[TUTORIAL] How to S-OFF your HTC Desire

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The Prince1

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Thank you for instructions, but unfortunately it is not so clear for me.

1- While installing Virtualbox it did asked to select the virtual drive O/S. you havent clear this point mate.
2- While creating the virtual machine, which version of Linux I have to select?
3- When should I connect the phone to PC? Is that before starting or after?
4- After connecting the phone on which mode shall I keep? charge only, or disk drive?
5- After connecting my device and Clicking the right mouse botton on the USB icon (in the right bottom) and select my phone, I had this error messege" hub 1-0:1.0: unable to enumerate USB device on port 2. Whats wrong mate?!

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6- After restarting my phone the program recognise the phone for awhile, step 1 of 3 is done,this message appaired:
Rebooting your phone.
waiting for bootloader.

Its toke me to the bootloader then nothing happened? what should I do?!


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For some resons its deside to work correctly so far. But its stuck on this screen for more than 30 minutes so far!!! should I disconnect the phone and restart or what?!

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The Prince1

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After trying many times, Its faild to continue and stuck on the same screen as above.

Is that mean I wont be able to S-OFF my device
 

Tillus

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Pew, it's been a while but if I recall correctly, alpharev only works for certain, older hboots. You might want to try this revolutionary thingy - http://revolutionary.io

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Stewge

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6- After restarting my phone the program recognise the phone for awhile, step 1 of 3 is done,this message appaired:
Rebooting your phone.
waiting for bootloader.

Its toke me to the bootloader then nothing happened? what should I do?!

Geez, I posted that a LONG time ago.

From memory, you should just need to re-attach the phone to virtualbox (step 6 in my list) then it'll continue on.
 
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The Prince1

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Nah, thats doesnt solve the problem.

Anyway the problem solved by flashing new ruu rom then s-off then reroot. Thanks guys.
 

rien-ne-va-plus

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Hi everyone,

I hope someone can still help me, despite the long time. I can't seem to get anything to work because my HBOOT version is 1.03.0003. I'm stuck with a custom bootloader, I can flash custom roms but they crash because of too little space and I cannot revert to anything stock because all the updates give me signature fails or similar feedback.

I figured this is because I'm still S-ON but I cannot go S-OFF with either of the methods described here. Alpharev doesn't find my phone (maybe because it's CM?) and Revolutionary says my HBOOT is not supported. I feel stuck.

Can anyone help me?
 

jmcclue

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Hi everyone,

I hope someone can still help me, despite the long time. I can't seem to get anything to work because my HBOOT version is 1.03.0003. I'm stuck with a custom bootloader, I can flash custom roms but they crash because of too little space and I cannot revert to anything stock because all the updates give me signature fails or similar feedback.

I figured this is because I'm still S-ON but I cannot go S-OFF with either of the methods described here. Alpharev doesn't find my phone (maybe because it's CM?) and Revolutionary says my HBOOT is not supported. I feel stuck.

Can anyone help me?

U need to downgrade ur hboot to 1.02 then use revolutionary to s-off. Theres guides here on xda, have a quick search for them.
 

mikesmith2107

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It s a shame but i didn't even manage to boot from cd. I m using windows 7 x86 , i burnt the iso using the windows program and i pressed F8 at the begining. Then i chose to boot from dvd. Nothing happens. Windows appear as usual.
I would sugest usb bootable for windows using rufus. If the iso will fail at bootup due to a missing file(example: making a linux based x64 bootable usb, it will tell you the files needed to run correctly. Google search file needed as most linux based systems are freeware. Downlad place in rufus folder, and write usb) then on pc boot up press f8 or f12 depending on system to enter boot menu. Boot from usb. Some systems will require you to change boot order in the bios. Only change hard drive priority to usb in slot one, or if you can just change boot order to usb in slot one. It *should* boot then.
I used windows 7 x64 bit to write iso to usb using rufus. Booted perfectly.

Linux users use Unetbootin or search how to use dd image to usb.
 

bari12pl

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Hello i wanted root Htc Desire but revolutionary shut down when i choose YES and try download and flash Clock ... When i did again it says S -off but still shut down in same time.
 

zodijacky

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hey

i don't have an os on my phone , so i can only open it on fastboot , when i boot on linux mod to turn the S off , the system cannot read it ? what to do ?
 

Zseblampas

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Hello everybody!
Someone have the Alpharev.iso file? All the website are down and I would like to reuse my lovely Desire.

Thanks in advance!

Regards,
You just had to look above your post... Revolutionary is faster than Alpharev and is still available on the link above. Once more, just for you: http://rev.alpharev.nl/index.php
But if you want the Alpharev iso and nothing else, I have it on my gdrive. Be my guest!
 

pesamurai

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You just had to look above your post... Revolutionary is faster than Alpharev and is still available on the link above. Once more, just for you: http://rev.alpharev.nl/index.php
But if you want the Alpharev iso and nothing else, I have it on my gdrive. Be my guest!

Thank you Zseblampas!
I have aòready tried the above linkl but http://rev.alpharev.nl/index.php is it not still available!
I have tried all link I have found in this forum without find one that worked.
Thank you for the file, you saved my and my Desire life! :D
 

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    Hi there !

    Many people here want to be S-OFF on their HTC Desire but don't know how to be, this thread is for you !

    Credits goes to all AlphaRev developpers.


    What is S-OFF ?
    (Quotes from original AlphaRev website)
    HTC implemented security on their newer generation phones. This flag, called @secuflag, controls whether your phone has
    it's NAND or flash unlocked. Most noticeably, S-ON (security on) will read-lock your /system and /recovery partition, to name a few. Also, secuflag controls whether zip files being flashed through recovery or fastboot, are signed by HTC.

    The now notorious S-OFF (security off) will disable this NAND security.
    Since we are unable to access the Radio NVRAM itself (where secuflag is stored), we turned our attention to HBOOT.


    For more informations about AlphaRev S-OFF, read the OFFICIAL Thread HERE.

    There is many solutions to install S-OFF, this tutorial will show you few methods.
    TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK ! I'am not responsible of bricked phone, for more help try the OFFICIAL Thread.


    PREREQUISITES :

    • a ROOTed HTC Desire ROM with debugging option enabled on it.
    • a computer running Windows XP/Vista/Seven (32 or 64 bits), Linux, or Emulation via WMware etc.
    • a computer which can boot USB devices (for USB method only)
    • a branded USB Key 32Mb or more (for USB method) or a CD to burn (for CD method).



    EASIEST method so far seems to be now by "Revolutionary" method.
    Please check this out before trying solutions below (they are manual and maybe outdated, because I don't have the time keep updated this topic, moreover I don't own anymore a HTC Desire).




    STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES :



    .: USB METHOD :.

    1. Be sure to Nandroid backup your device from recovery (just in case).
    2. Download the latest Universal USB Installer or UnetBootin.
    3. Download ISO Reflash Utility from AlphaRev website.
    4. Install the software of your choice.
    5. Open it, and select your USB device and your AlphaRev ISO freshly downloaded.
    6. Create your bootable USB key.
    7. Reboot your computer and boot on the USB key you freshly created.
    8. Press any key to accept the disclamer.
    9. Once you are in your ROM, plug your Desire with the USB cable on your computer.
    10. /!\ DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING TILL YOU GET THE FINISH MESSAGE AT STEP 3 /!\

    (Some users reports it can take over 1 hour. Passed this time, pull out the battery and reboot your phone).



    The USB key method worked 100% for me, I personally installed my S-OFF exactly like that on my Desire.



    .: CD METHOD :. (by jshields)

    Clic HERE


    .: VirtualBox METHOD :. (by Stewge)

    Clic HERE


    .: VMWare METHOD :. (by -V-O-Y-A-G-E-R-)

    Clic HERE




    Congratulations ! you are done ! :D:cool:






    Note : If for some unknown reasons you cannot access your Recovery anymore, it's normal, you must flash your Recovery using "fastboot" (SDK Android Kit must be installed on your running computer).
    You have the choice between flashing a custom recovery like ClockWork one or put the original one but I sugger you the custom one which gives you much many more features :cool:


    How to flash your recovery using ClockWork's image :

    1. Download Clockworkmod 2.5.0.7 recovery image from official AlphaRev thread for bravo.
    2. Move the file into "C:\android-sdk-windows\tools" (default sdk android folder's installation).
    3. Verify MD5 checksum of the image with a freeware like HashCalc or something (IMPORTANT !).
    4. Go to the main menu of your AlphaRev HBOOT (turn on your device with return button pressed).
    5. Go to "FASTBOOT" mode.
    6. Go to your computer and open a new terminal (Administrator privileges required if Windows Vista or 7).
    7. Enter exactly this (without ") : "fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.7-bravo.img".

    Now you will have a ClockWork Recovery image installed and working :)

    Note 2 : If your device freeze on boot logo, apply your Nandroid backup that your did before S-OFF.. that should do the trick.




    If one day you want to S-ON your phone again, just reflash an original RUU rom !


    Need supports ? all kind of questions must be posted on this thread directly. Be sure to read the whole thread (or at least 5 latest pages) before asking any question.
    If you enjoy this guide, don't forget to rate it
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    (right below) is always appreciated to keep this thread maintained ;)


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    Hasn't anyone figured out to use VirtualBox yet?

    So much easier: avoids crappy cd burning issues, MD5 mismatches from a poor burn, multi-platform, no system rebooting and you don't have to worry about whether your machine can actually boot the iso ;)

    Instructions:
    1. Download/Install Virtualbox Personal Use version(NOT the OSE edition, it doesn't ship with USB drivers)
    2. Create a NEW virtual without a harddrive.
    3. Run the virtual.
    4. On first run it will ask you to use an install medium. Find your alpharev ISO and use that.
    5. Wait for the virtual to boot to the first stage.
    6. Click the USB icon in the bottom right and select your phone.
    7. Follow the rest of the steps. BUT remember that every time the phone resets/reboots it is recognized as a different device so you will have to repeat step 6 each time. On the 3rd stage it takes about 5 minutes while it is "stuck" on the HTC screen. This is fine, give is a minute or 2 then and do step 6 again.
    8. Once you're done, let your phone boot to the S-OFF bootloader, and reboot your phone/go to recovery etc.
    9. The virtual should shutdown at this point.
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    Perhaps the easiest way is running this through virtual machine.

    I used VMWare.

    .: VM METHOD :.

    1) Download ISO from AlphaRev
    2) Start VMWare or any other VM software that you have (Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox)
    3) Choose File -> New in VM software
    4) Locate AlphaRev.iso and choose to continue without the CD. I chose declaring this iso as Ubuntu.
    5) Attach/connect your phone to VM (in VMWare you do that by clicking corresponding USB icon in the bottom right corner)
    6) Press big Play button in the middle of the black VM screen
    7) Press any key to accept the disclamer.
    8) /!\ DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING TILL YOU GET THE FINISH MESSAGE AT STEP 3 /!\
    (Some users reports it can take over 30 mins so take your coffee break or KitKat)
    9) After a successful install you can delete this Linux virtual machine from your VM software.

    If you get stuck in the 3rd step wait for about 30 minutes or more, just to be on the safe side and then pull out the battery and reboot the phone.
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    Or CD version
    1.download Alpha Rev.iso
    2.burn .iso image to CD using a iso burning software eg. Power ISO
    3.boot from CD eg. Hold F12 at boot
    4.press the Legendary enter

    TIPS connect USB when the CD has booted ;)

    Any problems just pm me :)

    Sent from my HTC Desire s-off
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    I gonna change a bit the tutorial, and add the other solutions. Will do a link directly of posters with the solution he use, will be easier for me :D