HTC Legend Root Updated, now Working for Software Version 1.32.xxx

HTC Legend was the first phone from HTC to get the Android 2.1 OS. This made it the most popular phone at that time and the first one to be forgotten thereafter. The guys at MoDaCo released a root procedure for phones with HBOOT version of 0.43 or lower and software version of 1.31.xxx series only. Any versions other than this and the phone cannot be rooted.

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However, the problem was that, more than half of the Legends that arrived later after the initial release phase shipped with a software version of 1.32.xxx. I was stuck with the same and there was no method to root it until now. However, the guys at XDA have come up with a method to downgrade the software version which now allows a root.

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This method has been tried and tested by me. In this post, I will guide you through the steps I followed to the root.

What you will need

Here is a list of things you will need.

  1. The GoldCard tool to create a GoldCard (948 KB)
  2. Hack4Legend (420 KB)
  3. RUU 1.31.xxx for Legend (128 MB)
  4. Android SDK (22.9 MB)

These are our downgrading tools. It will only downgrade the software version to 1.31.xxx. We also need tools to root the device. The rooting tools include:

  1. Legend rooting tool (226 MB)
  2. Legend custom ROM from Rodriguezstyle (optional 133 MB)

Now, we have all that we need to start. For the first part, use the steps given in this forum post at XDA. The #1 post has been updated and is the one that works. However, make sure you check the replies to some good number of pages until you develop an idea of possible problems and their solutions.

After following the above procedure, you will have a downgraded phone ready to root. Now, come to the second step where you root using this guide at Unlocker.

Finally, load a custom ROM using another guide at Unlocker.

Possible problems faced during the root and downgrade

  • Phone is not recognized on USB, USB device is not recognized or adb fails.

TO solve this issue, go to Start Menu, right click and get the device manager. In the device manager, select the Android phone and update its driver. Select the android SDK as the driver installation folder.

  • After a certain Reboot, the phone is not connected to USB for adb operations

The phone loads the bootloader driver. Follow the step above to put it back to the adb driver.

Apart from this, follow the steps religiously and you will have a root in the end like I did. Kudos to wag3slav3 for the hack.

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