[ACS][HOW TO] Root, Install CWM, Unroot, Flash Roms/Kernels/Themes! (11 videos) 9/28/11


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  1. qbking77

    qbking77 Well-Known Member

    Hey everyone! I have recently obtained a Motorola Photon 4G and will be making lots of how to videos for it! I do see there are a lot of written guides, but no videos. I did make many how to videos for the Samsung Epic and I got such a wonderful response from everyone, I figured I would expand to different devices.


    Please post suggestions to future videos in this thread, or PM me!


    I will be posting more how to videos very soon




    How to root the Motorola Photon 4G and get Free Wifi Wireless Hotspot:
    How to root the Motorola Photon 4G and get Free Wifi Wireless Hotspot - YouTube


    How to install Custom Bootstrap Recovery (Clockworkmod) on the Motorola Photon 4G:
    How to install Bootstrap Recovery on the Motorola Photon 4G (clockworkmod) - YouTube


    How to unroot / unbrick the Motorola Photon 4G to stock Android 2.3.4:
    How to unroot / unbrick the Motorola Photon 4G to stock Android 2.3.4 - YouTube


    How to Unlock the Motorola Photon 4G Bootloader:
    How to unlock the Motorola Photon 4G bootloader - YouTube


    How to root and clockworkmod Motorola Photon 4G w/ unlocked bootloader:
    How to root and clockworkmod Motorola Photon 4G w/ unlocked bootloader - YouTube


    How to flash a kernel and overclock the Moto Photon 4G to 1.1Ghz:
    How to flash a kernel and overclock the Moto Photon 4G to 1.1Ghz - YouTube


    How to update your Motorola Photon to system version 45.2.7:
    How to update your Motorola Photon to system version 45.2.7 - YouTube


    How to flash the home base rom on the Motorola photon:
    How to flash the Home Base Rom on the Motorola Photon 4G - YouTube


    How to update clockworkmod to 5.0.2.3:
    How to update to Clockworkmod 5.0.2.3 on the Motorola Photon 4G - YouTube


    How to flash the Alien Rom:
    How to flash the Alien Rom on the Motorola Photon 4G - YouTube


    How to flash the Alien Theme:
    How to flash the Alien Theme on the Motorola Photon 4G - YouTube






    Youtube Channel:
    qbking77's Channel - YouTube

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  2. Drop Knowledge

    Drop Knowledge Well-Known Member

    One click root method didn't work. Kept saying device not found for each step. Had the drivers installed on the computer, and made sure phone was in 'charge only' mode w/ USB debugging enabled.
  3. busted bones

    busted bones Well-Known Member

    Whenever Im doing rooting type stuff I always put my phone as mass storage. Also make sure you extracted everything, I made that mistake on the 1CR and it told me invalid command and would kick me out.
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  4. buttonbir

    buttonbir New Member

    installed wifi on photon. however even though the computer recognizes . it tries to connect but it cant. my comp conneccts to wifi on my htc tp2 that runs wm6.5. please help
  5. qbking77

    qbking77 Well-Known Member

    Try setting your profile to galaxy s and see if that helps.


    OP updated! Let me know what you guys think :)
  6. Billy86

    Billy86 Member

    will this work for the electrify?
  7. arcadeguest

    arcadeguest Member

    Hey will the stock rom and rsd lite work with a unlocked boot loader?

    Nevermind I found the answer.
  8. fixxxer0

    fixxxer0 Member

    I am getting the following errors, and no root :( Any ideas?

    Here is from the OCR log

    * daemon not running. starting it now *
    * daemon started successfully *
    Getting temp root
    RE-boot-en
    Hackin Things
    deleting all yo shit
    remount succeeded
    cannot stat 'rootsetup': No such file or directory
    Unable to chmod /data/local/tmp/rootsetup: No such file or directory
    /data/local/tmp/rootsetup: not found
    rm failed for /data/local/tmp/rootsetup, No such file or directory
    Copying files onto phone...
    cannot stat 'su': No such file or directory
    cannot stat 'Superuser.apk': No such file or directory
    cannot stat 'busybox': No such file or directory
    cannot stat 'remount': No such file or directory
    Setting permissions...
    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/busybox: No such file or directory
    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/remount: No such file or directory
    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/su: No such file or directory
    Unable to chmod /system/xbin/su: No such file or directory
    link failed File exists
    Installing busybox...
    /system/xbin/busybox: not found
    Cleaning up files...
    "You should have root!"
    Press any key to continue . . .
  9. MattP73

    MattP73 New Member

    I am having the exact same problem!

    USB debugging is on. Phone set to mass storage. At the end of the script it claims that the phone is now rooted. A quick check with 'Root Check' shows that this is not the case. The 'Super User' app is not copied over to the phone during the rooting process. The script manages to reboot the phone as expected during the process, but nothing seems to get copied over or any changes made. I recieve the same error messages that the original poster quoted below from his/her OCR log.

    Any help would be very much appreciated!

  10. qbking77

    qbking77 Well-Known Member

    Do not mount your phone.. just have it on charge
  11. BobBruff

    BobBruff Member

    Thanks @qbking77 for all of your help with this. I'm running into an error when I try to boot into recovery after flashing the recovery image. After following all the promts and entering in the steps you showed in the command prompt here's what happens.
    I enter "moto-fastboot recovery flash recovery recovery-green-photon3.img" and I get the following: Fastboot version 1.0
    usage: fastboot [ <option> ] <command>

    commands:
    update <filename>...
    there's another 10-15 lines of text as well.
    Any ideas on what I did wrong?
  12. darkmetal

    darkmetal New Member

    The files that you have stated in your video to unlock the bootloader are no longer useable. Is there another link i can use so i can finish unlocking my bootloader.
  13. Skrillex

    Skrillex Well-Known Member


    Go to the XDA forums for the Photon and you can find them there. May not be easy but they are there.
  14. levita

    levita New Member

    hello friends God bless you. ce not what happened to my mb855 who no longer works. thus stayed

    SVF: 108:1:2
    FAILED TO BOOT 3
    RSD STARTING MODE

    and does not work but, I can do so that it can bring normal wing?:(
  15. crosspatch

    crosspatch Well-Known Member

    So, if you root the Photon, to unroot it REQUIRES reverting it to defaults. Do I have this right?
  16. CoyotesFan4Evr

    CoyotesFan4Evr Well-Known Member

    OK, so I'm not sure what I did but I guess I bricked my phone. Everything started off great. I rooted with torpedo and then did the boot strap unlock and that worked flawlessly. The last thing I did before things went totally wrong was I put Dark Fire Photon Rom on my phone. I love that ROM, I have been following QBKing77's videos to the Tee as much as possible considering some links and pages have changed from when he put them up. Anyways I downloaded a few more ROM's and just left them alone on my phone. I went thru some more videos and thought that I would bravely change it up and flash the CM7 ROM. When I did that after figuring out that I couldn't use clockwork mod from ROM manager to get into BOOT mode, I had to use the bootstrap that I had forgotten about. Stupid me I know. Anyways, so I loaded it up from there unzipped it and when I rebooted I ended up stuck in boot mode I guess. It just has the motorola logo on the screen. I have tried every way I know to get back into boot mode and it won't let me. I do have RSD Lite on my computer, downloaded the original flash file to go back to stock. I tried following QBKing's instructions but for some reason it's got all different links than the ones he goes to. So I am flashing that now for the second time since the first time I wasn't in the right mode on my phone. I hope it works this time because the last time I got a fail. I'm lucky that this isn't my actual phone that I use and that it's just a play phone. It would be sad though if I end up loosing all the games I had downloaded on it as I had planned on letting the kids play on it.

    Anyways, if I'm doing something wrong then if someone could help me that would be great.
  17. CoyotesFan4Evr

    CoyotesFan4Evr Well-Known Member

    I just wanted to say that I really love doing things over a bunch of times. Just a note, that was sarcasm. I made a mistake in trying to flash cm7 and I guess I didn't wipe everything I needed to before doing it and got a weird boot loop of the last thing I flashed which was a theme. It kept flashing on and off in a weird sparatic pattern of the splash screen for said theme. So now I'm back to unlocking the boot loader and then reflashing the theme. I don't think I'm going to try flashing a rom anymore. And yes I am reading everything clearly but it's just not working.

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