Upgrade HTC Sensation to Android 4.0.3 ICS via InsertCoin Custom ROM

March 11, 2012

The InsertCoin team has given in to the Ice Cream Sandwich demand and has released a custom ROM for your HTC Sensation. If you’re not familiar with the name, InsertCoin ROMs are custom ROMs for the HTC Desire and the HTC Sensation that are built with speed, stability, and quality in mind.

This latest release, InsertCoin 5.1.1, packs not just Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich but also HTC Sense 3.6 and the Ad-Free script.

The InsertCoin 5.0.2 custom ROM also includes features such as:

  • Deodexed
  • Init.d support
  • Rooted
  • Improved SQLite
  • Improved GPU Configuration
  • GPU Acceleration ON
  • APKs optimized to speed up and reduce memory footprint
  • Removed HTC Sniffing Tools
  • system mounted as RW with barrier=0 option

Requirements

Though it’s been tested, InsertCoin 5.0.2 is currently an early test build, so there should be a few bugs lurking in places. But, if you’re determined to get this ROM on your HTC Sensation, prepare the following before you upgrade:

  • A rooted HTC Sensation with ClockworkMod Recovery installed
  • Flashing this ROM may delete the data on your phone, such as messages, pictures, apps and music, so make sure to back them up.
  • Make sure that your phone’s battery is fully charged. This is to prevent it from shutting off in the middle of the upgrading process.
  • Enable USB Debugging. You can do this through “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.”
  • InsertCoin custom ROM (get the latest version)

Installation

These are the steps for upgrading your HTC Sensation to InsertCoin 5.0.2 custom ROM:

  1. Download the InsertCoin Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 custom ROM ZIP file to your computer.  (See the link above.)
  2. Connect your HTC Sensation to your computer via the USB cable.
  3. Copy the ROM file to the root of your HTC Sensation’s internal SD card.
  4. Turn off your HTC Sensation.
  5. Boot into recovery mode. You can do this by holding the Volume Down key while pressing the Power button.  When you see the bootloader screen, select “RECOVERY” and press the Power button.
  6. Create a Nandroid backup of your current ROM. This allows you to restore your previous ROM should something not work out with InsertCoin.
  7. Select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” and confirm that you want to reset your phone.
  8. Select “Wipe Cache Partition” and confirm that you want to wipe the cache.
  9. Select “Install ZIP from SD Card” and choose the InsertCoin ZIP file.  Wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the installation to complete.
  10. Once the file has finished flashing, select “Go Back.”
  11. Select “Reboot System Now.”

Once your HTC Sensation reboots, you’ll now be running on the InsertCoin 5.0.2 custom ROM, packed with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 3.6. Congratulations and enjoy!

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sabrina-Sai/100003490664927 Sabrina Sai

    MY FAVOURITES ARE ANDROID ALWAYS :)

  • Prestonmj

    how do you do step 6?

  • Faizzan_w

    i installed the rom, it finished the setup successfully, but it keeps on rebooting.. doesnt start up.. what do i do???? I have a HTC Sensation.. :S

    • Alexusseglio

      did you get an answer from somewhere, i am in the same situation…..

    • Dileepm2992

      same issue plz help
      me

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000028376126 Petter Engh

      did you update the firmware with the PG58IMG.zip?

  • Andrie

    You need the correct firmware. Boot loops are usually caused by (A) incorrect firmware or (B) you didn’t do a complete wipe.

    • Gareth Hayes

      Do you have any idea what the correct firmware is and where to get it…?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000028376126 Petter Engh

        PG58IMG.zip

    • Dileepm2992

      plz help me i have the same boot loop problem

  • Faizzan_w

    How am i supposed to find out the correct firmware?? :S Which can off course go along with this version of ICS that has been provided above?

  • Alexusseglio

    same here boot loop boot loop and boot loop

    apparently his direction are not good.

    Any can help?

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulsuquet Paul Suquet

    Link is broken; where can i download this?