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Full MR2 Update Leaks for HTC Thunderbolt, Fix Those Reboot Problems Now

Earlier in the week we received the new radio for the Thunderbolt which will accompany the MR2 update that is scheduled to be released by Verizon in the next couple of weeks.  And when we say “MR2,” we’re talking about the update that will fix all of the random reboot problems that many of you have experienced after taking the MR1 update from a few weeks back.  Today though (thanks to Chingy and TeamAndIRC), we have the full MR2 RUU for non-rooted users to run and a set of ROMs based off of it for those with root to flash.

We’re still waiting on an official changelog from Verizon, but as you can see from the screenshot above, they have finally included the ability to turn off 4G without having to load up a separate app.  

*Note 1 – Rooted users, DO NOT try to flash the RUU or you will brick your phone.

*Note 2 – Non-rooted users, the RUU will wipe everything from your phone.

*Note 3 – Rooted users, you will need the new radio.  [Instructions]

Download (non-rooted users):  Full MR2 RUU

ROM Download (rooted users):  Flyweight (deodexed and debloated) | PlainJane v3 (stock rooted)

Instructions (non-rooted users):

  1. Download the full RUU from above, and re-name it to PG05IMG.zip
  2. Place PG05IMG.zip on the root directory of your SD card (not in a folder).
  3. Turn off your Thunderbolt.
  4. Holding Volume Down and then Power simultaneously until the phone boots into the bootloader.
  5. The file should begin flashing the update immediately.
  6. Wait, up to several minutes, for your device to reboot.

Instructions (rooted users):

  1. Flash the new radio we’ve listed in “Note 3.”
  2. Download one of the ROMs from above and place it on your SD card.
  3. Boot into recovery from ROM Manager.
  4. Create a backup.
  5. When that has finished, “install zip from sd card” and choose the ROM you downloaded.
  6. Install it and enjoy a stable device.

Let us know in the comments if you run into any issues.

Via:  Android Police

  • so if i dont have a gb rom i shouldnt install this update on my rooted tb? or install mr2 but not the radio? please reply mutualexcrement at gmail dot com

  • Maxxmentum

    hi, all rooted TB here. was running Froyo.  I installed the MR2, tried it with both gingervitus sense 3.0, das bamf sense 3.0, and black hole.  Radio worked with all three.  GPS on black hole 2.0 seemed to lock in just fine. Not so much with gingervitus or das bamf.   All three had trouble connecting to my pc as a disk drive, and the camera was choppy and had issues.  Sadly this was a deal breaker, the GPS thing sucks but I am so used to it now that I can get over it.  However no pc disk drive option is vital, and since I am something of a shutterbug I need the cam to work.  Though the cam was choppy did have full volume. Did anyone else have this issue?

    I am thinking the Sense interface is screwing with the GPS on the TB.  I like the sense interface, but not a must.  Has anyone tried CM7 on the TB yet?  What did you think or have issues with?

  • Anonymous

    Ok I did this when it leaked been smoothe sailing no reboots or anything until today HOLY SH*T!!! 4G is alive in Ann Arbor and my thunderbolt is rebooting, data freezing, calls wont end when i am done with a call.  Jesus Christ will Verizon get their heads out of their asses and wait to release this network when its ready?  I can even keep it on 3g even with LTE turned off and when I do theirs no data…..

  • Jboogie1289

    So the 15th has arrived, has anyone got the OTA update to cure the reboots yet?

    • Jimny Cricket

      I couldn’t wait so I flashed this mr2 download. I am getting steady 3g only and 4g isn’t to be found. Anyone know where I can get mr1 and even a Rollback is possible?

  • MOTOX

    HELP! it goes into hboot but it doesn’t self update…

    • MOTOX

      NVM…

  • MOTOX

    Hey so question….before i do this update….on july 6th since that’s when this update will probably come since thats when the hotspot now ends…new article on droid-life…will i still get this update if im not rooted…like will i continue to get updates or will this disable future updates…?

  • Jamie97

    Verizon has been riding this wave as being America’s best cell phone provider. I used to be on T-mobile and it was consistently bad in certain areas. Verizon by far is THE WORST cellphone provider in the USA. Unpredictable data service – 4G goes off if I don’t use the phone for more than 5 mins and the only way to turn data back on is REBOOT the entire phone. WOW! Great job of fooling the public, Verizon!!!! This is the result of manually testing “Can you hear me now?” in every corner of the land. …instead of using an automated testing system. People who are not on Verizon – please do NOT join. Go to Sprint instead.

    • MOTOX

      Just cause it sucks for you, if you even actually have it doesn’t mean it sucks for everyone. 

  • Steve Barman

    Too bad it doesn’t work. Getting the same amount of random reboots

  • Yagermeister

    Any further info on dates when VZW may release this?

  • Steve Richmond

    Still reboots, when I turn off WIFI. Battery life GREATLY Improved!

  • Steve Richmond

    Still reboots, when I turn off WIFI. Battery life GREATLY Improved!

  • Jager07

    My Thunderbolt was absolutely stunning before the outage.  But since then, I’ve had tons of issues here in St. Louis after the outage (and subsequent OTA update)–  rebooting, losing LTE connection (not dropping down to 3G or EvDo, unless I forced it via LTE On/Off), MMS not working, GPS not locking, etc.  Drove home to Northeast TN this past week.  Phone wouldn’t connect to 3G service at all while I was there (I’ve operated 5 phones there on Verizon in the past 9 years and each could connect to the current data service), and would drop the data connection altogether (unless I forced CDMA via LTE On/Off, in which case it would give me EvDo).  Installed the update this morning and drove back to St. Louis today.  The phone still wouldn’t connect to the 3G service in TN this morning after I installed the update, but it would connect to 3G service along the drive.  The GPS locked on well for Google Maps, but it would not lock on for News/Weather apps (the default widget and Weather Bug).  I’ve been messing with it all day, toggling between Google GPS and Verizon GPS, etc.  News/Weather apps lagged FAR behind (saying I was still in NE TN while I was driving through Nashville, 300 miles away).  It connected to the LTE network in Nashville just fine, and connected to the 3G network everywhere else.  But now that I’m back in St. Louis, it won’t consistently connect to the LTE network here and jumps between 3G and nothing.  It hasn’t rebooted all day, but otherwise, I’d say this update is still lacking quite a bit in terms of radio and GPS functionality (especially for those of us who travel a lot)….. 

    • Anonymous

      i’m having the EXACT same problems in Orange County, California.  and i’ve been having the SAME problems since the outage like you said.  i’m super frustrated.  I’ve called and talked to tech support like 100 times over the last few weeks.  i urge EVERYONE to call and explain the problems that you’re having like this because they don’t seem to think it’s an issue on their end.  and it is…… they seem to think it’s the phone or an app on the phone that’s making it do this.  so stupid!  it’s their shitty 4G network!  they should have done a lot more research and testing before they released phones on a network that doesn’t work properly.  i’m really pissed.  i’ve had nothing but problems for the last 2 months with the thunderbolt and it’s 4G connection. the first 2 weeks i had the phone it worked like a charm.  no problems at all…… then they had that outage and it’s been nothing but problems.

  • Smtxom

    Is it suppose to be 420mb? That seems a bit large

  • Does this fix the spontanious bricking problem?

  • Does this fix the spontanious bricking problem?

  • Michael Martin

    fyi guys, this kills off the working skype video app for thunderbolt

  • Anonymous

    nothing but problems for the last week.  i think it’s a verizon data issue.  both my wife (unrooted) and me (rooted) are both having data issues on 4g.  so annoying.  verizon needs to get their shit together.  their 4g network has been nothing but problem since they rolled it out.  i’ve tried everything being rooted.  nothing is fixing the problem.

  • Parsing…[SD ZIP]

    [1] BOOTLOADER – OK
    [2] BOOT – OK[3] RECOVERY – OK
    [4] SYSTEM – OK
    [5] SPLASH1 – OK
    [6] USERDATA – OK
    [7] MDM9K – OK
    [8] TP – Bypassed
    [9] TP – OK
    [10] RADIO_V2 – OKDid any NON-ROOTER users get the same results?

    • Dean2359

      Same here

  • Hmmm

    Gonna wait on installing this. This thing is supposed to start rolling out on June 15th and incidentally that’s when the free hotspot promo is supposed to end. Maybe, the update enables Verizon to detect the tethering while the current software version isn’t able to do that.

    • It does replace the HTC hotspot program with their own….

  • Dean2359

    How do you access the market now?

  • Iramike

    I knew I should have waited!

  • Tommy

    The update messed up my skype with video. Tried to reinstall it, but now it says it’s incompatable with this device. Dammit Jim!

  • storm34x

    The mobile hotspot icon has changed also Kellex!!

  • Iramike

    Going to reflash back to the MR1 Update. When my market doesn’t work it really messes me up. I don’t like not being able to download certain apps cause they are “signed” or whatever.

    • I’m really tempted to do the same!

      • Iramike

        I am in the process of doing it now, and I will just wait for the OTA. The issue with the Market just annoys me way to much.

    • Tyler Morrow

      What’s the process to flash back to MR1 if you’re non-rooted? could you like a guide

      • Iramike

        I tried rolling back to MR1 and was unable to do so, I am just going to have to suffer until the official release. Unless someone has an easy guide to roll back.

  • Blackhawk5177

    and still no htc hub

  • Dean2359

    So why can’t I get it to bootloader? I’m holding vol down and power and nothings happening,this shouldn’t be this difficult

  • Tommy

    Works like a champ for me. Non rooted stock Thunderbolt. GPS is super fast now.

  • storm34x

    The mobile hotspot Icon changed also!!

    • Ya, cuz Verizon replaced it with their own. Haven’t tried it out yet, but I bet it will force you buy their tether package

  • Guest69

    Why is the file 400+ MB? Is that normal/average size?

    • It reloads an entirely new image. It will factory reset your phone

  • Anonymous

    It has a new boot animation too. I assume it is the same as the DINC2 since the 3G symbol is from there. I am doing a reset because the market would not change to the new one at all or show all my apps. Also, it seems the initial bootscreen changes. The first bootanimation has 4G symbol that flashes lightning,  on second boot it has just dark clouds with logo no animations. Been using it for hours now not one reboot I am so siked. I was getting 20 a day among other issues on 4th replacement since April.This made my day G.L.O . WiFi works much better as well as my GPS and seems slightly more fluid in transitions . 

  • Probably because phone model type has changed. No longer listed as Thunderbolt in the market web app

  • Noles419

    Not cool! Why have I lost support for MLB at bat?!?

  • Yes, I am running Das BAMF 2.0-5 which I put back on once the radio leaked the other day. Had to jump back on that after I had to get off with the previous scare. I really like this build!

  • Noles419

    The pros: Faster boot up and better battery life
    The con: I can’t seem to get my android market to update to the latest version. Stuck on the old old old market style… 🙁

  • Blackhawk5177

    got either no image or wrong image. also got on root sd card and got it named right

  • Bryan

    What about an update to fix all the text message problems? The messages freeze and I don’t receive half the text messages people tell me they are sending me. Thinking of getting rid of my Thunderbolt, getting impatient with it. 

  • Stupid

    How do I flash the new radio before the rom?

    • Stupid

      I did it!!! See I am stupid …..don’t ask me how but I did it!  😛

  • ;-)

    Note 1 – Rooted users, DO NOT try to flash the RUU or you will brick your phone.*Note 3 – Rooted users, you will need the new radio.  [Instructions]Aren’t those a bit contradictory? U need the new radio so you can brick your phone? LOL

    • Anonymous

      It’s saying not to install the non-rooted file if your rooted….

  • tomNasty

    Rooted running telsa coil 1 reboot in 3 weeks…not really a problem

  • storm34x

    this defenitely fixed the reboot issue on my thunderbolt. it is nice to have the full update and the toggle feature is great too

  • When I first got the HTC TB (Nashville / 4G), I could NOT send/receive data via 3G and 4G killed the battery, so I downloaded “LTE OnOff” app which worked great…  Since they released the OTA update, I no longer need the extra app, can pass data via 3G or 4G, and have had zero instances of this “reboot” issue talked about here.  Hell, even the bluetooth connectivity to the car is greatly improved.  I’m not rooted, so not sure how I’m different, though I’m thankful to not be afflicted… 

    • GPS Status has fixed all my problems with my Bolt. It now locks in just a few seconds 🙂 If you’re having WiFi issues after waking from sleep, I would also suggest WiFi Fixer.

  • When I first got the HTC TB (Nashville / 4G), I could NOT send/receive data via 3G and 4G killed the battery, so I downloaded “LTE OnOff” app which worked great…  Since they released the OTA update, I no longer need the extra app, can pass data via 3G or 4G, and have had zero instances of this “reboot” issue talked about here.  Hell, even the bluetooth connectivity to the car is greatly improved.  I’m not rooted, so not sure how I’m different, though I’m thankful to not be afflicted… 

  • Jadanzzy

    GPS still takes forever to fix in Google Navigation after the update. Serenity now! Anyone know of a fix for that?

    • you could try gps status from the market.  It has helped me in the past.

    • GPS Status has fixed all my problems with my Bolt. It now locks in just a few seconds 🙂 If you’re having WiFi issues after waking from sleep, I would also suggest WiFi Fixer.

  • Fd2blk78

    I never got the original update. Should I bother with this? (Still non rooted…for the moment 😉 )

    • fillyo

      Yes, from all accounts, this is far better.

  • Anonymous

    Installed, it, had to select volume up for it to do the update but so far NO REBOOTS!  what a wonderful thing!  Now dont know if this has anything to do with it, but Pulse does not show up in the market on my thunderbolt currently anyone else seeing this after updating?

    • Trpr462

      Select volume up to select what?

  • when this update goes ota, will it wipe everything on your phone?

    • Anonymous

      Nope. Official OTA updates are never supposed to reset your phone.

      • and this is supposed to be pushed june 15th? i think ill wait

      • Dean2359

        So if I do this now,I won’t need Verizon’s ota?

        • fillyo

          Nope, assuming this is the “official” MR2.

      • Anonymous

        Unless the update goes south and in that case, you’re farked. Which seems to be the case a lot lately with these crazy android devices. I updated a Fascinate and the update went terribly bad. Had to wipe the device. WAPITA. But that’s the wacky world of android. Never on the same page, update, version number or build.

  • Anonymous

    Can someone please provide their “software information” BEFORE and AFTER installing this RUU please…. Verizon just installed new software on my phone to remedy the re-booting issues, and I want to make sure I can install this over what they installed. Thanks
    -Adam

  • I have never had reboot issues with my Thunderbolt

  • Anonymous

    for what its worth i had random reboots three to four times a day during intense data usage but then i did a factory reset and havent had one since. 

    • Warlike1919

      i did the same.. and only had one or 2 reboots in a 3 day  peroid

  • I rooted my Thunderbolt and decided to revert back to stock but keep my bootloader open (s-off). Will I be okay to run this non-root method?

  • The instructions for rooted users refer you to “note 3”. I thought this radio was for gingerbread only.Can froyo users use this radio now?

    • Anonymous

      Glad to see I’m not the only one confused about this… If radio is for GB, and the roms are Froyo, I’ll hold off until monday and see what everyone else found.

    • fillyo

      The radio is part of a Froyo leak, however, the RIL is updated and is same as Gingerbread, thus, can be used on Gingerbread ROMs.  The radio cannot be used on older versions of Froyo other than this.

  • Killerbunbun

    got either no image or wrong image. also doesn’t work if you have fast boot enabled.

    • Mike

      Mine wont boot the image either..

      • Ckochinsky0125

        Check the name if u renamed it and added.zip it will have two. Zip which is why it won’t flash

  • Anonymous

    Is there an easyroot for mac? maybe an unrevoked? Any news? I want to take the plunge, but I don’t trust myself not to screw up.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. I rooted my Droid with Droidmod when I got it. It doesn’t look like anyone is going to make the Thunderbolt that easy to root with one button push.

  • Kanundrum

    No Love for DASBAMF 1.7 ? 🙁

    • Nope

      Hate it constant network errors…Gingeritis if you havent tried it..

      • Anonymous

        Only if you didn’t install it correctly.  No network errors if you do.  There will always be those that have errors and assume it’s the rom not once noticing all the majority that are not having issues. They usually never come to the conclusion that maybe they need to fresh install it again… lol. Nope will probably be one of those that don’t read the instructions above and bricks her phone…

        • Anonymous

          My DasBamf Remix 2.0 is definitely a BAMF! No reboots on old radio or this new, leaked one. Never looking back to Froyo for me!

    • No, now you can safely flash Das BAMF 2.0! THat is some sweetness there!

      • Kanundrum

        Crap now I have to erase my phone again lol.

      • Anonymous

        did you flash 2.0 with success using mr2 radio?

        • Yes, I switched back as soon as the radio leaked. I had jumped back to BAMF 1.63 with the radio scare before, but had to go back to 2.0 once the radio got straightened out!

  • Mjc2251

    does this mean i can just use a 4g toggle switch now?

  • But the Thunderjunk fan boys said the phone is perfect and never reboots.

    • Nope

      Hey its Rockmoe the Thundertroll

      • Anonymous

        whats this trolls deal?? I see him posting garbage like this on all the thunderbolt articles. Why don’t you just get a new phone and be gone with your lame self.

    • Sounds like someone has a little thunder”junk” envy

    • Nope

      Your like sand in our underpants…can you go hump some iphone users legs?

    • Nope

      Get that Motomeat out of your mouth will ya..

    • Anonymous

      There are those that didn’t have issues Rocko. No doubt there were plenty that did…

    • I’m not a fan, phone it not perfect (battery life could be better, there are some minor glitches), but it doesn’t reboot for me. I guess I’m either live in a special place or have a different TBolt…

      • Dean2359

        I’m getting way over 30 hours of battery time,I have the seidio 1600 and the wifi on at home and other small tweaks with normal use so I’m afraid to mess with it now

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone help me, I just rooted my sis phone, I havnt not done anything else?
    I wanna flash a rom
    Nd ratio, but is this what I need to do, flash a rom, nd the ruu?,
    Oh what is a ruu? Lol

    • Anonymous

      Oh good Lord. You really, REALLY need to go to XDA or read back posts here before you go any further.

      • Anonymous

        Correct… don’t go any further until you do plenty of reading.

    • Nope

      rom manager ?

      • Nope

        ruu is the complete rom stock unless otherwise stated.

      • Anonymous

        Can’t someone add user data to the ruu to prevent wipes? I know I’ve even this in previously ruu’s.

    • jason6g

      I am going to assume you are somewhat familiar with
      computers in this reference.

      A rom is like a modified version of windows. An ruu is the
      stock version you get with your computer (windows cd)

      There are however, 2 types of ruu’s that get released –
      typically. One which is 100% from the factory (htc) designed for use on most
      customer’s phones, and a slightly modified one that has root access – but everything
      else is the same as a phone you buy right from Verizon.

      Rom’s on the otherhand, have a bunch of tweaks done to them
      for various reasons. Most come with some form of theme and other applications.

      If you just want to flash a rom so the phone appears to be
      really awesome, I recommend a froyo rom with a theme on it – like das bamf
      remix 1.7 – different, but no real chance of messing things up too much. Gingerbread
      roms are nice and all, but until you are comfortable doing all this I would
      advise to stay away from anything that has any semi serious bugs that may
      require attention – especially if it is for someone elses phone.

  • Anonymous

    Just ordered a Thunderbolt (coming from OG and X). Excited for this.

    RANDOM OBSERVATION: Is it just me, or is rooting / romming HTC phones significantly scarier than Motorola phones?

    • tanknspank

      coming from a D1, it does seem significantly more dangerous to do anything on the Thunderbolt. Doesn’t mean it still isn’t, for the most part, easy.

      • Nope

        I think the only danger is screwing up the steps….its just copy and paste

    • Nope

      try gingeritis you will love it

    • Nope

      the tbolt has been the hardest for me…do it a few times and its a piece of cake.  It teaches you a little about adb

  • ViggS

    When will the full version be released for Rooted users?

    • Nope

      PlainJane is just that..

      • ViggS

        packed with the updated RUU though?

  • speaking of VZW, whats up with the galaxy s2? moar newz!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that in the pics, the 3G icon is different than it has been before.

    • Anonymous

      Was thinking the same thing. Glad to know I’m not going crazy. 😛

      • Anonymous

        It’s like the inc2

        • BillyT

          Yup, DInc2 style.

        • Anonymous

          What’s 4g look like?

          • Anonymous

            The same. It’s a little weird because it will go from the huge 3G to the little 4G LTE. 

    • yea… looks terrible.. god i hope i can get the old one back… preferably the red illuminated ones from Das Bamf 🙂

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    It’ll wipe everything from my phone? Apps and app data? So I’ll need to backup my game saves with angry cheaters again?

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.

      • Bullet Tooth Tony

        small price to pay I guess… it went down for the count 5 times yesterday…

      • Anonymous

        If I update non rooted, will I get the official update when it comes?

  • Ace87

    From Android Police for non-rooted users: First up, the full, signed RUU. (This is NOT the same as a simple OTA –
    it is a full “image” of a phone running the new MR2 update) This is for
    you developers or stock users who wish to get the update early. Be
    warned, however, *as this will wipe data if installed*. Also, installing this over a rooted phone WILL brick it.

    • Anonymous

      I have no doubt there will be a few people who will not read the instructions and mess up their phones.

      • Anonymous

        Truth.

  • Anonymous

    What about issues where the phone wont turn on (at all) for hours, and then suddenly, it does? Because that can’t be happening. It’s happened twice already, along with countless reboots that precede this problem. 

    • Anonymous

      This should make you happy then!

  • Is this the same radio that leaked a few days ago, or is this a new version and any of us that flashed the leak need to reflash?

    • Anonymous

      Same radio, just full image of the MR2 update.

    • Anonymous

      Its the same radio. Do not reflash.

      • Cool, thanks! Just got everything back the way I like it, too!

  • Is this the same radio that leaked a few days ago, or is this a new version and any of us that flashed the leak need to reflash?

  • Interstellarmind

    4g on off will make this phone unstoppable (finally!)

  • Amd683

    DDo we still have a bricking scare or is that problem fixed?

    • Mrpicolas

      It’s a froyo based radio so you should be ok

  • Anonymous

    About time!