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How to Gain S-OFF on the HTC Droid Incredible 2
After you have S-OFF, you can root it, or install a custom rom, like CyanogenMod 9

DISCLAIMER:
This process will void the worthless warranty on your Incredible 2. If you read all the steps first before doing this, then do it following every step very carefully, I can guarantee you that your phone will be just fine. I recommend doing this in Linux, because it works best that way, but it can be done in Windows... it's just harder and there is a greater chance you will run into problems.


Before you begin
  • If you have used the HTC unlock tool, you need to relock first.
  • Turn on USB Debugging in under Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging
Linux Users:
  • Install the ia32-libs package. If you are on Ubuntu or Debian, type this in the terminal:
  • Code:
    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
Windows users: (using windows is not recommended!)1. Downgrade hboot with attn1's script
This step is only necessary if you are on Android version 2.3.4. If you are on 2.3.3 skip this step.
To check what version of Android you are on, go to Settings > About Phone.

UPDATE: There was a software update that broke zergRush recently. If you run into problems in this step, take a peek at this post:
http://rootzwiki.com..._60#entry691054

WARNING! This will preform a complete wipe of your phone except for the SD Card!
a. Turn off fastboot. (Settings > Power > Fastboot)
b. Download attn1's tool: http://tau.shadowchi...-12102011-c.zip
c. Extract it to a folder and plug in your phone.
d. Run his tool. Make sure to run it as an administrator or as root.
WARNING! Do not unplug your phone till the tool has finished!
d. After it has finished, verify that everything was wiped and you are running 2.3.3.
e. Turn off your phone. Turn it back on while holding volume down. It should bring you to the bootloader.
If your phone still has ***LOCKED*** written at the top it did not work. Do not proceed.
Otherwise press volume down, then the power button to reboot.

2. Gain S-OFF
WARNING! This will void your warranty... but, it's not yours till you void the warranty.

a. Download revolutionary from http://revolutionary.io
b. Run revolutionary. It should do all the work for you. Just get a beta key on the website.
c. Revolutionary should ask you if you want to flash ClockworkMod when it's done. Say yes if you want it. (your going to want it!)

3. Installing CyanogenMod 10
a. Download CyanogenMod 10 from here: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/30370-unofficial-cm10-for-the-inc2-2012-07-30/
b. Download Google Apps from here (get the latest one listed for JB): http://goo-inside.me/gapps
c. Copy the 2 zip files to your SD card.
d. Boot into recovery (Volume Down + Power while turning on... select recovery in hboot)
e. Select wipe data/factory reset. Scroll all the way down to Yes.
f. Then select install zip from sd card > choose zip from sd card.
g. Select your CyanogenMod zip and then press yes.
h. Select your gapps zip and choose yes.
i. Select ++Go Back++ then reboot system now.
CONGRADULATIONS!

Troubleshooting
IF: You have any driver troubles at all or fastboot driver troubles,
THEN: Do it in linux.
this guide works best in linux, but it also works in windows.

IF: You are stuck on the cyanogenmod screen after flashing CM,
THEN: You forgot to factory reset. Factory reset, then flash CM and Gapps again.

IF: You did not flash clockworkmod, but you wanted to,
THEN: Flash via fastboot. I made a post about this on page 4.

Thanks:
Thanks to attn1, he made the tool to downgrade to 2.3.3 from 2.3.4. Here is the thread for the tool:
http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=1298990

And one last warning to all Incredible 2 users: DO NOT USE THE HTC TOOL TO UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER!
If you did: Relock before doing these steps. This may help you: http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=1343114
 

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This thread has confused me, you say you got it when it was on Froyo, and since your mom is on Gingerbread.... but the Revolutionary S-Off tool says "HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000 (Gingerbread only!)"..... Gingerbread only. Seems like this should work for the most current updated Incredible 2 at first glance to me, is this not correct?
 

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This thread has confused me, you say you got it when it was on Froyo, and since your mom is on Gingerbread.... but the Revolutionary S-Off tool says "HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000 (Gingerbread only!)"..... Gingerbread only. Seems like this should work for the most current updated Incredible 2 at first glance to me, is this not correct?
Yes, this is for 2.3.4 Gingerbread. 2.3.3 users can skip to step 5, and froyo users should either upgrade to 2.3.3 or run the old version of AlphaRevX
 

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Will this wipe the phone? I have root but my wife doesnt. She's scare4d all of her settings/data/screens will be wiped. If this just gives root and keeps stock ROM then i think I'll do it. All she is looking for is wireless tether..
 

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I'm not a 100% but I think you can disable dun without root and use the hotspot feature of the phone but there is always a possibility you could be charged regardless, plus its stealing.

Sent from my Incredible 2 using Tapatalk
 

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Will this wipe the phone? I have root but my wife doesnt. She's scare4d all of her settings/data/screens will be wiped. If this just gives root and keeps stock ROM then i think I'll do it. All she is looking for is wireless tether..
This will do a full wipe of the phone except for the sdcard. If she wants to backup everything to the sdcard, there are apps for that on the market.
 

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1st of all don't use HTC dev to unlock ever.

what's the error? If you used HTC dev to unlock you have to relock first.

Sent from my Incredible 2 using RootzWiki
no HTC dev unlock, I am experienced at this because I have been rooting various HTC phones including crackflashing my own (recently retired) thunderbolt.

It turns out I had to disable my anti virus which was preventing the hack to work sucessfully (windows 7 64-bit) weird but maybe you should add that in OP in case other users have a similar experience.

Instead of the quick route I went to xda thread to do all the adb commands manually where I read about turning off AV so I thought maybe try that before going all shell on this.

Windows: Disable or remove all phone, PDA, MP3 sync softwares, including HTC Sync, itunes, and all Antivirus software and suspend all unnecessary processes.
Thanks for great concise information by the way.
 
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