Help with rooting the Samsung Captivate


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  1. brandonno

    brandonno New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hello,

    I just bought the At&t Samsung Captivate on its release date, I'm very new to this Android software. I've been reading up on ways to root this new phone and after every attempt I have failed to do so. I returned my iPhone 4 because of this issue it was having, but coming from the iOS software to this has been confusing to say the least. If there is anyone on these forums that could aid me in anyway I would be so very thankful. I have tried googling many different sites to help but none have worked. Google
     

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  2. Steven58

    Steven58 Reformed PH VIP Member

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    Welcome to Android Forums :)

    I'll move this to where you can get more help.
     
  3. ranjo

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    What problem(s) are you having exactly?
     
  4. jhnstn00

    jhnstn00 Well-Known Member

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    Phone:
    1. This should take about 2
    minutes to root your
    phone using your phone.
    2. Using "Browser ",
    Download the zip file from SGH-I897 Root Update.zip - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage
    1. The file will download
    to / sdcard/ download
    1. Open a program called
    "My Files " and go to /
    sdcard/ download
    1. Click and hold on the zip file you just downloaded. A
    list will appear and click
    rename. and name it
    "update" . Do not
    put .zip in it's name.
    1. Click and hold the newly
    named "Update .zip". List
    will appear , click Move .
    Then click move here at
    bottom . That will move it
    to / sdcard/
    1. Turn off your phone.
    1. Hold down both the
    volume keys and power
    key . Let go of the power
    button after seeing
    initial boot screen .
    1. Select Reinstall Packages
    from the recovery menu
    using Volume Up and
    Down to navigate , and
    Power to select
    1. The Phone will reboot,
    and you will have root
    privileges , and the
    Superuser program
    installed .
     
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  5. ryandelman

    ryandelman Well-Known Member

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    I have followed all the necessary steps to root including downloading/installing drivers, .net framework, update.zip and continually get the following error message:

    E: error in /sdcard/update.zip (status 7)

    Why am I getting this and what am I doing wrong?

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  6. bill.g

    bill.g Well-Known Member

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    This worked for me, gave me no errors and have the superuser app now.
     
  7. jhnstn00

    jhnstn00 Well-Known Member

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    Cool Bill. Ryan,
    not sure what that error is. Sorry.
     
  8. jhnstn00

    jhnstn00 Well-Known Member

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    You renamed with just update? Excluded the zip part?
     
  9. ryandelman

    ryandelman Well-Known Member

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    Yep, did that :/
     
  10. jhnstn00

    jhnstn00 Well-Known Member

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    I trust these threads for rooting. Try the zip files from these sites.
    androidforums.com/all-things-root-captivate/120616-captivate-root.html

    forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=725555
     
  11. ryandelman

    ryandelman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot but I actually just wound up going through the same process I'd been banging my head against the wall with for the past few days, and now somehow magically, the phone's rooted.

    Whatever- I'll take it!

    -Ryan
     
  12. jhnstn00

    jhnstn00 Well-Known Member

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    Darn computers. Now you can wireless tether amongst other things that require super user access.
     
  13. TXMom

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    Ive been going screen by screen and now I just need to ask the question. What does Rooting your phone do? Is it worth it?
     
  14. Thassodar

    Thassodar Well-Known Member

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    Lets you give superuser permissions to applications (administrator mode in a way), lets you sideload very easily (doable without rooting, though), lets you unlock the market to see the apps ATT doesn't want you to see, and lets you backup EVERYTHING.

    The main reason I did it was to check out Cognition (a 2.2 Froyo [the next version of the Android OS] optimized leak). I also did it so I could use Titanium Backup to back up EVERYTHING. I restored my phone back to normal earlier today and it literally put it EXACTLY how I had it prior to wiping the phone to check out Cognition.
     
  15. sremick

    sremick Well-Known Member

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    Always worth checking the Captivate FAQ first:

    Root - CapFAQ
     
  16. sirius1071

    sirius1071 New Member

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    If i buy a samsung captivate from amazon for $0.01, and then root it, will i need to pay any fine for terminating the contract? If so, how much will it be?
    Thx
     
  17. ArthurIhde

    ArthurIhde Well-Known Member

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    welcome to this wonderful forum [​IMG]
     
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  18. sirius1071

    sirius1071 New Member

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    thx..
    Can sum1 help wid my query plzzzzzzzzzzz
     
  19. sremick

    sremick Well-Known Member

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    $325 last I knew. It was recently raised.
     

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