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Default How to Root Sprint Galaxy Nexus for Dummies [Windows, Mac, Linux]

Okay so like I said in my Recovery Download thread, I am trying to help jump start this All Things Root Forum. This Guide will cover how to root you Sprint GNex using fastboot on Windows, Mac, or Linux. I will also cover what to do after rooting.

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Read and Follow each step, if you do not understand one feel free to ask.

If you are having trouble with a certain step please see the Troubleshooting in the Second post.

Step 1: Backup
In this rooting process all of your data will be wiped including pictures, music, and contacts. Make sure that you backup everything you need, contacts can be backed up to google, pictures and music can be backed up to the computer.

Step 2: Getting set up
First off you need the appropriate ADB and Fastboot files for you operating system. Just download the appropriate file for your OS, it will contain the files needed to unlock, root, and flash recovery.

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Once you download your the zip for your OS go ahead and unzip it to a directory that you will remember.

Step 3: Command Line CD
Open your OS's command line, for Mac and Linux it is terminal for Windows I'm not quite sure, I use Mac. Once the command line is open CD to the directory that you unziped the file to.

Note yours may be different, you are changing the directory to where you unzipped the file to myine happens to be desktop>GalaxyNexusRootMac


Step 4: Boot into Fastboot on your Phone
To do this power the device off and then hold down volume up, volume down, and power until you feel the phone vibrate. A screen with an Android and a bunch of info will pop up. Look at the bottom and make sure it says locked.

Step 5: Drivers
(Windows only if on Mac or Linux skip to step 6)
Plug in your phone and make sure you have the proper drivers. Go to Device Manager and check that you have “Samsung Android ADB Interface,” if they are not there you will need to download and install them from here.

This is a command to make sure your phone is recognized by the computer.


Make sure it shows the serial number after you enter it.


Step 6: Unlock Bootloader
While in fastboot plug your phone into your computer via USB. The rest of step 6 is system independent so just select which one is for you and follow the directions.

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Make sure to follow the directions in you section, this picture is from a Mac.



Phone screen while unlocking.


Step 7: Flash Recovery
In this step we will flash a recovery for a guide to recoveries please see this thread. Step 7 is once again system independent so select your OS and follow the directions.

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Step 8: Install Super User (SU) Binary
This step is easy, reboot the phone, set it up if you would like or wait till later. After it is fully rebooted plug your phone into your computer and move the CWM-SuperSU-v0.87.zip to the phone. You can put it anywhere but the root directory (not in any folder) is the easiest in my opinion. Now reboot the phone into bootloader again. Once in bootloader navigate using the volume buttons to recovery mode and select it using power. If you get a red "!" go down to the second post and read the troubleshooting Go to the wipe option and wipe cache and dalvik. Now go to the flash zip from SD card and flash the CWM-SuperSU-v0.87.zip. After it is done reboot the phone and you are rooted.

After Root

Once you are rooted there are many things you can do with your phone that you previously couldn't. The main one of these being installing third party build of Android called ROMs. You can also install third party kernels that will help with battery life/speed of device. All of this section is being written assuming you are using clockwork mod recovery, Team Win shouldn't be that different.

After Root Section 1: Backup

Okay the first thing we want to do before anything is backup your phone. To do this boot into recovery. (Power off>hold power and both volume buttons>navigate to recovery with volume and select with power) Now that we are in recovery go to the section called backup and restore. Select "Backup" and let it run its course. When it is done you will want to save this backup to your computer and I would suggest another place as well such as a external drive or maybe even dropbox.

Extra note: Make sure to backup before flashing anything. This will ensure that if anything goes goes wrong you have something to fall back on. I usually keep at least 3-5 backups, my original, a set up of my current ROM, other ROMs I like to switch between, and the one I made right before my last flash.

After Root Section 2: Flashing a ROM
Some ROMs have different install instructions such as MIUI, be sure to read the entire ROM thread before installing, this is just the general instructions.

First thing you will need is a ROM. Luckily in the sticky section we have an awesome ROM and Kernel download page.

Download page for ROMs and Kernels
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Extra step if using Google Wallet: If you use Google Wallet make sure to go into settings and select "Reset Google Wallet." This will help keep your secure element from committing suicide and ultimately rendering Wallet useless.

Now that you have the ROM move it to the root of your "SD card" meaning not in a folder. Now boot into recovery and select "wipe cache" now go to the advanced settings and select "wipe dalvik" now go back to the regular settings and select "wipe data/ factory reset" (or something like that). Now that we are done wiping go to "install zip from SD card," find the ROM that you want and select it and hit yes. It will run its couse and give you an all new build of Android to enjoy.

Extra Note: Many people like to repeat the wipe process another time or two to make sure that nothing remains to mess the new ROM up.

After Root Section 3: Flashing a Kernel

Flashing a kernels instructions are the same as a ROM except you don't have to do the factory reset only wipe cache and dalvik.


Please tell me if you have any problems or questions, I will maybe be able to answer them and if I can't I will try to find the answer.

This guide will also work for the Verizon and GSM version but you will need to find a proper recovery, also when you flash a ROM make sure that it is a ROM for the Verizon/GSM Galaxy Nexus. Once again I am not responsible for your device, you are the only one who is responsible for what you do.

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Troubleshooting

If you have problems with driver, try installing these. They are the drivers for PdaNet and have been known for fixing driver issues when rooting the Gnex.

Step 8 problems:
If when you boot into recovery you get a dead android with a red exclamation point, you need to change a file in your system folder. However to do this you have to be rooted which if you are stuck here you aren't rooted yet.

Fix:
Reboot into bootloader install the recovery again but this time DO NOT reboot the phone. Now go directly to recovery mode and follow the instructions on how to flash SU binary. Now you need to change the name of a file in your system, to do this download Root Explorer (ES File may work but I'm not sure.) Navigate to the system directory and mount it as R/W. Find the recovery-from-boot.p rename the file to recovery-from-boot.p.bak. Now reboot into bootloader and install the recovery again it should now stick.

After Root Issues

If you use Google Wallet pay attention to this. Once rooted you will see that you have a banner saying your device is now unsupported, Wallet still works. This just means that Google will not give you support if something goes wrong with your phone. This just means that you are the only one responsible for what you do with your phone.

When you flash a ROM, restore a Nandroid, unroot, or wipe data, make sure that you go in to the Google Wallet app go to settings and select Reset Google Wallet. If you don't do this you may permanently lose the function of Google Wallet. This is do to Google trying to protect your credit cards and such by killing the secure element that all of your payment data is kept in. If this does happen to you, the only way to fix it is by getting a new phone.

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If you happen to own a Mac and happen to use Safari then you may find this info helpful. This tells you how to download something without Safari auto-unzipping it, this comes in handy when downloading almost anything that you need for Android after root.
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Open Safari Click Safari (next to the apple icon in the upper right corner) Preferences General Tab At the very bottom of the general tab UNCHECK "Opensafe files automatically" Once you uncheck that, redownload the zip, put it on the sd card and then reflash
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Google for giving us the most awesome OS ever

XDA Developers for giving time cracking the device and making what Google gives even better

frenchy714 for his ROM and Kernel Download page

AARONONE for giving me the info on making Safari not unzip things

MizzouBrent for letting me know about the driver issues and how to fix them.

Everyone on the original Evo Thread that got me in to Android and in to Rooting


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My fate was sealed for the nexus today. I'll be getting it in august. I can't wait. Hope this forum ends up being as great as the evo forum. Thanks for all the info urge. I have a bunch of reading to do.
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Can't wait to see you here. The phone is awesome it may not be the fastest or greatest but it is pure google and completely root friendly. The developer community over at xda and such is pretty good as well. Hopefully we can make this Root Section as good as the Evo, that is the main thing I miss about my Evo.
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Thanks man! Pure google and root friendly is what I'm looking for. Was thinking about holding out for gsiii but I think I'd rather go nexus for sake of getting upgrades fast. Buddy of mine got the nexus and we always get the same phone.
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Updated to have an After Root Section. Will add more soon.


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Thanks man! Pure google and root friendly is what I'm looking for. Was thinking about holding out for gsiii but I think I'd rather go nexus for sake of getting upgrades fast. Buddy of mine got the nexus and we always get the same phone.
I thought about waiting for the GS3 but it wasn't that much of an upgrade from the Nexus if the rumor about it having S4 is right, which it looks like it is. I also figured that the fact the Nexus will be supported until it physically can't be anymore was enough to warrant me buying it. I knew I would root it and flash a ROM but an AOSP ROM is always going to run better on an AOSP phone. Take MIUI and CM9 both are running pretty much flawlessly and the phone has only been out for a month on Sprint.
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Hey Urge!! I caved and used my upgrade to get a Galaxy Nexus! My phone will be here no later than Monday. Can't wait!
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Awesome I hope my guide is helpful, what kind of computer are you using because I was only able to test this on a Mac. It shouldn't mess anything up just want to make sure I got all the right files for windows. Also if you have any questions feel free to ask because I read up on a lot of Galaxy Nexus stuff before I wrote this.
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The problem in Windows is that the ADB files are there when the phone is not in bootloader mode. But when as per your instructions I put it in BL mode the driver dissapear? Any suggestions?
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The problem in Windows is that the ADB files are there when the phone is not in bootloader mode. But when as per your instructions I put it in BL mode the driver dissapear? Any suggestions?
Did you install the fastboot drivers? You may have to manually install them from that link I provided. I have never done this on windows because I don't own a windows computer but once you have the fastboot drivers installed they should stay.

While the phone is plugged in and in bootloader type this command and see if a serial number pops up

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Make sure you are in the directory you unzipped all of your files to. If a serial number pops up then your device is recognized and you can proceed with rooting.
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That worked! I got it rooted last night at 4.
Now I have to figure out what ROM I like. Do you know of any list of different ROM's and their features?
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Now I have to figure out what ROM I like. Do you know of any list of different ROM's and their features?
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Some of my favorites are AOKP, MIUI, and CM9. MIUI is kinda iPhonish if that is something you are looking for or absolutely despise. I don't like the iPhone at all but I use this ROM with Nova Launcher to make it more like Android.
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Excellent writeup, I have always used one-click methods and I have been wanting to learn how to use terminal commands. I was able to unlock the bootloader just fine, but am having trouble when trying to flash recovery. I keep getting this message:
error: cannot load 'twrp-toroplus-2.1.2.img'

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Excellent writeup, I have always used one-click methods and I have been wanting to learn how to use terminal commands. I was able to unlock the bootloader just fine, but am having trouble when trying to flash recovery. I keep getting this message:
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Try one of the Clockwork recoveries built for the Sprint Gnex found here.
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Try one of the Clockwork recoveries built for the Sprint Gnex found here.
I should have mentioned that I tried both clockwork recoveries and got the same result. Odd because unlocking worked fine

EDIT: I should also note that I'm using a mac if that makes any difference...
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Well I couldn't figure it out so I ended up using Wugs toolkit on a Windows machine to flash recovery. I did the rest by hand and it all seems to be working fine now. Thanks!
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I rooted my Sprint GN before I found this great guide. Having some trouble with Google Wallet adding my Citi card and wanted to un-root to see whether that could be the problem. Tried removing the superuser binary, but can't find it. (looking in system/xbin, but the only thing there is 'dexdump') Is it possible to be rooted without the binary?
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You can be unlocked but the definition of rooted means you have superuser so I guess no. Some people were saying they were having trouble with Wallet if they allowed it superuser permissions, so if you did that go into the superuser app and revoke its permissions. Aside from this, rooting shouldn't cause any issues with wallet as long as you take precaution while flashing ROMs to make sure you don't make your secure element commit suicide
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Is one recovery preferred over the other (TWRP/Clockwork)? Still on the Evo, and it's disappointing that there is no Amon RA for the GNex. Clockwork was always considered inferior and TWRP actually bricked some devices.
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Is one recovery preferred over the other (TWRP/Clockwork)? Still on the Evo, and it's disappointing that there is no Amon RA for the GNex. Clockwork was always considered inferior and TWRP actually bricked some devices.
Many prefer TWRP over Clockwork. I currently use (and love) TWRP on my Gnex.
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Can anybody please help me...I am stuck at step 3 "Step 3: Command Line CD
Open your OS's command line, for Mac and Linux it is terminal for Windows I'm not quite sure, I use Mac. Once the command line is open CD to the directory that you unziped the file to." I am using mac and I have opened all the terminal files but I cant type anything in them as it says to do in step 5 as it says the process is complete and I cannot add anything to the command lines. I am stuck and frustrated and feel like throwing my phone at the wall. I have been working on this for hours and cant do anything with it. Any help would be appreciated before I hang myself and throw my MacBook Pro under a bus and my Nexus in the toilet. >:[
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Can anybody please help me...I am stuck at step 3 "Step 3: Command Line CD
Open your OS's command line, for Mac and Linux it is terminal for Windows I'm not quite sure, I use Mac. Once the command line is open CD to the directory that you unziped the file to." I am using mac and I have opened all the terminal files but I cant type anything in them as it says to do in step 5 as it says the process is complete and I cannot add anything to the command lines. I am stuck and frustrated and feel like throwing my phone at the wall. I have been working on this for hours and cant do anything with it. Any help would be appreciated before I hang myself and throw my MacBook Pro under a bus and my Nexus in the toilet. >:[

Welcome to AF! Have you tried opening terminal from your utilities folder, don't try opening it from the root folder you downloaded. The files that are in that folder are kind of like an add on that will allow your computer to communicate with your phone.

Edit: Sorry for the late reply I have been away and didn't have good phone service where I was.
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Did you install the fastboot drivers? You may have to manually install them from that link I provided. I have never done this on windows because I don't own a windows computer but once you have the fastboot drivers installed they should stay.

While the phone is plugged in and in bootloader type this command and see if a serial number pops up

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Make sure you are in the directory you unzipped all of your files to. If a serial number pops up then your device is recognized and you can proceed with rooting.

had a lot of driver issues, but once I installed PDA net/and or the 32 bit drivers for my crappy Vista, it was fixed. READY TO ROM!!!

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Thank you so much! Did this tonight and everything worked perfectly!
I did have to rename the recovery-from-boot.p but ES File worked find.
Again, thank you! Now I'm gonna go geek out on CM9!
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Thank you so much! Did this tonight and everything worked perfectly!
I did have to rename the recovery-from-boot.p but ES File worked find.
Again, thank you! Now I'm gonna go geek out on CM9!
Welcome to Android Forums, if you have any questions feel free to ask. I'm glad my guide was a help to you. What operating system are you running on your computer, I am trying to see which of these zips is being used most.
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"Open your OS's command line, for Mac and Linux it is terminal for Windows I'm not quite sure, I use Mac. Once the command line is open CD to the directory that you unziped the file to."

What does this mean?
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"Open your OS's command line, for Mac and Linux it is terminal for Windows I'm not quite sure, I use Mac. Once the command line is open CD to the directory that you unziped the file to."

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In terminal type this command

cd/desktop [enter]

cd/galaxynexusrootmac [enter]

or wherever you unziped the folder to me, what you are doing is navigating to the folder so that terminal knows where to run the commands. Sorry for the confusion, that part is kind of hard to explain because people unzip it to different places, for me desktop is normally the easiest.
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or wherever you unziped the folder to me, what you are doing is navigating to the folder so that terminal knows where to run the commands. Sorry for the confusion, that part is kind of hard to explain because people unzip it to different places, for me desktop is normally the easiest.
When i type this, it says "no such file or directory"

I did unzip to the desktop and using mac
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Updated with pictures, some steps do not have pictures. Remember these pictures are from a Mac, if you are using a Windows or Linux computer you need to follow the directions for your OS.
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When i type this, it says "no such file or directory"

I did unzip to the desktop and using mac
I wrote the wrong command :facepalm:

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cd GalaxyNexusRootMac [enter]

Sorry for the mess up I just updated with pictures.

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Rooted! I was entering the slashes in term emu. The pictures really helped. That was easy. Now on to flashing roms. Any recommendations? I will likely wait a few days to flash since I just got the phone today and still haven't got used to ICS. Oh, and the google wallet thing, does that matter if I have never set it up. or should I set up, then clear it to be safe?
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Rooted! I was entering the slashes in term emu. The pictures really helped. That was easy. Now on to flashing roms. Any recommendations? I will likely wait a few days to flash since I just got the phone today and still haven't got used to ICS. Oh, and the google wallet thing, does that matter if I have never set it up. or should I set up, then clear it to be safe?
I recommend AOKP or CM9 to begin with (both can be found in the ROM's & Kernels sticky), both are really stable out the box. More than likely tomorrow we'll have a JB ROM that's 100%, so that's something else you'll want to try.

As for GW, go ahead and set it up now. Make sure you reset it from within the app before making a nandroid and flashing new ROM's and you should be okay.
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I recommend AOKP or CM9 to begin with (both can be found in the ROM's & Kernels sticky), both are really stable out the box. More than likely tomorrow we'll have a JB ROM that's 100%, so that's something else you'll want to try.

As for GW, go ahead and set it up now. Make sure you reset it from within the app before making a nandroid and flashing new ROM's and you should be okay.
I downloaded the samurai from with the stock samurai kernal.looked pretty cool. I was thinking cm9 would be stable too. Any kernal recommendations?

Btw, this phone flies compared to the og. Definitely happy with the purchase.
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I downloaded the samurai from with the stock samurai kernal.looked pretty cool. I was thinking cm9 would be stable too. Any kernal recommendations?

Btw, this phone flies compared to the og. Definitely happy with the purchase.
Yes it flies, and you haven't even tried out Jellybean yet it makes ICS look like a snail

Also Like Frenchy said, I would recommend AOKP build 40 (I like it more than CM9) and as for kernels I would go with Trinity but thats just me, YMMV.
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+1 on Trinity kernel....It's the truth! (If you decide to run it, I recommend purchasing the TKT app to control the kernel/color)
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What about adding to the life after root. Such as flashing instructions for Gapps, add ons (like beats), themes, scripts, etc. Just a thought for newcomers.

Just thought of adding the settings to stop Mac from unzipping files upon download too. I think I have instructions posted in to og forum that I could pm.
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Just thought of adding the settings to stop Mac from unzipping files upon download too. I think I have instructions posted in to og forum that I could pm.
That'd be good if you could PM that, I don't use Safari so have never had that problem lol. Also I will be adding a lot more when I have the time. If you have anything else let me know and I will add it if it is something that should be added.
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That'd be good if you could PM that, I don't use Safari so have never had that problem lol. Also I will be adding a lot more when I have the time. If you have anything else let me know and I will add it if it is something that should be added.
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I hope you can help, I followed the steps in the tutorial, I had the issue with the android robot but I changed the system file to RW and renamed the folder, I made a back up and then tried to install a ROM, it was the Vicious Jelly Bean Rom, now when I boot the phone Google is displayed with a little white lock underneath, if I enter into recovery mode and try to reinstall I only have the option to install the same rom (ie the vicious jelly bean.zip) or the super user zip and when I tried to restore the back up it isn't working, just before it finishes the message
.android_secure.img not found. Skipping restore of /sdcard/.android_secure.
Restore complete appears but then when I reboot I still get the google screen and nothing else.

When I plug the phone into the laptop (I'm using a Mac and also have parallels) neither operating system is able to access the phone. Is the phone bricked?

I'm sure this isn't clear enough so if you need to ask me questions please do.
Hoping you can help.

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I hope you can help, I followed the steps in the tutorial, I had the issue with the android robot but I changed the system file to RW and renamed the folder, I made a back up and then tried to install a ROM, it was the Vicious Jelly Bean Rom, now when I boot the phone Google is displayed with a little white lock underneath, if I enter into recovery mode and try to reinstall I only have the option to install the same rom (ie the vicious jelly bean.zip) or the super user zip and when I tried to restore the back up it isn't working, just before it finishes the message
.android_secure.img not found. Skipping restore of /sdcard/.android_secure.
Restore complete appears but then when I reboot I still get the google screen and nothing else.

When I plug the phone into the laptop (I'm using a Mac and also have parallels) neither operating system is able to access the phone. Is the phone bricked?

I'm sure this isn't clear enough so if you need to ask me questions please do.
Hoping you can help.

Hoping for help
What recovery did you select? Are you in bootloader when you plug it in? Also did you try wiping everything in recovery (cache, dalvik, data, and system)?
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What recovery did you select? Are you in bootloader when you plug it in? Also did you try wiping everything in recovery (cache, dalvik, data, and system)?
Hi thanks for the quick response,
I have tried from recovery, bootloader (if this means odin mode) and from the google screen and still nothing. I have wiped cache, dalvik and data and system.
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Hi thanks for the quick response,
I have tried from recovery, bootloader (if this means odin mode) and from the google screen and still nothing. I have wiped cache, dalvik and data and system.
Bootloader is the screen with the "dead" android on it that lets you select to go into recovery mode. If you have wiped system, try reinstalling the ROM. Go into recovery and just install the ROM, if you have wiped all of that already just wipe cache and dalvik for good measure.
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Bootloader is the screen with the "dead" android on it that lets you select to go into recovery mode. If you have wiped system, try reinstalling the ROM. Go into recovery and just install the ROM, if you have wiped all of that already just wipe cache and dalvik for good measure.
OK,
So I just wiped everything again, and then installed the rom from the zip again, and restarted then the phone just goes back to showing the google logo with the little lock underneath, I am trying something called odin but the phone is not showing up on odins page. I am sure this can be fixed but I think I need to add another rom, to add the rom I need to access the phone but I can't access the phone without it working!

It seems like I am stuck in a loop.

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So I just wiped everything again, and then installed the rom from the zip again, and restarted then the phone just goes back to showing the google logo with the little lock underneath, I am trying something called odin but the phone is not showing up on odins page. I am sure this can be fixed but I think I need to add another rom, to add the rom I need to access the phone but I can't access the phone without it working!

It seems like I am stuck in a loop.

Any ideas?
How long are you waiting on the google logo screen?

ODIN is a last ditch effort, lets try to avoid it for now
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ODIN is a last ditch effort, lets try to avoid it for now
I left it about a minute, am I being impatient?
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