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By samuel2706, Inactive Recognized Developer on 17th August 2011, 05:01 PM
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HELP AND SUPPORT

DESCRIPTION OF THIS THREAD
  • Back in 2011 I sat down and wondered what I could do to help a community that helped me so much and continues to help people everyday from bricked phones to shiny new things on their respective devices and this is what I created, with the guidance of certain moderators of course.

  • I wanted to create a thread in which any question can be asked, be it porting related or anything and we all help each other out, this has been going for a few years now and has been a huge success so I have updated the quick start guide and I will be a more ever-present force in the thread to answer any help and such that you may need, because if we all help each other this place can be a more user-friendly and more interactive place to visit.

  • Please also note you may PM me if you wish to ask anything in private, or if you feel the need to just say hello.

  • Please also note that this thread was indeed a sticky at one time however I had other commitments in 2011 (College and such) and it was removed by November 2011.


  • For donations, I would kindly ask you to donate to the Macmillan cancer care and support, however if you wish to donate to me I will donate it to the charity anyway, myself and Macmillan thank you for your support, no one should have to face cancer alone.



HERE IS A GUIDE TO GET STARTED

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE v1.0
  • Rooting - Gives you complete root system access allowing things to be done that usually would be denied.

  • S-OFF - (HTC Devices) Basically means you can flash ROM's to the SYSTEM partitions and such.

  • Write Protection - This can mean a variety of things, from a locked boot-loader to SD card access, consult your device forum for information.

  • Bricked(Soft) - Soft brick means that it can be recovered using appropriate methods found in your device forum.

  • Bricked(Hard) - Very hard to fix usually means it's beyond repair but can be fixed in certain circumstances and at a local repair dealer for your phone.

  • Kernels - The backbone of the phone, they are responsible for making everything run, the CPU, Schedulers and such are configurable using the kernel.

  • CPU0 - Different for each phone however CPU0 is usually the 1st logical processor followed by 1,2,3 for quad core phones.

  • Dual Core/Quad Core - Dual core means you get CPU0 and CPU1, Quad core means CPU0, CPU1, CPU2 and CPU3 are all available.

  • Chip-set - This is your main-board, it means what your phone is built upon.

  • Lib files - Found in /system/lib usually however this can be different, they control the software to firmware gaps on your phone, so they enable sound, camera, video; the major things live here, don't touch it unless you know what you're doing.

  • Battery Stats - These control how long your battery lasts, they are reset when you delete the file from the system however it's strongly recommended you don't delete them.

  • AOSP - Basically means the original Google Android software as a bare-bone OS.

  • Partitions - These are different for each phone and should be treated with great care for example flashing a puppy to the radio partition would be a foolish action.

  • Launchers - They change the UI of the phone, there are many out there so try them all until you find one that suits you just right.

  • Logcat - This is only useful if you have an error with your phone, it's a simple adb logcat command however I prefer to use QTADB which is a nice GUI style logct application.

  • ROM's - You flash these on phones that are able to flash Custom software, you can get many varieties however the main ones are 'Stock' the original phone OS, 'CM' which is AOSP, 'MIUI' An AOSP/AOKP style crossover mimics the iOS UI.

  • Recovery - When flashed; custom recovery allows you to make changes to the different partitions inside the phone for example flashing a custom ROM.

  • Flashing - Basically writing information to a partition or making a fool of yourself in public (the latter is not recommended due to laws)

  • Over-clocking - This means pushing your hardware beyond its manufacturers original settings, this can be useful to create a faster phone but treat it with care as you can damage phone hardware.

  • Under-clocking - This means lowering the stress on the system by making the hardware run slower than it's intended to do, great for saving battery.

  • Under-volting - This means under-volting your CPU or GPU, this can cause stability issues but on the plus side can save battery, it's all about striking a balance.

  • Benchmarking - This means to test your phone to its max and find out how it stacks up against other devices.

  • IO Schedulers- They control how the system reacts in different situations, there are different types of Schedulers available so use each until you find one suitable for you (protip: Use fiops or noop)

  • CPU Governors - They control the CPU frequencies and such for example "Performance governor" will give you constant speed, whereas "Conservative governor" will give you low speed.

  • GPU Governors - They do the same as their CPU counterparts except they control the graphical section of the hardware.

  • Radios - They control the baseband aspects of a phone (your network and such) they have different names for each device, they are very dangerous to mess around with.

  • Note:
    Updated as of 12/06/13
So what are you waiting for? Ask questions!
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I hav managed the ss number and when put in the beta f oth d par revolutionary it come from the cmd promt to root the htc evo any ideas
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I hav managed the ss number and when put in the beta f oth d par revolutionary it come from the cmd promt to root the htc evo any ideas

i didn't really understand all that, but from what i got, you want to root it? or s-off it?

try the revoluitonary.io site
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i used revolutionary cwm, loaded rmk's root zip, and wound up in a permanent bootscreen. so i flashed rmk gingersense r1 rom, and now i dont have cwm anymore. it just boots normal. wtfdid? do i need to reinstall cwm every time i flash the rom? any tips would be appreciated. total root newb if you couldn't tell.
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HELP AND SUPPORT


From now on, i shall be conducting a help session for ANYONE with any kind of problem relating to android, be it a brick or a problem with fastboot or you can't root your phone, hell we have all been there, so maybe i could help you.

it shall be


If you have any other problems or need help or even want to learn about android and become a developer then just post in the thread, i'll get back to you. ALL OF YOU.

so don't worry if i don't get back within the first hour or so, i'll help you don't worry.

I'm not doing this for my own benefit, i'm doing it for yours, i'm patient and i understand how daunting places like this must be, i felt the same way when i first joined, i was scared about rooting my phone and still get a bit scared when it doesn't boot straight away but once you know the basics things just flow to you

i want to help you, help yourselves. so drop by with any questions about android, i'm going to be there from the moment this is posted

i have an inspire 4g with gingerbread i want to root it and put coredroid in it i tried bubbys method and also the hack it kit and both did not root my device i live in india and my inspire is carrier unlocked please suggest me a simple method to root my phone
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i have an inspire 4g with gingerbread i want to root it and put coredroid in it i tried bubbys method and also the hack it kit and both did not root my device i live in india and my inspire is carrier unlocked please suggest me a simple method to root my phone


This should work

i know you said you had tried it but try again, DO everything as it says, even if it's as simple as case sensitive names..
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Do you know any methods of rooting 2.3.4? The device I'm looking to root is a Kyocera Echo running GB 2.3.4. Gingerbreak, SuperOneClick, and z4root (lol), have all failed in rooting the device.
As far as I know, there's no locked bootloaders or anything that should be in the way except for no recovery. The Echo has fastboot if there's actually a method of rooting through there.

Thanks.
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just tried it not working after some time it says device connected do u think coredroid is worth all the trouble?
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Do you know any methods of rooting 2.3.4? The device I'm looking to root is a Kyocera Echo running GB 2.3.4. Gingerbreak, SuperOneClick, and z4root (lol), have all failed in rooting the device.
As far as I know, there's no locked bootloaders or anything that should be in the way except for no recovery. The Echo has fastboot if there's actually a method of rooting through there.

Thanks.

Z4ROOT is apparently said to work, there isn't a lot on the forums for this device but i will keep my eyes peeled and PM you when i find something out
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just tried it not working after some time it says device connected do u think coredroid is worth all the trouble?

do you have the drivers installed? download the SDK and install the drivers pal
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Z4ROOT is apparently said to work, there isn't a lot on the forums for this device but i will keep my eyes peeled and PM you when i find something out

That was probably for Froyo but maybe it does. I'm thinking if someone could get a custom recovery working, we could root it by just flashing Superuser.

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