How To: Downgrade Your HTC Hero So It Can Be Rooted (Updated 02.05.10)


Make sure you have an SD Adapter to put your MicroSD in so you can plug it into a computer and access it.

I. Download and Install the Android SDK and USB drivers (If you already have this done, skip this section).

1. Follow our video procedure on HOW TO SETUP ADB/USB DRIVERS.

II. Create a “GoldCard” from a MicroSD Card

1. Put the memory card you want to use for the GoldCard into your phone.

2. With the memory card in your phone, click on Settings, SD and Phone storage, then click Unmount SD card. Once it unmounts, click Format SD card. (Please keep in mind that some memory cards don’t work, and this will erase all data on your SD Card so back all the data up first to your computer)

3. On the Phone, goto Settings, Applications, Development and then make sure USB Debugging is checked.

4. *Make sure you have installed the SDK and Fastboot correctly from Section I!!!
Plug the phone into the computer and then open the Command Prompt (goto the start menu and type in cmd in the search box). Then type the following with hitting enter at the end of each line.

adb devices

(wait for the it to show a serial number underneath, if it doesn’t then reinstall the drivers from section I). Then type:

adb shell
cat /sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1/mmc1:*/cid

5. A code will display, write the code down (MAKE SURE TO WRITE IT DOWN EXACTLY!)

UPDATED 02.05.10:

6. Goto this site,, then put in your code you just wrote down into the text box and click submit. It will generate the code reversed and replace the first two digits with zeros automatically. Write that down and continue to step 9.

7. Now, on your computer, goto and enter your email in the appropriate field and for CID enter the reversed CID you just copied down BUT REPLACE THE FIRST 2 DIGITS WITH 2 ZEROS! (i.e. 12345678910 becomes 00345678910). *Thanks to Viper for providing these Goldcards for FREE!

8. Click continue and then you will receive your goldcard.img via email. Once it arrives save it to your computer.

9. Now, goto to download the HxD Hex Editor. Save it and install it to your computer.

10. Take your SD card out of your phone and put it into the SD adapter it came with. Then put that into your computer so it shows up on your computer as Removable Disk.

11. Open the Hex Editor (Run as Administrator if one Vista or Windows 7) and click on the Extra tab, then click on Open Disk. Under Physical Disk select Removable Disk (your SD card you just put into the computer). Make sure to UNcheck “Open as ReadOnly”. Click OK.

12. Goto the Extra tab again and click Open Disk Image. Open up the goldcard.img that you saved from your email. You should now have two tabs, one is the SD card (Removable Disk) and the other is the goldcard.img
Press OK when prompted for Sector Size 512 (Hard Disks/Floppy Disks).

13. Click on the Goldcard.img tab and click on the Edit tab and click Select All. Then click on the Edit tab again and click Copy.

14. Click on the Removable Disk tab (Your SD Card) and select offset 00000000 to 00000170 then click on the Edit tab and click Paste Write.

15. Click on File then click Save.

16. Close the Hex Editor.

17. Test what we’ve done:

Take out the memory card from the computer, then put it back in.
Try to open the memory card on the computer (Removable Disk), if it lets you, you are all set. If it asks/tells you to reformat the card, then try steps 13 – 19 again. If it gives you the same error again, then try a different memory card (Erlern said it didn’t work for him until he finally went and bought a Kingston 2GB card, then it worked on that card only).

18. Put the GoldCard into your phone and reboot the phone with the GoldCard inside.

III. Downgrade the Hero using the Goldcard

1.Download and install

HTC Sync

2. Plug in your phone via USB cable to your computer (make sure the GoldCard is in the phone).

3. Once HTC Sync is installed and your phone is plugged in, pull down the notification bar on the phone and select HTC Sync. Make sure it connects to HTC Sync on the computer.

4. Download the Original HTC Hero RUU

Hero RUU

5. Double click the RUU you downloaded while the phone is plugged in with the GoldCard in it and follow the on screen procedure.


Reported Issues

Issue: I get an issue at step 5 or this procedure does not work for me.

Solution: Try to repeat the procedure with the 2.73.405.5 RUU listed on the site here:

Alternative RUU

Issue: I get Wrong Customer ID or a similar error when trying to use the RUU.

Solution: This means your Goldcard did not work and you need to try to do it again with a different SD card.

  • Curious

    Much like everyone else on this page of comments, I do have an issue as well.

    I have yet to commence this procedure because the computer in choice I work with is indeed a Mac.
    Now I have read previous comments, and it seems that it would be ‘easier’ on a PC, but my question is, is it even possible to root my htc hero on my mac?

  • bab

    plz help
    i have error 131

  • bab

    plz help
    i have error 131

  • James

    Okay. So what do we do NOW that the revskills website req’d for Goldcard.img retrieval has changed, and we can no longer get an e-mail to open up and continue on in the steps??

  • Pokemonpokemon1

    i get error 140 my bootloader version is wrong or something like that

  • oliwek

     Worked with a Kingston 8GB microSD, on HTC Hero GSM unbranded (belgian) with last update OTA (2.1-update1). After being created, the goldcard was seen as defective by the Hero, I didn’t try to mount it, just synced with HTC sync microSD unmounted, then opened RUU 2.73.405.5 on the PC and it did flash, no problem, done.

  • Uz187

    When i type:
    adb shell
    I get “cat/sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1/mmc1:*/cid: not found” ?? Help plzz!!!!

  • Ben437

    After return my HTC Hero to SAV, HTC has installed version 3.36, since impossible root.
    like Pokemonpokemon1, err 140 =(
    Who have a solution please??

    • share2nirolf

      After return my HTC Hero to SAV, HTC has installed version 3.36, since impossible root.

      same problem 🙁 what did you do ? do you have solved the problem ??? plz reply tnx

  • Gilad

    “cat /aha/class/mmc_host/mmc1/mmc1:*/cid” and I get “‘cat’ is not recognized  tryed to type this command and it did not work for me also, also tryed to type in in the phone in terminal emulator. anyone know?