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How to root + recovery your Minix Neo X5 without a Comp

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By Artimis, Senior Member on 11th April 2013, 09:07 AM
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This is for everyone that wants to easily root and install CWM on their Neo X5 without having to go through the hassle of hooking it up to a computer and downloading/installing 3rd party tools + drivers. So far, every tutorial I've come across suggests using a comp must be done so I thought it would be a good idea to write up how I accomplished this without all that hassle.

All steps below can be done directly from the device itself -- all you need is a file explorer and browser of your choice:

1) Download CWM for the Neo X5 here: http://androtab.info/clockworkmod/rockchip/rk3066/
2) Download a CWM compatible pre-rooted ROM of your choice. Top contenders are:
a) Finless 1.2b: http://www.freaktab.com/showthread.p...CWM-Minix-Roms
b) Kirk out v1.6: http://minixforums.com/threads/rom-k...117-v-1-6.313/
3) Using a file explorer of your choice, move the CWM recovery zip that you just downloaded in Step#1 to the root of your /sdcard directory and rename it "update.zip"

4) You should now automatically be prompted to install the update using the system's stock updater process -- Accept the update.

5) Your system should automatically install the update and should automatically boot into CWM when done.
5a) (Optional) Once in recovery you can make a nandroid backup of your current stock rom.

6) Using CWM, use the options to install a zip for /sdcard and select the zip for the ROM you downloaded in Step#2

7) After installation is done, go back to the main CWM menu. Select "Wipe Cache" and then:
7a) Recommended: "Wipe Data". This will wipe all your apps and settings but ensure that it is a clean install.
or
7b) "Advanced -> Wipe Dalvik Cache". This will preserve your data and is known as a dirty flash. It should work but there is always a risk of a bootloop upon reboot.
8) Reboot the system and enjoy. You should now be rooted with CWM installed.



Credits:
- Finless Bob and onelovekir for their ROMs
- leolas for his tutorial on how to create a flashable CWM zip
- petrus for applying leolas' tutorial to the Finless 1.2b rom so I wouldn't have to
- _fun for porting CWM to the Neo X5
- Minix for creating an awesome device
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15th April 2013, 10:19 AM |#2  
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In step 3 is the location the internal sd card or the external as I have been using the external sd card without success. On the pre installed explorer app the internal storage is called Flash so is this where I put it
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16th April 2013, 06:51 AM |#3  
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In step 3 is the location the internal sd card or the external as I have been using the external sd card without success. On the pre installed explorer app the internal storage is called Flash so is this where I put it

Internal sdcard (which should be labeled as /mnt/sdcard)

It won't work on the external card
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7th May 2013, 03:52 AM |#4  
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Boot problem.
I might have screwed my Neo G4.
Please help me.
I booted into CWM, and made a backup of my original firmware.
Then i formated system, cache and data, and wiped data/factory, cache and dalvick.
i tried to install a custom rom, but the instalation was aborted.
When i rebooted mi Neo G4, it never boot, only black screen.
How do i boot into CWM now?
I need that to restore the backup i made.
It is posible to build a bootable SD card for this device?
Thank you!
7th May 2013, 05:28 AM |#5  
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Originally Posted by tweetycontrabajo

I might have screwed my Neo G4.
Please help me.
I booted into CWM, and made a backup of my original firmware.
Then i formated system, cache and data, and wiped data/factory, cache and dalvick.
i tried to install a custom rom, but the instalation was aborted.
When i rebooted mi Neo G4, it never boot, only black screen.
How do i boot into CWM now?
I need that to restore the backup i made.
It is posible to build a bootable SD card for this device?
Thank you!

Here is something to consider. In this post on RockChip RK30 Common Bug - External SDcard Corruption! where finless bob talks about *writing* to the external SD card causing corruptions. But, I am wondering about this:

Format your sdcard using windows as FAT32 and copy the recovery update.zip to the root directory using windows or other. Then after you insert in the Neo G4 you will not be *writing* so you should not experience noted corruption attempting a recovery by only *reading* the files.

I read the OP comment that booting does not work from external sdcard. So, I am researching this now on my devices.

But, I do not know how to boot the device into recovery from black screen. Good luck with your research.
7th May 2013, 05:43 AM |#6  
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If i had only restored my backup before i rebooted.
I hope TVE bootable sdcard work.
Thanks anyway.
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7th May 2013, 05:49 AM |#7  
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Originally Posted by tweetycontrabajo

If i had only restored my backup before i rebooted.
I hope TVE bootable sdcard work.
Thanks anyway.
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I just read this thread and one guy says you get recovery by holding a pin in reset and plugging in power. I do not know, but you can try.

Good luck.
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7th May 2013, 06:11 AM |#8  
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Originally Posted by tweetycontrabajo

I might have screwed my Neo G4.
Please help me.
I booted into CWM, and made a backup of my original firmware.
Then i formated system, cache and data, and wiped data/factory, cache and dalvick.
i tried to install a custom rom, but the instalation was aborted.
When i rebooted mi Neo G4, it never boot, only black screen.
How do i boot into CWM now?
I need that to restore the backup i made.
It is posible to build a bootable SD card for this device?
Thank you!

Holding the reset pin while powering up should boot you into recovery so you can restore your backup (or install a ROM after redownloading and verifying the MD5)
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7th May 2013, 06:39 AM |#9  
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If all that fails, I just read this interesting post.

Okay. I'm done now. LOL
7th May 2013, 06:47 AM |#10  
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OMG es working!
Restoring now!
Thank you so muchos guys.
I can't wait to try custom roms.
Can i flash x5 roms un my g4?
Where can i find custom roms? I want to try pi****u.

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7th May 2013, 04:57 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by tweetycontrabajo

OMG es working!
Restoring now!
Thank you so muchos guys.
I can't wait to try custom roms.
Can i flash x5 roms un my g4?
Where can i find custom roms? I want to try pi****u.

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There is a version of the Kirkout ROM for the G4: http://minixforums.com/threads/rom-k...117-v-1-6.313/

I believe someone made an unofficial version port of the Finless ROM for the G4 as well on the same site. It is not officially supported though. I've been pretty happy with the Kirkout ROM on my X5 so I would suggest giving it a whirl.
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