Root: HTC Doubleshot Mytouch Slide 4g guide

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Before my phone arrived on the porch via UPS, I had been studying the rooting process. While most devices involve some work, and more often than not quite a bit of risk, the Doubleshot is quite easy to unlock. This is meant to be a simple guide on Root: HTC Doubleshot Mytouch Slide 4g and my experiences using Numbaoneforeva’s excellent guide over at the XDA forums. Read on for links.

Where to get information…

The first place to stop, is Google. A quick search for “Root Mytouch Slide 4G” nets just over 900,000 hits, and should provide several guides. Being an avid reader within the XDA forums, I usually start there. There is a great guide by numbaoneforeva on how to root this excellent device that should be easy enough for a novice.

The whole process took me about half an hour which was mostly download time. He has provided all the neccisary files and everything is scripted so its a rather simple process.

Revolutionary has provided the actual unlocking software, and it is built to defeat the security on many devices. Head to their site to check on your phone or tablet, and if supported, this will be a breeze.

S=Off (Turning Security off)

Turning security off is your first goal, and the most important. At least on HTC devices. What we want is an unlocked bootloader, which will allow further access.

When you shut your phone off, and hold the volume down and camera button, then hit power, it boots into a screen similar to the bios on your computer. (differs on various devices). We will stick to the Slide in this article.

 

Device drivers

HTC provides drivers for your phone, available here (direct link to drivers). Once downloaded, install the program, plug in your phone and it will recognize and chime several times as it sets things up in the device manager. Once complete, a small pop-up in the system notifications tray should let you know your “Android device is ready to use.”

I followed the instructions provided and installed the fastboot drivers whether necessary or not. On to Revolutionary and the “beta key”. Things get a little dicey here. It is CRUCIAL that you get the key from Revolutionary’s site, and the generator is java based and a little wonky. I almost gave up as this generator wouldn’t spit anything out. After trying the back button and repopulating the fields, out came the necessary information.

(NOTE: Make sure you type in your serial number verbatim from ANDROID>SETTINGS>ABOUT…>HARDWARE… or from under the battery)

The beta key is your ticket to freedom, and will provide you with a code, which is [highlight color="eg. yellow, black"]CASE-SENSITIVE![/highlight] Copy and paste it into wordpad and watch that your font doesn’t make it difficult to determine upper-case from lower-case.

Unrevoked and Alpha Team have built this tool to help users root their devices at no charge, so credit is due here to them and the OP of the guide I used. But the OP has packaged all of the tools into an easy to use zip file. Ignore the download at revolutionary.io, and use his package. So make sure you follow the directions when he tells you to do something, TO THE LETTER!

Root: HTC Doubleshot Mytouch Slide 4g

So now it’s time to root your phone. Begin by making sure fastboot is disabled (SETTINGS>POWER…>FASTBOOT and uncheck it) then enable USB debugging on your phone (SETTINGS>APPS>DEVELOPMENT>USB DEBUGGING). Plug your phone into your computer. On your computer, run the revolutionary program and enter that beta key. It’s going to chime several times and your phone will reboot a bunch, this is normal.

This is important: when it’s complete, the top of your phones screen will now read S=Off and the HBOOT will show 1.44.1107, indicating it has completed the process. It will then offer to install Clockworkmod, [highlight color="eg. yellow, black"]SAY NO![/highlight]

Numbaoneforeva goes on to walk you through setting up Clockworkmod properly. This is where I ran into some minor problems I experienced and if you run into problems, this is where its gonna happen. Thanks to Paul O’Brien and Modaco, Clockworkmod allows you to install roms and such in a simple manner. If you want to read some serious hacking check out the latest Nexus threads over at XDA where these guys go way over most uber-nerds heads…

Anyways, at this point you should be following Numbaoneforeva’s guide to root, and only reading my precautionary bits of information. The buggy beta-key gernerator was a little tricky. Also, after achieving S=Off, the phone booted into hboot, and you must select fastboot, the first option. Then, when using ADB, you will run into the bit about installing Clockworkmod. This is the most dangerous part.

Click on My computer, double click on your c: drive, and paste those files right on there, do not copy the folder, or put these files in a folder!! Now your going open a command prompt. {Hold the windows key and tap r}. Then type “cmd” without the parenthesis and it should open up a black box.

Now type cd\
Your command prompt should now just say c:\> thats what you want it to say

Now your going to type adb.exe

You should see a whole bunch of words flash on the command prompt, the last couple words should say “bug tags are printed.” That means your right on track.

From here, you are going to type in fastboot devices

it should have the serial number of your device and the word fastboot right next to it!

Now, here comes the tricky part that i got stuck at, but i know you can do it! Now this will work if you put the files exactly where i told you to put them. you now will type fastboot flash recovery c:\clockworkmod.4.0.0.9.img

it should say ” sending ‘recovery’
okay
writing recovery’
okay
finished. total time: (mine is 10.400s)

This is where I mistyped a couple times. Be careful, as this is likely the point someone might run into trouble. Don’t let a single step cause you too much grief though, again this whole process is very simple and quite easy. But the details are important, so pay attention to them.

Installing Superuser

The last step is to flash the Superuser.apk app to your phone, which is all completed within Clockworkmod, by mounting usb storage and installing the superuser zip file you transferred over via the onscreen menus. Use the volume keys or trackpad to scroll and the power button to select the file. Once complete, set back and gasp a sigh of relief, because now you are rooted.

Proper Credit

It is important in this community to give credit to those who help you, not steal work that others spent hours on, and remember that they have paved the way so that you don’t have to. Paying respect and giving thanks is not only the rules of most forums and user groups, its the right thing to do. If you use the tools I have provided, I do not want or request your admiration or thanks. It is those who provided these tools who deserve your respect, and please register in their respective forums, find a post they left and thank them. Sign up for paypal and send them a donation. Read their work, and appreciate the effort and headaches that went into the freedom you now experience.

Numbaoneforeva

Paul O’brien

Modaco

Revolutionary

Unrevoked

Alpha Team

Google

HTC

The United States Armed Forces, If you see someone in uniform, or a former soldier, shake their hand and say thank you.

 

Now go find a rom and customize your phone.


Eric Pfister

I am a Service Writer and Systems Administrator in the automotive industry with about a decade of IT service.

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  • AgreatfulReader!!!

    I REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY ANDROID HEART. YOU ARE A MIRACLE WORKER! I LEFT MY PHONE AT A SHOP FOR THREE DAYS, WHEN I RETURNED FOR MY ROOTED PHONE, THE GUY SAID IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR MYTOUCH 4G SLIDE. AFTER ACCIDENTALLY FINDING THIS BLOG I THOUGHT WHAT THE HECK. ILL TRY IT MYSELF. 2 HOURS LATER MY PHONE IS ROOTED AND I DID IT USING A LAPTOP AT MY OWN PACE. I REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU. AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

    • http://www.thepowerbase.com Eric Pfister

      Really glad to help. Remember to read before you flash roms! Currently, most roms for the Mytouch 4G Slide are found at Rootzwiki.com or xda. I’m currently enjoying UndeadK9’s latest Expresso rom, which is nice. There is finally some kernel work going on, and Kornyone, a member of Team Douche (official CyanogenMod team) is porting CM9 (Icecream Sandwich) to our device.

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