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rudyo78427

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Mar 13, 2013
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Hello XDA,

I am a noob to the forum, but not to rooting my peripherals. I just came from an HTC Inc 2 that I previously had just DevUnlocked via HTC, then went full root with S-off via tacoroot method. I since have retired the phone and now have a DInc 4G LTE verizon. I have just used the FakeCID script method to gain bootloader unlock. I now have superuser installed and TWRP as the recovery. The question I have is relating to ROM installation. I have tried to install both ViperLTE and PizzutoClaws ROM's with no luck. I erase every thing 3x as stated in various posts as well as factory reset and system erase. When installing the ROM's, the aroma installer boots up and does the usual walk through, but at the end of the selections to install right after the selection for 'dirty wipe or full wipe' the aroma installer shows it's wiping the cache and such for a few seconds then immediately goes right to the 'Installation complete' screen. There should be some wait time and a loading bar showing the rom is loading. Both ROM's are doing this and thus the ROM is not installed. Is it possible I have an issue with the bootloader unlock? I have since reverted back to the stock ROM still at ****TAMPERED**** ****UNLOCKED**** with super user. I really would like to install a new ROM and could use some guidance. Thanks.
 

Aldo101t

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Mar 9, 2012
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HTC U11
Hello XDA,

I am a noob to the forum, but not to rooting my peripherals. I just came from an HTC Inc 2 that I previously had just DevUnlocked via HTC, then went full root with S-off via tacoroot method. I since have retired the phone and now have a DInc 4G LTE verizon. I have just used the FakeCID script method to gain bootloader unlock. I now have superuser installed and TWRP as the recovery. The question I have is relating to ROM installation. I have tried to install both ViperLTE and PizzutoClaws ROM's with no luck. I erase every thing 3x as stated in various posts as well as factory reset and system erase. When installing the ROM's, the aroma installer boots up and does the usual walk through, but at the end of the selections to install right after the selection for 'dirty wipe or full wipe' the aroma installer shows it's wiping the cache and such for a few seconds then immediately goes right to the 'Installation complete' screen. There should be some wait time and a loading bar showing the rom is loading. Both ROM's are doing this and thus the ROM is not installed. Is it possible I have an issue with the bootloader unlock? I have since reverted back to the stock ROM still at ****TAMPERED**** ****UNLOCKED**** with super user. I really would like to install a new ROM and could use some guidance. Thanks.

are you flashing the boot.img via adb this is required if you are not s-off.

also check the zip on the sdcard and make sure you don't have (2)zips on it, make sure the rom zip is not in any other folder on card, must be at the root of the sdcard

also, you need to be on software 2.17.605.2-which I assume you are to be unlocked
 
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rudyo78427

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Mar 13, 2013
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san jose
are you flashing the boot.img via adb this is required if you are not s-off.

also check the zip on the sdcard and make sure you don't have (2)zips on it, make sure the rom zip is not in any other folder on card, must be at the root of the sdcard

Thanks for the response. I have verified both ROM files are just .zip files. I even did MD5 check sum and the files are matching. I have placed them on the root of the SD card. I did notice however that when I am in ES file explorer the directory shows /sdcard/ with files that look similar to the root of the SD card, but then there is also ext_sd and when I select that, it lists the files I loaded on the SD card. I load the files via SD reader and not through the phone. Is it possible I could move the ROM over to the sdcard/ directory or should it be on the ext_sd. This Inc4g storage allocation is different than the DInc2....confusing.
 

Aldo101t

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Mar 9, 2012
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Thanks for the response. I have verified both ROM files are just .zip files. I even did MD5 check sum and the files are matching. I have placed them on the root of the SD card. I did notice however that when I am in ES file explorer the directory shows /sdcard/ with files that look similar to the root of the SD card, but then there is also ext_sd and when I select that, it lists the files I loaded on the SD card. I load the files via SD reader and not through the phone. Is it possible I could move the ROM over to the sdcard/ directory or should it be on the ext_sd. This Inc4g storage allocation is different than the DInc2....confusing.

yes the zip needs to be on ext-sdcard not the internal card.
 

rudyo78427

Senior Member
Mar 13, 2013
126
21
san jose
Thanks for the response. I have verified both ROM files are just .zip files. I even did MD5 check sum and the files are matching. I have placed them on the root of the SD card. I did notice however that when I am in ES file explorer the directory shows /sdcard/ with files that look similar to the root of the SD card, but then there is also ext_sd and when I select that, it lists the files I loaded on the SD card. I load the files via SD reader and not through the phone. Is it possible I could move the ROM over to the sdcard/ directory or should it be on the ext_sd. This Inc4g storage allocation is different than the DInc2....confusing.

Forgot to mention that I have also tried to flash the boot.img files via fastboot. this is normal practice for HTC phone with unlocked bootloader only if I am not mistaken. I pull the boot.img file from the ROM zip. a quick note though, I noticed when doing the flash for the recovery or boot image, in the bootloader screen, the right side load bar show's up green as it's loading, but right after the bar is highlighted red and will show a quarter of red bar for a brief second. I noticed too that the twrp recovery will not load all the time. sometimes I have to pull the battery and retry.:confused:
 

Aldo101t

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Forgot to mention that I have also tried to flash the boot.img files via fastboot. this is normal practice for HTC phone with unlocked bootloader only if I am not mistaken. I pull the boot.img file from the ROM zip. a quick note though, I noticed when doing the flash for the recovery or boot image, in the bootloader screen, the right side load bar show's up green as it's loading, but right after the bar is highlighted red and will show a quarter of red bar for a brief second. I noticed too that the twrp recovery will not load all the time. sometimes I have to pull the battery and retry.:confused:

what version of twrp are you using-the is an official twrp 2.4.3 now

http://techerrata.com/file/twrp2/fireball/openrecovery-twrp-2.4.3.0-fireball.img
 
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rudyo78427

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Mar 13, 2013
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what version of twrp are you using-the is an official twrp 2.4.3 now



I initially used the 2.4.3.0 version. after the initial issues, I went to twrp site and downloaded the latest 2.4.4 and still having the same issues. Another note, I noticed on the ROM installation instructions on either rom, there is no mention of the System-erase button use. This is the one that erases the current ROM. I tried just factory reset 3x, cache erase 3x and delvik cache 3x with out doing the system erase. flash the rom going through the aroma installer, then flashing the boot img. the phone will boot back into the stock ROM. I'm still wondering why the aroma installer says the rom loaded so quickly after doing the full wipe 4xt format with out showing any load progress. On the Inc2 I had, I switched rom's regularly with no issues and the ones that used aroma installer, has some wait time to load the rom files. I guess I will try a full format on the SD card and just load the rom zips to see if that does anything. Thanks again for the replies. Much appreciated.:good:
 

Aldo101t

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what version of twrp are you using-the is an official twrp 2.4.3 now



I initially used the 2.4.3.0 version. after the initial issues, I went to twrp site and downloaded the latest 2.4.4 and still having the same issues. Another note, I noticed on the ROM installation instructions on either rom, there is no mention of the System-erase button use. This is the one that erases the current ROM. I tried just factory reset 3x, cache erase 3x and delvik cache 3x with out doing the system erase. flash the rom going through the aroma installer, then flashing the boot img. the phone will boot back into the stock ROM. I'm still wondering why the aroma installer says the rom loaded so quickly after doing the full wipe 4xt format with out showing any load progress. On the Inc2 I had, I switched rom's regularly with no issues and the ones that used aroma installer, has some wait time to load the rom files. I guess I will try a full format on the SD card and just load the rom zips to see if that does anything. Thanks again for the replies. Much appreciated.:good:

there is an option under wipe for system.

---------- Post added at 01:16 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:10 PM ----------

there is an option under wipe for system.

you should wipe data/factory reset--wipe cache--wipe dalvic--wipe system then install rom
 

Atomic83

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Mar 13, 2013
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...I have tried to install both ViperLTE and PizzutoClaws ROM's with no luck. I erase every thing 3x as stated in various posts as well as factory reset and system erase. When installing the ROM's, the aroma installer boots up and does the usual walk through, but at the end of the selections to install right after the selection for 'dirty wipe or full wipe' the aroma installer shows it's wiping the cache and such for a few seconds then immediately goes right to the 'Installation complete' screen...


I had this exact same problem when using TWRP 2.4.3.0. I re-flashed my phone with TWRP 2.3.3.0 and my ROMS installed without any issues.
 

rudyo78427

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Mar 13, 2013
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Success!!!

Thanks for the suggestion. That was my other consideration, to go with a lower rev recovery. I will try that and see if it works. :good:

Success!!!!! Thanks for the last tip to try a lower recovery version. Seems TWRP 2.4 on up didn't work allowing the Aroma Installer to complete installation. I have downgraded to twrp version 2.3.3.0 and the ROM's flash now. Thank you XDA community!!! :laugh::D
 

mdmower

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... I erase every thing 3x as stated in various posts ....

A discussion about this starts here and continues for a couple pages.

The 2.4.x series TWRP recoveries have been working fine to install Sense based ROMs with Aroma installers for numerous individuals. You should only need to: Wipe > Factory Reset (this takes care of all types of cache as well) and Wipe > System. As mentioned before, ensure the zip file you're installing is on the external storage. In TWRP, at the install screen, toggle the radio button back and forth between Internal Storage and External Storage to make sure you are reading the zip from the external storage (I've seen the file list show the wrong contents before until it is toggled).

Edit: TWRP 2.4.3.0 and newer seem to have trouble with Aroma
 
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rudyo78427

Senior Member
Mar 13, 2013
126
21
san jose
A discussion about this starts here and continues for a couple pages.

The 2.4.x series TWRP recoveries have been working fine to install Sense based ROMs with Aroma installers for numerous individuals. You should only need to: Wipe > Factory Reset (this takes care of all types of cache as well) and Wipe > System. As mentioned before, ensure the zip file you're installing is on the external storage. In TWRP, at the install screen, toggle the radio button back and forth between Internal Storage and External Storage to make sure you are reading the zip from the external storage (I've seen the file list show the wrong contents before until it is toggled).

Thanks for the feedback, mdmower. I had done a complete format of my sd card on the comp and loaded only the zip file on the card. I also had done 3x factory wipe/reset, 3x cache delete and 3x delvik cache wipe. All of my attempts at getting the ROMS to load failed. The aroma installer would go through the setup, but when it executed the actual writing/flashing of the files, it wouldn't finish. The program stated that the zip file was 'Installed successfully, but no OS was actually loaded(stuck at white HTC boot screen). I tried this with different twrp recoveries. It wasn't until I used twrp version 2.3.3.0 that the ROM's load successfully. I have since flashed Pizzuto claw's and now running ViperLTE. I am thinking of going with CM10.1 now, but not sure of the latest nightly release. Waiting for a stable release. Question, noticed your device list shows your using CM10.1. How is it working for you? any real bugs? I need sim card support as i travel overseas and have different sim cards for the various regions I visit. :good:
 

mdmower

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I also had done 3x factory wipe/reset, 3x cache delete and 3x delvik cache wipe.

First thing, drop this habit. A single factory reset will suffice.

All of my attempts at getting the ROMS to load failed. The aroma installer would go through the setup, but when it executed the actual writing/flashing of the files, it wouldn't finish. The program stated that the zip file was 'Installed successfully, but no OS was actually loaded(stuck at white HTC boot screen). I tried this with different twrp recoveries. It wasn't until I used twrp version 2.3.3.0 that the ROM's load successfully.

Issues with aroma and TWRP versions 2.4.3.0 and greater have been confirmed (possibly other 2.4.x releases). The folks behind TWRP suspect a problem with make_ext4fs, but it is unclear whether the blame lies within TWRP, the update_binary, or the particular make_ext4fs called by Aroma.

I am thinking of going with CM10.1 now, but not sure of the latest nightly release. Waiting for a stable release. Question, noticed your device list shows your using CM10.1. How is it working for you? any real bugs? I need sim card support as i travel overseas and have different sim cards for the various regions I visit. :good:

Read the first post in the CM thread. Others have successfully used CM outside the U.S.