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# 66767 23-Aug-2010 14:17
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Ok my desire has arrived, I've charged it up, played with the software a little, and I have all this annoying Telstra crap - not that's a big issue, I planned to root and reflash anyways. But I wanna be careful 'cause I'm new to this game.

Now I've googled a bit, and I still am confused about something, what tool shall I use to reflash? I'm running ubuntu linux, but have a Windows 7 install if need be. I've also setup all my e-mail accounts, and I'd like to transfer that to the new ROM, how shall I go about doing that? In the mean time, I'll keep fiddling, perhaps put some music on it and see how the SQ compares to my previous assorted rockboxed mp3 players :)

Basically;
Is there anything I need to do prior to rooting it?

What tool shall I use to root the phone?

What ROM do you recommend for a newbie? I quite like HTC sense...

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  # 371558 23-Aug-2010 15:36
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Rooted my Desire over the weekend using the instructions linked from here
http://bx.businessweek.com/google/view?url=http://www.androidizen.com/news/root-your-htc-desire-no-gold-card-in-about-30-minutes

Went absolutely smoothly on Win 7. Very pleased with the result, got rid of the T-Mobile branding in my case, now running Froyo with the Modaco ROM.

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  # 371559 23-Aug-2010 15:38
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Be careful here! new desires use SLCD and this can be incompatible with some HBOOT versions and cause you to have a phone without a working screen.

Best place to start is XDA-Developers. See here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=748618
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=748498

 
 
 
 


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  # 371560 23-Aug-2010 15:39
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The only thing you really want to do, if you can, is back it up. 

But even if you can't, the Telstra ROM is downloadable (as I understand it).

The only thing to be careful of is support in the ROM for AMOLED versus SuperLCD. Flashing a ROM that doesn't support SuperLCD leaves with a perfectly functioning phone.....except the screen is black.

A Braille phone.

Read at modaco.com. My mate here in the office has rooted his Telstra-sourced Desire...and recommends people do two things:

1. Relax and absorb what you need to know. There is NO hurry. It's that baseless sense of urgency that can kill your phone.
 
2. Know someone who has already done it in case there was something you didn't quite understand...and it tripped you up (as happened to another guy here. They had to make a Gold Card and load a special ROM to revive his black-screened - almost-totally-bricked Desire). 




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  # 371567 23-Aug-2010 15:45
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How do I tell if mine is AMOLED or SLCD?

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  # 371570 23-Aug-2010 15:46
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Yeah play around with it first, hide the telstra crap as much as possible, i didnt root for around 3-4 weeks and just played with different apps and settings, found what limitations there were etc.

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  # 371573 23-Aug-2010 15:48
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+1 for XDA forums.

Thanks to XDA I went from knowing nothing to rooting my Desire and trying a bunch of diferent ROMs before settling on the DeFroST ROM as it has way better battery life than any Sense ROM.

With the options in the DeFroST ROM, Launcher Pro and WidgetLocker I am able to customise pretty well any aspect of the phone to my liking.




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  # 371620 23-Aug-2010 16:25
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I have been browsing the XDA forums. I still don't know if mine is an AMOLED or SLCD phone though?

 
 
 
 


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  # 371729 23-Aug-2010 18:18
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The following xda link seems to provide some pointers!

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=7666341#post7666341

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  # 371802 23-Aug-2010 20:15
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Thank you it appears I have an SLCD version. Now is mine a unlocked desire? Sorry for all these noob questions! Haha, I assume it's unlocked but have read I must create a goldcard or something to root it?

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  # 371825 23-Aug-2010 20:50
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Right A bit of googling and of course it is... I'm using it on a different network XD Silly me :P

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  # 371873 23-Aug-2010 22:25
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I'm trying to root my SLCD HTC Desire with HBOOT 0.83 following this guide;

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=748618

and I can't install the driver for Android 1.0. I start up device manager, right click on Android 1.0 and select update driver software... I navigate to where I extracted reflash_package.exe and it shows the following error;


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  # 371890 23-Aug-2010 23:06
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Using Ubuntu will be a LOT easier, i gave up on windows, booted a live cd and after a few commands it was done.

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  # 371892 23-Aug-2010 23:14
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Well I got the usb driver installed but Windows updated and when I restarted I couldn't boot lmao. I hate Windows sometimes!

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  # 371905 24-Aug-2010 00:27
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Ok wow... so much simpler on Ubuntu...

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