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Install CyanogenMod 7 Gingerbread ROM On Desire S [Guide]

The big news for HTC Desire S users is here! CyanogenMod nightlies for Desire S are officially rolling out now as per announcement from XDA member Nexx. The CyanogenMod 7.1 for HTC Desire S is based on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbead with stock CM kernel and is fully compatible with Tiamet custom kernels. For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a Android AOSP based custom ROM that is meant for enhancing your phone’s capabilities and unleash the true potential of Android. We recently did a comprehensive walkthrough of CyanogenMod and you can click here for that. In order to install CyanogenMod 7.1 Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on your Desire S, you must have root along with ClockworkMod Recovery installed. It’s necessary to mention here that you can only acquire permanent root on Desire S if you have S-OFF.

Here is the step by step guide to install CyanogenMod 7.1 Nightlies on your HTC Desire S:

Before installing CM nightlies, you must understand that nightlies are automated alpha and pre-alpha builds and do not come with official CM support. If you brick your device while trying to install a CM nightly on any Android device, then you are pretty much on your own! AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


Installation Instructions:

  1. The first step is to make sure that you have root along with S-off on your phone and recovery installed. You can check the link in Requirements section for further information.
  2. Once you have root on your phone with ClockworkMod Recovery installed, download CM 7 nightly build for Desire S from requirements section.
  3. After you are done downloading the ROM, connect your phone to the computer, mount Sd Card and copy the ROM file to SD Card root.
  4. Now download ROM Manager from Market and use in-app option to reboot into recovery.
  5. After you are in the recovery, Wipe Cache / Factory Reset and also wipe dalvik cache from the option present under Advanced.
  6. After you are done wiping, go to Recovery main menu and navigate to install zip from SD Card option.
  7. From the resulting menu, select cm_saga_full-X.zip file and flash/ install it on your phone.
  8. After the installation is complete, your phone will reboot.

And there you go! You now have CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread working on your phone. If you need Google Apps, the download them from requirements section and flash them from ClockworkMod Recovery. In case you are facing any issues or want hands-on support, then head to the official XDA thread posted here.

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