The HTC Dream is also known as the HTC G1 and HTC ADP1.
Rooting your G1/Dream
Before You Begin
1. This works on all G1's and Dreams
Downgrade to Cupcake
1. Download the Original DreaIMG.nbh and the Original Cupcake update.zip:
2. Plug the phone into your computer via USB. Select Mount by pulling down on the notification bar at the top of the phone’s screen and selecting the USB notification. You should now be able to access the sd card in your phone on your computer.
3. Now, put the DreamIMG.nbh file and the update.zip (do NOT extract the .zip file, leave it as a .zip file) files that you just downloaded on the root of the SD card (NOT in any folder, just on the sdcard itself).
4. Unplug the phone and turn it off.
5. Turn on the phone by holding the Camera button and the End key until the bootloader screen comes up.
6. Hit the End key to start the update. DO NOT INTERUPT THIS PROCESS.
7. Once it is done, hit the trackball to restart the phone. You now are on the stock firmware RC29.
8. Then turn off your phone and turn it back on by holding down Home and Power and keep holding until you get to recovery mode (the ! screen).
9. In recovery mode, slide out the keyboard and hit Alt L to bring up the menu, then hit Alt S to Apply the update.
10. Once the phone reboots, go through the normal setup process to get to the home screen.
Flash a Custom Recovery Image
1. On your phone, goto Settings, Applications, and make sure Unknown source is checked ON.
2. On your phone, goto Settings, SD card and phone storage, and click Unmount SD card.
3. Then click Format SD card (it should automatically remount after this).
4. Plug the phone into the compuer via USB, then pull down the notification bar and click on the SD card notification. Then click mount.
5. Download this APK and the recovery image and save it to your computer:
6. Once they are saved to your computer, copy them both to your SD card (do NOT put them inside any folders on the SD card, just put them on the SD card itself).
7. Unplug the phone from the computer once they are downloaded to the SD card.
8. Goto the Market and download Linda File Manager or any file manager program if you do not already have one.
9. Open the file manager and goto SDCard and then find the FlashRec apk file and click it. If asked tell it to use Package Installer to open it.Â It should automatically install the apk.
10. Open the FlashRec program and click on Backup Recovery Image and wait for it to finish.
11. Once done, click on the empty text box in the FlashRec program and type:
Then click on the Flash Custom RecoveryImage button and wait for it to finish.
12. Turn off the phone and turn it on into Recovery mode by holding down Home and Power to turn it on (keep holding until the recovery screen comes up has a bunch of text on a black background). So long as that screen comes up, LEAVE IT ON THAT SCREEN, you have done it correctly and can now go on to the How to Load a ROM video below:
How to load a custom ROM to achieve full root access:
Partition Your Memory Card for Hero ROMs, Swap, and Apps2SD
1. With your phone STILL in recovery mode from the How To Root procedure, click on Partition SD Card > Partition SD (this will erase everything off of your memory card).
2. When it asks you, select 96mbs for Swap, 512mbs for ext2 and fat32 for the remainder
3. Once it is done partitioning the memory card, click on Partition SD Card > SD: ext2 to ext3
Load the Latest Radio, SPL, and your First Custom ROM
1. Download the custom Radio,SPL and a generic ROM for your device (you can change your ROM after this to whatever one you want, but load this one first as we need to load it to keep the recovery image flashed on the G1):
G1 Radio - Here
G1 HardSPL – Here
Generic G1 ROM w/ Root – Here
2. In the recovery screen on the phone (that the phone is still in from the first section), select USB-MS toggle to allow the memory card to be mounted.
3. Plug in your phone via usb cable and you should be able to access your memory card on the computer.
4. Save the G1 Radio, the G1 HardSPL, and the G1 Generic ROM (leave them all as .zip files) onto the root of the SD card (NOT in any folder, just on the memory card itself).
5. Once they are done transferring to the memory card, unplug the phone from the computer and click the home button on the phone to disable USB-MS toggle mode and get back to the recovery screen.
7. Once the recovery screen menu is up, click on Flash Zip on SDCard and select the RADIO .zip file (do NOT select ANY OTHER ONE, we need to flash the radio first!).
8. Once it is done, click Reboot System Now.
9. Once the device reboots, you should be back at the recovery screen. Click on Flash Zip from SDCard and now select the SPL .zip file (do NOT select ANY OTHER ONE, we need to flash the SPL second!).
10. Once it is done, click Reboot System Now.
11. Once the device reboots, you should be back at the recovery screen. Click on Wipe > Wipe Data / Factory Reset and wait for it to finish.
12. Once it is done wiping, click on Flash Zip from SDCard and now select the Generic ROM .zip file.
13. Once it is done, click Reboot System Now.
DONE! You are now Rooted with a generic custom ROM! Feel free to use any root required apps (including wifi tethering, overclocking apps, etc.)!
If you want to load a different ROM simply follow these steps below…
(Optional) Load a Different Custom ROM
1. Turn off the phone and then turn it back on by holding down Home and Power (keep holding them until you get to the recovery screen).
2. Select USB-MS Toggle.
3. Plug your phone into the computer via USB
4. Download whatever custom ROM you want.
5. Unplug the phone from the computer once it is done transferring.
6. Click the Home button on the phone to disable USB-MS Toggle.
7. Select Wipe > Wipe Data / Factory Reset and wait for it to finish.
8. Next, select Flash Zip from SDCard and select the new ROM’s .zip file.
9. Once it is done, select Reboot Device Now and you are done with your new ROM! Repeat Section IV whenever you want to load any other ROM as many times as you’d like!
Written by TheUnlockr, collaborated by RootzWiki.
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