HTC Desire rooted — very easy .. now to upgrade to another ROM.

I just got fed-up with the time Leaf (HTC agent in South Africa) take to roll-out the upgrade to Android 2.2 in South Africa.  So I have take the plunge and decided to go the manual way.  

First step was to root my phone.  And this was so easy.  Download Unrevoked 3.2.1 for my HTC Desire – the Linux version.  Unzipped the tar file, ran the executable and plugged my Desire into the USB (make sure USB debugging is enabled).  Hit the OK button and away the process went.  Phone was re-booted a couple of time and after about 3 minutes I have a fully functional rooted device.  

Have installed ROM Manager and made full backups of my phone as it is at the moment.  

The next step is to find a suitable Android 2.2 ROM and here is were I need some advice.  I am looking for an official HTC Desire 2.2 ROM that has been rooted.  I have searched XDA and found some but do not know whether they are the latest versions.  Any direction and URL’s will be appreciated.

Off to go do some more research.

17 Responses to “HTC Desire rooted — very easy .. now to upgrade to another ROM.”

  1. James says:

    I’m holding out for another week to see if Orange UK comes up with the goods. But I’ve been researching manual upgrades while I’ve been waiting.

    Try this link on XDA

    As I said; I’ve not tried it myself yet, but I think it may be what you’re looking for.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks James .. had a quick look and seems to be what I am after.

  3. Chris says:


    Did the same for the same reasons. You can follow my rant on mybroadband (Android under OTAsuxx). I had quite a run with ROM’s. Tried Modaco but they failed. Some checksums did not check out. Currently with Cyanogen Psychosis 5 but having WiFi difficulties. Taking control yourself is very compelling and rewarding but it means you have to engage and read and read and read. Welcome to the growing club. Chris

  4. admin says:

    Luckily I am used to taking control … am running mostly Linux machines so tinkering is no problem for me and I tend to over research. As they say, with risk comes rewards.

  5. I tried Cyanogen but the camera app kept FC’ing on me and 3 times in 4 days it would randomly freeze so badly that I’d have to pull the battery.

    Right now I’m running very close to stock, using the “stock with init.d” ROM, deodexed, A2SD+ and tweaks mods listed here:

    When I had my old TyTN II, I went through a similar thing with the multitude of customised WinMo ROMs on XDA…. custom, then stock, then custom, then almost stock with minor tweaks, then custom again, and eventually learned enough to just build my own ROM which had exactly what I wanted. From the small amount of research I’ve done on this so far it seems that this is probably even less of a pain than it was with WinMo so I’ll almost certainly end up doing the same in a month or 2 from now.

  6. Chris says:

    Cyanogen MOD 6.0.2 works brilliantly for me. No camera problems (yet) and WIFI works A-OK.

  7. Astronyu says:

    If you like Sense UI, then I would recommend either LeeDroid or VillainROM or if you like AOSP then SuperVillain might work for you.

  8. Heya dude…

    I’m using a rom that is FROYO + SENSE. It’s unmodded, and works perfectly. I think I’ve linked to it in the other thread.

    But I’ll do a quick search now… BRB…

    Here you go:

    Note… you MUST update your radios as part of the upgrade to 2.2.

    Blue skies

  9. By the way… I’m probably going to use a different ROM. I don’t really care about HTC SENSE. It’s just a memory hog, with several apps I never open. I need memory more than I need sense.

    So if anyone knows a great rom that strips out the crap, includes a launcher, and runs lean, I’d love to know.

  10. admin says:

    Thanks, I tried other Sense ROMs but it did not work. Will try this one over the weekend.

  11. When you say the ROMs didn’t work, what happened? Tell me your symptoms.

    There’s a good chance it’s cos you didn’t update your radio. (Froyo uses a different radio to Eclair.)

    I’ve just spotted a MoDaCo ROM that looks VERY promising! You choose the options you want to include, and it bakes a custom version for you right then and there:

  12. Just a note… the PDF Viewer on Froyo is terrible. Using the MoDaCo ROM above, you can choose not to install that space-waster. I use Adobe Reader instead, which is an essential PDF viewer.

  13. admin says:

    The ROMs I tried was the original HTC ones and since my phone is rooted it did not like that .. It wanted an unrooted phone. The link above is an ROM that works with rooted phone.

  14. Oh. Bugger. That MoDaCo ‘customise your ROM’ thing is available only to Premium (paid) members. I got all the way to the bottom of the list, having researched options, and found that I couldn’t do anything with it. Blah.

  15. Chris says:

    Please look at ROM Manager in the App Store
    It is really very usefull.
    I am using Cyanogen MOD6 which I am very happy with.
    There are a few minor challenges but those come with the ROOTED territory
    I have never felt free-er and never been happier with my HTC Desire
    Have fun

  16. Chris says:

    Oh! more thing
    Titanium Backup (the donated version) is a must.
    Works like a dream. My camera works without freezing up. Still need to test drive the HD video

  17. waleed says:

    Pls, I have a plan to upgrade my desire to MaIsan Arabic Rom. But, I need to know how procedure to help in case of fallback required to the previous Rom (FROYO 2.2)

    Pls, advice

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