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    <DISCLAIMER>
    NEITHER I NOR ANY FORUM OR TEAM_ASTR4Y4L IS RESPONSIBLE ,
    FOR ANY THING THAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO TO YOUR DEVICE,
    THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY ;)
    <DISCLAIMER>


    Hi Android users!

    My name is Astr4y4L of Team Astr4y4L.
    We are New to Androidforums but not new to android.
    Here back a few months ,we've discovered a fool-proof method to root the Verizon Zone3.

    < A bit of History >

    Basically long story shortened, we first rooted the device by downgradeing the current firmware version to a version known to be roted by king root ( we call this PP2 for short) It was the second version of the software (vs425pp2) .

    we could accomplish this by using lg's firmware upgrade tool called Lgup.

    After flashing the PP2 .kdz firmware from lg , we could then download or sideload kingroot 4.8 and root the phone using the one-click.

    This however was a long process because between ( vs425pp2 ) and (vs425pp4) they changed somethings in the modem firmware and as such ,
    after downgrading the firmware, it would bootloop 10-100 times before finally booting up.
    and bootloop again every time you rebooted it.

    but we finally by trial and error , narrowed it down to modem firmware , and we downloaded the stock kdz of vs425pp7 and used some python tools and scripts to extract the firmware and get the raw partition images. we converted those into .img files and used our new root access and a wonderful root tool called Partitions Backup by Wanam to replace the modem partitions on the device with those we prepared from firmware.
    at that point we rebooted and it never bootlooped again. Yeah!!!

    After that we made two Kits:
    The first kit,
    gives you all the tools you need to root your device from the device it's self.
    that is detailed here.

    Our second Kit ,
    involves flashing Pre-rooted firmware to the devices using special Modified Tools
    And as such We've chosen not to disclose that Here , And Politely Will not be answering questions about that here.

    But there are a few things you should know first.
    This has a potential to brick your device if done wrong.
    This has proven Not to work for the devices that came with (Vs425pp5 ) because of graphics driver issue.
    [***There is a Different way to root PP5 versions]

    we've put together a little kit to help you accomplish this all with out having to start from scratch .
    and another little kit with the correct firmwares and the Lg tools Lgup etc,


    SO On with it right?

    What you will Need:

    A windows 7 or better P.c
    LGMobileDriver_WHQL_Ver_4.0.4
    adb
    7zip available free
    USB cord and Usb 2.0 port
    LguP installed
    the Zone3
    and the kingroot.apk,wanam's partitions backup tool,
    Verizon vs425pp2 firmware .kdz
    the radio modem firmware from the Verizon Vs425pp7 .kdz
    {all available here]

    Lgup and firmware + drivers:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1Sfod4HWfk2MUwxNk1oeXJCZEE
    Special thanks to my friend Motojunkie01 over at xda for providing us all this link.

    and Team_Astr4y4L's root-kit here:
    EDIT--->Yandisk link shortened with google-url
    https://goo.gl/p8bQxo

    [PLEASE DO NOT MIRROR THESE FILES]
    and patience.

    here's our write up on it (also included in the zips)

    [EDIT:] Added The Steps to DownGrade



    Part 1:###The Downgrade to Exploitable firmware###

    In this part of the guide we will cover how to downgrade your device to exploit it with kingroot

    <IMPORTANT>
    IF YOUR DEVICE IS VS425PP5 THIS WILL NOT WORK FOR YOU YOU'LL HAVE TO USE ANOTHER METHOD, ONE IS AVAILABLE BUT WILL NOT BE DISCUSSED HERE.

    STEP 1: The first thing you need to do is download the correct firmware drivers and tools to downgrade the Zone3 device.

    My Real Good Friend @MotoJunkie01 over at XDA has set up a google-drive folder with everything we need and has given me permissions to share it with you here. Thanks @MotoJunkie01 !!!

    If we didn't have this link we would have to find the stuff scattered all over the internet. But since it's all right HERE

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1Sfod4HWfk2MUwxNk1oeXJCZEE

    We're all covered.
    So first visit the above link and download the following

    <DOWNLOAD THESE>

    LGMobileDriver_WHQL_Ver_4.0.4.exe <--- INSTALLS DRIVERS FOR PHONE
    LGUP_Install_Ver_1_14_3.msi <--- INSTALLS LGUP
    LGUP_VS425PP.msi <---installs the Common .dll for our phone in lgup(INSTALL LGUP_INSTALLER FIRST)
    PP2.KDZ <--- THE FIRMWARE TO DOWNGRADE TO (VS425PP2)
    PP7.KDZ OR PP8.KDZ <----- THE FIRMWARE TO FLASH BACK IN-CASE ANYTHING GO'S WRONG !!!!

    Step 2 Prepare the P.C
    Now we get the P.c ready to downgrade, first install the three installers downloaded above.

    NOTE: Order of Operation is important Here. Notice the order they are in in the list I've provided above, you should also install them in that order as they are dependent upon each other.

    STEP 3:
    Once we have all the drivers and tools installed
    Launch LGuP by right-clicking the Desktop Short-Cut and choosing Run-As-Administrator.

    Lgup Should pop up a box saying Nothings connected , Click ok
    now your left with another box that looks like an empty list.

    [​IMG]

    NOTE: YOURS SHOULD NOT SAY UNKNOWN OR HAVE ANYTHING IN THE MODEL BOX YET. PICTURE FOR REFERENCE

    Now Put your device into Download mode.
    The device MUST BE POWERED OFF TO GET INTO DOWNLOAD MODE,
    This is accomplished by holding +Volume while connecting your micro USB cable for your PC connection. WITH THE DEVICE POWERED OFF (NOTE: this ONLY works with USB 2.0 DO-NOT use 3.0 )
    Your Device Should Boot up Saying DownLoad Mode And LguP should see it in that little box.

    IT SHOULD SAY UNDER MODEL VS425PP SOMETHING


    if it's got something written in the box now and Highlighted kind of a Pink color, then Lgup see's your device.
    It should say MODEL: Vs425PP(some-version) Com:(some-number)

    Click OK in the box, Now LguP will open to flash , upgrade ,downgrade etc. your device.

    Now you'll see some options with little dot-style buttons to choose from.
    <PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR VERSION ON THE PICTURE WILL SAY SOMETHING>
    < DIFFERENT THIS PICTURE IS FOR LGUP REFERENCE ONLY>
    [​IMG]

    Choose Refurbish
    a little further down is a line that reads
    BIN FILE Click that and you'll notice
    it has three little dots at the far right of that line in the box.
    click those three dots and it will open another box to allow you to choose your .kdz firmware to flash...
    SO navigate with the box to where you've downloaded PP2.kdz and select it.

    after selecting the firmware it go's back to main screen,
    Click Start and watch the magic....

    After you finish flashing it'll look like you killed your Phone ,LOL
    because it will boot-loop constantly showing the recovery android thingy but will eventually boot up fully ---Just WAIT FOR IT !!!!!

    after the bootloops you will be booted into a PP2 system and ready to follow the rest of this guide...
    ####################################################
    PART 2 Exploit the device and restore radio firmware to stop bootloops
    ####################################################
    This assumes you've already followed the above method to downgrade to pp2 firmware by manually flashing a stock firmware.kdz using LGuP and Have working Android Device Bridge on your pc and have enabled it in your device options/settings menu


    DISCLAIMER:AGAIN:

    I NOR ANYONE ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH YOUR DEVICE........

    THAT SAID LETS BEGIN.

    step 1:

    download and unzip to desktop Team_Astr4y4L's Legacy_zone3_root_kit
    same link from above
    https://goo.gl/p8bQxo

    from the unzipped folder open terminal : open CMD window here ( ctrl+shift+right-click )

    and type

    adb install "kingroot4-8-0.apk"

    adb install "XposedInstaller_by_dvdandroid_29_04_17.apk"

    adb install "Partitions_tool.apk"




    step 2:

    run kingroot to get root access.

    ***someusers report kingroot requires many reboots. So be patient.

    then open xposed installer {grant root} and use the option in 3dot menu [top-right] to fast-reboot

    step 3 : now in terminal : open CMD window ( ctrl+shift+right-click )

    adb push "mrw" "/data/local/tmp/mrw"

    adb shell "chmod 0777 -R /data/local/tmp/*"

    now open "mrw" on desktop open root.sh in Wordpad slelect all copying and pasteing into root terminal

    at the end you should have supersu and be rid of kingroot..

    exit terminal

    step 4:

    let supersu update binaries then DO NOT CLICK REBOOT

    Use Xposed installer to Fast-reboot again

    step 5 :




    open partitions tool and back up these partitions

    fsg, modem, modemst1, modemst2, ssd

    let it do its thing....

    step 5:

    now back on pc at terminal...

    adb shell

    su

    mv "/storage/emulated/0/PartitionsBackups " "/storage/emulated/0/PartitionsBackups .bak"

    exit

    exit

    adb push "PartitionsBackups" "/storage/emulated/0/PartitionsBackups "

    step 6:

    back on the phone open Partition tool again and use the 3dot menu {top right corner} to choose restore partition.

    navigate to the sdcard/PartitionsBackups folder "not the one with .bak at end"

    and choose backups to restore in this order,

    modem, modemst1, modemst2, fsg, ssd

    Note :these are not the backups you created these are the .img files I created to replace them...

    now that you've done that exit all apps unplug from pc and use powerkey to reboot naturally,

    enjoy root with out bootloops

    GoodLuck, and happy Rooting,

    If anyone Has any questions or Comments Please Post them here and I will answer them to the best of my ability,
    I am also available for trouble-shooting
    just drop me an email.

    I'm going to make this community Our new Home, So If any of you out in Userland
    need help with anything android give me a Ping and we'll try to help.
    Thank you Androidforums for Giving us a great community !


    Astr4y4L

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    contact us at
    team.astr4y4l@gmail.com

    We accept Donations Via Paypal to beccastroble@gmail.com
    Please DO NOT send Mail to that BOX THANKS !!!
     

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    Dec 5th 7:41 AM---->working to edit and get links straightened out and remove duplicate thread

    @8:13 AM ---> Thread Edited all Links Good and Working, Added Email for Contact, added addreass for donations, redirected other (duplicate ) post.

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    Indy
    Nice work guys!

    I don't have this device but can appreciate the amount of work you guys have put into this.

    Cheers and happy rooting :).
     
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    Hi there, And Thanks! We're Happy to Be here.

    Isn't it great that No one Owns the Monopoly on open-source Software!

    It's also good to see that Not every android device forum website moderator is a Jerk!
    Thanks So much for allowing us to share our Android device Exploits, Knowledge, And good stories related to all of that Here.

    Your A gentlemen and a scholar

    and if your ever in the market for a $20 doller -ish phone.
    I'd recommend the Zone3. It's really a decent device once you root and remove Bloat.

    I even had custom Nethunter functioning mostly on it though I didn't bother with any kernel exploit to load the modules needed to support OTG-USB It was a Really Neat Experiment.

    Another time, I Used it Successfully with a certain app from google play store and was able to 1-click crack (TEST) 3 of 5 wifi AP's I tested it on.
    I Honestly didn't believe it capable until that experience.

    But , that's Just My Personal Opinion.

    Anyhow I figure pretty soon the word will get around and maybe I'll start to see some of our old friends from other forums popping in here , that would be Awesome!!!
    So If your Allowed to, And you show up here, Introduce yourself so that I'll know who you are if you're one of our friends or followers.

    Thanks Again ,
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    @Astr4y4L

    Saw the news about XDA on your website. Too bad...

    I am actually looking into create a custom load for my farm. Preset with applications installed and running. My kickass vision is to have rooted phones with VNC and SSH running and all the preferences preset.

    I will follow your instructions and see what I can do (and try not break too much). Goal is to start buying all cracked screens/parts phones on the cheap.
     
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    Hey Buddy, Long time no see . hahaha!

    Bro listen if your wanting to customize the whole farm we could prep a special image for you to deploy with your pre chosen needed apps on it .
    It would work much like the last time when we flashed it directly.

    But you'll have to shoot me an email to discuss it.
    team.astr4y4l@gmail.com

    This Here is the Tut for the First method to root via down-grading
    on the device.

    Since the other method is what we use in our root service and costs the users money, we've agreed not to offer it here.
    But you Know where to find our site and you know how to get in touch with me Sir. Thanks for Stopping By!!
     
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    Thinking about doing a tutorial with a video on the way to swap broken screens for good ones on the Zone3, I've Had to do it several times during research when I completely Nuked a device and all that we had left were the ones with busted glass.
    Not sure should I use a thread here with pictures and a link to a video or just a video.
    Probably refine it on a page over at our website before posting it here tho.

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    Thought about this some more and am worried about unique IDs similar to Windows SIDs. I can't have clones detected.

    I am going to continue to use my shell scripts to standardize the phones.
     
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    @cubcadetlover

    I hear ya,
    but I really don't think it works like that in android, see android identifies its self by ESN and IMEI
    Numbers and those don't change when you change the /system otherwise we would have no ability for updates, etc

    By all means continue with those scripts, those are good to have.
    But I assure you that a custom deployed image would be fine.
    We do it all the time and never have an issue.
    And we use some paid apps from playstore in our personal image.
    Have to pay again on new devices,
    Restores purchase on devices we flash a second time.

    U ever want to see about it let me know, I can make time to show ya what I mean.
    No charge to prove our method.

    Maby you can share some of the details on the zone3 phone farm
    Here on the thread. Makes interesting reading to see whats possible with zone3 rooted ;)

    Anyhow. Take it easy my friend.

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    UPDATED
    EDITED--->added the how to for downgradeing the phone for rooting
    Shortened links with Google url
    added pictures for reference.
    Happy Rooting!!!

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    Is there a way to force the phone into fastboot/download mode? Screwed up a couple phones and clicked the wrong radio button in LGUP. Now stuck in boot LG boot screen loop. Never a red Verizon screen. Found the recovery menu, but none of the options are any good.
     
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    Try pulling the battery...
    count to 30 seconds ...
    replace the battery...
    Hold the Volume-up button while plugging in the usb
    KEEP HOLDING the Volume-up
    and it should go into DL-MODE

    Also open device manager and look for the LGE notations.
    Please post back to let us know how it go's.

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    Thanks... The description worked. I had to use uppercut to actually make LGUP work properly, but I recovered the 2 dead ones fine. Wasn't sure if I killed them before or not. These really are nice phones.
     
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    Yes uppercut by autoprime is awesome

    The reason this is happened is because you didn't have the LG up vs425pp common dll it's in the folder called common inside LG UPS installation location inside the folder called model and the folder common has to have a Capital C I'm thinking of zipping up the common folder and adding instructions on how to manually place it in the LG up installation I'm so happy and glad that I was able to help you recover your devices good job bro!

    Astr4y4L
     
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    They were properly recognized... Just some stupid error about secure phone, but not secure image... A quick search led to uppercut.
     
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    Yeah, it's the old Common.dll that's what uppercut does is input the dll for lots of lg devices
    starts it up Auto-magically .
    I think it does some other stuff in there too. but haven't bothered to reverse eng. it to see exactly what.
    I make all my Mods My-Self and then I know whats going on. Lol!

    I'm Just glad the Phones worked out.
    Oh by the way there's and update to the pre-rooted image you purchased .

    the update fixed the Borked rom-toolbox
    so no more having to remove it after flashing
    If you want it Email Me and I'll send you the link.
    Remember Updates are Free as long as I'm doing this,LOL

    Regards,
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    Tell me what the Easy way is to Root the Lg optimus zone 3 phone. I have mine and I need to root it as fast and safe and easy as possible, please help!!!
     
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    Can someone make me a video of how to do the root with the Lg or show me an Idea of how it is done or Team viewer me so we can have the root done to my LG optimus zone 3 please please!!!
     
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    Sir I Have A remote Root Service For that,
    It Cost's money So It WILL NOT BE DISCUSSED HERE

    If you EMAIL ME we can take care of it for you
    Thanks,
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    OKAY LET ME EMAIL YOU!!! HOW DO I DO IT!?"??
     
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    I rooted my lg Optimus zone 3 and it worked and there is another method that I also used which I Paid for to team.astr4y4l@gmail.com and then I was able to root my Phone and it works!!!!
     
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    I'm glad your happy with your rooted devices hahaha

    Happy Farming
    LOL

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