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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:36 AM   #101 (permalink)
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It would be great if this could be posted as yet another method in the OP. I posted this in the pre-release thread but thought it might get lost there so I think this thread would be much more relevant.

And in case anyone gets an issue with overwriting of CWM with the stock recovery upon reboot use Root Explorer and delete the file "/system/recovery-from-boot.p". You must mount it as R/W prior to deleting the file (the button in the top right corner).
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Yeah, I saw this over on XDA and didn't include it since I haven't finished updating the second post of this thread--mainly because I see there are still a few issues being ironed-out with ClockworkMod (mostly the USB mounting issue).

But, I will definitely include this.

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Hey guys how will this recent OTA update for galaxy nexus affect the bootloader unlock/root?
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Out of interest, just to clarify, is ClockworkRecovery an essential step in flashing custom ROMS, and otherwise not advantageous?

Or is it also required for nandroid backups?

As my main goal was getting AdFree, i did not flash CWR. I was hoping a simple unlock and root would enable me to still receive OTA's.
Yes, you'll need a custom recovery (ClockworkMod at this time) to flash ROMs and other signed update.zip type files.

Yes, custom recovery is where you take your Nandroid backups. This is because you need / want a quiescent system (i.e., no file activity) when you take a backup snapshot of your device's memory partitions. The custom recovery boots into a smaller, RAM-based kernel that allows for this.

So, if you aren't going to flash any custom ROMs, you don't need a custom recovery. You don't even have to flash a custom recovery, you can soft-boot it without flashing just to make/take a Nandroid backup (as a matter of fact, if you don't remove the /system/recovery-from-boot.p file, Android will automatically re-flash the stock recovery anyway).

Additionally, you'll always have the ability to restore the stock Android image too to take you back to square one.

Lots of options .

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This was posted last night by biohazard53188:

"Alright Guys! I just finished unlocking my bootloader and rooting my LTE Gnex. Im going to warn you all right now. DO NOT use superboot to root your Gnex when you get it, root it manually until a better solution comes out. I got a boot loop from it and after searching on the internet I found that others had this issue on production devices. I ended up wiping the cache and formatting which saved my butt. I was pretty pissed for a second thinking i just ruined my baby before the release date.

I had no problem activating it with my home made micro sim and I have not received any updates in the 7 hours its been on. Anyway its up and running now and I LOVE IT! You guys will not be disappointed!"



Since my plan was to use the easiest method to root my phone, should I worry about this? I feel confident that I can unlock the bootloader, no problem so should I simply unlock the bootloader and then wait to root until a better method comes along (I assume that unlocking the bootloader is the only thing that will wipe the phone where as rooting the phone will not lose the data on the phone)??
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Hey guys how will this recent OTA update for galaxy nexus affect the bootloader unlock/root?
Welcome to the AndroidForums, UKROB!

Well, I'm a bit behind in hearing any news about any new/recent OTA, but I can't imagine that would affect the ability to unlock the bootloader (which drives how we install root). Its a Nexus device, after all.

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will flashing CWM erase any data from the phone?
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will flashing CWM erase any data from the phone?
No user data--you're just replacing the stock recovery when you flash a custom recovery.

Note that Android will automatically replace any custom recovery each reboot with his stock recovery if you haven't taken measures to prevent this (i.e., removed the /system/recovery-from-boot.p file).
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This was posted last night by biohazard53188:

"Alright Guys! I just finished unlocking my bootloader and rooting my LTE Gnex. Im going to warn you all right now. DO NOT use superboot to root your Gnex when you get it, root it manually until a better solution comes out. I got a boot loop from it and after searching on the internet I found that others had this issue on production devices. I ended up wiping the cache and formatting which saved my butt. I was pretty pissed for a second thinking i just ruined my baby before the release date.

I had no problem activating it with my home made micro sim and I have not received any updates in the 7 hours its been on. Anyway its up and running now and I LOVE IT! You guys will not be disappointed!"



Since my plan was to use the easiest method to root my phone, should I worry about this? I feel confident that I can unlock the bootloader, no problem so should I simply unlock the bootloader and then wait to root until a better method comes along (I assume that unlocking the bootloader is the only thing that will wipe the phone where as rooting the phone will not lose the data on the phone)??
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I'll post a note/warning above the Superboot method referenced in the first post to point to this. I haven't had time to read/research about this yet over on XDA, etc., so I'm not familiar with the details (I wouldn't think its a GSM vs. LTE device version issue, but I don't really know right now).

Thanks for the heads-up.

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ok guys so a flashed the recovery to CWM, but when i try to enter recovery I just get the android with the red triangle and it doesn't go any further than that, how do i access CWM recovery?
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ok guys so a flashed the recovery to CWM, but when i try to enter recovery I just get the android with the red triangle and it doesn't go any further than that, how do i access CWM recovery?
Well, I'm still fuzzy on all of these details myself, since I don't have a device (yet) to actually test with, which is why I haven't yet finished updating the second post of this thread.

Here's text from a thread over on XDA about the key sequences:

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vol down + power = download mode

Vol up + power = recovery

both vol + power = fastboot (where you can also select recovery)
I would also suggest soft-booting recovery via this method:

fastboot boot recovery-clockwork-5.5.0.2-maguro.img

I've also read that many folks are using ROM Manager to flash and invoke CWM--I don't have that program so I haven't referenced how to use it.
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Well, I'm still fuzzy on all of these details myself, since I don't have a device (yet) to actually test with, which is why I haven't yet finished updating the second post of this thread.

Here's text from a thread over on XDA about the key sequences:

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vol down + power = download mode

Vol up + power = recovery

both vol + power = fastboot (where you can also select recovery)
I would also suggest soft-booting recovery via this method:

fastboot boot recovery-clockwork-5.5.0.2-maguro.img

I've also read that many folks are using ROM Manager to flash and invoke CWM--I don't have that program so I haven't referenced how to use it.
can I do a reflash with the stock recovery img renamed/deleted?
* well i just reflashed it anyways, if it doesn't work then i'll try the rom manager.

**update** reflash worked. CWM recovery is working
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Evidently the GSM CWM .img, recovery-clockwork-5.5.0.2-maguro.img, is working for some early VZW LTE users if I'm understanding the recent posts correctly. However in post #76 back on page 2 of this thread, teddyearp said -

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I would be leary of using the CWRecovery designed for the GSM model of the phone. The LTE version has been released, just gotta know where to look.
At the bottom of his post are 3 links including "Samsung i515 files". Opening that link gives a list of files including
LTErecovery_cwr.img
which I took to be the LTE version he referred to, somewhat obliquely. Has anyone tried this version, either softboot or flash?

Edit-- after rereading the entire thread I'm not so sure anyone with an LTE GNex has reported booting/flashing the GSM CWM, looks like only a UK user(s). Nonetheless I'd be interested to know if anyone has tried the LTErecovery_cwr.img posted by teddyearp, including him.
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This was posted last night by biohazard53188:

"Alright Guys! I just finished unlocking my bootloader and rooting my LTE Gnex. Im going to warn you all right now. DO NOT use superboot to root your Gnex when you get it, root it manually until a better solution comes out. I got a boot loop from it and after searching on the internet I found that others had this issue on production devices. I ended up wiping the cache and formatting which saved my butt. I was pretty pissed for a second thinking i just ruined my baby before the release date.
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This is exactly why I haven't tried to root mine yet. I would be beside myself if I bricked this baby before it was even released.
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Is the driver listed in the OP for 64 bit systems? I installed that one and I can see the device fine over ADB but when I put it in fastboot it says it cannot install the driver ... dunno whats going on here
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Hi guys,

I just purchased my Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and planned to unlock and root first thing. Only problem is, I can't unlock. ADB works just fine, but fastboot is unresponsive. When I do fastboot devices it just returns me to the command without listing any devices. When I try and do fastboot oem unlock, it says waiting for devices, but does not do anything to my phone. My phone's bootloader is still operable. For some reason, it seems my fastboot is not recognizing my phone. Any suggestions? I tried different fastboot drivers listed, but didn't know what to do with them as none of them were installable files.
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having issues like this as well
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Any suggestions? I tried different fastboot drivers listed, but didn't know what to do with them as none of them were installable files.
same here, I dont really consider myself a noob, but I downloaded the usb zip but theres no installable if somebody could explain how to get them loaded that would be great...

**?? Also has anybody successfully used this boot.img with the LTE version? dont want it to be GSM only and then I brick this thing before I even get to use it
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Hi guys,

I just purchased my Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and planned to unlock and root first thing. Only problem is, I can't unlock. ADB works just fine, but fastboot is unresponsive. When I do fastboot devices it just returns me to the command without listing any devices. When I try and do fastboot oem unlock, it says waiting for devices, but does not do anything to my phone. My phone's bootloader is still operable. For some reason, it seems my fastboot is not recognizing my phone. Any suggestions? I tried different fastboot drivers listed, but didn't know what to do with them as none of them were installable files.

I had similar issues to this. Here's what I did...

I uninstalled the Samsung drivers and rebooted. Then I installed PDANet and selected Samsung as the device type, plugged in my phone and it did the rest. Then I was able to "adb reboot bootloader" from my PC and when I did "fastbook devices" my device was there.

I will also warn you that my phone did not act as advertised while rooting. It never appeared to boot to the boot.img file for me to run the commands. I then tried the superboot method found on XDA and that seemed to do the same thing (just sitting at the google screen...nothing else). I was for sure I bricked my phone...pulled the battery and then it rebooted and superuser app was on the phone...root must have worked. Hope this helps...YMMV.
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I had similar issues to this. Here's what I did...

I uninstalled the Samsung drivers and rebooted. Then I installed PDANet and selected Samsung as the device type, plugged in my phone and it did the rest. Then I was able to "adb reboot bootloader" from my PC and when I did "fastbook devices" my device was there.

I will also warn you that my phone did not act as advertised while rooting. It never appeared to boot to the boot.img file for me to run the commands. I then tried the superboot method found on XDA and that seemed to do the same thing (just sitting at the google screen...nothing else). I was for sure I bricked my phone...pulled the battery and then it rebooted and superuser app was on the phone...root must have worked. Hope this helps...YMMV.
Thanks for the tip. Still not working. I'll keep trying. This is supposed to be so easy! I'm really frustrated that fastboot is not working.
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Hi guys,

I just purchased my Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and planned to unlock and root first thing. Only problem is, I can't unlock. ADB works just fine, but fastboot is unresponsive. When I do fastboot devices it just returns me to the command without listing any devices. When I try and do fastboot oem unlock, it says waiting for devices, but does not do anything to my phone. My phone's bootloader is still operable. For some reason, it seems my fastboot is not recognizing my phone. Any suggestions? I tried different fastboot drivers listed, but didn't know what to do with them as none of them were installable files.
same thing.
did this via droidlife's link.
worked.

  1. Open the Device Manager.
    1. Right-click on My Computer (Windows XP) or Computer (Windows Vista/7).
    2. Click on Manage.
    3. Click on Device Manager on the left.
  2. You will probably see Unknown Device with ADB listed under it with a yellow exclamation mark.
  3. Right-click on ADB.
  4. Click on "Update Driver Software".
  5. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software".
  6. Click on "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer".
  7. Click on "Have Disk".
  8. Click on "Browse".
  9. Navigate to "C:\android-sdk-windows\google-usb_driver" and select "android_winusb.inf".
  10. Click on "Android ADB Interface". NOTE: You will get an Update Driver Warning, click on "Yes".
  11. Once finished installing the driver, open the command prompt on the computer, and type in the following command to sure everything is setup properly: adb devices
  12. If it lists any devices, everything is fine and you are finished. If not, you may have further issues and will have to do further research on your own.
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now when i do fastboot oem unlock i get fat boot is not recognized as an internal or external command, operble program or batch file
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got it, i forgot to download the fastboot unlock file.
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This worked, thanks. However now initiating the fastboot boot boot.img is bootlooping. Suggestions ?

Does this reboot take a good bit of time?

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did this via droidlife's link.
worked.

  1. Open the Device Manager.
    1. Right-click on My Computer (Windows XP) or Computer (Windows Vista/7).
    2. Click on Manage.
    3. Click on Device Manager on the left.
  2. You will probably see Unknown Device with ADB listed under it with a yellow exclamation mark.
  3. Right-click on ADB.
  4. Click on "Update Driver Software".
  5. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software".
  6. Click on "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer".
  7. Click on "Have Disk".
  8. Click on "Browse".
  9. Navigate to "C:\android-sdk-windows\google-usb_driver" and select "android_winusb.inf".
  10. Click on "Android ADB Interface". NOTE: You will get an Update Driver Warning, click on "Yes".
  11. Once finished installing the driver, open the command prompt on the computer, and type in the following command to sure everything is setup properly: adb devices
  12. If it lists any devices, everything is fine and you are finished. If not, you may have further issues and will have to do further research on your own.
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same thing.
did this via droidlife's link.
worked.

  1. Open the Device Manager.
    1. Right-click on My Computer (Windows XP) or Computer (Windows Vista/7).
    2. Click on Manage.
    3. Click on Device Manager on the left.
  2. You will probably see Unknown Device with ADB listed under it with a yellow exclamation mark.
  3. Right-click on ADB.
  4. Click on "Update Driver Software".
  5. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software".
  6. Click on "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer".
  7. Click on "Have Disk".
  8. Click on "Browse".
  9. Navigate to "C:\android-sdk-windows\google-usb_driver" and select "android_winusb.inf".
  10. Click on "Android ADB Interface". NOTE: You will get an Update Driver Warning, click on "Yes".
  11. Once finished installing the driver, open the command prompt on the computer, and type in the following command to sure everything is setup properly: adb devices
  12. If it lists any devices, everything is fine and you are finished. If not, you may have further issues and will have to do further research on your own.
Thanks. I did this, and adb devices lists my device. But once I go into the bootloader, it's no longer listed (with adb or fastboot).Argg!!!
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This worked, thanks. However now initiating the fastboot boot boot.img is bootlooping. Suggestions ?
try a different driver? best guess...? and install it the same way
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Travillion, try installing bootloader driver rather than adb driver. Worked for me (on to other issues)
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jrowme did you try to root . i cant get the adb root commands to work i get adb cannot run as root in production builds
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I'm having the same problem
"adbd cannot run as root in production builds"

is this a pattern or did we both mess up somewhere? this is after unlocking the bootloader
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This worked, thanks. However now initiating the fastboot boot boot.img is bootlooping. Suggestions ?

Does this reboot take a good bit of time?
I think I am where you are at now..

Was on the screen a good 3-5 minutes before it booted

Remember it is wiping the phone...
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is this a pattern or did we both mess up somewhere? this is after unlocking the bootloader
hopefully someone can help us out here
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is this a pattern or did we both mess up somewhere? this is after unlocking the bootloader
and now i am stuck where you are at
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is this a pattern or did we both mess up somewhere? this is after unlocking the bootloader
Same here. Did the 2nd (slightly easier) method and everything went completely fine until the last step where you enter the adb commands. It shows the device as connected and everything, but I get the production build message.
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**?? Also has anybody successfully used this boot.img with the LTE version? dont want it to be GSM only and then I brick this thing before I even get to use it
SO I just answered my own question... guys DO NOT use the boot.img in the OP just tried booting onto it and now I'm stuck in a boot loop at the Google screen... waiting for help over on xda too for an LTE bootimage cause I can get into the loader but stuck on the Google screen. FFFFFUUUUUUUU
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aweseome now im stuck in the google screen. FML
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Sounds like you are in the same situation... were F'ed til we get another boot.img lol
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SO I just answered my own question... guys DO NOT use the boot.img in the OP just tried booting onto it and now I'm stuck in a boot loop at the Google screen... waiting for help over on xda too for an LTE bootimage cause I can get into the loader but stuck on the Google screen. FFFFFUUUUUUUU
oh. darnit!
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SO I just answered my own question... guys DO NOT use the boot.img in the OP just tried booting onto it and now I'm stuck in a boot loop at the Google screen... waiting for help over on xda too for an LTE bootimage cause I can get into the loader but stuck on the Google screen. FFFFFUUUUUUUU
i flashed the boot.img and it booted fine. did a factory reset.

went in and turned back on USB Debugging but now it wont let me run adb root or any other commands.

adb devices list the device though
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The Google Screen took somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 minutes before it finally booted up normally for me.
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So just let it keep bootlooping?? Doesnt seem normal

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pulled battery and rebooted phone ill wait to root since this seems to not work
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i flashed the boot.img and it booted fine. did a factory reset.

went in and turned back on USB Debugging but now it wont let me run adb root or any other commands.

adb devices list the device though
This is now where I am at. What gives?
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Yeah, I now have a unlocked bootloader on my brand new galaxy nexus...

No root though... Fun... Well at least the wipe part is over.. Guess I can start setting up my phone and then check back to see if someone figured out what is wrong.
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So the root method is not working right now? I was going to use the 2nd method... The slightly easier method... Should I not try it or at what point should I stop?
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"adbd cannot run as root in production builds"

if this means Verizon locked something in the "production builds" that would suck...

So much for simple adb commands to acheive root on a Nexus
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HELP!!! I am a newbie. I just got my Galaxy nexus. How do I root on a mac?? Please Be gentle this is so confusing. Anyone have the dummies guide or step by step info? thank you sooo much!! I just want to be able to use my ipad2 wirelessly so this is the purpose for root!
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also stuck at "adbd cannot run as root in production builds"

Also just FYI to everyone, it completely wipes everything, including anything pictures or music. OP said he didnt think it would get wiped.. but it did.
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if this means Verizon locked something in the "production builds" that would suck...

So much for simple adb commands to acheive root on a Nexus
That's what I'm guessing. Not allowed to run in production builds. That has to be Verizon's doing.
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So the root method is not working right now? I was going to use the 2nd method... The slightly easier method... Should I not try it or at what point should I stop?
People were having trouble with the USB drivers from the beginning.

I made it all the way to the boot.img...

It successfully unlocked the bootloader and did the factory wipe.. Now I am stuck.

Im not suggesting anything but I got the worst part out of the way. The mandatory factory wipe. Now I can set it up and root it later without having to reset...

Not saying you should though as someone said he might have gotten into a bootloop by flashing the boot.img
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HELP!!! I am a newbie. I just got my Galaxy nexus. How do I root on a mac?? Please Be gentle this is so confusing. Anyone have the dummies guide or step by step info? thank you sooo much!!
If your a newbie I would probably hold off for a lil bit...

Im not a newb to ADB or android SDK and im stuck...
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So the root method is not working right now? I was going to use the 2nd method... The slightly easier method... Should I not try it or at what point should I stop?
I can tell you confidently I did that method perfectly on mine up until the time to enter the adb commands and it gives me the same production build message that others are getting. It did unlock the bootloader with relative ease though, so I'm kind of in civicsisedan's boat in that it's nice to have that wipe out of the way and I'll have to come back and check for updates to get rooted later.
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