[HOW-TO] CWM Recovery, Gingerbread Update w/ Custom ROM and UNBRICK!


Last Updated: 2012-12-18 04:17:02
  1. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    I noticed there were parts and fragments of tutorials, but never a fill tutorial. For this phone, so I decided to make one. This tutorial will guide you through the process or rooting your phone, using ODIN for CWM, and Installing a custom ROM. You can also use the STOCK Rom ODIN file to restore if you ever need to take the phone back for warranty issues, or to restore from a softbrick.

    IF YOU HAVE A BRICKD PHONE, SEE BOTTOM!!!

    Rooting/Prep

    1)Download SuperOneClick and Samsung Drivers.

    SuperOneClickv2.3.3-ShortFuse.zip - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_x86.exe - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    Mirrors:
    http://adf.ly/BHcGb
    http://adf.ly/BHcmt

    Extract and Open and Install the Samsung Drivers. Sometimes a reboot is needed.

    2) On your phone, go into Settings -> Applications -> Development -> and Enable USB Debugging. Connect your phone to your computer.

    3) Back on your PC, open up SuperOneClick and on the top right corner select ZergRush as the root method, then click root. The program WILL FREEZE! This is normal.. Leave it alone... Go get some beer or something.

    4) Your phone needs to be restarted now... Do it.... and unplug your usb from your phone.


    CWM and Custom ROM

    THE CUSTOM ROM IS MADE BY:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1402966

    (STEPS 1-4 WILL GIVE AN UNKNOWN BASEBAND ON SOME PHONES... THIS IS OK!)

    **BACKUP IF YOU DON'T WANNA LOOSE NOTHING!**


    1) Download ODIN, the program used to flash image files the SAFE way.
    As well as the Image File.

    Odin3-v1.85.zip - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    stock+Voodoo-T959VKG4.tar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    Mirrors
    http://adf.ly/BHd7U
    http://adf.ly/BHd56

    DO NOT EXTRACT THE TAR FILE!!!!!

    2) Extract and Open Odin

    3) Pull the battery out of your phone... If you don't know how to do this, look for the finger nail slot. Wait 5 SECONDS... and place the battery back into the phone. PRESS AND HOLD BOTH VOLUME BUTTONS (+ and -) and DO NOT TOUCH THE POWER BUTTON!!!! just plug your usb into your phone again.

    4) It will boot into download mode...Make sure it shows up in ODIN.. The large white text box to the left will say Added! and one of the boxes on the top left will be yellow and say COM. Click PDA and find the .tar file and select it. Then click START and wait.

    5) If all goes well, The box above the KERNEL box will light up GREEN and SAY PASS! if it does not, try again.

    6) It all went well, the phone will restart!

    7) To boot into RECOVERY, Unplug your phone and pull the battery for five seconds. Then, press and hold VOLUME UP, VOLUME DOWN, AND POWER. go to mounts and storage. Select USB storage

    7a) Plug your phone into the PC
    7b) Download these files, as well as WINRAR (google it) to extract files.
    To extract them, highlight all four files and right click and select
    extract here.

    StockandCustom.part3.rar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    StockandCustom.part4.rar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    StockandCustom.part1.rar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    StockandCustom.part2.rar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    8a) Move the Valhalla File into your SD card. The Tar File is the Stock ODIN file.

    8b) Go into advanced and WIPE THE DALVIK CACHE!, Go back, then into mounts and storage and FORMAT /CACHE, /DATA, and try to format /SYSTEM. FORMAT SYSTEM PARTITION DOES NOT WORK WITH SOME PHONES! Then go back to the main menu and FACTORY RESET!

    9) click install zip from SD Card, then choose Choose ZIP. Choose the Valhalla File and begin the installation. When it's done, reboot into the Custom ROM. Be sure to check out the extra tweaks in the settings menu!


    -----------------------YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED!!!----------------------------

    TO RESTORE FROM SOFT BRICKED PHONE OR RETURN TO STOCK!!!!!!!!

    Download the 4 Part file I have uploaded in the Custom Rom Step 7!!!

    Download ODIN, which I have uploaded in the Custom Rom Step 1!!!

    Download Samsung Driver, which I have uploaded in the beggining of the tutorial


    STEP 1) Extract the Samsung Drivers and Install. Extract the ODIN folder, and Extract the four part file using WINRAR (google winrar). Then, extract the T blah blah blah.zip file

    STEP 2) If you messed up during firmware update, just turn on and connect your phone, if it's just extremely messed up, or you want to revert to stock, Remove your battery for five minutes, then place it back inside. Press and Hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons but DO NOT press the power button. Then, while holding the buttons, connect the USB.

    STEP 3) Open ODIN and make sure it shows up in ODIN.. The large white text box to the left will say Added! and one of the boxes on the top left will be yellow and say COM. Click PDA and find the .tar file insdie the Tblah blah blah folder you extracted from the zip and select it. Then click START and let your phone become UNBRICKED :)... btw this method return the original recovery and kills root... as well as every litle piece of data on your phone.

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  2. wyllem

    wyllem Active Member

    Thanx dis was driving me insane
  3. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    Lol no problem! My firned wnated me to do this for him and I couldn't find a tut ANYWHERE!
  4. al5569

    al5569 New Member

    Thank you sooo..... much for the well put together and thorough posting for soft brick problems/remedy. Your absolutely right about it being a challenge on finding posts that are clear and complete, be it when its even possible to come across one for your particular devise. What I'm really trying to say is...YOU ROCK!!!
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  5. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member


    Thanks alot man!! Just tryna help the forums out! They helped me out when I had my first Droid... So I might as well give back to the community!
  6. tim273

    tim273 New Member

    Thanks for the post! I just wanted to let you know, when I tried to download the files you posted, I got this:

    The user hosting this
    content is out of bandwidth.


    If this is your file please upgrade to add more bandwidth credits to your account. Call Sales at 1-877-729-4269 for more information.

    Just want you to know.

    Thanks,
    Tim
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  7. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    Im Adding more mirrors right now
  8. MrOblige

    MrOblige Well-Known Member

    Has anyone else ad any success with this method? I tried to download the stock and custom parts and the download fails becaiuse of bandwith. Can i root without thos eparts for Odin?
  9. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    You can root without the custom rom yes. P.S Look underneath there are mirrors now ;)


    1) Download ODIN, the program used to flash image files the SAFE way.
    As well as the Image File.

    Odin3-v1.85.zip - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    stock+Voodoo-T959VKG4.tar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    Mirrors
    Odin3-v1.85.zip
    stock+Voodoo-T959VKG4.tar

    DO NOT EXTRACT THE TAR FILE!!!!!
  10. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    You can root without the custom rom yes. P.S Look underneath there are mirrors now ;)


    1) Download ODIN, the program used to flash image files the SAFE way.
    As well as the Image File.

    Odin3-v1.85.zip - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    stock+Voodoo-T959VKG4.tar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    Mirrors
    Odin3-v1.85.zip
    stock+Voodoo-T959VKG4.tar

    DO NOT EXTRACT THE TAR FILE!!!!!
  11. MrOblige

    MrOblige Well-Known Member

    And just to be sure. I don't need the four rar files to root ? What are the correct steps to get root access?
  12. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    Rooting/Prep

    1)Download SuperOneClick and Samsung Drivers.

    SuperOneClickv2.3.3-ShortFuse.zip - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_x86.exe - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    Mirrors:
    SuperOneClickv2.3.3-ShortFuse.zip
    SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_x86.exe

    Extract and Open and Install the Samsung Drivers. Sometimes a reboot is needed.

    2) On your phone, go into Settings -> Applications -> Development -> and Enable USB Debugging. Connect your phone to your computer.

    3) Back on your PC, open up SuperOneClick and on the top right corner select ZergRush as the root method, then click root. The program WILL FREEZE! This is normal.. Leave it alone... Go get some beer or something.

    4) Your phone needs to be restarted now... Do it.... and unplug your usb from your phone.
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  13. MrOblige

    MrOblige Well-Known Member

    Ok and what are the steps install cwm and recovery?:rolleyes:
  14. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    Cwm is the recovery lol
    Here are the steps for those

    1) Download ODIN, the program used to flash image files the SAFE way.
    As well as the Image File.

    Odin3-v1.85.zip - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage
    stock+Voodoo-T959VKG4.tar - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    Mirrors
    Odin3-v1.85.zip
    stock+Voodoo-T959VKG4.tar

    DO NOT EXTRACT THE TAR FILE!!!!!

    2) Extract and Open Odin

    3) Pull the battery out of your phone... If you don't know how to do this, look for the finger nail slot. Wait 5 SECONDS... and place the battery back into the phone. PRESS AND HOLD BOTH VOLUME BUTTONS (+ and -) and DO NOT TOUCH THE POWER BUTTON!!!! just plug your usb into your phone again.

    4) It will boot into download mode...Make sure it shows up in ODIN.. The large white text box to the left will say Added! and one of the boxes on the top left will be yellow and say COM. Click PDA and find the .tar file and select it. Then click START and wait.

    5) If all goes well, The box above the KERNEL box will light up GREEN and SAY PASS! if it does not, try again.

    6) It all went well, the phone will restart!

    7) To boot into RECOVERY, Unplug your phone and pull the battery for five seconds. Then, press and hold VOLUME UP, VOLUME DOWN, AND POWER.
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  15. MrOblige

    MrOblige Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Now I have all the software, but I kep running into the problem I've read about for this phone in mass storage mode. On several other forums a lot of the users and I are unable to access mass storage mode even with drivers installed. Have you encountered this issue? If so how did you fix it?
  16. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    I never really encountered it for this exact phone, but I would try to unmount my sd card and use some kind of adapter, otherwise, uninstall all the drivers, reboot your pc, and reinstall the drivers then reboot again. I know it sounds dumb, but sometimes it works for people.
  17. Simdigs

    Simdigs New Member

    Eman, a couple things:
    1.) the Valhalla Rom is no longer available, is there any chance that you could post a link to this again?
    2.) in between steps 6 & 7 something went wrong for me. My phone is stuck in an endless boot cycle with the rainbow screen appearing for some time and the restarting. Also, I can't access Download mode.
    Any chance you can help me resolve this?
  18. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member



    Try restarting into download mode using ADB... Google around for the code, cuz I'm in the middle of something right now lml... if that doesn't work, let me know I'll be glad to help.. I'll be psting the Valhalla again in a few hours
  19. Kleptomaniac

    Kleptomaniac New Member

    hello EMan, i have a problem with my samsung galaxy s 4g. i rooted it successfully yesterday and everything was phenomenal, until i saw a video on how to install ice cream sandwich (slim ics i think) and i followed every step correctly and when everything was done the UI of the phone was messed up i had two options Lighting launcher and some other. and i want to go back to how my phone was i tried every method i saw online but to no avail. any help would be greatly appreciated thanks
  20. Kleptomaniac

    Kleptomaniac New Member

    Then click START and let your phone become UNBRICKED :)... btw this method return the original recovery and kills root... as well as every litle piece of data on your phone.[/QUOTE] how long does it take to become unbricked?
  21. EManU3LXX

    EManU3LXX Well-Known Member

    Last time I tried it was about a year ago.. but if I remember correctly about ten minutes

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