After several failed ROM flashing attempts this weekend that left my HTC EVO 4G LTE dead, I stumbled across the discovery that no ROM whatsoever would flash with TWRP 18.104.22.168, even though backups and restores worked perfectly.
We reported on TWRP 22.214.171.124 a couple weeks ago, but since then I never really noticed that it wasn’t working properly. Thankfull, the latest version, 126.96.36.199 (the new version number is quite similar to the bad version to add maximum confusion), has since been released and returns the ability to flash properly and avoid having to nandroid back to a previously saved ROM after your phone fries the system partition.
Symptoms of the ROM flash of death usually included an error message stating that there was an error flashing the ZIP, followed by a white screen hang after rebooting that could only be exited by powering off the phone and attempting to boot into the bootloader.
If you’re running the old version, make sure to update it now. My first phone brain death came at the hands of an OTA updater that attempted to flash me up to Meanrom 4.9 and ended up forcing a nandroid restore of a much-too-old version.
Thankfully the recent TWRP 188.8.131.52 didn’t do what the bad 2.0 version for the original EVO 4G did and actually brick the phone.
If you’re running a 2.3.x version of Team Win’s Recovery, you ought to check their website for updates, as I do not know how many phones the soft bricking hit since there isn’t a global changelog evident.