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[Q] Problems Rooting SPH-L520 with Kies/Kingo

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10th February 2014, 01:54 PM   |  #1  
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I would like to root my SPH-L520 so I can flash it to Boost Mobile as a replacement for my long-in-the-tooth TP2. To do this, I followed a guide I found on andromods.com entitled "How to root Sprint Galaxy S4 mini (SPH-L520) running latest software version from OTA" (sorry, I don't have the permissions needed to post the link). My first step was to establish a USB connection between my SPH-L520 and my PC (Windows 7). You use Kies for that, right? Well, Kies would recognize that there was a SPH-L520 connected, but it wouldn't actually connect to it. It just kept saying “connecting” for half an hour. So I shot-off a support request to Samsung asking for the appropriate drivers for my phone (none are listed on the webpage for the device) and Samsung said there aren't any drivers for the SPH-L520. Kies does connect my SPH-L520 and my PC via WiFi, though, so I thought I’d try to go ahead and run the Kingo rooting program. So I enabled Developer Mode (by tapping on “Build Number” several times) and enabled USB Debugging and ran Kingo. Kingo connected but saw my Samsung device as being in “Normal Mode” (I’m guessing it should have said “Developer Mode”?). I went ahead and clicked on the "ROOT" button and my phone failed to root. I tried it several times and it failed every time. Phone stats are below. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Model number: SPH-L520
Android version: 4.2.2
Baseband version: L520VPUAMK2
Kernel version: 3.4.0-2054908
Build number: JDQ39.L520VPUAMK2
12th February 2014, 03:06 PM   |  #2  
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Any suggestions out there on how I can root my SPH-L520?
15th February 2014, 10:19 AM   |  #3  
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20th February 2014, 12:57 PM   |  #5  
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I have the s4 mini lte for sprint and rooted the phone with Kingo and didn't have any problems at all. However, I can't find ANY custom roms that are compatible with it due to the phone being fairly new. So yea, I've been impatiently waiting for a custom rom to download. If anyone knows where I can find one that doesn't have a ton of bugs, please let me know. Thanks
21st February 2014, 12:13 PM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by Butch31918

I have the s4 mini lte for sprint and rooted the phone with Kingo and didn't have any problems at all. However, I can't find ANY custom roms that are compatible with it due to the phone being fairly new. So yea, I've been impatiently waiting for a custom rom to download. If anyone knows where I can find one that doesn't have a ton of bugs, please let me know. Thanks

How did you connect your phone to your computer so you could run Kingo? Did you use Kies or another program? For me, the Kingo program may work fine, but I won't know until I can get Kies to connect.
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Problems Rooting SPH-L520 with Kies/Kingo
It finally rooted on the umpteenth try. I believe I disconnected/closed Kies and then ran Kingo and it worked. Now to find a good, easy way to flash it to Boost. Any advice on that would be appreciated.
25th February 2014, 08:08 AM   |  #8  
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Originally Posted by foncall

It finally rooted on the umpteenth try. I believe I disconnected/closed Kies and then ran Kingo and it worked. Now to find a good, easy way to flash it to Boost. Any advice on that would be appreciated.

I'd also be really interested in this as well. Well flashing it too anything. I've been searching for HOURS. and have tried to get the MSL with no luck in any shape or form.

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