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Old September 23rd, 2012, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ZTE z990g Merit , Internal Space, SD card, Rooting

Two days ago I purchased the ZTE z990g Merit (Straight Talk- AT&T)

Well after doing the updates to the phone for programs already installed on the system, I get the dreaded " Internal space is low" message..

After talking to Straight Talk tech support I was told to uninstall all updates and turn off auto updates...Ummmm ok ? And this is my only solution? She informed me, that any updates to a program that comes installed on the phone will only go to internal memory and not my SD card.... OK? I have tried moving programs to my SD card and that option is grayed out, I have also downloaded a few new apps on my phone just to see if I could put them on my SD card....Ummmmm again that option is grayed out.(Shouldn't I be able to move my downloaded things such as pictures, music and programs to my SD card?) Heck I might as wll take out the SD card it just sitting there empty!

I have been reading all your threads about rooting and that seems like my only option, but for the life of me I can't seem to grasp what to do, Is there anyone out there that can walk me through this step by step in dummy terms? lol

I am almost ready to put this thing on airplane mode and fling it in the air!

Any HELP would be greatly appreciated, Thanks
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Two days ago I purchased the ZTE z990g Merit (Straight Talk- AT&T)

Well after doing the updates to the phone for programs already installed on the system, I get the dreaded " Internal space is low" message..

After talking to Straight Talk tech support I was told to uninstall all updates and turn off auto updates...Ummmm ok ? And this is my only solution? She informed me, that any updates to a program that comes installed on the phone will only go to internal memory and not my SD card.... OK? I have tried moving programs to my SD card and that option is grayed out, I have also downloaded a few new apps on my phone just to see if I could put them on my SD card....Ummmmm again that option is grayed out.(Shouldn't I be able to move my downloaded things such as pictures, music and programs to my SD card?) Heck I might as wll take out the SD card it just sitting there empty!

I have been reading all your threads about rooting and that seems like my only option, but for the life of me I can't seem to grasp what to do, Is there anyone out there that can walk me through this step by step in dummy terms? lol

I am almost ready to put this thing on airplane mode and fling it in the air!

Any HELP would be greatly appreciated, Thanks
You will need to root the phone and use the link2sd to gain the needed space.

you can also root unstall all the safe to remove apps and reinstall them you will gain 60 megs of needed space.
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You will need to root the phone and use the link2sd to gain the needed space.

you can also root unstall all the safe to remove apps and reinstall them you will gain 60 megs of needed space.
I would love to root, seems like it would solve my issue but like I said, I don't understand how to do it...
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You need to install the "Android Developer Kit" for one thing.

If using a regular PC, download and install this: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r20.0.3-windows.zip

If using a Mac, download and install this: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r20.0.3-macosx.zip

If you're running Linux, here's your file: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r20.0.3-linux.tgz

Get that done and then we can move forward. After you root, you'll be able to do anything you want on your phone. Transfer photos, mp3's or other files to your phone, remove factory apps that you don't want, etc.
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You need to install the "Android Developer Kit" for one thing.

If using a regular PC, download and install this: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r20.0.3-windows.zip

If using a Mac, download and install this: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r20.0.3-macosx.zip

If you're running Linux, here's your file: http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r20.0.3-linux.tgz

Get that done and then we can move forward. After you root, you'll be able to do anything you want on your phone. Transfer photos, mp3's or other files to your phone, remove factory apps that you don't want, etc.
Thank you so much for helping me :-) OK that is downloaded, waiting on you :-)
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Thank you so much for helping me :-) OK that is downloaded, waiting on you :-)
Did you install it?
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Not yet, unzip and just install to my computer...correct? Any paticular place?
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Not yet, unzip and just install to my computer...correct? Any paticular place?
With any of this type of thing, you need to read the instructions first. I believe it tells you to install to C: though.
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Ok, it's installed
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You'll be using "ADB Commands" to root your phone. We'll need to see if ADB is installed and working. I believe it is part of the ASDK that you just installed. (It's been a while since I rooted)

You need to go into your phones' menu to Settings/Applications/Development. Check the box that says 'USB Debugging'.

You can also plug up your usb cable after that.
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ok, done
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You'll need to install this driver:

http://dottech.org/downloads/ZTE_Android_Driver.exe
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ZTE_Android_Driver.exe is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer
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ZTE_Android_Driver.exe is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer
I assume that's some sort of Windows Vista warning or something. That's why I use a Mac. I hate Winblows.

But nevertheless, the link is the Windows usb driver that will enable your PC to "see" your phone via the usb cable. It is from a legit site.
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Ok, it's installed on computer
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I'll be copying and pasting from another site. I think it would be easier this way and less overwhelming than if I gave you a bunch of instructions all at once. I'll wait for your acknowledgement after each "transaction" before proceeding, to make sure the commands are carried out on your end with no problems.If you encounter problems just say so and we'll figure a way through it.
  • Press Win + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run dialog.
  • Once the Run box is open, type in sysdm.cpl and hit OK
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done


(It brought up System Properties)
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done (It brought up System Properties)

  • Once you hit OK, the System Properties panel should open; click on the Advanced tab:
  • From the Advanced tab click on Environment Variables:
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Do you have "My Computer" on your desktop? I need to know the exact name of the folder that the ASDK was installed in, in the C drive. Do you know how to find that info? Not trying to be insulting....just don't know your skill level.
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I have found SDK manager...Is that what we are looking for?


If so .... C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Android\android-sdk
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Looking for the exact name of the install folder in your C drive.

Gimme' a minute. I'll fire up my PC and be better able to direct you.
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OK, assuming that you're using Windows Vista, right-click on your desktop and select "Personalize".

When the window pops up, in the upper left, select "Change desktop icons".

When THAT window pops up, check the box that says "Computer".

Then collapse all the windows and double-click "Computer on your desktop.

Double-click "C:"

Is there a folder there with SDK in it?
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This is where I found it...

C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Android\android-sdk

Also, I just thought of something, I also downloaded some files from a thread in here when I was going to try and root on my own

http://androidforums.com/avail-all-things-root/566407-root-zte-z990g-merit-avail-variant.html

So, I have those two files plus the ones you had me download, I hope this doesn't cause an issue
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I am using Windows 7
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This is where I found it...

C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Android\android-sdk

Also, I just thought of something, I also downloaded some files from a thread in here when I was going to try and root on my own

http://androidforums.com/avail-all-things-root/566407-root-zte-z990g-merit-avail-variant.html

So, I have those two files plus the ones you had me download, I hope this doesn't cause an issue

Actually, it would be better if you uninstalled the ASDK and re-installed it to C: It could slow down the whole process or cause other problems with it installed in your program files.

Once you do that and we finish the "assigning" you'll be ready to root.
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OK, assuming that you're using Windows Vista, right-click on your desktop and select "Personalize".

When the window pops up, in the upper left, select "Change desktop icons".

When THAT window pops up, check the box that says "Computer".

Then collapse all the windows and double-click "Computer on your desktop.

Double-click "C:"

Is there a folder there with SDK in it?

Yes I found a folder Android and SDK is in there
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Heh heh...we're tripping over responses now. I'll repeat:


Actually, it would be better if you uninstalled the ASDK and re-installed it to C: It could slow down the whole process or cause other problems with it installed in your program files. Or you could just leave things as they are and install the ASDK to C:

The ASDK sitting in your program files won't hurt anything but it won't be used either. Could always uninstall that later.

Once you do that and we finish the "assigning" you'll be ready to root.
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Actually, it would be better if you uninstalled the ASDK and re-installed it to C: It could slow down the whole process or cause other problems with it installed in your program files.

Once you do that and we finish the "assigning" you'll be ready to root.

OK doing it now
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Heh heh...we're tripping over responses now. I'll repeat:


Actually, it would be better if you uninstalled the ASDK and re-installed it to C: It could slow down the whole process or cause other problems with it installed in your program files. Or you could just leave things as they are and install the ASDK to C:

The ASDK sitting in your program files won't hurt anything but it won't be used either. Could always uninstall that later.

Once you do that and we finish the "assigning" you'll be ready to root.

It is extracted to C:
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OK. If that other dialog box is still open, go ahead and close it. We'll start over on that part:
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• Press Win + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run dialog.

• Once the Run box is open, type in sysdm.cpl and hit OK

• Once you hit OK, the System Properties panel should open; click on the Advanced tab:

• From the Advanced tab click on Environment Variables:

• At the Environment Variables window find where it says Path under System variables, click on it, and click the Edit button:

• When the Edit System Variable window pops up, type in C:\Android\android-sdk at the very end and hit OK:

• After clicking OK, close out all windows.
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Do I type that into the box that says Variable Name Or Variable Value? Also it is supposed to delete what is already in the box? Or just add to it? (Sorry just want to make sure and not mess anything up)
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Do I type that into the box that says Variable Name Or Variable Value? Also it is supposed to delete what is already in the box? Or just add to it? (Sorry just want to make sure and not mess anything up)
Into "Variable Value". And it goes to the end of what's already in there.

Variable Name should say "path" in it.
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OK that is done
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OK. Going to perform a simple test and see if you're ready to root.

Once again Press Win + R

Or you can go to Start/run.

Type CMD and hit "Enter".

In the DOS window that just popped up type CD.. (that's CD dot dot then hit enter)

Type "adb devices"

Hopefully you'll see something like:

List of devices attached
P736T_TF device

If instead you see something like "-bash: adb: command not found" then we're not quite there.

Edit: this is assuming that the all previous instructions were carried out, such as USB driver installed, USB cable connected to phone and PC, USB debugging 'checked' on the phone in "Settings/Applications/Development"
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C:\Users\Joanie>CD.."adb devices"
The System cannot find the path specified.

Did I type in the commands correct?
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C:\Users\Joanie>CD.."adb devices"
The System cannot find the path specified.

Did I type in the commands correct?
The "CD.." command and the "adb devices" are two different commands.

Type: CD.. (hit enter)

Type: adb devices ( hit enter)

That was my fault. I didn't specify "hit enter" after the "type CD.." command. I edited it into that response in case somebody else follows these instructions.
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Into "Variable Value". And it goes to the end of what's already in there.

Variable Name should say "path" in it.
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OK. Going to perform a simple test and see if you're ready to root.

Once again Press Win + R

Or you can go to Start/run.

Type CMD and hit "Enter".

In the DOS window that just popped up type CD.. (that's CD dot dot)

Type "adb devices"

Hopefully you'll see something like:

List of devices attached
P736T_TF device

If instead you see something like "-bash: adb: command not found" then we're not quite there.

Edit: this is assuming that the all previous instructions were carried out, such as USB driver installed, USB cable connected to phone and PC, USB debugging 'checked' on the phone in "Settings/Applications/Development"

Yes USB drivers are in system folder, USB cable connected to phone and PC, USB debugging is checked
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Yes USB drivers are in system folder, USB cable connected to phone and PC, USB debugging is checked
Please re-read the previous response. I edited it.
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS we have P736T_TF Device

LOL sorry, I got kinda happy
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS we have P736T_TF Device

LOL sorry, I got kind happy

Whoo Hoo!!!!!

Ready to root. You can go ahead and follow J-Case's instructions or I can walk you through it.
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Please walk me through if you don't mind? I really appreciate your time and patience with me :-)
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Please walk me through if you don't mind? I really appreciate you time and patience with me :-)
No problem at all.

You also need to install CWM (ClockWork Mod) after you root. Even if you do not want to install other ROM's on your phone, CWM is a very important utility that can provide a number of useful functions and also creates a sort of a "back door" into your phone if it crashes/gets "softbricked" at some point. Edit: A back door for you only....not "backdoor" in the hacker sense.

Root instructions coming up next.
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No problem at all.

You also need to install CWM (ClockWork Mod) after you root. Even if you do not want to install other ROM's on your phone, CWM is a very important utility that can provide a number of useful functions and also creates a sort of a "back door" into your phone if it crashes/gets "softbricked" at some point. Edit: A back door for you only....not "backdoor" in the hacker sense.

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Ok I will download it after the root
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OK. We're going to start with a fresh "shell".

Close the DOS window. Use the Run command again and type:

CMD (enter)

CD.. (enter)

Copy and paste each of the following commands, then hit the enter key, after each 'pasting'.

adb shell
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mkdir /data/local/logs
mkdir /data/local/logs/kernel
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You're going to enable emode's logset activity. After the next command is entered, a menu will pop up on your phone: Click the button that says "Enable". Do not exit the activity, but if you do just repeat the command again and click "Enable" but don't exit. My next entry will be the 'copy and paste' command for that. Be sure to watch your phone and hit "Enable".
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am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n com.zte.emode/.logset
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Next command:

ls -l /data/local/logs/kernel/log_kernel.txt



Let me know if you get any kind of error. Edit: I failed to say that the menu that is supposed to pop up, will pop up on your phone's screen. That is where you will press "Enable". I edited the previous message so as not to mislead anybody else.
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mkdir /data/local/logs
mkdir /data/local/logs/kernel

After typing in adb shell I got a $ is that correct?

also is :
mkdir /data/local/logs
mkdir /data/local/logs/kernel

1 or 2 seperate commands?

(It also won't let me paste into the shell...grrrrrrrrr)
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