How to Install Hik@Ri ROM on HTC Hero

htc-hero-whiteYesterday I wrote a tutorial about how you can install Android 2.1 on your HTC Hero. I used Lox’s HERO21 ROM in that tutorial that ROM was slow and quite buggy, so here’s another ROM I tried by Hik@Ri.

This ROM looks much more stable and faster than the previous one I shared. Here’s the tutorial so you can also give it a try.

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If you remember my previous tutorial on how to install a custom ROM on your HTC Hero, I’ll be following the same steps and guide lines in this tutorial too.

How to Install Hik@Ri ROM on HTC Hero

Things You Should Know:

  1. I’m using an unlocked HTC Hero running on MoDaCo 2.9 ROM and I rooted and installed a new recovery image using this tutorial.
  2. Create a Nandroid backup of your phone before proceeding. This is will help you revert back to your old ROM when you want or if anything goes wrong.
  3. A wipe has to be done while loading a new ROM, so again, backup your phone i.e contacts, apps, settings, messages etc. [How to Backup SMS on Android]
  4. This tutorial is ONLY for GSM HTC Hero.

The Tutorial

Before you proceed, I hope you read the above lines that I wrote carefully and have rooted (and flashed a new recovery image on) your phone using this tutorial: How to Root HTC Hero and Install RA Recovery Image.

1. Download Hik@Ri ROM from here.

2. Rename the ROM you just downloaded as

3. Now plug in your Hero to the computer and from the notifications, mount the SD card.

4. Copy the ROM file ( to your SD card. DON’T copy it into any folder.

5. Unplug the phone and turn it off.

6. Now turn on the phone into Recovery Mode by holding down Home and Power buttons to turn it on. Keep holding them until you see some text written in green.

7. In the Recovery Mode, select “Wipe” and then select Wipe data partition.

8. Once the wipe is completed, go to “Flash update image” and select Apply

9. Confirm the installation and then sit back and watch while the ROM is being installed/loaded.


10. When completed, reboot the phone. Your new ROM should be up and running now!

NOTE: The first reboot may take time, so wait with patience. Even the first startup and the phone will be a bit slow, but should get normal in a few minutes.

Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for any damage you do to your phone. Please modify it on your own risk.

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  • Anyone had luck getting this file down ? Im a free rapidshare user, and its not too good :)
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Other download site ?
    BR Mick

  • as said in hikari post
    “You MUST install at least the radio version depicted in the screenshot, else you'll be stuck in the boot screen.”

  • L. Correll

    love to try it, but why does EVERYTHING have to go through Rapidshare's land of Hell?! Maybe someday it will allow me to dl…