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By bchzmlsn, Junior Member on 29th August 2014, 01:15 PM
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In this thread I would like to gather all information about custom roms, recoveries, kernels and root methods suitable for the Samsung Galaxy Core LTE SM-G386F, so that people don't have to look up every single thread in order to find (or, which is true in most of the cases, to not find) their desired solutions. Also this may get developers interested which would be good since there is nearly no developing going on at the moment. It would be very kind of the mods if they'd made this thread a sticky so that everybody can easily access the information.



DEVICE SPECIFICATIONS

Display - PLS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors; 540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches (~245 ppi pixel density)
Internal Memory - 8 GB, 1 GB RAM
Connectivity - GPRS; EDGE; HSPA; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP; NFC;
Camera - Back: 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash; Front: 0,3 MP
CPU - Renesas MP5232 dual-core SoC (1,2 GHz)
Graphics Chip - PowerVR SGX544
Sensors - Accelerometer, proximity, compass
GPS - with A-GPS, GLONASS

LATEST STOCK ROM

Android OS, v4.2.2
Release date: August 2014
Country: Italy
PDA: G386FXWUANG1
CSC: G386FITVANH1
Download: http://rapidgator.net/file/6a9315a96...95652.zip.html

HOW TO ROOT

First of all: I am NOT responsible for any damage the following guides may do to your phones. Use them at your own risk! If you don't know what you're doing - stop! You have been warned.

Currently there is only one working root method (thanks to freb123 for letting me know!).
Root via Chimera tool

EDIT: You can now manually root your devices!
The necessary files can be downloaded from here: sendbox.fr/pro/yagmbf4ke22i/g386froot.zip.html (thanks to freb123 again for providing us with the files! )
These files can be flashed through ODIN and/or adb. The only thing you need to do is to change the file extension from .md5 to .tar (thanks to mstefanski1987 for figuring that out!)
Note: You still need to install supersu from Google Play after flashing.

Again: Use this at your own risk and only if you're completely aware of what you're doing.


Download ODIN 3.07: http://www.mediafire.com/download/kh...inguero_d+.rar
Download Samsung USB driver: http://developer.samsung.com/board/d...hId=0000000001

Requirements - Computer running Windows XP or above; Chimera Tool: https://chimeratool.com/application/142; All-in-one driver package: https://pics.chimeratool.com/drivers/chimera_drivers.exe; USB debugging enabled in phone

1. Download the linked packages
2. Install the drivers first and the program itself afterwards
3. Launch chimera tool
4. You will have to log in in order to proceed. To do so you'll need to sign up for a free chimera account here: https://chimeratool.com/register (this account expires after three days)
5. Connect your phone via USB with USB debugging enabled
6. If the phone is recognized correctly, the program will display your device model and five options (Info, Repair, Root/Unroot, Firmware Update and Factory Unlock)
7. Click "Root/Unroot"
8. The rooting process is automated so everything from 7. on should happen automatically. However, the program prompted me to manually enter download mode. If that's the case, simply disconnect your phone from USB, turn it off and enter download mode by following the on-screen instructions. After entering download mode reconnect your phone via USB and rooting should finish.
9. Since the program does NOT install supersu, you'll have to manually install it via Google Play.
10. That's it - your device is rooted!


CUSTOM ROMS & KERNELS

None yet

CUSTOM RECOVERY (TWRP,CWM)

None yet



Note: This thread will be updated as soon as I receive new information about the listed sections. If there is anything you wish to add or contribute (I'd love you to do that, believe me ) feel free to comment!
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File Type: zip g386froot.zip - [Click for QR Code] (15.37 MB, 31547 views)
File Type: rar Odin 3.07 BY taringuero_d .rar - [Click for QR Code] (395.7 KB, 6464 views)
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29th August 2014, 06:39 PM |#2  
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Thx for this thread.

Could we use the root.tar.md5 downloaded by chimera and root directly with adb or odin ?
29th August 2014, 07:02 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by freb123

Thx for this thread.

Could we use the root.tar.md5 downloaded by chimera and root directly with adb or odin ?

It should work, I'll give it a try when I'm on my Windows PC and report back.

Btw: You can also use the thanks-button if you want to thank me
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29th August 2014, 07:10 PM |#4  
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Thx for this thread, my Core LTE will appreciate
30th August 2014, 06:25 PM |#5  
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Thx for this thread.

Could we use the root.tar.md5 downloaded by chimera and root directly with adb or odin ?

Do you know where chimera tool puts the downloaded files? I can't seem to find them.
If they can be taken from any directory, flashing via ODIN or adb should be no problem, since that's what the tool does as well.
30th August 2014, 08:14 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by bchzmlsn

Do you know where chimera tool puts the downloaded files? I can't seem to find them.
If they can be taken from any directory, flashing via ODIN or adb should be no problem, since that's what the tool does as well.

Yes, in the directory where you launh chimera (/backup/gm-386), but files are deleted after root. You can get them just after chimera asks you to put the phone off.
If you are already rooted, you need to unroot your phone to see them again ! (voodoo ota root keeper can help you...)

I send you the link to the file in PM (can't include a link, not enough posts in the forum).
sendbox.fr/pro/yagmbf4ke22i/g386froot.zip.html
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31st August 2014, 03:00 AM |#7  
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Originally Posted by freb123

Yes, in the directory where you launh chimera (/backup/gm-386), but files are deleted after root. You can get them just after chimera asks you to put the phone off.
If you are already rooted, you need to unroot your phone to see them again ! (voodoo ota root keeper can help you...)

I send you the link to the file in PM (can't include a link, not enough posts in the forum).
sendbox.fr/pro/yagmbf4ke22i/g386froot.zip.html

Thank you!
I've updated the initial post and attached the files.
1st September 2014, 12:48 PM |#8  
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When i try to use attached file with Odin 3.07 I get this:

Code:
<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
<OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
<OSM> Please wait..
<OSM> MD5 hash value is invalid
<OSM> sm-g386f_root.tar.md5 is invalid.
<OSM> End...
What am I doing wrong?

I am trying to get root so I can dump recovery image and start working on it. Any help is appreciated.

EDIT:

Figured it out, I had to change extension from .tar.md5 to .tar.
MANUAL ROOT METHOD IS WORKING.

EDIT 2:

I've added CWM to builder queue: builder-clockworkmod-com/done?build_id=16f0aab3c75f41c0a46f1aa4fdb4b407
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There is a recovery.img file in the archive (open the .tar with winrar).
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it made my day, can confirm that manual root works
2nd September 2014, 05:28 AM |#11  
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By uploading this file I can void some flag or triangle or it is with samsung signature ?

PS I know root is nonlegal
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