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[GUIDE] Noob's Guide to 'Galaxy Prevail -All Things Root' 0.3

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  1. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member

    Noob's Guide to 'All Things Root' 0.3

    You just received your Samsung Galaxy Prevail, but you noticed that it doesn't have very much memory (ram or rom) and responds a bit slow, now what? It's time to fix your phone so that it works properly and actually does the things you want it to do.

    0. [RECOVER FACTORY] However you don't have to worry about making changes to your phone since at any point if you brick your phone or accidentally delete something you wanted to keep, you can always Hail Odin, and restore everything back to factory defaults thanks to Samsung (and of course interdpth, koush, and others that contributed) then start over again if you wish. See Link here:

    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...turn-phone-stock-factory-updated-11-09-a.html

    here' a video tutorial, thanks to murderousone:
    video link Samsung Galaxy Prevail ODIN Recovery To Stock ED13 Or EE14 Rooted & Unrooted (HD) - YouTube

    1. [TIPS] Make a backup of anything and everything you have so far. Even if it is just a plain old boring stock backup, you always want to make backups of your stuff whenever possible.

    2. [ROOT] Root your phone to give yourself full control of your device. You can do this with one click thanks to interdpth and Shabbypenguin. See Link to the new and improved version here:

    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...oot-samsung-prevail-replenish-shabbyfied.html

    3. [RECOVERY MOD] Install ClockWorkMod so that you can backup/restore/flash roms/etc.. You can Install CWM. With special thanks to koush and to udK for compiling, (and others for tweaking, testing, porting, etc..) See Link here:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...kmod-update-10-28-new-version-v5-0-2-6-a.html

    4a. [SYSTEM MODS] (or "roms") Now that you have a fully customizable phone, you probably will want to customize it. The best way to begin this process is to pick a Mod and flash it to your phone. There are only a couple of choices at the moment and they are both in testing phase, so you may need to play around with different ones, before you choose which one you want to use on your phone.

    The first choice is ShabbyMod, thanks to Shabbypenguin, for the latest version and installation instructions, See Link to thread here:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/350148-rom-acs-shabbymod-0-9-a.html

    Another choice is A2SD/EXT4 TestMod, thanks to murderousone, for the latest version and installation instructions, See Link to thread here:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...nes-a2sd-ext4-testmod-cwm-advanced-users.html

    Another choice is CTMod, thanks to Bloodawn, See Link to thread here:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/432614-rom-ctmod.html

    another choice is 187MoD-GB, thanks to The~Skater~187, See Link to thread here:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/443532-rom-187mod-gb.html

    another is cyanogenmod here:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...-1-0-prevail-unofficial-beta-v2d-11-06-a.html

    4b. [KERNELS] Instead of flashing a new system mod every time a minor tweak is applied you might prefer to just flash a new kernel, again there are a couple of choices:

    thanks to Shabbypenguin for kernel RC1:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/398674-acs-shabbykernel-rc1.html

    thanks to Koumajutsu for KoumaKernel:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/429740-koumakernel-0-1-beta.html

    5. [PERFORMANCE MODS] (or scripts) Once you've picked a system mod (or rom) to use and have everything properly formatted you may want to try and boost your performance a bit further by installings some additional Mods.

    thanks to inigomontoyasr for Darktremor A2SD:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/412164-mod-darktremor-a2sd.html

    thanks to Bloodawn for Carrier IQ Remover, Notification Power Widgets and Extended Power Menu:

    CIQR link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...07-mod-carrier-iq-remover-3-0-10-09-11-a.html

    NPW&EPM link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...xtended-power-menu-1-5-updated-9-20-11-a.html

    thanks to murderousone for RAM Optimization Script:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/403827-ram-optimization-script-sgp.html

    thanks to chin cheka for A2SD & S2E On CM7:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/439196-mod-a2sd-s2e-cm7.html

    6. [THEMES] Finally once your system is up and running you may prefer to tweak your themes 'n such by testing out the local flavors.

    thanks to Bloodawn for "Simple Green", "Simple Blue", "Ultra Blue":
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...mple-green-4-0-simple-blue-4-0-9-24-11-a.html

    ultra blue link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/439035-cm7-theme-ultra-blue.html

    thanks to blue2107 for "Honeycomb Hybrid", "Royal Android":

    HH link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/426316-theme-honeycomb-hybrid-3-0-a.html

    RA link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/375336-theme-royal-android-v4-1-cwr.html

    thanks to echo25 for "Cool Blue":
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...theme-cool-blue-v1-1-cwr-update-9-4-11-a.html

    thanks to protegemini for "gemini":
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/405632-theme-gemini-1-0-a.html

    thanks to benwalburn for "Bullet Sliders":
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/376783-theme-bullet-sliders.html

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  2. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member

    7. [APPS] This part definitely gets into personal taste, so take these suggestions with a grain of salt.
    Most people quickly realize that as always their device initially includes some unwanted bloatware, unfortunately it isn't always clear which apps should or can be deleted and which ones are even worth keeping. There have been a few attempts to narrow down a decent list of which apps should go and which ones should stay, see Links to threads here:

    thanks to blue2107 for safe to remove apps list:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...349897-uninstallable-preloaded-apps-list.html

    thanks to Viet1982 for recommended apps list:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...0-essential-noteworthy-apps-list-prevail.html

    but ultimately you'll have to figure out for yourself which ones you add or delete. having said that, here are a few recommendations for apps that you might like, need or enjoy:

    Must Haves:
    Titanium Backup, ES File Explorer, TeleNav GPS, Calculator,

    lnformational Apps:
    Elixir, Quadrant Standard, SD Tools, Speed Test, Wifi Analyzer,

    System Apps:
    Quick Boot, Fast Reboot, Wireless Tether, EasyTether, GO Launcher, Widgetsoid, AppBrain,

    Performance Apps:
    SD-Booster, JuiceDefender, SetCPU, AutoKiller Memory Opt, AdFree, link2sd (if not using A2SD)

    Media Apps:
    MIUI Music, doubleTwist,

    Useful Apps:
    Catch, Dolphin Browser (or Opera), Sense Analog Clock/Analog Small Clock, Timeriffic,

    8. [TIPS]
    a. backup and save all the time
    b. before using titanium backup to convert and move apps, change preferences -> Troubleshooting settings -> App processing mode -> AUTO, Indirect (If you have problems)
    c. set SD-Booster to 2048 KB
    d. gingerbread/cyanogen mod is coming to prevail stay tuned
    e. why pay for free stuff? everytime you hear someone say you need root explorer just use ES File Explorer (settings -> root settings -> Root Explorer [v] Mount File System [v] AND set Home Directory to :/ )
    f. Darktremor A2SD Vs. Link2SD, i'm still researching this one, i'll post updates
    g. JuiceDefender and/or SetCPU, still researching
    h. tip your waiters, or in this case the people who put in time and effort to make your phone better, feel free to donate to the ones who make this stuff possible.
    i. wireless tether tip, thanks to Necrotoxin, http://androidforums.com/galaxy-pre...2451-wireless-tether-infrastructure-mode.html
    j. when you switch themes, before installing the zip in CWM you should do a dalvik cache wipe then a cache partition wipe then flash the theme then reboot the system and wait a minute or two, and if it doesn't bootloop then you get to keep your stuff, otherwise if you have to do a restore or factory wipe then you lose your stuff, if you wait for 5+ minutes and you can hear the phone vibrating multiple times, then it is probably looping, at which point you'll have to hold power button down + vol up to get back to the recovery menu (and pick another theme)
    k. do not attempt to use rom manager to modify your phone, it doesn't like the prevail
    l. some commentary on which ext version is best here http://androidforums.com/ally-all-things-root/257824-ext2-vs-ext3-vs-ext4-what-better-why.html and here http://androidforums.com/hero-all-things-root/226167-ext2-ext3-ext4.html
    m. OpenVpn and Anyconnect stuff thanks to jtaylor781 here http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/398956-openvpn-anyconnect.html#post3218986

    9. [CUSTOM STUFF] just some random misc. theming stuff

    +boot animations [TIP] boot animations can be installed (via ES file explorer *see tip e, etc..) by pasting your bootanimation.zip to /system/media, overwriting it so you should make a copy of the original (or rename it)

    thanks to QuietStorm1785 for stickman action:
    link http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-prevail/386640-my-custom-boot-animations.html

    thanks to zexnu for resident evil:
    link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/421164-resident-evil-boot-animation.html

    also certain themes found in this guide, contain custom boot ani's

    +boot sounds
    a quick "how to get started" link http://androidforums.com/galaxy-prevail-all-things-root/373191-boot-sound-snd-files.html
  3. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member


    if you have any personal grievances do not air them in the thread, feel free to send me a PM and i will handle it accordingly, do not use this thread as your platform to debate policy or solicit attention to yourself, or to create a fan club meeting place

    we are all equal here and shall be treated with the same amount of respect

    of course it is a work in progress and will probably have many future updates, so i look forward to your feedback

    -especially if i forgot someone or gave credit to the wrong person, etc..
    -you feel like it's missing something or could be phrased better? tell me

    and lastly for those of you who are not familiar with the rules:



    anyone who violates these rules will not be mentioned in this guide
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  4. blue2107

    blue2107 Well-Known Member

    Great write up.

    Thank you for taking the time to wrap all of this into one thread. This is going to make things so much quicker to find and easier understand.
  5. ARocker

    ARocker Developer Developer

    Should be sticky!
    Thanks Much!
  6. Koumajutsu

    Koumajutsu Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't call TeleNav GPS a "Must Have"
    Google Nav works great, integrates with your contact list pretty well, and it's 100% free
  7. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member

    once you've heard the voice difference you'll never go back

    btw TeleNav is also 100% free (comes preinstalled)

    to be honest i keep both, because google nav is a bit more fluid and reliable, now if we can just figure out how to transfer the voice from telenav to google we're golden :)
  8. Koumajutsu

    Koumajutsu Well-Known Member

    Oh really? I didn't even bother to try it since it also came preinstalled on my previous phone, the Sanyo Juno, and always asked me to sign up for a $10/month service plan every time I launched it by accident. It made me respond, "10 bucks a month for GPS?! I'll just keep using my Garmin with 3 year old maps, thanks"
  9. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member


    i use it almost twice a day, and have used it for more than 3 months and have not paid one single penny and it NEVER asks me to sign up or in for any kind of service

    if there was a fee, i'd totally agree with you there, but for free, i'm enjoying every pennies worth!

    i made a point to keep it on the must haves so that we don't "accidently" lose it from our stock roms, like we did way back when
  10. PhoneMan93

    PhoneMan93 Well-Known Member

    shoot i wish this was made about a month ago lol
  11. sensation98

    sensation98 Member

    STICKY THIS!!! I think Im going to start all over with my phone....dont want to but this thread makes me feel like i need to..lol...wish I could just give someone my phone pay 30 bucks get it rooted and all that other stuff and walk away happy...sigh!!! Great thread!!!
  12. new optimus

    new optimus Well-Known Member

    where do you live? lol its not that difficult to do but maybe someone is close to you
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  13. sensation98

    sensation98 Member

    Cant believe it...I rooted it..have 2 partitions and am running roms....im in heaven right now....is funny now that ive done all this im getting the new phone tomorrow and giving my son the prevail
  14. Addacus

    Addacus Well-Known Member

    Pay shipping to and from Arizona and I will do it for free.
  15. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member

    well to be fair it USED to be more simple, but now it has become less simple

    i wrote this guide and even i'm still trying to figure out all the details, as well as keep tabs on our "interesting" progress
  16. Koumajutsu

    Koumajutsu Well-Known Member

    With more and more options, things grow in complexity, such is the nature of progress :)
  17. gw4141

    gw4141 Well-Known Member

    This is a big help, great write up and it's complete...........thanks
  18. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member


    better late than never


  19. kevino

    kevino Member

    I rooted my new Prevail using one-click and then, using Titanium Backup, proceeded to (accidentally) delete a system component that (ironically enough) hadn't been backed up. This left me unable to access my phone's settings (kind of important), unable to add or change wallpaper, add widgets to my home screens, etc. This post got me back up and running. Thanks!
  20. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member

    hey guys, upgraded the Guide new and improved, still working all the bugs out

  21. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member

    now with more stickyness :D

    thanks mods!
  22. hroark13

    hroark13 Well-Known Member Developer

    Can you tell me where to find this on Samsung's website, I would like to make sure I am downloading official Samsung software to my phone


    Both of these links point to the same file, can you correct this within the next couple of hours so people dont get confused.

    Also I dont beleive any of the Odin Images that
    contain ShabbyMod except for the EXT4 test Rom that was for advanced users, but you should have not installed that ROM.

    Yes Koush and udK deserve special thanks, I agree with you on that one

    I think it is also fare to give credit to the creator of the of the CWM port especially when you are linking to his files and using his instructions verbatim. I wonder who that is, can it possibly be

  23. Koumajutsu

    Koumajutsu Well-Known Member

    Very informative Hroarak, perhaps psp_noob will learn something
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    Martimus One bite at a time... Moderator

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  25. psp_noob

    psp_noob Well-Known Member

    good question.

    odin can restore the factory rom which is made in the Samsung factory, that's why they call it a "factory" rom, the factory rom (which was created by Samsung comes preinstalled when you buy a galaxy prevail) however i am not sure where on Samsungs website they keep this information, perhaps you can contact Samsung's technical support?

    your welcome
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