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Old July 16th, 2010, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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*** Standard Disclaimer: I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PHONE IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG WITH THIS PROCEDURE.

THE PROBLEM WITH USB DEBUGGING HAS BEEN FIXED. THIS PROCEDURE SEEMS PRETTY SAFE NOW. ONLY FURTHER TESTING WILL TELL FOR SURE.

IF YOU PERFORMED THIS PROCEDURE PREVIOUSLY AND YOU HAVE USB DEBUGGING STUCK ON, SKIP TO WHERE YOU SEE *** USB DEBUGGING FIX ***. ***


You'll need the Android SDK (guide to download and install is here)
You'll need the USB drivers (Stickied post in this forum)
You'll need root access (look for the Captivate Root thread by chaoscentral)
You'll need Busybox (available on the market after you root the phone)

Connect USB to phone with USB Debugging ON
Command prompt
cd to SDK install directory
cd tools
adb shell
su
cp /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db /sdcard/settings.db
cp /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db /sdcard/settings.db.backup
exit
exit
(This should bring you back to your windows command prompt.)
adb pull /sdcard/settings.db %userprofile%\desktop
(This should copy the settings.db to your desktop in Windows. Keep your cmd window open, you'll need it again.)

Install SQLite Manager Plugin for Firefox
Open SQLite Manager Plugin within Firefox (Tools->SQLite Manager)
Click Database
Click Connect Database
Find settings.db
Expand Tables
Click secure
Scroll down to ID 6, "install_non_market_apps". Double-click.
Change value ( TEXT ) from 0 to 1
Close SQLite Manager

(Back to that cmd window)
adb push %userprofile%\desktop\settings.db /sdcard

adb shell
su
cp /sdcard/settings.db /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings
busybox chown 1000 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db
busybox chgrp 1000 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db
reboot

Disconnect USB from phone. Your phone should be rebooting.

Done! I tested this and was able to install siriusxm.apk from siriusxm.com/android.


*** USB DEBUGGING FIX ***
adb shell
su
busybox chown 1000 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db
busybox chgrp 1000 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db
reboot

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Awesome! I cant wait to get mine!
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Please do let me know if this works for everyone.
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I tried it and got "cp:not found" Any suggestions?
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This DOES require root, as can be seen with the "su" function. But after you root it, this should work just fine.
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I tried it and got "cp:not found" Any suggestions?
Did you do "adb shell" first?
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quick question...would rooting a phone enable you to install any app without having to sideload?
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You'll need the Android SDK (guide to download and install is here)

Can you upload the link?

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You'll need the Android SDK (guide to download and install is here)

Can you upload the link?

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Sorry didn't notice the link didn't make it into the post. The SDK is at http://developer.android.com
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How do you get to the command prompt? And how do you turn debugging on?
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How do you get to the command prompt? And how do you turn debugging on?
can't help you with debugging as I don't have my captivate yet... command prompt is as easy as start >> run >> cmd >> enter, or the faster method I prefer: windows key + r >> cmd >> enter.
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I get cp not found also. and yes i did adb shell first.
You might want to add that when you type SU, it prompted me on my phone to grant unknown app super user access. But I can't get past the cp unknown
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How do you get to the command prompt? And how do you turn debugging on?
settings>applications>development>usb debugging. Make sure your usb cable is unplugged before you turn it on. Then plug the cable in.
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OHHH CMD on windows... I thought it was like console on the phone or something DUH lol
This is what I get when I try to install the SDK
Failed to fetch URL https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/repository/repository.xml, reason: HTTPS SSL error. You might want to force download through HTTP in the settings

If you get the same error go to settings and select force HTTP :-)
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cp: not found for me
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1st it says Permission denied then when I hit it again it says cp: not found and it is rooted
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Was anyone able to test this to see if it works without rooting?
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Under Superuser permissions it says

Unknown
/system/bin/sh as root (uid: 0)

Don't know if that matters.
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I think its because Busybox is not installed. But I can't get it to install correctly. from what I have read the cp command is not built into adb shell.
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Ahh, that's it. You do need busybox installed. It's available on the market after you root the phone. I've updated the original post to reflect this.
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Ohh you need it on the phone? Not on the PC?
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Aight man cool. Glad I helped with something lol. Damn Android is so alien to me. worked perfect thanks alot.
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Just FYI I dunno if I messed something else up but no matter what I do I can't get out of USB Debugging mode. I unselect the box hit home key go back in and its reselected.
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There's an easier way...
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I've updated the original post. It looks like that USB Debugging problem is a byproduct of this procedure. A factory reset will repair the problem. (Settings->Privacy->Factory data reset) I hope to have a fixed procedure up sometime tonight.
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That's the exact same thing I did, except I spelled it out. Seems to be a problem though, which I'm investigating.
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You know at first I thought I was stuck in debug, I couldn't bring up settings at all, I was about to hit the factory reset and thenwent into settings and it was all there. Turned off USB debug seems to be fine.
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So I went the other route and edited the .db file on my PC. Changed Install Non Market Apps to 1, rebooted, and it still doesn't work.
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And after I rebooted again, my phone is freezing on the Galaxy S bootup screen, and then shutting off. When I try to hold down the volume button down, and the power button to do a hard restore, it doesn't work..


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Don't factory reset. There is just a step missing I fixed it
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Connect USB to phone with USB Debugging ON
Command prompt
cd to SDK install directory
cd tools
adb shell
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chmod 777 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db

That will fix your phone 100%.
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I just wanted to post that I followed the instructions from the OP *with* the additions from YellowGT0 and I'm not having any problems leaving USB Debug mode.

Also for anyone trying this it's:
chmod 777 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db
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Needs the space between chmod and 777

* Also I used the app linked in the OP as well and had no problems installing it, so mission: accomplished I'd say
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Ugh duh good cetch
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Is there something else you need to do after the chmod 777 /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db?

Everything else worked fine, got root, installing non-market apps but still stuck in debug mode... Don't want to reset after I spent all day configuring her...
Thanks in advance!


Sorry for the confusion... Followed the steps a couple more times and it took. I look to be good to go.
Thanks to Maerlim! and to Yellow and Zilch for rounding it out...
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^^ Haha looks like you figured it out while I was typing the response

I'd imagine you'd have to restart the phone after the chmod step in order for it to see the change, though I'm no expert.
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I have a feeling one of my problems was changing USB debugging on and off so much in the original procedure, which got the settings.db confused while it was being copied and edited. I'm going to try to simplify and see what happens.

Edit: The chmod 777 was the trick. I'm updating the original post. Thanks YellowGT0!
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I have a feeling my problem was changing USB debugging on and off so much in the original procedure, which got the settings.db confused while it was being copied and edited. I'm going to try to simplify and see what happens.
Simpler way is to use Root Explorer and just edit the file on PC and transfer it back.


Even though after I did that, I can't get my phone to power on now... Lovely.
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Simpler way is to use Root Explorer and just edit the file on PC and transfer it back.


Even though after I did that, I can't get my phone to power on now... Lovely.
Yeah, how's that Root Explorer method working for ya?
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Yeah I've run into this issue before. I think it has to do with windows when you copy a file it puts permissions as read only. Only works for some files though. Database files might be one of them. Im using Windows7 anyone with XP or before have this issue?
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Just and update. I've been using it since the 17th and with the chmod trick I have no issues at all.
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Yeah, how's that Root Explorer method working for ya?
I used root explorer and followed the method listed on xda-developers and it worked perfectly fine for me. Took less than a minute.

I used root explorer to copy the settings.db file from the original folder to the sdcard. Then plugged phone into computer via usb. Mounted the sdcard. Used sqlitestudio to modify the one value. Unmounted and disconnected the phone from the computer. Used root explorer to copy or move that modified settings.db file from the sdcard back in to its original folder. Root explorer asked if I wanted to overwrite the existing file, said yes. Done. Rebooted phone and it worked. Tested by downloading some cheesy free game .apk from slideme.org. It installed and played perfectly.
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Yeah but root explorer cost money.
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Worked great for me on my Mac. No need to install drivers though. Anyone with Mac issues let me know. I may be able to help.

This also works well for SQL on Mac:
SQLite Database Browser Download - Softpedia

I can install non-market apps now, but is there any way to just get the setting back too?
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Stuck at "cp: not found". Downloaded busy box from the marketplace, opened it. It said "Status: Waiting...", so I hit install. Now it says "Status: Done!" Below that it says "Your phone is rooted. Busybox was found here: /system/xbin". Seems like it's installed? But still getting "cp: not found"

Edit: Uninstalled busybox, redownloaded it, opened it and hit install again, and "cp" was working fine, not sure what the problem was the first time. Got it all working and sideloading with ease.
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Your doing this through CMD on your PC right?

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Worked great for me on my Mac. No need to install drivers though. Anyone with Mac issues let me know. I may be able to help.

This also works well for SQL on Mac:
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I can install non-market apps now, but is there any way to just get the setting back too?
Are you talking about putting it back to stock?
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Your doing this through CMD on your PC right?



Are you talking about putting it back to stock?
Nope, well kinda. Most Android devices have an option in settings to allow or disallow non-market apps. I have non-market apps working and installable, but I'm just wondering if there is a way to get the setting to show up.
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Not yet I don't think. You can always set the flag back to 0 on the settings. Once we get a rom with an EU base it should be int he settings again.
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Macbook-2:tools Alee$ ./adb shell
$ su
# cp /dbdata/databases/com.android.providers.settings/settings.db /sdcard/settings.db
cp: can't create '/sdcard/settings.db': Read-only file system

I get this error. Anyone have any thoughts? My phone is rooted, and has Busybox installed.
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Try doing the CHMOD 777 step 1st. That should make the file more then read only.
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