[GUIDE] How to root Desire HD (DHD) install h-boot (S-Off) and Clockwork recovery

zexbig

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Please refer to this post before upgrading Your DHD
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=879525
If You update to latest version You will NOT be able to boot custom HBOOT!!!
Here is guide how to downgrade Your DHD if You updated to latest version by mistake
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=905003

This is complete guide for all HTC Desire HD owners who want's to root their devices and install custom recovery image.

FLASH THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG

I have collected and summarize few guides on this forum in order to collect all informations on one place.
Check following threads for additional informations.
Please post all bug's and issues related to DHD scripts to sfjuocekr thread below.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=835746

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=9183483

Summary:
1) Download Paul's Visionary+ tool (I have used version r12) (google removed this app from market) so You will have to download it from Paul's website.
This tools enables root and removes new HTC protection.
2) Install engineering version of HBOOT to get S-Off (HTC bootloader, something like BIOS for Your PC)
This step is optional and it's not required in order to flash custom ROM's on Your DHD but gives You more freedom with Your device.
3) Install custom recovery image (recovery is special program which is invoked from HBOOT
in order to flash ROM onto Your device.

Detailed description:
1) Download Paul's Visionary+ tool
1.1) Click here to download http://android.modaco.com/content/h...722/10-nov-r12-test-visionary-one-click-root/ or download it from here http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=447543&d=1290501865
1.2) Install Visionary+ on Your DHD
1.3) Run it, enable "Set system r/w after root
1.4) Click "Temproot Now!" - Wait until it's finished
1.5) Click Attempt Permroot Now!
1.6) DHD automatically reboot's
To test that everything went fine download from market application "terminal emulator"
run it, type su
If You get after that sign # it mean's that everything went fine.

Time for next step!

2) Install engineering version of HBOOT to get S-Off
2.1) Download sfjuocekr DHD script for flashing HBOOT from here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=835746
2.2) Unzip it and copy it to Your SDCard (It's important that You have on Your SDCard root directory with name DHD and all files inside this directory. Rename DHD-smart folder on Your SDCARD to DHD.
2.3) Run Terminal Emulator
2.4) Type su
2.5) Type "sh /sdcard/DHD/check
(Please be aware that You have to type "sh" in front of command)
2.6) If everything went OK type
sh /sdcard/DHD/backup
2.7) If this also went OK proceed with
sh /sdcard/DHD/hboot
This command will install engineering hboot which have S-Off turned off.

3) Install custom recovery image
3.1) Since ROM manager now officially support's Desire HD, we will use it to download and install custom clockwork image.
3.2) Run android market app on Your DHD and download and install ROM Manager app from market.
3.3) Download and install ROM manager.
3.4) Run ROM manager and select first option (Flash ClockWorkMod Recovery).
3.5) Wait until ROM Manager say's that installation went successfully (Current version of ClockWorkMod is 2.5.1.3)
3.6) After installation tap in Rom manager option Reboot into Recovery to test that everything went well.
3.7) DHD should reboot in clockwork recovery manager.


Enjoy.
 
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Sylpher

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Alright this probably sounds disgustingly noob but my phone isn't going into bootloader mode x_x. I've rooted the phone and followed the S-OFF procedure and no luck... Any ideas?

EDIT: Don't worry issue resolved. I had to end up using adb shell reboot bootloader. It's still a bit weird though, as to why I can't do this without adb...
 
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This is complete guide for all HTC Desire HD owners who want's to root their devices and install custom recovery image.


(I hade run into the strange problem for which I'm not sure is it problem with my PC or DHD, each time when I connected my DHD via USB cable my SDCard was automatically mounted as Disk Drive instead of just being in "Charge only" mode. I resolved this by removing back cover and ejecting SDCard and inserting it again while phone was operational, which is very unsafe thing to do!).


Enjoy.
known issue : can't remember the app, double-twist I think, it auto mounts SD card. Do you have that? Deselect or uninstall.
 

Sylpher

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Yup looks like it. It's saying ClockworkMod Recovery v2.5.1.2. The only issue is, I can't select any of the options lol :p

EDIT: don't worry also solved that :p

Just another question though, using NANDROID am I able to backup my current ROM? I'm with Vodafone australia and I want to be able to restore this ROM (for warranty purposes).
 
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Yup looks like it. It's saying ClockworkMod Recovery v2.5.1.2. The only issue is, I can't select any of the options lol :p

EDIT: don't worry also solved that :p

Just another question though, using NANDROID am I able to backup my current ROM? I'm with Vodafone australia and I want to be able to restore this ROM (for warranty purposes).
Backing up current ROM and restoring is primary function of nanodroid :)
 
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Backing up current ROM and restoring is primary function of nanodroid :)
Haha just making sure ;). I didn't want to lose my current ROM because Vodafone doesn't honour warranties on phones that have been modified in this manner.

Also I forgot altogether to say thanks lol! Thanks for the simple and straightforward guide :D
 
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3.5) Download test clockwork image from
and put it in C:\android-sdk-windows\tools\ directory.
3.6) Reboot Your phone into bootloader (Turn off phone, and press VOLUME DOWN and HOLD IT, and it the same time PRESS POWER and hold it until You get bootloader screen.
Then scroll with Volume down button on to fastboot and press power, connect USB cable and wait until android fastboot interface is installed.
3.7) Run cmd and cd to C:\android-sdk-windows\tools\
3.8) type
fastboot flash recovery clockwork.img

3.9) If everything went OK You will get following message:
C:\android-sdk-windows\tools>fastboot.exe flash recovery clockwork.img
sending 'recovery' (4914 KB)... OKAY
writing 'recovery'... OKAY
3.10)This means that You are almost finished. Type
C:\android-sdk-windows\tools\fastboot.exe reboot-bootloader
to reboot Your phone in bootloader mode.
When You are back in bootloader mode select recovery and phone will reboot in Clockwork recovery mode, since DHD does not have optical trackball just scroll 3 times trough menu (just press volume down button until You get message "back menu button enabled".

Enjoy.[/QUOTE]


hi
thanks for the guide.
done all the steps upto 2 everything good

cant get the step 3 , can you explain more deeply.
downloaded all the files , kept on my pc . do i need to move andriod -sk folder to sd and then rebot my phone . as you said to boot in bootloader but wen i press and hold power and volume down nothing happens
need help plz

another question how can i keep my original rom backed up , with which app?
 

LazyButCrazy

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I also cant get into the bootloader by pressing volume down when powering on. Also tried through shell (I think?, is the commands 'su' and then 'reboot bootloader'?) and got a 'not permitted'.
 

sukhsukh

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I had to end up using adb shell reboot bootloader

its backing up my phone now

than everybody

where the backup will be saved , name of the files , so i can save them . and i f anything go wrong how to restore the original files?
 

zexbig

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You can remove visionary, only cons is that visionary have unroot option if You want to revert back this maybe usefull.

Sent from my Desire HD using Tapatalk
 

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please help me out here:
i always get this from cmd:fastboot not recognized as an internal or external command and nothing happens! any ideas please.
thank you