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  1. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    ok,i keep seeing the same questions being asked over and over,so i decided to go ahead and make up my own guide. i maintain alot of stuff in the TB and inc forum still,so i was originally leery of adding to my list of threads to support,but hopefully i can spell it out a lil clearer than some of the current guides. i know reading thru htcdevs directions,and looking thru some posts here it can seem overwhelming,but when y ou break each step down its all really easy.

    the basic steps will be:
    1)unlock with htcdev
    2)temporarily or permanently flash a recovery
    3)flash root files

    before you start,go ahead and download these files:
    -mini-adb.zip: mini-adb.zip
    -the latest amon ra recovery image: [Recovery] Amon Ra style vigor - xda-developers
    -superuser files: forGB or ICS,use the latest superSU from this thread on xda(the download link you want is labled CWM-SuperSU-v0.96.zip. do NOT attempt to install it from the market-it wont work)
    -go to HTCdev - Unlock Bootloader and register an account

    *i highly reccomend to donate to drellisdee for bringing us amon recovery. at the very least,make sure to click the thanks button on his post on xda :)

    1)unlock with htcdev
    sorry,there are no exploits for temp root at this time.

    first thing you need is drivers for adb to see your phone. if you have htc sync installed,you should allready have drivers. if not,you can install htc sync,or install these modified htc drivers from revolutionary (mirror for HTC driver 3.0.0.007)

    most guides simply say "follow the directions to unlock with htcdev" but im gonna go thru it with ya :) the mini-adb.zip file is all the files that htcdev is telling you to download and put into a folder,so allready this should be a lil easier ;)

    1)prepair ADB
    -unzip your mini-adb.zip file. this is native funtionality in windows 7. you otherwise may need a utility such as "7-zip" to extract,or unzip it. place the unzipped folder onto the root of your C\ drive on your PC(sorry, you mac guys will need to develop this for yourself,i dont have a mac). root means the top level,not inside any folders. so just copy and paste,or drag and drop the folder onto C with everything else that is there. rename it to "mini-adb_vigor" since youll be putting some vigor(rezound) specific files in here. you actually can call it whatver you want,but directions from here forward will assume this folder to be named "mini-adb_vigor"
    -open a command window. on windows 7,click the start bubble in the lower left and type "command" in the search box. xp i believe is similar or the same. doing this should open a small black command window.
    -change to your mini-adb_vigor directory. type the following at the prompt in your cmd window:

    cd c:\mini-adb_vigor

    your command promt should change to "c:\mini-adb_vigor>" provided you: 1)unzipped the miniadb zip 2)put the folder on your c drive 3)renamed the folder "mini-adb_vigor"

    -now make sure usb debugging is checked in settings/apps/development,and plug your phone into your PC with a usb cable
    -make sure your phone is being recognized- type:

    adb devices

    if your drivers are installed correctly,this should return your phones serial number. you should hear the "found device" noises when you plug your phone in. if it starts installing drivers,wait for it to finish before typing the adb devices command.

    2)unlock using htcdev
    -go to HTCdev - Unlock Bootloader and sign in to your account. chose "rezound" from the "select your device bar" and click the green "begin unlock bootloader" button underneath.
    -click yes to procede,then read the warnings before checking the boxes and clicking yes to continue,as they are basically explaining that your warranty is now void,and any repairs that your phone needs that may have been a result of unlocking your bootloader and messing with your phones operating system may no longer be covered under mfgr warranty
    -steps 1-4 are describing how to get your phone into bootloader mode and connect it to your PC,wich we have done above. ignore these steps and simply type in your cmd window:

    adb reboot bootloader

    it may take several seconds,but this command should boot your phone into the "fastboot" screen wich is white with a bunch of colored writing. once this happens,make sure your phone is still being seen in fastboot. type:

    fastboot devices

    again,this should return your phones serial number.

    -click the green procede to step 5 bubble.
    -steps 5-7 are telling you how to find the files and utilities inside your mini-adb folder. you have them,so ignore steps 5-7.
    -click the green procede to step 8 bubble.
    -heres where steps are important,steps 8-10 are telling you how to get your unlock token,and send it to htc. its phone specific(so they prolly know your serial number,meid,etc) so no,you cant use your buddys unlock token and not have htc know that youve unlocked your bootloader. ;) copy this line either from below,or from step 8,and paste it into the prompt in your cmd window. you have to right click to paste in cmd,you cannot control/v :

    fastboot oem get_identifier_token

    -after yuo hit enter,you will get a bunch of letters that are your identifier token. not much i can say,other than follow the directions in steps 9 and 10 to copy and submit your identifier token to HTC. make sure you get the characters as shown in the pic,with no extra lines or letters. note that you can also hit the "enter" key on your PC to copy,as well as right clicking.
    -click the green submit button. wait patiently for an email containing your unlock code. (dont worry,it should come pretty fast :p )
    -save the unlock_code.bin that htc sends you directly to your mini-adb_vigor folder(if your PC automatically downloads somewhere else,no biggie. just move the unlock code to mini-adb_vigor)
    -click the link in your email to get the rest of the unlock instructions
    -step 12 is where them magic happens :D copy from below,or from htc dev:

    fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin

    -youll see the purdy screen pictured in step 13. use the vol rocker to chose "yes unlock bootloader" and select it with the power button. your phone will reboot,performaing a factory data reset in the process. your data is gone,sorry :( this boot may take a bit longer than they normally do,dont freak out this is normal

    as you can see,once the adb files are put in one place to download,its not hard to use,and the commands are pretty simple. below is what you will see in your command window,the red are my inputs.

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
    
    C:\Users\Scott>[COLOR="Red"]cd c:\mini-adb_vigor[/COLOR]
    
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb devices[/COLOR]
    List of devices attached
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    device
    
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb reboot bootloader[/COLOR]
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot devices[/COLOR]
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    fastboot
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot oem get_identifier_token[/COLOR]
                                  ... INFO
    INFO< Please cut following message >
    INFO<<<< Identifier Token Start >>>>
    INFO2ADC7C0C0F1BAF92074BAE9B0035CB6A
    INFO021839BFA7465CD0788664688DCCFDEA
    INFO33A2FD2C96C7308DD3C57A517DBA8E14
    INFO8048F98A9FEA06B8F2AD05D4D3497CFE
    INFO6FCCC1DC4E31E0C6F54CEA18D9A80C82
    INFO27C33E209D472E6C11753E9D7BCBCE6D
    INFO90D9F226E827B6C26165A029B6F7DFF2
    INFO63E382B4C82F9F6D866C01B9823ED1BC
    INFO0EEFA859327E6B5AC4C24533C9DFA7AF
    INFODBD70D55E4666B4B41828B76FFBD010C
    INFO1B916E350EFF199EA5B096FF3337FE19
    INFO40E6CA9E7F1DD5B33D8D4780DD775289
    INFO953404686AEC4C3CB6F1BBB9DC69BA13
    INFO8738C00DAFF280ECF02D0C7A66E13855
    INFO1D756616732FF47915EAD551A6933E08
    INFO10C541C7RD02C14991E83CC49FCA4B92
    INFO<<<<< Identifier Token End >>>>>
    OKAY [  0.069s]
    finished. total time: 0.070s
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin[/COLOR]
      sending 'unlocktoken' (0 KB)... OKAY [  0.143s]
             writing 'unlocktoken'... INFOunlock token check successfully
    OKAY [  0.011s]
    finished. total time: 0.156s
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>
    
    2)flash a recovery
    if you want to run stock,do not permanently install your recovery. keeping the stock recovery on the phone will ensure that you recieve OTAs without a hitch,wich i know is important to alot of users. YES,the OTA will break root. its no big deal. one good thing about htcdev is that you will always be able to reroot after,simply by following steps 2 and 3 again to launch recovery,flash superser.

    once youve either skipped past all the setup,or have re-set up and are ready to root,chose ONE of these 2 options:

    1)temporary recovery:
    -move the image file you downloaded above for amon RA and place it into the mini-adb_vigor folder.
    -put the superuser zip file onto your phones sd card
    -enable usb debugging once again,as above. open a cmd window,if its not still open from unlocking.
    -if you had to re-open a cmd window,dont forget to change back to your mini-adb_vigor directory:

    cd c:\mini-adb_vigor

    -make sure youre connected by typing:

    adb devices

    -should return serial number
    -check the md5 of your recovery image:

    md5sums <recoveryname>.img

    **make sure the resulting md5 matches the one that drellisdee lists for the image that you downloaded. **

    -boot to bootloader:

    adb reboot bootloader

    -check for connectivity:

    fastboot devices

    -should return serial number
    -temporarily launch your recovery to phone memory:

    fastboot boot <recoveryname>.img

    -youll see a (really fast) green status bar on the top right as your PC sends the recovery to your phone. youll then see the HTC splash screen,then your recovery.

    in your command window you will see(red are my inputs):
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
    
    C:\Users\Scott>[COLOR="Red"]cd c:\mini-adb_vigor[/COLOR]
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="Red"]adb devices[/COLOR]
    List of devices attached
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    device
    
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]md5sums recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img[/COLOR]
    
    MD5sums 1.2 freeware for Win9x/ME/NT/2000/XP+
    Copyright (C) 2001-2005 Jem Berkes - http://www.pc-tools.net/
    Type md5sums -h for help
    
    [Path] / filename                              MD5 sum
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [c:\mini-adb_vigor\]
    recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img                 915d5e3cb662076f36f3d6e54759e951
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb reboot bootloader[/COLOR]
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot devices[/COLOR]
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    fastboot
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot boot recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img[/COLOR]
            downloading 'boot.img'... OKAY [  1.518s]
                           booting... OKAY [  0.005s]
    finished. total time: 1.523s


    2)permanently install your recovery
    -move the image file you downloaded above for amon RA and place it into the mini-adb_vigor folder.
    -enable usb debugging once again,as above. open a cmd window,if its not still open from unlocking.
    -if you had to re-open a cmd window,dont forget to change back to your mini-adb_vigor directory:

    cd c:\mini-adb_vigor

    -make sure youre connected by typing:

    adb devices

    -should return serial number
    -check the md5 of your recovery image:

    md5sums <recoveryname>.img

    **make sure the resulting md5 matches the one that drellisdee lists for the image that you downloaded. **

    -boot to bootloader:

    adb reboot bootloader

    -check for connectivity:

    fastboot devices

    -should return serial number
    -permanently flash your recovery to phones recovery partition:

    fastboot flash recovery <recoveryname>.img

    -youll see a (really fast) green status bar on the top right as your PC sends the recovery to your phone,then a (really,really fast) red bar as it flashes it. amon ra is now permanently on your phone when you need it. be aware that you can no longer accept OTAs,unless you reinstall the stock recovery at some point before the next OTAs are pushed.
    -to get to recovery,push the power button to select hboot. once in hboot wait for the green writing to flash and disapear,then select recovery.

    *note that you can still launch recovery by using the command from scenario 1 above. i reccomend doing it this way. without complex explanations,its better ;)
    -youll then see the HTC splash screen,then your recovery.

    and the code(again,red my inputs):
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
    
    C:\Users\Scott>[COLOR="red"]cd c:\mini-adb_vigor[/COLOR]
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb devices[/COLOR]
    List of devices attached
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    device
    
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]md5sums recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img[/COLOR]
    
    MD5sums 1.2 freeware for Win9x/ME/NT/2000/XP+
    Copyright (C) 2001-2005 Jem Berkes - http://www.pc-tools.net/
    Type md5sums -h for help
    
    [Path] / filename                              MD5 sum
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [c:\mini-adb_vigor\]
    recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img                 915d5e3cb662076f36f3d6e54759e951
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb reboot bootloader[/COLOR]
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot devices[/COLOR]
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    fastboot
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot flash recovery recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img[/COLOR]
      sending 'recovery' (7074 KB)... OKAY [  1.659s]
                writing 'recovery'... OKAY [  5.179s]
    finished. total time: 6.840s
    
    

    3)flash superuser root files*
    there is not much to explain with this one. if booted to recovery from above,use the recovery menu on your phone to:
    -make a backup of your stock,unrooted rom. completely optional,but a very good idea,IMO.
    -wipe cache
    -wipe dalvik cache
    -install zip from sd card(chose your superuser file)
    -reboot

    *congratulations,youre rooted :D
    *note that you do not neccessarily need to flash superuser. if you want to flash a custom rom,you can go ahead and do that now,no need to root your stock rom first.

    if you are intending to stay s-on,with htcdev,make sure you read this: http://androidforums.com/rezound-all-things-root/587430-s-want-flash-roms-read.html

    if you are planning s-off,or wonder what exactly s-off is,read this:http://androidforums.com/rezound-all-things-root/550408-s-off-guide-info-return-stock.html


    *hope it helps some folks :)


    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    *stock recoveries
    for 2.01.605.11: PH98IMG-2.01.605.11-vigor-recovery.zip
    for 3.14.605.12: PH98IMG-recovery_stock_3.14.605.12.zip
    simply download,pull out the image,place in mini-adb_vigor folder,and fastboot flash usaing the the directions for permanent recovery in step 2 :)

    donate to my device fund :)
    [​IMG]

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  2. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    "full ruu" method to unroot
    -download the an ruu for the current firmware ( http://shipped-roms.com/index.php?category=android&model=Vigor )
    -download main version tool
    -open a cmd window,as described in post 1
    -change to mini-adb directory:
    cd c:\mini-adb_vigor

    -check connectivity
    adb devices

    -boot to bootloader
    adb reboot bootloader

    -launch recovery
    fastboot boot recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img

    -make a backup using your phones on screen amon ra menu options. this is optional,but a good idea,if you have a a good workling setup and think you might want to get back to this point later.

    -using the phones amon ra menu options,flash "SetMainVersionLOW.zip" just like you would any other rom. no need to wipe anything,just flash it.

    -boot back into bootloader
    adb reboot bootloader

    -check main version
    fastboot getvar all

    -if your main version is now 1.00.000.0 then procede:

    -relock bootloader
    fastboot oem lock

    *you may get a security warning after it locks. dont panic,this is normal when relocking with custom software

    -run the .exe file on your PC with our phone still in fastboot. follow the onscreen directions. it will reboot when finished


    **work in progress** more later...
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  3. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    the main version is simply the software build version. it is checked by the s-on hboot to make sure that we do not roll back our firmware to what HTC considers inferior and obsolete(and in some cases,exploitable :D) older software/firmware.

    the first place it is checked is the "android info" text document. this is simply a small text file that is packaged inside of hboot flashable PH98IMG files. if the file fails this check,and finds the "main version" in the text document to be lower than the software on the phone,it will either return siliently to the hboot screen without explanation,or it will spit out a "main version older!" error.

    here is a very basic android info text document i always use in making up PH98IMG files:
    Code:
    modelid: PH9810000
    cidnum: VZW__001
    mainver: 2.01.605.11 
    hbootpreupdate:12
    
    heres the one that comes inside the 2.11.605.01 RUU:

    Code:
    modelid: PH9810000
    cidnum: VZW__001
    mainver: 2.01.605.11
    hbootpreupdate:12
    DelCache:1
    DelFat:1
    
    you will sometimes see different "hboot preupdate" numbers,and different things inside. i havent messed with them enuff to know(or care ;)) what it all means.

    *you can use the directions at the end of the post to find out what your main version info is,if you need to(or maybe i should move those directions up here? hmm).

    if you find yourself with a main version error you will need to do ONE of the following 2 things:

    1)edit the android info text document
    to alot of folks this is the easier thing to do. just like it sounds,you need to edit the main version number of the text file to be equal to or greater than your softwares main version.

    i.e.,if you are on 1.02.605.6,your main version could be 1.02.605.6, 2.01.605.11, or 3.xx.xxx.x

    -take the .zip file you want to flash,and unzip it. you can unzip many files without anything special in windows 7. if youre on xp,or for signed files that you cant simply right click,then "extract" you may need a utility such as 7-zip.
    -open the unzipped folder and click on the android info text document to open with your favorite text editor.
    -change the main version number to be = or > than yours.
    Code:
    modelid: PH9810000
    cidnum: VZW__001
    mainver: 2.01.605.11 [COLOR="blue"]<- edit this number[/COLOR]
    hbootpreupdate:12
    
    -save the text document. close it. open it again for peace of mind that it changed ;)
    -rezip your file. in windows 7 this is as easy a highlighting the android info document,and any images. right click,click "send to" then "compressed(zipped) folder". older versions of windows may need a seperate utility.

    your file *should* flash now.

    *or

    2)edit the main version on your phone

    a)old school method

    download this modified misc image from this threadon xda. make sure to click the "thanks" button for mrbracht. :)
    -place the modified misc image onto your SD card,and make sure it is named " miscnew "
    *next you must be booted into a rooted operating system.
    -put the phone in charge only mode,plug it in if its not.
    -open a cmd window as described in post 1
    -change to your mini-adb_vigor directory
    cd c:\mini-adb_vigor

    -make sure youre connected
    adb devices

    -open a root shell. have your phone awake and unlocked before doing this,as sometimes you will have to allow a supeuser pop up if youre running a stock rom.

    adb shell (prompt should change to a # .if your prompt only changes to a $,then type su )

    -write the new misc image:
    dd if=/sdcard2/miscnew.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p24

    -exit out of your adb shell
    exit (may have to type this a second time)

    -reboot
    adb reboot

    your main version should now be set to 1.00.000.0. you should now be able to flash literally anything without altering stupid text documents :D

    heres what it will look like(red are my inputs):
    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
    
    C:\Users\Scott>[COLOR="Red"]cd c:\mini-adb_vigor[/COLOR]
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb devices[/COLOR]
    * daemon not running. starting it now *
    * daemon started successfully *
    List of devices attached
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    device
    
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb shell[/COLOR]
    root@android:/ # [COLOR="red"]dd if=/sdcard2/miscnew.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p24[/COLOR]
    dd if=/sdcard2/miscnew.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p24
    32763+0 records in
    32763+0 records out
    16774656 bytes transferred in 4.858 secs (3452996 bytes/sec)
    root@android:/ # exit
    exit
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb reboot[/COLOR]
    b) flash "main version low zip" method

    credits:
    drellisdee for coming up with this main version tool
    con247 for using it to create a flashable zip to change main version to a generic 1.00.000.0 in this post

    *assumtions:
    -that you rooted with the guide in this first post,and thus have adb/fastboot set up in the "mini-adb_vigor" file on the root of your C drive.
    -that you are using amon ra recovery image

    1)download this file:
    - main version tool

    2)change main version:

    -place "SetMainVersionLOW.zip" on the root of your phones SD card

    -open a cmd window as described in post 1

    -change to mini-adb directory:
    cd c:\mini-adb_vigor

    -check connectivity
    adb devices

    -boot to bootloader
    adb reboot bootloader

    -launch recovery
    fastboot boot recovery-ra-vigor-3.14-gnm.img

    -using the phones amon ra menu options,flash "SetMainVersionLOW.zip" just like you would any other rom. no need to wipe anything,just flash it.

    -boot back into bootloader
    adb reboot bootloader

    -check main version
    fastboot getvar all

    -if your main version is now 1.00.000.0 then procede with whatever you needed to change the main version for :)




    *how to check your main version
    -open a cmd window as described in post 1
    -change to mini-adb directory:
    cd c:\mini-adb_vigor

    -check connection
    adb devices

    -boot to fastboot
    adb reboot bootloader

    -enter:
    fastboot getvar all

    -check your mainver number :)

    heres what it will look like(red are my inputs,blue are simply additional comments):
    Code:
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb devices[/COLOR]
    List of devices attached
    HTxxxxxxxxxx    device
    
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]adb reboot bootloader[/COLOR]
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="red"]fastboot getvar all[/COLOR]
    INFOversion: 0.5
    INFOversion-bootloader: 2.11.0000
    INFOversion-baseband: N/A
    INFOversion-cpld: None
    INFOversion-microp: None
    INFOversion-main: 1.00.000.0 [COLOR="Blue"]<-this is the number you want to check[/COLOR]
    INFOserialno: HT19WS213284
    INFOimei: 990000336304110
    INFOproduct: vigor
    INFOplatform: HBOOT-8260
    INFOmodelid: PH9810000
    INFOcidnum: VZW__001
    INFObattery-status: good
    INFObattery-voltage: 4061mV
    INFOpartition-layout: Generic
    INFOsecurity: on
    INFObuild-mode: SHIP
    INFOboot-mode: FASTBOOT
    INFOcommitno-bootloader: dirty-bc948b45
    INFOhbootpreupdate: 11
    INFOgencheckpt: 0
    all: Done!
    finished. total time: 0.534s
    
    c:\mini-adb_vigor>[COLOR="Red"]fastboot reboot[/COLOR]
    
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  4. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    this one too: :p
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  5. Bob Cat

    Bob Cat Careful, They're sharp!! Moderator

    Um not used to standing in line for second, third or fourth spots but this was well worth it. Great write up. ;) :D
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  6. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    thanx BC. i kept finding myself running out of room in my TB posts,so i figured what the heck- first 4 are mine! :D
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  7. icedice34

    icedice34 Well-Known Member

    Thanks this is great! I finally feel comfortable going through the root process! I think this should get sticky as this is very noob friendly! Now how about an unroot and relock guide. I know you said in another forum my bootloader will say "relocked", but for warranty Verizon probably wont look at that...:)
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  8. Bob Cat

    Bob Cat Careful, They're sharp!! Moderator

    It is stickied in the All Things Root guide. ;)

    Also a Super Noob Unroot and Relock would round it off wouldn't it. We all have to give a lot of credit to Scotty for all these write up's he does. ;) :D
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  9. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    Back to stock and others coming soon :)
  10. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Awesome work Scotty! :D
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  11. ellis245

    ellis245 New Member

    I got through unlocking the bootloader without a problem, however having issues flashing recovery. At the step where you enter fastboot boot <recoveryname>.img after I do that this is what I get.... (note I renamed the recovery file to just "recovery" but its the same recommended in the instructions).


    c:\mini-adb_vigor>fastboot devices
    HT19SS201341 fastboot

    c:\mini-adb_vigor>fastboot recovery.img
    usage: fastboot [ <option> ] <command>

    commands:
    update <filename> reflash device from update.zip
    flashall flash boot + recovery + system
    flash <partition> [ <filename> ] write a file to a flash partition
    erase <partition> erase a flash partition
    getvar <variable> display a bootloader variable
    boot <kernel> [ <ramdisk> ] download and boot kernel
    flash:raw boot <kernel> [ <ramdisk> ] create bootimage and flash it
    devices list all connected devices
    reboot reboot device normally
    reboot-bootloader reboot device into bootloader

    options:
    -w erase userdata and cache
    -s <serial number> specify device serial number
    -p <product> specify product name
    -c <cmdline> override kernel commandline
    -i <vendor id> specify a custom USB vendor id
    -b <base_addr> specify a custom kernel base address
    -n <page size> specify the nand page size. default:
    2048

    Anyone have an idea where I went wrong?
  12. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    are you wanting to temporarily or permanently flash your recovery?

    you are missing a vital word in your command:
    to temporarily flash recovery(using your image name "recovery"):
    fastboot boot recovery.img

    to permanently flash it:
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
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  13. ellis245

    ellis245 New Member

    Thanks, tired eyes...missed that. However just tried it with the missing command "boot" to temporarily flash and received message saying "cannot load 'recovery.img'
    I checked the mini-adb_vigor folder on the c: to confirm it was there and named correctly and it is. Tried placing it there again and flashing recovery with same result. Frustrated that I'm so close but stalled, any help is appreciated.
  14. icedice34

    icedice34 Well-Known Member

    Is it truly permanent? Or is there an way to flash the stock recovery if I decided to. Sounds to me like with permanent it would be easier to flash the super user back on after an OTA? or am I missing something?
  15. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    it is permanent in the sense that it stays until you flash something else. so yes,you can flash the stock recovery back if you want to. IMO there is not a whole lot of point to permanently flashing a recovery,since you cant really do anything without being connected to a PC anyway :eek: you need a PC to flash the kernels,and restore backups.

    a permanent recovery will NOT make it easier to restore superuser. it will,in fact,prevent you from recieving the OTA,making it neccessary to relock,and run an RUU in order to get the updates,thus making what is normally a seamless process un-neccessarily complex. :(

    only the STOCK recovery can apply vzw's OTA updates,so its best to just leave it on the phone if you want to run stock and recieve the OTAs.

    hope that clears it up :)
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  16. thornev

    thornev Well-Known Member

    Wow. That's a very compelling reason not to flash a permanent recovery. You may have just convinced me although it's too late for me. Looks like I have to run the RUU .exe before I can receive the next OTA. Bummer.
  17. icedice34

    icedice34 Well-Known Member


    I think its finally clear. As long as I just boot, and don't flash amon ra I can receive the next OTA like normal then boot amon again and install super user? Will the process still work the same with each OTA?
  18. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    correct

    yup! sure will :)
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  19. icedice34

    icedice34 Well-Known Member

  20. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    you dont really need to run the RUU. you can just flash the stock recovery back,just like you flashed amon :)

    PH98IMG-2.01.605.11-vigor-recovery.zip
    PH98IMG-2.01.605.11-vigor-recovery.zip 5e2f77d90d4cdfc0a221113ba52435a7
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  21. icedice34

    icedice34 Well-Known Member

    I went through all of the steps and everything seemed to work perfectly. However, when I flashed super user it went for a bit then said "install aborted". I rebooted the phone anyway and I have a super user app, but no apps can gain root access. I tried TiBu and rootchecker basic.

    Did I do something wrong? I downloaded all the files exactly as you said. I don't see what happened?
  22. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    Sometimes you'll get that... Just launch the recovery again,and wipe cache and dalvik cache. Then flash superuser again :)
  23. icedice34

    icedice34 Well-Known Member

    I tried installing twice and had problems. Basically you are saying I need to reboot and then wipe and reinstall?
  24. scotty85

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  25. scotty85

    scotty85 Guides Guide

    Might also verify the Md5 of your superuser download:

    Superuser-3.0.7-efgh-signed.zip md5:a5d14dc42323a61caf71549a885af8c3
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