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[GUIDE] [UPD][12.dec.12] [TOOLS available] How to Unlock/Root your padfone 2 A68

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5th December 2012, 11:09 AM   |  #1  
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Hello folks,

just wanted to share with you the subject. I'm not a developer, so I cannot go too deeply in the procedure below. what I can ensure is that is working on my personal device, Padfone 2 model A68, bought in Italy with stock firmware IMM76I.WWE_9.8.8.55-0.

DISCLAIMER

should you decide to go for it, remember, I'm just a simple user willing to share a procedure that worked for him, I'm not a smartphone OEM... Accordingly:

I'll not be held responsible if you brick, melt, destroy your device, by following the below procedure... you are the solely and ultimate responsible of your actions and your property.
if after you unlock or root your phone you need to lock it back, or put it in a Virgin "out-of-the-box" state.... cannot help. consider this procedure irreversible.

If you understand the above and concur, well, you can go for the below procedure. otherwise you're kindly requested to stop reading here and NOT continue. tks a lot.



Backgroung
the rooting method is quite straight-forward, getting a stock boot.img and manipulate its ramdisk so that the device can then boot insecure.

Credits
A HUGE thanks to Schriss for his strong support in letting me understand what I was doin on my device

And also a thanks to ChainFire and his insecure adbd (here)

WHAT YOU NEED

1. a padfone 2 with more than 70% battery available, and the above firmware installed (you might wanna try also if your device has different firmware, but I cannot garantee on the results you'll get.

2. this INSECURE ICS boot.img

OR

2a this insecure JB boot.img

OR

2b. you might wanna try this TW JB boot.img from TW JB

3. a valid ADB and FASTBOOT package (lots available within XDA, or already available if you have andorid SDK installed from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html)

4. a valid "su" binary, again you can find it in XDA or attached to this post.

5. Valid usb drivers (see mama ASUS website)

6. the infamous "UnLock.apk" (again kindly provided by ASUS)

ONE CLICK procedure (script based) kindly provided by Padfone.cl

here

OR

STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE (MS WINDOWS OS Only)

0. place all of the files (boot.img, adb and fastboot exe's, SU binary) in one folder of your pc and open a cmd session in it.

1. install drivers at point 5 above

2. Unlock your bootloader: install the apk at point 6. above follows all the instructions to get a bootloader unlocked

3. once done the phone can be put in FASTBOOT mode (black screen with "Fastboot MODE !!!" and ASUS LOGO) , with one of the two methods below.

3a. power off device. then push and hold power on + vol up.

3b. if your device is connected to your pc, verify it is in debug mode (under setup/development) and run "adb reboot-bootloader"

4. if not already done connect the device to your pc and wait the drivers selfconfiguring

5. check if fastboot.exe see your device, type in cmd "fastboot devices", if nothing is shown means you're missing drivers, or using a bad fastboot exe.

6. check if your device boots with the insecure img at point 2. of what-you-need list. type in cmd "fastboot boot boot.img"

6a. if it reboots normally... CONGRATS your device is ok with my boot.img and you can root your phone

6b. if it goes into bootloop or bootlock or in QHUSB_DLOAD state, well sorry you cannot go ahead. just push and hold power on your device. it will reboot using its boot.img Sorry no root for you

7. if you're lucky and you get 6a response, you can now ROOT your device

7a. in cmd session type the below

adb remount (system answer "remount succeded" that's a confirmation you can act as superuser)

adb push su /system/bin/

adb shell

chmod 06755 /system/bin/su

type exit, to get off the adb shell.

7b. Collect superuser.apk at the end of this post and place it in same folders of adb.

In cmd session type

"adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

adb shell chmod 06755 /system/app/Superuser.apk"

IF YOU JUST WANT YOUR DEVICE ROOTED PROCEDURE STOPS HERE FOLLOWING IS JUST an ADDED-ON

8. OPTIONAL just in case you want to keep the insecure adbd onboard, not necessary to mantain root condition.

8a. put the device in FASTBOOT mode as above and type in cmd "fastboot flash boot boot.img", this just overwrite your stock boot.img and inoculate the insecure boot.img in your device on a stable basis.

guess it's all.

let me know if it's working for you gentlemen, and remember the disclaimer above and in general just make sure you always know what you're doin... I'll post the boot.img file shortly during today.
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File Type: zip su.zip - [Click for QR Code] (265.3 KB, 1391 views)
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Hi,
Thanks for a guide, that should make it very easy for Padfone 2 users to get root
Disclaimer mentions going back to Stock and relocking - this would need a separate Guide with disclaimers because it's a little dangerous IF you have flashed anything non-stock into Boot partition and then re-locked. But if rooting was done by fastboot boot, then I believe the device could be re-locked and you would still have your root. Until you flash some Asus official Update which would overwrite /System/bin, making SU disappear.

as for points 8 and 8a, it is possible, that you don't need to permanently flash insecure boot.img. After SU has been pushed to /System/bin, you can try simply rebooting as normal and the file should remain on System partition, which is separate from boot.img. It's quite likely, that root will remain and so no flashing would be needed at all if you want to stay on Stock ROM and just need root
Root is really all about putting SU in /System/bin folder, the rest are tricks to make it happen.
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Originally Posted by schriss

Hi,
Thanks for a guide, that should make it very easy for Padfone 2 users to get root
Disclaimer mentions going back to Stock and relocking - this would need a separate Guide with disclaimers because it's a little dangerous IF you have flashed anything non-stock into Boot partition and then re-locked. But if rooting was done by fastboot boot, then I believe the device could be re-locked and you would still have your root. Until you flash some Asus official Update which would overwrite /System/bin, making SU disappear.

as for points 8 and 8a, it is possible, that you don't need to permanently flash insecure boot.img. After SU has been pushed to /System/bin, you can try simply rebooting as normal and the file should remain on System partition, which is separate from boot.img. It's quite likely, that root will remain and so no flashing would be needed at all if you want to stay on Stock ROM and just need root
Root is really all about putting SU in /System/bin folder, the rest are tricks to make it happen.

yes, I got your points I'm amending the first post. tks
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Thumbs up guys. U all did it!
5th December 2012, 04:17 PM   |  #6  
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Padfone 2 just got epic! I have been following your thread every single day schriss and ivalex. Well done and heaps of gratitude.
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After rooting,do you think its possible to flash jellybean using clockworkmod in the near future?Thanks!

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After rooting,do you think its possible to flash jellybean using clockworkmod in the near future?Thanks!

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this kind of stuff require time and testing. and as you said first we need a good CWM porting, than someone to port CM10 or a stock-modified JB when it will be available.

we'll see
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this kind of stuff require time and testing. and as you said first we need a good CWM porting, than someone to port CM10 or a stock-modified JB when it will be available.

we'll see

I think getting CWM should be very straightfoward as soon as someone dumps Recovery partition with the commands posted earlier or in the other thread. Testing it should also be simple because it can be booted like insecure boot
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A very good step for our padfone2!

4.1 is coming very soon (within Dec if Asus didn't lie on us) and unlocking at this stage may void the OTA.. (Given CWM is not avail ATM and it is uncertain how soon can the new rom.zip can be made)
even OTA can be performed, boot img is updated and need to be exploited again (with your experience I think it will be much more straight forward later on tho )

These makes me struggling whether I should unlock my padfone2 now or not..
Anyway, as said this is really a good step to our padfone2 at this stage, keep it up and I am looking forward to some point that I have no more struggle and unleash my beast at once!

Greatly appreciated!

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