[View]S-OFF GB to HC and back again, CWM, ROOT: Read even if you have S-OFF on HC

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Preamble
This is the S-OFF upgrade from GingerBread to HoneyComb
Do not perform this procedure if you have the official HTC hboot, it will not work. You must have a revolutionary hboot (see prerequisites).


***If you performed this procedure with previously and have hboot version 6.14.5555 please update to the new hboot, 6.14.5555 is no longer supported***
Upgrade instructions at the bottom of the procedures.

Prerequisites
  • You must have performed Revolutionary S-OFF
  • If running on windows you will need these fastboot drivers
  • If running the procedure on Linux or MacOS you must have fastboot working.

    There are no other software prerequisites for this procedure, it does not matter what ROM/Kernel or recovery you are using.

Don't bother asking for help if you try to do this on a virtual machine, you won't get any.
Run on a real machine.


Windows Instructions
  1. Download this file MD5=c62cc1d0453799a7277abfea444d20e4
  2. Download the superuser zip file MD5=69f81ca292f14f71b081bb45a556a3e3
  3. Copy the superuser zip file to the root of your SDCARD
  4. Extract the large zip file downloaded in step 1
  5. Navigate to the RUU_Express_B02 directory
  6. Double-click ARUWizard.exe and proceed like any other RUU, ticking the boxes and pressing next the screen as required.

    Postinstall
  7. Reboot to recovery
  8. Flash the SU zip file copyed in instruction 3

Linux/MacOS Instructions (Also works on windows, use if ARUWizard.exe crashes for you)
  1. Download this file MD5=5ef525038a3b8b0af2f214098fd80252
  2. Download the superuser zip file MD5=69f81ca292f14f71b081bb45a556a3e3
  3. Copy the superuser zip file to the root of your SDCARD
  4. Boot your view to fastboot mode.
  5. Run the following commands:
    Code:
    fastboot erase cache
    fastboot oem rebootRUU
    fastboot flash zip RUU_Express_B02_RAW.zip
    [COLOR="Red"][I]***This will fail first time with error 90, repeat the command[/I][/COLOR]
    fastboot flash zip RUU_Express_B02_RAW.zip
    [COLOR="Red"][I]***Ignore the on-screen progress bar, the flash is complete when fastboot completes[/I][/COLOR]
    fastboot reboot
    Postinstall
  6. Reboot to recovery
  7. Flash the SU zip file copyed in instruction 3

Alternative Installation Instruction (Any OS)
  1. Download this file MD5=5ef525038a3b8b0af2f214098fd80252
  2. Download the superuser zip file MD5=69f81ca292f14f71b081bb45a556a3e3
  3. Rename the RUU_Express_B02_RAW.zip file PG41IMG.zip and place on the root of your (external) sdcard
  4. Copy the superuser zip file to the root of your SDCARD
  5. Boot your view bootloader, it will detect the PG41IMG.zip file and ask you to confirm update, confirm the update
    ***This will fail after completing part of the update, don't worry it's expected***
  6. Boot your view bootloader a second time, it will detect the PG41IMG.zip file and ask you to confirm update, confirm the update again.

    Postinstall
  7. Reboot to recovery
  8. Flash the SU zip file copyed in instruction 3

Do not mirror files from this post.

No discussion of Honeycomb content or changes or the relative merits of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. This thread is for the procedure and support thereof only! Also please don't quote the first post because your post becomes an automatic TLDR.


Update Instructions
Use these instructions if you currently have hboot 6.14.5555 - Your data should be preserved but take a backup first just in case.
Method 1
  1. Download this file MD5=20fd6e7546ac2fc422c5a9a5b366f77c
  2. Copy the file to the root of your external SDCARD
  3. Boot your view bootloader, it will detect the PG41IMG.zip file and ask you to confirm update, confirm the update

Method 2
  1. Download this file MD5=20fd6e7546ac2fc422c5a9a5b366f77c
  2. Boot your view to fastboot mode.
  3. Run the following commands:
    Code:
    fastboot erase cache
    fastboot oem rebootRUU
    fastboot flash zip PG41IMG.zip
    [I][COLOR="Red"]***Ignore the on-screen progress bar, the flash is complete when fastboot completes[/COLOR][/I]
    fastboot reboot

[Revision History]

B02 - updated full version: hboot 6.14.5556
New bootloader to patch bugs with fastboot flashing
- Fastboot flashing splash1 fixed
- Fastboot flashing hboot fixed
Patch for upgrading from a previous version added.

B01 - Initial full version: hboot 6.14.5555

BETA- Developer preview

Special thanks: contradude for the early and riskiest testing, and Maine_Coon for all the ongoing testing
 
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globatron

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Downgrade to Gingerbread

Preamble
This is the S-OFF downgrade from HoneyComb to S-OFF GingerBread if you are not S-OFF and have a HTC (not revolutionary) hboot then do not do this it will not work.

The full versions of these files will give you a fully functional Gingerbread installation with S-OFF, CWM recovery and boot image with the secure flag turned off.


Windows Instructions
  1. Download this file MD5=f5afc4b457a17f88cc611b40e6c7cdc8
  2. Download the superuser zip file MD5=69f81ca292f14f71b081bb45a556a3e3
  3. Copy the superuser zip file to the root of your SDCARD
  4. Extract the large zip file downloaded in step 1
  5. Navigate to the Express_Downgrade directory
  6. Double-click ARUWizard.exe and proceed like any other RUU, ticking the boxes and pressing next the screen as required.

    Postinstall
  7. Reboot to recovery
  8. Flash the SU zip file copied in instruction 3 if using the full version.

Linux/MacOS Instructions (Also works on windows, use if ARUWizard.exe crashes for you)
  1. Download this file MD5=7cfbaf099d80d899b13848a3ed3fd66a
  2. Download the superuser zip file MD5=69f81ca292f14f71b081bb45a556a3e3
  3. Copy the superuser zip file to the root of your SDCARD
  4. Boot your view to fastboot mode.
  5. Run the following commands:
    Code:
    fastboot erase cache
    fastboot oem rebootRUU
    fastboot flash zip Express_dg.zip [colour=blue](or Express_dg_lite.zip as appropriate)[/blue]
    [COLOR="Red"][I]***This will fail first time with error 90, repeat the command[/I][/COLOR]
    fastboot flash zip Express_dg.zip [colour=blue](or Express_dg_lite.zip as appropriate)[/blue]
    [COLOR="Red"][I]***Ignore the on-screen progress bar, the flash is complete when fastboot completes[/I][/COLOR]
    fastboot reboot
    Postinstall
  6. Reboot to recovery
  7. Flash the SU zip file copied in instruction 3 if using the full version.

Alternative Installation Instruction (Any OS)
  1. Download this file MD5=7cfbaf099d80d899b13848a3ed3fd66a
  2. Download the superuser zip file MD5=69f81ca292f14f71b081bb45a556a3e3
  3. Rename the file downloaded in step1 to PG41IMG.zip and place on the root of your (external) sdcard
  4. Copy the superuser zip file to the root of your SDCARD
  5. Boot your view bootloader, it will detect the PG41IMG.zip file and ask you to confirm update, confirm the update
    ***This will fail after completing part of the update, don't worry it's expected***
  6. Boot your view bootloader a second time, it will detect the PG41IMG.zip file and ask you to confirm update, confirm the update again.

    Postinstall
  7. Reboot to recovery
  8. Flash the SU zip file copied in instruction 3 if using the full version.

Do not mirror files from this post.
 
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Great response time!

For us newbs, I'd like to clarify... This isn't an alternative HoneyComb, yet. Just an attempt to make the OTA honeycomb "unlockable", right?
 
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This is an attempt to make downgrading easier for us.
Right. That's the "recovery" part.

But its also described as "root, and all". I'm wondering if this allows the installer to root the OTA Honeycomb? Or will more work be required before the install can be further changed (i.e. s-off, eventually upgraded to ICS, etc.)?
 

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I can confirm this works with root flashed and all. I now have a rooted HC. tyvm globatron
so, does that mean you could, in theory, flash a custom HC rom once we get one?
Throw up some screenshots or a video would you?

edit: oh and test rom manager and titanium backup if you don't mind.
 

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stuck on soft brick..

Hey Guys
how do you do the step 6?
I am in cmd and kept telling me command not recornized or something...
I guess I need to know how to flash that RUU-mini zip...
thanks for all your help...
 

spartan1987

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I have a rooted CWM backup of the stock.
Do I need to restore and then unroot before proceeding with HC?
No, as it says in the OP, You MUST be s-off and THEN run an RUU. Accept all updates to include the HC update and the view will be soft bricked. THEN use fastboot to push the mini ruu.

---------- Post added at 10:09 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:07 PM ----------

Hey Guys
how do you do the step 6?
I am in cmd and kept telling me command not recornized or something...
I guess I need to know how to flash that RUU-mini zip...
thanks for all your help...
If it says it's an unrecognized command, then either you do not have fastboot installed, or you haven't gone into environment variables (assuming it's a windows box) and added those commands to the path. try that first (google is your friend and you can google in XDA). Good luck.
 
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A quick question here. Once it is the soft brick mode, I hold down power and volume down to get back to fastboot mode. Is this correct? And I know the ruu will wipe my data but nothing here should wipe the internal sd, correct?
 

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Im not sure what this method of rooting will do for us, but I am under the impression that this will help if we need to go back to GB, or flash another custom HC rom when someone else cooks one up. I have not tested downgrading.

I can report that clockwork is installed with the option to flash from zip, mounts, etc just like the old clockwork. And I still have S-OFF. I installed ROM manager, but it gave me the "you don't have clockwork installed" message. I'm not sure if that is normal, because I don't use ROM Manager. Titanium did see root. Check out the screens.
 

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spartan1987

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A quick question here. Once it is the soft brick mode, I hold down power and volume down to get back to fastboot mode. Is this correct? And I know the ruu will wipe my data but nothing here should wipe the internal sd, correct?
I haven't done this yet, but I'm dling the RUU right now to do it and help people troubleshoot.
To answer your question, if you hold down the power button long enough, the view will power off, then you can hold power + vol down to get back into the bootloader and select fastboot mode, then open cmd, type fastboot devices and check to make sure yours shows up, then proceed with pushing the mini-ruu. If I'm wrong guys, correct me. Hope it works out for you.
 

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A quick question here. Once it is the soft brick mode, I hold down power and volume down to get back to fastboot mode. Is this correct? And I know the ruu will wipe my data but nothing here should wipe the internal sd, correct?
Im not sure if this matters, but when I was in soft brick, I rebooted a few times and could not get into the bootloader. It just seemed to ignore the vol down keypress. I then unplugged the usb, powered off from soft brick, and held the vol. down button down even before I hit the power button as I was turning it on. Once I was in bootloader, I just plugged the usb back in.

EDIT: More tips:

1.After I flashed the initial stock ruu, and before I accepted any updates, I turned off fastboot in the power options and enabled usb debugging.

2. I did this from a Windows 7 laptop. When I initially tried to perform the softbrick steps, I got an access denied error message. The files were sent ok, but errored on saving. I closed the command prompt, and re-lauched the command prompt as administrator. The commands sent successfully.

3. Also, once you send the mini ruu over, the Tablet sat in the the oem loader with a 70% full progress bar after I successfully sent the mini ruu. I waited about 10 minutes because I was unsure how to proceed. I finally issued:
fastboot reboot-bootloader

Once back into bootloader, I mounted usb storage, copied SU to the card, and flashed from zip
 
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Im not sure what this method of rooting will do for us, but I am under the impression that this will help if we need to go back to GB, or flash another custom HC rom when someone else cooks one up. I have not tested downgrading.

I can report that clockwork is installed with the option to flash from zip, mounts, etc just like the old clockwork. And I still have S-OFF. I installed ROM manager, but it gave me the "you don't have clockwork installed" message. I'm not sure if that is normal, because I don't use ROM Manager. Titanium did see root. Check out the screens.
Yeah, rom manager won't work bc we don't have official support from Koush for CWM recovery so that's no issue, I was just curious is all lol. I'm glad to hear titanium detects root, as that was an issue initially for the view. Try to backup your apps, test radios (3g, 4g, wifi, bluetooth, GPS, ETC), run quadrant. I don't know how familiar you are with honeycomb to test out all of it's functions, but we are going to need a few people to test this out for globatron so he can make fixes and/or adjustments as necessary, which is why he specifically asked for devs and people familiar with troubleshooting to do this first. That's the beauty of open source, we're all guinea pigs. :p
 

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I forgot to ask this earlier. What does the soft brick state look like? Is it just the white screen the the green HTC on it? I want to make sure I don't power it off while it is still flashing HC.
 

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soft brick screen

I forgot to ask this earlier. What does the soft brick state look like? Is it just the white screen the the green HTC on it? I want to make sure I don't power it off while it is still flashing HC.


It looks like this pic. Plus another clue you are soft bricked is it stays here longer than 10 minutes if you care to wait lol
 

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