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[Verizon] To root or not to root: that is the question.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by trparky, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Yeah. It was kind of pathetic to hear all the stories about Samsung fishing for reasons to deny warranty on many of the I9300s that suffered from the Sudden Death Syndrome all because they didn't want to have to replace so many due to their own defect.:rolleyes:
     

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  2. markdmac

    markdmac Well-Known Member

    The stock image is available, so you can reflash back to factory settings, download any OTA updates and re-root if anything gets crazy. Stock Odin image is here: Dev-Host - SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Stock_Restore.tar.md5.gz - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service
     
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  3. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Unrooting is generally pretty easy. Either flash the factory image, or if it's just rooted stock then manually remove the files through adb or terminal emulator. The major worry with OTA's isn't losing root since it can be protected with apps like VooDoo OTA Rootkeeper and similar apps, it's what they do to the bootloader and for people who haven't rooted yet, but want to. The AT&T and Verizon versions are bootloader locked and updating via OTA could remove the only exploit currently known for getting around it. Also an OTA can remove an exploit needed to obtain root, which is why the motochopper exploit works on every version except the Verizon version out of box. An update to the kernel removed the exploit, however flashing an older stock kernel restored the exploit so that those can successfully root.
     
  4. 3ricG

    3ricG Well-Known Member

    Ah, okay! So its not really a problem for people who are rooted (if you use an app to keep root), its more about people who want to root. Thanks!
     
  5. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Yeah, the only issue that could arise is that the OTA could fail if you remove bloat, due to failing a checksum.
     
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