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[Verizon] Do you need to unlock the bootloader for Kernel?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Crudes, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Crudes

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    Hi, the title sort of says it all. If you don't need to unlock the bootloader for a kernel, why would you ever need to unlock the bootloader? For a ROM? Could someone explain what a ROM is then and how it differs from a bootloader?

    Thanks in advance, this forum is always so helpful.
     

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    yes, you will need to unlock to load a custom kernel.

    as for rom vs kernel vs bootloader, hopefully these definitions will help.

     
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    to piggyback on this, I've looked around and haven't found a clear answer one way or another: if I've rooted using the superboot method and not the ClockworkMod method, can I still flash kernels (if so, how?) or do you have to use the ClockworkMod method to flash kernels?
     
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    You just need to flash CWM recovery then you should be able to boot into it and flash a kernel or rom.

    The easiest way since you are rooted would be just download rom manager and allow it to flash CWM recovery for you. I don't suggest using RM to flash anything else however (my personal opinion;)) Also you need to rename or delete the "recovery-from-boot.p" file in /system to something else like "recovery-from-boot.p-bak" to make CWM stick.

    If you want to keep the stock recovery then either softboot CWM using fastboot or don't rename the file and flash recovery using RM choose the option to reboot in recovery from RM flash whatever you wish then reboot.
     
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