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[CWM] Root via Backup. (Boost Mobile)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Apache Thunder, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    EDIT: This thread is now obsolete. Instead, all users both Sprint and Boost can use this zip file to flash root to the phone via CWM. Thanks to the hard work of zombu2 for the root installer edits and 2fast4u88 for the CWM port, there is now a faster way of rooting and users can still retain their apps and data. Unlocked boot loader and ClockWorkMod remain as requirements to install this. ;)

    http://androidforums.com/evo-design-all-things-root/562206-working-cwm-root-zip.html

    If you have issues with SuperUser denying permissions to everything, force stop Superuser in app manager and clear it's cache. It should then operate normally afterwords. :D

    The information below will remain as a reference point for those developing custom roms. :D







    Note to all users. Once you get CWM installed, the first thing you should always do is run a backup of your phone before changing anything. That way, if something goes wrong, you can reset back to before it happened and not have to worry too much about bricking your phone!

    Now on to the rest of the post:

    With this CWM backup, Boost Mobile users can now have something to fall back on if they forget to make a backup after a crash or bricking.

    However the main advantage is that it comes with root preinstalled and you can easily reinstall your apps and get your phone back to where it was before the restore operation.

    I am to assume most of you are already familiar with how to use CWM, so I won't go into full detail on the process of doing a restore.

    Requirements:

    1. Your bootloader must be unlocked. Go here to find out how to do this. You will need to create an account and login to the HTCDev website before it will let you go through the process of unlocking the bootloader. Do not worry about the Boost version of the phone not being listed. Just select the Sprint version as the process for the two is the same.

    2. You must have CWM installed (ClockWorkMod). It is a custom recovery and requires the boot loader to be unlocked in-order to install it. I detailed the process and the file needed to install CWM on your phone here. Don't worry, you don't need root to install CWM. :D

    3. If you just bought the phone, it is best that you activate it first prior to installing any custom roms or this root method.

    Now on to the good stuff.

    1. Download my factory stock backup below that has root preinstalled with the correct permissions. Extract the zip file you downloaded to the root of your sd card. If you already have a clockworkmod folder, let it overwrite it since all it's doing is extracting a new backup to that folder.

    2. Find the restore/backup menu in CWM, then do a restore. Restore my backup and let it finish. After it's done, reboot the phone and go through the process of restoring your personal information and setting up the phone. As a result of how this works you will lose your installed apps and settings when restoring the backup. If you really don't want to do that, then I guess you can follow the Sprint instructions later on in this post to do it the hard way. :p

    3. Profit. You can now install your apps and use your phone.


    CWM Stock Restore files for HTC Evo Design 4G (Boost version):

    Download Link: (root is preinstalled!)

    evodesign4g_boost_backupwithroot.rar

    Removed the June update version since the OTA update wasn't applied correctly. (I forgot to relock the bootloader so the radio firmware was not the correct version and the newer rom clashed with it and caused issues with 4G/Wifi not working). This backup is before the update they released this month. Don't attempt to apply their update. If you have CWM installed the update won't install and you'll end up having to do a battery pull. But no harm done.

    But if you have an unlocked bootloader but still have stock recovery, you WILL run into problems if the OTA update has a update for a kernel or the radio firmware since nothing in an unlocked bootloader can write kernels or radio firmwares without s-off and that is not yet available for this phone. (Unless you are on Sprint and haven't updated to the last OTA update yet)


    All info originally posted below removed as this is no longer the best way to root this phone. (not from backups anyway).

    This thread will mainly remain to make a stock backup with root pre-installed available for those who need to restore a phone due to any unforeseen problem they might encounter.
     



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  2. AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU ARE MY HERO!
    Ill test tomorrow to make sure it works on the phone...SUCCESS!
    I cant wait to start making a custom rom :)
     
  3. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member

    well it would be nice to know how you modified the installer script so we can get a working zip going

    it seems that /dev/block/mmcblk0p9 is incorrect and needs to be something else, if you can remember which it was i apreciate it
     
  4. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I did not modify the installer script. Also I have not tested it on the Sprint version since I do not have one. :p

    Also forgot to mention, you need to wipe cache after you install CWM for the first time. That may be why you are getting errors in CWM. ;)
     
  5. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member

    What i m trying to say is

    the root installer script is trying to mount the wrong block device
    which is
    ui_print(" Mounting SYSTEM...");
    mount("ext4", "EMMC", "/dev/block/mmcblk0p9", "/system");
    set_progress(0.100000);

    if ou can give me a hint on what block device the /system partition is on i can modify the root script to automatically mount it and install it and bam we have a working installer zip

    EDIT: i have successfully used the gtab zip to root the phone btw
     
  6. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I have no clue. Sorry. I was able to get it to work after mounting system in CWM. Do you know how to retrieve this information? Let me know and I can give it a go. :p
     
  7. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member


    heh if i knew i would have done it

    I m looking into it atm , as soon as i found out which block device is teh system partition i will mod the installer script and post it here
     
  8. ak47bluntz

    ak47bluntz Member

    your the man Apache Thunder u literally made my weekend with the root release for the phone i would gladly donate if provided ur email associated with ur paypal
     
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  9. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    You are more then welcome to donate if you want to. PM me if you want to know my PayPal email. ;)

    As for the the modified installer zip. Thanks for looking into it. Once you got something working, I can update the first post and reupload the file to my FTP site and list you in the credits for the file edit. :D
     
  10. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member

    got it
    found the correct block device

    will tinker with it and report back
     
  11. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    If the edits make it work without all the hassle, then Boost Mobile folks won't have to use my backup anymore. It would save other folks from having to wipe their phone. Thanks. :D
     
  12. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member

    well i tried it on my phone and it works i think

    if you wanna try it out i can dropbox it
     
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  13. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Did you make a backup in CWM prior to rooting? Try restoring that backup and installing root again from your modified ZIP. (you can also delete SuperUser/busybox using a root enabled file browser and see if the new zip puts it back correctly) That should let you know once and for all if the changes made it work. :D

    Sure post the dropbox link once it's ready. :D
     
  14. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member


    send you a pm

    sry for making you guys wait but i rather test it thuroughly then have someone break his phone

    link will be up shortly i hope
     
  15. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'm backing up my current config and will restore my pre-root backup. I'll let you know how it goes. :D
     
  16. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    zombu2's new modified cwm installer zip seems to work on correctly installing root and simplifies the root process for those who do not want to wipe their phone. Once he creates a new thread on the process I will link back to his thread from here once he has it ready.
     
  17. dpollard55

    dpollard55 Newbie

    Apache Thunder..... you are THE MAN!! Thanks for the root, now if you'll excuse me I have some bloat to remove from my phone lol
     
  18. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member


    new post is up
    will link back to here and teh clockwork install

    thnx apache for the help testing this

    Link to Zip file is HERE
     
  19. Anyone know if the bin that HTCDev gives is specific to each device or a universal bin image
     
  20. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    It's specific to each device. Will probably not work on all phones. :p
     
  21. joshua.worth

    joshua.worth Android Enthusiast

    Do you mean your code? Yes each device is unique based off your meid
     
  22. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I've updated the first post with the link to a stock backup that has the latest update that was released this month. It's post data wipe so it should be free of any personal information. ;)
     
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  23. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member

    good work

    when i get home i will start delousing the rom and change some things in it to make it more smooth

    i have to read into how to deodex a rom heh
     
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  24. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Hey zombu, can you test and see if 4g still works with my post OTA update backup? I think it borked 4g. It may be that the phone has to have the bootloader relocked in order for the OTA updates to write new radio firmwares. I didn't have it relocked so the update might have not written the updated radio firmware and the post update OS bugs out and can't turn on 4G. I used an older backup that had root but was made before the update and my 4G works now. I'll probably wait till an exploit to turn s-off so that I won't have to relock the bootloader. :p
     
  25. zombu2

    zombu2 Well-Known Member

    I d love to but my area has no 4g :(

    but if you want i can still try if i can turn 4g on just send me the link
     

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