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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by copterfixer, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. copterfixer

    copterfixer Member
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    This is really pissing me off. I have my phone rooted. I have followed instructions on the internet to root my Samsung Captivate. I only wanted to root it to rid the annoying bloatware.

    I have followed all directions I found on the internet. I cannot get into remove the bloatware. My root was successful. I have installed Titanium Backup. The instructions said simply install it properly according to the directions then select applications to permanently remove. Well I do not have a list of applications to remove. It only offers to back up 5 things. This is really really pissing me off. I want to just toss the phone in the trash and go back to my Iphone 3g at least it was not loaded to the gills with garbage. It only had a few things I was able to easily hide.

    I have the android SDK on my computer too. I tried to set up the side loading following directions for using the command propt. That too was unsuccessful. I am quite pissed. Please help me.

    Yes I searched the forum but kept finding the same directions that are not working for me.
     

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  2. goondu

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    Calm down. To remove there are 2 alternatives:

    Either you use adb commands to remove the bloatware from the /system/app/ folder
    OR
    Use Root Explorer (paid app) to remove.

    This is assuming that you have root access.

    Keep calm, it will help.
     
  3. copterfixer

    copterfixer Member
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    I appreciate your response. I refuse to pay money to remove something that was forcefully imposed on me. I wont pay to delete software I did not want on my hardware. I will spend my free time and make a crusade out of removing it because I have nothing better to do. I will eventually get pissed off and give up.

    I have tried to use the command prompt to uninstall stuff. I have not had any success. I also have been reading those directions to no luck. I cannot seem to get done what I want done. I keep getting errors on the command prompts when I put in the strings that I find posted throughout this forum and the internet. I still have everything that came with the phone installed on the phone. This is why I said in my first posting I am considering returning it already. The only reason I bought it is because I knew before hand there was bloatware. I found all sorts of instructions online how to remove it. I bought the phone today. I have not had any luck with any instructions.
     
  4. goondu

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    can you do the following?

    adb shell
    $ su
    su
    #

    Is that what it appear in your pc?

    if this is what appears, then the rest is easy.

    Don't get frustrated. :)
     
  5. copterfixer

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    Yes I can make it that far. I have tried some of the command strings I have found to no success. Do you know where I can find a reliable list of commands?
     
  6. goondu

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    Okay, maybe what you can do is the following:

    connect your phone to the pc, make sure you have usb debugging mode on.
    mount the 2 drives.
    in your internal sdcard, make a directory called Stock_apps. This is the directory that you shall make a backup of those apps that you want to remove in your system folder.
    next, do a adb shell
    and type su
    you are now in command mode.
    do a "cd /system/app" to go into the system app folder
    ls *.apk <- to list the apps that you want to uninstall
    ls *.odex <- to list the odex files associated with your apk files.
    type "cat Bloatedapp1.apk > /sdcard/Stock_apps/Bloatedapp1.apk" without the inverted commas. This is to make a copy of the app to your Stock_app folder.
    if there is a odex file, do the same as well: "cat Bloatedapp1.odex > /sdcard/Stock_apps/Bloatedapp1.odex"
    Then in the same directory, do a "rm Bloatedapp1.apk" and rm Bloatedapp1.odex"
    Repeat until all bloated apps are backup and deleted.
    Then key "reboot".

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  7. copterfixer

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    I think I figured out the command strings. I am now getting an error saying permission denied. I have rooted the device I have the busybox installed and everything seems fine. I now figured out the commands but cant get permission. Now im just confused.
     
  8. goondu

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    sorry to hear that, and I am no guru on android. but if you can do a su, and get the # sign, you should be good to go.
     
  9. copterfixer

    copterfixer Member
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    I wonder if that is what the issue is. I keep getting the $ after my su command not the # sign. I didnt think that made a difference
     
  10. copterfixer

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    Well. I wasted 8 hours of my life on this tonight. If I cannot get their garbage off of my phone by saturday I will be going back to my Iphone 3g at least Apple told ATT to fck off when it came to bloatware. This is just plain stupid. I do not allow anyone or anything to control my life. I want my things my way. That is the only way it will be. Please someone help me before I go back to a garbage phone.
     
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  11. topshelf95

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    You said you were able to "hide" the apps you didn't want on your iphone. If that is still a suitable solution for you just install LauncherPro on your new phone. No root needed or anything fancy, it will let you hide all the bloatware you want and has a lot of really nice customization features.
     
  12. copterfixer

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    Thanks topshelf and also goondu. Last night as I was laying in bed I was able to get the Titanium backup to work. So I was finally able to get rid of the apps I didnt want. Thanks for the help
     
  13. goondu

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    Well, that is great news indeed. Hope that from now, you will be able to enjoy your phone. :)
     

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