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I tried to flash mine using your commands, but I was getting a ton of errors from the commands. The mount command said I wasn't using it properly for one thing.
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# flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-RA-GNM-thunderc-vzw-1.1.0.img
This is amazing...thanks. first android phone so I don't know if i'm missing something here but, this command would not work for me. i can't remember what error it gave me, so after i get home I'll try it again and post the error. Of course, i tried reboot recovery anyway and it wiped my phone. good thing i had Tb installed, but that thing is a pain to restore with! i wish there was something that automated the restore process instead of having to click "ok, install" for _every_ app.
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Yea I put in the mount command and it said that I used the mount command wrong, then I tried the command you're talking about and it gives me a read-only error.
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Yea I put in the mount command and it said that I used the mount command wrong, then I tried the command you're talking about and it gives me a read-only error.
Then you're not mounting the file system as read/write as it says to do in the original post.
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the mount command is needed to give read/write access to /system to copy flash_image to it and make it executable and also to rename install-recovery.sh (if it exists).

The only part thats may be optional is the "mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak" if you get an error that this file is not found as it may not exist on every phone.

Make sure you aren't typing the # and have a rooted phone and have issued the command 'su' from adb shell to change the $ to a # indicating you have a root shell. Also, you must accept the superuser pop-up the 1st time you do a 'su' from adb shell too.
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I am following the instructions word for word, and it's not working. I even copy-pasted the exact code, and it won't work right. Yes, I went into shell and issued su, showing the "#" then entering the commands. I'll try again real quick, maybe it just didn't like me at that time.


Edit: Ok it's working now. Not sure why it wasn't earlier. However, now when I issue the command #6 to flash the recovery, it says my image file doesn't exist, even though it's on the root of sdcard with flash_image. It was successful finding flash_image, but can't find amon ra's? I believe this is the same problem steele was having.
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I'm new to the scene here. What does this posted guide do to your phone?
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I am following the instructions word for word, and it's not working. I even copy-pasted the exact code, and it won't work right. Yes, I went into shell and issued su, showing the "#" then entering the commands. I'll try again real quick, maybe it just didn't like me at that time.


Edit: Ok it's working now. Not sure why it wasn't earlier. However, now when I issue the command #6 to flash the recovery, it says my image file doesn't exist, even though it's on the root of sdcard with flash_image. It was successful finding flash_image, but can't find amon ra's? I believe this is the same problem steele was having.
probably the same problem.

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# flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-RA-GNM-thunderc-vzw-1.1.0.img

html: not found
flash_image: cannot open html: no such file
initially I had a different error, this is the one that occurred after I copied the flash_image file to the appropriate location. yes, the files were unzipped, etc.
i think when i rebooted the first time after running this code it modified the flash_image file, it turned into a 34kb file. in the interest of science, i overwrote it with the [un]zipped 10kb file again, and executing the command gave the same error.

another question I have is, what effects would renaming the install-recovery.sh file have, especially if left that way for a while? Is it used actively, or only when a recovery is initiated? is it replaced when we execute your recovery rom?
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I'm new to the scene here. What does this posted guide do to your phone?
this replaces the stock recovery image, allows you to make backups (as listed in the op) and gets you on the way to loading a new custom rom.

speaking of, are there any made that we think will work with the vortex yet, or will clockworkmod or cyanogen have a version that should work?
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I don't recommend using clockworkmod. It still isn't compatible with it. I tried fooling around with it and it bricked my phone. Anyway, not sure about this but I don't think this phone has a recovery.sh file on the phone. I would think this would be consistent with all vortex, seeing as there's only the one model. I could be wrong, if so please correct me.
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I don't recommend using clockworkmod. It still isn't compatible with it. I tried fooling around with it and it bricked my phone. Anyway, not sure about this but I don't think this phone has a recovery.sh file on the phone. I would think this would be consistent with all vortex, seeing as there's only the one model. I could be wrong, if so please correct me.
This one did....it let me execute the mv command without error. Maybe it created the .bak file....i didn't check to see if the .sh existed before though.

•I checked you're right and I don't think it exists on this phone. I have a 400b file named "install-recover.sh.bak". I didn't even spell it right!
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No, it did exist on your phone. The command was to overwrite the file by placing a new extension on it. So, you did have it, and honestly I don't think the spelling matters as long as you know how you spelled it in case you need the file later.

I flashed mine fine now. However, I was wondering if it is possible to overclock this phone further? I read it was already overclocked to 600mhz but the phone lags a good bit on some applications. That is replace the kernel for the 1ghz kernel I found? Angry Birds for one is laggy as ever.
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Oh. I figured a file that small wouldn't have any content, especially nothing relevant to an install or recovery function. I'm only somewhat familiar with unix commands but my concurrent adventure in linux has been helpful.

so how did you get the recovery to successfully flash? I hope it wasn't giving the same command until it worked....
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It depends on the error. Though, if you wait 1 minute in between each line of code you put in, it helps the process move along better. I don't know the specifics on the hardware design, but i'm thinking the system cache must be very small because my first successful issue of the command gave me an out of memory error.

Oh and there's no point in issuing the last command to reboot the recovery if you didn't actually flash it.
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That doesn't sound very successful...doesn't really make sense either. How many times did you run through the commands? It doesn't seem beneficial to do them more than once, from what I understand cat will append the file on the sd card to the system file, and than chmod 755 changes permissions to owner r/w. Then the last command of course flashes recovery. Flash_image is the binary command, recovery is the object to flash, and the thunder c image is what to flash with. So what could be going wrong here?i hope the dev will chime in with some thoughts soon.

Have you rebooted into recovery yet?
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Yea, like I said it flashed mine fine. I've already run a successful nand backup. I don't see why you're getting an issue with html. Have you rooted your phone? Also, did you run a checksum on the download?
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Rooted, wouldn't have gotten this far without doing so. Checksum ok on the recovery image, didn't see one for flash image. I imagine the difference in success might have something to do with the reason I had install-recovery.sh and you didn't. I hope not though...but it would be my luck cause dumb crap like that happens to me all the time
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Hi i cant get to the Android System Recovery menu. When my phone reboots after i type everything in it resets itself back to when i first got it and removes all my apps and contacts. Any help would be great.


WOOT WOOT just got this to work after two days of trying :-)
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I don't know. How did you root your phone? I used z4root. I do wonder if it makes a difference if you use the terminal app on the phone to do everything. Maybe you might want to give that a try.

Oh and every time I entered adb shell, I would retry every command, only skipping mv seeing as I don't have the file. Just in case.
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Used z4 root did temp root until right before I tried the flashing -at that point I did permanent., tried multiple times both adb and term, most recently in term even though it's more of a pain. Maybe I'll try rerooting and adb a few more times
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Got this running on my phone great, Thank you!
I have a question about if I ever need to go back to stock..
I am a noob to Android, but have limited experience in linux (Ubuntu)
How would I restore the backup that was made of the stock file?

This is what i think it would be, but I don't want to try it and brick my phone just to find out.. Hoping some of you with some experience at this could tell me if I'm on the right track.

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# mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system

# rm /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

# mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak /system/etc/install-recovery.sh
 
# mount -o remount,ro -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock4 /system
 
# reboot recovery
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Does anyone have an image of the vortex with the default factory settings? I "modified" mine by removing default programs, so I'm worried when a system upgrade comes, it won't work.

Also, when I install the new ROM, I know I lose all the app settings I had (although I can get them back if I do the nand restore), so is there any way to get those back? For example, games that I have been playing I've gotten really far in so I don't want to have to start over. Most, if not all of them are on my SD card. I've been reluctant to reinstall them under the new ROM image for fear that I might lose my game status, settings, etc.

Or, do I have to pretty much start over?

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Thanks to bhast2, I was able to get back to version 2.2. Just go here and follow his directions. Remember, this is for LG Vortex phones that are running 2.2.1:

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someone please help my phone is rooted downloaded emulator from market when
I type in the second line I keep getting "invalid length" error I have no idea whats
Wrong I unzipped on sd root folder "flash image" is there file too. Inoticed if I type in
"su shell" no # sign just $ so ive been just typing su then line 1, but line 2 keeps
Givimg me that error shoulld I put 1.1.0 after flash_image. Im a noob obviously and about
To chuck phone lol
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i literally just flashed mine and installed the rom. so far im not having any problems. its running smoother and nothing is acting wrong.

Thanks for the tut...
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Thanks to bhast2, I was able to get back to version 2.2. Just go here and follow his directions. Remember, this is for LG Vortex phones that are running 2.2.1:

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Do you have a copy of that downgrade file? the link appears to be broken on his site now.

available here:
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sorry about that I had a server problem and I am still trying to get everything worked out

files for the downgrade are being uploaded again
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I keep getting a " failed on '/system/etc/install-recover.sh' - No such file or directory"

Edit: I see it "may be optional"? should I be concerned and can I continue?
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When I boot into the Android system recovery, I notice at the bottom that this message appears:

Build : RA-thunderc-vzw_v1.1.0_GNM
E:Bad boot message
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When I try to flash recovery-RA-GNM-thunderc-vzw-1.1.0.zip it spits this back at me:

E:No signature (1 files)
E:Verification failed

What does this mean?

##UPDATE##
I figured out that I needed to go to Other>Toggle Signature Verify to resolve the verification issue. However, after repeating the flash zip from sdcard again, I get this message:

E:Can't find update script

Once again, what does this mean?
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This command does not appear to work. it states that flash_image doesn't exist. I downgraded my phone, and rooted it with z4root.
cat /sdcard/flash_image > /system/bin/flash_image

Edit: I did a search with Astro file manager and it shows flash_image file in /system/bin/
Therefore, I'm guessing that the command is no longer necessary? So, then why would it not boot into the custom recovery when I use the key strokes?
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Hello,

I am following the steps properly..I think. Using andexplorer. I've unzipped the file to my root but when I try to run the program, it says it cannot open file. Is this a problem with an explorer? I have no idea on any other way to access the recovery.

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Hello, I am having trouble at the second command. I get into adb shell and after I type the command it says invalid length. Should I downgrade to 2.2 to make things easier? Any help would be great, Thanks.
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for those of you having problems, the fix appears to be to just keep trying, eventually something will click and it will work. i attempted the same set of commands at least 10 times before it finally flashed (just make sure you are entering everything exactly as it says there, copy and paste is the easiest method of doing so). kind of frustrating, even more so with lack of support from the dev. appreciate the work dev, but kinda pointless if people can't get it to work easily.
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Hello, I am having trouble at the second command. I get into adb shell and after I type the command it says invalid length. Should I downgrade to 2.2 to make things easier? Any help would be great, Thanks.
i believe you have to downgrade in order to perform this flash.
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OK, those instructions aren't easy to understand at all. What the heck is ADB, and how do I load the shell? I'm new at this, bear with me. But I'm a fast learner.
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worked perfect on my vortex thanks for the hard work.
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Okay. how to I remove the custom recovery? I want to upgrade my device to the latest 2.2.1 and then try to root it again as per instructions I found that allow it to root 2.2.1.

However, I did what I thought was correct, but every time the update reboots my phone, I go into the custom recovery menu, which prevents the update.

How do I get rid of the custom recovery menu?

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I was able to root 2.2.1 but it was a pain. I had all sorts of problems with trying to install this recovery so Im not sure if it will work on 2.2.1. I just downgraded to 2.2 and am trying to grant superuser access to the shell but after I allow it I get the $ instead of the #. When I try and run the first command it says; mount: not permitted. I ran super one click at first but that didn't take, so I ran z4root. Any ideas???
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I was able to root 2.2.1 but it was a pain. I had all sorts of problems with trying to install this recovery so Im not sure if it will work on 2.2.1. I just downgraded to 2.2 and am trying to grant superuser access to the shell but after I allow it I get the $ instead of the #. When I try and run the first command it says; mount: not permitted. I ran super one click at first but that didn't take, so I ran z4root. Any ideas???
$ means you have a user not # root shell

you need to issue su from shell 1st to invoke a root shell.
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$ means you have a user not # root shell

you need to issue su from shell 1st to invoke a root shell.

I did allow adb shell su permissions. After I enter adb shell, I have # but after I enter su shell, I get the $. Any ideas? Should I root this stupid thing again? I have rooted and installed custom roms on over 10 different androids, and the Vortex has given me the most hell. I just want to get this thing dialed in so I dont have to mess with it anymore. I used superoneclick and z4root. I have installed a different boot animation so I know I have root. Thanks.
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I think I got it working. I entered su instead of su shell and got #. Now yet another problem lol. After I enter the second command line to flash_image it says- no such file or directory. I know I have the flash_image on the root of the sd. Any ideas?
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I think I got it working. I entered su instead of su shell and got #. Now yet another problem lol. After I enter the second command line to flash_image it says- no such file or directory. I know I have the flash_image on the root of the sd. Any ideas?
did you unzip the flash_image.zip ?
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Yea, I sure did. I unzipped it and it put it into a folder named Flash_Image so I tried it with the file in that folder and when that didn't work, I moved the flash_image file onto the root with no luck. Heck, I even renamed the file and tried that and adb shell still didn't find it. Im at a loss...
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I don't get it...

I followed all the steps. My phone is rooted. Running 2.2.1 (I used Super One Click)

I get to the recovery screen after following all the steps where and can make backups and get the, E: "Bad Boot Message"
which is supposed to be fine.

I've gone through these steps 2 times now with out any problems other than the no backup file exists.

But as soon as I restart my phone and attempt to enter custom recovery either through the key combo or through terminal emulator on my phone it just loads the factory reset and wipes my phone.

Edit: I got it working!
With help from this post:
[Fix] Stock recovery coming back/Custom recovery wont stick

I used the easier method mentioned.
using root explorer:


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EasyFix (and should be safer) will work for everyone. I've not testing since I still have the original Verizon recovery.

  1. Rename /system/recovery-from-boot.p to /system/recovery-from-boot.p.disabled (with RootExplorer)

IMHO this a bug in ROM Manager and you will see it fixed eventually. There is a new feature in the official "Google Froyo" that they don't handle.
All credit goes to patch.
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I figured it out. Found a Shell app
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I have a LG vortex its stuck on the verizon screen and its say downloading do not unplug its does nothing more than that. is there anyway i can send my phone to you so you can fix it? plz
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Hey guys. I have a somewhat related question regarding the Vortex ROM project. It seems that the project has seemed to have died off. I tried the channel on freenode and I was literally the only one in there and from the looks of it, all the links have been pulled or are null'ing. Has the project moved or am I correct in assuming that it is now defunct?
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Cool Freakin sweet

Took some assistance from a tech savvy friend of mine to get it up an runnin but tje rom runs fantastic, overclocked to 806 stable, 3 day battery life, thing runs like my brothers droid global, wish I coild buy ya a beer bud but too broke, so ill give a nice cheap compliment great work man
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