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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by chaoscentral, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter



    Download the following zip file and rename it to update.zip

    Step 1. Connect your phone to your computer and copy the renamed update.zip to the root of your internal memory

    Step 2. Turn the phone off after file transfer is complete

    Step 3. Hold both Volume Up and Volume Down while powering on the device to enter the recovery menu(note: let go of the power button after seeing initial boot screen, otherwise it'll continue to power cycle)

    Step 4. Select Reinstall Packages from the recovery menu using Volume Up and Down to navigate, and Power to select

    Step 5. Phone will automatically reboot, and you will have root privileges, and the Superuser program installed.

    Alternatively, if you can not get the timing of using the hardware keys to enter recovery mode, you can use the following command to enter it.

    Connected to ADB you can type

    Code (Text):
    1. adb reboot recovery
    into the console to reboot the phone into recovery, alternatively you could also download a terminal emulator on the market and just type

    Code (Text):
    1. reboot recovery
    EDIT: Made the directions easier to follow :)

  2. t-readyroc

    t-readyroc Android Enthusiast

    I'm not gonna be the guinea pig, but I'll sure as hell use it if it does indeed prove to work!
  3. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    worst it'll do is say update failed, doesn't remove any system files, just adds su, busybox, and superuser.apk

    however with that said, I am NOT responsible for any damage done to your device :D
  4. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast

    Bookmarked and saved for sunday.
  5. Eazail70x7

    Eazail70x7 Android Expert

    Is this confirmed to work on the Vibrant?? Link? Will it work on the Epic?
  6. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    won't work on Epic until it's modified and resigned, if you can get me the samsung model number I could do that. But just like all Galaxy S phone's this should work.

    and a few people in the Vibrant forums who have the phone are confirming it as working

    Root your Vibrant - Page 2 - xda-developers
  7. t-readyroc

    t-readyroc Android Enthusiast

    Also a couple replies to your posting @ XDA that say it's not working for them. Gonna be keeping an eye on both threads.
  8. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    which ones say its not working for them? I see ones saying theres still slight lag or they couldnt get their usb or adb working, but no one saying the root didnt work
  9. t-readyroc

    t-readyroc Android Enthusiast

    Posts #12 & 15 in the thread (p.2)
  10. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    ahhh, might have been my method of signing. gimme a sec

    EDIT: Also to the guy in post #12, I think that might be a fascinate seeing as its mentioning Verizon in that screen cap
  11. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
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  12. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast

    Please keep updating this thread with any .. er.. updates, as I don't really watch the xda forums. Good stuff! I'll definitely try this on Sunday.
  13. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    so far on the updated zip i got one guy saying it didnt work and one guy saying it did. so thats a good sign lol
  14. Tasmin

    Tasmin Well-Known Member

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  15. t-readyroc

    t-readyroc Android Enthusiast

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Best part of that article:

  16. mrdc90

    mrdc90 Lurker

    dumb question but what does root mean? i kinda understand it by researching online but i need a simple answer.
  17. subie41ife

    subie41ife Member

    Why Root - Android Wiki

    ^^^info from this link^^^

    What Does Root Give Me?

    1. Full control over your system
    2. Ability to alter system files. You can replace many parts of the "Android Core" with this including:
      • Themes
      • Core apps (maps, calendar, clock etc)
      • Recovery image
      • Bootloader
      • Toolbox (linux binary that lets you execute simple linux commands like "ls") can be replaced with Busybox (slightly better option)
      • Boot images
      • Add linux binaries
    3. Run special apps that need more control over the system
      • SuperUser (lets you approve or deny the use of root access to any program)
      • Task Manager For Root (Lets you kill apps that you otherwise could not kill)
      • Tether apps (like the one found at [android-wifi-tether.googlecode.com])
      • <there are more but I cannot think of any right now>
    4. Backup your system
      • You can make a folder on your sdcard and backup all of your .apk files to your sdcard (helps if an author decides to "upgrade" you to a version that requires you to pay to use the version you just had)
    5. Relocate your (browser/maps/market) cache to your /sdcard
    6. Relocate your installed applications to your /sdcard
    7. Reboot your phone from the terminal app easily (su <enter> reboot <enter>)
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  18. mrdc90

    mrdc90 Lurker

    thanks!, is there any risks involved? this will be my first android phone, do u recommend me to root?
  19. subie41ife

    subie41ife Member

    yes, there are always risks involved. This will be my first android phone as well, so im not 100% sure about it. I'm going to root mine, does that mean you should? it's your phone and your choice. I would make sure you read up on it and feel comfortable in doing it. I still have reading up on it alot more myself!

    I am came from the land of iPhones since the very first iPhone came out, 95% of the time all my iphones(2g, 3g, 3gs) were jailbroken.
  20. t-readyroc

    t-readyroc Android Enthusiast

    You forgot the best part: running custom ROMs once they're available :D
  21. subie41ife

    subie41ife Member

    lol, still a n00b and this android stuff ;) (dont even have one yet, still got my iPhone 4 in my pocket)

    I'm trying to read and learn as much as I can about android!

    Give me time, i'll be and android/captivate guru in no time!
  22. jhnstn00

    jhnstn00 Member

    This is the good one? Same as one on XDA that worked?
  23. chaoscentral

    chaoscentral Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter


    I basically overwrote the last one on my box.net account, so this way the bad ones isnt up online anymore and cant be downloaded by accident
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  24. tyte

    tyte Member

    instead of wordpad try notepad++ for windows next time :D

    sweet.. i seriously can't wait until sunday...
  25. maerlim

    maerlim Android Enthusiast

    ...and rooted. Thanks for the guide!

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The Samsung Captivate release date was July 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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