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[GUIDE] Unlock bootloader for Nexus S

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By BigRick10, Senior Member on 16th December 2010, 06:00 PM
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[*] shutdown the phone
[*]hold down volume up + power
[*]Now you are in the standard recovery mode
[*]assuming you have 2.3 SDK installed with fastboot (Google around for that info..), now on terminal/windows
or Windows cmd depending on OS type "fastboot devices" to check your device can be seem via USB
[*]assuming you device is seen via fastboot devices, now type "fastboot oem unlock"
[*]accept...and new bootloader is unlocked...
[*]now we need a custom recovery from clockworkmod or amon_ra, and we'll be good to go

Credit goes to gandalf44


Seems like a lot of people are having issues with the amd64 driver from the 2.3 SDK. Here's a workaround:
  • Go to the PdaNet homepage and download the Windows 7 x64 version of the PC software Download PdaNet
  • Make sure your phone is not connected to the computer. Install the app from PdaNet. Ignore the warning about HTC sync if you get it, that doesn't matter for what we're doing.
  • At the end of the PdaNet install, you'll be prompted to connect your phone. Make sure USB debugging is on, and connect to a high speed (as in not through a hub) USB port.
  • Follow the prompts and accept the unverified driver warning. Let it finish, then reboot your phone into fastboot mode -- power off, then hold volume UP and power.
  • Open the device manager in Windows (right click My Computer, properties, choose Device Manager from the list on the left.
  • Find the Android 1.0 entry, with the yellow exclamation mark beside it. Right click and choose to update the driver.
  • Select to search your computer for the driver manually, and point it at C:\Program Files (x86)\PdaNet for Android\. You will see a warning about an unknown/unsigned driver for sure this time, accept it.
When it finishes, at the command prompt (in the sdk\tools\ directory) type
Code:
fastboot devices
you should now see your Nexus S listed.

Credit to Gbhil
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16th December 2010, 06:07 PM |#2  
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Thank you for this information
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So easy??? Lol!!! The only reason i asume somebody could take that phone is this...
The really OPEN SOURCE ....
16th December 2010, 06:13 PM |#4  
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That was easy and fast.
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We can't flash files through the stock recovery?
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I dont understand..I did everything you stated but I dont get the option to type anything.
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just a fyi. fastboot oem lock will relock the bootloader!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pimpkogan69

I dont understand..I did everything you stated but I dont get the option to type anything.

You need to type it into the command prompt on the computer, not on your phone.
16th December 2010, 06:29 PM |#9  
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Any way to root without doing this?
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someone help please before i lose my mind...
Downloaded sdk 2.3 and usb drivers. Updated drivers works in windows fine but at boot-loader screen usb wont work and in device manager it shows android 1.0 driver needed
im lost drivers i downloaded threw SDK manager wont go im not sure if im supposed to force a driver?
im on win7x64
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jr33

just a fyi. fastboot oem lock will relock the bootloader!!

Can anyone confirm this? This would be freakin awesome!

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