Rooting Galaxy S2 - Dummies Guide

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  1. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Hello ThePunisher102 and welcome to Android Forums! :)

    once you are rooted there are two main forms of Back-up...

    Titanium Backup Pro for App's, data and settings.

    Nandroid which is a complete mirror image of your phone and can be done via CWM Manager.

    This excellent article, by our very own AndroidNZ, explains, step-by-step, how to do them and their uses:-

    AndroidNZ: [At Your Own Risk] How to Root your Samsung Galaxy S II

    Hope this helps.

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  2. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

  3. Hawker

    Hawker Well-Known Member

    Why don't you try selling some sand now butty?
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  4. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    I did. :D
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  5. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Blimey Slug!

    You weren't joking were you. Remind me not to get on the wrong side of you. :eek:
  6. RogerF

    RogerF New Member

    Thank you for a brilliant and easy to follow guide to rooting. I was successful, but one thing. I cannot see Busy Box in the Apps? Thanks a lot if you can assist!
  7. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum RogerF and thanks for joining.

    Busybox won't show up as an app. It just runs in the background when needed.
  8. lotsip81

    lotsip81 Well-Known Member

    This should definitely be added as a "sticky", there is a lot of good information for use newbies.
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  9. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    We have too many important and useful threads in this forum to sticky them all individually so the link is in our all things root sticky.
  10. kbrwn

    kbrwn New Member

    Thanks, made rooting my phone easy and problem free
  11. RogerF

    RogerF New Member

    Really appreciate the rapid response. Regards, RF
  12. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    No problem. Happy to help.
  13. webby62

    webby62 Well-Known Member

  14. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    The .zip file you downloaded only needs to be extracted once.

    This is the file that you require and contains file that you need to show up in Odin.

    Hope this helps.
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  15. webby62

    webby62 Well-Known Member

    i did this and another ZIPPED file is beside the original called WinRAR archive (.tar) with 0 kb ,rather confusing,hopefully this is the one? 0 kb is nothing in it i assume? thanks ironass if you can help:eek:
  16. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    You have checked that the kernel you need is KL1 and you have gone to post #8 here:-

    [16.02.2012][CF-Root 5.2] K/EFGHIJKL*, KP1/2/4/8/A, LA2/4, LP1/2/6/B/H -su+bb+CWM4/5 - xda-developers

    and you have downloaded the .zip archive file for the kernel you require, KL1, from here:-

    CF-Root Download

    You have then extracted the file it contains, CF-Root-SGS2_XW_INU_KL1-v5.0-CWM5. This should be an 8.00MB WinRAR.tar file and is the one you need to root with Odin3 v1.85.


    The KL1 does indeed seem to be broken :confused:

    Try using the KL3 instead.

    Hope this helps! :D

    (my thanks to Shottie for spotting this! ;) )
  17. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    No problem mate.
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  18. webby62

    webby62 Well-Known Member

    Hi, i have managed to download CF-Root-SGS2_DX_THL_KL3-v5.0-CWM5 and extracted a file called zImage size 8.00mb hopefully the one?
  19. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    You only need to extract once. :confused:

    It would seem that you have extracted the zimage file by doing a second extraction.

    You need the WinRAR archive (.tar) file.
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  20. webby62

    webby62 Well-Known Member

    hah success,i now have a winrar zip called WinRAR archive (.tar) 8.0mb
    Thanks for help guys,no doubt will need some more when i root,just a bit of advice the ics update is due shortly is it best to root after this or now, or will rooting effect on update?
  21. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    You won't be able to update to ics with kies once you are rooted but you will be able to flash ics firmware with Odin before most carriers officially release it anyway. There will also be loads of custom ics roms you can choose from. So I would root now.
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  22. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    See, it wasn't so hard. You just had to follow the instructions and stop extracting everything! :D

    What!... you mean that after all that, you're still not rooted?

    You haven't used Odin?

    PUB! :D
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  23. webby62

    webby62 Well-Known Member

    Will get all the info i need first, just got the phone a few days ago and still exploring,once im ready will root,like to have everything ready for when i do,thanks again.:)
  24. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    Spot on. Better than just diving head first into an empty pool.
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  25. webby62

    webby62 Well-Known Member

    Hi guys Great news have rooted my samsung,went flawlessly,was sweating a bit but well worth it,any advice for what i should do now?i have backed up using CWM to my card,and downloading root explorer.:)

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