[TUTORIAL] How to S-OFF your HTC Desire

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Zseblampas

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I'm stuck at the point you could see in the file attached.
what is my mistake?
what should I do?

thanks in advance

First: the site seems to be down, i really hope that it will be available soon (again, coz it was down many times in the past).

I encountered this error too, when I tried to use Alpharev. It may be caused by "wrong" Android version or who knows? I hope you had USB debugging enabled.
I tried to find out how to circumvent this error message, but in the end i found the right site and used Revolutionary instead. But the whole site is down now... we must wait and hope
 

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I am already rooted and bootloader unlocked and twrp. I've installed xposed it says installed but doesn't work I think because of the s-on/s-off thing .I am new to this stuff pretty much I know I'm a boob and I don't want to aggravate anyone but I would appreciate one of you experienced guys would break it down for me and or Point me in the right direction to achieve s-off I would really appreciate it
 

Zseblampas

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I am already rooted and bootloader unlocked and twrp. I've installed xposed it says installed but doesn't work I think because of the s-on/s-off thing .I am new to this stuff pretty much I know I'm a boob and I don't want to aggravate anyone but I would appreciate one of you experienced guys would break it down for me and or Point me in the right direction to achieve s-off I would really appreciate it
Hi, as I said to you in PM, I know only one viable solution (if your phone is lucky enough), namely to use the Alharev iso. You can download it from here. Be my guest and good luck! The best in the Alpharev is that it doesn't need Windows because it is a booting ISO.
If it won't work, you can still find ROMs which doesn't need S-OFF, try them to find the best one for your needs.
 

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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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    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