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New RUU Leaks for HTC Thunderbolt – Fixes GPS, Audio Recording and LTE Hand-off (Updated)

Mr. JCase whom you may know from Team AndIRC, dropped a new RUU for the HTC Thunderbolt this morning, one that is potentially an OTA update which could be here any day.  He’s tweaked it just enough so that you will keep root if you flash this, but know that you will indeed lose all of your apps and other user data.  This definitely wipes everything.  Luckily, we all should be using the mighty Titanium Backup at this point, so wiping isn’t a worry.

So what does this new update fix?  Some things that have troubled many of you:

  • GPS Location Services
  • LTE/3G Transitions
  • Audio Recording
  • Video Playback
  • Proximity Sensor drain
  • SQLite API

Update:  The full RUU for non-rooted users is on the way…stay tuned.

Update 2:  Non-rooted users:  Full RUU download for non-rooted users.  Download Link

Rooted users:  Download Link (MD5SUM:  53e78863b7cc829261b4c6e1b984c200)

*Rename to PG05IMG.zip, drop it on SD card, flash in HBOOT.

Full support can be found at this XDA thread.  Full RUU thread.

  • Heather

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  • Tuna

    Hey anyone have any good suggestions on ROMS for the Thunderbolt. I’m looking close to stock, with better battery life. Ideas???

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

      That’s a great question — and I’d love to see a droid-life, kellex-approved write-up on some of the ROM’s. Here’s a listing that a buddy of mine sent me, but I haven’t tried any yet:
      http://alchemistar.blogspot.com/2011/04/htc-thunderbolt-custom-rom-list.html

      Anyone have any good recommendations? (ahem… Kellex, Tato…?) :)

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  • Nickodarius

    This leak has issues. After a day I experienced quite a few random reboots. I reverted back to the previous file but remain rooted.

    • Normoid

      how did you revert back? i am having issues as well. Please help me out.

  • Jcon

    will this eventually be a OTA update from HTC?

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  • Nick

    I just rooted yesterday so I’m not down with all the lingo yet. What is HBOOT? Also somone told me to be sure fast boot is unchecked. where do I find my fast boot?

    thanks from the noobie rooter :-)

    • Ishbudigital

      just download non rooted version, rename to PG05IMG, paste on main directory of ur phones sd card, power off phone, hold down volume down while turning phone on. phone will do rest. when asked to update say yes.

  • Dshudson

    I was going to try and flash this again, but this time I noticed that my radio says 1.16.00.0402w_1
    not the 1.16.00.0223r in the pic shown above?? Could this cause the update to fail?? Why would I have a different radio than the pic above?

  • Ishbudigital

    rename PG05IMG but its already in .zip form. so then paste to sdcard and Hboot. also this upgrade will convert ur market back to 2.12 just search for market update

  • nits

    My thunderbolt would not go to 4G after the flash.. help please !!!

    • palomosan

      Give it some time, mine was at 1x after the update but now my 4G is at 10Mbs down x 1.2Mbs up.
      The Market will update itself.

      • Falcon34

        How long did it take to start recognizing 3g/4g? Mine is stuck at 1x for going on a day now.

  • Normoid

    Just updated the TB and it seems to be up and running fine. I will have to see what the difference is in due time.

    • Dshudson

      Mine seems to be running like it was before.. GPS still sucks

  • Dshudson

    Question to anybody using this.. will it still have the same software ver. ex 1.12.605.6? I thought I did it, but how can I tell

    • stang6790

      I had the same question. I have the new baseband number but the software is still saying 1.12.605.6.

      • palomosan

        You guys did something wrong, mine says 1.13.605.7

        • Dshudson

          which link did you use..

      • http://twitter.com/HenriDevious Henri Devious

        According to jcase, they did that so Verizon couldn’t trace the version/radio etc.. it was one of the conditions from the person who leaked it.

        • Dshudson

          thats what I read, then a link was released with that info updated as well

          • http://twitter.com/HenriDevious Henri Devious

            on xda?

          • Dshudson

            i thought so.. could have read it wrong.. either way.. didn’t see any improvement with GPS, so I just restored

  • Anonymous

    Anyone notice how big this file is, 400MB!!!

  • http://www.youmobile.org You Mobile

    wish they will improve the battery life, because it’s so bad compare to my samsung fascinate.

    • Anonymous

      What else does your fascinate have over the Tbolt, oh yeah NOTHING…

  • Al

    Any word on Bluetooth 3.0 support? Would be nice for tethering.

    How about support for 802.11n for the hotspot feature. Right now the hotpsot is only 802.11g. Would make transferring files between laptops faster and you would be able to take advantage of the burst speeds of LTE.

  • Al

    Any word on Bluetooth 3.0 support? Would be nice for tethering.

    How about support for 802.11n for the hotspot feature. Right now the hotpsot is only 802.11g. Would make transferring files between laptops faster and you would be able to take advantage of the burst speeds of LTE.

    • Olaf

      Ya, it’d be great to have 802.11n support for the mobile hotspot feature. I tried transfer some files between 2 laptops through the hotspot and it took forever.

      I also agree, that with 802.11n, we could actually make use of the max burst speeds of LTE when WiFi tethering.

  • Jnepsa

    Really stupid question but unrooted using Astro, which folder are my apps in?

    • palomosan

      On your SDcard, the folder name is Backup.

      • Jnepsa

        ok well i guess i meant how do i back them up using Astro.. I have always been rooted, just havent yet

        • palomosan

          Since your rooted, you should Titanium Backup, it even backs up the data of the app

          • Jnepsa

            Im not rooted.. or I would be using that and not asking a really noob question lol.

          • Jnepsa

            Nvm i found it

  • Fortyozs

    Can you remove the zip file from the sd card after flashing?

    • J450N

      YES, make sure u do

  • Jester4281

    Do you know if this will address an issue I am having non-stop. I am on my second HTC Thunderbolt, the data connection just stops, if I disable mobile data then reenable it, it will work. I am also unable to recieve or send pix in txt messages, VZW is lost on it, no clue, they have “opened a ticket”.

    • GT-Nupe

      Jester, sounds like you’re having the same problem my wife had. The problem was the 3G/LTE transition. Where we live, there is no 4G, but there is by the airport, which is where she works. Once it picked up the LTE signal, she couldnt receive picture text. They had to reset the phone and it worked with no problems after that.

      • Jester4281

        Reset as in factory reset? I hope so, there’s nothing more enjoyable then the 3 hour process of downloading everything, lol.

    • Anonymous

      I live in an area with 4G (NYC) and sometimes I have problems with the data connection when I get out of the subway station. I have to either turn off mobile data or use the LTE ON/OFF app and switch myself to 3G and then switch back to 4G. Or, just reboot the whole phone if none of those work.

      The strange thing is when I have no data connection, the 4G symbol drops in and out and will not connect to 3G since it thinks it can get a 4G signal. Minor annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless.

      • Konrad999

        Go to the ThunderBolt’s phone dialer. Enter ##778# and hit Send.
        You’ll get a pop-up labeled EPST, with the choice to “View Mode” or “Edit Mode.” You want “Edit Mode.”
        You’ll be asked for a password. It’s 000000.
        Now flip down to “Modem Settings,” and then choose “Rev. A.”
        Change the setting from eHRPD to “Enable,” hit OK, then press the Menu button on the phone and tap “Commit Modifications.”

        • Jester4281

          Any chance of getting all the values, I am seeing things disabled that I assume wouldn’t be and values set when I would assume automatic

        • Anonymous

          I’ve seen that before on xda before. I thought that applied when people literally lost data connection for some reason. I’ll try it out and see how it goes. Thanks for reminding me about that! =D

  • Mnash78

    Does this wipe everything for non-rooted users as well?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639081047 Joseph DiPierno

    how exactly do install this with a non rooted device?

    • palomosan

      Download file, rename it to PG05IMG.zip, put in on your sdcard, reboot into HBoot by “holding volume down then press the power on button, the phone it’ll do the rest.

      IMPORTANT…before doing the above, back up your apps with a file manager like Astro from the Market

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639081047 Joseph DiPierno

        i cant tell if it installed… what should software info say?

        • palomosan

          If you follow instructions and when finished you had to set up the phone again(Google Account), etc, then you’re good.

      • Mmmcgill

        I’ve tried all of the above and it still won’t install. Is there a certain folder the file should be placed in?

  • cm22

    How is this going to affect battery life?

  • cm22

    How is this going to affect battery life?

  • Judd Kaiser77

    Flashed this and lost Root. suck!!!!!

  • Judd Kaiser77

    Flashed this and lost Root. suck!!!!!

    • Mayajw

      Delete the file off of your SD card.

    • Anonymous

      You did something wrong. I also flashed and still have root… no problem.

  • Jay P

    When is there going to be an easy one click rooting method.

    • palomosan

      I supposed you downloaded the wrong RUU file, read well before proceeding next time.

      • Jay P

        yo homie i haven’t even tried rooting the Tbolt yet i’m waiting for one click method. where in my reply did you see i downloaded wrong ruu. idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Gonna flash this and Das BAMF 1.5 real soon. I am eager to see if this will fix the LTE/3G handoff issue.

  • viewthis66

    color me ignorant but what does this mean “The full RUU for non-rooted users is on the way…stay tuned.” i don’t know anything about RUU stuff. does it mean i will be able to update my phone without waiting for the OTA once the file is ready?

    • http://twitter.com/acles003 acles003

      That’s how I interpreted it. Let’s see if that’s the case.

    • Anonymous

      File has now been added. Just know that we have no way of guaranteeing that this is the OTA update that is planned.

      • Kolajo1

        do you know if stock rooted phones still receive ota updates? i know its disabled on certain roms. thanks

      • Kolajo1

        do you know if stock rooted phones still receive ota updates? i know its disabled on certain roms. thanks

  • Dshudson

    This is great news.. GPS is retarded on TB

    • Anonymous

      I installed this and my gps locked instantly. I am very happy!

      • angermeans

        I was wondering what was going on with the bolt. I have had the nexus one and both amoled and slcd droid incredible and gps always locked almost instantanious but the thunderbolt takes linger so I hope this helps.

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

      Nice to see an official GPS fix for the tbolt for the masses. I was able to find an alternative method for the hanging GPS issue over at android central which worked like a charm — without this RUU, GPS locks instantly on my thunderbolt. Here’s the ac page I’m referring to, just FYI…

      http://forum.androidcentral.com/htc-thunderbolt/73500-thunderbolt-gps-navigation-issue.html

  • Anonymous

    could someone please write a tutorial for newbies on how to flash things? i rooted my Thunderbolt but only through that new auto root program on Android Central forums.

  • Anonymous

    Any help for battery life hidden in there somewhere?

    • Anonymous

      Yes!

  • Devi8

    Will this work with clockworks recovery?

    • Anonymous

      No, you have to flash it in Hboot

      • Devi8

        How do you bring Hboot up?

        • Anonymous

          Power the phone off and hold down the VOLUME DOWN button when powering back on.

          • Anonymous

            Before you do this you should do some reading on the subject first. So you have an idea of what is going on…. Be very careful in this area…

          • Dshudson

            What’s it mean to be rooted ;-)

            Downloading now! :-)

          • palomosan

            Also keep in mind that this will wipe your phone clean, so backup all your app before proceeding, use Astro if not rooted or Tbackup if rooted.

          • palomosan

            Also keep in mind that this will wipe your phone clean, so backup all your app before proceeding, use Astro if not rooted or Tbackup if rooted.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous! I love it! Thanks for the info!

  • Socal_jnunez

    1st and this is good news saw this over at xda this morning
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    • DBK

      Oooooooh, so close………….

  • Anonymous

    Great news. Hopefully this will drop soon for OTA.