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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by FuzMic, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. FuzMic

    FuzMic Member
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    Hi gurus

    I want to root my samsung galaxy advance GT19070 for various reasons such as i) updating OS from gingerBread to JellyBean ii) Disable services.

    I see 3 ways (A-C) posted in the web but not sure what's best. Lets review them & please help me with the questions.

    A: At Odin/Download: Use "Pit" button and select "GT-I9070_EUR_XX_8G_20111220_KL6.pit" & Use "PDA" button and select "rootkernel.tar.md5".

    Q-A1: What version of Odin should i use? (procedure suggest v1.83 but will v1.84 / v3.xx work?
    Q-A2: It is stated, that the mobile is then rooted and can be reset to original firmware too using the safety net - Odin, is this correct?

    B: At Odin/Download: i. At field "ID:COM" ("<ID:0/016> Added!!"), ii. put a check in front of "PDA" then click "PDA" browse for the downloaded the android jellybean 4.1.2 ROM file iii. click "Start"

    Q-B1: This is the apparently the official way to upgrade to Jellybean from Samsung. Does it mean that the mobile is rooted.

    C: At Stock recovery mode, select install update from external sdcard then select root.zip from sdcard (earlier copied - this file is small and contain a superuser.apk, Meta-INF, etc).

    Q-C1: Can this really work? It is from Sarmistha Acharya posted in ibtimes.co.uk. It does not use Odin, is it not dangerous?

    FINALLY, from a window based fileSystem perspective:
    What does rooting mean? What really changed?
    What does flashing new android OS mean? Does it mean that the old system is wiped out and replaced by a new?

    Any caution advices MUCH appreciated.:dancing2:


  2. Best Answer:
    Post #2 by funkylogik, Aug 8, 2013 (1 points)
  3. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    A lot of questions there lol so ill try n keep it simple. If there is an official update for your phone online (youd probably find it at sammobile.com) then use odin to flash the .tar file to your phone (in download mode) and it wont root the phone or anything like that.

    If your phone doesnt have an official update but you wana be on a newer android version, then look into rooting the phone, flashing a custom recovery and then flashing a custom rom (3rd party firmware) :beer:
  4. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I personally use the B method to root my phone. It's the easiest. But then it also has to matter if your phone supports that rooting method. Flashing the wrong PDA file leads to a soft brick (learned that the hardway).
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  5. FuzMic

    FuzMic Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks guys.

    From what transpired, it looks PDA in Odin can flash either .tar or .pda but...
    the file referred as "Samsung Rom" as the Official Android 4.1.2 Jellybean XXLQ4 Official Android 4.1.2 Jellybean XXLQ4
    that i download is actually

    771,512,413 HOME_I9070XXLQ4_I9070SERLQ4_660490_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5

    This came with this .dll file too
    1,674,752 SS_DL.dll

    The source of this official way is from:
    How To Update Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070 To Official Android 4.1.2 Jellybean ~ PCNEXUS

    So how, more fearful what to do next!! :banghead:
  6. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    When you download the firmware, only extract it once and flash the .tar

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