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    Default [How-To] Root, Recovery, ROM without touching a computer

    WARNING WARNING!!! Sprint is pushing out an updated named LS670ZVC starting on 2/7/2011. This update breaks this root process. Open Menu > Settings > about phone > if SW Version = LS670ZVC then this process will not work for you. WARNING WARNING!!!

    For the new root instructions go HERE




    Ok so theres SDK's, and JDK's, and drivers and ..... ahhhhhhhh!!!!! lol all this stuff to know! Don't worry, you can root, recovery, rom all without touching a computer.

    Requirements:
    -Make sure you have a good charge on your phone. I suggest starting with a full charge.
    -From the home screen of your phone press Menu > Settings > Applications > check mark "unknown sources". This will allow you to install Z4Root without an error.
    -From the home screen of your phone press Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > check mark "USB debugging". This is necessary for Z4Root to run.
    -You need to go to the market and download Astro File Manager (free)
    -You need to download Android Terminal Emulator (free)

    Instructions:
    Root
    1) Open Astro file manager and Press Menu > More > Preferences > Check mark "enabled browser downloads". This will let you download apk's and zip files straight from the phones browser.
    2) .
    3) Once you've downloaded z4root, open Astro file manager and do the following:
    SDcard > Download (not to be confused with downloads) > Click on the file z4root1.3.0.apk. Select "open in app manager" from the menu that pops up and then click install, then click install again.
    IMPORTANT NOTE - If you did not follow the requirements about allowing "unknow sources", you will get a pop-up saying you need to make that change. Please don't skip ahead again
    4) Open z4root and click the Root button. When It's finished it will reboot your phone, and when the phone restarts, you should now have an application in your app drawer called " Super User".

    Congratulation. You have just rooted without a computer. Now let's move on to recovery, shall we?

    This thread is closed for discussion. Please see THIS THREAD for discussions about this process.
    Last edited by KSmithInNY; 02-09-2011 at 06:13 AM.
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    Recovery
    Note - You will want to turn swype off for this portion, trust me. Open any field you normally type text into such as a text message and long press in the input field. A menu will ask you to select an input method, you want android.
    5) Download Flash_Image.zip.
    6) Download
    7) open Astro file manager and do the following:
    SDcard > Download (not to be confused with downloads) > Click on the file Recovery-RA-GNM-thunderc-s.1.1.0.imp.zip. You are now inside of the zip file and should see a single file called recovery-RA-GNM-thunderc-s-1.1.0. Long press on the file and select edit > copy. Press the back button (physical button on the bottom of phone) twice which should place you right at the root of the SD card. Now hit the "paste" button on the top left of your screen. You should now have the recovery image on the root of your card.
    8) Follow the exact same steps you just did above except this time you need to open and move the Flash_image instead of the recovery image. You should now have the recovery image AND flash_image on the root of your SD card.
    9) Open android terminal emulator you downloaded above and type su [press enter] You should now have a popup asking you to grant the terminal superuser permission, select "always allow"
    10) After granting permission you may now have a spacing issue in the emulator so please close it by doing Menu > Reset Term.
    11) Reopen the emulator and proceed with the following ....
    IMPORTANT NOTE - These lines are very specific. If you make a spelling mistake, you'll get an error. If you miss a space, you'll get an error. If you do not enter them EXACTLY as shown below, you'll get an error. Period. If you get an error, you've made a mistake. Try retyping the line you got an error on.

    ----press enter after each line-----
    su
    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock5 /system
    cat /sdcard/flash_image > /system/bin/flash_image
    chmod 755 /system/bin/flash_image
    mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak
    (IMPORTANT NOTE - If you get an error on the line above such as "file does not exist" ignore the error and keep going.)
    mount -o remount,ro -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock5 /system
    flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery-RA-GNM-thunderc-s-1.1.0.img
    reboot recovery

    If all went well, you should now be looking at a screen like this:


    You navigate the recovery as follows:
    Volume button up - Move cursor up
    Volume button down - Move cursor down
    Back button - Go back to the previous screen
    Menu button - select

    A quick bit of advice i can give you right now is that, for the time being, please do not wipe your phone using Menu > Settings > Privacy > Wipe phone. After you have a custom recovery installed, from now on if you'd like to wipe the phone (wipe all data, apps, contacts, texts) you can do this right from the custom recovery, wipe > Factory/data.

    Congratulations, you now have a custom recovery to go along with that root. Let's do a NAND backup before you touch anything else, shall we?

    This thread is closed for discussion. Please see THIS THREAD for discussions about this process.
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    Making your first NANDroid backup
    12) From your beautiful new custom recovery, use the volume down button to move down to highlight the Backup/Restore line. Press the Menu button on the bottom of your phone (looks like 4 squares). Select NAND backup, the very first option. Ignore the rest. Just use the very first option. It will ask if you're sure you want to backup the phone, press the menu button again to confirm and watch it go.
    13) Select the reboot system now option from recovery and wait a minute until you're back at your android home screen.

    Rooted - check. Recovery - check. Good NAND backup - check. Ready to ROM?

    This thread is closed for discussion. Please see THIS THREAD for discussions about this process.
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    Flashing a ROM
    14) From within your browser on your phone, download the ROM of your choice.
    15) Open astro, go to the download folder on your SD card, and long press on the zip file for the ROM your downloaded and move it to the root of your SD card the same way you moved files above.
    IMPORTANT NOTE - You should not open, explore, unpack, rename ROMs. Download them and leave them alone. They are ready to be flashed as is.
    16) Reboot into recovery, you can do this by downloading the free app quick boot, by opening terminal and typing reboot recovery, or by powering off the phone and when the phone is off press and hold (Volume down + Home button + Power) until the recovery screen comes up.
    17) From within recovery, press volume down and select Wipe. From within the wipe menu select wipe factory, when thats done wipe cache, when thats done wipe dalvik. You should be doing 3 different wipes.
    IMPORTANT NOTE - By wiping factory you are essentially resetting the phone. Your contacts, apps, anything and everything will be wiped off the phone.
    18) After you wipe, you'll want to hit the back button to go back to the main menu of the recovery.
    19) Now select flash zip from SD card. Select the ROM you downloaded then confirm the selection.

    Congratulations. You have now rooted, flashed a custom recovery, made a backup, and flashed a ROM all without touching a computer.

    This thread is closed for discussion. Please see THIS THREAD for discussions about this process.

    Credit:
    RyanZA - For
    Drellisdee - For recovery
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