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Old June 28th, 2012, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I used jcase's adb instructions to successfully gain ROOT access to the zte merit straighttalk cell phone. (Much PROPS to JCase!)

Question: I wanted to know instructions/or how to get clockworkmod installed onto the rooted merit. (Or is there a better way to make a backup of the phone.) I know the app is downloadable at the market but it costs and not sure if it will even work. And would it reset the rom back to stock by installing it?
(I'm sure I could find an .apk file floating around somewhere of it.)

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Old June 28th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Clockworkmod recovery

I need a tester anyways... If it doesn't work, then that link will lead to anthony062991's method.
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Is there any ROM for this phone floating around anywhere? Like CM7 or CM9 not sure if they will work for this phone or not. I have it on the HTC aria. But need a slimmed down ROM for the ZTE Merit!
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Clockworkmod recovery

I need a tester anyways... If it doesn't work, then that link will lead to anthony062991's method.
I will try it but............
How do you enter factory recovery with this phone? On my HTC Aria you just hold down the power button and the volume down at the same time and it goes into factory recovery.

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menu+vol up+power gets you into recovery mode. As for ROMS, I'm in the process of porting CM9 ICS to the Z990 (AT&T version). When you get Clockwork working, create a backup, then if you want, give my ROM a try, or the one.### series.
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menu+vol up+power gets you into recivery mode. As for ROMS, I'm in the process of porting CM9 ICS to the Z990 (AT&T version). When you get Clockwork working, create a backup, then if you want, give my ROM a try, or the one.### series.
Ok that got me into system recovery menu but I don't see
Select "apply update from sdcard".

There are only 3 options in my menu.
How would I install that zip of clockwork if there is no option?

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Give my ROM a try or the one.### series??

Where are these located at?

Sorry another newbie question!

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MH-1.0

MH-1.0E (B doesn't work yet)

one.### series

There ya go .
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Right on!!!!!!

Thanks a Million!!!!

Is there any way to back up contacts before doing a factory wipe/reset?

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Go into contacts and click Import/Export and save then either to your SIMcard or your SD card.
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Right on!!!!!!

Thanks a Million!!!!

Is there any way to back up contacts before doing a factory wipe/reset?

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yeah, back them up to your sim card, or to your SD card.

press menu button when in contacts and choose import/export and export them to where you want
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Go into contacts and click Import/Export and save then either to your SIMcard or your SD card.
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Right on guys! Thanks!!!!



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If I am to the jcase root for purposes of running much off sd, what are the GUI like on some of these other rom's? I don't really mind the rom my phone came with other than the crap I don't need and freeing up the CPU. I already got clockwork and and sdmover app. What else will I need before going ahead with the root? Thanks abunch
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Iíve been following for a couple months now on the merit status, rooting and such. Bought the zte z990g merit rooted it per JCase!! Kudos their, bought rom toolbox, rom manager. Installed superuser, link 2sd, root checker, busy box installer, app2sd, all say I have Root
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Tried to flash cm7 with rom tool box after backing up. No Go.
Tried with rom manager backing up, flash recovery. Download and install, install from sdcard. No Go.

Installed Titan to back up phone because I was looking in the root, well all of it, for other back ups I had done all were empty.

I have spent the last three days looking for all things ROM for the merit and all thatís out there really are the posts here and a handful of out of box reviews.

Ever attempt to put cm7 in was just a long wait will phone decided to boot back to its regular format, tried the menu vol + and power, I get a long boot up and back to regular format. Phone works great but really hate the limited internal, well bah bah bah LOL, so
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1.)Copy CM7 zip file onto the root of your SD Card.

2.)Hold down the menu button (far button on the left), volume up, and then hold in the power button. Hold in until the factory recovery menu comes up and release.

3.)Then goto install update from sd card.

4.)Select CM7 and let her eat!


Reboot phone and enjoy!

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yep lol, i tried that button boot didnt work so i put the recovery.img on and button booted and it worked !! so had 2 cm7.zip files and a way in. i folowed instal vids on cm7 both xip files said they were bad and now its bricked lol i can still buton boot though, although there is no os to boot to for restart. i posted in the compleste guide post as well my be a fix there just need a nood to see it will work
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Flash an aftermarket ROM to be able to reboot your phone. No one's ported CM7 to the Avail yet.
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Well I bought the sd card read/write popped in the sd card, put the stock .zip on the card, reinserted the card in phone and button booted

I got a phone!! But with some weird stuff I never seen before apps and update for att and the phone now reads itís an avail (zte z990) even though itís a merit (zte z990g), and now says its an android 2.3.4 even though its was a 2.3.5.

So I tried to restore Titan back up I put most things back but left the new stuff on the phone. And noticed I had no internet no email so I noticed ID changed Titan said, so I restored the back up ID from Titan and did another restore system and all is back well some ,, all new stuff is gone well most phone,, still says itís a 2.3.4 and att update is their and still says itís a z990 not a z990g and I have internet and email again so close to getting it all back but hey !! it works!!
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And this all started because I didn’t follow directions,, 1 step I missed was nandroid back up in button boot up

Also, was at Walmart this morning and the end isle promotion in electronics was packed with z900G merit phones for straight talk, have a feeling alot more posts are going up
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Don't know about anybody else but I had to order my Merit off the Straight Talk website.

It would be cool to just be able to walk into Walmart in the event of a bricking crisis.....heh heh.
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There's very little you can do to really cripple the device. As long as you have a backup and can access recovery mode, it's savable.
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Ok so phone is up and working, but cant leave it alone lol,
Question it’s a merit and it runs gingerbread 2.3.5, so can it be updated to gingerbread 2.3.6 or 2.3.7 or further, or will the merits’ hardware not be able to handle it
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regarding the above posts, could someone explain to a dummy ( me, lol ) what ya'all mean about root access and ROM for the phone ? The walmart that I work in got a display of the AZT's. I bought one and the only gripe I have is the rapid battery discharge even with all items such as display, bluetooth, wi fi, GPS, etc turned off. In regards to the one post above about backup, I have my contacts backed up by Lockout app. Also I play gang wars. If I get another phone can I transfer my stats, etc to the new phone, or am i resigned to just start over ?? koool site here, indeed ! Laters.
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Don't know about anybody else but I had to order my Merit off the Straight Talk website.

It would be cool to just be able to walk into Walmart in the event of a bricking crisis.....heh heh.
I bought mine at Walmart. I've looked at a few of the walmarts around me and only ONE of them carries the Merrit, and it's the only Android Straight Talk phone that one carries. The other Walmarts near me carry different ones, but no Merrit.

However, I think I will be buying the GSM android phone they offer so I can run on Verizon's network. That one I have not found in stores yet.
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The merit is a gsm phone
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The merit is a gsm phone
Yeah, I messed up, lol. CDMA, or whatever Verizon uses.
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ok i have a zte merit z990g merit when i press menu vol up and power button it puts me in safe mode how do i get to recovery with out adb shell sorry for newb question
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Hold menu with those two buttons. I never used the stock recovery, so it may take some trial and error with the volume buttons.
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