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[Q] Question about rooting

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22nd August 2014, 03:12 AM   |  #1  
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So I recently had my phone temporarily rooted via weaksauce, however, after updating to Sense 6 with the Verizon OTA update, weaksauce will not root properly and it continues to fail. Is there no way to fix this or am I missing something with the OTA update? I sort of need to use weaksauce because I am not confident in my rooting ability to be able to restore the phone to factory when I turn it in for an upgrade in a few months.
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22nd August 2014, 03:59 AM   |  #2  
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I would start over. The posts on how to root are very good. There are also youtube videos you can watch. It really is very easy to root this device. if nothing else load a program called team viewer on your computer and I will root it for you, but I want you to try first. You will use something called rumrunner. PM me if you need help
22nd August 2014, 05:51 AM   |  #3  
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So I recently had my phone temporarily rooted via weaksauce, however, after updating to Sense 6 with the Verizon OTA update, weaksauce will not root properly and it continues to fail. Is there no way to fix this or am I missing something with the OTA update? I sort of need to use weaksauce because I am not confident in my rooting ability to be able to restore the phone to factory when I turn it in for an upgrade in a few months.

I would second that. If you are going to root a phone for the first time this is the one to start with. It is extremely well documented and this is a very helpful forum. I had the same feelings when I started (HTC Wildfire) back in the day and I did about everything wrong but in the end figured it out. Now there a several helpful threads and videos as stated above. I would recommend that you do a dry run, have everything together and go through the steps one by one in your mind or on paper before doing the actual root. You may miss something but your odds are better. Trust yourself I thoroughly believe any can root this phone and it's easier than you think and the value besides learning of the great ROMs that are here etc. is well worth it. Even if you temp root it you are going to have to know what to do to get it back before you turn it in so the knowledge will be necessary.
22nd August 2014, 06:43 AM   |  #4  
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I would second that. If you are going to root a phone for the first time this is the one to start with. It is extremely well documented and this is a very helpful forum. I had the same feelings when I started (HTC Wildfire) back in the day and I did about everything wrong but in the end figured it out. Now there a several helpful threads and videos as stated above. I would recommend that you do a dry run, have everything together and go through the steps one by one in your mind or on paper before doing the actual root. You may miss something but your odds are better. Trust yourself I thoroughly believe any can root this phone and it's easier than you think and the value besides learning of the great ROMs that are here etc. is well worth it. Even if you temp root it you are going to have to know what to do to get it back before you turn it in so the knowledge will be necessary.


rumrunner will not work if he's on the ota update of sense 6, he will have to flash a custom recovery, do a nandroid backup, flash vipermax rom, and run firewater.

as to the OP, it's very easy to do, follow the guides for setting up SDK/ADB, download the appropriate custom recovery for your device (i personally like TWRP the best), place that file in your adb folder that you made from the SDK/ADB guide, unlock your bootloader if not already (i did mine via HTCdev, they have a guide). then boot into the bootloader via power+vol down, scroll with volume keys, and select with power button, go to fastboot, plug in your usb cable to your computer, if you have the drivers it will change on your device "fastboot usb". then open up a command prompt in your SDK/ADB folder (do this by shift+right click in the folder and select open command prompt here). in your command prompt type in "adb devices" to make sure your drivers are right and it see's your device. now type in "fastboot oem rebootRUU", your phone will go to a black screen that says HTC on it. now type in "fastboot flash recovery "put the name of the recovery file here".img", then after that completes without any errors, type "fastboot reboot-bootloader" press the power button with bootloader selected, scroll to recovery and press power button, once you're in recovery, do a nand backup of your stock rom, after you've done that while still in recovery, i would strongly suggest saving this backup file to your computer, you can do this in ADB by typing in "adb pull /sdcard/TWRP" and it will pull the entire directory with your backup in it.

to gain s-off and fullroot, download vipermax rom for your device, while in recovery still, you can put the rom zip file in your ADB folder, and in ADB type "adb push "Name of the zip file" /sdcard" and it will copy and paste the rom zip to your sd card, once you see it finish in the command prompt, click on install on your phone, scroll to the zip file and click on it.

when the phone boots up, make sure you connect to wifi and go through the setup, once that is done download the Firewater file, and follow the instructions. and you should get s-off, now in adb type "adb reboot recovery" and then click on restore, and restore your stock rom, now you're stock rooted, with s-off.

set up ADB guide/download here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...utmk=226534558
TWRP guid/download here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2498746
Vipermax rom download here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2596938
Firewater guide/downloade here http://firewater-soff.com/instructions/

And i think that should be it, if after you do this and want to flash back stock recovery it's pretty simple, find and download the recovery image for the version of rom, you're using, for instance, your ota update should or will probably be in your downloads folder, if you open it with zip, (i use winrar) you will find a zip in it named "Firmware.zip" open it up, and you will see a file named recovery, extract it to your ADB Folder, boot into the "Fastboot oem rebootRUU", then simply type "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" let that finish, then type "fastboot reboot" and it will start your phone, and now you'll have the stock recovery and be able to receive and install future OTA updates, if there is any. >.<
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22nd August 2014, 05:50 PM   |  #6  
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rumrunner will not work if he's on the ota update of sense 6, he will have to flash a custom recovery, do a nandroid backup, flash vipermax rom, and run firewater.

as to the OP, it's very easy to do, follow the guides for setting up SDK/ADB, download the appropriate custom recovery for your device (i personally like TWRP the best), place that file in your adb folder that you made from the SDK/ADB guide, unlock your bootloader if not already (i did mine via HTCdev, they have a guide). then boot into the bootloader via power+vol down, scroll with volume keys, and select with power button, go to fastboot, plug in your usb cable to your computer, if you have the drivers it will change on your device "fastboot usb". then open up a command prompt in your SDK/ADB folder (do this by shift+right click in the folder and select open command prompt here). in your command prompt type in "adb devices" to make sure your drivers are right and it see's your device. now type in "fastboot oem rebootRUU", your phone will go to a black screen that says HTC on it. now type in "fastboot flash recovery "put the name of the recovery file here".img", then after that completes without any errors, type "fastboot reboot-bootloader" press the power button with bootloader selected, scroll to recovery and press power button, once you're in recovery, do a nand backup of your stock rom, after you've done that while still in recovery, i would strongly suggest saving this backup file to your computer, you can do this in ADB by typing in "adb pull /sdcard/TWRP" and it will pull the entire directory with your backup in it.

to gain s-off and fullroot, download vipermax rom for your device, while in recovery still, you can put the rom zip file in your ADB folder, and in ADB type "adb push "Name of the zip file" /sdcard" and it will copy and paste the rom zip to your sd card, once you see it finish in the command prompt, click on install on your phone, scroll to the zip file and click on it.

when the phone boots up, make sure you connect to wifi and go through the setup, once that is done download the Firewater file, and follow the instructions. and you should get s-off, now in adb type "adb reboot recovery" and then click on restore, and restore your stock rom, now you're stock rooted, with s-off.

set up ADB guide/download here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...utmk=226534558
TWRP guid/download here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2498746
Vipermax rom download here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2596938
Firewater guide/downloade here http://firewater-soff.com/instructions/

And i think that should be it, if after you do this and want to flash back stock recovery it's pretty simple, find and download the recovery image for the version of rom, you're using, for instance, your ota update should or will probably be in your downloads folder, if you open it with zip, (i use winrar) you will find a zip in it named "Firmware.zip" open it up, and you will see a file named recovery, extract it to your ADB Folder, boot into the "Fastboot oem rebootRUU", then simply type "fastboot flash recovery recovery.img" let that finish, then type "fastboot reboot" and it will start your phone, and now you'll have the stock recovery and be able to receive and install future OTA updates, if there is any. >.<

Really an excellent post it's nice to have all that in one place. I also was unable to get rumrunner to work and have used firewater quite successfully (which was part of what I was trying to point out above). Also, I was unable to get HTCdev to unlock my phone. That may or may not be about me. I am a Linux person and I think I might have had the wrong adb/fastboot at the time. The one in the android sdk did not work for me but for anyone on LInux who is interested the one in this link did http://forum.xda-developers.com/htc-...eboot-t2853591

Once again, excellent summary, I will be bookmarking this for later.
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I think all of the above info is great and everyone trying to help is awesome. However I really liked having a soft root via weaksauce for a very limited amount of apps like titanium backup and root explorer. So am I to understand that there is no newer Weaksauce or similar available for 4.4.2 and sense 6?

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I think all of the above info is great and everyone trying to help is awesome. However I really liked having a soft root via weaksauce for a very limited amount of apps like titanium backup and root explorer. So am I to understand that there is no newer Weaksauce or similar available for 4.4.2 and sense 6?

Enjoyment to the MAX!

As far as I am aware firewater still works. I used it just a few days ago and just saw a post today http://forum.xda-developers.com/htc-...s-off-t2849836 although he doesn't clearly state that he was using sense 6,

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