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Rooting HTC Dream (G1) without activation

There is nice tutorial how to root HTC Dream (also known as T-Mobile G1)

Unfortunately, this procedure requires that downgraded phone gets activated over the google servers, and at least as it seems now there are some problems with activating such old device, possibly related to google web site certificates

Here is the small modification of procedure described in tutorial how to root HTC Dream, which bypasses activation.

  1. Before you begin, and while your phone is completely operational go to Settings » Applications » and check Unknown Sources.
  2. On your PC download telnet client, save it locally on, and take note where you have saved it.
  3. setup ADB on your PC as described in this tutorial You are not done with this step until you can see your phone listed in output of "adb" devices command
  4. Now proceed with instructions on how to root HTC Dream, from the start until including step 3 of paragraph "Rooting the HTC Dream"
  5. Now instead of steps 5,6 enter following adb commands (modified for correct path to the telnet apk you have downloaded before)
  6. adb install Telnet.apk
  7. adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n koushikdutta.telnet/.TelnetActivity
  8. after this on your phone telnet should be started. Connect to localhost port 23. You should connect succesfully.
  9. return to and follow instructions on how to root HTC Dream from paragraph "Installing a Custom Recovery Image" till the end.

That should be it.

Posted by rush at 27 November 2012, 11:32 pm with tags android link