HTC Glacier: Full Update Guide

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This guide will walk you through the process of taking the HTC Glacier from stock to having the ability to flash a custom recovery image & the latest version of CyanogenMod.


Before you do anything — Make a backup

Don't forget to back up your data. If you have synced the device with a Google account, then the contacts, calendar, Gmail, & select other Google-related data will not be lost and will come back after the next sync. However, you should backup anything you want to keep that is not stored on the SD card:

It would also be a good idea to backup everything stored on the SD card in the rare case the SD card must be formatted to resolve any major problems.

MyBackup Root, SMS Backup & Restore, and Call Backup & Restore are all free applications that can assist with backing up your data.

Downgrading to 1.17.531.2

If the HTC Glacier is running a Gingerbread firmware ( (Settings » About Phone) you need to downgrade the device first in order to root. If the HTC Glacier is already running 1.17.531.2 or lower you can skip to the Rooting the HTC Glacier section.

  1. You will need ADB on the computer to proceed thru this process. Follow the Android SDK guide, to get the ADB shell on the computer.
  2. Download fre3vo, misc_version 0.2 & the 1.17.531.2 firmware:
    • fre3vo: Download
      md5: 010e076a4a93be876579711bf8934c70
    • misc_version 0.2: Download
      md5: 1f40aaf88d1bf15775631a58c4361218
    • flashgc: Download
      md5: 86e6e81fad3b3c837ed8bd09b6005651
    • 1.17.531.2 firmware: Download
      md5: 49d07f0ee7de1765a6a84cb12fa53110
  3. Unzip the fre3vo & misc_version packages and save flashgc to the same folder as adb (the /platform-tools folder within the Android SDK folder).
  4. Make sure the filename of the firmware is exactly or it will not work and copy it to the same folder as adb.
  5. Connect the HTC Glacier to the computer via USB.
  6. On the computer, open terminal and run the following commands:
    adb push fre3vo /data/local/tmp
    adb push misc_version /data/local/tmp
    adb push flashgc /data/local/tmp
    adb shell
    chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/fre3vo
    chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/misc_version
    chmod 777 /data/local/tmp/flashgc
    /data/local/tmp/fre3vo -debug -start FAA90000 -end FFFFFFFF
    adb shell
    NOTE: You should have the "#" sign instead of the "$". If you do, you have temporary root, and can continue on. If you have the "$", then the exploit has failed, refer to xda developers, RootzWiki, or #G2Root for further assistance.
    cd /data/local/tmp
    ./misc_version -s
  7. Now that misc version has been downgraded, the HTC Glacier is ready to have the firmware downgraded. On the computer, open terminal and run the following commands:
    adb push /sdcard/
    adb reboot bootloader
  8. Use Volume up/down keys on the HTC Glacier for navigation and Power key for confirmation. Select Bootloader to flash the 1.17.531.2 firmware.
  9. Once finished you can can continue to the next section.

Rooting the HTC Glacier

Warning: Rooting the HTC Glacier will void the warranty.

Before you begin, if VISIONary is installed on the HTC Glacier, uninstall it before continuing.

  1. You will need ADB on the computer to root the HTC Glacier and to flash the necessary files for radio S-OFF. Follow the Android SDK guide, to get the ADB shell on the computer.
  2. Download busybox, the ClockworkMod Recovery, the Engineering HBoot, gfree 1.0, psneuter, root_psn, Superuser package:
    • busybox: Download
      md5: 25c5db694c987995909cc3166d4f01b0
    • ClockworkMod Recovery: Download
      md5: a5aea82ec2ad7b836c9c179fce0d520d
    • Engineering HBoot: Download
      md5: b2c8834905bfa2349f5223077493140a
    • gfree 1.0: Download
      md5: 0bc9fc22bda897c765b02066f8a3c83b
    • psneuter: Download
      md5: 89c2dec8d72d87b4c669f44dd31c8d17
    • root_psn: Download
      md5: c8fe38ef55eb8951def9ff17b2eb99c1
    • Superuser package: Download
      md5: 43d9a40b63e916635d5ad7ca32433fab
  3. Unzip the zip files and copy the contents to the same folder as adb (the /platform-tools folder within the Android SDK folder).
  4. Connect the HTC Glacier to the computer via USB.
  5. Make sure USB debugging is enabled on the HTC Glacier by checking Settings » Applications » Development » USB debugging.
  6. On the computer, open terminal and run the following commands:
    adb push busybox /data/local/tmp/
    adb push gfree /data/local/tmp/
    adb push hboot-eng.img /data/local/tmp/
    adb push psneuter /data/local/tmp/
    adb push recovery-clockwork- /data/local/tmp/recovery.img
    adb push root_psn /data/local/tmp/
    adb push su /sdcard/
    adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/
    adb shell
    chmod 755 /data/local/tmp/*
    NOTE: You will drop out of the shell after this command. Restart the shell using:
    adb shell
    cd /data/local/tmp
    ./gfree -f -b hboot-eng.img -y recovery.img
  7. As it is very important that the hboot was installed correctly gfree calculates md5sums of the partition. It will calculate the following 3 checksums
    • md5sum #1 - checksum of partition 18 before the installation
    • md5sum #2 - checksum of the hboot image that should be installed
    • md5sum #3 - checksum of partition 18 after the installation
  8. The messages that you what to see are either/or
    • md5sum #1 == md5sum #2 - the hboot image is already installed -> skipping installation
    • md5sum #3 == md5sum #2 - the hboot image was successfully installed -> OK!
  9. If you get a different error message then DO NOT REBOOT and join #G2Root on Freenode for further help.
  10. If gfree worked correctly continue with:
  11. The HTC Glacier is now rooted with S-OFF, the Engineering HBoot & the ClockworkMod Recovery. Continue to the next section.

Flashing CyanogenMod

If the HTC Glacier has been rooted, unlocked, etc. through steps other than the method described above or running a custom ROM other than CyanogenMod and you are having issues flashing or booting CyanogenMod, it is recommended the HTC Glacier be returned to stock & start over with the full instructions provided above.

Method via Recovery

  1. Download the latest version of CyanogenMod.
    Optional: Download the Google Apps for the device.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod file on the root of the SD card.
    Optional: Place the Google Apps .zip on the root of the SD card also.
  3. Boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery.
  4. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the side volume buttons to move around, and either the power button or the trackball to select.
    Optional: Select backup and restore to create a backup of current installation on the HTC Glacier.
  5. Select the option to Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Then select the option to Wipe cache partition.
  7. Select Install zip from sdcard.
  8. Select Choose zip from sdcard.
  9. Select the CyanogenMod
    Optional: Install the Google Apps by performing steps 7 - 9 again and choosing the Google Apps
  10. Once the installation has finished, select +++++Go Back+++++ to get back to the main menu, and select the Reboot system now option. The HTC Glacier should now boot into CyanogenMod.

Method via ROM Manager

  1. Launch RomManager.
    Optional: Choose the first option in the app, Flash ClockworkMod Recovery to update to the latest version.
  2. Select the Download ROM option from the main menu in the ROM Manager.
  3. Select the CyanogenMod option, and then choose the latest version of CyanogenMod from the menu.
    Optional: When you select the latest version of CyanogenMod, check the Google Apps option.
  4. Once the ROM is finished downloading, it asks if you would like to Backup Existing ROM and Wipe Data and Cache.
  5. If Superuser prompts for root permissions check to Remember and then Allow.
  6. The HTC Glacier will now reboot into the recovery, wipe data and cache, and then install CyanogenMod. When it's finished installing it will reboot into CyanogenMod.
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