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[Q] How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Prevail?

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4th May 2011, 06:40 PM   |  #1  
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I am a c++ programmer by trade who is just now looking into android phones not only for communication but also for development. I picked up the Samsung Galaxy from Boost Mobile in order to first learn how to root, flash ROMs, and then get into dev.

My first goal is to root the phone so i can use it as a wifi hotspot. I first tried to download quick settings to see if i could get the wifi hopspot that way. I can see the hidden option for wifi hotspot but everytime I press it to turn it on, the phone disables the wifi totally. I then tried z4root, not root. I tried gingerbreak and it did not work. I would try to use superoneclick but cannot find usb drivers that will work with the galaxy prevail while its in usb debugging mode.

Any advice on how to get this phone rooted would great. Can you also list the prevail as one of the device supported on this site to spur development?
4th May 2011, 07:15 PM   |  #2  
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Not sure if you've come across the Prevail source code, the file name is SPH-M820_OpenSource_Froyo.zip

I can not post an actual link because I'm new to this site, but you can find the file here:

opensource dot samsung dot com/reception/reception_main.do?method=reception_search&searchVa lue=m820

replace "dots" with a period
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6th May 2011, 06:57 AM   |  #3  
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I have not been able to get mine rooted either, but I did find these drivers seem to work for the phone with win7 and xp.

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6th May 2011, 07:02 AM   |  #4  
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Try Z4root app I think this might work considering there arent any nam locks on this phone go to 4 shared and look for the apk files as this app is no longer available in the market! I have used this app on the following devices, htc hero, sprint zio, samsung moment, droid 1, droid 2, &droid global!
6th May 2011, 05:17 PM   |  #5  
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I tried Z4Root it did not work.
7th May 2011, 11:02 PM   |  #6  
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recovery mode
recovery mode is vol up + power


Android system recovery (3e)

E:PATH /data/update_sucess
E:Update logfile dose not exsist

navigate with vol keys and camera button to select
7th May 2011, 11:10 PM   |  #7  
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z4 root and super one click
i tried z4 and the app closed at acquiring root shell

super one click also failed with psneuter and ginger break

fails at running psneuter and at running gingerbreak

also fail with shell root in same way
7th May 2011, 11:16 PM   |  #8  
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ps the unrevoked roots just do not detect the phone
7th May 2011, 11:30 PM   |  #9  
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odd recover style screen
if you hold down vol + and vol - and camera then tap power a screen comes up that starts with little kernel

vol - and camera makes the phne show "downloading..."

this is shown in windows as "samsung usb compsite device"

and "samsung mobile modem"
7th May 2011, 11:39 PM   |  #10  
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dmesg output of the "downloading..." screen

[ 77.031415] usb 1-1: USB disconnect, address 2
[ 84.590135] usb 1-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[ 84.748548] cdc_acm 1-1:2.0: This device cannot do calls on its own. It is not a modem.
[ 84.748762] cdc_acm 1-1:2.0: ttyACM0: USB ACM device

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