Correction for a thread/guide on rooting Samsung Galaxy S3
Hi there guys,
I tried to reply to the thread in question (which is here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1726088
), but since I have been an avid reader of this forum but not (until now) a poster, it wouldn't let me directly reply to the thread, and I thought it was pretty important info for anyone who had an experience like mine.
I followed the instructions in the thread, and was able to install the version of Clockwordmod Recovery linked there, but found out that it's a version that unfortunately was not able to mount /sdcard (or anything, for that matter) because of a modification made to newer models of S3's. To get around this, I had to follow the instructions in this OTHER thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2391616
. Kudos to you guys that the answer was still in the same forum.
However, I still ran into a problem with the original instructions, even after being able to boot into what turned out to be the touch-enabled version of CWM Recovery and installing the Superuser .zip provided in the first, instructional, thread. It turned out that superuser was only "half" installed - that is, it showed up, even gave me the "Android is updating" on first reboot, but none of the functionality was there: I wasn't even able to install BusyBox, nor was I able to update the Superuser binary from within the Superuser app.
Desperate at this point, and kind of freaking out that I upped my custom binary counter and had nothing to show for it, I finally found what turned out to be a very simple solution: The original poster of that first thread I linked simply needs to update the .zip to the latest version from the official Superuser site. This newer version, installed from within CWM Recovery, deleted the old version, installed itself, and fixed the permissions that were causing the problem in the first place - all pretty simple, when it comes down to it. Like I said, you can find the link to the proper (and updated) version of Superuser on the official page, here: http://androidsu.com/superuser/
. Download the first link (the app and binary) for ARM processors like that inside the GS3, install via CWM, and voila! Proper, complete root.
Sorry if this was too long, is in the wrong place on the forum, or is not helpful, but I thought I'd at least try to save someone else the hours of hassle (and stomach-dropping anxiety) that I experienced. Thanks to all of the members who put together the posts above, and to all of you here at XDA who have created a really vibrant and informative community.
Good luck out there!