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[ROOT] EVO 4G Gingerbread 2.3 Root Tutorial

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evilecho

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Dec 30, 2005
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Here is a quick step by step on rooting the EVO 4G Gingerbread 2.3 with Hboot 2.16
Step One: Download SuperUser zip & copy to your root of SDcard
Step Two: Download and install HTC Drivers
Step Three: Download Revolutionary: S-OFF & Recovery Tool (Note the download link is at the bottom of the page. You will need to enter your EVO’s Serial number which is located under the battery. Make sure you to copy/write down the beta key. You will need it later)
Step Four: Enable USB debugging mode & fastboot on phone (To enable USB debugging go to Setting – Applications – Development – check box for USB debugging) (To enable fastboot go to Setting – Power – check box for Fast Boot)
Step Five: Connect you phone to you PC - Select USB Charging
Step Six: Unzip Revolutionary tool and run it as admin (to run as admin, right click and select run as admin) (make sure you install recovery image when asked) (Note after the tool is complete you may be left in fastboot mode, this may happen if recovery doesn't flash or something goes wrong with flashing the recovery. If this happens just select bootloader then select recovery to see if you are able to boot into recovery. If you are not able to boot into recovery or it hangs try flashing AmonRA Recovery from bootloader.)
Step Seven: Boot into recovery
Step Eight: Flash SuperUser and reboot your device.


Congrats you are now rooted with S-OFF!!



FAQS

Q: When I run Revolutionary tool it just sits at "waiting for device".
A: Make sure you have HTC SYNC Closed and or Removed in order for this to work - Thanks @smallba

Q: I'm stuck at "zerging root" nothing seems to work.
A: Again make sure you un-install HTC sync and turn off your antivirus and/or firewall


Q: I keep getting invalid key. What am i doing wrong?
A: The beta key is case sensitive so make sure you get it right, try to copying the key into notepad to verify the characters. The Revolutionary tool will give you your device serial number, verify you entered the correct SN. If you are still having issues try regenerating the beta key. If all fails try re-downloading the tool.

Q: I'm having issues flashing anything from recovery.
A: If you are having issues flashing/loading new roms try updating ClockworkMod Recovery from market via rom manger or flash AmonRA that seems to fix it

Q: How do I flash AmonRa Recovery in bootloader mode.
A: Download AmonRa Recovery PC36IMG.zip to the root of your sd card. Boot the phone into the bootloader by powering the phone down, then press the power and the volume down buttons at the same time.Once the phone boots into the bootloader the phone will automatically recognize the zip file. It will ask if you would like to update, select yes and let it do it's thing and you will be good to go.
(Thanks @Amon_RA)

Q: Will this wipe my device?
A: No if you follow all the steps this will get you S-OFF, Custom recovery & Root.

Q: Will this work on the Japanese EVO is at HBOOT 2.15.001
A: YES - However if you have HBOOT 2.16.970.1 or higher you will need to downgrade. Thanks @SharpIS03


Q: Is it possible to get root from a mac
A: Yes via Linux VM. (Confirmed by @jd567890)

Q: Is it possible to restore everything to stock?
A: It is possible and has been confirmed (Thanks @jcallaway77). You can try downloading the PC36IMG file below rename it to PC36IMG and flash from bootloader.
Flash From Bootloader
PC36IMG_SuperSonic_GB_Sprint_WWE_4.24.651.1_Radio_ 2.15.00.05.02_NV_2.15_release_199233_signed
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VSFLE9CD
http://www.fileserve.com/file/3rVYVfd
MD5 Checksum: 621DCC2F866EC4DDB548AC9466C1D356
SHA-1 Checksum: 960EBC5F96D8DF805BD5D1A472BDCAED1E407034


Latest Stock Update Thanks @NinjaWolf

Thanks & Credits (feel free to make donations to them at their sites)




Revolutionary was brought to you by (in no particular order): Eric Smaxwill • Ryan Pearl • The mysterious 0xf4b • Matthew Fogle • Kenny Millington • Sen Verbrugge • Michael Sullivan • Matt Mastracci • Koush Dutta • Joshua Wise • Adam Glasgall


Shout out to everyone in the exploit community (in no particular order):


As always, this will void your warranty and may possibly damage your phone. You and you alone are responsible for anything that you do. Everything contained in this thread is for informational purposes only.
 

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sivarticus85

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Jan 4, 2011
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Atlanta GA
Nice walkthough. However, I think they shut it down temporarily because the beta key generated for me isn't working... I know I'm entering it right I got the same key everytime. Hopefully it'll be back up soon.
 

mattchew86

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Jul 1, 2008
136
15
Ohio
Ok. i used Unrevoked before, so I'm familiar with the process.....except for flashing a recovery.

Where would I find that, and how exactly would I do it?
 

Andr3wD

Senior Member
Nov 6, 2010
106
12
Atlanta
It asked me if I wanted to flash Clockwork, I said yes. Then it said downloading then success. Then it left my phone in the bootloader without a recovery option.
 

envioustitan08

Senior Member
Jun 1, 2011
169
8
Here is a quick step by step on root the EVO 4G Gingerbread 2.3 with Hboot 2.16:

Step One: Download and install HTC Drivers
Step Two: Download Revolutionary: S-OFF & Recovery Tool (Note the download link is at the bottom of the page. You will need to enter your EVO’s Serial number which is located under the battery. Make you sure to copy/write down the beta key. You will need it later)
Step Three: Enable USB debugging mode on phone (To do this go to Setting – Applications – Development – check box for USB debugging)
Step Four: Connect you phone to you PC
Step Five: unzip S-OFF tool and run it (make sure you install recovery image when asked)
Step Six: Boot into recovery
Step Seven: Download SuperUser file
Step Eight: Flash SuperUser and reboot


Congrats you are now rooted

Basically same steps I posted earlier in previous thread =)
 

xalucardx

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Aug 11, 2010
239
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Ok. i used Unrevoked before, so I'm familiar with the process.....except for flashing a recovery.

Where would I find that, and how exactly would I do it?

it will promt automaticaly if u want to download it after revo finish with s-off

Same here beta key code I entered was invalid. Help please!! Lol

Probably a miss type , if u have o or 0 or I i or l (L) , the font can confuse u , it happened to me
 

sivarticus85

Senior Member
Jan 4, 2011
914
155
Atlanta GA
I had to run revolutionary after openeing CMD first, the running revolutionary.exe.... After that it allowed me to paste the beta key inside it. I'm now rooted again!
 

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    Here is a quick step by step on rooting the EVO 4G Gingerbread 2.3 with Hboot 2.16
    Step One: Download SuperUser zip & copy to your root of SDcard
    Step Two: Download and install HTC Drivers
    Step Three: Download Revolutionary: S-OFF & Recovery Tool (Note the download link is at the bottom of the page. You will need to enter your EVO’s Serial number which is located under the battery. Make sure you to copy/write down the beta key. You will need it later)
    Step Four: Enable USB debugging mode & fastboot on phone (To enable USB debugging go to Setting – Applications – Development – check box for USB debugging) (To enable fastboot go to Setting – Power – check box for Fast Boot)
    Step Five: Connect you phone to you PC - Select USB Charging
    Step Six: Unzip Revolutionary tool and run it as admin (to run as admin, right click and select run as admin) (make sure you install recovery image when asked) (Note after the tool is complete you may be left in fastboot mode, this may happen if recovery doesn't flash or something goes wrong with flashing the recovery. If this happens just select bootloader then select recovery to see if you are able to boot into recovery. If you are not able to boot into recovery or it hangs try flashing AmonRA Recovery from bootloader.)
    Step Seven: Boot into recovery
    Step Eight: Flash SuperUser and reboot your device.


    Congrats you are now rooted with S-OFF!!



    FAQS

    Q: When I run Revolutionary tool it just sits at "waiting for device".
    A: Make sure you have HTC SYNC Closed and or Removed in order for this to work - Thanks @smallba

    Q: I'm stuck at "zerging root" nothing seems to work.
    A: Again make sure you un-install HTC sync and turn off your antivirus and/or firewall


    Q: I keep getting invalid key. What am i doing wrong?
    A: The beta key is case sensitive so make sure you get it right, try to copying the key into notepad to verify the characters. The Revolutionary tool will give you your device serial number, verify you entered the correct SN. If you are still having issues try regenerating the beta key. If all fails try re-downloading the tool.

    Q: I'm having issues flashing anything from recovery.
    A: If you are having issues flashing/loading new roms try updating ClockworkMod Recovery from market via rom manger or flash AmonRA that seems to fix it

    Q: How do I flash AmonRa Recovery in bootloader mode.
    A: Download AmonRa Recovery PC36IMG.zip to the root of your sd card. Boot the phone into the bootloader by powering the phone down, then press the power and the volume down buttons at the same time.Once the phone boots into the bootloader the phone will automatically recognize the zip file. It will ask if you would like to update, select yes and let it do it's thing and you will be good to go.
    (Thanks @Amon_RA)

    Q: Will this wipe my device?
    A: No if you follow all the steps this will get you S-OFF, Custom recovery & Root.

    Q: Will this work on the Japanese EVO is at HBOOT 2.15.001
    A: YES - However if you have HBOOT 2.16.970.1 or higher you will need to downgrade. Thanks @SharpIS03


    Q: Is it possible to get root from a mac
    A: Yes via Linux VM. (Confirmed by @jd567890)

    Q: Is it possible to restore everything to stock?
    A: It is possible and has been confirmed (Thanks @jcallaway77). You can try downloading the PC36IMG file below rename it to PC36IMG and flash from bootloader.
    Flash From Bootloader
    PC36IMG_SuperSonic_GB_Sprint_WWE_4.24.651.1_Radio_ 2.15.00.05.02_NV_2.15_release_199233_signed
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VSFLE9CD
    http://www.fileserve.com/file/3rVYVfd
    MD5 Checksum: 621DCC2F866EC4DDB548AC9466C1D356
    SHA-1 Checksum: 960EBC5F96D8DF805BD5D1A472BDCAED1E407034


    Latest Stock Update Thanks @NinjaWolf

    Thanks & Credits (feel free to make donations to them at their sites)




    Revolutionary was brought to you by (in no particular order): Eric Smaxwill • Ryan Pearl • The mysterious 0xf4b • Matthew Fogle • Kenny Millington • Sen Verbrugge • Michael Sullivan • Matt Mastracci • Koush Dutta • Joshua Wise • Adam Glasgall


    Shout out to everyone in the exploit community (in no particular order):


    As always, this will void your warranty and may possibly damage your phone. You and you alone are responsible for anything that you do. Everything contained in this thread is for informational purposes only.
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    Awesome! Thank you so much for the help & information. I'll try to put something together for this. It'll either be a how to or a how not-to. :D
    Looks like someone beat you to it: [Revised] Rooting Gingerbread 2.3.5 Dummies Guide

    There's a Tacoroot section in there that gives you a step by step of how to do it.
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    Ok. i used Unrevoked before, so I'm familiar with the process.....except for flashing a recovery.

    Where would I find that, and how exactly would I do it?

    it will promt automaticaly if u want to download it after revo finish with s-off

    Same here beta key code I entered was invalid. Help please!! Lol

    Probably a miss type , if u have o or 0 or I i or l (L) , the font can confuse u , it happened to me
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    Had my Evo rooted in 5 minutes and am now running CM7 again!

    Its funny how 90% of the problems people are having in this thread are due to failure to follow directions and/or poor computer/Windows skills. Probably not your scene if you can't do the basics. :D
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    Ok. i used Unrevoked before, so I'm familiar with the process.....except for flashing a recovery.

    Where would I find that, and how exactly would I do it?

    The tool will ask you if you want to download a recovery image. just make sure you have internet connection and hit "y & enter"