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Old April 12th, 2012, 01:58 PM   #201 (permalink)
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ibizian,

The process is really pretty straightforward to use as long as you've got adb USB access to your device--which, unfortunately, is often the stumbling block for a lot of folks.

Take it one bite at a time and see how far along you get--there's nothing in this process that will break your device--its entire goal is to simply install the su and Superuser.apk binaries on your phone, nothing more.

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Thank you for your fast reply. My issue is if the original post’s instructions are the most current step by step type this push this and so on. I noticed so many other things people have tried to get it to work but they are scattered all over the topic.
If the OP is the most current and incorporates the fixes and betters then I am all for it. I am not totally new to tech, I have my degree in computer info systems and worked the field for some odd years. Prior to my “accidents” in Iraq, I was able to follow multi level, multi component steps. Now I am not able to concentrate on the current step let alone three ahead and 2 behind.
So to make sure I understand this as it right now is the most important thing to me. This method will allow me Su rights without the fear of wiping all data. At some point I will go a full root but for right now all I really need is the ability to freeze apps that start, run and steal resources (read BATTERY) all on their own. I will look in the task manager and see 6 or 7 things that keep reopening like the useless Verizon app, Google+, maps, my tracks and so many others I don’t regularly use and certainly did not invoke by my own fingers!
I want to do like windows services and be to enable, manual and disable, unless specifically called upon.
The other thing I have not done is the ADB push part. You say windows makes it harder. Is there a possibility of doing it from within an ASUS TF101 transformer??? Android to Android?
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Thank you for your fast reply. My issue is if the original post’s instructions are the most current step by step type this push this and so on. I noticed so many other things people have tried to get it to work but they are scattered all over the topic.
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If the OP is the most current and incorporates the fixes and betters then I am all for it.
Yes, the OP / first post is up-to-date (as well as the downloads contained therein).

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Yes, this process does not require unlocking your bootloader (which does wipe your data).

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Unfortunately, the adb client must run from a PC (Windows, Linux, or Mac) which this exploit and process relies upon.

If you can get the adb USB drivers installed as "see" your device's serial number show-up when you do an "adb devices" command, then you should have no problem using this rooting method.

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Hi scary alien, this is my first time try rooting my gsm gnex. I have proper install the USB adb drivers, and adb devices to check and it shows my gnex number.

Then I run
c:\...> root-for-windows.bat but nothing happen to mine gnex. I check the root-for-windows.bat file and it is 0 file size. Is that file corrupted?

I try run c:\...> unroot-for-windows.bat and it works ok and my gnex reboot.
So it seens like root-for-windows.bat file is corrupted? I download the zip file from the first post of this thread.

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Hi scary alien, this is my first time try rooting my gsm gnex. I have proper install the USB adb drivers, and adb devices to check and it shows my gnex number.

Then I run
c:\...> root-for-windows.bat but nothing happen to mine gnex. I check the root-for-windows.bat file and it is 0 file size. Is that file corrupted?

I try run c:\...> unroot-for-windows.bat and it works ok and my gnex reboot.
So it seens like root-for-windows.bat file is corrupted? I download the zip file from the first post of this thread.

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Welcome to the AndroidForums!

Yeah, I just tried downloading it myself and it looks fine...I'm guessing you had a bad download.

Double-check the size and/or MD5 checksum (verifying the check sum will tell you for sure that you've got a whole, uncorrupt file):

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simple-gnex-root-unroot.zip: 

File size: 946,051 (bytes)
MD5 checksum: d562b501a37a7fbb7e4174c335f5c881
Let me know!

edit: by the way, I just realized you said this was for your GSM GNex...this exploit should work fine and the same on both devices, but just wanted to make sure you realized you were in the VZW root section (which is fine, but sometimes matters--not in this instance, however).
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I have try re-download the zip file and finally root my gnex! Thanks for your help and fast reply!
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You are most welcome, Davey!

Thanks to the great help from others here, too with the Mac stuff .

Glad you signed-up with us (thank you for that very nice first post).

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Used this yesterday to root my Nexus, worked great, very easy! Now I can back it up and unlock without losing all my game progress. Thanks!
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Used this yesterday to root my Nexus, worked great, very easy! Now I can back it up and unlock without losing all my game progress. Thanks!
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Hey Scary,

I skimmed through many of the previous posts and i may have missed it but i went to the link (https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images) and downloaded the 4.0.2 zip for galaxy nexus LTE.

At the moment I've taken your root method, rooted, updated to 4.0.4, and restored root with "ota rootkeeper." I'm trying to get back to 4.0.2. stock, would i just put the zip from the nexus image site on the SD as an "update.zip" and then run clockwork and run that update?

I need to go back to stock because verizon is sending me a new Galaxy nexus due to some warranty issues i'm having.

Would this work?
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Hey Scary,

I skimmed through many of the previous posts and i may have missed it but i went to the link (https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images) and downloaded the 4.0.2 zip for galaxy nexus LTE.

At the moment I've taken your root method, rooted, updated to 4.0.4, and restored root with "ota rootkeeper." I'm trying to get back to 4.0.2. stock, would i just put the zip from the nexus image site on the SD as an "update.zip" and then run clockwork and run that update?

I need to go back to stock because verizon is sending me a new Galaxy nexus due to some warranty issues i'm having.

Would this work?
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No, the factory images from Google are not flashable .zip files. They are meant to be unpacked and the image files flashed separately (i.e., according to the contents of the included flash-all.sh script).

I'm afraid that you'll have to unlock your bootloader and re-flash the 4.0.2 factory image files if you truly want to get back to stock 4.0.2. After that, you'd re-lock your bootloader, of course, before sending it back in to VZW.

Here's the instructions for doing that: How to un-root (return to stock)

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No, the factory images from Google are not flashable .zip files. They are meant to be unpacked and the image files flashed separately (i.e., according to the contents of the included flash-all.sh script).

I'm afraid that you'll have to unlock your bootloader and re-flash the 4.0.2 factory image files if you truly want to get back to stock 4.0.2. After that, you'd re-lock your bootloader, of course, before sending it back in to VZW.

Here's the instructions for doing that: How to un-root (return to stock)

Cheers!
Thanks so much Scary! i believe i got it done, i went through the process a few times just to be safe because when i was flashing one of the portions there were 3 lines that came up that concerned me all stating that "boot.sig/system.sig/recovery.sig" didn't exist but it completed everything and the phone is back to 4.0.2. and i re-locked the bootloader once it was all completed. Should i worry about that?
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Thanks so much Scary! i believe i got it done, i went through the process a few times just to be safe because when i was flashing one of the portions there were 3 lines that came up that concerned me all stating that "boot.sig/system.sig/recovery.sig" didn't exist but it completed everything and the phone is back to 4.0.2. and i re-locked the bootloader once it was all completed. Should i worry about that?
Nope, you're good (the expandable "Show" buttons in the link I sent you has a full example of when I did it and I got the very same messages).

Now, you are the expert [I'm gonna refer folks to you for help on flashing back to stock ]. Its actually not too hard or scary after you've done it a few times, eh?

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As probably noted before, this works great on stock GNex 4.0.2 from Ubuntu 12.04...
Nice clean script!
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As probably noted before, this works great on stock GNex 4.0.2 from Ubuntu 12.04...
Nice clean script!
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C:\Users\****>cd C:\Users\****\Downloads\simple-gnex-root-unroot(1)\simple-gne
x-root-unroot

C:\Users\candy\Downloads\simple-gnex-root-unroot(1)\simple-gnex-root-unroot>root
-for-windows.bat
ECHO is off.
# ================================================== ========================
# Samsung Galaxy Nexus Simple Root by AndroidForums "scary alien"
#
# Written for and tested on Samsung Galaxy Nexus running stock Android 4.0.2
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# This script will install the root binaries (su, Superuser.apk) on
# an unrooted GNex without needing to unlock the bootloader
#
# For additional details, credits, etc., please visit:
#
# http://androidforums.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus-all-things-root/499117-root-gnex
-without-unlocking-bootloader-yep.html
#
# Instructions:
#
# 1) Make sure you have the adb USB device drivers installed
#
# 2) Make sure you have USB debugging enabled on your phone
#
# 3) Connect your phone and computer via your USB cable
#
# 4) Run this script from the same directory where the rest of the
# files from the extracted .zip file are located
#
# ================================================== ========================
#
The system cannot find the file specified.
Press any key to continue . . .[*] waiting for adb USB connectivity to your device
* daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
* daemon started successfully *
error: protocol fault (status read)
#[*] connectivity established! here we go!
#[*] pushing our binaries and scripts over to the phone...
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulato
r
#[*] securing work files...
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator

#[*] rooting the phone...
error: more than one device and emulator
#[*] cleaning-up /data/local...
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator
error: more than one device and emulator

#[*] rebooting the phone...
error: more than one device and emulator[*] waiting for reboot to finish
error: protocol fault (status read)
#
# Congratulations, your GNex has just been rooted
#
# Use your new root powers carefully and wisely.
#
# --- all done ---
Press any key to continue . . .

I bought this phone off of ebay so I'm not sure what the prev. owner did. All I know is root apps are not working. I'm on win 7 64 bit and I'll try a different computer later after I get some sleep.
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Welcome to the AndroidForums, junaluu.

Well, my first thought is that you might not have the adb USB drivers properly setup.

Can you verify adb USB connectivity via a command like this:

C:\Users\scaryalien\Downloads\gnex-root> adb devices

That's usually the trickiest part to this.

Don't forget to make sure that USB debugging is enabled.

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Thanks for the quick response
I tried reinstalling the adb dirvers, still the same. I tried this on my 7 year old laptop and I was able to root it on first try... That's odd. I guess it pays to be a pack rat.
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I tried reinstalling the adb dirvers, still the same. I tried this on my 7 year old laptop and I was able to root it on first try... That's odd. I guess it pays to be a pack rat.
LOL, glad to hear you got it working!

Cheers and enjoy the fruits of root!
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Just wanna say thanks for the work you did to make this an easy process for a newb. I'm a mech engineer; me and electrons/sw don't normally get along! Had my Gnex since day one and it hasn't had many of the normal bugs aside from the 3g/4g/wifi handoff, but I did finally have the muted call issue a few days ago that put me over the top. Just rooted with your method and installed 4.0.4 ota last night (even after a few adult beverages). So far, it is working much better!
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Just wanna say thanks for the work you did to make this an easy process for a newb. I'm a mech engineer; me and electrons/sw don't normally get along! Had my Gnex since day one and it hasn't had many of the normal bugs aside from the 3g/4g/wifi handoff, but I did finally have the muted call issue a few days ago that put me over the top. Just rooted with your method and installed 4.0.4 ota last night (even after a few adult beverages). So far, it is working much better!
LOL, you are most welcome, pwork!

I'm happy to hear that the time and effort I put into this (and that the efforts of the Linux kernel gurus who did the real work) were helpful and useful.

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For the life of me, I could not figure this out on Windows. Spent at least an hour trying, but could do it. I've used ADB in the past (on a different phone), I'm pretty certain I had the drivers correctly installed, but whenever I typed in the file into the command prompt, nothing happened.

So... I switched over the Ubuntu. The files transferred over quickly thanks to dropbox, I opened the terminal, cd to the correct folder, typed in the script, and it worked on the first try.

Generally, I get too frustrated with Ubuntu to use it on a daily basis, but every once and a while it proves to be easier to use than Windows.
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For the life of me, I could not figure this out on Windows. Spent at least an hour trying, but could do it. I've used ADB in the past (on a different phone), I'm pretty certain I had the drivers correctly installed, but whenever I typed in the file into the command prompt, nothing happened.

So... I switched over the Ubuntu. The files transferred over quickly thanks to dropbox, I opened the terminal, cd to the correct folder, typed in the script, and it worked on the first try.

Generally, I get too frustrated with Ubuntu to use it on a daily basis, but every once and a while it proves to be easier to use than Windows.
Yeah, I hear you!

You really have to wonder how USB connectivity can me so simple and straightforward in Linux and so hit and miss under Windows.

Glad you had success with this, though.

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noob here....what is the easiest way to get root access to update my galaxy nexus from 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 without unlocking the bootloader and wiping my data? i am a command line beginner, not very skilled with linux. please help! i am tired of waiting on the OTA update! i want to keep it stock for now, maybe a custom ROM later if I get pissed at the stock performance. if i missed a somewhere where this has been stated, please point me there!

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noob here....what is the easiest way to get root access to update my galaxy nexus from 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 without unlocking the bootloader and wiping my data? i am a command line beginner, not very skilled with linux. please help! i am tired of waiting on the OTA update! i want to keep it stock for now, maybe a custom ROM later if I get pissed at the stock performance. if i missed a somewhere where this has been stated, please point me there!

thanks in advance,

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Welcome to the AndroidForums!

Your first step of getting rooted while still having your bootloader locked using this thread's method should be pretty straight-forward.

After you root, I would encourage you to use OTA Rootkeeper or my app (Android Root Toolkit) to save root so that you can easily restore/recover root after installing the 4.0.4 OTA.

This post (#41) on the first page outlines how to do what you are asking.

Here's a quick summary:

- root using this thread's method

- save root

- manually download the 4.0.4 OTA

- use a root-capable file explorer like Root Explorer for ES File Explorer to move the OTA's .zip file to the /cache folder and rename it to update.zip

- boot into the stock recovery (various ways to do this: again, via my app; via the Quick Boot app; how to enter into recovery) and apply the update.zip (4.0.4 OTA)

- restore your root via whatever method you used to save it

- enjoy root!

Also, if you want, I can carve-out these posts to a separate thread so that others might chime-in (there's certainly folks that won't visit this thread because they think it only pertains the rooting questions).

Let me know .

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This looks like a really useful tool, thanks for taking the time.
Just to be clear, if I were to use this script to root then un-root, would there be any net changes to my phone other than whatever I did in between?
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Just to be clear, if I were to use this script to root then un-root, would there be any net changes to my phone other than whatever I did in between?
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No, you should be good...

The "unroot" function should remove anything that it would have put out there when rooting, however, it won't of course remove anything that you might have installed (i.e., a busybox, etc.) that was done outside of the scope of the scripts.

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i was trying the method from post #13 but when I get to the following command

$ ./mempodroid 0xd7f4 0xad4b mount -o remount,rw '' /cache

and run it. when I do i lose the $ and it goes to > instead. Not sure what to do after that since the post has a $ or a # instead. am i typing something wrong?
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i was trying the method from post #13 but when I get to the following command

$ ./mempodroid 0xd7f4 0xad4b mount -o remount,rw '' /cache

and run it. when I do i lose the $ and it goes to > instead. Not sure what to do after that since the post has a $ or a # instead. am i typing something wrong?
I'm thinking that you used a double-quote mark instead of two single quotes in the above command?

That should fix that command.

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i was trying the method from post #13 but when I get to the following command

$ ./mempodroid 0xd7f4 0xad4b mount -o remount,rw '' /cache

and run it. when I do i lose the $ and it goes to > instead. Not sure what to do after that since the post has a $ or a # instead. am i typing something wrong?
simplenoob -
Are you coming from 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 or from 4.0.4 to 4.0.4?

If you are coming from 4.0.4 to the new leak 4.0.4 the exploit got patched.

If 4.0.2 you have to set the PATH and then run ./mempodroid 0xd7f4 0xad4b sh to get to the #
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No, you should be good...

The "unroot" function should remove anything that it would have put out there when rooting, however, it won't of course remove anything that you might have installed (i.e., a busybox, etc.) that was done outside of the scope of the scripts.
Thanks. Basically, since I don't care about root, have 400-500 apps & several hundred photos, & numerous documents & music files, your script looks like the best way to put update.zip in the cache without an annoying unlock wipe or changing anything else. I wish I had enough space on my computer or other hard drives to do a backup with ADB first, but oh well. 4.0.4, here I come.
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After reading thru the 5 pages of this post, it appears to be exactly what I'm looking for. But I have a couple of questions -

1 - All I want to do is install the stock 4.0.4 update file, don't want to unlock the bootloader and loose all my data/settings, don't want to be rooted after. Will this do that?

2 - Stay in the loop for any future updates from Verizon, not be taken out of the path for them. Will this do that?

3 - If 1 and 2 are possible, then exactly what do I need to do........never done anything like this before.

I did flash leaks onto my DroidX, but it was thru stock recovery.

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After reading thru the 5 pages of this post, it appears to be exactly what I'm looking for. But I have a couple of questions -
That's what we're here for .

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Yeah, but you have to read between the lines (posts ), etc., since other's have covered this here. This thread was principally about installing root without unlocking your bootloader, but you certainly can adapt/adjust the notes contained herein to do what you want to do.

In the first post, near the end, are my original notes for doing what I did manually (i.e., before I created scripts). Additionally, diverbelow created a very nice post detailing how he did what you have asked for:

Post #13

and it looks like he updated it just yesterday, to boot! (awesome, diverbelow, thank you for that!).

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Even installing the root binaries will not prevent a future OTA from coming in or being applied--you'd simply lose root unless you "saved" it.

So, upgrading manually like you're asking about will not impact your future updates from VZW.

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See above .

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I followed the steps in Post #1 and moved the update.zip to /cache on my gnex. Then I performed the unroot method. Next I booted into stock recovery and tried to flash the update......however the update was not there.

I did this several times with no luck. So I decided to go into stock recovery before I ran the unroot batch. This time I did see the update file so I decided to flash it. It worked everything is fine (signal strength seems to be a helluva lot better ). Of course the upgrade to 4.0.4 broke root which is fine by me. However, the superuser app is still there. I have disabled it so that it looks gone but it is still there.

My question is is there any way to get rid of the superuser app without rooting again on 4.0.4? If not is there any harmful affects of leaving it there?

Thanks for the development it worked like a charm
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I followed the steps in Post #1 and moved the update.zip to /cache on my gnex. Then I performed the unroot method. Next I booted into stock recovery and tried to flash the update......however the update was not there.

I did this several times with no luck. So I decided to go into stock recovery before I ran the unroot batch. This time I did see the update file so I decided to flash it. It worked everything is fine (signal strength seems to be a helluva lot better ). Of course the upgrade to 4.0.4 broke root which is fine by me. However, the superuser app is still there. I have disabled it so that it looks gone but it is still there.

My question is is there any way to get rid of the superuser app without rooting again on 4.0.4? If not is there any harmful affects of leaving it there?

Thanks for the development it worked like a charm
Unfortunately, if you are already 4.0.4, this exploit's binary (mempodroid) won't work anymore .

There are no harmful effects of leaving Superuser in-place, so you are fine just leaving the Superuser app installed.

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I'm giving Verizon until next weekend to push the OTA out, if nothing happens by then I'll be doing this myself.

I'm doing my research now, and trying to get all the info I can.

Do I have to download anything from Samsung or drivers from anywhere else?

I already have the stock 4.0.4 file from Google downloaded, so now I'm looking to see what else I need to download and be ready to do this.

Thanks for all the help.

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I'm giving Verizon until next weekend to push the OTA out, if nothing happens by then I'll be doing this myself.

I'm doing my research now, and trying to get all the info I can.

Do I have to download anything from Samsung or drivers from anywhere else?

I already have the stock 4.0.4 file from Google downloaded, so now I'm looking to see what else I need to download and be ready to do this.

Thanks for all the help.

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You might need the USB drivers as mentioned in the first post (click the "Show" button in the "How to Use" section):

How to install the adb & fastboot USB drivers

That's usually the trickiest part of this whole deal.

Lots of folks have done this though, so you should be fine .

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Just found this thread, excellent work !! I never knew this exploit existed, going to try it today and update to 4.0.4... of course as soon as I do this 4.0.4 will probably start rolling out.
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Just found this thread, excellent work !! I never knew this exploit existed, going to try it today and update to 4.0.4... of course as soon as I do this 4.0.4 will probably start rolling out.
Good to see you again, Sim2k!

Don't forget to save root if you want to still have it after 4.0.4 .

My Android Root Toolkit app has a root-saver option (basically a stripped-down version of OTA Rootkeeper's).

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Your root batch file worked on the first run (I already had the USB drivers installed).

I have no need to keep root for now so I just used ADB to get SU access and copied the 4.0.4 update file to /cache. Worked great and I'm now on 4.0.4.

Very nice, thanks Scary.
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Your root batch file worked on the first run (I already had the USB drivers installed).

I have no need to keep root for now so I just used ADB to get SU access and copied the 4.0.4 update file to /cache. Worked great and I'm now on 4.0.4.

Very nice, thanks Scary.
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Thanks for the work, it worked flawlessly. When I got my Gnex I had forgotten about the fact that unlocking the bootloader wiped data. Coming off my rooted OG Droid that wasn't needed. So I waited for the OTA which never came!. Your method allowed me to update my phone to .04 and it fixed all my issues. Camera, audio, signal, and the dreaded battery life. My phone is now what it should have been on release and that's Verizon's flagship.
I used OTA rootkeeper to keep root and now if I want to run a custom rom I can use TB to back up before unlocking my bootloader. I installed "root explorer", renamed the update to "update.zip" and copy pasted it to /cache to install it. Rebooted into recovery, used power/volume up to get to install from cache and updated. I think some people get confused at the term "ADB USB Drivers". All I had was the latest samsung usb drivers which you need to pull crap off your phone anyways and your method worked great. No need for adb shell. Just used run command from windows. I am now rooted, updated, and thrilled about my phone again.
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You are most welcome, Mike--glad to have helped .

Thank you for nice note and for signing-up with us here at AF--hope you stick-around .

Cheers and have a great rest of your holiday weekend!
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SA -- Big thanks!! - worked perfectly to get me to the 4.0.4. One thing I will mention (maybe I just missed this stated someplace) is that once booted into the stock recovery, you must press power + vol up keys to get the recovery menu to show and be able to select the update.zip - got this on my third try, applied the zip, rebooted, then restored root. Double thumbs up! No more waiting on big red..
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I have been scouring the XDA forums for days and found a couple of guides and tools to get just root without unlocking the bootloader, but they always contradicted other posts/guides and just ended up making me more skeptical of the outcome. This worked perfectly the first time and am very happy. Thank you!

All I have wanted is root permissions but don't intend on flashing anything else. This seems to have done that perfectly and combined with a root keeper, I should be all set. I am still holding out for the official OTA as I am one of the few people that have no issues on 4.0.2. Of course, I do have one question though.

IF later on I just wanted to be able to flash basic zip patches (like themes or small ui changes) would I have to then go unlock the bootloader and flash a custom recovery like CWM? Or are there alternatives to that?
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I have been scouring the XDA forums for days and found a couple of guides and tools to get just root without unlocking the bootloader, but they always contradicted other posts/guides and just ended up making me more skeptical of the outcome. This worked perfectly the first time and am very happy. Thank you!

All I have wanted is root permissions but don't intend on flashing anything else. This seems to have done that perfectly and combined with a root keeper, I should be all set. I am still holding out for the official OTA as I am one of the few people that have no issues on 4.0.2. Of course, I do have one question though.

IF later on I just wanted to be able to flash basic zip patches (like themes or small ui changes) would I have to then go unlock the bootloader and flash a custom recovery like CWM? Or are there alternatives to that?
CODKill,

Glad to hear those very nice comments--thank you very much!

You will need a custom recovery to flash things, however, you don't actually have to unlock the bootloader to flash ClockworkMod--you just can't use the fastboot command accomplish that.

Koush's ROM Manager app will flash CWM for you as well as my Android Root Toolkit app (free in the Market). These apps use the flash_image utility to do this vs. the fastboot flash command.

Note, however, that you might run into the issue of flashing the custom recovery only to find that when you boot into recovery mode, you're still confronted with the stock recovery. This is because there's a file call /system/recovery-from-boot.p that triggers/tells Android to re-flash the stock recovery upon shutdown.

You can use my app to "make recovery stick" but renaming this file. Unfortunately, I didn't make an "un-stick" option (yet--I guess I'll have to add that feature), so if/when you want to put that feature/functionality back after using that option in my app, you'll have to manually rename that file back to its original name (I believe my app renames it with a "-bak" suffix). You can use Root Explorer or ES File Explorer to do this.

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SA - have to thank you again for your post - grabbed ur toolkit and now I am running CWM Touch as my recovery..
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Koush's ROM Manager app will flash CWM for you as well as my Android Root Toolkit app (free in the Market). These apps use the flash_image utility to do this vs. the fastboot flash command.

Note, however, that you might run into the issue of flashing the custom recovery only to find that when you boot into recovery mode, you're still confronted with the stock recovery. This is because there's a file call /system/recovery-from-boot.p that triggers/tells Android to re-flash the stock recovery upon shutdown.

You can use my app to "make recovery stick" but renaming this file. Unfortunately, I didn't make an "un-stick" option (yet--I guess I'll have to add that feature), so if/when you want to put that feature/functionality back after using that option in my app, you'll have to manually rename that file back to its original name (I believe my app renames it with a "-bak" suffix). You can use Root Explorer or ES File Explorer to do this.

Lemme know if you have other questions .
I actually already have Rom Manager installed and was thinking of installing the touch recovery. What I am confused about is the bootloader. If I am rooted and can then get clockwork recovery and make it stick, what is the point of unlocking the bootloader. I don't know why this continues to confuse me, but I can't seem to grasp why bootloader unlocking is so important in general. Nearly every guide for rooting has you do this as the first step and I have always done it in the past, but never really thought much about it. Is it because of cases like 4.0.3+, where the exploits, like this thread, get closed off and then that is the only method to do so? While trying to understand this as general knowledge for myself, I am also wondering why, if at all, I should unlock it.
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I actually already have Rom Manager installed and was thinking of installing the touch recovery. What I am confused about is the bootloader. If I am rooted and can then get clockwork recovery and make it stick, what is the point of unlocking the bootloader. I don't know why this continues to confuse me, but I can't seem to grasp why bootloader unlocking is so important in general. Nearly every guide for rooting has you do this as the first step and I have always done it in the past, but never really thought much about it. Is it because of cases like 4.0.3+, where the exploits, like this thread, get closed off and then that is the only method to do so? While trying to understand this as general knowledge for myself, I am also wondering why, if at all, I should unlock it.
Ah, finally, an easy question!

Unlocking the bootloader simply gives you flexibility as far as recovering your phone (i.e., being able to use the fastboot utility to flash radios, boot images, recovery images, system images, etc.).

The reason for promoting unlocking the bootloader is that its makes things much more straight-forward to help when folks get into trouble.

If you unlock it right after you receive your device, then you won't have any data/apps/set to lose because the unlock operation does a wipe.

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