[Guide] Newb guide to unlocking HBOOT 1.16.0000 and 2.00+ and flashing a custom ROM

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Lynt

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Apr 19, 2010
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There's no exploit that has been found yet to S-OFF your HBOOT 1.16.0000 Incredible S, but you can unlock the bootloader, flash a recovery image, and install a custom ROM.

If you're not sure about doing this, I'd advise against it - things can go wrong, and there is a chance you'll damage your phone. Also be aware that HTC's unlock process effectively voids your warranty, and it will erase everything on your phone, as if your stock ROM went back to how it was when you first bought the phone.

1. Go to http://htcdev.com/ and create a free account. Once done, click the "Unlock Bootloader" link, or click here. Note that the Incredible S v1.16.0000 wasn't listed at the time of writing this, but the process still works fine.

Follow the instructions there to the letter; it's a pretty simple process - the guide says you'll need HTC Sync installed, but you may just need USB drivers. I installed HTC Sync for this process and then uninstalled it from my PC afterwards.

Part of this process involves grabbing some files from the Android SDK; you might not have that installed, so download them HERE. Put them somewhere easy to find, like the root of your C: drive in a folder called "android" (I'll use this for the rest of the instructions).

2. You'll know the process is going well when your phone flashes up an image asking if you're sure you want to unlock your bootloader. If you're still sure, select yes, and the process will complete.

3. Once done, your phone's bootloader will be unlocked, enabling you to flash a recovery image.

4. Go to here and download the recovery image for the Incredible S. Put it in the "android" folder along with the other files needed for HTC's unlock process, above. This file is the ClockWorkMod recovery image for the IncS.

5. Shut down your phone. Plug it in via USB to your PC which you set up during the HTC unlock process. Hold volume down, and press power and the phone will boot into the bootloader. Wait for it to scan your SD card (takes a few seconds), then ensure "Fastboot" is highlighted and press power.

6. On your PC, load up a command prompt - open the Start menu, go to Run, and type "cmd".

7. In the command prompt window, type the following, assuming the HTC unlock files and the recovery image you downloaded in step 4 is all in C:android.

Code:
cd c:android

Then type:

Code:
fastboot flash recovery <recovery_name.img>

Don't forget the .img on the end, and replace "recovery_name" with the specific name of the recovery image you want to use. For ClockWorkMod linked to in step 4, you'd type:

Code:
fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.img

After a few seconds, ClockWordMod will have been flashed to your phone.

8. Reboot your phone, there should be an option in the fastboot menu (volume up and down to navigate, power to select). It should boot as per normal. Put it into USB disk mode, and download a ROM that you'd like to use. CyanogenMod is a good start: http://www.cyanogenmod.com/devices/htc-incredible-s

Download the ROM and place it in the root of your SD card (ie. not in any folders or anything).

9. Power off the phone. Hold volume down and press power to boot back into the bootloader. Use volume down to select "Recovery" and press power. ClockWorkMod recovery will load.

10. Using volume up/down and power to select, go down to Backup/Restore. Select it, then hit Backup. ClockWorkMod will backup your stock ROM in case there are any dramas and you want to go back to it.

11. After that (takes around 3-4 minutes), go back to the main menu. Select wipe data/factory reset and confirm. Go back to the main menu, select Advanced > Wipe Dalvik cache > confirm. Always best to do these 2 things before flashing a new ROM.

12. Go back to the main menu, and select "Install zip from SDcard". Next choose "Select Zip from SD card" and select the ROM you'd like to install. Confirm this action, and ClockWorkMod will install your new ROM. After that's done, shut the phone down.

13. Ordinarily you'd be done after that, and you could boot into your new ROM. However HBOOT 1.16 does some weird stuff and tends to cause issues; I think it interferes with the installation of the boot.img that ordinarily would be flashed with the ROM. Anyhow, grab the ROM that you downloaded earlier (CyanogenMod, in my example), and on your PC, unzip the file somewhere. Once unzipped, inside you'll see a file called "boot.img". Put this in the same folder as your other Android tools that you used earlier. Power your phone on, hold volume down, and instead of loading recovery by choosing "recovery", choose "usb fastboot".

14. Open up your command prompt again (Start > Run > "cmd"), and type (using the "android" folder for this example):

Code:
cd c:android
fastboot flash boot boot.img

This will flash the boot.img to your phone.

Power off the phone, reboot it, and you should be good to go. There may be more efficient ways to do some of the above, but I'm not a massive guru at this stuff, I just haaaate Sense and bloatware. If any gurus notice any errors, please let me know.

* Edit: Bear in mind that by default, a CM7 install won't include any Google apps (this includes the market app); this needs to be flashed as a separate update via recovery. At the time of writing, a link to information about the Google apps package for CM7 is here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/archive/t-1297579.html

Have updated the title as this should work with HBOOT 2.00+; haven't tested this myself though.

Apologies, not around this site too often these days, at least until an official ICS ROM is out, so I probably won't respond to PMs. Good luck, and hope the above info helps - but it may pay to do some due diligence yourself first, in case it's out of date.
 
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scoobysnacks

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Jul 10, 2011
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There's no exploit that has been found yet to S-OFF your HBOOT 1.16.0000 Incredible S, but you can unlock the bootloader, flash a recovery image, and install a custom ROM.

If you're not sure about doing this, I'd advise against it - things can go wrong, and there is a chance you'll damage your phone. Also be aware that HTC's unlock process effectively voids your warranty, and it will erase everything on your phone, as if your stock ROM went back to how it was when you first bought the phone.

1. Go to http://htcdev.com/ and create a free account. Once done, click the "Unlock Bootloader" link, or click here. Note that the Incredible S v1.16.0000 wasn't listed at the time of writing this, but the process still works fine.

Follow the instructions there to the letter; it's a pretty simple process - the guide says you'll need HTC Sync installed, but you may just need USB drivers. I installed HTC Sync for this process and then uninstalled it from my PC afterwards.

Part of this process involves grabbing some files from the Android SDK; you might not have that installed, so download them HERE. Put them somewhere easy to find, like the root of your C: drive in a folder called "android" (I'll use this for the rest of the instructions).

2. You'll know the process is going well when your phone flashes up an image asking if you're sure you want to unlock your bootloader. If you're still sure, select yes, and the process will complete.

3. Once done, your phone's bootloader will be unlocked, enabling you to flash a recovery image.

4. Go to this thread and download the recovery image for the Incredible S. Put it in the "android" folder along with the other files needed for HTC's unlock process, above. This file is the ClockWorkMod recovery image for the IncS.

5. Shut down your phone. Plug it in via USB to your PC which you set up during the HTC unlock process. Hold volume down, and press power and the phone will boot into the bootloader. Wait for it to scan your SD card (takes a few seconds), then ensure "Fastboot" is highlighted and press power.

6. On your PC, load up a command prompt - open the Start menu, go to Run, and type "cmd".

7. In the command prompt window, type the following, assuming the HTC unlock files and the recovery image you downloaded in step 4 is all in C:\android.

Code:
cd c:\android

Then type:

Code:
fastboot flash recovery <recovery_name.img>

Don't forget the .img on the end, and replace "recovery_name" with the specific name of the recovery image you want to use. For ClockWorkMod linked to in step 4, you'd type:

Code:
fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.im

After a few seconds, ClockWordMod will have been flashed to your phone.

8. Reboot your phone, there should be an option in the fastboot menu (volume up and down to navigate, power to select). It should boot as per normal. Put it into USB disk mode, and download a ROM that you'd like to use. CyanogenMod is a good start: http://www.cyanogenmod.com/devices/htc-incredible-s

Download the ROM and place it in the root of your SD card (ie. not in any folders or anything).

9. Power off the phone. Hold volume down and press power to boot back into the bootloader. Use volume down to select "Recovery" and press power. ClockWorkMod recovery will load.

10. Using volume up/down and power to select, go down to Backup/Restore. Select it, then hit Backup. ClockWorkMod will backup your stock ROM in case there are any dramas and you want to go back to it.

11. After that (takes around 3-4 minutes), go back to the main menu. Select wipe data/factory reset and confirm. Go back to the main menu, select Advanced > Wipe Dalvik cache > confirm. Always best to do these 2 things before flashing a new ROM.

12. Go back to the main menu, and select "Install zip from SDcard". Next choose "Select Zip from SD card" and select the ROM you'd like to install. Confirm this action, and ClockWorkMod will install your new ROM. After that's done, shut the phone down.

13. Ordinarily you'd be done after that, and you could boot into your new ROM. However HBOOT 1.16 does some weird stuff and tends to cause issues; I think it interferes with the installation of the boot.img that ordinarily would be flashed with the ROM. Anyhow, grab the ROM that you downloaded earlier (CyanogenMod, in my example), and on your PC, unzip the file somewhere. Once unzipped, inside you'll see a file called "boot.img". Put this in the same folder as your other Android tools that you used earlier.

14. Open up your command prompt again (Start > Run > "cmd"), and type (using the "android" folder for this example):

Code:
cd c:\android
fastboot flash boot boot.img

This will flash the boot.img to your phone.

Power off the phone, reboot it, and you should be good to go. There may be more efficient ways to do some of the above, but I'm not a massive guru at this stuff, I just haaaate Sense and bloatware. If any gurus notice any errors, please let me know.

this line:

Code:
fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.im

should be:

Code:
fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.img
 

joaonds

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Nov 6, 2010
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I bought one XTC Clip to unlock Incredible S but now i'm Xperia ARC.

If someone wants buy my XTC Clip, contact.

I sell by one lower price.
 

tyongchi

Member
Apr 28, 2011
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After flashing the boot.img, you may need to install the ROM one more time (if the phone cannot boot). But this time, do not wipe any cache. Just install the ROM from Recovery.
 
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Khair.wara

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I wanna do that but i am afraid that i may end up making my device useless

Sent from my HTC Incredible S using XDA App
 

nsg86

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Jun 21, 2011
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I wanna do that but i am afraid that i may end up making my device useless

Sent from my HTC Incredible S using XDA App

Hmmmm,there is always risk lies when you customize your phone..though should be minimal when you follow the step provided carefully,trade off for you to enjoy custom rom.

Sent from my HTC Incredible S using Tapatalk
 

blkx_yang

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Nov 16, 2011
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thanks mate! works perfect!
just need to add a little bit steps u were missing
after step 12, have to restart the phone to fastboot in order to flash boot.

another question, if i flash a custom rom, will it unlock my sim lock as well?
i cant find it out just bcos i already unlock my IS by purchased a unlock code online 3 weeks ago.

many thanks

and thanks and thanks again!
 

tpbklake

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thanks mate! works perfect!
just need to add a little bit steps u were missing
after step 12, have to restart the phone to fastboot in order to flash boot.

another question, if i flash a custom rom, will it unlock my sim lock as well?
i cant find it out just bcos i already unlock my IS by purchased a unlock code online 3 weeks ago.

many thanks

and thanks and thanks again!

No flashing a custom ROM will not SIM Unlock a phone.
 
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blkx_yang

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Nov 16, 2011
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i heard some dude downgrade the HBOOT to 1.13 by using gold card.
i tired, but IS checked version somehow, said version is old.

can we flash UUR instead of flash a custom Rom? and if it works is that mean Hboot will be 1.13?

i tried before, got an error says unable to open the file. any ideas?
 

ryzer

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Oct 26, 2011
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Just rooted thanks guys....for the tutorial....

---------- Post added at 04:16 AM ---------- Previous post was at 03:55 AM ----------

erkk......how to install market...?
 

blkx_yang

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have to flash an other zip, you can find it on htcdev.com 's forum

or give me ur email, ill email u
 

Lynt

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Apr 19, 2010
112
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Just rooted thanks guys....for the tutorial....

---------- Post added at 04:16 AM ---------- Previous post was at 03:55 AM ----------

erkk......how to install market...?

Did you install Cyanogen? If so, go back to their download pages or forum thread for the IncS and get the "Gapps" or Google Apps installer.
 

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    There's no exploit that has been found yet to S-OFF your HBOOT 1.16.0000 Incredible S, but you can unlock the bootloader, flash a recovery image, and install a custom ROM.

    If you're not sure about doing this, I'd advise against it - things can go wrong, and there is a chance you'll damage your phone. Also be aware that HTC's unlock process effectively voids your warranty, and it will erase everything on your phone, as if your stock ROM went back to how it was when you first bought the phone.

    1. Go to http://htcdev.com/ and create a free account. Once done, click the "Unlock Bootloader" link, or click here. Note that the Incredible S v1.16.0000 wasn't listed at the time of writing this, but the process still works fine.

    Follow the instructions there to the letter; it's a pretty simple process - the guide says you'll need HTC Sync installed, but you may just need USB drivers. I installed HTC Sync for this process and then uninstalled it from my PC afterwards.

    Part of this process involves grabbing some files from the Android SDK; you might not have that installed, so download them HERE. Put them somewhere easy to find, like the root of your C: drive in a folder called "android" (I'll use this for the rest of the instructions).

    2. You'll know the process is going well when your phone flashes up an image asking if you're sure you want to unlock your bootloader. If you're still sure, select yes, and the process will complete.

    3. Once done, your phone's bootloader will be unlocked, enabling you to flash a recovery image.

    4. Go to here and download the recovery image for the Incredible S. Put it in the "android" folder along with the other files needed for HTC's unlock process, above. This file is the ClockWorkMod recovery image for the IncS.

    5. Shut down your phone. Plug it in via USB to your PC which you set up during the HTC unlock process. Hold volume down, and press power and the phone will boot into the bootloader. Wait for it to scan your SD card (takes a few seconds), then ensure "Fastboot" is highlighted and press power.

    6. On your PC, load up a command prompt - open the Start menu, go to Run, and type "cmd".

    7. In the command prompt window, type the following, assuming the HTC unlock files and the recovery image you downloaded in step 4 is all in C:android.

    Code:
    cd c:android

    Then type:

    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery <recovery_name.img>

    Don't forget the .img on the end, and replace "recovery_name" with the specific name of the recovery image you want to use. For ClockWorkMod linked to in step 4, you'd type:

    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.img

    After a few seconds, ClockWordMod will have been flashed to your phone.

    8. Reboot your phone, there should be an option in the fastboot menu (volume up and down to navigate, power to select). It should boot as per normal. Put it into USB disk mode, and download a ROM that you'd like to use. CyanogenMod is a good start: http://www.cyanogenmod.com/devices/htc-incredible-s

    Download the ROM and place it in the root of your SD card (ie. not in any folders or anything).

    9. Power off the phone. Hold volume down and press power to boot back into the bootloader. Use volume down to select "Recovery" and press power. ClockWorkMod recovery will load.

    10. Using volume up/down and power to select, go down to Backup/Restore. Select it, then hit Backup. ClockWorkMod will backup your stock ROM in case there are any dramas and you want to go back to it.

    11. After that (takes around 3-4 minutes), go back to the main menu. Select wipe data/factory reset and confirm. Go back to the main menu, select Advanced > Wipe Dalvik cache > confirm. Always best to do these 2 things before flashing a new ROM.

    12. Go back to the main menu, and select "Install zip from SDcard". Next choose "Select Zip from SD card" and select the ROM you'd like to install. Confirm this action, and ClockWorkMod will install your new ROM. After that's done, shut the phone down.

    13. Ordinarily you'd be done after that, and you could boot into your new ROM. However HBOOT 1.16 does some weird stuff and tends to cause issues; I think it interferes with the installation of the boot.img that ordinarily would be flashed with the ROM. Anyhow, grab the ROM that you downloaded earlier (CyanogenMod, in my example), and on your PC, unzip the file somewhere. Once unzipped, inside you'll see a file called "boot.img". Put this in the same folder as your other Android tools that you used earlier. Power your phone on, hold volume down, and instead of loading recovery by choosing "recovery", choose "usb fastboot".

    14. Open up your command prompt again (Start > Run > "cmd"), and type (using the "android" folder for this example):

    Code:
    cd c:android
    fastboot flash boot boot.img

    This will flash the boot.img to your phone.

    Power off the phone, reboot it, and you should be good to go. There may be more efficient ways to do some of the above, but I'm not a massive guru at this stuff, I just haaaate Sense and bloatware. If any gurus notice any errors, please let me know.

    * Edit: Bear in mind that by default, a CM7 install won't include any Google apps (this includes the market app); this needs to be flashed as a separate update via recovery. At the time of writing, a link to information about the Google apps package for CM7 is here:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/archive/t-1297579.html

    Have updated the title as this should work with HBOOT 2.00+; haven't tested this myself though.

    Apologies, not around this site too often these days, at least until an official ICS ROM is out, so I probably won't respond to PMs. Good luck, and hope the above info helps - but it may pay to do some due diligence yourself first, in case it's out of date.
    7
    There's no exploit that has been found yet to S-OFF your HBOOT 1.16.0000 Incredible S, but you can unlock the bootloader, flash a recovery image, and install a custom ROM.

    If you're not sure about doing this, I'd advise against it - things can go wrong, and there is a chance you'll damage your phone. Also be aware that HTC's unlock process effectively voids your warranty, and it will erase everything on your phone, as if your stock ROM went back to how it was when you first bought the phone.

    1. Go to http://htcdev.com/ and create a free account. Once done, click the "Unlock Bootloader" link, or click here. Note that the Incredible S v1.16.0000 wasn't listed at the time of writing this, but the process still works fine.

    Follow the instructions there to the letter; it's a pretty simple process - the guide says you'll need HTC Sync installed, but you may just need USB drivers. I installed HTC Sync for this process and then uninstalled it from my PC afterwards.

    Part of this process involves grabbing some files from the Android SDK; you might not have that installed, so download them HERE. Put them somewhere easy to find, like the root of your C: drive in a folder called "android" (I'll use this for the rest of the instructions).

    2. You'll know the process is going well when your phone flashes up an image asking if you're sure you want to unlock your bootloader. If you're still sure, select yes, and the process will complete.

    3. Once done, your phone's bootloader will be unlocked, enabling you to flash a recovery image.

    4. Go to this thread and download the recovery image for the Incredible S. Put it in the "android" folder along with the other files needed for HTC's unlock process, above. This file is the ClockWorkMod recovery image for the IncS.

    5. Shut down your phone. Plug it in via USB to your PC which you set up during the HTC unlock process. Hold volume down, and press power and the phone will boot into the bootloader. Wait for it to scan your SD card (takes a few seconds), then ensure "Fastboot" is highlighted and press power.

    6. On your PC, load up a command prompt - open the Start menu, go to Run, and type "cmd".

    7. In the command prompt window, type the following, assuming the HTC unlock files and the recovery image you downloaded in step 4 is all in C:\android.

    Code:
    cd c:\android

    Then type:

    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery <recovery_name.img>

    Don't forget the .img on the end, and replace "recovery_name" with the specific name of the recovery image you want to use. For ClockWorkMod linked to in step 4, you'd type:

    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.im

    After a few seconds, ClockWordMod will have been flashed to your phone.

    8. Reboot your phone, there should be an option in the fastboot menu (volume up and down to navigate, power to select). It should boot as per normal. Put it into USB disk mode, and download a ROM that you'd like to use. CyanogenMod is a good start: http://www.cyanogenmod.com/devices/htc-incredible-s

    Download the ROM and place it in the root of your SD card (ie. not in any folders or anything).

    9. Power off the phone. Hold volume down and press power to boot back into the bootloader. Use volume down to select "Recovery" and press power. ClockWorkMod recovery will load.

    10. Using volume up/down and power to select, go down to Backup/Restore. Select it, then hit Backup. ClockWorkMod will backup your stock ROM in case there are any dramas and you want to go back to it.

    11. After that (takes around 3-4 minutes), go back to the main menu. Select wipe data/factory reset and confirm. Go back to the main menu, select Advanced > Wipe Dalvik cache > confirm. Always best to do these 2 things before flashing a new ROM.

    12. Go back to the main menu, and select "Install zip from SDcard". Next choose "Select Zip from SD card" and select the ROM you'd like to install. Confirm this action, and ClockWorkMod will install your new ROM. After that's done, shut the phone down.

    13. Ordinarily you'd be done after that, and you could boot into your new ROM. However HBOOT 1.16 does some weird stuff and tends to cause issues; I think it interferes with the installation of the boot.img that ordinarily would be flashed with the ROM. Anyhow, grab the ROM that you downloaded earlier (CyanogenMod, in my example), and on your PC, unzip the file somewhere. Once unzipped, inside you'll see a file called "boot.img". Put this in the same folder as your other Android tools that you used earlier.

    14. Open up your command prompt again (Start > Run > "cmd"), and type (using the "android" folder for this example):

    Code:
    cd c:\android
    fastboot flash boot boot.img

    This will flash the boot.img to your phone.

    Power off the phone, reboot it, and you should be good to go. There may be more efficient ways to do some of the above, but I'm not a massive guru at this stuff, I just haaaate Sense and bloatware. If any gurus notice any errors, please let me know.

    this line:

    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.im

    should be:

    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery cwm-4.0.1.4-vivo.img
    3
    Lynt need help...i have fallowed all the steps but i didnt go to the recovery. when i select recovery it stuck in to the HTC logo... so i tried to flash boot.img found in cm_vivo_full-146.zip but nothing solve and aftar that i cant boot my phone is stuck in HTC logo followed by quit brilliantly animation the animation run again and again...i try to reset fectory setting it not worked as wel it stuck in HTC logo..please help
    Yes you have flashed boot.img from custom ROM and now when you try to RESTORE from recovery it fails and stucks on HTC logo. I had the same. :mad:
    SO!
    What you need to do:
    1. Turn off the phone, remove battery and put your SD memory card into PC. Go to /clockworkmod folder and find "boot.img" from latest backup. Copy it to your C:\Android folder (or folder where you keep files for flashing)
    2. Connect phone and flash this boot.img via FastBoot (recovery menu)
    3. Your boot.img from custo ROM will be replaced with a stock one.
    4. Perform RESTORE once again.

    Has worked for me.
    Good luck!
    2
    thanks mate! works perfect!
    just need to add a little bit steps u were missing
    after step 12, have to restart the phone to fastboot in order to flash boot.

    another question, if i flash a custom rom, will it unlock my sim lock as well?
    i cant find it out just bcos i already unlock my IS by purchased a unlock code online 3 weeks ago.

    many thanks

    and thanks and thanks again!

    No flashing a custom ROM will not SIM Unlock a phone.
    2
    i did every step..but now my phone stuck in htc logo..would someone help me plz

    Have you extracted the boot.img from the ROM zip file as per my guide?

    You need to put that boot.img file into a directory that's easily found, such as c:\android.

    Then turn your phone off. Plug it into your PC via USB. Hold volume down, and turn it back on. When the white screen appears, go to fastboot and press power.

    On your PC, open a command prompt and type:

    Code:
    cd c:\android
    fastboot flash boot boot.img

    So long as boot.img is in the android folder on your PC, you haven't renamed it something other than "boot.img", and you have the USB drivers you should be set.

    Once that's done, reboot the phone and see how you go.

    If you still have problems, post more details, not "phone doesn't work, please help". ;)