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  1. eharty's Avatar
    OK I got it to work. Now on the YouTube video, qhking77 mentioned CWM4xx. Is this something that I should be worried about? or will 3.1 do me fine?

    Thank you for all of your help.
    Glad you got it working.

    I haven't heard of CWM4 yet but I'll check it out. In the mean time CWM 3.1.0.1 should work fine.
    ShaLea likes this.
    11-10-2011 02:23 PM
  2. bakerja's Avatar
    I hate to sound like such a turd but which choice in CWM. I have these choices:

    -reboot system now
    -apply sdcard:update.zip
    -wipe data/factory reset
    -wipe cache partition
    -install zip from sdcard
    -backup and restore
    -mounts and storage
    -advanced

    I thought the logical choice was "install zip from sdcard" but when I choose that, I get a hat with a circle and it is frozen and does nothing until a battery pull.

    Thanks in advance,
    jab
    11-10-2011 02:30 PM
  3. eharty's Avatar
    I hate to sound like such a turd but which choice in CWM. I have these choices:

    -reboot system now
    -apply sdcard:update.zip
    -wipe data/factory reset
    -wipe cache partition
    -install zip from sdcard
    -backup and restore
    -mounts and storage
    -advanced

    I thought the logical choice was "install zip from sdcard" but when I choose that, I get a hat with a circle and it is frozen and does nothing until a battery pull.

    Thanks in advance,
    jab
    Are you trying to flash Su? If so, install zip from sdcard is the right choice. You then have to navigate to and select the zip you want to flash.
    11-10-2011 02:39 PM
  4. bakerja's Avatar
    Are you trying to flash Su? If so, install zip from sdcard is the right choice. You then have to navigate to and select the zip you want to flash.
    Man I feel like a dummy. I was hitting the home key instead of menu....dooohhhh. Installed SU...zip, now I guess I'm rooted right?

    jab
    11-10-2011 02:42 PM
  5. eharty's Avatar
    Man I feel like a dummy. I was hitting the home key instead of menu....dooohhhh. Installed SU...zip, now I guess I'm rooted right?

    jab
    Sounds like you are good to go!
    11-10-2011 02:45 PM
  6. kevincwelch's Avatar
    I'll say one thing about this process...

    Having used Odin many times, I thought this would be straight forward...but it didn't work at all. I did it three times before I noticed the problem...

    When I downloaded ACSRecovery1.0.0.5.tar.md5, for some reason it was saved as ACSRecovery1.0.0.5.tar.md5.tar (with the .tar on the end). Windows Vista machine. So, when I selected this file in Odin, it wasn't working because of the .tar extension.

    After this, it worked.
    11-10-2011 10:16 PM
  7. sonarchist's Avatar
    ..............for those of you not yet familiar w/ ACSrecoveryv1.0.0.5_CWM4, it is going to be a joy.......have enjoyed its basic stability (recovery works like a dream) + cool features, for example, when flashing a new ROM instead of wipe cache x3 + wipe dalvik x3, you go into a pre-install wipe that removes everything including data so your flash is a clean install...........don't forget to make a backup) ...........props to ACS + everyone over there for their continued good work.............and a big +1 to you Paul! for this very excellent tutorial.........hoping new + creative EI22ROMs will be flashin' readily thru here very soon!
    11-11-2011 03:24 AM
  8. Galane's Avatar
    Finally! Rooted Gingerbread!

    I flashed kernel-GB-3.tar.md5 with Odin 1.85, followed by ACSRecovery1.0.0.5.tar.md5 then booted into recovery mode and used ACSRecovery to install su-3.0-efgh-signed.zip

    Now I can de-bloatware my phone again! Thanks to everyone who put those three packages together. I wonder if it will be possible to put together a new one-click root with them?
    11-11-2011 04:24 AM
  9. Paul627g's Avatar
    I doubt we will see a OCR again.. The exploits used in the past to obtain One Click Root were patched by Google.
    11-11-2011 05:52 AM
  10. sonarchist's Avatar
    4 future reference, just an fyi, ...........a known bug w/ ACSrecovery1.0.0.5CWM4: when flashing a ROM, you do not have to wipe cachex3/wipedalvikx3, instead you select 'pre-install wipe' , select 'yes' + then you flash your ROM..........it's been reported by some users on the acs forums if you click 'yes' then change to 'no' you will still get a pre-install wipe...............(you would then go back to recovery + select your last backup, so no worries as backups are solid w/ this recovery.)

    .............come to think of it, if you load ACS recovery first, run a backup, prior to going thru w/ odin EI22 install here, then you have the option of returning completely to your prior setup via ACSrecovery in case you change your mind (i have done this w/ other ROMs, using ACS recovery, not yet w/ EI22) ............other than why you'd want to go back to that last setup, any thoughts Paul?
    11-11-2011 09:37 PM
  11. kitchin's Avatar
    I just want to be perfectly sure of what i'm doing, as I feel I have been reading way too much for instructions. When you're flashing the files in Odin over, are we flashing the kernel fix first through pda, and then upon reboot flash the cwm through pda as a seperate Odin process? I was trying to do my research and i'm getting too much information now. All of this learning has backfired on me
    thanks for the help
    11-12-2011 09:30 AM
  12. eharty's Avatar
    I just want to be perfectly sure of what i'm doing, as I feel I have been reading way too much for instructions. When you're flashing the files in Odin over, are we flashing the kernel fix first through pda, and then upon reboot flash the cwm through pda as a seperate Odin process? I was trying to do my research and i'm getting too much information now. All of this learning has backfired on me
    thanks for the help
    All the different threads can definitely lead to information overload. ;-)

    Here are the steps that have worked for me a few times:
    - Flash the keyboard kernel fix with Odin using the PDA slot. Make sure that only Auto Reboot is checked.
    - Let the phone reboot and then flash CWM recovery with Odin using the PDA slot. Again make sure that only Auto Reboot is checked.
    - The phone will reboot again. Power off and boot into CWM by holding volume down, camera and power buttons.
    - Flash SU with CWM and reboot.
    Enjoy!
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    11-12-2011 12:26 PM
  13. nmoreman's Avatar
    Ed, great and simple directions. I have had 2 Epics since Day 1, rooted, rommed, etc. I have had fits with simply re=rooting one. Took it all the way back and want to leave both stock for daughters at college, just don't have time to modify and maintain these anymore.

    Everything is looking good on Gingerbread, but this one wanted a few tweaks. I had watched video, read xda and here, could NOT get it to stick. Until I read your simple explanation, do one first, then the next - and I went with CWM, couldn't get ACS to work. This was my last effort, thought I was wearing out the buttons!!

    Hit the thanks button for you.
    11-12-2011 04:38 PM
  14. nmoreman's Avatar
    I will take back above great idea - I obtained root, but something permanently stuck Airplane Mode on,
    no buttons or releases, so no service.

    I am back to Odin, 05, now doing update again. The girls will just have to live without their tweaks, something
    is funky and just wanted to let you know.

    P.S. Did have ACS start to go thru and abort before I tried this, so don't know if multiple efforts or attempts
    corrupted something else, but all is good on stock now.
    11-12-2011 05:50 PM
  15. Dronak's Avatar
    I've had my phone for about a year now, and as time has passed, I'm more inclined to root my phone. The instructions here seem to be the most recent and fairly easy to follow, but my big question is how do you unroot again should you need/want to? It's probably something everyone who roots their phone knows already, but I'm new and could use some info. Actually, if someone can point me to a sort of beginners guide on rooting the Epic, that would be great. Anything FAQ-like that could give me the basics so I could follow-up later with more specific questions would be helpful (and I apologize if there's one here and I missed it). I don't just want to start asking lots of questions if there's some resource that can answer a bunch of them for me. Thanks in advance.
    11-13-2011 12:35 AM
  16. nmoreman's Avatar
    ODIN is your friend. Such as above, phone was updated via Odin, I was rooted and rommed, so using this back to EC05 allowed me to manually update to Gingerbread rather than wait for OTA.

    When problems occurred trying to root, actually obtained root but something else screwed up meaning no signal/Airplane Mode stuck, I just replugged into Odin, back to EC05, and applied manual update - now stock Gingerbread with everything I had done erased.

    Yes, it can be time consuming to reload everything, maybe 30 minutes max with my backups, but its the easiest phone to maniuplate (except for the stupid rooting process yesterday), but fixing whatever is a piece of cake. Read how to unbrick phones, yours might not be bricked but that is what you want to do.
    11-13-2011 07:47 AM
  17. darrenmoorehead's Avatar
    Hey everyone --

    I just tried the first step in the rooting -- installing the kernel-GB-3.tar.md5 -- through ODIN and it failed. I unplugged my phone and now the phone won't turn on. It gives me a picture of a cell phone with a orange triangle between it and a computer. How S.O.L. am I?

    Any advice? This is my first time trying to root an Android phone.

    **EDIT** Fixed it. Just had to fight my way back into download mode.
    11-13-2011 10:18 AM
  18. xalky's Avatar
    Hey everyone --

    I just tried the first step in the rooting -- installing the kernel-GB-3.tar.md5 -- through ODIN and it failed. I unplugged my phone and now the phone won't turn on. It gives me a picture of a cell phone with a orange triangle between it and a computer. How S.O.L. am I?

    Any advice? This is my first time trying to root an Android phone.

    **EDIT** Fixed it. Just had to fight my way back into download mode.
    Odin seems to work best for me when I pull the battery out of my phone when working thru odin. In the beginning I was struggling with odin because the battery was still in the phone. Once I'm done loading stuff thru odin , I unplug the usb from the phone and insert the battery to continue my process. Works everytime.
    11-13-2011 06:25 PM
  19. BrewedRuff's Avatar
    I have followed the steps to #6 but when I click START I get a message that says "The parameter is incorrect." Does anyone have any idea where I should start to find my issue.
    11-16-2011 02:59 PM
  20. DougBreu2's Avatar
    I could not get the instructions on page 1 to work with my Epic 4g. After the Odin step it would boot into Epic Recovery mode and not allow the su** zip file to be loaded with out error. From reading on XDA developers website the Samsung developers changed the released GB to overwrite the Recovery mode startup code. Not good!


    What worked for me is to reboot into Recovery mode immediately after Odin is done flashing. Press volume down, Camera button and power button immediately. And I mean immediately! Within a second or two to stop the reboot process. If you do this you will boot into CWM and you can then successfully load the su** zip file which truly roots the phone.

    It worked for me after many unsuccessful tries with the instructions on page 1.


    I hope this helps!
    11-17-2011 04:49 PM
  21. Paul627g's Avatar
    :: Update ::

    I just updated the OP in this thread with a new tutorial I put together. Its literally step by step and anyone should be able to follow and complete rooting your device if followed.

    Enjoy and good luck!

    Paul
    11-18-2011 03:33 PM
  22. schufford's Avatar
    Hello, Paul, Ed, and all you Android gurus out there... Have a semi-noob question. Have rooted the epic through a prior OCR, and after replacement, the Odin+no wipe (thanks, Paul). When trying to apply the GB update from zip, I had to Odin back, and wiped when I bricked after flashing the "stock" recovery using a method found elsewhere (second mistake!). I was able to use the HotSpot Widget to turn on the Sprint hotspot, before I updated to GB (though I had been rooted), but now wants me to register, and sent me into the damned boot recycle. So, looks like I have to root to get the HotSpot function back (free). Will this method wipe my phone, again?

    Thanks!
    11-18-2011 04:24 PM
  23. Paul627g's Avatar
    Hello, Paul, Ed, and all you Android gurus out there... Have a semi-noob question. Have rooted the epic through a prior OCR, and after replacement, the Odin+no wipe (thanks, Paul). When trying to apply the GB update from zip, I had to Odin back, and wiped when I bricked after flashing the "stock" recovery using a method found elsewhere (second mistake!). I was able to use the HotSpot Widget to turn on the Sprint hotspot, before I updated to GB (though I had been rooted), but now wants me to register, and sent me into the damned boot recycle. So, looks like I have to root to get the HotSpot function back (free). Will this method wipe my phone, again?

    Thanks!
    The method on the OP of this thread will not wipe your device if your already on stock GB EI22.... All it will do is apply a custom kernel to make the CWM stick, CWM & SU access...

    Then from there you can move onward to custom ROMs or whatever you like...
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    11-18-2011 04:26 PM
  24. schufford's Avatar
    The method on the OP of this thread will not wipe your device if your already on stock GB EI22.... All it will do is apply a custom kernel to make the CWM stick, CWM & SU access...

    Then from there you can move onward to custom ROMs or whatever you like...
    So... do I _have_ to apply the CWM?

    Really all I want is root access so that I can create a wifi hotspot. I pretty much like everything else, including the launcher.

    Thanks!
    11-18-2011 05:32 PM
  25. Paul627g's Avatar
    You need to apply the CWM in order to flash the SU (Superuser) to gain root.
    11-18-2011 05:59 PM
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