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Old August 24th, 2011, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Optimus V: All Things Root Guide (updated 03/14/2014

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[B]Again, If you have any questions or need assistance with any guides or recovery,ROM,kernel installation procedures: PM me or leave a post in this thread.

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Optimus V: All Things Root Guide

Click the "Show" button below for a root warning / disclaimer:




In addition to the disclaimer above, MacFett has pointed out that it is important to determine which OS you are running (2.2.1 or 2.2.2) and type screen you have as flashing the wrong recovery or ROM could soft brick your device. Read this first: [Guide] How to determine which screen your phone has If you have a 2.2.1 with the Novatek screen you can flash anything. If you have 2.2.2 with the Hitachi screen you will soft brick your phone if you flash a recovery or ROM just for the 2.2.1.


WARNING! Once you have rooted your phone you cannot use the "factory reset" option in the privacy setting on the phone. IT WILL BRICK THE PHONE. You can only use the "wipe data/factory reset" option in a custom recovery.



General Information

Guides
Root Exploits
  • EManU3LXXX Optimus V Root.zip This will work with the ZV9 update as well as all other older firmware versions and uses the Gordita exploit.
  • Gingerebreak.apk This will not work with the ZV9 update. This is for all other older firmware versions.

flash_image and Recovery's
ROMs
Gapp's (Google application's)
Themes
Overclocking / Underclocking / Undervolting
Kernels
It's worth mentioning here that kernels for the newer Hitachi screens will also work for the older Novatek screens. However, the kernels designed for the older screens will not necesarrily work with the newer Hitachi screens. Further info (about this and a lot of other stuff) can be found here The pica07remix kernel works for both screen versions.

Radios / Basebands
Tweaks
Tools & Utilities
  • ADB (Android Debug Bridge) This is where the "new member friendly" Android SDK installation tutorial can be found (look under "Alternative Method")
  • QtADB Why transfer files just from your uSD card to your PC and back, when you can use QtADB to see and transfer any file in your phone to your PC and from your PC to your phone. Will not work with COT or Xionia recovery's
  • Droid@Screen This will allow you to display your phones screen on the computer in real time. Great for tutorials or a black/blank screen problem.
  • APK MultiTool This is used for editing apk's and jar files (especially useful when porting a ROM over to the V). This is a link to the forum site in case your having installation problems. Link to download site is in first post.
  • MD5 checksum verification
  • Titantium Backup / Titanium Backup Tutorial
  • App Tyrant Use this to back up your apps before you attempt to root.
  • My Backup
  • Root Explorer The best Root file manager
  • Root Browser Lite The best free Root file manager
  • ADB Wireless Give shell commands to your phone without a working USB cable connection.
  • Zip Signer for android phone
  • Debut Video Capture Software This will record computer screen and voice (need mic if not built-in to computer) in real time for video Tutorials. Great with Droid@Screen
  • obijohns update wiper zip Flash this before a ROM to get a more complete wipe of any residual data.

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This seems to be the only recent place recently discussing root of the optimus v. I am unable to root my device in any way. I had it rooted using the superoneclick method, it worked great for a few days, then I attempted to change a font and when it rebooted, got stuck on the VM boot screen. I ended up (what I believe to be) re installing ROM from LG. I then reset to factory settings and erased everything, starting fresh. The phone works perfect, but I cant root. When I attempt to install Gingerbreak apk, I click on the icon in my file manager and instead of the install button coming up, I get words and coding, tried this many different ways with the same result. And when I use the Superoneclick method (which worked perfect before) it freezes during shell root, using all different combinations of settings and rebooting after every attempt. I've been working on this non stop for the last two days, and got nowhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! By the way model vm670 running droid 2.2.2 kernel v 2.6.32.9. Thanks for reading! ANY insight would be great!!
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Go to settings > about phone >baseband version, is it zv4 or zv5 , if it's one of those gingerbreak will work, make sure under applications > development > usb debugging is turned on. This could take up to 10 tries before it will work, or the first , let it run 10 minutes or so if it doesn't work pull the battery, put it back in and try again.

If your baseband is zv9 go here to root Rooting

Right now the best Rom for our phone is the MiRaGe Rom and the best recovery is zengarden.

If you want to flash a custom recovery and rom go here : http://androidforums.com/optimus-v-all-things-root/697813-how-install-flash_image-flash-recovery-rom-theme.html this is the best guide, just follow the directions to the letter.

I SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU FIRST!!!> " ALWAYS MAKE A BACKUP BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING."

Don't be afraid to ask questions, but everything you need to know is right above you ^^^…post back, let us know how it's going.
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I finally got it!! I figured out what I was doing wrong. On the Xda site, I was downloading gingerbreak from the first list of downloads which are zip files, when I extracted them to my sd card they came out .c files. I kept scrolling down and noticed gingerbreak attachments with the .apk downloaded to the root of my sd card, accessed it through my file manager, and viola!! it ran as an app. Just checked root status and, it worked!! I posted this outcome so anyone with the same problem can learn from my dumb mistake!! Thanks for the quick replybadblue1!! And thanks a lot for the tutorial AndieOpie150!!
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Glad you got it figured out.

I don't know if you're running a custom recovery and rom, but the MiRaGe Rom is amazing, my phone runs so smooth and fast its great.
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I am trying to figure out how to install zengarden, the instructions are very vague for a noob like myself .

First format the system, data, boot and cache partitions or run the Wipe/Format Options > Prepare for New Install, then push the zip to the data partition.
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adb shell mount /data/ adb push "pathing to zip/name of zip" /data/
After that is done go to Advance Option > Deugging > Quick Fixes and select Install without sdcard. Recovery then will reboot and install the zip file.

He looses me at the very first line, format the system? Maybe once I figure it out I'll make a step by step for noobs.
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Marco? Polo!

Your so hot your burning up.
Look in the Guides section. "How to install a flash_image; flash a recovery, ROM, and theme".
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Here's an update, I've been using mirage and zengarden on my optimus v for a few months. Other than my phone randomly turning itself off every once in a while, I've been having one problem with the new setup. I can't download anything from play store, I get error 498. Tried wiping dalvic cache, cache fixer, deleted most apps, deleted data from all apps, uninstalled updates for Google play store and market. Still can't download apps.
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Solved! I downloaded an app called market fix, ran it and I can download fine again!!
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Are there any devs working on a Kit Kat ROM for this phone? I really need to update my mom's phone, and her Optimus V is still kicking it, and she won't get rid of it anytime soon.
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I haven't heard of any just yet. I have been checking it out though, and it is optimized for phones with only 512MB of RAM so it should work great on the V, once we can get a hold of the source code from the Cyanogen Mode team.

For now: Go here: [ROM][MOD][THEME] Bean_Whiz-CM10 Updated 10/14/2013 - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com
Follow the directions to the letter (including making the partition on the SD card with a ClockworkMod recovery).
I think your Mom will like it. It is the best JellyBean ROM out there (SlimRom with a few added tweaks and the Galaxy S4 theme) for our V.
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Are there any devs working on a Kit Kat ROM for this phone? I really need to update my mom's phone, and her Optimus V is still kicking it, and she won't get rid of it anytime soon.
Welcome to the forums vandorb12, sorry as far as i know, i only heard rumors of someone experimenting with kitkat Right now the most stable and reliable rom for our phone is the MiRaGe Rom 2.3.7,i think it's your best bet, just flash it and forget about it, it's that good!

All the info you could ever need for our phone is posted right above ^you,although if you want the mirage rom, it's posted on android central and you will have to register to get links ,Mirage rom:https://github.com/inferiorhumanorgans/android_device_lge_thunderc_common/wiki/Binary
You should use the bob zhome's recovery :
VM670NH_recovery
Once you are rooted, or if you already are follow this guide :
http://androidforums.com/optimus-v-all-things-root/697813-how-install-flash_image-flash-recovery-rom-theme.html
This is absolutely the best guide to follow, if you follow the guide to the letter, you should have no problems installing a custom recovery, and flashing a rom. Read the guide over a few times to familiarize yourself with it and make sure you understand each step. Don't be afraid to ask questions, there's a bunch of us that have done this a few times and we made the mistakes so new members don't have to.

Good luck.

EDIT : Got ninjad by Andy ... yes Bean_Whiz, also a very good rom, i would be running it, but a bigger sdcard is needed and i don't have a computer to transfer data and files.
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