For various reasons, I decided that it was time to do away with the stock firmware on my HTC Legend and install CyanogenMod.
The CyanogenMod wiki details the process for rooting the phone, installing a custom recovery image, an installing CM, but I found the following process much simpler:
NB: You will need a Windows PC.
- Sign up for an account at http://htcdev.com/bootloader and log in
- Select “HTC Legend*” from the –Select your device– menu
- Follow the process to unlock your bootloader – As the warnings say, this may void your warranty, and attract extra repair costs if your phone breaks.
- When complete, download the custom recovery image
- Place the image in C:\Android and rename it to recovery.img
- Install the custom recovery image with the command
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img. You can now boot into Recovery by selecting “RECOVERY” from the bootloader menu.
- Install CyanogenMod using the Method via Recovery
Apparrently some phones have issues with this method as the kernel needs to be flashed seperately from CM, but I didn’t find this necessary with the Legend.
Update 12/1/13: There’s a developer on the XDA-Developers forum who’s creating unoffical ports of newer CyanogenMod releases based on Android 4.x. I’ve just installed his CM 10 ROM using the same method as 7 and it runs great.