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Old December 7th, 2009, 05:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Simple Rooting Guide (without galax0/galaxher0 roms)

Simple Rooting Guide (without galax0/galaxher0 roms)

For those who are a bit tentative with this kind of thing (i was aswell as it was all a bit new), this guide should help.
I know there have been other guides about but things have been made alot simpler for rooting the galaxy and as such i deem it a good thing to give a more updated way of doing this.
Ive also done it so i can add it to the stickies

First of all some understanding of root:
Root does not suddenly make things better, faster. if you have an understanding of linux you will know what root is.
As with linux there is a downside to root due to the level of access (remember the saying "he who logs in as root kills the tree") which means you can potentially destroy important things on your phone with ease as you have that level of power.
Root access or "SU" is elevated access rights to that of a full administrator (or close)
there are many apps that require root and on top of that you can add further functionality with root access

I cannot stress enough that this is completely at your own risk.
If you dont have a reason to root and dont require custom firmware or custom apps that need root then dont bother doing it
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Step 1 - Install NPS from disk or download it from here

Step 2 - download the Android SDK, this is large but you need the Tools from it in order to access the device to make modifications.
make sure you extract it to an easy location like c:\

Step 3 - ADB (pain in the arse) we need to get the driver installed for ADB, some people have random issues with ADB and Fastboot, this is mainly driver related and can be a pain in the rectum if you are using x64 vista or windows7.
on x86 operating systems you should be fine just enabling development mode and connecting it to the device (settings>applications>development>USB debugging)
If this has issues you can download the modified sdk drivers that i have tested and work from here
http://www.yardimage.co.uk/files/i7500/samsungADB.zip
you could also try installing Driod Explorer from here (it will not fully work with the phone till its rooted but should install the drivers) Droid Explorer
This part also applies if you have problems with Fastboot.
alternatively check the post here

Step 4 - Get the latest recovery package that Drakaz created, hes done wonders for galaxy
http://www.drakaz.com/download/

Step 5 - Extract the contents of the recovery package to the tools folder of the SDK (eg. C:\android-sdk-windows\tools)

Step 6 - Copy the RECTOOLS.tar.gz to the root of your device internal storage (sdcard)

Step 7 - Navigate to SDK tools folder in command promt (eg. cd\ hit return then cd C:\android-sdk-windows\tools) then type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
at this point you should get "waiting for device"

Step 8 - power down device, reconnect to usb while powered down, boot into fastboot by holding "Dial+ok+power". you should see on the galaxy "fastboot mode" and if its successful it will show the amount of bites pushed to the device and after 15 seconds it will boot back into the device normally.
if you have issues with fastboot driver showing Android1.0 in windows device manager, follow the steps for ADB linking the Android 1.0 to the ADB device driver

Step 9 - Power down device and then boot into recovery (volumedown+dial+power) you should see a nice big galaxo recovery menu with plenty of options

Step 10 - Do a nandroid backup from that menu to save your current configuration if anything bad happens in the future

Step 11 - in the menu select "Enable root (SU)" click home to confirm then click "reboot system now"

You should now be rooted
most of the functions from droid explorer should now work and on top of that if you use a terminal like better terminal you can do some cool things with your phone

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EDIT: if you thing something is missing here or needs updating please let me know
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Sweet! Thank you.
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Wonderful mate. Been waiting for something like this - I'm no noob but the other guides (no offence to anyone ) were a little tricky to follow - at least with such an expensive device that I'm stuck with for the next couple of years anyway
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i have to change some stuff regarding the SDK as google have got rid of 1.5_r3 and replaced it with a unified SDK with modular plugins (arses)

ill update it when i figure out what its doing


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changed the usb and sdk section
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nice, thanks.
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Nice guide! Very useful. One thing that might have to be updated is the recovery version: v4.4 is out.
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Nice guide! Very useful. One thing that might have to be updated is the recovery version: v4.4 is out.
cheers, although its the same link :P
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In step 8 you just have to press "dial and power" for entering fastboot mode. Forget about OK there
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I cannot seem to get step #8 working.

I would really love to be able to make a full backup, system settings and all. To do that, I gather I will need "Nandroid", and thus this recovery image. I don't think I have any further need of being root. Also, I'm quite happy with the stock K4 firmware, so I don't plan to try the custom Galax* roms (which I believe are built on an earlier firmware).

No matter what I do, fastboot times out and does a normal startup, while my terminal still says "<waiting for device>".

My Device Manager (while doing all sorts of plinky-plonky sounds) gets an entry for "Other devices: Android 1.0", but no matter what driver I feed it, it ends up saying "There was a problem installing this hardware: Samsung Galaxy Composite ADB Interface".

The entry is still there, but it has a symbol on it. I have no problems mounting and accessing the sdcards, so something is working.

I have installed NPS, Eclipse, and the SDK; I really think it's the drivers. What more can I try, are there alternative drivers I could try?
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I cannot seem to get step #8 working.

I would really love to be able to make a full backup, system settings and all. To do that, I gather I will need "Nandroid", and thus this recovery image. I don't think I have any further need of being root. Also, I'm quite happy with the stock K4 firmware, so I don't plan to try the custom Galax* roms (which I believe are built on an earlier firmware).

No matter what I do, fastboot times out and does a normal startup, while my terminal still says "<waiting for device>".

My Device Manager (while doing all sorts of plinky-plonky sounds) gets an entry for "Other devices: Android 1.0", but no matter what driver I feed it, it ends up saying "There was a problem installing this hardware: Samsung Galaxy Composite ADB Interface".

The entry is still there, but it has a symbol on it. I have no problems mounting and accessing the sdcards, so something is working.

I have installed NPS, Eclipse, and the SDK; I really think it's the drivers. What more can I try, are there alternative drivers I could try?
what os are you running? x64 or x86?
you should be able to use the same driver you use for ADB
Does ADB work for you?

its a bit wierd that it says there was an error
you might have to be even quicker at locating the driver as you have 15 seconds to get it located and installed
you have to make sure you are using the "have disk" option and manually pointing it to the device

EDIT: im going to uninstall the fastboot driver and try again for your benefit as i might have borked something with these drivers

EDIT2: you can use Samsung Galaxy Composite ADB Interface or Bootloader interface
fastboot devices for me shows a ? but commands still function correctly
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That's awesome support, Rastaman. Thanks for that.

I'm using Windows XP so that would be x86. I don't think I can be any quicker with the driver selection, as it's already filled in and I'm just pressing No-Next-Next-Finish. That's at work at least, so further work will have to wait until tomorrow.

I'm not sure if ADB works, because I have no experience with it. I'll do a spot of research to learn how to test it out.
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That's awesome support, Rastaman. Thanks for that.

I'm using Windows XP so that would be x86. I don't think I can be any quicker with the driver selection, as it's already filled in and I'm just pressing No-Next-Next-Finish. That's at work at least, so further work will have to wait until tomorrow.

I'm not sure if ADB works, because I have no experience with it. I'll do a spot of research to learn how to test it out.
i have xp mode on my windows7 :P

will try this out

to test if ADB works, make sure debugging is enabled
connect the device then do
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it should list something there.
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right ok got it working

put the usb folder in c:\ so its easy to find
have device manager open and ready to rock
boot into fastboot
when the device shows in windows device manager. right click it and click update device driver
Check "no, not this time" next
Check "install from a specific location (advanced)" next
Check "Dont search, i will choose the driver to install" next
highlight "show all devices" next
Click the "have disk" button
click browse
go to "C:\usb_driver\x86" click on "android_usb.inf" ok
select "SAMSUNG GALAXY composite ADB Interface" next
click Yes to the warning

once complete next time you use fastboot it should work correctly

it doesnt matter if the phone has already booted into normal as long as you can get to the wizard you are fine with XP x86 (32 bit)
if it was vista or windows7 you would have the 15 second cut off
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it doesnt matter if the phone has already booted into normal as long as you can get to the wizard you are fine with XP x86 (32 bit)
if it was vista or windows7 you would have the 15 second cut off
Oh neat. I thought the 15-second limit was due to the phone, since the fastboot screen times out and starts loading the OS.
As for the procedure, I think that's what I'm doing, but I will try it out again first thing in the morning.
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Oh neat. I thought the 15-second limit was due to the phone, since the fastboot screen times out and starts loading the OS.
As for the procedure, I think that's what I'm doing, but I will try it out again first thing in the morning.
its mainly the last steps
choose modem and have disk are very important

the timelimit is down to the phone but if the phone drops vista and win7 cannot find the device to install so it denies it

xp finishes what it started
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Ok, I tried all sorts of things and ended up finding a driver that worked. I've uploaded it to:
fastboot_usb_driver.zip - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

I now have made a nandroid backup -- yaay!
Rastaman, you are indispensable!
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Hi all,

I'm kind a new in all this but far from having no experience whatsoever. The problem I have is that i think my fw (IG8) is missing a lot of commands. When I try to do a

ls -la

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-la No such file or directory

I have a root access, can get anywhere in the fs, copy files, delete them but I can't install busybox because I always get Read Only File System. Do I have to remount each time i want to make some changes? any ideas?

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busybox is not linked in this article as its for rooting only

to install busybox you need to be using adb remount which you can only do in recovery or a rooted kernal
you have not got a rooted kernal and are using su instead

boot into recovery and look at the commands in the link below from pegasus21 for busybox
http://androidforums.com/samsung-i7500/10089-flashing-rooting-overview.html
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Thanks man, just the info I needed!
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Hi,

First of all new here so my first post .

Thank you for the well made information how to root the phone, but unfortunately Drakaz's Recovery package download seems to be down, even when registered, can't download it. So, wanted to ask if there is any alternative place where to download it?
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Here's the recovery 4.4:

http://rapidshare.com/files/341453396/Drakaz_Recovery_4.4.zip

no password

(I hope Drakaz doesn't mind, since the file is down)
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Here's the recovery 4.4:

RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting

no password

(I hope Drakaz doesn't mind, since the file is down)
Yeah I think there's some problem with attachments in posts over on hdblog.
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is it possible to revert to the stock recovery rom after rooting?
i don't want to lose my warranty, but i need root to connect to a WPA2-enterprise encrypted network
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Many thanks for posting it Informale .

There is password though, the same as in UPDATE 8/12 - V4.4! - ROOT/RECOVERY IMAGE update, wipe, backup and restore GALAXY - HDblog - Forum
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After you re-flash any stock firmware with Odin all traces of rooting, custom recovery, custom firmware will be gone. And don't forget to factory reset )
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Many thanks for posting it Informale .

There is password though, the same as in UPDATE 8/12 - V4.4! - ROOT/RECOVERY IMAGE update, wipe, backup and restore GALAXY - HDblog - Forum
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I've removed the password and repacked the file. You must have downloaded the file using my first link, which I removed.
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Thank you for the help both to Informale and OP, very nice thread. Was indeed easy to do it with it .

And indeed seems I was using the old link to Rapid Share.
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hi, this is my first post, so sorry if this has been covered already, i have searched everywhere but i cant find and answer to my question, which is, how do i get the rectools.tar.gz file into my root folder on my phone? i cant drag and drop through pc, either in vista or virtual xp, the root folder just doesnt show up and i cant copy and paste it into root on the phone using astro file manager either. On the forum.hdblog.it site it has some commands to push the file there but that doesnt work either. Any help would be greatly appreiciated.
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I still have a problem with rooting. I did all the things mentioned, I booted into recovery, enabled su, it told me: Su enabled, ok. I go into command prompt I enter:
cd c:\path to sdk\tools
adb shell
I get the $ sign
Su
And I get: su permission denied
This is driving me insane :-(

EDIT: Apparently the galaxy asks me wether I want to allow root acces when entering $ su
So afther this I was able to enter the code to replace the old libhgl.so
Speed forge is fast now :-d
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how do i get the rectools.tar.gz file into my root folder on my phone? i cant drag and drop through pc, either in vista or virtual xp, the root folder just doesnt show up
Please read carefully:
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Step 6 - Copy the RECTOOLS.tar.gz to the root of your device internal storage (sdcard)
It's internal storage root dir: /sdcard/
not "root folder on your phone"

You can copy it with windows explorer (after mounting) or you can use adb without mounting:
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adb push RECTOOLS.tar.gz /sdcard
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I still have a problem with rooting. I did all the things mentioned, I booted into recovery, enabled su, it told me: Su enabled
After "su enabled", boot the normal system and check if you got superuser app (# icon). If you do, after you type su in the shell, that app will ask you if you want to permit root access. Tap "yes". Make sure your screen isn't locked though, as if it is you won't be able to react.

If you don't see an app with # icon after enabling su (never happened to me), then you did something wrong. Try disabling and enabling su from recovery again.
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After "su enabled", boot the normal system and check if you got superuser app (# icon). If you do, after you type su in the shell, that app will ask you if you want to permit root access. Tap "yes". Make sure your screen isn't locked though, as if it is you won't be able to react.

If you don't see an app with # icon after enabling su (never happened to me), then you did something wrong. Try disabling and enabling su from recovery again.
I saw that after my post, sorry for that. It works now, speed forge is fast, but the scrolling isn't improved, still a bit laggy. In the german forum people mentioned faster menu scrolling, but I'm already happy with a fast speed forge
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It's internal storage root dir: /sdcard/
not "root folder on your phone"

You can copy it with windows explorer (after mounting) or you can use adb without mounting:
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adb push RECTOOLS.tar.gz /sdcard
Thank you for your reply screminbug, but im still having problems. (Presumably due to my noobness) Ok, so i have put a copy of the file in the base(root?) directory of the two drives that come up when i mount to vista, e: and f:. one is obvously my external sd card, and one is the internal memory. so basically, one is e:\rectools.tar.gz and one is f:\rectools.tar.tz. using windows explorer, i have no e:\sdcard or f:\sdcard which is what im thinking i need, because as it is now when i boot i just get mini recovery mode telling me to push the file, which just doesnt work. device not found, it says. which i dont get cause how the ** did i get to mini recovery mode if it cant see the phone! so i have no idea what im doing wrong or how to fix it. im not sure if this will matter, but i flashed it to ik4 the other day. it was on stock from optus australia,(which is why i want to do this, to get paid apps)
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Thank you for your reply screminbug, but im still having problems. (Presumably due to my noobness) Ok, so i have put a copy of the file in the base(root?) directory of the two drives that come up when i mount to vista, e: and f:. one is obvously my external sd card, and one is the internal memory. so basically, one is e:\rectools.tar.gz and one is f:\rectools.tar.tz. using windows explorer, i have no e:\sdcard or f:\sdcard which is what im thinking i need, because as it is now when i boot i just get mini recovery mode telling me to push the file, which just doesnt work. device not found, it says. which i dont get cause how the ** did i get to mini recovery mode if it cant see the phone! so i have no idea what im doing wrong or how to fix it. im not sure if this will matter, but i flashed it to ik4 the other day. it was on stock from optus australia,(which is why i want to do this, to get paid apps)
This also happened to me. I had to put the phone in Download mode and flash a firmware using Odin to get into android to mount and copy the file to the internal sd card (I messed up on an install of GalaxHero so I could not get into the OS). Using ADB to push the file would not work for me either.

If you are able to get into Android, just mount the sd cards and place it in the root folder of the internal card. You should be good to go.
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If you are able to get into Android, just mount the sd cards and place it in the root folder of the internal card. You should be good to go.[/quote]

Thanks electroz, but the phone boots up fine, when i boot in recovery mode, drakaz mini comes up telling me to push, which doesnt work, so i continue on to boot the phone and mount the internal storage. move the file to (for ease of conversation im calling my internal card e e:\rectools.tar.gz ( i cant put it in e:\sdcard\rectools.tar.gz, doesnt show up) and thats all i can do. it doesnt want to go into drakaz recovery. keeps going to mini recovery saying the file is not there. otherwise i can make calls etc just fine. what am i doing wrong? if someone could write a path to show me exactly where it is supposed to go eg "e:\put the file here you stupid noob!" P.S. i dont have the phone connected to usb and virtual xp(how i got drakaz on there) while i boot to recovery, is that important? (hope not cause i blue screened my pc last night trying to get this to work!, on lappy atm)

EDIT: how is galaxHero? worth going from ik4 to it?
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Thanks electroz, but the phone boots up fine, when i boot in recovery mode, drakaz mini comes up telling me to push, which doesnt work, so i continue on to boot the phone and mount the internal storage. move the file to (for ease of conversation im calling my internal card e e:\rectools.tar.gz ( i cant put it in e:\sdcard\rectools.tar.gz, doesnt show up) and thats all i can do. it doesnt want to go into drakaz recovery. keeps going to mini recovery saying the file is not there. otherwise i can make calls etc just fine. what am i doing wrong? if someone could write a path to show me exactly where it is supposed to go eg "e:\put the file here you stupid noob!" P.S. i dont have the phone connected to usb and virtual xp(how i got drakaz on there) while i boot to recovery, is that important? (hope not cause i blue screened my pc last night trying to get this to work!, on lappy atm)
what I noticed was that when I'd ADB push the file, it would rename the file to have all small letters. The file I downloaded had all caps except for the extensions. The file you're putting on there, does it have all caps when you're looking at it on the internal sd? If not, try renaming it so that it does.
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what I noticed was that when I'd ADB push the file, it would rename the file to have all small letters. The file I downloaded had all caps except for the extensions. The file you're putting on there, does it have all caps when you're looking at it on the internal sd? If not, try renaming it so that it does.
Yeah mate, all capital letters. is it in the right spot? e:\RECTOOLS.tar.gz
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how is galaxHero? worth going from ik4 to it?
I'm loving it so far. Runs good, looks even better. The WiFi Tether option is really cool as well.

I just got this phone coming from an HTC Touch (Vogue). I had that thing flashed with Android as well, but I wanted WiFi and a better screen so I picked up the Galaxy. No complaints yet other than having to be stuck at 1.5. As soon as GAOSP is fully functional I'll be switching to that.
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Yeah mate, all capital letters. is it in the right spot? e:\RECTOOLS.tar.gz
Yep. Thats where mine is.
You sure E: is the internal SD card and not the one you put in the phone?
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Yep. Thats where mine is.
You sure E: is the internal SD card and not the one you put in the phone?
Im pretty sure it is, but i have a copy on each, both e: and f: so one should work
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Im pretty sure it is, but i have a copy on each, both e: and f: so one should work
Go download it again

Delete Both copies that are already on the SD cards.

Check both SD cards to see which one has the "SD" sub folder in it (this is the internal card).

Put the newly downloaded copy on the drive with the "SD" sub folder.


See if that works.

Just curious. Right click on the file that's on the internal sd and go properties. What is the size in bytes? Mine is "1,050,945 bytes"
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Just curious. Right click on the file that's on the internal sd and go properties. What is the size in bytes? Mine is "1,050,945 bytes"[/quote]


F$%K. Get this. 50 bytes. and it has a md5 extension on it. Grr!. im so stupid!!! im going to dl again and actually have my eyes open while i do this. thanks mate. the missus is off to work (this is actually her phone) so im going to spend all day waiting to see if thats that it is. sounds like it. Thanks for all your help mate ill let you know how i go.

EDIT: I made her late for work to check it. that was it. working now!! you're a legend thank you very much i dont think i ever would have thought to do that.
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F$%K. Get this. 50 bytes. and it has a md5 extension on it. Grr!. im so stupid!!! im going to dl again and actually have my eyes open while i do this. thanks mate. the missus is off to work (this is actually her phone) so im going to spend all day waiting to see if thats that it is. sounds like it. Thanks for all your help mate ill let you know how i go.
That should take care of it. The md5 is just a checksum file which can be used to make sure the actual file i all there. Not a file that will do anything else. Shouldn't have any problems from here. Just let me know if you do.
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and where yo get this galax0?
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this is not for galaxo
if you want to use galaxo check the sticky for "how to odin and galaxo roms"
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I get to step 7 and it says 'Error: Cannot load recovery.img"

what have i done wrong?
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I get to step 7 and it says 'Error: Cannot load recovery.img"

what have i done wrong?
in C:\android-sdk-windows\tools can you see the recover.img that you took from the zip?
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in C:\android-sdk-windows\tools can you see the recover.img that you took from the zip?
Yes the recovery.img file is in that exact location you describe.
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I got recovery.img to work. somehow when i unzipped the file, the whole file did not save to my computer. simple mistake.

Another problem though, i go into fastboot and then my device manager pops up on the computer. in the short time that i have, i go to the samsung drivers i downloaded from the above link and it says no drivers found.

Do i need drivers that i don't already have?
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