Aug 4th, 2009

fastboot-inageIt seems these days many mobile phone owners are learning just how valuable gaining root access on their phone can be. Rooting your phone is the difference between having the same phone others have and having a phone that allows you to change various aspects such as icon, fonts and many more.

Gaining root access also opens the ability to have homebrew apps and other utilities that usually prove more useful than those commonly available. For others it is knowing that you have all the control. There are now instructions on how to go about rooting your Android-powered HTC Hero. See below for complete instructions and remember to do this at your own risk.

  1. Download:
  2. Install HTC Sync from your HTC device
    1. Connect device to computer using USB cable.
    2. Mount the SD card from the HTC Alerts Menu (Drag from the top of the screen).
    3. Install the sync application from the newly discovered drive in Windows.
  3. Extract the two zip files into some folder (separate folders for each zip).
  4. Go to the Android SDK folder and open the tools folder.
  5. Copy the two files from the boot image zip (1.b) into the tools folder:
    1. boot.img.insecure
    2. boot.img
  6. Shutdown the phone.
  7. Press and hold the back key and power on the phone.
    This is get you into the fastboot screen (the white screen with three androids at the bottom).

  8. Connect the phone to the USB cable if it’s unplugged.
  9. On Windows, open cmd.exe (Start -> Run -> cmd.exe -> Enter):
    1. Change the directory to the tools directory you’ve created earlier.
2.                  Run fastboot.exe boot boot.img.insecure from within the tools directory.


downloading 'boot.img'... OKAY
 booting... OKAY
    1. Now your device will start from the given image with root access.
  1. Gain root access:
    1. In the phone’s alerts menu, click HTC Sync. This will popup the HTC Sync tool in Windows. Ignore it!
2.                 In cmd type: adb.exe shell


    1. From the prompt you got (#) run the following command to mount the phone’s file system in RW mode:
mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
  1. Add su command to your Phone
    1. Run the the following commands in the shell (#) – Run each command separately (don’t just copy-paste all the lines!):
1.                         cat /system/bin/sh > /system/bin/su
2.                         chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
12.       Reboot the phone by typing reboot in the shell (#).
  1. The phone will restart and load the original Android ROM.
  2. Enjoy the your Rooted Device

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