custom rom your htc hero…

ahh..
so, my sprint htc hero and i have seen many miles together, but as i use it for more and more things, it was getting kinda sluggish…
.. and the girl’s was so bad she had sprint send a replacement, and it’s just as bad.

droid does indeed.

so i did some digging, and found my answers…

fresh.

custom roms are everywhere for this phone, and it seems the primary customer complaint about the phone is that it’s slow, and sluggish, and there’s a bunch of sprint applications that auto start and run in the background that most people will never use…

shame on sprint for making it so you have to hack root to uninstall any of it….

enter flipz and his posse of 31337 haxors, and the fresh rom.

when i saw the list of what was removed…

amazon mp3
gsd
htc footprints and widget
htc mobile guide (aka learn more)
htc navigation panel
htc ringtone trimmer
htc stocks and widget
google im
quick office
sdsa (sprint self service)
sprint nascar
sprint navigation
sprint nfl
teeter

i smiled, because i wanted all of that gone.

then i looked at the list of stuff they added in…

had me hooked at “wifi tether”

so here we go…

make a backup
(instructions are [here])

root your phone.
(instructions are [here] (android 1.5) and [here] (android 2.x))

grab the fresh rom (i’m running 2.4.0) from [here] and copy it to your sdcard.

open your command prompt window, go to c:\droidsdk\tools

type adb shell and hit [enter]
type reboot recovery and hit [enter]

select wipe data/factory reset.
select wipe cache partition.
select install zip from sdcard.
select fresh rom from sdcard.

once it’s done, select “go back” to get to the main menu, and reboot system now.

you should reboot into fresh.

be patient, it may take a while.
if you get stuck in a reboot loop, you forgot the “wipe” step.

when the phone comes back up, set your google up right away, so it can sync your contacts while you’re messing with the rest of it.

by the way, flipz removed sprint nav.
before you reinstall it, you should check out google maps / navigation.
i found it to be much much faster and way more accurate.

enjoy 🙂
-stone.

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