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Old September 8th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gaining root with 2.3.4

I tried to search, but just couldn't find the answers I was looking for. I don't actually own an Inc anymore, but someone is asking me if he can gain root, I don't want to direct him to bricking his phone.

unRevoked doesn't look like it works with 2.3.4.. am I correct? If so, how is anyone gaining root, or has the Incredible become the Evo, in that it's become impossible to root?

(I'm currently running a rooted Thunderbolt and I used clockwork for my Incredible)

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I tried to search, but just couldn't find the answers I was looking for. I don't actually own an Inc anymore, but someone is asking me if he can gain root, I don't want to direct him to bricking his phone.

unRevoked doesn't look like it works with 2.3.4.. am I correct? If so, how is anyone gaining root, or has the Incredible become the Evo, in that it's become impossible to root?

(I'm currently running a rooted Thunderbolt and I used clockwork for my Incredible)
Pretty much, as far as I know there is no root exploit for the update.
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I tried to search, but just couldn't find the answers I was looking for. I don't actually own an Inc anymore, but someone is asking me if he can gain root, I don't want to direct him to bricking his phone.

unRevoked doesn't look like it works with 2.3.4.. am I correct? If so, how is anyone gaining root, or has the Incredible become the Evo, in that it's become impossible to root?

(I'm currently running a rooted Thunderbolt and I used clockwork for my Incredible)
Which evo are you talking about? They have achieved root for 4g and I would expect Incredible and others later.
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unRevoked doesn't look like it works with 2.3.4.. am I correct? If so, how is anyone gaining root, or has the Incredible become the Evo, in that it's become impossible to root?
As far as I know, anyone that is running GB on a rooted phone had root prior to the update, and did not install the OTA version of the update pushed by Verizon.
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He does not have root access and is running 2.3.4 - so I take it they have not gained root since the Inc went GB?
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He does not have root access and is running 2.3.4 - so I take it they have not gained root since the Inc went GB?
That would be correct.
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Only chance is if he was previously rooted, then unrooted and accepted the GB ota. If the bootloader is still set to s-off, root can be regained. For all others, there is no method.
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That seriously sucks.. I really hope this trend towards locked bootloaders stops now that Google holds MOTO.. ugh. I won't ever give up my unlocked phone for sure.
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The xtc clip should work to attain s-off,unless the update brought a new,unsuspported hboot.

Other than that,keep fingers crossed that AlphaRev/unrevoked add the the Inc to the list of phones supported by the new revolutionary tool.
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The xtc clip should work to attain s-off,unless the update brought a new,unsuspported hboot.

Other than that,keep fingers crossed that AlphaRev/unrevoked add the the Inc to the list of phones supported by the new revolutionary tool.

You say "should", have you seen any confirmation? Wonder if we could get a few Guinea pigs....
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You say "should", have you seen any confirmation? Wonder if we could get a few Guinea pigs....
the incredible is listed as a supported device. eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

i just ordered one,so anyone close enuff to dayton,ohio, or willing to ship me a phone to try it id be happy to.

can anyone that got a legitmate OTA verify wether the hboot changed or not?
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the incredible is listed as a supported device. eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

i just ordered one,so anyone close enuff to dayton,ohio, or willing to ship me a phone to try it id be happy to.

can anyone that got a legitmate OTA verify wether the hboot changed or not?
interesting.... the hboot version number has not changed (still .92) in the official OTA, but users get the "main version is older" error if trying to downgrade to 2.2 (which included the .92 hboot) via RUU or PB31IMG.zip method. So they obviously changed the "main version" but not sure how closely that is tied to the hboot.
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Yeah it seems to be some sort of flag in the bootloader. Even though its 0.92, it's definitely updated in some way or another. Downgrade = fail.
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Its not the bootloader versions, its the misc.img. If you remeber this thread

How to revert back to an earlier version of HBOOT

I know it talks about downgrading the hboot there but that cause we were using full RUU's to do it back then. Point is still the same.

You flashed another misc to fake out the bootloader and allow the downgrade. I wouldn't use that thread to downgrade now but you get the idea.
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interesting.... the hboot version number has not changed (still .92) in the official OTA, but users get the "main version is older" error if trying to downgrade to 2.2 (which included the .92 hboot) via RUU or PB31IMG.zip method. So they obviously changed the "main version" but not sure how closely that is tied to the hboot.

it is the version numbers of the firmware,not the hboot version that cause the "main version hihger" error. the s-on hboot will check what youre trying to flash and htc wont let you backpeddle the version numbers and flash older firmware.

also,the exploits that let you gain temp root and re-write the misc image on an unrooted,s-on phone have all been patched in google source code in 2.3. until someone finds a shiny new exploit,gingerbread will remain unrootable,except via recovery,after xtc clip turning the secure flag off,or possibly some hboot trickery from alpharev/unrevoked(same method being used on TB,sensation,evo 3d).

the clip uses a DIAG mode to turn the secure flag off below the radio level,so im fairly certain it doesnt care what firmware is on the phone. the reason i was asking about the hboot version is that when creating the "gold card" with the clip,you need to enter the phone model and hboot version.
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i seem to be having the same problem... my z4 root worked fine since i got the phone... now it updated to 2.3.4. and it wont root... it continues to say running exploit in order to obtain root access... it will continue to say this, and thats it... help please...
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i seem to be having the same problem... my z4 root worked fine since i got the phone... now it updated to 2.3.4. and it wont root... it continues to say running exploit in order to obtain root access... it will continue to say this, and thats it... help please...

Gingerbread (2.3.4) is not rootable on the incredible.
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the incredible is listed as a supported device. eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

i just ordered one,so anyone close enuff to dayton,ohio, or willing to ship me a phone to try it id be happy to.

can anyone that got a legitmate OTA verify wether the hboot changed or not?
bad news,guys... i got my clip yesterday,and when i open the software,the incredible is not an option to select. ive made a few goldcards for other devices,but they are not making a PB31DIAG,they are all making different PxxxDIAG files. i could put one on the sd and see what happens,but not named correctly hboot just wont find it,and im alittle nervous to just simlply rename it when its obviously been generated for a different device.

i have poured thru pages and pages of google searches and asked on a few forums,and even sent a PM to one of the developers for the clip and cant seem to find any real on info if it can somehow work.

im pretty disapointed- this was one the motivating factors in getting it.

ill keep working on it,but its looking like revolutionary is our only hope,currently.

edit: apparently not all clips are created equal keeping fingers crossed,doing some more research
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Hello, following this thread after coming over from XDA. Glad, well, not really glad...to see people are aware of the issue of Rooting a 2.3.4, S-On incredible. I'll be watching this thread with great interest.

PM or reply if you need me or my phone for any testing. Hoping Revolutionary adds the DINC to its list of supported devices!
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If there is no way to root the incredible with 2.3.4, can i somehow go back to the old version 2.2?
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If there is no way to root the incredible with 2.3.4, can i somehow go back to the old version 2.2?

currently no (unless you have s-off). There most likely won't be any attempts to root it until a final official release is released. But I wouldn't be surprised if root is never achieved.
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I have S-off on my Driod incredible.. How would I go about getting back to 2.2?

When I drop the PB31IMG.zip file on the SD card and select recover it just shows a picture of !
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I have S-off on my Driod incredible.. How would I go about getting back to 2.2?

When I drop the PB31IMG.zip file on the SD card and select recover it just shows a picture of !
Why do you want to go back to 2.2 if you're already s-off?
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If there is no way to root the incredible with 2.3.4, can i somehow go back to the old version 2.2?
There is a way to root GB 2.3.4

See Here: http://androidforums.com/incredible-all-things-root/427344-2-3-4-root-downgrade-s-off.html

I have rooted my Dinc sled stock 2.3.4 S-On, works with amoled too. (I stopped at root with my dinc, due to lack of "me" time). You can also revert to Froyo 2.2 and gain s-off with this method.

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My Droid Incredible is "s-off" and running Gingerbread 2.3.4. People have mentioned that having "s-off" is the key. If so how would I go about rooting my phone without wiping all of my data and programs??? Please help......
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My Droid Incredible is "s-off" and running Gingerbread 2.3.4. People have mentioned that having "s-off" is the key. If so how would I go about rooting my phone without wiping all of my data and programs??? Please help......

Take a look at the sticky at the top of the forum

http://androidforums.com/incredible-all-things-root/420788-how-regain-root-s-off.html
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I had temporary root on my DINC with Z4root until I allowed an update yesterday. (OK, it was early and I had not had my coffee.). My 2 years is about up (I'm grandfathered). Any recommendations on a phone to replace my DINC with that is easily and reliably rooted?
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I had temporary root on my DINC with Z4root until I allowed an update yesterday. (OK, it was early and I had not had my coffee.). My 2 years is about up (I'm grandfathered). Any recommendations on a phone to replace my DINC with that is easily and reliably rooted?
You can root you're incredible after the update...
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It seems that the general opinion is that I am screwed. I am S-ON. I tried unrevoked3 on my MAC and it failed ("is your firmware too new?"). I tried it from my Win7 machine and it actually completed the process (it said "done" - it did not say "success"). During the process it reported an error reading the sdcard "marker" (whatever that is). It seemed to install superuser, but all of my apps requiring superuser access get immediately terminated. So, unless you have any ideas, it looks like I'm screwed.
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It seems that the general opinion is that I am screwed. I am S-ON. I tried unrevoked3 on my MAC and it failed ("is your firmware too new?"). I tried it from my Win7 machine and it actually completed the process (it said "done" - it did not say "success"). During the process it reported an error reading the sdcard "marker" (whatever that is). It seemed to install superuser, but all of my apps requiring superuser access get immediately terminated. So, unless you have any ideas, it looks like I'm screwed.
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Sadly, those are the instructions i followed. Unrevoked (i.e., reflash) can't get root.
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Sorry for the noob question, but I'm not confident I understand this. I'm currently running 2.2 rooted with unrevoked. So I'm S-OFF. But I only installed Titanium and a wifi tether program - never flashed a ROM. I've turned down the OTA gingerbread. If I accept it, will I keep root or lose it? If I'd keep it, is there any other reason not to accept the OTA?
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Just on a lark, I entered "manage applications" and cleared out all data of the superuser permissions app that unrevoked installed. That did the trick!
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Sorry for the noob question, but I'm not confident I understand this. I'm currently running 2.2 rooted with unrevoked. So I'm S-OFF. But I only installed Titanium and a wifi tether program - never flashed a ROM. I've turned down the OTA gingerbread. If I accept it, will I keep root or lose it? If I'd keep it, is there any other reason not to accept the OTA?
Same boat here. I was rooted when I accepted the update, but the update didn't take. The unroot bricked my phone, but I revived it by guessing the timing of the unroot process with a blank screen. So now sitting at 2.2 and would like to get the GB update. From reading other articles, it appears that accepting the (unrooted) update will at best make it difficult to root.

Root now, then update?
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Same boat here. I was rooted when I accepted the update, but the update didn't take. The unroot bricked my phone, but I revived it by guessing the timing of the unroot process with a blank screen. So now sitting at 2.2 and would like to get the GB update. From reading other articles, it appears that accepting the (unrooted) update will at best make it difficult to root.

Root now, then update?

Correct, much easier if you root then update.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 01:22 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Correct, much easier if you root then update.
I have read so many threads I am not sure if I have seen one on how to update while rooted. IT didn't take the first time, so can you direct me?

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ok so I have been away from the Inc for a while ( went through the charge and an iphone 4) now I want to get back in and play with the Inc. My Inc was rooted but I unrooted bc I was going to sell it then changed my mind. It is actually on 2.1 update-1 now when I activate the Inc its gonna ask to update but from what I'm reading I should stay where Im at if I want root, correct? Also can I root the phone first before I activate the phone?
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Also can I root the phone first before I activate the phone?
Yes you don't have to have an activated phone to root.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Just on a lark, I entered "manage applications" and cleared out all data of the superuser permissions app that unrevoked installed. That did the trick!
Clear Data is darked out on my phone. Any other solutions?
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Clear Data is darked out on my phone. Any other solutions?

Are you using the htc incredible or lg ally?
These directions/solutions only apply to the incredible.
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I'm using an Incredible.

Code:
IncredibleC XC SHIP S-ON
HBoOT-0.92.0000
MICROP-0417
Radio-2.15.10.07.07
Jul 23 2010, 12:06:51
That's what I get on HBOOT.

I'll fix my specs for my profile later.
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Sometimes a simple reflash of superuser can make all the difference.

http://downloads.androidsu.com/superuser/Superuser-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip

That's the latest.
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Okay, but how do I reflash it?
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Step 1.
Place Superuser-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip on your SD card.

Step 2.
Power the phone down and enter hboot by holding volume down and power. Navigate into recovery and select 'Install zip from SD card'. Select and run it. Reboot the phone.

Step 3.
Remove Superuser-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip.zip from the SD card.

You navigate recovery with volume up/down. Selections are done with track pad. Power button is back!
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@mmolitor87

Thanks for the advice on re-installing the Superuser app. I was pulling my hair out after following the directions here:
[How To] Root 2.3.4/downgrade and Get S-off

It turns out that the SU app was the final piece of the puzzle.
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I'm trying to install the drivers as described on unrevoked page but I get an error message "Windows encountered a problem installing the driver software for your device. Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it. Android Bootloader Interface. The system cannot find the file specified".
And yes, I did choose "Browse my computer for driver software" and picked the Android USB Driver folder.
I'm running GB 2.3.4 with S-On and I'm trying to downgrade to Froyo so that I can root the phone and gain S-Off in order to install a custom Rom.

Can someone help me please?
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I'm trying to install the drivers as described on unrevoked page but I get an error message "Windows encountered a problem installing the driver software for your device. Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it. Android Bootloader Interface. The system cannot find the file specified".
And yes, I did choose "Browse my computer for driver software" and picked the Android USB Driver folder.
I'm running GB 2.3.4 with S-On and I'm trying to downgrade to Froyo so that I can root the phone and gain S-Off in order to install a custom Rom.

Can someone help me please?
I'd just try rebooting the computer and trying again, or try a different computer if you have one.
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Did you get a resolution to this issue?
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Has anyone come up with a solution yet? Just got an HTC Droid Incredible and it has the ota update to 2.3.4 and no way to root........?????
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Has anyone come up with a solution yet? Just got an HTC Droid Incredible and it has the ota update to 2.3.4 and no way to root........?????

Top of the forum, there is a sticky with instructions
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