Do I need stock HTC Firmware or can it go over top of whatever rom I have installed first?
Agreed, read the instructions, read them again, don't panic... All good advice. I also ran my patches whilst watching the video tutorial (for noobs!) on the XDA-dev desire forums (linkie) before starting, which helped prevent any silly errors. Didn't hurt that I'd let a guy at work run his patches before I did mine and learnt from a couple of mistakes he made (mainly with the partitioning with GParted, tbh, the Alpharev bit worked fine). The tutorial really does explain everything, though, so as long as you follow what he does as he does it you should be fine.
To be honest, I don't think I've yet found anything I needed to do with my phone that required S-OFF, but I figured since I was remodding to Oxygen anyway I should just patch everything.
So I should be ok if I go back to my rooted Nandroid backup of Vodafone Froyo 2.2?
Doesn't require a non A2SD rom, but they recommend that you don't have/use a data to SD features. I ran Alpharev over my old NexTsense Rom, which had Froyo A2SD and it was fine.
The biggest headache I found with the Alpharev site was their ubergeeky lack of explanation of what their various re-partitioning schemes were for and/or the potential pitfalls that you could encounter from using them. Unless you really want to repartition your root filesystem, just pick the generic download at the top.
Edit: Alpharevving a rooted stock rom is easily the best way to ensure that you have nothing peculiar happen, so you should be fine. Just follow all the advice, also ensure your battery is fully charged, and make sure you don't use that old broken USB cable that you have that sometimes cuts out whilst plugged in. You need to ensure the connection to the computer is available constantly throughout the process. Best of luck, you'll be fine!
Last edited by SkywOrca; 8th June 2011 at 05:14 PM.
Just follow the noob's video tutorial and you shouldn't have any issues.
Edit: sorry, I just worked out what you meant by the HBOOT thing. Yes, if you use a customised HBOOT that tweaks the partitions specifically for certain roms (like the Oxygen one, which creates extremely small system partitions in favour of expanding the apps part) then you might find your chunky Sense 3.0 + all the bells and whistles rom won't fit. That's why I suggested just using the stock partitioned HBOOT from Alpharev. Incidentally, if you ever did do this and found that your rom installation fails, you should still be able to access the HBOOT/recovery screens, so you should always be able to extract yourself from the doodoo.
Last edited by SkywOrca; 8th June 2011 at 05:24 PM.
Will doing Alpharev mess with where clockwork recovery mod is installed?
Goign back to restoring it to factory state for repair, I agree with @SkywOrca that it's very unlikely a techie would check or care, but if you are worried then the biggest giveaway will be the AlphaRev boot screen (Heath Ledger's Joker, randomly?), but that can easily be replaced and I'm sure the original HTC one will be online somewhere for you to use
Check out Android Flasher - i found it very helpful
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Use this tool and get your unique Goldcard file emailed to you - basically its your get out of jail card
You just need to go upto step 6 for now
@JJonas - did you install InsertCoinData++? Been fiddling with it but stuck in boot loop, gonna have to revert to Oxygen at this rate
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