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[Reference] Droid Incredible 2 GSM Roms, Patches, and Unlocking help.

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LiquidSmokeX64

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Ok now I know there are a few posts about this issue.

I have recently switched to Verizon so my GSM support will be very limited but will provide help still if I can

Edit: I no longer have an Incredible 2 so my support will be limited to past experience, but as always I will still continue to help as much as possible.

What I'm trying to do is make a list of tested roms with full GSM support.

I know a lot of people unlock this phone hoping to flash a new rom, but unfortunately not many roms have full GSM support as of yet :(

**Note**
If you are a T-Mobile or AT&T customer (possibly other carriers as well). The best you will get is Edge network. 30 KB/s at best data speed. This is known and there's nothing we can do about it.

As of today (8/1/2012) these are the roms I know have, and have tested for GSM functionality. I will add to this list as I test new roms.
If you know of one I don't and can confirm its GSM ready let me know an I'll add it to the list.
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A few have been wanting to know how to unlock your Incredible 2 for non-Verizon sim cards. So by request I have this to add.

In order to fully unlock your phone simply do this.

1.(Optional) Root and S-off the phone via Revolutionary.

2. Go to HTCimeiunlock.com and enter your IMEI number, carrier (Verizon) and check out. Your unlock code should be emailed to you within the hour, it took less than 15 minutes for me.

3. After receiving your Unlock code, go into your phones settings. Open up Security, there should be an option to enable/disable sim lock.
Choose disable Sim Lock, enter the unlock code here, then after you finish the phone will reboot automatically, and after it boots back up, you are unlocked permanently. Feel free to insert whatever sim card you want now.

4. After unlocking you may flash whatever from you want without EVER having to unlock again. This is a ONE time thing. No matter what you do at this point your phone will ALWAYS be unlocked, switch roms as much as you like, it will not affect your unlock status.
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= Confirmed Stock Roms =

RMK vivow gingersense 4.08.605.3 r1
andyBONESTOCK 5.10.605.9
Stock 2.3.4 version 6.xx

= Confirmed Customized Roms =

DKStunna108 CM 9.1.0 Global
DKStunna108 CM 10
SkyRaider Zeus 1.3
Carbonite Fusion Deux Rev-B
Cyanogen 7.1.0.1 & nightlys
Lefty's CM 7.2 KANG builds
TSM vivow PoolParty 1.6.1
TSM GingerBang Vanilla 3.0
Sabatoge Sense (all versions)
Virtous Unity 2.39 with GSM patch
NTSH ICS Beta 1 with GSM patch
ICS Merry Christmas build
TP ICS Beta Build 1 with GSM patch
TP ICS Beta Builds 2, 3 and 6
Aeroevan CM9 Kang (up till 3-13-12 build) w/GSM patch
Protekk ICS AOKP VivoW
Aeroevan CM7, CM9 and CM10 UNOFFICIAL builds
Liquid Smooth 3.2
Condemned CM7
CM 7.2 Official
CM 7.2 RC UNOFFICIAL
* MIUI 1.12.9 +
Condemned CM7
UKB (see post 4 in thread)
Nitsuj17's MIUI 4 (AOSP trick)
Incredible Sensation revived test 1
IC Tazz

=Confirmed Sense 3.5 roms=

Incredible 2 HD rls 1.1 w/GSM patch & post apn patch.
Mikrunny 1.03 World Edition Test 1 (it is buggy but DOES have GSM support built in).

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[*] An easy GSM temp fix for anyone who needs it: Namely MIUI users :)

Step 1: Dial *#*#4636#*#* to get into test mode
Step 2: Phone Information > Set preferred network type: GSM only. Then your phone will start crashing, until you do the step 3 fix.
Step 3:
> adb shell (you can use a terminal emulator as well and it works fine)
# su
# sqlite3 /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db 'update secure set value="1" where name="preferred_network_mode"'
# reboot
Now GSM works.
**Note** you can also do this in a Terminal Emulator as well and it works the same. And you may have to go to Network operators afterwards then choose Select Automatically
To get accurate signal bar follow these steps.
Using build.prop Editor, edit the build prop "ro.telephony.ril.v3". In the Property Key add: ",signalstrength" onto datacall to look like this: datacall,signalstrength
Press save and reboot. I cleared dalvik and cache also... Don't know if this is needed or not for those that are using the sqlite3 fix.

This worked for me, even for Nitsuj17's MIUI v4 Rom.
Unfortunately didn't worked with Sense Based Roms except UKB by switching the 1 for a 3 :(
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Note 2: If you don't use Verizon's network you will have to configure your APN settings manually, or download APN Manager and install that way.

T-Mobile US Apn settings.

Name: T-Mobile US
APN: epc.tmobile.com
MMSC: http://moms.msg.eng. t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
APN Type: default,supl,mms
LEAVE EVERYTHING ELSE BLANK
Enjoy :)
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Anybody who wishes to help me with this thread is more than welcome to.

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Thanks in advance to all who chip in on this project, and to all the devs that make the roms. You guys ROCK!
Thanks very much for all your guys help with this so far. With any luck non-verizon customers will have the ability to use these fine roms without worry soon.
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If I helped you in any way, please remember to hit the thanks button :)
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Zax_Was_Here

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i dont think devs are removing it from their roms, its that sense 3.5 is only on cdma phones as of right now i believe, meaning gsm support is hard to implement on the phones.


i'm no dev, so correct me if i'm wrong on this.
 
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LiquidSmokeX64

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well I'm not so sure. On RCMix 4.0 Energized Blue Edition it seemed like there is some sort of gsm options in the tweeks menu but its very confusing of how it actually works. Also theres no apn settings either.
 

trkaaa

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I would like ask the devs here to PLEASE PLEASE stop removing GSM / Sim Card support, or at least provide a way of adding it back into your roms I beg of you, not everyone uses CDMA.

Especially for the Sense 3.5 roms. These ones in particular NEED GSM support.


  • the reason that developers don't activate the GSM for Global Phone is as Rmk stated " it ( GSM) could be done but it will disable CDMA Radio permanently " , note also that CDMA is very Complex programming compared to GSM . Developers will then prefer to develop roms for the primary use " which is Verizon CDMA Phone "

  • first of All , All Sense 3,5 Roms with new Base 1.05 have Partial GSM Capability , it means you will have GSM Signal , and can send and receive Calls , i didn't test messaging . BUT NO MOBILE DATA

  • to get a Stable GSM Signal you should adjust setting in phone information to GSM Only Mode ( this mode forces 2G only even if 3G is available ) .


  • as long as there is no APN menu inside setting to input your APN , Mobile Data will not work even if you used APK's from the market to input your APN

  • there is only one Rom Sense 3.5 that has Perfect GSM ( Signal and Mobile data ) , But has some Bugs and one of them is very annoying , and the developer moved to another newer Rom now , this means Bugs stay

  • i installed a ton of roms and tested them all for GSM , my guess is the nearest that would do that is Virtuous Affinity ( if it could be done ) , because it is the ONLY sense 3.5 new Base 1.05 that Supports the original Global Phone firmware Commands ( EPST , testing mode, Diagnostic mode ) and behaves exactly like it

  • Virtous Unity 2.39 has a GSM patch and reported working by users who try it
hope that helps
 
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devator22

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Newt's incredible sensation has gsm support, I believe. His 3d might as well. Those are both sense 3.0 though. Reason for no gsm on 3.5 is as others have stated, the roms are not from global phones. The devs aren't removing it, it was never there to begin with. Newt has said he will work on gsm soon, but to code it into a cdma rom is difficult and time consuming.

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trkaaa

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has gsm support, I believe. His 3d might as well. Those are both sense 3.0 though. Reason for no gsm on 3.5 is as others have stated, the roms are not from global phones. The devs aren't removing it, it was never there to begin with. Newt has said he will work on gsm soon, but to code it into a cdma rom is difficult and time consuming.

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  • Newt's sensation is the original Verizon Rom mixed with some sense 3 as i remember, and also rmk rom is a rooted De-bloated original rom sense 2.1
  • Newt 3D gsm is not stable and GSM acts weird for me at least , the above 2 have better Global phone GSM
 
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nitsuj17

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honestly i dont do anything to remove gsm functionality from my roms, but since i use verizon and have no way to test gsm i dont put too much effort into figuring if it works or not in the stuff i do

i realize its an inconvience for those who need global or those not on vzw...but it is what it is
 

trkaaa

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honestly i dont do anything to remove gsm functionality from my roms, but since i use verizon and have no way to test gsm i dont put too much effort into figuring if it works or not in the stuff i do

i realize its an inconvience for those who need global or those not on vzw...but it is what it is

thanks for your good intention , in every place in the forum i always find you trying to help others , thanks again
 
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LiquidSmokeX64

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Thanks for the info, see I was not aware of all that. I'm no dev.
I'll confirm Virtuous Unity does work with the patch. I used it for a day. Affinity seems to be showing some life but I tried sms and nothing.

The ics beta has a gsm patch? I would like to know where, I've heard of it but never found it yet.

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honestly i dont do anything to remove gsm functionality from my roms, but since i use verizon and have no way to test gsm i dont put too much effort into figuring if it works or not in the stuff i do

i realize its an inconvience for those who need global or those not on vzw...but it is what it is

I'm not trying to point fingers bud. In fact I like the roms you and tsm put out. It's just a bummer for a tmoblie customer like me.

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LiquidSmokeX64

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I got gsm partially working in some of the Sense 3.5 Roms through the help of a couple of people.
Virtuous Affinity and RCMix Energy blue are working so far.
The calling part works but no sms or data.
I'll update the post when I have time.
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TomZeus

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Dinc2 on Tmobile

I need to root three new Dinc 2's so they work on Tmobile. I left Verizon because of outrageous bills and ding dong customers service reps. Have tried to get unlock codes by calling Verizon (which HTC suggested) but even though I paid my bill for a year, paid the cancellation fees of almost $700, elevated my request to supervisors, Verizon says they won't give me unlock codes because they won't help me use the phones on a competitors network. Love corporation like this. ITS VERIZON POLICY. My son tried rooting the phone using Revolutionary which failed.

Any suggestions? This thread leads me to believe that there are only buggy roms?
 

Letitride

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I need to root three new Dinc 2's so they work on Tmobile. Any suggestions? This thread leads me to believe that there are only buggy roms?

Rooting first (after HBoot downgrade from .98 to .97) for S-OFF and installing a custom ROM for one's own specific needs are done in stages, in addition to getting VZW to unlock the GSM sim card lock(s) to use on other carriers.

It's best to request VZW to lookup & provide you with the code to unlock while you are their customer in good standing (for 90 to 180 days, timeframe varied from various posts) and especially helpful using a stock or near stock SENSE rom. It's difficult to impossible once you terminate your CDMA services with big RED, one of the eBay vendor is reported to be able to generate or lookup the code to unlock this device, for a fee (I've used them in the past, but as a last resort, worth looking into.

There is at least two near stock Sense ROM for rooted phone, debloated & optimized for DI2, RMK's Ginger Sense and andyBones Stock 5.x (with the latest OTA changes incorporated + some nice touches added) that should work on unlocked quadbands used by T-Mo & AT&T (probably needed to change APN & browsing/MMS settings, etc.) - I've used RMK's ROM for a little while and it's smooth & stable, not buggy at all (probably less prone to problems with big Red's own releases, LOL)

Owning 2 rooted DI2 in black & red, one with stock kernel and 2nd. one with OC kernel option, my preferred ROM is SR's Zeus V1.3 on their website (Google for it) CS's Sabotage Sense ROM is based on stock with nice touches, and both reported to work on GSM - all 4 of them (and there are several others out there) will work on voice & SMS, broadband data access will be a little more challenging depending on your mobile carrier's frequncy & radio towers. The DI2 unlocked is likely to give 2.5/3G speed vs. 3.5G (so called T-Mobile 4G speed) unless you can work with their tech. support to configure & setup your data plan to optimize their network handshaking with your device - changing the APN and MMS settings are probably hidden/buried (hopefully not locked.)

My previously unlocked global VZW phones used GSM bands mainly for voice calls, occassional SMS and web browing on the go, but use WiFi whenever possible with default to mobile internet as a backup. As several developers mentioned, it's a challenge for them to test/verify GSM functionality so when possible, it's up to us to beta and report back so that they can try to address the issues.
 
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LiquidSmokeX64

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I need to root three new Dinc 2's so they work on Tmobile. I left Verizon because of outrageous bills and ding dong customers service reps. Have tried to get unlock codes by calling Verizon (which HTC suggested) but even though I paid my bill for a year, paid the cancellation fees of almost $700, elevated my request to supervisors, Verizon says they won't give me unlock codes because they won't help me use the phones on a competitors network. Love corporation like this. ITS VERIZON POLICY. My son tried rooting the phone using Revolutionary which failed.

Any suggestions? This thread leads me to believe that there are only buggy roms?

I downgraded to 2.3.3 then used revolutionary to get s-off & root.
Then booted to recovery and started flashing new roms.

As far as GSM roms go, I've been doing my best poking around to see what answers I can get on this.

So far SkyraiderZeus, and Virtuous Unity w/ GSM patch seem to be a couple of the best custom ones with Sense.
As far as stock roms go, andyBONESTOCK and rmk Gingersense are the best, rock solid roms, but duh they're stock.

The Merry Christmas ICS build has GSM as well but the camera still doesn't work yet.

I got GSM to work for calling on most if not the Sense 3.5 roms by going to phone information in the tweeks menu or by dialing *#*#4636#*#* and changing the network mode to GSM only and rebooting, still no SMS or data yet but I'm still trying to get that fixed at least for SMS.
If anyone knows how to fix this please say something. Then at least the REALLY important parts will work (calling&SMS)

GingerBang Vanilla, TSM poolparty 1.6, and CM7 are good ones if you don't want Sense.

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LiquidSmokeX64

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I need to root three new Dinc 2's so they work on Tmobile. I left Verizon because of outrageous bills and ding dong customers service reps. Have tried to get unlock codes by calling Verizon (which HTC suggested) but even though I paid my bill for a year, paid the cancellation fees of almost $700, elevated my request to supervisors, Verizon says they won't give me unlock codes because they won't help me use the phones on a competitors network. Love corporation like this. ITS VERIZON POLICY. My son tried rooting the phone using Revolutionary which failed.

Any suggestions? This thread leads me to believe that there are only buggy roms?

I used a website to unlock my DInc2.
Just Google "unlock incredible 2" and you should find it pretty quick.
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funks

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I'm using the Skyraider 1.3 on my Incredible 2 and it's working great here during my vacation in the Philippines (GSM Network). I got the unlock code a while back from Verizon, and basically flopped in a SIM, and set the PHONE's to preferred network to GSM / UMTS.

Only problem was DATA, couldn't use it until I added the Globe's APN manually - setting the "APN", the "MCC", and the "MNC" using the free app "APN MANAGER" did the trick.

The connectivity icons change from "G" (GPRS?), "E" (EDGE), "3G", and "H" (HSPA?) depending on where i'm at..
 
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LiquidSmokeX64

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Yes I forgot to mention. If you aren't using verizons network you have to configure the apn settings manually.
I am a tmobile customer so i have to do this all the time, so i didnt think about it.
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RichAP

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So are people getting 3G Data on Tmobile(or ATT) in the US

I thought those 3G Radio bands were locked on the Inc2?

I only get Edge when I put a Tmobile SIM in mine.

Yes I forgot to mention. If you aren't using verizons network you have to configure the apn settings manually.
I am a tmobile customer so i have to do this all the time, so i didnt think about it.
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    honestly i dont do anything to remove gsm functionality from my roms, but since i use verizon and have no way to test gsm i dont put too much effort into figuring if it works or not in the stuff i do

    i realize its an inconvience for those who need global or those not on vzw...but it is what it is
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    I need to root three new Dinc 2's so they work on Tmobile. Any suggestions? This thread leads me to believe that there are only buggy roms?

    Rooting first (after HBoot downgrade from .98 to .97) for S-OFF and installing a custom ROM for one's own specific needs are done in stages, in addition to getting VZW to unlock the GSM sim card lock(s) to use on other carriers.

    It's best to request VZW to lookup & provide you with the code to unlock while you are their customer in good standing (for 90 to 180 days, timeframe varied from various posts) and especially helpful using a stock or near stock SENSE rom. It's difficult to impossible once you terminate your CDMA services with big RED, one of the eBay vendor is reported to be able to generate or lookup the code to unlock this device, for a fee (I've used them in the past, but as a last resort, worth looking into.

    There is at least two near stock Sense ROM for rooted phone, debloated & optimized for DI2, RMK's Ginger Sense and andyBones Stock 5.x (with the latest OTA changes incorporated + some nice touches added) that should work on unlocked quadbands used by T-Mo & AT&T (probably needed to change APN & browsing/MMS settings, etc.) - I've used RMK's ROM for a little while and it's smooth & stable, not buggy at all (probably less prone to problems with big Red's own releases, LOL)

    Owning 2 rooted DI2 in black & red, one with stock kernel and 2nd. one with OC kernel option, my preferred ROM is SR's Zeus V1.3 on their website (Google for it) CS's Sabotage Sense ROM is based on stock with nice touches, and both reported to work on GSM - all 4 of them (and there are several others out there) will work on voice & SMS, broadband data access will be a little more challenging depending on your mobile carrier's frequncy & radio towers. The DI2 unlocked is likely to give 2.5/3G speed vs. 3.5G (so called T-Mobile 4G speed) unless you can work with their tech. support to configure & setup your data plan to optimize their network handshaking with your device - changing the APN and MMS settings are probably hidden/buried (hopefully not locked.)

    My previously unlocked global VZW phones used GSM bands mainly for voice calls, occassional SMS and web browing on the go, but use WiFi whenever possible with default to mobile internet as a backup. As several developers mentioned, it's a challenge for them to test/verify GSM functionality so when possible, it's up to us to beta and report back so that they can try to address the issues.
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    try this out guys, a new sense 4 rom for us that supposedly has gsm support, post your results!

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1610962

    it doesnt support gsm...

    i dont like to badmouth or flame other developers (i use developers loosely) but i dont think those guys really know what theyre doing

    my best guess is they took virtuous primadonna, and found proxusers sense 4 port guide, and just mixed some stuff up

    i know a lot of people like the aroma installer's gui, which is catchy so it that seems like a plus for the rom (i dont use it because its still buggy and doesnt always flash add ons correctly)

    these guys dont seem to know anything about the inc2 or cdma phones in general...they just "support" the inc2 because the files where in the primadonna zip...and since the virt guys didnt get a chance to fix inc2 stuff in their rom, its not working in this one

    they rationalize gsm data is working because its a port of a gsm rom: false, changes to make it work with cdma only breaks gsm (unless you mod it along the lines of mikrunny like newt did)

    their bugs list is wrong in regards to this phone:

    Bugs:
    WiFi tethering
    Camera
    Games like Temple Run

    those may be the only bugs on the particular phones they have to test on, but not this phone:

    additional bugs:

    soft key lights
    wifi
    usb mount
    mms
    lack of english us as option
    settings set for metric/intl
    and im sure there are others

    and data was originally broken until i told them what to change to get it working

    i only bring this little "rant" up because the impression that their op gives, is that their rom is more functional than opensense, and its not at all...they are supporting this device w/o one in hand, and without any real experience...this isnt a jealously post (im the last person who will ever say only run *my* roms) but one of irritation :cool:
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    I'm still pretty new to the whole sim card/ gsm area. I recently unlocked my phone and I put in an att sim. I'm using 3G now is that ATT 3G or Verizon still? This is a super serial question so please take it easy on me

    What kind of (OEM or stock ?) custom ROM are you running now with this Sim card? Prepaid or postpaid/contract with AT&T as in either cases, you need a data bundle or plan for broadband connectivity - unless you are wirelessly tethered to WiFi only?

    When you phone is in standby mode, the home/screen should display what network you are on (Verizonwireless or AT&T) and you should be on the same data network, as the device doesn't split up its voice and data between CDMA and GSM?

    Is your 3G indicator on and flashing while you are doing mobile browsing? Go to mobile.speedtest.net and you can confirm your actual d/l and u/l speed . Since carriers have imposed data gaps & charges for going over, you should "monitor" your usage to avoid nasty billing surprises, LOL.

    It has been discussed that unlocke DI2 can only get 2G or 2.5G speed on AT&T USA connections only due to band frequencies used and hardware. I have used both T-Mobile & AT&T prepaid Sims in our 2 DI2's and we only get Edge and GPRS speed on the device, which is slow as defined by most users.
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    Did u try out tacco root method

    sent using htc driod inc 2.
    viperinc htc sence 4