1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Root newbie to rooting, couple questions

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cthorson910, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. cthorson910

    cthorson910 Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011

    Mar 16, 2011
    7
    0
    5
    I have had my incredible for going on 3 months now, and while I love it, I know how much more I can get out of it based on reading posts in this forum. I've been trolling in this forum for a while now, trying to learn as much as ibcan before rooting but i have a few questions.
    My baseband version is 2.15.00.07.28, that's the radio, correct? And I have a 2.15?
    I want to avoid changing radios, and am looking for a good rom/kernel combo that works well with my radio. Id like something that is not sense based, and offers fast, stable performance, with good battery life.
     

    Advertisement

  2. sdrawkcab25

    sdrawkcab25 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    423
    Posts:
    5,589
    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010

    Aug 5, 2010
    5,589
    2,005
    423
    Male
    PA
    Miui or cm7 is the way to go then. Both offer exactly what you are looking for.
     
  3. jbdan

    jbdan Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    513
    Posts:
    7,121
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010

    Jan 31, 2010
    7,121
    3,187
    513
    atl ga usa
    Yes the 2.15.00.07.28 is your radio it's what I use. Definitely give CM7 a shot (latest nightly is #21 it is very stable, feature complete, and battery life is excellent). Optional, but recommended is that your recovery version is 3.0.0.8 it will be in bright orange text. If your unsure about this you can use ROM Manager app to update your recovery. Scroll to the bottom to "All ClockworkMod Recoveries" and choose "3.0.0.8"
     
  4. sheni7

    sheni7 Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    5
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011

    Mar 11, 2011
    5
    0
    5
    I am having a tough time rooting my phone. I have the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G. Model number SHG-T959V, Firmware version 2.2.1, Baseband version T959VUVKB5, Kernel Version 2.6.32.9, Build number FROYO.VUVKB5. I have not been able to find any videos or articles on how to root this particular phone. I am able to mount the SD card using Samsungs PC Studio. However I am unable to mount my phone in usb debugging mode so that I can root my phone. I am running Windows 7 64bit on my HP laptop. Can any one tell me what I need to do?
     
  5. cthorson910

    cthorson910 Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011

    Mar 16, 2011
    7
    0
    5
    Ok, I've been leaning towards cm7, guess ill give it a try. I'm going to read up as much as i can the next couple days making sure I know exactly what i have to do to root my phone, but I'm gonna do it this weekend. I also want to learn how to completely remove the root, getting my phone completely like it was when I bought it.
     
  6. cthorson910

    cthorson910 Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011

    Mar 16, 2011
    7
    0
    5
    Thank you btw
     
  7. jbdan

    jbdan Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    513
    Posts:
    7,121
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010

    Jan 31, 2010
    7,121
    3,187
    513
    atl ga usa
    Your best bet is to go to the Galaxy4S forum you posted this in the Verizon HTC Incredible forum. Good luck!
     
  8. jbdan

    jbdan Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    513
    Posts:
    7,121
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010

    Jan 31, 2010
    7,121
    3,187
    513
    atl ga usa
    Honestly CM7 is the best vanilla ROM for the Inc. Your smart to read up it will pay off I promise you. Both rooting and un-rooting are easy, safe, and relatively quick....that is if you know what your doing :p

    Have fun with it, double check things before you do them and be patient. Ask questions if they arise

    Yw =)
     
  9. cthorson910

    cthorson910 Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011

    Mar 16, 2011
    7
    0
    5
    Ok so let me see if Ive got the roting process correct..uninstall verizon and htc's sync programs, but keep the drivers for the phone, install unrevoked 3 (don't really wanna do forever), hook up the phone and then use their program for the 1 click root.
    And to flash roms I should download the file into the root of the sd card and then use rom manager to flash them? I also plan on doing titanium and nandroid backups before I start flashing roms. Am I forgetting anything?
     
  10. scotty85

    scotty85 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    1,413
    Posts:
    11,139
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2010

    Jul 25, 2010
    11,139
    7,418
    1,413
    why would you not want to be S-OFF? its not really "forever" you can use unrevoked to turn the security back on if you want to. being S-OFF allows you to install some things(like recoverys or radios) in hboot and is a very handy tool to have. it also greatly decreases the likelyhood of something bad happening to your phone.

    i know yuo said you dont want to change radios,but heres an example of how it can save you:say something happens to your clockwork recovery and your phone wont boot into the operating system so you can reflash it with rom manager. if you have S-OFF no biggie,you just install clockwork thru hboot,then use clockwork to flash a rom or backup.last and not least,i believe you need to be S-OFF to flash the PB31IMG file that takes you back to unrooted stock.

    and while were on the subject... i personally dont use rom manager. ive read alot of screwy things that have happend to peoples phones with its use :eek: alot of people have used it without issue,but it has caused prollems for some. IMO the safest possible way to flash roms is: download rom to PC,transfer rom to phone via usb cable,boot into recovery to backup/wipe/flash.

    i also think its great that your doing your research prior to modding your phone :cool: have fun rooting and roming!
     
    cthorson910 likes this.
  11. cthorson910

    cthorson910 Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011

    Mar 16, 2011
    7
    0
    5
    Can I just do unrevoked forever right off the bat or do I have to use unrevoked 3 first?
     
  12. jbdan

    jbdan Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    513
    Posts:
    7,121
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010

    Jan 31, 2010
    7,121
    3,187
    513
    atl ga usa
    Are you using a guide to help walk you through this process? I stongly recommend it :) Use this guide it's what I used eons ago, but it has since been updated.
     
    cthorson910 likes this.
  13. cthorson910

    cthorson910 Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011

    Mar 16, 2011
    7
    0
    5
    I'm using the guide now, read through it a few times, and i'm following it step by step, no suprises so far
     
  14. cthorson910

    cthorson910 Lurker
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011

    Mar 16, 2011
    7
    0
    5
    followed the guide to a T, and am having an issue at this step:

    "Copy the unrevoked3 recovery reflash tool to a new directory on your desktop and run it. It will extract a bunch of files, including drivers for the android phone."

    when i run the recovery reflash tool, it just jumps to the unrevoked screen waiting for my phone to be connected, and in usb de-bugging mode, nothing was extracted.

    i've done everything else in that guide jbdan posted, including installing the drivers on the phone when it is in hboot usb.
     
  15. scotty85

    scotty85 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    1,413
    Posts:
    11,139
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2010

    Jul 25, 2010
    11,139
    7,418
    1,413
  16. Jonamerica

    Jonamerica Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    88
    Posts:
    158
    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2010

    Apr 30, 2010
    158
    193
    88
    Manager of Information Services; Sys Admin
    Boston, MA
    Looks like Unrevoked changed their file from an archived exe to a single executable. Nothing stays the same for very long.

    I'll update the guide. :)
     
  17. droidnutt

    droidnutt Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    2
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2010

    Jul 25, 2010
    2
    0
    5
    I used a combination of two methods that have been listed throughout many postings. I used the unlockr.com website and the dougpiston website. Step 3 on the doug piston site helped to identify that the trackball needed to be used AFTER the reflash step was done. So far so good, looking forward to all of the custom ROMs out there. Thanks to those who have rooted and posted their advice.....
     
  18. escalade6103

    escalade6103 Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    339
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2010

    Aug 6, 2010
    339
    17
    38
    aviation technician
    BFE
    im a newbie to the dinc but everything ive read says that you have to have unrevoked 3 before unrevoked forever. it either will not work right or cause some problems.
     
  19. jbdan

    jbdan Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    513
    Posts:
    7,121
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010

    Jan 31, 2010
    7,121
    3,187
    513
    atl ga usa
    Welcome here! Please share your ROM thoughts once you get to flashin' :cool:
     
  20. scotty85

    scotty85 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    1,413
    Posts:
    11,139
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2010

    Jul 25, 2010
    11,139
    7,418
    1,413
    well,obviously you cannot run the s-on/s-off tool if your phone is not rooted :eek:

    so,yes,you do need to do unrevoked 3 first.

    however,if you root with the current unrevoked3,the forever s-off tool must now be a part of its process,as at the end you are left with an s-off bootloader. :) no need to run the forever tool afterward.
     
  21. droidnutt

    droidnutt Lurker
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    2
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2010

    Jul 25, 2010
    2
    0
    5
    I researched rooting for a couple of days b4 rooting last night. I came across several postings/articles that said unrevoked 4ever is not needed anymore.
     
  22. DevHead

    DevHead Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    122
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2010

    Mar 27, 2010
    122
    19
    38

Share This Page

Loading...