stuck on white htc screen after reboot

Greg Goodson

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i have an old Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2 that i'm trying to root just to learn the ropes .. i dont use it anymore so its just a guinea pig for now .. I was able to unlock the phone, install the Clockwork Mod Recovery, flash it, and install superuser .. however the superuser updated but didn't get admin rights. i can still boot the phone to recovery mode but after trying to install a few different roms, the phone freezes at the white htc screen .. i have let it run for 10, 15, even 20 minutes but never gets past the white screen. currently when i hold volume down and power and boot to recovery i see this: ****UNLOCKED**** / VIVO_W XB SHIP S-ON RL / RADIO-1.09.01.0312 / eMMC-boot / July 18 2011, 12:39:36 .. the last time it loaded was with version 2.3.4 .. i am able to clear cache, wipe data, ect and the rom zip installs always work, but once i reboot after the install, it never gets past the white htc screen. am i missing a step or done something to break it for good. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
 

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I have the exact same problem. Every rom I've tried has given me the endless white HTC screen, with the exception of the Stock ROMs from here. Those will boot ... however, my WiFi is bricked ("Error") on them. I've tried everything to try and get back to stock, and that doesn't seem to be happening. I would love to try out other custom mods, but none will run (despite installing fine). HELP US PLEASE!
 

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thanks for the reply .. i was able to load the rom you pointed to but my wifi is also not functioning .. there is another video i watched that shows how to boot the image if your phone has S-ON and hanging on white screen .. going to give that a try with a different rom (youtube.com/watch?v=UZD5kJm8_9g)
 

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This link actually helped me fix the WiFi ... for a moment, then the ROM seemed to have other issues after flashing the boot.img. I was hoping that would work. I'm thinking maybe it's the S-ON vs. S-OFF and some things simply aren't installing because of S-ON .. (I have the exact same boot codes as you with the exception of the radio, 1.09.01.0722). Gonna keep trying ... still hoping we can get an explanatory answer!
 

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installed the Cyanogen mod which i had done before, but this went back and flashed the boot.img file that came with it ... rebooted and it loaded .. wifi working ..running android version 2.3.7 .. so far so good .. i guess the key is finding mods with attached boot.img when extracting on computer and flash it ... still need to know if i should make it S-OFF .. not sure what that does
 

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S-OFF and S-ON are explained here. Basically, the phone comes with a protection for the NAND memory so that only images with signatures can be written. From what I understand, turning it off means it's more likely your mod will be installed fully - however, this is even another protection measure down, so if something does go wrong, it's more likely to brick your phone if you're in S-OFF.

I'll have to try flashing the CyanogenMod boot.img after the rom itself later tonight .. hopefully that will get it to actually load!
 

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Flashing the CM 7.2 boot.img worked! The white HTC screen is no longer permanent! Seems there is some sort of kernel issue that flashing the appropriate boot.img resolves! I'm thrilled! Thanks!
 

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