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By squide, Senior Member on 3rd December 2011, 03:20 AM
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## All credit given to sanix from gfan forum ##

=======================NOTICE===================== ============
All your current settings and apps will be gone after flashing a ROOT rom, only the content within Internal SD will be kept, so backup somewhere first.
If you must keep your current apps and settings.. read post #12
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You need a Linux environment to do the following... (read #2 if you know windows only)

1. First of All, download the latest ROM from Huawei official site..
http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwid...ctId=3779&tb=0

2. Unzip it, you'll have a folder "dload"
3. Extract the file" system.img.ext4" from the Update.zip
4. Copy the "system.img.ext4" into your Linux Environment..

5. mount the image file like these...
#mkdir /mnt/tmp
#mount -o loop system.img.ext4 /mnt/tmp

6. put the "superuser" binary into the path /mnt/tmp/xbin
#cp su /mnt/tmp/xbin

7. Assgin the correct permission to the su binary
#chmod 6755 /mnt/tmp/xbin/su

8. Unmount the path and copy the system.img.ext4 into the original Update.zip
#umount /mnt/tmp

9. Put the "dload" folder into the root directory of a Micro-SD
10. Power Up your mediapad, when it vibrates, press and hold Volume Down until you see the Android icon, and it will try to flash the new ROM.

11. After everything is done, Look for Super User from Market, you'll see.
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3rd December 2011, 03:22 AM |#2  
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Huawei MediaPad Root, skipping Linux Steps..
The whole thread is here... http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=19931693

=======================NOTICE===================== ============
All your current settings and apps will be gone after flashing a ROOT rom, only the content within Internal SD will be kept, so backup somewhere first.
If you must keep your current apps and settings.. read post #12
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1. Download the latest ROM from Huawei official site..
http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwid...ctId=3779&tb=0

2. Download a "system.img.ext4" file which already contain the su binary
OLD: http://www.multiupload.com/0WPLQILCGH (114.73MB) (from ROM dated 26 Nov 2011)
NEW: http://www.multiupload.com/OV7QJ27TGT (118.26MB) (from ROM dated 9 JAN 2012 )

!!! ALL I did to these files was putting the su binary, nothing else I have modify.
!!! If you still feel unsafe, just follow how I did in post #1 by yourself

3. Replace the "system.img.ext4" file in update.zip from Huawei with the one you downloaded in step 2.

4. Copy the "dload" folder into the root directionary of the micro-SD
the folder should contain "unlmt.cfg" and "update.zip"

5. Power off your mediapad, insert the micro-SD then Power ON again.

6. Follow the screen, when it finish.. remove the micro-SD

7. Look for the SuperUser app from android market, DONE.

You have the latest ROM with root now.

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Alternate TRICKY METHOD:
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Flashing only the "system.img.ext4" into your mediapad directly via fastboot would kept your current DATA and Apps untouched.

NOT recommended for production, as Huawei updates things other than the system, so flashing only the "system.img.ext4" may lose those updates !

BUT this method could give you a chance to make a backup via titanium before flashing the new ROM completely.

To activate fastboot mode of mediapad..
1. Power OFF, and connect your mediapad to your Computer with USB cable.

2. Power ON the mediapad with Volume Up button pressed and hold until your computer sense it. (install the correct driver..)

3. Put all fastboot files(attached below as zip) and the "system.img.ext4" in the same folder.

4. Open up a DOS promp, go to the path you have those files and type...
fastboot flash system system.img.ext4

5. Check your mediapad, when it done reboot your mediapad.. DONE


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8th December 2011, 07:36 AM |#3  
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With root access, do you know if it causes any problems to uninstall some bloatware (i.e, blockbuster app, Lets Golf 2, Blio, Qello, etc)?

Also, are there any ROMs available for the Springboard/mediapad?
10th December 2011, 01:42 PM |#4  
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some tips:
1) some distribution of linux may have "read-only filesystem" problem when cp su to mounted system.img.ext4. try it on older linux kernel distribution.
fedora16,ubuntu 11,mint 12.. have this problem.but fedora13,mint 10 is ok.
11th December 2011, 09:27 PM |#5  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by squide

The whole thread is here... http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=19931693

For lazy guys..
Here's the product of all the linux steps...
http://www.multiupload.com/0WPLQILCGH (114.73MB)

(I was using the official ROM dated 26 November..
and Put the su binary Together the superuser app into the system directory.
nothing else I have done to the ROM..)

Flash the system.img.ext4 into your mediapad directly via fastboot

to activate the fastboot mode of mediapad..
1. Connect your mediapad to your Computer with USB cable
2. Power up the mediapad with Volume Up button press and hold until your computer sense it and install the correct driver for it.

3. Direct flash your mediapad like this..
fastboot flash system.img.ext4

then, reboot your mediapad..
you'll have your current user apps un-touched, while you have the latest system. enjoy~!

Hui, thank you very much for this. I think there's something missing in the command. Is it "fastboot flash system system.img.ext4"?

regards,
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12th December 2011, 01:53 AM |#6  
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Hui, thank you very much for this. I think there's something missing in the command. Is it "fastboot flash system system.img.ext4"?

regards,

copy dload folder with update.zip(include system.img.ext4) to external sd card to update firmware is ok too.
27th December 2011, 05:41 AM |#7  
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ABout the rooting methrd in windows
Dear Sir -Thanks Meter 0

Im just a new comer for these kind android tablet... i buy huawei mediyapad and i need to root it,............ i canto understand windows steps and if you can plz Gide me step by step...

my e mail adders is thanuj-81@hotmail.com

plz im looking forward quick replay....
5th January 2012, 07:15 AM |#8  
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Rooting Media Pad - Windows
Hello,

I try to follow the guide using Windows, it doesnt work, can you double check and repost it, maybe if possible, with screen shot as well...

Thanks in advance, all the best...
8th January 2012, 06:21 PM |#9  
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I am new in rooting too and i was looking for some tutors on youtube but i didnt find anything.. so i please you dear sir can you help me how to root Mediapad s7 ? Step by step? My e-mail is gorax@azet.sk thx alot!
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10th January 2012, 08:13 AM |#10  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by squide

For lazy guys..

Please make SU image with 016 firmware

Thanks!
12th January 2012, 12:56 AM |#11  
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already done for c232b16
chk this link http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...3&postcount=33

thanks to jipjoy
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