Saturday, November 12, 2011

HTC Hero running Android 2.3.7 (Briefly)

I've finally rooted my trusty HTC Hero!

I'd like to say it was a straight forward process but frankly it wasn't.  The main problem is that most of the guides seem to forget that when you have 2.1 you cannot run install apk files (eg backup, root & flashing apps) onto your sd card!  A good work around is to have HTC Sync running with your phone connected and then double-click the apk on your PC and then it is installed on the phone via htc sync.

I Initially flashed to cyanogen 7 and whilst I initially loved the new features it came at a cost. The base android install seemed to take all my memory so I was constantly getting freezes and reboots. I also made the mistake of setting a mp3 ringtone using the music player - every time my phone lost signal it played the track through the speaker at full volume - the only way to stop it was to remove the battery! To add insult to injury there is no way in to change the network notification tones or unset the mp3 ringtone!

I spent several weeks persevering and tweaking settings and flashing the nightlies with no real improvement. I eventually gave in and went down a level to cyanogen 6.  What an improvement!! It's so much faster and stable over cyanogen 7 I've got heaps more memory for apps and its been running for 2 weeks with only 1 crash. I'm pretty happy It's like getting a new phone! If you have a HTC Hero GPRS I would advise against upgrading beyond Cyanogen 6

I'm not going to risk setting a mp3 ringtone.

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