cooked roms, but also other things like make nandroid backups (Internal memory backups), partition your sdcard, fix problems etc...

If you want root there are 2 methods:

First Method
Is very simple, just download and install InstantRoot.apk (attached)
To install this from sdcard you need a file explorer like ASTRO
After the install a notify that says root access gained should appear, if not try second method

Second Method
This will install also recovery

1. Enable Debug USB from Settings->Applications
2. Download flashrec and install it with file manager like ASTRO
3. Download Amon_RA's recovery and put it in your sdcard
4. Run flashrec and tap Backup Recovery
5. Tap in the textbox and write this path:
Code:
/sdcard/recovery-RA-hero-vx.x.x.img
At moment of writing last version is 1.5.2, so the path should be
Code:
/sdcard/recovery-RA-hero-v1.5.2.img
6. Tap Download then flash recoery
7. If you get an error retry from step 3, else continue
8. Turn off your phone and reboot it keeping pressed Home button, recovery should start
9. Connect your phone via usb
10. Download Android SDK and extract all in the same folder
11. Download this and extract it in your sdk/tools folder
12. Open cmd (if you are on windows, if you are on a mac or on linux open terminal) and move to sdk/tools folder using this command
Code:
cd path
13. Give this commands in order
On windows:
Code:
adb shell mount /system
adb push su /system/bin/
adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/
adb shell umount /system
adb shell reboot
On linux/mac
Code:
./adb shell mount /system
./adb push su /system/bin/
./adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
./adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/
./adb shell umount /system
./adb shell reboot
14. Now you have root access on your phone


If you want recovery:
Just follow root's second method to the step 7


Flashing Custom roms using recovery:
Custom roms are in Zip format, to flash it is really easy once you have recovery.
Once downloaded a rom put it in your sdcard root, then reboot into recovery (Keep home button pressed while turning on your phone)
Now make a wipe going to Wipe->Wipe data, then come back to main menu and go to Flash zip from sd card, select your zip and you're done
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23rd January 2010, 01:29 PM |#2  
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Thanks for the guide :) How does Nandroid backup fit into this?
23rd January 2010, 01:34 PM |#3  
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maybe you need to tell how to downgrade(or a link to a guide )

nice guide, only i have already rooted my phone(2 months ago or something xD)

@Culturelol

nandroid backup is recommeded when you install a new rom, so you can always back to your original/past rom
23rd January 2010, 02:26 PM |#4  
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So i root with this guide, then nandroid and then i can flash the new rom?
23rd January 2010, 11:22 PM |#5  
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One more small question :) Is there anything special i should know about flashing the radio?
23rd January 2010, 11:26 PM |#6  
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So i root with this guide, then nandroid and then i can flash the new rom?

Yep

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One more small question :) Is there anything special i should know about flashing the radio?

No, only that you can't flash a GSM radio on a CDMA phone and back, if you do this you'll brick your phone
23rd January 2010, 11:30 PM |#7  
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Yep



No, only that you can't flash a GSM radio on a CDMA phone and back, if you do this you'll brick your phone

Is that done the same way? Boot to recovery and then flash the radio? And is this done before or after wipe / install of the new rom?
24th January 2010, 09:49 AM |#8  
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Is that done the same way? Boot to recovery and then flash the radio? And is this done before or after wipe / install of the new rom?

You can install radio whenever you want, it's flashed in another nand partition
24th January 2010, 01:12 PM |#9  
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nice rom - but the Home button doesnt work - is that normal?
24th January 2010, 02:04 PM |#10  
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nice rom - but the Home button doesnt work - is that normal?

Wrong discussion...
If you refer to CKDroid you need to flash googlebits to get home button working...
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You can install radio whenever you want, it's flashed in another nand partition

But it is flashed through the recovery screen?
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