Optimus V: All Things Root Guide (updated 03/11/13)
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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.
[ROM] IHO GitHub Wiki (CM7 IHO Gingebread) This is where you can also find: MiRaGe ROM; BobZ ROM; ICSandwich ROM; almost-purity; iho magpie; and the OM_Mandylion. All use the 20110828 Gapps except for the Harmonia and Mandylion which don't require the Gapps.
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.
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.
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 188.8.131.52. Thanks for reading! ANY insight would be great!!
Device(s): Lg Op V runnin MiRaGe ROM with Zengarden Recovery
Carrier: Virgin Mobile
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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.
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!!
The Following User Says Thank You to kenball1980 For This Useful Post:
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.
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.