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For those of you who want to get S-OFF on your HTC Evo 3D (Sprint CDMA and GSM compatible), now there’s an easier way to do it using a piece of wire and Juopunutbear S-Off software, which works on Windows or Linux. Yes, you will need to borrow your friend’s Windows or Linux laptop if you only have a Mac. But trust me, this method is very easy to do, anyone can do it easily with bare minimum computer skills. Before we begin though, we highly suggest you give yourself an hour for this project so you can do it correctly without rushing yourself.
Why do you need S-OFF? For GSM Evo 3D users, I don’t really recommend S-OFF as you can already use 4EXT Recovery to flash ROMs and kernels flawlessly. But for Sprint CDMA Evo 3D users, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting S-OFF as newer ICS ROMs will not flash correctly without S-OFF. Plus, it makes your life a ton easier to install/flash new ROMs on you Sprint Evo 3D, so go ahead and take an hour of your time during the week to get this done, your phone will thank you for it.
UPDATE WARNING: It seems like this method may erase your microSD card (while you do the wire trick) for some reason, please make sure to make a BACKUP of your microSD card before just in case.
Step 1. You will need to have your phone unlocked, rooted, and on a stock ROM. If you are not on a custom ROM and you did not make a backup of your stock ROM, please use this unroot guide to unroot back to software version 2.17 (then you have to re-unlock your bootloader and root it again).
Once you are ready to go, make sure USB Debugging is checked ON under Settings->Applications->Development.
Step 2. Next connect a micro-USB cable from your Evo 3D to your computer and make sure the connection type is set to “Charge only”.
Step 3. You will need a piece of wire to do the wire trick. I just pulled a small piece of wire from my Ethernet cables but you can use any kind of wire.
Step 4. Make sure you have drivers installed for Windows. You should see something like “My HTC” or “ADB Interface” of some sort in your Device Manager. If you don’t, install the drivers below:
Step 5. Download the appropriate ControlBear for your operating system and unzip the files. For Windows, run the ControlBear.exe file by doing a right-click on the file and choosing “Run as administrator”.
Download Control Bear:
Download for Windows for Sprint Evo 3D
Download for Linux for Sprint Evo 3D
Download for Windows for GSM Evo 3D
Download for Linux for GSM Evo 3D
Step 6. Watch your Evo 3D’s screen carefully as the program runs and make sure to allow any Superuser requests that pop up like shown below:
Step 7. If you get “Is information correct”, hit “y”. If you miss, just run the program again.
Step 8. After the program runs for few minutes, it will eventually tell you to “Do wire-trick now!”. If you get to this point, you are almost done.
Step 9. The wire trick is probably the hardest part for this S-Off trick but you can do it.
There’s two holes on the top-left of the Evo 3D’s back. Use the outer hole and also the metal point on the microSD card.
First, just tap your microSD card metal plate once. Then count about 2 seconds then hold down the wire on the microSD card metal plate until your phone reboots.
Step 10. If you did the wire trick correctly, your phone will eventually reboot and get S-OFF.
When asked to install Juopunutbear HBOOT, say “yes”.
Step 11. When everything is done, you can reboot into bootloader and find yourself with S-OFF.
Q: Don’t I need S-OFF HBOOT 1.40?
A: No, you just need S-OFF, the version of HBOOT doesn’t really matter. So long as you have S-OFF, you will be able to easily flash new custom ROMs/kernels without the usual headaches. If you are having trouble flashing new ROMs, use fastboot method to install ROMs. After that you can use 4EXT Recovery to install new ROMs (unless you have it already).
Credits – Unlimited.io
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