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Old May 25th, 2012, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Root and Unroot for Stock 2.3.6(for devs and power users)

I made zips for myself to root and unroot the new TU 2.3.6 stock GB and I was not going to release them but I have decided that they might help other developers so here they are:

tu_root_ - Minus
tu_boost_unroot_ - Minus
tu_sprint_unroot - Minus
This ^^^ Sprint unroot zip is untested.

Quick instructions: Odin this: tu_CWM_recovery - Minus
Make sure you pull the battery right after the phone reboots or your newly flashed CWM will disappear when GB boots all the way.

Boot into CWM and flash tu_root.zip. Reboot into GB and install Superuser and update su and busybox. This zip also prevents stock GB from overwriting CWM with stock recovery.

If you want to return back to stock 2.3.6, flash the unroot zip for either Boost or Sprint. YOU MUST HAVE THE STOCK KERNEL FLASHED FOR THIS TO WORK CORRECTLY. It will unroot 2.3.6 and upon reboot, stock recovery will be back. Then if another update comes along you can just flash the ota and it should update fine.

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I made zips for myself to root and unroot the new TU 2.3.6 stock GB

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s3ctor, will the tu_root return a non rooted 2.3.6 phone to stock or will it keep all apps/data untouched and just root the phone?

My wifes phone lost root when she updated to 2.3.6 and I have been looking for a way to get her rooted again on 2.3.6 without erasing her apps/data...
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s3ctor, will the tu_root return a non rooted 2.3.6 phone to stock or will it keep all apps/data untouched and just root the phone?

My wifes phone lost root when she updated to 2.3.6 and I have been looking for a way to get her rooted again on 2.3.6 without erasing her apps/data...
I'm sure it won't touch anything else. Otherwise it wouldn't be very useful...
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Old May 25th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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s3ctor, will the tu_root return a non rooted 2.3.6 phone to stock or will it keep all apps/data untouched and just root the phone?

My wifes phone lost root when she updated to 2.3.6 and I have been looking for a way to get her rooted again on 2.3.6 without erasing her apps/data...
tu_root will root a Boost or Sprint Stock 2.3.6 and only changes 1 stock file but that 1 stock file(install_recovery.sh) will be enough to not allow an update from the carrier. For this reason, I made the unroot zips...they will return your phone back to a stock state that will allow carrier updates. They delete all the files needed for rooting and then return install_recovery.sh back to stock so on next reboot, CWM will get overwritten back to stock recovery.
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Ok, I did the CWM and told it to install the tu-root zip. That all worked fine. I've had superuser on this phone before, because I used one click root. But that was before I had to call boost and have them do a technical ticket to fix my text messaging. They unroted me remotely somehow. I used one click again but forgot to take out the SD card. So, now the Bat I run On one click says it works, but I'm not rotted. I did your thing and the phone starts and says Andriod in the begining, so that worked. All the apps that need root still say that i don't have root. Not sure what to do. Thanks. I don't know how to update the su file and busybox once I flashed the TU-Root zip. Is that causing this?
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will this work on 2.3.4?
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I don't know how to update the su file and busybox once I flashed the TU-Root zip. Is that causing this?
Run Superuser and there is a place to update su and busybox. It will also tell you if you are rooted or not.

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will this work on 2.3.4?
Hmm...tu_root.zip probably would root 2.3.4 but I'm not sure about the unroot zips. My guess is that it would unroot you but not overwrite CWM on next boot.
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Run Superuser and there is a place to update su and busybox. It will also tell you if you are rooted or not.


Hmm...tu_root.zip probably would root 2.3.4 but I'm not sure about the unroot zips. My guess is that it would unroot you but not overwrite CWM on next boot.
Sorry, I didn't explain I want my device unrooted as I still cant get the ota update as I need to have a bum at a Boost store look at my device to make sure it hasn't been modified before replacement. I guess Samsung sucks as I gave no hint I did anything to it unless I missed something when they had it for repair and sent it back to me as "replace component" but the phone wasn't touched as it still has a shit load of issues.
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Nothing exists at the root, unroot for boost links.
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Nothing exists at the root, unroot for boost links.
The links don't work on the phone. You need to dl on a computer and move it to your sd card.
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I made zips for myself to root and unroot the new TU 2.3.6 stock GB and I was not going to release them but I have decided that they might help other developers so here they are:

tu_root_ - Minus
tu_boost_unroot_ - Minus
tu_sprint_unroot - Minus
This ^^^ Sprint unroot zip is untested.

Quick instructions: Odin this: tu_CWM_recovery - Minus
Make sure you pull the battery right after the phone reboots or your newly flashed CWM will disappear when GB boots all the way.

Boot into CWM and flash tu_root.zip. Reboot into GB and install Superuser and update su and busybox. This zip also prevents stock GB from overwriting CWM with stock recovery.

If you want to return back to stock 2.3.6, flash the unroot zip for either Boost or Sprint. YOU MUST HAVE THE STOCK KERNEL FLASHED FOR THIS TO WORK CORRECTLY. It will unroot 2.3.6 and upon reboot, stock recovery will be back. Then if another update comes along you can just flash the ota and it should update fine.
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the tu-root zip says I'm rooted in CWM, but I'm still not showing root with other apps. In superuser I see update SU so I did. Kinda not working. I wound up doing a factory reset, and trying your pathway again. Still says I'm rooted after I install the app in CWM, but No dice. it says android still on start up, but not really rooted. I just want Adfree to work right. Please help more. Thanks.
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the tu-root zip says I'm rooted in CWM, but I'm still not showing root with other apps. In superuser I see update SU so I did. Kinda not working. I wound up doing a factory reset, and trying your pathway again. Still says I'm rooted after I install the app in CWM, but No dice. it says android still on start up, but not really rooted. I just want Adfree to work right. Please help more. Thanks.
If Superuser updated su and busybox successfully then you are rooted. If Superuser says something else during update of su and busybox, then post it's output.
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I am having the same problem with my wifes tu.
I ran the tu root and cwm says rooted. Once rebooted and trying to update the binary for su i get "failed" and "Legacy" in red.

Have tried uninstalling and reinstalling su with no affect. Have downloaded and tried the su update fixer with no change as well.a

su preferences menu shows
Superuser v3.07 (41)

Su binary vnull


when trying to update:
Downloading manifest....okay
Parsing manifest....okay
Latest version = 3.0.3.2
Checking installed version = legacy
<tapped to update>
Fixing database...okay
checking for busybox...okay
Checking current install path...failed
Failed to find currentlyy installed su binary.
Update cannot continue.

cwm is installed and remains through reboots.
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i found out what to do, go to the superuser website (androidsu.com/superuser/) and download the zip (Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip) then put it on the sd card and boot into cwm and install zip from sd card and that should work.
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Do you need the ops file when doing this? Or is the odin file the correct ops file?
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Do you need the ops file when doing this? Or is the odin file the correct ops file?
Has nothing to do with Odin or download mode (vol down+camera button+power). This is used in recovery mode (vol down+menu button+power), and loaded from your sdcard.
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So just to make sure I'm understanding this correctly and don't. Screw my phone up in the process of trying thiis, I. The root on my sd card and apply the update?

Sorry new guy to this, had a motorola triumph that I rooted but I just did the one click and installed cyanogen mod, that was so much easier.

Edit: I forgot to add that I am running a 100% stock unrooted tu.
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I got the Same Red Legacy has the Guy with the wife. Only, my update stops two steps after his at md5sum... FAIL. I also did has the one dude said and manually updated the SU now I'm at 3.0.3.2 with no apps that need root recognizing I have it. Everyone hold on it's going to be ok. I have faith in these guys. Thanks again for the work everyone puts into this.
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Got it!! Installed the wrong SU update. I have gingerbread. Thanks a million. Woot Woot! Have a good Weekend. again thats androidsu.com and manually install the SU update Zip in CWM. Finally, this odesy is over. NO MORE ADDS!
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Question, when you odin the file, are you using the one package with a .ops file or how are you doing that exactly?
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Hi.

I'm having a couple of problems with this. First I can't seem to get into recovery mode all the time. I'm pressing power and volume - and release at Samsung screen, but most of the time it just boots normal.

Second, when I did get into recovery the zip files would not install. Could someone tell me what's going wrong on both ends? Thanks.
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I've had that happen with not booting into recovery but I always chalked it up to not pressing the button firmly enough. Everytime I retry it and make sure that I'm pressing firmly it works.

As for the files not flashing please make sure you are flashing as a zip from your sd card (that's a cwm option) if you are flashing it as a restore it will not work because this is an update zip not a recovery file.
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...This ^^^ Sprint unroot zip is untested...

...It will unroot 2.3.6 and upon reboot, stock recovery will be back...
Still doing some testing, but here's my findings so far...
1. After flashing tu_sprint_unroot, I restarted my phone, and went into recovery. I guess CWM was still on there, because it went into that. EDIT: does it make a difference that I made a backup prior to installing tu_root?

2. The unroot did something though, because apps requiring root access refused to work (correctly). However, Superuser was still on the phone, and opened without issue (I'm guessing uninstalling SU isn't part of the unroot's routine, so i'm not worried there).

3. I re-flashed the unroot and let my phone restart all the way because I turned it off right as soon as I got through the lock screen the first time, but it doesn't seem to have made a difference.

So that's my findings so far. If it'd help, I was planning to factory reset my phone and then create a backup; I could upload it here. As I've stated in previous posts, I was one of the lucky few who was able to OTA without problems, so the backup may help others that are/were having wifi issues.
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Uh-oh, I think I bricked my phone. It gets to where it shows the model number, hangs there for about 2 minutes, then bootloops. I was trying to restore to the backup I made just before running tu_root, and it froze in the process of checking the md5, then restarted itself.

EDIT: WHEW!!!!! Just (re-)learned the hard way that there's truth to the old saying "Patience is a virtue". Note to others: DO NOT PRESS BUTTONS WHILE THE PHONE IS RESTORING. IT WILL CAUSE THE PHONE TO BOOTLOOP OR WORSE!!!!

Anyway, restored the backup I made, and let the phone do its thing this time, and all is well. I even still have CWM, believe it or not
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Today I installed the update by using unroot for boost to restore the stock recovery, the I flashed the update, let it reboot and odined cwm back on and reflashed the root tu file.. this is confirmed working to restore root and allow custom recovery to stay on after an ota update.
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Today I installed the update by using unroot for boost to restore the stock recovery, the I flashed the update, let it reboot and odined cwm back on and reflashed the root tu file.. this is confirmed working to restore root and allow custom recovery to stay on after an ota update.
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I think with at least the sprint version of unroot in the OP it is not removing cwm after a reboot because the file in the zip under etc is named install_recovery.sh instead of install-recovery.sh.

There is more than one way to skin a cat though.
-I got notice of the sprint update today for FD11 to FG11 so I ended up moving the update from /cache to the sdcard and named it update.zip.
-Did a backup in TB & cwm
-Used dd to write the stock recovery image to mmcblk0p13.
-Booted in the stock recovery to flash the new update.zip.
-Used Odin to flash cwm recovery to the phone.
- In cwm installed the root zip, then while still in cwm, mounted system and with adb deleted the 2 files that reinstall the stock recovery, rebooted out of cwm. everything seems hunky-dory. Except that new lock screen seems way too easy to unlock.
-Did on more backup in cwm.

EDIT: OK I give up, what's the trick to put it into silent mode from the lockscreen?
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when i flash the tu-boost-unroot will i get back stock recovery?
Not right away; the stock recovery only re-installs itself when the phone boots up fully after using Odin to push the image to the phone. So if you're wanting the stock recovery, just let the phone boot up to the lockscreen. If you're NOT wanting stock recovery, before pushing this over, you'll want to grab the tu_root_.zip available above in the first post, or this CWMKeeper.zip, and move them to the root of the SD card (from the phone, this will be "/mnt/sdcard" or /sdcard", from the computer, this will be the window that shows up when you choose the option to view files), then follow the steps below (press the "Show" button). The CWMKeeper file does the same as the tu_root, but without adding root access.




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so for a noob tech stupid person what is the simplist way to unroot a boost mobile tu with out all the confusing stuff
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so for a noob tech stupid person what is the simplist way to unroot a boost mobile tu with out all the confusing stuff
Just flash a STOCK boost rom. You will lose root and superuser access. Yes it is that easy. Here is the link ----> Stock Boost Rom
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ok i have been unsucessful at this for sometime now want to get my phone back to working right like it did before i rooted it. finally got it to unroot but it will not take a system update gets halfway then shows a triangle with a ! in the center of it
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ok i have been unsucessful at this for sometime now want to get my phone back to working right like it did before i rooted it. finally got it to unroot but it will not take a system update gets halfway then shows a triangle with a ! in the center of it
More than likely superuser file may still be present. Which file did you use?
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Thanks for the zips! I used tu_root_ on my Transform Ultra running 2.3.6, which I bought from a Sprint MNVO called Ting. It's great having a rooted phone, although I am having a few issues...mainly apps hanging sometimes. Not sure if that is because it's rooted, or just general Android weirdness.

Another issue is that when I use the back camera, flickering green lines appear on the image both during preview and after capture. Just wanted to report this in case anyone else has experienced it.
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Thanks for the zips! I used tu_root_ on my Transform Ultra running 2.3.6, which I bought from a Sprint MNVO called Ting. It's great having a rooted phone, although I am having a few issues...mainly apps hanging sometimes. Not sure if that is because it's rooted, or just general Android weirdness.

Another issue is that when I use the back camera, flickering green lines appear on the image both during preview and after capture. Just wanted to report this in case anyone else has experienced it.
All rooting does is allow access to system files. It does not change anything by way of programming.
The camera flicker has to that particular phone or just as you stated, android weirdness.
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so how do you root it am i suppose to download the tu_root_ file then put it in my phone reboot into recovery mode then just install that package? im kinda of a noob so any help would be appreciated.
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so how do you root it am i suppose to download the tu_root_ file then put it in my phone reboot into recovery mode then just install that package? im kinda of a noob so any help would be appreciated.
Use this {Restoration} BST/SRT Unroot back to stock is will unroot/install stock recovery and kernel. Make sure you have the latest recovery.
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I can not download from Minus servers. My only internet is my phone. Is there any other server that stores these files?
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The link doesnt work on my home pc either i tried to get it other day....lost my copy if any one has it id like it too
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I have the tu_root file if anyone needs it:

tu_root_.zip

Otherwise, you're out of luck, I'm afraid. Even when they were available, the Sprint unroot files didn't work (or not for me, anyway - they kept crashing Odin when I would try to use them), but I can't say for sure on the Boost. If you can, try to track down Chev's or Loota's unroot files and follow their directions. As far as I know, those ones are still available.
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If you really want to go back to stock (for Sprint) and I do mean stock pre-last 2.3.6 update fd11 baseband, hit me up. I have the file on computer. You would just need to flash it. It will take you back to stock.
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