Root Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G?


Last Updated: 2013-09-17 21:48:00
  1. gypsybikes

    gypsybikes Member

    Ok, so I have just purchased my first Android phone: the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4g. I have spent countless hours searching for a successful method to root my new phone to no avail. I have tried superoneclick, and followed the instructions to a "T". It seems that the exploit used to root 2.2 was patched in 2.3. I want to root my phone to remove bloatware and add a few applications that require root. I'm a n00b, but I can follow detailed instructions.
    Some specs:
    Hardware version
    H:R920.03 M.Q
    Model number
    SCH-R920
    Firmware version
    2.3.6
    Baseband version
    CDMA : R920.03 M EL03
    LTE: SCH-R920.EL01
    Kernel version
    2.6.35.7-EL03-CL782871
    Build number
    SCH-R920.EL03
    Any help will be greatly appreciated,
    Thank you!

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  2. Pandoken

    Pandoken Member

    I don't believe the Attain has root just yet. I'm not sure if anyone is working on it at the moment. But yes, I too would like to remove all the bloatware from this otherwise awesome phone.
  3. njking25

    njking25 Well-Known Member

    Google root android 2.3.6
  4. yahhboy

    yahhboy Well-Known Member

    Anyone tried the sister phones (samsung conquer) root method yet?
  5. njking25

    njking25 Well-Known Member

    Yahhboy It wouldn't work. Stock android version for that phone is 2.3.3 admire has 2.3.6 Google root 2.3.6 on xda and you'll come to a page with a kernal and kernal flashing software. Follow the guide and see if it'll work. I don't have this phone so I can't do it myself. And I plan to get the LG connect so.....
  6. yahhboy

    yahhboy Well-Known Member

    Lol me either its my dads just trying to clear up some bloatware for him, I'm rocking an esteem :D
  7. njking25

    njking25 Well-Known Member

    Lol. Ill see if I can find the link to what I was talking about. Ill post it here for some brave soul to try. :)
  8. redhook

    redhook Well-Known Member

    It is my understanding that you can delete all the bloatware off this phone without rooting it.
  9. njking25

    njking25 Well-Known Member

    @Redbook. You can't.
  10. yahhboy

    yahhboy Well-Known Member


    I mentioned this in an esteem forum thread but you can't delete everything just a few of metros apps like metro mail and metro navigator. However some things like easy wifi and rahpsody you cannot.
  11. yahhboy

    yahhboy Well-Known Member


    Lol well at least they'll probably get a brand new one if they brick it :)
    This phone is actually pretty nice and the only downside is really see is the cameras, but it runs great and once it goes to 150 it will sell pretty well
  12. MaxOmus

    MaxOmus Well-Known Member


    No way, your crazy, you should never flash a kernel that isn't specifically meant for your phone, thats a sure fire way to a brick, especially when you don't have a custom recovery to fall back on...


    gingerbread-2.3.6-root.zip

    found the above for the Galaxy Ace, but haven't had a chance to mess with it, as a few things would need modifying to work with the Attain, & thats just a shot in the dark, need alot of research before Id even attempt it...

    Its not really a fix, but I just have all that metro junk hidden using launcher pro plus atm, outta sight, outta mind...
  13. yahhboy

    yahhboy Well-Known Member


    Yeah I wouldn't have an easy way to flash a kernel anyways lol, I got what he meant to look for 2.3.6 methods and with all that internal storage for apps it doesn't even matter lol
  14. gypsybikes

    gypsybikes Member

    Ok, I have tried several different methods to root my phone. I have tried: superoneclick, gingerbreak apk, and zergRush. I have downloaded and installed the Android SDK, Java/Eclipse, and have become quite proficient in adb commands. As I mentioned in my first post, I can read and follow instructions to a "T". My latest attempt to root using DoomLord's Toolkit resulted in the following:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb shell
    $ cd/data/local
    cd/data/local
    cd/data/local: not found
    $ cd /data/local
    cd /data/local
    $ rm -r tmp
    rm -r tmp
    $ mkdir tmp
    mkdir tmp
    $ exit
    exit

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb push"C:\Program Fi
    les (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools\zergRush"/data/local
    Android Debug Bridge version 1.0.29

    -d - directs command to the only connected USB devic
    e
    returns an error if more than one USB device is
    present.
    -e - directs command to the only running emulator.
    returns an error if more than one emulator is r
    unning.
    -s <serial number> - directs command to the USB device or emulator w
    ith
    the given serial number. Overrides ANDROID_SERI
    AL
    environment variable.
    -p <product name or path> - simple product name like 'sooner', or
    a relative/absolute path to a product
    out directory like 'out/target/product/sooner'.

    If -p is not specified, the ANDROID_PRODUCT_OUT

    environment variable is used, which must
    be an absolute path.
    devices - list all connected devices
    connect <host>[:<port>] - connect to a device via TCP/IP
    Port 5555 is used by default if no port number
    is specified.
    disconnect [<host>[:<port>]] - disconnect from a TCP/IP device.
    Port 5555 is used by default if no port number
    is specified.
    Using this command with no additional arguments

    will disconnect from all connected TCP/IP devic
    es.

    device commands:
    adb push <local> <remote> - copy file/dir to device
    adb pull <remote> [<local>] - copy file/dir from device
    adb sync [ <directory> ] - copy host->device only if changed
    (-l means list but don't copy)
    (see 'adb help all')
    adb shell - run remote shell interactively
    adb shell <command> - run remote shell command
    adb emu <command> - run emulator console command
    adb logcat [ <filter-spec> ] - View device log
    adb forward <local> <remote> - forward socket connections
    forward specs are one of:
    tcp:<port>
    localabstract:<unix domain socket name>
    localreserved:<unix domain socket name>
    localfilesystem:<unix domain socket name>
    dev:<character device name>
    jdwp:<process pid> (remote only)
    adb jdwp - list PIDs of processes hosting a JDWP transport

    adb install [-l] [-r] [-s] <file> - push this package file to the device and i
    nstall it
    ('-l' means forward-lock the app)
    ('-r' means reinstall the app, keeping its data
    )
    ('-s' means install on SD card instead of inter
    nal storage)
    adb uninstall [-k] <package> - remove this app package from the device
    ('-k' means keep the data and cache directories
    )
    adb bugreport - return all information from the device
    that should be included in a bug report.

    adb backup [-f <file>] [-apk|-noapk] [-shared|-noshared] [-all] [-system|-nosy
    stem] [<packages...>]
    - write an archive of the device's data to <file>
    .
    If no -f option is supplied then the data is wr
    itten
    to "backup.ab" in the current directory.
    (-apk|-noapk enable/disable backup of the .apks
    themselves
    in the archive; the default is noapk.)
    (-shared|-noshared enable/disable backup of the
    device's
    shared storage / SD card contents; the defau
    lt is noshared.)
    (-all means to back up all installed applicatio
    ns)
    (-system|-nosystem toggles whether -all automat
    ically includes
    system applications; the default is to inclu
    de system apps)
    (<packages...> is the list of applications to b
    e backed up. If
    the -all or -shared flags are passed, then t
    he package
    list is optional. Applications explicitly g
    iven on the
    command line will be included even if -nosys
    tem would
    ordinarily cause them to be omitted.)

    adb restore <file> - restore device contents from the <file> backup
    archive

    adb help - show this help message
    adb version - show version num

    scripting:
    adb wait-for-device - block until device is online
    adb start-server - ensure that there is a server running
    adb kill-server - kill the server if it is running
    adb get-state - prints: offline | bootloader | device
    adb get-serialno - prints: <serial-number>
    adb status-window - continuously print device status for a specifie
    d device
    adb remount - remounts the /system partition on the device re
    ad-write
    adb reboot [bootloader|recovery] - reboots the device, optionally into the boo
    tloader or recovery program
    adb reboot-bootloader - reboots the device into the bootloader
    adb root - restarts the adbd daemon with root permissions
    adb usb - restarts the adbd daemon listening on USB
    adb tcpip <port> - restarts the adbd daemon listening on TCP on th
    e specified port
    networking:
    adb ppp <tty> [parameters] - Run PPP over USB.
    Note: you should not automatically start a PPP connection.
    <tty> refers to the tty for PPP stream. Eg. dev:/dev/omap_csmi_tty1
    [parameters] - Eg. defaultroute debug dump local notty usepeerdns

    adb sync notes: adb sync [ <directory> ]
    <localdir> can be interpreted in several ways:

    - If <directory> is not specified, both /system and /data partitions will be u
    pdated.

    - If it is "system" or "data", only the corresponding partition
    is updated.

    environmental variables:
    ADB_TRACE - Print debug information. A comma separated list
    of the following values
    1 or all, adb, sockets, packets, rwx, usb, sync
    , sysdeps, transport, jdwp
    ANDROID_SERIAL - The serial number to connect to. -s takes prior
    ity over this if given.
    ANDROID_LOG_TAGS - When used with the logcat option, only these de
    bug tags are printed.

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb shell
    $ chmod 755 /data/local/zergRush
    chmod 755 /data/local/zergRush
    $ /data/local/zergRush
    /data/local/zergRush

    [**] Zerg rush - Android 2.2/2.3 local root
    [**] (C) 2011 Revolutionary. All rights reserved.

    [**] Parts of code from Gingerbreak, (C) 2010-2011 The Android Exploid Crew.

    [+] Found a GingerBread ! 0x00000118
    [+] Found a Samsung, running Samsung mode
    [*] Scooting ...
    [*] Sleeping a bit (~40s)...
    [*] Waking !
    [*] Sending 149 zerglings ...
    [*] Sleeping a bit (~40s)...
    [*] Waking !
    [*] Sending 189 zerglings ...
    [-] Hellions with BLUE flames !
    $ exit
    exit

    I am not going to flash a custom kernel ( aka gingerbread-2.3.6-root.zip) to my phone because the OEM version for my phone is not available. If I brick my phone there's no way to revert to the stock ROM.

    I am willing to work with anyone that can help, I'll send any information you may need (I may require some instruction, but I know how to follow directions!)

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Gypsybikes
  15. gypsybikes

    gypsybikes Member

    Samsung has released the open source zip!
    It can be found here:
    https://opensource.samsung.com/index.jsp
    Scroll down to find the SCH-R920 MTR Opensource.zip
    I really hope this helps the developer community.
    Thanks,
    John
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  16. njking25

    njking25 Well-Known Member

    you can try this. follow the link and see if youll suceede. My gf has this phone but she wont let me test it on hers., so if one of you brave souls want to try go ahead.:D

    [04/Jan][ROOTING/UNROOTING] DooMLoRD's Easy Rooting Toolkit [v4.0](zergRush Exploit) - xda-developers

    On a side note...i hold no reprehensibility or blame for any harm this may cause to your phone. You (fully and completely) understand the risks when you attempt the above stated method to root your device. :cool:

    If it works post your results.
  17. gypsybikes

    gypsybikes Member

  18. gypsybikes

    gypsybikes Member

    Trust me, I have tried every "easy" rooting solution and a few not so easy methods. If you have a solution I haven't tried, I'm all ears...
  19. njking25

    njking25 Well-Known Member

    Rooting occurs when an exploit is found to trick a system app (an app with root permission) into giving the entire device root permissions. Keep on searching. If you can't find anything hit up plafullgod in the esteem forums. He may have some ideas. My only experiance with android is making apps so....
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  20. yahhboy

    yahhboy Well-Known Member

    As I said in another post if you guys really want root hit up miketoolz in howard forums who rooted the esteem, or koane who is the major dev for the indulge but I haven't seen him in a while..
  21. epayne123

    epayne123 Well-Known Member

    I am a moderator over at AndroidInvasion with MikeToolz and am about to go get the Attain to see if I cant help you guys out. I am also going to be working with Mike to see we can't get what you guys want. would anyone appreciate this at all? I am also a decently prestigious guy over at the Esteem forums so let me know ASAP. whatever is posted when I get back will determine if I buy or not. I have no desire to get this phone but i will to support everyone here.
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  22. yahhboy

    yahhboy Well-Known Member

    Atm this forum is pretty weak since the esteem isn't too far up the tree in price, but this fun is actually pretty decent and once it goes down to $150 it will sell like Justin beiber tickets at a middle school ;)
    I would appreciate it and so would some other people but right now I guess not many :p
  23. stevek116

    stevek116 Member

    i got to say... "if the devs will root the weaka$$ admire schr720" p.s. thanks i also have an admire,

    then id REALLLLLLLYYYYYYY hope they would be willing to help with the schr920 i love my attain by far the best adroid for prepaid !!!! i love the fact i can make my own ssid password for DIY oneclick tether WITHOUT ROOT :) the phone is awesome on the tethering tip.... i have had my ps3 the schr720 my windows laptop and made a phone call with my attain with NO PROB!! no lag NO OVERR HEATING played for 2hours:) i love this.. only thing its missing is dev love!! and cm7 even the synergy along with other much needed root-only apks. ie. adfree, Titanium Backup, Superuser, AVAST and so-on...

    id appreciate the help from YOU AND MIKE to make this hands down metro pcs BEST PHONE EVER :) thank you for your time/money/sacrifice :)
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  24. BigPhilyV

    BigPhilyV Member

    I just got this phone and love it! Well, I did come over from the ascend and this phone blows it away! Anyone that can help root this and get some badass roms going will be treated like a king in attain land. Thanks and lets do this!!!
    stevek116 likes this.
  25. ChiweN

    ChiweN Well-Known Member Contributor

    None of the existing root methods work on the attain. As soon as an.exploitable path is found, someone will write the script to push the needed root files. I'm sure it'll happen. The phone's still new so it may be a little while.

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