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Old August 3rd, 2011, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Reposting the guide created by jhutchh, for the benefit of Phandroid members.

PLEASE READ: Do not download this using your phone! Many people do not get a complete download and thus, the file fails to work!

PLEASE READ 2: This method works on stock 2.3.3, but it has been found that it most likely will NOT work on later builds!

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1- dl the zip that Vadim posted in the roms and mods section. LINK

2- connect your phone via usb (or use an sd card adapter). In your pull down menu, hit mount (or connect) to usb

3- choose the correct drive that your phone is connected to (make sure that you can see your camera folder etc.)

4- don't open the zip that you have just downloaded, place the entire zip on the main "menu" (root) of your sd card.

5- disconnect your usb cable and wait for your phone to finish preparing sd card. (you'll see that in your notification bar)

6- power your phone off.

7- hold volume up and push and hold power until your phone boots into recovery. (about 5-10 seconds)

8- using your volume buttons, scroll to update from sd card and press power to select.

9- scroll to the "update.zip" that you placed in your sd card and select.

10- reboot and tadaa! Your rooted enjoy!

11- THANK VADIM FOR POSTING THIS ZIP RIGHT BEFORE A LARGE (small) GROUP OF PEOPLE WENT COMPLETELY INSANE!

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How do you un-root?
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How do you un-root?
why would u wanna un-root? lol

the iggits at the store wont know the difference
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why would u wanna un-root? lol

the iggits at the store wont know the difference

Oh man that's a relief, I was going. To return my phone cause it had no 3g at all. I dialed *228 alot to see if it would fix it but it didnt work. So I did a factory reset and it worked
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Hello I am new to the android market however I am not new moddng phones. I have followed all of the steps required to root my phone however when I go to update from sd card it does not allow me to. it states that the sd card is not mounted or the does not have the correct path. Any suggestions would be helpful thank you in advance. Erik
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I'm going to cover the obvious, because one never knows, so no offense if any of these things I'm going to say are already known to you.

1. Make sure you did not unzip the file, just place it on the root of your SD card, and not inside a folder.

2. Check to see if you're having issues browsing the SD card while booted up and running, too. If not, I would still go with trying the next step.

3. Backup any info currently on your SD card that you would like to save, and then format your SD card.

4. Load the zip file back onto your SD card and try the process again.

5. If that doesn't work, I would suggest trying another SD card if one is available, to figure out whether this is a problem with your existing SD card or not.
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Thank you for that
I have done everything plus I even tried resetting phone back to factory. The only thing I did not do is use a different SD card. Ill give that a shot. Thanks.
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Tried it just now - failed with "E: failed to verify whole-file signature. E: signature verification failed. Installation aborted"

Android 2.3.4, kernel 2.6.35.7

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I just did everything possible and I am still getting that same E error path stuff. So frustrating. Modding Nextels was so much easier. I just dont get it.
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Should I downgrade to a different firmware version?
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I just did everything possible and I am still getting that same E error path stuff. So frustrating. Modding Nextels was so much easier. I just dont get it.
Did you do the stock OTA update before you tried rooting? If you did you will have to flash back to original rom,(via Restore Your Ascend II Back To Stock), then root and then do the update just found that out the hard way hope this helps, if not good luck!
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Do u know or send me link to root Hussein ascend 2
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link is not working anymore thanx
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It worked fine for me, but I've now updated it, so please try it again.
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can you help me please i rooted one of these phones then i had to replace it now i am trying to root this one and it is telling me E:failed to verify whole-file signature can you help please.
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Hi everybody I am brand new to all this, and the forum and could really use some help, if someone could steer me in the right direction... Bear with me as it may take a second to explain. I'm on Cricket, and got the new A2, after playing with this for a few days, I updated to the 2.3.5 until I realized it could be rooted and tried pretty much every avenue I've read on here and researched for about 18 hours including anything I could find on Google. If I went to the wrong page to post this, I apologize. I downgraded back to the 2.3.3 as has been stated in all the other posts, and I finally got the z4 root to work on it. I added Superuser, and root remover, and was able to freeze a bunch of Cricket junk, as titanium only removed 1 or 2 items. It's actually been a learning experience with luck that I didn't brick it, but am having fun with it so far after rooting. I can flip pc's all over, but I'm a little confused doing phones though, as I thought you are able to update the software again and keep your root, (ONCE it was rooted) back to their 2.3.5 update? Is this correct? I tried downloading the update to my sd card, but keep getting an error message that it can't be installed, and the phone is maintaining it's root just fine. Is there really much of a difference in the operating system to go higher, should you just not update it or is there another way of doing it, and can I still do the *228? Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated! Thank you I was hoping to add a ps1 sim eventually as I already hacked my psp and this would be the perfect way to be incognito that I have a small gaming device with me! lol
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Hi everybody I am brand new to all this, and the forum and could really use some help, if someone could steer me in the right direction... Bear with me as it may take a second to explain. I'm on Cricket, and got the new A2, after playing with this for a few days, I updated to the 2.3.5 until I realized it could be rooted and tried pretty much every avenue I've read on here and researched for about 18 hours including anything I could find on Google. If I went to the wrong page to post this, I apologize. I downgraded back to the 2.3.3 as has been stated in all the other posts, and I finally got the z4 root to work on it. I added Superuser, and root remover, and was able to freeze a bunch of Cricket junk, as titanium only removed 1 or 2 items. It's actually been a learning experience with luck that I didn't brick it, but am having fun with it so far after rooting. I can flip pc's all over, but I'm a little confused doing phones though, as I thought you are able to update the software again and keep your root, (ONCE it was rooted) back to their 2.3.5 update? Is this correct? I tried downloading the update to my sd card, but keep getting an error message that it can't be installed, and the phone is maintaining it's root just fine. Is there really much of a difference in the operating system to go higher, should you just not update it or is there another way of doing it, and can I still do the *228? Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated! Thank you I was hoping to add a ps1 sim eventually as I already hacked my psp and this would be the perfect way to be incognito that I have a small gaming device with me! lol
Hi, welcome to the forums! I'm not experienced with the A2, but I would just not upgrade, as I'm pretty sure if it's successful it will break root. Also, try Root Explorer (paid app) to remove the bloatware. You will have to change r/o to r/w to be able to delete them.
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Cool, thanks so much. I was kind of unsure where to go cuz of the upgrade. I'm going to try the paid version. Any suggestions on the PS1/PS2 emulator? I heard there are a few out there, but any word on one better than the other, and a decent site to get some more games?
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Hey Captain Kirk, you need the cricket software on your phone to do the upgrade. Not exactly sure if this is precisely how it goes, but you need 2.3.3 stock, then root it via the .zip. Once that is completed, then upgrade. You should still be rooted, and then can remove the cricket bloatware. Root explorer is your best friend for this for a few bucks in the market.

On another note, there are some fantastic stock-ish ROMs out there with updated kernels for multi-touch and overclocking.One includes a the 2.3.5 upgrade along with it. Also there is a very stable Cyanogenmod 7 ROM on another forum, that takes it to 2.3.5, plus all the goodies. I'm running it, and the phone works about 10000% better. Good luck!
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hey i just joined the forum a couple days ago i have a cricket ascend 2 and i can't downgrade to stock 2.3.3. all the links are deadends after i download them they can't be unzipped. it always says the zipped folder is empty. am i doing something wrong please Help Me
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@moneyb23: Hijacking threads, eh? If you want to root and you're on the 2.3.5 Muve update, you can try experimenting with the Update script in CWM. That's how I eventually got it working (I kepting experimenting with various combinations of the clearing the Cache and Dalvik Cache and Fixing Permissions before installing the Root zip, I can't remember exactly what I did that made it work). If you insist on downgrading and the zip file you're downloading is over 100MB, try it as a .rar instead of a .zip (there are different freebie programs for unpacking RARs), the one I was able to download wasn't an actual zip file even though that was the extension (apparently some software that supports both Zip and RAR are glitched and will sometimes create the wrong type of file). Other than that, the re-flashing is the same -- just put the UDPATA.APP file into the folder (sdcard)/dload/, poweroff, then hold Volume Up + Volume Down when powering up your phone until it starts the firmware upgrade, then remove both the battery and SD as soon as the upgrade is complete, and finally power on without the SD card (or plug the SD card into the computer and delete the dload folder).
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Does anyone have a guide on how to downgrade to android 2.3.3. so I can root my phone? :-(
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Does anyone have a guide on how to downgrade to android 2.3.3. so I can root my phone? :-(
You'll need to reflash to stock. Instructions can be found in Google. All your data will be erased.

Why not try rooting first? Can't hurt to try :-)

I was successful at rooting via CWM Recovery. I'm working on reflashing to stock and updating so I can get exact instructions.
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I tried rooting first, but I got errors with the zip i've seen. I don't have CWM Recovery though. How do I install that?
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I tried rooting first, but I got errors with the zip i've seen. I don't have CWM Recovery though. How do I install that?
If the errors are from the Zip (NOT from the sdcard, my stock recovery couldn't find it), it's probably a problem with the Zip file. If you downloaded it from the phone, try downloading it from the computer instead (or make sure you have a strong WiFi signal during the download).

Instructions to install CWM are on the PlayfulDroidz wiki under "Huawei Ascend 2 -> ClockWorkMod Recovery" (not sure if I'm allowed to post links yet). The easiest way is to put your phone into fastboot (power off the phone then hold VOL UP + VOL DOWN + Power for ten seconds), connect it to the computer, then execute the installer script for your operating system. (the installer script will be in the Zip file you can download from the article)

I'm almost done getting the Muve update installed, so hopefully I can get the instructions posted.
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Oh hurray! I really just want to get rid of the stupid carrier apps. I just wanted this device to develop apps on, but these stupid apps are driving me ape!

Yeah the errors were from the zip. "E: failed to verify whole-file signature.... E: signature verification failed Installation aborted" I'll try to download it again, but i've read that it is because it's running android 2.3.6 instead of 2.3.3
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Be ready for some lag (unless you install a ROM that supports overclocking, the CPU runs at a mere 600mhz).

BTW, after installing the Muve update, mine was running Android 2.3.5 (not 2.3.6 or, as some sites seem to think, 2.3.7).

I got the same verification error you did in the stock recovery, but I managed to get it installed with some fiddling around in CWM. Here is the process that worked for me (please confirm if it works for you so others will know it works):

Root your Ascend 2 running the Muve update:
  1. Download CWM fastboot zip for the Ascend 2 over at PlayfulDroidz.
  2. Make sure that the update.zip for rooting your phone is on the root (top level) of your sdcard.
  3. Boot your phone into fastboot mode (poweroff, then hold Volume Down + Power for 10 seconds). Your phone should remain at the white screen with the Huawei logo.
  4. Connect your phone to your computer
  5. Unpack the CWM zip and run the install script for your OS (Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows). If it hangs, you may need to run it as your administrative user. The Windows script should open a window then close it if it succeeds.
  6. When the installer finishes, remove the battery then unplug the cable from the phone.
  7. Reinsert battery. Boot into recovery (Volume Up + Power for 10 seconds).
  8. Using the volume buttons, menu button (as the enter key), and back button, navigate to the Advanced menu.
  9. Wipe Dalvik Cache. Confirm.
  10. Fix Permissions.
  11. Return to the main menu and wipe cache, then confirm.
  12. Choose "apply update from sdcard" and confirm.
  13. On the main menu, choose "reboot system now".
  14. When the phone finishes booting (it will take awhile since it needs to rebuild the Dalvik Cache), check your menu to see if the "Superuser" icon appears. It will probably (but not definitely) be on the last page of your menu.

If these instructions work for you, please confirm it. It took me a few tries before I arrived at the above procedure.
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Woot! It worked! hurray! Thanks!
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docgnome,

i also have the huawai ascend II running 2.3.5 and it is not clear from what i have read if rooting the phone is possible with this version, do you know the answer to this? also, i see discussion about the zip file you need to load on the sd card of the phone to root the device but where is this file(s) obtained from?

Any suggestions would be helpful!
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i also have the huawai ascend II running 2.3.5 and it is not clear from what i have read if rooting the phone is possible with this version, do you know the answer to this? also, i see discussion about the zip file you need to load on the sd card of the phone to root the device but where is this file(s) obtained from?

Any suggestions would be helpful!
Thank you.
it looks like if you follow the steps outlined in post #29 you should be able to root

also you may be able to follow the guide here:
http://unleashedprepaids.com/index.php?topic=35.0
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sdrawkcab25,

i have followed these instructions with the same results each time. pretty much the same results as another post above:

"E:failed to verify whole-file signature."
"E:signature verification failed. Installation aborted."

I did download the file a second time and tried re-installing quite a few times but same results. i am putting it on the SD card Unzipped per the instructions!!! Should i unzip this file before putting it on the sd card?

Thanks again!!
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i also went to post 29 and was not able to find the cwm at playfuldroidz
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sdrawkcab25,

i have followed these instructions with the same results each time. pretty much the same results as another post above:

"E:failed to verify whole-file signature."
"E:signature verification failed. Installation aborted."

I did download the file a second time and tried re-installing quite a few times but same results. i am putting it on the SD card Unzipped per the instructions!!! Should i unzip this file before putting it on the sd card?

Thanks again!!
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First question, did you install CWM?

If you did, try verifying the MD5Sum of both your CWM zip and the rooting zip. The MD5Sum for CWM is posted on PlayfulDroidz. I made a MD5Sum of the zip I used and pasted it at the bottom of this post. Linux and Mac OS X have MD5Sum builtin to their command lines (just type "md5sum update.zip" without quotes, make sure to point it to where update.zip is) and GUI tools are available. Windows users can use MD5Summer, which is a GUI tool that can compare for you.

The last thing I recommend is to toggle off signature verification in CWM. In step 12 of my post, instead of choosing "Apply update from sdcard", choose "Install zip from sdcard", choose "Toggle signature verification", and finally "Apply /sdcard/update.zip" (without going back to main menu). If it still doesn't work, check the messages at the bottom -- if it says it enabled signature check, toggle it again until it disables it.

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fc12c1fbd08ed80dc44ca1c0fe2c62fe update.zip
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i also went to post 29 and was not able to find the cwm at playfuldroidz
It is there, I just checked. Go to the PlayfulDroidz wiki, choose "Huawei Ascend 2" in the list on the left, then look under "Misc". You'll see a link to the technical specs, then a link to CWM (actually spelled out instead of the abbreviation). It is quite easy to find if you look.

Hopefully I am allowed to post links now:
ClockWorkmod Recovery - PlayfulDroidz Wiki
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Can you please tell me a way to root my Huawei Ascend II with 2.3.6 on US Cellular? I can't find anything about it.
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So I'm late to the thread, but at this point, these directions are sound.

The main issue is that the downloaded file, after downloading and unzipping, may need to be checked to ensure that the "update.app" is spelled correctly. In my case, I had to go in and rename the file from "updata.app" to "update.app". Just a little attention to detail help-seekers goes a long way... You can't expect everyone to hold your hand. Use a little common sense.

As a matter of fact, I would like to thank the posters and helpers who have assisted in this journey for me. No, I'm not a computer noob per-say (I actually am a VERY good Computer Technician...from what clients say), but I've NEVER rooted my Android phone...and you guys have made this a breeze...

Appreciate it.

P.S. - Yes, I've been confused in the past, but really it was my own anxiety at "bricking" my phone as many have worried. Not anymore. The Huawei Ascend 2 just does not offer enough memory (combined with too many useless programs that I can't simply get rid of) for me to worry about that any longer. Take off the training wheels, folks...get busy riding!

P.P.S. - Sorry if I've offended anyone...but sometimes, a dose of reality is what many of us need to get our minds together...

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P.P.P.S. - If anyone needs the Huawei stock ROM, I would be more than happy to provide. I honestly ended up running the download in a virtual machine to ensure that the site providing the file was not masking a virus...even though Microsoft Security Essentials ensured the validity... So yeah, the file has been tested for viruses. Either send me a private message or post your requests directly in the thread...

P.P.P.P.S. - Since this is my first post in androidforums, I just realized (as I was about to submit this post) that I can upload files. I'll upload the ROM here if space allows.
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Is there a way of going from Cricket to US Cellular? Or a way of downgrading a US Cellular Ascend 2?
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4- don't open the zip that you have just downloaded, place the entire zip on the main "menu" (root) of your sd card.


When you say this, do you mean the very root of the card (/...)

or the one folder called "root"?

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Definitely the root: "/"

That should get you where you need to go. Don't forget to check the name of the file to ensure it is "update.app"
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Definitely the root: "/"

That should get you where you need to go. Don't forget to check the name of the file to ensure it is "update.app"
Not update.zip?
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The Update.zip file should be extracted. You'll end up with a dload folder and the file "update.app" ...jusy make sure it's labeled "update.app" and not "updata.app" (the download I had was "updata.app"...just a simple rename and the directions listed above work flawlessly.
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Hi, this is my first post in this forum but often come here for help on other things. I have a problem when i try rooting my A2. I've read the whole tread here and I still can't root my A2, i believe i got everything right. I flashed back to 2.3.3 from the muve 2.3.5 and then downloaded the zip file on the first step of this thread, i didn't touch the file just copied it to the SD card. Followed the instructions exactly as it says but whenever i'm at the "Android system recovery" and go into "apply update from sdcard" it gives me "E:failed to mount /sdcard (no such file or directory)" no matter how many times i try. I'm almost sure the zip file isn't the problem because i've downloaded it from 3 different sources and it gives me the same error every time D:......the sd card works fine, i can transfer music, pics, vids and diff files in and out so formatting it like BlastGT1 mentioned might be pointless?? i also tryed a different sd card and the same problem occured...T.T plz someone point me to the right direction or let me know what the problem might be ....should i update back to 2.3.5 and try rooting from there? if so, how do i root my A2 at that version. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR MUCH APPRECIATED HELP
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Hi, this is my first post in this forum but often come here for help on other things. I have a problem when i try rooting my A2. I've read the whole tread here and I still can't root my A2, i believe i got everything right. I flashed back to 2.3.3 from the muve 2.3.5 and then downloaded the zip file on the first step of this thread, i didn't touch the file just copied it to the SD card. Followed the instructions exactly as it says but whenever i'm at the "Android system recovery" and go into "apply update from sdcard" it gives me "E:failed to mount /sdcard (no such file or directory)" no matter how many times i try. I'm almost sure the zip file isn't the problem because i've downloaded it from 3 different sources and it gives me the same error every time D:......the sd card works fine, i can transfer music, pics, vids and diff files in and out so formatting it like BlastGT1 mentioned might be pointless?? i also tryed a different sd card and the same problem occured...T.T plz someone point me to the right direction or let me know what the problem might be ....should i update back to 2.3.5 and try rooting from there? if so, how do i root my A2 at that version. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR MUCH APPRECIATED HELP
Re-read the directions...

You have to unzip the dl'd zip file and place only the dload folder in the root of the sd card.

(I use 7-Zip as my archiver: 7-Zip)

The Huawei Ascend 2 has been a lot easier to root than my former MyTouch 3G.

The directions on this page are the directions that I followed to root my H-A2...work flawlessly...
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Re-read the directions...

You have to unzip the dl'd zip file and place only the dload folder in the root of the sd card.

(I use 7-Zip as my archiver: 7-Zip)

The Huawei Ascend 2 has been a lot easier to root than my former MyTouch 3G.

The directions on this page are the directions that I followed to root my H-A2...work flawlessly...

no i was right bro...you don't have to unzip anything. i think your talking about the restoring the ascend back to stock, there you do have to unzip the folder but here you don't have to. Step #4 of this guide says "don't open the zip that you have just downloaded, place the entire zip on the main "menu" (root) of your sd card." my problem was that both of the SD cards i was using were too big?? they were both 16 and 8 GB....i used a 4gb sd card and VIOLA! it worked
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no i was right bro...you don't have to unzip anything. i think your talking about the restoring the ascend back to stock, there you do have to unzip the folder but here you don't have to. Step #4 of this guide says "don't open the zip that you have just downloaded, place the entire zip on the main "menu" (root) of your sd card." my problem was that both of the SD cards i was using were too big?? they were both 16 and 8 GB....i used a 4gb sd card and VIOLA! it worked
You were absolutely right... Sorry about that...

Since you're at this stage, are you planning to upgrade back to 2.3.5 after you root it?
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major problem! i did a few diff things got rooted with cynogen 7 and now my phone has no service at all! nothing. what do i do to get this fixed ASAP
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