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Old August 25th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #51 (permalink)
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I went into EZ Recovery and picked the CWM and then hit the REBOOT NOW. Once to the main screen I picked the backup. Is this what's considered as the Nandroid backup?

On a side note, when I go to pick the Synergy ROM...it takes me to a page and I can pick a .zip file or a .zip.md5 file. What's the difference?
yeah a backup in recovery is a Nandroid...and when downloading Synergy you want the larger file

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Is the EZ REcovery App the same as ROM Manager? I am looking thru it and it gives me the option to "Flash ClockworkMod Recovery" and 6.0.1.2 is Current one
Along with other items like Reboot into Recovery, & Download ROMs.
Sounds like this is the same as EZ Recovery? I just dont want to download it and have two apps causing a conflict.
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Is the EZ REcovery App the same as ROM Manager? I am looking thru it and it gives me the option to "Flash ClockworkMod Recovery" and 6.0.1.2 is Current one
Along with other items like Reboot into Recovery, & Download ROMs.
Sounds like this is the same as EZ Recovery? I just dont want to download it and have two apps causing a conflict.
EZ Recovery is NOT the same as ROM Manager...but it performs some of the same functions...they will not conflict with each other...i have them both installed...
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2. Recovery: Many ways to do this as well, EZ Recovery is still the easiest[INDENT]2b. Make a stock Nandroid in case anything goes wrong and you want to get back to stock(i dont make Nandroids and have never used them...but you really should)
By making the back up in 2b do you mean that we are to select the "Stock" button in the EZ Recovery App before going back and Flashing CWM 6 (or TW)

Another step that is confusing me and keeping me from moving forward is the clearing cache/davik step. Sideout member mentioned it but I guess after reading thru this Thread 3 times I've blocked it out of my head! Is this a step done while in recovery mode?
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By making the back up in 2b do you mean that we are to select the "Stock" button in the EZ Recovery App before going back and Flashing CWM 6 (or TW)

Another step that is confusing me and keeping me from moving forward is the clearing cache/davik step. Sideout member mentioned it but I guess after reading thru this Thread 3 times I've blocked it out of my head! Is this a step done while in recovery mode?

2b = in recovery, make a backup (nandroid) of your current touchwiz stock rom.
clearing cache/davik = in recovery under advanced menu
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Hey guys, nearly total noob here! I've recently become the new owner of this nice device (SG3) and came over from the EVO 4G phone and forum.

I am into the root process via the flash method (Method 2) and have a qick question regarding step 4. Should the device be connected to the pc while this Tixati program is downloading the VRALG1 file? I just realized that I DO NOT have the device connected to the pc but Tixati is doing its thing downloading the VRALG1 file! Thanks for the help...

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anyone have screen shots to share of CM10. thinking about flasing but... idk my phone runs good now... maybe not ready for flash until phone starts ******* up. Verizon puts a lot of bulshit apps on these new phones... fuuuuucking bloatware!!! eeeekkkk
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Sorry, I'm a n00b, but my phone now won't connect to Samsung Kies. There's a connection error. My phone is in download mode. What can I do?
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Kies doesn't work with download mode.

To get out of download mode, either flash a ROM with Odin (if that's what you want to do) or just pull the battery for a few seconds and power on normally.

I don't know how you got there since Kies isn't mentioned at all in any of the guides.
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Stupid question but does using root method one void your warrenty? Since you don't actually flash the phone and increase the counter you should beable to remove super user access through ADB incase you have a warrenty issue correct?
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Short answer: no.

There is much debate on this topic and it largely depends on the store itself and your relationship to the folks there.

Having said that, unless the VZW employee specifically looks for root access, they really won't know (the about page doesn't change). Even if they did know, would it be relevant and would they care?

Flashing stock ROMS or even some, at least, custom ROMs doesn't increase the counter. I don't know what actually increments it.

Personally, if my phone were in such sad shape that I would actually bring it to the store, I would have put bone stock ROM back onto it for troubleshooting purposes anyway and to quantify that, indeed, there's a problem I did not cause and cannot fix.
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I'm not new to rooting, as I've rooted gnex, droid x2 and nexus 7. I sounds to me like Odin is kind of like using rsd lite to spf the droid x2. Can anyone confirm this? I'm a little confused on one thing, do I still use the G1 tar file or is there a rooted g7tar file that we should be using? I only ask because the op says that's the new ota but I can't find a rooted g7tar file anywhere.
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I've not used those other programs, so I cannot answer that directly. Odin is used to flash the phone when it's in download mode. You have to use Odin if, for example, your recovery isn't working. I would think this is how providers flash phones.

There is a rooted VRALG7 and procedure out there:
Download Verizon Galaxy S3 VRALG7 OTA Update, already rooted and deodexed!

I have not tested this, so I cannot author validated step-by-step procedures for it. The target of my guide is anyone who wants to root but hasn't done any of this before or who's intimidated by the process; VRALG7 adds more complexity (by requiring an unlocked boot-loader) with little-to-no upside (and I don't want VZW's snooping software). Anyone else comfortable or familiar with rooting can still use the guide but can also combine it with other resources.

I'll include the aforementioned link in the OP though.
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Question about rooting...

I'm new to rooting and I had a serious problem last week that resulted in me having to get a new phone (thankfully Verizon just gave me a new one for free)

I rooted my Verizon S3 using my Mac. I found the correct program but I can't recall the name. All I know is that it DID work and I downloaded a root checker app that confirmed I was indeed rooted. I downloaded Liquidsmooth ROM and then proceeded to put the phone in download mode. It rebooted but then acted weird. It just showed the Liquidsmooth loop for a few minutes before shutting off.
I took it into Verizon and thankfully the guy was familiar with rooting and was able to fix it. I got home but realized that my browser didn't work! So I went back and they encouraged me to unroot it and send it back to Verizon so I can get a refurbished model. Desperately wanting my phone back to normal I went to the program I used to root it and selected "unroot". However it ended up bricking my phone. Like I said I am new to rooting and I would like to get the basic concepts down so I don't screw up my phone. Are there any basics I can remember to help me with rooting? I'm currently unrooted since I don't want to mess up my phone because I don't think Verizon would give me another chance. Thanks for any help or advice!
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Oh and another question: how do I download Odin on my mac?
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I really want to root my S3 (no need for flashing), but should I just wait for the Jellybean update to see what will happen? I assume chances are if I root now, once Jellybean comes out, I'll lose root, and have to wait a while for a new work around. Thanks for everyone's advice.
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Question about rooting...

I'm new to rooting and I had a serious problem last week that resulted in me having to get a new phone (thankfully Verizon just gave me a new one for free)

I rooted my Verizon S3 using my Mac. I found the correct program but I can't recall the name. All I know is that it DID work and I downloaded a root checker app that confirmed I was indeed rooted. I downloaded Liquidsmooth ROM and then proceeded to put the phone in download mode. It rebooted but then acted weird. It just showed the Liquidsmooth loop for a few minutes before shutting off.
I took it into Verizon and thankfully the guy was familiar with rooting and was able to fix it. I got home but realized that my browser didn't work! So I went back and they encouraged me to unroot it and send it back to Verizon so I can get a refurbished model. Desperately wanting my phone back to normal I went to the program I used to root it and selected "unroot". However it ended up bricking my phone. Like I said I am new to rooting and I would like to get the basic concepts down so I don't screw up my phone. Are there any basics I can remember to help me with rooting? I'm currently unrooted since I don't want to mess up my phone because I don't think Verizon would give me another chance. Thanks for any help or advice!
Did they give you a new phone or a refurbished one? If it's older than 14 days, their policy (per contract) is to provide a refurbished one, which may wind up having its own problems.

I don't know of any Odin for mac but I'm not a mac guy; Metfanant is but I haven't seen him around lately. I would think dual-booting with Windows would be a good idea rather than using some homegrown hack.

If your phone can go into download mode, it isn't bricked. Your best bet is to connect it to Odin and flash a stock [rooted] ROM and verify everything works (before you proceed to break it again). Method 2 walks you through it (the fixing part, not the breaking part).
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They gave me a new one. The store employees even knew it was rooted and all. They were out of pebble blue so they gave me a white 16gb. Nice of them. I had called Verizon's 800 number before that and they offered a refurbished one. Guess I'm lucky? :-) I want to get back to rooting but after all this I'm pretty nervous. I need this phone for work etc.
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Follow the procedures (i.e. Method 1 since you have a new phone) and you'll be fine and remember: an apple is a fruit, not a computer.
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Thanks rolo! Always appreciate your posts on this forum. Very useful since I'm still a newbie. :-) thanks for your help and I'll let you know how it goes!
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Couple of questions...

>Is this guide for any version of the Verizon S3? (Did any of the software updates stop this from working?)

>Sounds like if you root with Method 1, you only have root access (IE: no flashing roms as the bootloader is still locked), right?


Thanks, and great guide rolo!
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Unlocking the bootloader is independent of rooting; the two aren't related. You have to unlock the bootloader if you want to flash a custom kernel (or a ROM which contains a custom kernel); custom ROMs with stock kernels can still be flashed with a locked bootloader. However, you may get the "custom" triangle on boot, which can be "cleared" (bypassed really) by unlocking the bootloader--which is the chief reason I unlocked mine and this is why it boots a little faster unlocked.

AFAIK, Method 1 (debugFS) will always work as ADB will always be there. To verify, you can check the author's thread linked in step 2.

Method 2 will always work since it flashes over the entire ROM. This may or may not preclude future updates (I don't know; I have updates disabled and am running VRALG1 build with VRALHE modem--I don't plan to rebuild until JB is officially released.)

Whatever you try, feel free to post results so we can see, from experience, how different combinations work.
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i'm currently running cm10. i went to flash my old tw back up but was given the odin download screen saying that it was unable to regular boot. is there some extra measure to be taken when going back to a tw rom? also, i lost my imei and was wondering if it would just be easier to flash back to stock to recover it. the instructions for getting the imei back on an aosp rom is much more complicated looking. thanks in advance.
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i went to flash my old tw back up but was given the odin download screen saying that it was unable to regular boot.
I don't know what you mean by this. Following the flash method precisely shouldn't give you any problems.

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I've not experienced this so I cannot say for certain. I'm not sure the process is any different between ROMs. There is a recent discussion about it in this forum, IIRC, led to a successful restoral (I don't think flashing stock will fix it).
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If I choose option 1..will I be able to unlock the boot loader with the app from the market? Then at that point make a backup with cwm (the only one I'm familiar with so far) and flash another rom like Cleanrom or the leaked JB rom? The second method just sounds like a pain in the ass..if I can basically accomplish flashing roms with the first method..that's the one I want to do. I would also want to do this to make the backup of my original "rooted ICS" software that came with the phone..am I thinking correctly here? I rooted my old Droid x..and even figured out Linux for the 621 update nightmare that screwed us for a while..I would look at that file as my SBF? I just need to know what my safety net is here..the second method sounds like I would loose my "original" software..
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Also..I tried to install the adb program, but there is a lot of different folders in the zip..which do I click to install on windows 64bit? I'm sure I downloaded the correct version, its just confusing on how to install..it has two folders, one called Eclipse, and the other sdk.. very confusing.
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Ok..downloaded the wrong thing..lol..I think I have it now..
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If I choose option 1..will I be able to unlock the boot loader with the app from the market?
Yes. Rooting and unlocking the bootloader are two completely different things.

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Rooting and flashing are two completely different things as well. The difference between the two methods is that one just gives you root access to whatever ROM you're using; the other flashes (replaces) your ROM with a rooted one.

As far as "safety net" goes, I'm not sure I understand what you're asking. Odin--with an "all wipe" ROM linked in the other sticky--will flash you out of anything (well, 99.44% of anything to be conservative).
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I know it a step in reverse but I was wondering if anyone was still building cm9 for the s3...I know the full release of code has come out and that it is slightly more stable than cm10...if anyone knows anything about this please pm me with info...no need to clog up the boards with it...thanks!
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Thanks, this worked perfectly! My new GS3 is rooted and unlocked. Yippee!!!
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AFAIK, Method 1 (debugFS) will always work as ADB will always be there. To verify, you can check the author's thread linked in step 2.

Method 2 will always work since it flashes over the entire ROM. This may or may not preclude future updates (I don't know; I have updates disabled and am running VRALG1 build with VRALHE modem--I don't plan to rebuild until JB is officially released.)

Whatever you try, feel free to post results so we can see, from experience, how different combinations work.
I am new to the galaxy s3 and took the 4.1.1 update, only to realise: 1) the update was available a while ago and 2) i would lose root. Not very bright, I know. But I have only had this phone for three days. Would method 2 work with the JB update? That is, using ODIN to flash a stock rom. Thanks.
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I have a Question that may or may not be of interest to others, I like the new upgrade that Verizon SG3 got .. But I also like the one Rom that was made for the same phone Verizon ((SG3 i535 16gig) Synergy-Rom.. I like the way the Verizon Rom looks and acts, But I would like to have all the great options of the synergy-Rom. I was just wondering if anyone would ever combine all the options of synergy with the way the Verizon Rom looks together? Or does anyone know of a rom that is like that? I am Sorry if this was not supposed to be put in this thread.
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Hi folks, new user here just signed up about 5 minutes ago.

I got my first smartphone this weekend, a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I was reading up about this rooting stuff. I'm sure these are going to be some noob questions, but I feel like I have to ask them before I even attempt to do this.

1. What are the benefits of rooting? I saw that installing a custom ROM (is that like an OS for a computer) will get rid of a lot of the superfluous apps that Verizon puts on the phone. Does it do anything else?

2. I'm not extremely tech savvy, so how hard is this to do? I am computer literate, but I've never gotten into things like torrents or anything like that. I don't want to break my phone since it will be a LONG time before I can get another one if I do.

3. I'm horribly indecisive, so make me a recommendation for a ROM and anything else (something about kernels???) to put on my phone if I do try this.

Thank you in advance. I am looking forward to really getting a lot of use out of this phone and I want it to work as well as possible.
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I am trying to use method 1 to root my Jellybeaned S3 and it will not work. Does Jellybean prohibit this method?
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I am trying to use method 1 to root my Jellybeaned S3 and it will not work. Does Jellybean prohibit this method?
Are you on JB 4.1.1?

Edit: if so, use this guide:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2046439
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I know this is an old thread, but it's an important thread. And sadly dated.

The OP says to install the DebugFS Root Tool, but that tool WILL NOT WORK on Jelly Bean! So the OP needs to be updated with a step-by-step ADB push method of rooting. Not as a Mod but as a fellow Android enthusiast, I would appreciate the OP's efforts to update this thread with current instructions.

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I know this is an old thread, but it's an important thread. And sadly dated.

The OP says to install the DebugFS Root Tool, but that tool WILL NOT WORK on Jelly Bean! So the OP needs to be updated with a step-by-step ADB push method of rooting. Not as a Mod but as a fellow Android enthusiast, I would appreciate the OP's efforts to update this thread with current instructions.

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Until that happens, this worked very well for me. Make sure to closely follow the instructions exactly.

http://androidforums.com/forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1974114
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Hey everyone!

I'm new to this forum, and new to rooting. I never rooted before. I currently have the iPhone 4 with Verizon. I ordered the Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB model yesterday, and I should receive it by tomorrow which is Wednesday. I understand there are tons of guides/tutorials on how to root. Would someone recommend this one YouTube video that I am going to post after someone watches it? Or that video is not recommended? I appreciate someone could reply back. Thank you. Here is the video:

youtube.com/watch?v=0qceE0a0PKg
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Welcome php111!
If you are on JB 4.1.1, I would follow this guide:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2046439
in conjunction with that video which kinda follows along with the guide.
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Thank you! Do you mean by following both the site you provided me, and the YouTube video?
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Thank you! Do you mean by following both the site you provided me, and the YouTube video?
Yes, just read thru the guide a few times carefully, then watch the video.
It will give you a visual of the guide.
If you have any questions about any process, just ask.

I'd rather you ask too many questions, than guess at what something means.

Once you have done it, you will find it was a simple process. I've done it twice and it is easy.

Not to say that nothing will go wrong, but there is always that chance.
So just familiarize yourself with the process, ask questions, and we will be here to help.

You may want to start your own thread about it if you want. But that is up to you
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Thank you so much! I'll be receiving the phone tomorrow.
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Thank you so much! I'll be receiving the phone tomorrow.
Nice!!! And so will we
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What do you mean by 'and so will we'? You already have these phones, so why did you say so will we? I have the iPhone 4 until tomorrow.
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lol...I mean, we will be here tomorrow
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What do you mean by 'and so will we'? You already have these phones, so why did you say so will we? I have the iPhone 4 until tomorrow.
What he is saying is that you will receive the new S3 tomorrow, and then so will "we" receive it (figuratively speaking) as a group to assist you if you need it. The folks on this forum are very friendly and helpful, and knowledgeable. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions at all about your new S3. Enjoy!

The link he provided on that forum, hosted by their member open1your1eyes0, is a guide to rooting a brand new S3. I followed his other guide recently, to update my S3 which had been previously running rooted ICS, the android version before the current JellyBean version, so I could update to Jelly Bean and still keep root access. I have to say his guide was the cleanest and easiest to follow of all the root and rom flashing guides I have ever used, and everything went flawlessly according to plan. My S3 is running JB smoothly with no problems at all.

It may seem daunting, but the most important advice I can offer is to completely read the entire thread on one of these guides before jumping into it. open1your1eyes0's other guide has over 1000 posts now, but I read every bit of it first. You get to see problems others had, and how they were solved, so if something does go sideways you won't be totally in the dark on how to fix it. I think many people with rooting/flashing ROM problems try to rush through it without reading and following the instructions. Every step is crucial.
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I have read that guide a lot of times, but I am not sure what to do with Step 4. I am going to copy/paste the step below:


Using your custom recovery flash the download you chose above from Step 1 (#3)
Upon exiting your custom recovery to reboot first time, you will be asked if you want to "Disable recovery flash", you MUST select Yes
After reboot, your ROM will now be fully rooted, have a custom recovery, and/or your bootloader unlocked as well


Also, thank you to both of you for trying to explain and help me!
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