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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dmcjr22, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. dmcjr22

    dmcjr22 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Lately ive been seeng posts about newbies lost and not understanding terminology we use. Which is ok we've all been there i know took me sec to figure things out. So maybe the following breakdown can help clear a few things

    In order to root your phone your gonna wanna begin by installing clockworkmod(cwm) which can be found here http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/593840-cwm-new-clockworkmod-fixed-no-2min-reboot.htmlfollow instructions and hit mavs thanks button this will not give you root but will give ability to flash roms that will give you root but before u do so read the following to get understanding of what everything means

    Quick Terminology

    Flash just means to install
    Download mode this is used for odin its done by when phone is off u hold vol down and camera and power at same time
    Recovery Mode this is used to get into cwm by having phone off holding volume down and power button when samsung appears let go of power button
    Odin for computer to push files to phone in our case to install clockworkmod you need to put phone in download mode
    Clockworkmod(cwm)is software for phone to backup,restore roms flash themes,kernels amongst other things to get to it you need to put phone in recovery mode

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<New Rom Installation Instructions>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    If its first time flashing a rom make a BACKUP its always good to have a backup of your stock rom

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Backup Instructions>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    1---Put phone into recovery mode(CWM)
    2---While in CWM choose backup and restore,then choose backup
    3---Let CWM run script, it will tell you when its finished
    4---For safety purposes store your backup somewhere safe ie on your pc

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Installation Instructions>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    1---Place Megatron i mean desired rom(zip file) onto sdcard(OCD says create a folder to keep sdcard neat).
    2---Put phone into recovery mode.
    3---Now that your in recovery mode wipe the following
    Dalvik Cache and cache.

    4---Now choose install zip from sd, then choose zip
    from sdcard, choose rom

    5---You let cwm run script it will tell you when instalation is complete when prompted reboot and enjoy!
    Note if you are installing rom from either stock rom or changing roms its recommended that in step 3 you also choose wipe data/factory reset, also if rom developer says to

    Credit for this new instructions go to xaelith thanks for help writing and pointing out to update installation instructions

    MD5 MISMATCH-there are many different reasons why this occurs but two common reasons are either the file is corrupt meaning when was made there was error or because of either you renamed folder or when u transferred it to sdcard clockworkmod\backup folder its actually inside a folder within, cwm has to see the correct folder to restore correctly.Meaning if the file/rom is placed on sdcard like clockworkmod\backup\whatever folder\your rom for example you will likely get md5 mismatch correct way is clockworkmod\backup\your rom

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Recommended apps for rooted phones(superuser)>>>>>>>>>>
    Root Explorer- this allows you access to your sdcard and the
    phones files.

    App Manager-this is to obviously manage apps you download but also
    for apps built in phone(stock apps)

    Terminal Command- this is something similiar to command prompt
    for phone dangerous app if you dont know what doing so becareful
    when using

    The apps i use are esfiles(root explorer) titanium backup(app manager) terminal emulator to give you an example if you dont know what to search for but we all have or own taste

    So i hope this clears up any confusion you may be having if i missed anything or messed up please correct me

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<USEFUL THREADS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Brother Thread
    Boost Lounge---Boost Transform Ultra Lounge - Android Forums-Slayer72

    Transform Ultra guide---http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/626784-samsung-transform-ultra-all-in-one-root-mod-guide.html-NGD1
    Apk Modding---http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/631337-diy-how-decompile-apk.html-niteNarmor
    Theme Background---http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/625754-how-change-system-background.html-katracho
    Boot Animation---http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/585623-how-re-enable-custom-boot-animation-in-2-3-6-a.html-katracho
    Boot Sounds---http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/632296-how-change-your-boot-up-sound-hard-way.html-oamilcar
    App Removal---http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/624163-app-removed-list-form-me-reapert-new-info-9-30-2012-a.html-reapert
    Disassemble Phone---Samsung Transform Ultra Disassembly & Reassembly - YouTube-powerkane
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<THANK YOU>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    chevanlol360 mavrikmeercat Loota Slayer72 NGD1 niteNarmor xaelith reapert oamilcar katracho cwgraf71

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  2. PH8AL

    PH8AL Android Enthusiast

    This should be stickied.
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  3. casperischinky

    casperischinky Well-Known Member

    I agree, nice job bro.
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  4. xaelith

    xaelith Android Enthusiast

    Thanks, dmc. :) Always good to see someone in the community helping out any way they can, even stuff that some of us tend to take for granted after we've been around it for so long. Just wanted to add that when doing any button combination, power button should ALWAYS be the last to be pressed, and should be let go right as soon as the first samsung logo appears. I've noticed a couple times when trying to get into recovery mode, that my phone just booted up, and I think it was because I was holding power too long.

    Also, I second that this should be a sticky, or at least added to the "All things root" sticky. For some, this may be their first (android/smart) phone, and a lot of the rooting terminology can be very confusing if someone has never been exposed to it before.
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  5. dmcjr22

    dmcjr22 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    good call with power button just edited it
  6. dmcjr22

    dmcjr22 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    ok i fixed it to how i originally wanted when i made yesterday submitted when i was making...if there is any misinformation or something you think should be added let me know will correct...hope is helpful newbies
  7. PH8AL

    PH8AL Android Enthusiast

    An other reason I've got the MD5 mismatch is using the archive pluggin for root explorer. If you are unpacking .zip and .rar files right on the phone I recomend a stand alone archiver. I use Archidroid, its free from the app store.
  8. xaelith

    xaelith Android Enthusiast

    Another workaround I found for that is to move the archive to where I want to extract it to first, then unzip it. This method may make a mess of things on the sdcard, but it requires fewer programs.
  9. mydian

    mydian Android Expert

    This is a great guide for noobs good job.

    I use Total Commander (available from the play store) and haven't got an MD5 mismatch from unzipping something on the phone with it yet. If it could mount system as writable I would ditch ES File Explorer completely.
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  10. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    VIP Member


    Great job dmcjr22 :).
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  11. dmcjr22

    dmcjr22 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Sticked Yeah For Me Thanks glad to help i love this site
  12. Loota

    Loota Android Enthusiast

    Sweet, I just wanted to add a picture tutorial of a bunch of md5 specific crap.


    Im using md5 calculator and Notepad++ to compare the MD5 values I found in the file nandroid.md5 to the calculated md5 values found by md5 calculator. This image also shows the proper placement of a rom as described by you dmc. Also a not so hidden easter egg for those world of warcraft fans ;).

    If the md5 values are showing differently you should just redownload the rom and not remake your nandroid.md5 file.

    LASTLY - it is ok to rename a folder your rom files are in... however you cannot use spaces or weird characters. If you rename a rom folder using spaces or weird characters it will come up as corrupt in cwm but not in md5 calculator. For this reason most of us just tell you guys not to rename the folder cause it takes the guess work out of it. _Underscores_ .periods. and -dashes- are ok to use in renaming.
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  13. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    VIP Member

    Yes, I would caution anyone from rebuilding their nandroid.md5 file in this manner.

    The MD5 checksums contained within the nandroid.md5 file are vital in letting you know that your Nandroid backups are whole an uncorrupt.

    You would only ever do this in a real emergency--i.e., you only have one Nandroid backup available and no other choice.

    Also, many times, an "MD5 mismatch" error when trying to restore a Nandroid backup is actually not due to a checksum mismatch, but is in fact because your Nandroid backup directory name has a space or other special character in it, so check for that first.

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  14. dmcjr22

    dmcjr22 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Loota how did u add pic to post?
  15. Loota

    Loota Android Enthusiast

    heehee, I nixed the whole link thing and just took all the pertinent info from that pdf and put it into a single png.

    Click on the button that looks like a mountain.
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  16. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    VIP Member

    LOL, Loota--where'd your original post go? :eek: ;) :)

    No biggie--I like your new one a lot--I've not seen that MD5 Calculator for Windows before--I'll add it to my toolset :).

    By the way, check out the "Verify Nandroid Backup" and/or "md5sum -c Type Check" functions of my AFV (Android File Verifier) app [free in the Google Play Store]. Navigate to your Nandroid backup folder and either long-press the ccyy-mm-dd.hh.mm.ss backup folder name or long-press the nandroid.md5 file within that backup directory and select "Verify Nandroid Backup" to do a backup verification from Android.

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  17. Loota

    Loota Android Enthusiast

    have I told you lately... that I love you?
  18. soopersonic

    soopersonic Newbie

    nevermind. lol-
  19. mavrikmeercat

    mavrikmeercat Android Enthusiast

    I'm not a big windows user when it comes to android. I usually just regenerate a new nandroid.md5 in linux.

    like this:
    Code (Text):
    1. md5sum *android_secure.vfat.tar;boot.img;system.ext4.tar;data.ext4.tar;cache.ext4.tar;recovery.img>nandroid.md5
    Thats the same command CWM runs when generating a backup

    Thanks for the windows tool loota
  20. NGD1

    NGD1 Android Expert

    i feel loved XD
  21. NGD1

    NGD1 Android Expert

    Id rather do things on a linux based system myself as well but i cant ever find the time to search and learn the right codes or commands to do anything XD so im just on Windows 8 testing it and using the "lazy method" rofl.
  22. dmcjr22

    dmcjr22 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Hey guys i decided to update this thread to include useful links for two reasons to help make things easier and so some of them wont get lost or buried....

    If any of the links i provided are yours and you dont want them linked let me know i will be glad to take them down

    Finally if there is a link you feel should be added let me know will be happy to add
  23. Vargis

    Vargis Lurker

    I am new to hacking and have a good sense of it, but u guys are a greaqt help!!! thanks a lot and keep up the brilliant work.
    A Great admirer.
  24. That cleared alot of stuff up for me thanks! I've worked with windows all my life and have been trying to wrap my head around these Android OS's for awhile now...im really starting to like it...I just joined yesterday but ive been using the forums for well over a year now...just saying thanks and keep up the good work guys and gals!
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