The now aging HTC HD2 is still considered by many to be one of the best devices to come out from HTC. Its incomparable versatility (thanks to the efforts of countless people) allows a user to switch between most widely used OS systems including its native Windows Mobile, Android, Windows Phone 7, Ubuntu, MeeGo, and more. On top of that, in order to run Android you have several different methods of accomplishing this task, and one of them is by running from NAND, which basically completely wipes out Windows Mobile from your system. XDA member boonbing has put together a series of scripts based on the work of many people including XDA member DarkStone1337 and his work on RAM roms. In essence, Port-A-Droid will allow users to use, test, and replace Gingerbread roms that should be install on NAND, but that will load from the SD card and run via RAM. In essence, you will get the full NAND experience by still keeping your Windows Mobile OS completely intact. This is a very versatile tool that will provide any user with the means to run everything they want without the hassle that normally goes attached to it.
Please leave some feedback for the dev if you liked this tool.
What is Portadroid SuperRAM GB?
- Portadroid (a.k.a Port-a-Droid) SuperRAM GB is NOT A ANDROID ROM!
- It is a tool whioch I build mainly with scripts that enables SUPPORTED Gingerbread HD2 NAND or HTC Desire ROMs to be booted via SD card into RAM on the top of your stock WM6.5 ROM.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Thanks Szczepanik for the tip!
January 21, 2011 By: ElCondor
With MAGLDR, a program created by the Dark Forces Team (DFT), being released and Windows Phone 7 running fine on the HD2, we’re now able to dualboot Android and Windows Phone 7. Following this tutorial by XDA member darrengladysz will ultimately result in being able to select either WP7 or Android from the boot menu. Unlike the Windows Mobile/Android dualboot procedure, which was common before the release of MAGLDR, this dualboot system doesn’t require any boot up in one OS before you can go to the other. You can just choose directly from startup.
Originally posted by darrengladysz
The purpose of this tutorial is to detail a method on how to get wp7 and sd android sharing the same sd card. At present, if you want to have Wp7 in nand and android on the sd, you will have 2 choices. A. swap sd cards or B. Partition your sd cards as detailed hereafter. IMO partition the sd card as detailed hereafter is the safest route for a dual boot from the same sd card (instead of swapping sd cards) as wp7 will ruin an android sd card inadvertently left in the phone.
It is not possible to have both WP7 and Android in NAND, because of the partitioning WP7 does to the memory. So, you will inevitably have to use the SD variant of the Android builds – which will probably not be a big problem for most of you. So get yourself two SD-cards, SD partition software and a good cup of coffee, and continue on to the thread!
For those new members on xda-developers, perhaps you don´t know about the work of XDA member Laurentius26. He has over 5 years of cooking experience for several devices. He started cooking for the Universal and worked together with XDA member Beasty. Their joint efforts were very important to pull Universal into Windows Mobile 6 and later 6.1. After that, some newer Chefs continued the work of Laurentius26, who had moved on to cook for the HD2.
Orb3000: Hi Laurentius26, thanks a lot for giving us this interview. First, I would like to ask you about the early times on XDA, when cooking was something that only few people were working at, when mobile world was much less crowded. How was your experience on those early years in XDA?
Laurentius26: Hi Orb, thanks to you for the interview, I feel honored.
It was great that time, my first device I cooked for and so many stuff to read about how ROM/kitchen Gods like Mamaich, Buzzdev, Bepe, Buzz Lightyear and many other great people that created the tools we still use today.
Indeed, XDA was less crowded but it also had a benefit as I feel we worked closer together that time, the atmosphere was great on the forum.
HTC was still pretty unknown and it felt like we were kind of patriots exploring the new Pocket PC world ha-ha
I was busy with Windows Mobile 6 Pro Business for Universal trying to fix video call. That was the time when I met Beasty and together we were tweaking and flashing in trial and error to get the most out of the device.
Public was so enthusiastic and we had great fun releasing the ROM´s.
Orb3000: I remember we met on the Universal section a long time ago. Was this your first cooking device? Or there was another? Tell us a bit of your first steps into cooking please.
Laurentius26: Yeah Orb, it was the first device I started cooking for and I met XDA-Developers. I started reading about the cooking tools and kitchens by Mamaich and Bepe and many other great people, all interesting stuff and it’s nice if you can customize a device to your needs. You can take software/drivers from other phone/OS and make things happen that normally don’t exist on an out of the box stock device.
Orb3000: This is an specific one for all Universal members that have made this question several times; what happened with video calling work on newer ROM´s for Universal?, why is it that it never worked 100%?
Laurentius26: Universal original came with WM 5 OS and for the ported WM6, drivers for video call didn’t exist, at least not for Uni so we had to experiment with other device drivers to find a workaround. Unfortunately, there didn’t exist so many VGA devices that time, they were all QVGA so that was a problem.
Beasty taught me how to play with visual kitchen and KITL, with KITL you can connect your device to your pc and when it boots you see every dll loading on your pc. We checked dll and exe dependencies and tried to hack into phone canvas and video call packages but, we couldn’t make it work.
Orb3000: We remember your great ROM´s with Beasty. You were a great team delivering solid and stable ROM´s. How did you start working with him?
Laurentius26: I met him on XDA. where else? ha-ha
We exchanged MSN and both love cooking, until today we still have a very good friendship, it’s a pity he’s just too busy with his job but I still talk to him.
Orb3000: This question perhaps will sound a bit tacky. What made you stop cooking for the Universal?
Laurentius26: Well, it was a pretty huge and thick device and some nice new phones came on the market so I moved because I wanted to try a new phone with stock WM6. I moved to HTC Tytn II, a kind of compromise as Tytn II is only QVGA but smaller and sometimes you can’t have it all as manufactures don’t make it.
To find out the ROM Laurentius26 is cooking for the HTC HD2 (Leo), read here.
I hope you enjoyed this interview and expect the second part soon, please leave your comments!.
For those of you who don´t know the work of XDA member and Chef m-deejay, he is one of the pioneers in porting Android ROM´s to the HTC Leo (HD2), together with other Chefs, he opened the door for giving extra life to one of the best devices HTC has ever built.
We saw him creating Eclair ROMs, which quickly evolved to Froyo and now the work has started on porting Gingerbread to Leo.
We thought you may find it interesting to see an interview with m-deejay to know a bit more about how all this was started.
orb3000: First of all thank you so much for giving us time to make this interview, and we would like to start asking you how you started into mobile world?
m-deejay: Аll started after buying T-Mobile HD2 summer of 2010.
orb3000: What was the first challenge you faced when you started to work on porting Android to Leo?
m-deejay: I think, that the lack of skills and lack of fresh firmware.
orb3000: We know this work has been a collaboration between many members that invested a lot of time and efforts to make this possible. Please tell us a bit about the team you worked in the beginning when the first Android releases were launched.
m-deejay: Many thanks personally Darkstone, for his help and advice at the beginning, Markinus and Hastarin for help with the kernel, as well as gauner1986, LeTama, NetRipper, iamgpc, Football, dcordes, and of course Cotulla!
orb3000: Are you working on porting Android to other devices?, or you are just focused on Leo?, if so, why?
m-deejay: No, not enough time…
orb3000: We know that the first Gingerbread builds are out, how all this new work started?
m-deejay: Immediately after Google posted source code.
orb3000: We know as well that Gingerbread work is still on development, what areas are not finished yet and when can we expect to have them fully working? Are they stable?
m-deejay: It is stable but there are three important issues: GPS, Camcorder and Auto backlight.
I think soon we will fix it.
orb3000: Have you ever thought on working on the reverse? (meaning porting Windows Mobile to Android?) Is this something possible ?
orb3000: Are you planning to expand your work to other devices or operating systems in the future? If so, please give us a glimpse.
m-deejay: I think in the near future there will be work for … HTC Desire HD!
orb3000: What are your future plans on your line of work?
m-deejay: Finalize Gingerbread and start doing the firmware for NAND (after the release Magldr)
orb3000: Finally, can you let us know what m-deejay does for living outside of XDA world and porting operating systems?
m-deejay: I’m 26 years old, working service engineer, I love listening to music, I love German hands up, and extreme overclocking my PC
Thanks a lot for your answers and we are looking forward to your future releases.
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December 31, 2010 By: ElCondor
Yesterday, MAGLDR was released together with the very first NAND Android ROM, capable of booting directly to Android instead of having to launch the Haret in Windows Mobile.
Even though the developers (DFT) added some guidelines, a very detailed guide wasn’t available yet. XDA moderator mskip decided to put everything in one place and created a thread containing every step and every requirement in order to flash your first NAND Android ROM to your HD2.
Originally posted by mskip
I wrote this thread for users who need more newb friendly instructions on flashing a NAND Android Rom to their phones.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE READ THE FAQ BEFORE POSTING!!
We understand that this thread will come in very handy for novice users, and we expect it will certainly attract a lot of those users. In order to keep everything clean in the thread, we would like to repeat mskip’s request: Please read the FAQ and the instructions very carefully before posting.
Ready to start flashing? Continue to the thread!
December 30, 2010 By: ElCondor
Are you dreaming of booting your HD2 directly to Android? Get back into reality – it is possible now! The DFT, a team of Android and Windows Phone 7 developers and coders, has managed to create a hack which allows you to skip the boot into Windows Mobile and boot directly to Android.
The hack is called MAGLDR. Based on this hack, they also created a NAND ROM for testing purposes. Other developers can develop ROMs based on this MAGLDR, so we expect that there will be more ROMs like this one.
The wait is finally over. XDA member dcordes, who is famous for bringing (along with a group of other devs) Android and Ubuntu to your HD2, has finally released the next version of his Ubuntu port for the aforementioned device. This has been several months in the making and because of one thing or the next, the project always got pushed to the side. However, it seems that this build has finally seen the light of day. This new release sports Maverick Meerkat (which is the code name for Ubuntu v 10.10) and it includes lots of performance updates, including a netbook GUI that was included with the OS. According to the change log, the build also has a much improved kernel, which among other things offers battery charging.
If you were waiting for this to become a reality, then you should be downloading this right this instant. Please provide any feedback to the dev as this is important for future developments of this port.
Used the holidays to get the job done finally.
Will put further info in CET evening.
You can find more information in the Ubuntu thread.
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Thanks metko for the tip :).
XDA member aSiD1712 posted instructions to get Windows 98 running on your hTC Leo (HD2) using qemu. QEMU-Puppy is an OS and a set of applications on a USB memory stick. This OS can be booted natively, or on top of an other, already installed, OS. Just borrow a PC, boot your own environment and return the PC to its previous state, no installation is required. According to the original poster, the big secret to have it running properly is the file MSTASK.EXE, so after following the instructions you may be able to run Win 98.
On a side note, XDA member sswiss420 placed a video with a Leo running Windows 95 with same emulator using Energy ROM.
Be sure you know what are you doing before proceeding and please leave feedback.
Originally posted by aSiD1712
Windows 98 running fine on wimo qemu
to get windows 98 full running on qemu Wimo:
THE BIG SECRET AND MATTER OF CAUSE: MSTASK.EXE
~~~~~~~~~ just disable “mstask.exe” ~~~~~~~~~
Step by step: install a windows 98 c partition image on qemu on your windows desktop on comparing or emty qemu hardware setting. Copy on HD2 and try to boot. No Problem in save mode but in normal mode it freeses or crashes if desktop comes up. After 1000 trys to boot with difftrent settings in qemu and windows 98 guest there was a lukky error at desktop start: “could not load mstask.exe”. But win98 startet complete and stable in normal mode. To get this error i had to try very bad and slow memory settings. But I just shot image down, renamed “mstask.exe” in Windows/System32 Folder and now it is runnin fast and stable on HD2 with every setting up to 240 MB Ram
There are various options for Android roms in the HD2 section and while all of them are very good due to the amount of time our devs pour into them, there is one that was pointed out to us by XDA member Kaymado, which we thought deserved an article for itself. XDA member DarkStone1337, who is famous for his various accomplishments in the HD2 port projects returns to the spotlight with yet another contribution to the HD2 community. He has successfully managed to get the Android OS mounted and ran from RAM instead of NAND or even Storage. If you got to this part of the reading and are not sure why this is better, here goes the little explanation. Running anything from memory has an incredible effect in performance and stability! This has been true since the days on WM and still prevails with Android.
The best part is that the data file does not reside in RAM, but in Storage, so even if you accidentally run out of battery, you will not lose anything. Darkstone also mentions that even though the rom is running from RAM, you will still have enough memory left to do anything you want without the device running out of resources. Lastly, this is a Sense-less rom in case you were wondering.
So, if you like trying new builds from time to time to compare speed and smoothness, be sure to try this one out. You will not regret it.
What is special about this build is that the entire Android O/S filesystem is stored in RAM before it is booted.
What does this mean? Well, RAM is faster than NAND and SD Card which in turn will make the build superfast too
You can find more information in the ROM thread.
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Thanks Kaymado for the tip.
October 25, 2010 By: egzthunder1
Earlier today, we saw a thread in the HD2 section that called our attention. As it turns out, the Desire HD kernels have finally been released by HTC for everyone to dig into and play with. What does this mean? It will have a nice domino effect, starting from the Desire HD itself. Official kernels act pretty much like a base rom in WM terms, as it can be used as a guide and/or source to improve performance on the device. so, you may start seeing far more active development for the Desire HD very soon. But this doesn’t stop here, because there are various ports of the Desire HD roms for many devices out there, including the HD2, the EVO, and the DInc. most of these ports have various flaws, one of them being the camera not working. This official kernel could allow devs to find the missing piece and finally be able to have a full working Desire HD rom in other devices.
The Desire HD kernel source is available at http://developer.htc.com/
You can find more information in the HD2 discussion thread.
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Although it was created some time ago, XDA member zzattack has created an interesting modification for the HTC HD2, which is worth bringing to the surface.
The Shake’n’Wake application does exactly what it says on the tin. Rather than relying on pressing the power button to wake your HD2 from standby, the app instead lets you do so with a quick shake, making full use of the phone’s accelerometer.
While being an interesting tool, Shake’n’Wake has some practical uses too. The app was originally conceived as a fellow member was looking for a way to wake the device in some way other than by pressing the power button, which had been somehow broken. In addition, some users have expressed fear of breaking the buttons by obsessively hammering them to check for new texts – thankfully, by using this app, only your wrist is in danger of being broken.
Proceed to the application thread for more information and the .cab.
XDA member darkmurder points us to a video where we can see clearly an HTC Leo booting Microsoft’s new operating system,Windows Phone 7. You can doubt the veracity of the video but when we know that XDA member Cotulla speaks of it on his Twitter account, we come to think that this video was made by him, and if so, Leo will become the very first device capable of running three operating systems with fluidity!
Imagine deciding to boot between WM, Android and WP7 for your Friday morning? That could be just awesome and will return even more it´s value to Leo.
Originally posted by darkmurder
WP7 on HD2
Real or fake? You decide!
Originally posted by CotullaTwitter
okay… wanna news? yes, they shocked even myself. Look video This is just demo
You can see the full clip in the video thread.
October 7, 2010 By: egzthunder1
If you are like the rest of us, and your ORD senses start tingling whenever you read about a new build by NRGZ28, you will be glad to know that keeping more of your settings and hacks after flashing is a script away. XDA member M3PH has made a compilation of scripts, registry fixes, and xml files for you to place in the XDA_UC present in NRGZ28′s roms. This is an automated way of getting the most out of every flash without having to spend anytime looking for your favorite wall papers, ringtones, or simply setting things with BsB Tweaks or Advanced Config.
The dev has made each and every one of them available as a separate download in case you are not interested in certain ones. Any suggestions can be made to make this already fantastic package, even better.
This is a little project i’ve been working on and i thought it was ready enough to be released into the wild. Below is the readme file. I think it covers everything for now
Included with this zip file are several .cab, .reg and .xml files that will automatically configure your NRGZ28 energy rom when XDA_UC runs upon first boot after flashing.
Included are the following configuration files
You can find more information in the script thread.
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