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Old July 24th, 2012, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default [alpha GUIDE] Easier ZTE Score X500 root. Will work w/Mac or PC.

PlayfulGod's [GUIDE] How to root the ZTE Score M is great, but I was able to root my ZTE Score using the same backdoor, but had to do a lot less typing on my Score, and didn't have to download or install any drivers.

Read for a root warning/disclaimer, and background: What is root or being rooted mean?

I think this is what I did:

Prelude:
In app store (Google Play - http://play.google.com):
Install Superuser.
Install Terminal Emulator
[strike]Install busybox[/strike] Note: Oops - it seems I installed busybox by copying it over a USB cable; the one installable via the app store requires root.
Install Titanium Backup * root (This can be done later, but hey, the first thing you should do once you get root is back up!)
Run Busybox [Note: It seems that the current version of busybox requires root; I'm pretty sure the version I used initially didn't...but I probably installed the one that came with a rooting tool...
Run Terminal Emulator (Note that volume-up+W/A/S/D lets you move the cursor/access history.)
Enter the following 7 commands. (IIRC, there's no output from any of 'em, and if there is any, something may be wrong):
sync_agent ztex1609523
mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock2 /system
busybox cd /system/xbin
busybox cp /sdcard/su su
busybox chown 0 su
busybox chmod 6755 su
ln -s /system/xbin/su /system/bin/su
*Read up a bit on how to use Superuser and Titanium Backup*
Run Superuser
Run Titanium Backup and use it (batch backup apps and settings)!
Now back up your sdcard to your computer, so if you lose your phone, you don't lose everything, since your sdcard is in it!
Ok, that's it!

So, easier? Well, I guess I'm assuming you've already put your google credentials into the Score.

I'll be rooting a new score in a week or 2, so I'll probably tighten these up then, and improve the formatting. (I'll see what feedback I get...) I think installing Superuser will put /sdcard/su in place, but maybe there's a missing step that did it (a side effect of my earlier failed attempts to root).

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This is AWESOME bro ! thanks man,one question...do you have a back up of ur original score m 2.3.4 ? if not can u make one for us because the custom roms dont work and we are in a software brick (Look at the other posts) Thanks
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This is AWESOME bro ! thanks man,one question...do you have a back up of ur original score m 2.3.4 ? if not can u make one for us because the custom roms dont work and we are in a software brick (Look at the other posts) Thanks
Thanks! Did you use them to root a Score?

Oops. I just realized there are separate Score & Score M forums here - they are slightly different, and for Cricket and MetroPCS, respectively. See ZTE Score M - CNET's Review. I have the former (Cricket) phone. But they have the same backdoor, and a lot in common. I guess it would be good if a moderator moved this to the other forum.

I'll look for your other threads. I still have 2.3.4 on my Score. You want it even though it's Cricket? Cricket has locked down their bloatware, unlike metroPCS.
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yess plz maybe it'll work
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I tried backing up my whole device but it wouldn't work:

xda-developers - View Single Post - [v5.6] Online Nandroid Backup / Nandroid Backup without re-booting

Besides, how/what tool would I use to make a backup that wouldn't include my personal info - just the firmware? Lemme know quick; I'm about to re-root and restore...
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