How To: Load a Custom ROM on Your HTC Hero

1. Download a ROM from forum.XDA-Developer.com to your computer. Or check our Downloads section and click on Android then ROMs and use the search bar at the top and type in “Hero ROMs”. *IF YOU HAVE A SPRINT HERO MAKE SURE THE ROM YOU WANT IS COMPATIBLE FOR THE SPRINT HERO!

2. Plug in your phone and pull down the Notification bar when the SD notification pops up.

3. Click on the notification and select Mount.

4. Once the SD card is on your computer screen, copy the ROM from your computer to your SD card (make sure NOT to put it in any folders on the SD card, just on the SD card by itself).

5. Once it is done copying, rename it on your SD card to update (in windows it should just need to be renamed update and you should still see the Zip folder icon to the left of the file to indicate that it is still update.zip).

6. Unplug your phone and turn it off.

7. Turn the phone on by holding down Home and Power till you get to the custom recovery screen.

8. Select Wipe from the menu, then select Apply Update.zip

9. Once it is done, select Reboot and you are all set!

Reported Issue:

Issue: I can’t find Format Fat32+Ext2+LinuxSwap.

Solution: This means you are using Amon Ras latest recovery image, he has put this option under Partition > Partition SD > then it asks you what values you want for the different partitions. Here are the standard values, but feel free to change them according to what the ROM you wish to use recommends.

LinuxSwap – 32MBs
Ext2 – 512Mbs
Fat32 – Remainder

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  • houseonfire

    Hey, I tried installing this rom with the title “update.zip”, but I am having a problem. This is what I am getting: (in order)

    Build: RAv1.2.16

    This will ERASE your data!
    Press the GREEN key to confirm,
    any other key to abort..

    Wiping data…
    Formatting data…
    [etc]

    Installing new image!
    Press the GREEN key to confirm, any other key to abort.

    Install from sdcard…
    finding update package…
    Opening update package
    Verifying update package
    Installing update…
    formatting SYSTEM…
    Copying files…
    E:Can’t chown/mod /system/xbin/busybox
    (no such file or directore)
    E:Failure at line 72:
    set_perm 0 0 04755 SYSTEM:xbin/busybox

    Installation aborted

    Now I cannot boot. It just goes to the system recovery menu.

    • http://www.theunlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Hello HouseonFire,

      Not sure, that sounds like busybox is does not have permission to copy over…
      I would just recommend taking out the memory card, putting it into your computer, formatting it. Then put the rom back on rename to update.zip, wipe and load again. See if you get the same error.

  • Alex J

    Bro, thanks the video was amazingly helpful. One question though, in a week or so there apparently will be an update for the HTC Hero, to fix the lag and other bugs, if rooting and applying a custom rom on our phones, will their update work for us? what will happen?

    Thanks in advance

  • J Brown

    Well – Tried and failed I’m afraid. I did the how to root guide and that was fine.

    I then did a Nandroid backup

    I then did the How to Load a custon ROM. Now when I downloaded the ROM zip file, it did not appear as a zip file on my desktop but as a complete folder. I renamed this ‘update’ as instructed and then copied to sd card. Then restart the phone holding the 2 keys down, and so on. This failed.

    It occured to me it was looking for a zip file, so I zipped the downloaded folder and tried again. It failed again, giving me the message.

    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E: No signature ( 1631 files )
    E: Verification failed
    Installation aborted

    Any ideas? And thanks for the work!!

    cheers

  • Aagren

    I have tryed both the mods, first worked fine, this one didn’t.
    After doing the wipe and install and rebooting the Hero, waiting and going to menu and press the Superuser Permissions and then….i get a black screen with a tittlebar saying Superuser Permissions and no matter witch button i pres i don’t get any response at all, only the home button works and gets me home :D
    What’s up? and i just being stupid or is something wrong?

    super mod if i could get it to work :D

  • J Brown

    Update –
    Following advice on http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=508
    website, I redownloaded the ROM to my mac, but this time so it did NOT unzip itself.

    All worked now.:)

    • Adam

      i have the same problem but im not familiure to that site and dont know where to go to find the solution to having my mac not unzip automatically

    • f ponce

      hey i was wondering what you searched to find out how to download it so it did not unzip im having the same prob on my mac

  • Mikos

    Hm…everything went well, both root and this ‘howto’, but now it keeps rebooting over and over again.

    Any suggestion to what to do?

    • http://www.theunlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Hello Mikos,

      Boot into recovery mode, wipe and reapply the update.zip

  • http://elrobsono.blogspot.com Robert

    Hello,
    Could anyone tell me if the rom is only in english or it has other languages? (I am interested in polish)

    • http://www.theunlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Hello Robert,

      I believe it might only be English. You should probably wait for a Polish one on XDA-Developers.com if polish is important to you.

  • http://elrobsono.blogspot.com Robert

    Thanks TheUnlockr
    This is what i thought. I like whe the phone speaks in my language so I’ll wait for the polish version :)

  • Mikos

    Thanks TheUnlockr

    I wiped it and installed the update.zip – Installation went well – but it is still looping the boot. The only way to stop is to remove the battery.

    So…? :)

  • Kenshiin

    Startup after applying the new ROM (I got MoDaCo’s latest, 1.5.1) was really slow, so just have patient with the first startup since it’s gonna be as slow as your first ever startup of the phone.

    thanks once again TheUnlockr.

    • http://www.theunlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Hello Kenshiin,

      You are very welcome, glad it worked out for you! Enjoy!
      Also check back within a week and we should have new ROMs up based on the new Hero Update.

  • http://www.mrryder.com BIG AD

    TheUnlockr

    If I do this it will erase all my applications that I have installed. Is there any way of making a backup of them as the applications do not save to the SD Card as a default?

    Cheers
    BIG AD

    • http://www.theunlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Hello Big Ad,

      Unfortunately, no. But your google account backs them up in the My Downloads section of the market, you just have to redownload them (but if you paid for apps they will be in there and you do not have to repay).

  • 3G

    PLEASE HELP

    My problem is that after the last step when adding the ROM, it tells you to install update.zip and after that simply select reboot. Well…..after selecting reboot it did just that…..rebooted me and brought me straight to a DEAD BLACK SCREEN. The screen wouldn’t allow me to exit out or shut down at all. Every time I turn the phone on it goes to this black screen.

    The only thing I can do is ROOT it and get to the green screen.

    Please help me, because now I have no cell phone to use.

    Thanks

  • Max

    getting same thing as houseonfire,

    Wiping data…
    Formatting data…
    [etc]

    Installing new image!
    Press the GREEN key to confirm, any other key to abort.

    Install from sdcard…
    finding update package…
    Opening update package
    Verifying update package
    Installing update…
    formatting SYSTEM…
    Copying files…
    E:Can’t chown/mod /system/xbin/busybox
    (no such file or directore)
    E:Failure at line 72:
    set_perm 0 0 04755 SYSTEM:xbin/busybox

    Installation aborted

  • Max

    Does anyone know if I have to update the radio again? i’m running 2.22.19.26I on the G1 and trying to update to MoDaCo’s Updated Hero ROM.

  • Bilal

    Just installed modaco 2.0, working greaat thanksss!

  • Phil Levy

    Thank you so much – now at modaco 2.0 (installed over 1.5.1) with apps2sd using new 8Gb class 6 card – all running nice and smooth – I think I’m getting the hang of this now!

  • Chris

    Will this work without rooting the phone? I can’t get the Recovery Flasher to work. I only get a “Backup FAILED” message.

    • http://www.theunlockr.com TheUnlockr

      Hello Chris,

      No, you need root access to load a ROM.

  • Dave (wants his hero to be faster)

    Hey THEUNLOCKR. Follwed the directions to the letter for my htc hero. Going finr until the last step- apply sdcard: update.zip, pressed home to confirm but it will not install. this is what it says at the bottom…

    Formatting CACHE:…
    Data wipe complete.
    –Installing new image!
    –Press home to confirm or any other key to abort..
    –install from sdcard…
    Finding update package…
    opening update package
    E:Can’t open /sdcard/update.zip
    (No suck file or directory)
    Installation aborted.

    What do i do now, why did this happen!?

    Cheers, I’m so close thought i had managed it, please help!

  • Dave (wants his hero to be faster)

    Ok this will make you laugh, I’ve got it sorted now by the way. Tried it several times, but kept saying the error i mentioned above. Finally realised that the link above is a hyper link to the site to download the file, not the file itself… i had been right clicking and “saving link as”… so basically trying to use a firefox hyperlink as a ROM… oh dear. But seems to be working great now!! Wahoo!