Sunday, May 06, 2012

How To: Flash Custom ROM on HTC Sensation XE ICS HBOOT 1.27 with S-ON (Virtuous Inquisition)

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 Assalamualaikum WBT. I would like to share my experience on how to flash or install a custom ROM on HTC Sensation XE ICS HBOOT 1.27 with S-ON. Frankly, I never thought of flashing to a custom ROM within the warranty period of my XE until I mistakenly updated my device to ICS which comes with HBOOT 1.27. I was waiting for the official ICS update from HTC with all my heart, however it was a disappointment when this Sense version of ICS is really slow and laggy.  Some of the forumers suggested to do a factory reset which I did and it increase the speed a little bit indeed.

However I was still unsatisfied since at the first glance, ICS update was supposed to be great instead and this Ice Cream delivered by HTC is not sweet enough for me. So, I searched all over the internet and found that one of the pre-requisite is to S-OFF before flashing to a custom ROM. This is not 100% true as it also depends on the custom ROM to be flashed into the device. I picked Virtuous Inquisition for my new ROM and you can find everything about it here. The installation is quite easy and straight forward after the phone is rooted.


  1. Make sure your firmware version is 3.32 (official ICS update from HTC).
  2. You Sensation XE must be rooted. Check my other post here on how to root.
  3. HBOOT 1.27 unlocked using HTCdev tool.
  4. Clockwork Recovery installed.
  5. Perform a nandroid backup of your current ROM, in case you change your mind or encounter issues.
Installation Steps
  1.  Download Virtuous Inquisition ROM - Download ROM v4.0.2
    (MD5: a64973ae898aa84cdb1d65e690c2bc76 | 260MB).
  2.  Copy the downloaded to sdcard.
  3. Reboot the phone to Recovery. You can use Quick Boot.
  4. At CWM Recovery, choose install zip and select
  5. Wait until the installation to finish and reboot your phone.
  6. Voila, you will boot to Virtuous Inquisition. Welcome to the real Ice Cream Sandwich.
  7. Resources :

Extra Notes (Updated on 5/12/2012)
If you have WiFi issue after flashing the rom :
  1. Extract boot.img from The path should be\kernel\pyramid\
  2. Install fastboot tool . Refer here :
  3. Place the boot.img in the same directory/folder with fastboot
  4. Flash the boot.img using this command : fastboot flash boot boot.img 
  5. Reboot your device. Now your WiFi should be working.


  1. Thanks mate! You definitely saved my ass after incorrectly flashing my XE with MIUI RO which actually needs S-OFF.

  2. I'm really sorry I forgot to update my post here regarding the WiFi. Once successfully flashed the ROM, I also got the same issue. You have to extract boot.img from the Virtuous Inquisition zip file and then flash it using fastboot on command prompt with this command : fastboot flash boot boot.img

    For more details on fastboot, you can refer here

    Sorry for the inconvenience..

  3. Sir i have downloaded your firmware and its working fine but cannot use wifi can you help me in that plz

    1. Read the above comment. you have to flash boot.img for WiFi