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    Default [How-To] Easy root for the Transform

    Rooting your Transform is pretty darn easy. It can be done using an application you install on your phone, called z4root.

    This application isn't available in the market, but thats a small hurdle and easy to overcome. All you need is a file browser, and your USB cable

    File browser -- if you don't have one, I suggest Astro. There are many others, but Astro is very simple to use and I highly recommend it to those who might be new to the Android platform. Search for "Astro file manager" in the Android Market, and install it on your phone.

    Then it's a few easy steps to root:
    1. On your computer, visit the z4root developer's thread at XDA-Developers. Read the first post in the thread carefully, and download the file that's attached. Also, notice the donation link if you feel like passing a few dollars to Ryan.
    2. Attach your phone to your computer, and just like you would drag a music file or picture to your phone, copy the z4root.apk file to your SD card. You can put it in any folder you like, just remember where you put it
    3. Unmount your SDcard from your computer, and unplug it.
    4. Go to menu>settings>applications. Make sure the "unknown sources" box is checked. Then go into the development settings, and make sure USB debugging is checked.
    5. Now open your file manager, and find the z4root.apk on your SD card. Press it, and choose Open App Manager (Astro gives this choice), then press the install button.
    6. Once installed, find the z4root app in your app drawer, and run it. Decide if you need a temporary root, or permanent. Select your choice, and go.


    One last step you may want to do if you have chosen to permanently root is install busybox. Search the Android Market for "Busybox by Stephen (Stericson)" and install it. Busybox provides commands like copy and paste to the shell (the inner workings) of your OS.
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    when i open the z4root.apk file on the app manager it does not give me an option to install. when i click on the details section, it says thatit cant open it as an APK file. Can you help me please?
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    Browse to the file with your file manager app and then long press and choose an option from the list, I believe the bottom one is the correct choice.
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    I rooted my Samsung transform and installed supper user. But root access apps still wont work, I think there is something missing.
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    This guide from SDX Developers and Vampirefo will get you rooted. It was painfully simple (once I got the right computer) and worked like a charm. From there, you can do anything to your phone that you want.
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    did anybody have success using this method , please reply i want to root my phone so bad . & also if i was to root my phone doing this could i be able to unroot if the dont like it ?
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    it says its running explolt in order to obtain root acess.. it keeps saying that wat should i do
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    Does the z4root work with 2.2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by makris0000 View Post
    Does the z4root work with 2.2?
    Since the first post in the z4root thread that @gbhil linked to says "Froyo is a bit of a pain to root! Well, this fixes that," I'm guessing it does work with 2.2/Froyo. Would love to hear from someone who's done it to confirm.

    thanks
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    Hey, I followed every step and(I think) I did everything right. I selected to permanently install the z4root and now I'm on a blue screen(appears to be an under-water background) and it has z4mod in the middle and at the bottom it says [I]running exploit in order to obtain root access[I]. it has been doing this for over 30 minutes... did I do something wrong? what should I do?
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    Pull battery
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    doesnt work on updated baseband EF09
    Quote Originally Posted by gbhil View Post
    Rooting your Transform is pretty darn easy. It can be done using an application you install on your phone, called z4root.

    This application isn't available in the market, but thats a small hurdle and easy to overcome. All you need is a file browser, and your USB cable

    File browser -- if you don't have one, I suggest Astro. There are many others, but Astro is very simple to use and I highly recommend it to those who might be new to the Android platform. Search for "Astro file manager" in the Android Market, and install it on your phone.

    Then it's a few easy steps to root:
    1. On your computer, visit the z4root developer's thread at XDA-Developers. Read the first post in the thread carefully, and download the file that's attached. Also, notice the donation link if you feel like passing a few dollars to Ryan.
    2. Attach your phone to your computer, and just like you would drag a music file or picture to your phone, copy the z4root.apk file to your SD card. You can put it in any folder you like, just remember where you put it
    3. Unmount your SDcard from your computer, and unplug it.
    4. Go to menu>settings>applications. Make sure the "unknown sources" box is checked. Then go into the development settings, and make sure USB debugging is checked.
    5. Now open your file manager, and find the z4root.apk on your SD card. Press it, and choose Open App Manager (Astro gives this choice), then press the install button.
    6. Once installed, find the z4root app in your app drawer, and run it. Decide if you need a temporary root, or permanent. Select your choice, and go.


    One last step you may want to do if you have chosen to permanently root is install busybox. Search the Android Market for "Busybox by Stephen (Stericson)" and install it. Busybox provides commands like copy and paste to the shell (the inner workings) of your OS.
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    Default Re: [How-To] Easy root for the Transform

    Quote Originally Posted by rcr0413 View Post
    doesnt work on updated baseband EF09

    So anyone know of new root method working with EF09?
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    So, what are we really doing when we root our phones?
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    Is it possible to tether my phone to my PC to use the internet from the phone's radio?
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    Guys try Gingerbreak. Oh and if z4root is going to work you need to attempt root it won't work then reboot it will work then if it works at all

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    Default Re: [How-To] Easy root for the Transform

    I am trying to root my phone and failing.
    I have downloaded the z4zoot-(which the program calls its self z4mod)
    I put the file on my phone
    Removed my phone from my computer
    I have installed the Program on my phone.
    I ran the program. Did it for 30 minutes, then it restarted and was not rooted.
    Took out the battery, and ran it again, and hour later, still not rooted, and didn't restart this time.
    I uninstalled the program, and re-installed it.
    I took it out once more, and let it run over night, still not rooted.
    Once again uninstalled it, and re-installed it, took out the battery, and then restarted it to run again. Still did not root.
    All it ever says it is doing is -{[(Running Exploit in order to obtain root...)]}- if I leave the page and come back it will say that it is saving a file or something, then go back to the running statement.
    What am I doing wrong?
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    Default Re: [How-To] Easy root for the Transform

    That's it on this thread? A friend of mine is trying to root her transform ultra from boost and this is the first thing that popped up on google. I rooted my bionic running ics 4.0.4 with razrs edge. Has anyone tried that with the transform? Sorry i'm not a noob of rooting but i never had a samsung or a boost phone. Any info would be much appreciated and thanx in advance
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    Default Re: [How-To] Easy root for the Transform

    Quote Originally Posted by Nuwan View Post
    That's it on this thread? A friend of mine is trying to root her transform ultra from boost and this is the first thing that popped up on google. I rooted my bionic running ics 4.0.4 with razrs edge. Has anyone tried that with the transform? Sorry i'm not a noob of rooting but i never had a samsung or a boost phone. Any info would be much appreciated and thanx in advance
    If you want to root your transform ULTRA pm me. It is a process and you need a computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by niteNarmor View Post
    If you want to root your transform ULTRA pm me. It is a process and you need a computer.
    Love this site because of people like niteNarmor!!!!
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    Default Re: [How-To] Easy root for the Transform

    For my Samsung Transform M920 (EB28, Sprint/CDMA), above mentioned z4root, Frama root, SuperOneClick (SOC), etc did not work.

    But, "Intercept Root" (V1-35) worked:
    https://code.google.com/p/intercept-root/
    ( SHA1 Checksum: 17b7c66cbf5ecb18cdab6890063e903db6091150 )
    (an external computer is not necessary for this method to work).

    It was suggested by user "wwjoshdew" at youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI5q4XQzW2M

    aka = also known as.

    (Before rooting backup data. And, again you may backup, after the data non-destructive rooting process (like, "Intercept Root"), you must backup important stuff/data, into your SD card, then backup from SD card into an external computer, or you may use cloud backup (aka, sync option in the app) if the app supports it. Backup related apps which supports root, can usually backup better than non-root based backup apps).
    Rooting can be done from an external computer, or from the phone itself without an external computer.
    (Do not do a data-destructive rooting process, before backing up your important (and personal) data from your phone, that is, if you do keep+have any important (or personal) data in phone, like your Contacts/People list, Phone calls log & records, recieved/sent SMS/Text Messages, Instant Messages (IM), Bookmarks/Favorites, Notes, Pictures, Videos, software settings or data, etc).

    - - - -

    OS = Operating System.

    (After important+personal data backup stage), then load a small-scale "Recovery" tool or OS into phone, this is very-likely a data destructive stage/process for most "recovery" type of installations. Recovery tool can flash/write data into your phone's rom (rom partition) component:

    You may try, CWM (ClockworkMod) Recovery:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/ClockworkMod_Recovery
    Find exact CWM that supports your exact phone model.

    or, you may try, Odin3 v1.85 Recovery, it supports M920 :
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/themes-apps/27-08-2013-odin-3-09-odin-1-85-versions-t2189539
    ( or http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2189539 )
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/help/guide-odin-flash-guide-t1671969

    or, you may try, Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) based Recovery:
    https://twrp.me/ and https://twrp.me/Devices/
    (it does not support samsung M920 or M930, when i posted this message here in this forum).

    (Usually, loading a "Recovery" tool or OS into the phone, requires an external computer, but also possible from the phone itself without an external computer).
    (if you are going to use an external computer, then you will need phone drivers & adb software & fastboot software, etc to load "Recovery" tool/os into the phone).

    (adb is included inside the "Android SDK Tools"). adb = android data bridge.
    (for "fastboot" mode support, universal fastboot or naked fastboot, etc can also be used).

    - - - -

    Load your choice of Kernel, this stage is also a data destructive process, and "recovery" tool or os often pre-includes a kernel:
    ... Vampirefo kernel
    ... ...
    (The "recovery" tool/os, should allow you to load a different Kernel (usually a tar/compressed file), based on your choice, from SD card).
    (or you may also use an external computer & phone drivers & adb software & fastboot software, etc to load a "kernel" into the phone).
    Different kernel may have different types optimizations & preferences on various kernel+hardware level functionalities. For example, some kernel is optimized to use lower voltage+power+speed settings on various internal hardware components, and some kernel does opposite, etc.

    - - - -

    Then, load a full/customized OS ROM, it is also a data destructive stage/process:

    CyanogenMods (CM) OS ROMs (based on Android/AOSP OS) are here:
    official list: https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Devices#vendor=;
    unofficial list: https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Unofficial_Ports

    Also checkout Replicant OS ROMs & supported devices, (it is also based on Android/AOSP OS), for other phone though.

    (if you loaded a "Recovery" tool or OS, then that should allow you to choose different ROM file or patch file from SD card).
    (or you may also use an external computer & phone drivers & adb software & fastboot software, etc to load ROM into the phone).

    - - - -

    After loading ROM based, full/customized OS, then you can reload/re-install back PlayStore/F-Droid/etc app-store based apps, and then restore your backed-up data from SD card (or cloud), back into the phone.

    - - - -

    Those who wants to work on Transform Ultra (TU) (M930), can start from here:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1920504

    - - - -

    By the way, do not apply Transform Ultra (M930) stuff on Transform (M920), or vice versa, (and, do not apply same model GSM phone stuff on the same model CDMA phone), at these low-level stages, as there are hardware variation related files & components. Unless an app's developer/author indicated the app supports both.

    PlayStore or F-Droid etc app-store apps which are loadable/installable + usable in an Android OS, or apps which are loadable in equivalent CM (CyanogenMod) OS, such type of apps (most of them) can be used on both.

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