[GUIDE] [UPD][12.dec.12] [TOOLS available] How to Unlock/Root your padfone 2 A68

Search This thread

Ivalex

Senior Member
Nov 19, 2009
111
95
Hello folks,

just wanted to share with you the subject. I'm not a developer, so I cannot go too deeply in the procedure below. what I can ensure is that is working on my personal device, Padfone 2 model A68, bought in Italy with stock firmware IMM76I.WWE_9.8.8.55-0.

DISCLAIMER

should you decide to go for it, remember, I'm just a simple user willing to share a procedure that worked for him, I'm not a smartphone OEM... Accordingly:

I'll not be held responsible if you brick, melt, destroy your device, by following the below procedure... you are the solely and ultimate responsible of your actions and your property.
if after you unlock or root your phone you need to lock it back, or put it in a Virgin "out-of-the-box" state.... cannot help. consider this procedure irreversible.

If you understand the above and concur, well, you can go for the below procedure. otherwise you're kindly requested to stop reading here and NOT continue. tks a lot.



Backgroung
the rooting method is quite straight-forward, getting a stock boot.img and manipulate its ramdisk so that the device can then boot insecure.

Credits
A HUGE thanks to Schriss for his strong support in letting me understand what I was doin on my device:good:

And also a thanks to ChainFire and his insecure adbd (here)

WHAT YOU NEED

1. a padfone 2 with more than 70% battery available, and the above firmware installed (you might wanna try also if your device has different firmware, but I cannot garantee on the results you'll get.

2. this INSECURE ICS boot.img

OR

2a this insecure JB boot.img

OR

2b. you might wanna try this TW JB boot.img from TW JB

3. a valid ADB and FASTBOOT package (lots available within XDA, or already available if you have andorid SDK installed from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html)

4. a valid "su" binary, again you can find it in XDA or attached to this post.

5. Valid usb drivers (see mama ASUS website)

6. the infamous "UnLock.apk" (again kindly provided by ASUS)

ONE CLICK procedure (script based) kindly provided by Padfone.cl

here

OR

STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE (MS WINDOWS OS Only)

0. place all of the files (boot.img, adb and fastboot exe's, SU binary) in one folder of your pc and open a cmd session in it.

1. install drivers at point 5 above

2. Unlock your bootloader: install the apk at point 6. above follows all the instructions to get a bootloader unlocked

3. once done the phone can be put in FASTBOOT mode (black screen with "Fastboot MODE !!!" and ASUS LOGO) , with one of the two methods below.

3a. power off device. then push and hold power on + vol up.

3b. if your device is connected to your pc, verify it is in debug mode (under setup/development) and run "adb reboot-bootloader"

4. if not already done connect the device to your pc and wait the drivers selfconfiguring

5. check if fastboot.exe see your device, type in cmd "fastboot devices", if nothing is shown means you're missing drivers, or using a bad fastboot exe.

6. check if your device boots with the insecure img at point 2. of what-you-need list. type in cmd "fastboot boot boot.img"

6a. if it reboots normally... CONGRATS your device is ok with my boot.img and you can root your phone

6b. if it goes into bootloop or bootlock or in QHUSB_DLOAD state, well sorry you cannot go ahead. just push and hold power on your device. it will reboot using its boot.img Sorry no root for you

7. if you're lucky and you get 6a response, you can now ROOT your device

7a. in cmd session type the below

adb remount (system answer "remount succeded" that's a confirmation you can act as superuser)

adb push su /system/bin/

adb shell

chmod 06755 /system/bin/su

type exit, to get off the adb shell.

7b. Collect superuser.apk at the end of this post and place it in same folders of adb.

In cmd session type

"adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

adb shell chmod 06755 /system/app/Superuser.apk"

IF YOU JUST WANT YOUR DEVICE ROOTED PROCEDURE STOPS HERE FOLLOWING IS JUST an ADDED-ON

8. OPTIONAL just in case you want to keep the insecure adbd onboard, not necessary to mantain root condition.

8a. put the device in FASTBOOT mode as above and type in cmd "fastboot flash boot boot.img", this just overwrite your stock boot.img:cowboy: and inoculate the insecure boot.img in your device on a stable basis.

guess it's all.

let me know if it's working for you gentlemen, and remember the disclaimer above and in general just make sure you always know what you're doin... I'll post the boot.img file shortly during today.
 

Attachments

  • Superuser_3.1.3.apk.zip
    899.8 KB · Views: 2,198
  • su.zip
    265.3 KB · Views: 1,819
Last edited:

schriss

Senior Member
Feb 6, 2006
1,447
123
Dublin
Hi,
Thanks for a guide, that should make it very easy for Padfone 2 users to get root :D
Disclaimer mentions going back to Stock and relocking - this would need a separate Guide with disclaimers because it's a little dangerous IF you have flashed anything non-stock into Boot partition and then re-locked. But if rooting was done by fastboot boot, then I believe the device could be re-locked and you would still have your root. Until you flash some Asus official Update which would overwrite /System/bin, making SU disappear.

as for points 8 and 8a, it is possible, that you don't need to permanently flash insecure boot.img. After SU has been pushed to /System/bin, you can try simply rebooting as normal and the file should remain on System partition, which is separate from boot.img. It's quite likely, that root will remain and so no flashing would be needed at all if you want to stay on Stock ROM and just need root :)
Root is really all about putting SU in /System/bin folder, the rest are tricks to make it happen.
 

Ivalex

Senior Member
Nov 19, 2009
111
95
Hi,
Thanks for a guide, that should make it very easy for Padfone 2 users to get root :D
Disclaimer mentions going back to Stock and relocking - this would need a separate Guide with disclaimers because it's a little dangerous IF you have flashed anything non-stock into Boot partition and then re-locked. But if rooting was done by fastboot boot, then I believe the device could be re-locked and you would still have your root. Until you flash some Asus official Update which would overwrite /System/bin, making SU disappear.

as for points 8 and 8a, it is possible, that you don't need to permanently flash insecure boot.img. After SU has been pushed to /System/bin, you can try simply rebooting as normal and the file should remain on System partition, which is separate from boot.img. It's quite likely, that root will remain and so no flashing would be needed at all if you want to stay on Stock ROM and just need root :)
Root is really all about putting SU in /System/bin folder, the rest are tricks to make it happen.

yes, I got your points I'm amending the first post. tks
 

Scarletdeath

Member
Dec 5, 2012
18
2
After rooting,do you think its possible to flash jellybean using clockworkmod in the near future?Thanks!

Sent from my PadFone 2 using xda app-developers app
 

Ivalex

Senior Member
Nov 19, 2009
111
95
After rooting,do you think its possible to flash jellybean using clockworkmod in the near future?Thanks!

Sent from my PadFone 2 using xda app-developers app

this kind of stuff require time and testing. and as you said first we need a good CWM porting, than someone to port CM10 or a stock-modified JB when it will be available.

we'll see
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scarletdeath

schriss

Senior Member
Feb 6, 2006
1,447
123
Dublin
this kind of stuff require time and testing. and as you said first we need a good CWM porting, than someone to port CM10 or a stock-modified JB when it will be available.

we'll see

I think getting CWM should be very straightfoward as soon as someone dumps Recovery partition with the commands posted earlier or in the other thread. Testing it should also be simple because it can be booted like insecure boot :victory:
 

kahei036

Senior Member
Oct 9, 2010
168
34
A very good step for our padfone2!

4.1 is coming very soon (within Dec if Asus didn't lie on us) and unlocking at this stage may void the OTA.. (Given CWM is not avail ATM and it is uncertain how soon can the new rom.zip can be made)
even OTA can be performed, boot img is updated and need to be exploited again (with your experience I think it will be much more straight forward later on tho :D)

These makes me struggling whether I should unlock my padfone2 now or not..
Anyway, as said this is really a good step to our padfone2 at this stage, keep it up and I am looking forward to some point that I have no more struggle and unleash my beast at once!

Greatly appreciated! :good::good:
 

turtle76

Member
Dec 22, 2008
28
2
Hmmm I keep failing at the last step 7b. Keep getting err msg that installation failed when SuperSU tried to update the binary. On WWE stock now and have tried various SU binaries all with same results....

Any suggestions?
 

schriss

Senior Member
Feb 6, 2006
1,447
123
Dublin
A very good step for our padfone2!

4.1 is coming very soon (within Dec if Asus didn't lie on us) and unlocking at this stage may void the OTA.. (Given CWM is not avail ATM and it is uncertain how soon can the new rom.zip can be made)
even OTA can be performed, boot img is updated and need to be exploited again (with your experience I think it will be much more straight forward later on tho :D)

These makes me struggling whether I should unlock my padfone2 now or not..
Anyway, as said this is really a good step to our padfone2 at this stage, keep it up and I am looking forward to some point that I have no more struggle and unleash my beast at once!

Greatly appreciated! :good::good:

I'm pretty sure that unlocked Padfone 2 can be relocked with fastboot command just like for example HTC One X. Then it would be possible to use Asus OTA updates.
But I also think Asus OTA could be flashed with CWM. Then, same insecure rooting story starts over.

---------- Post added at 05:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:17 PM ----------

Hmmm I keep failing at the last step 7b. Keep getting err msg that installation failed when SuperSU tried to update the binary. On WWE stock now and have tried various SU binaries all with same results....

Any suggestions?

So you installed SuperSU, then rebooted just to be sure and then tried updating?
Anyway, in case of such problems, I think we could push latest SuperSU.apk and other files same way as SU, we just push them to /System/app folder where all apk belong, then reboot.
 

turtle76

Member
Dec 22, 2008
28
2
I'm pretty sure that unlocked Padfone 2 can be relocked with fastboot command just like for example HTC One X. Then it would be possible to use Asus OTA updates.
But I also think Asus OTA could be flashed with CWM. Then, same insecure rooting story starts over.

---------- Post added at 05:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:17 PM ----------



So you installed SuperSU, then rebooted just to be sure and then tried updating?
Anyway, in case of such problems, I think we could push latest SuperSU.apk and other files same way as SU, we just push them to /System/app folder where all apk belong, then reboot.

Worked finally :D Thks for the advice pal :eek:
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ivalex

gilani7

Member
Nov 25, 2012
22
6
Great news

The only thing I was waiting for before deciding on buying this device was to see how well its supported by this community. Thanks guys, may be finally time to let my good ol HTC HD2 rest now
 

RagnarokRO

Member
Dec 27, 2008
19
4
Great work Padfone 2 community!

Would like to know if anyone has tried this on the IMM761.TW_9.8.8.55-0 firmware?
Did it work?
 
Last edited:

Burley1

Senior Member
Nov 20, 2010
85
20
I guess I am stupid because I can't get anything to work.

downloaded everything

but I can't make any commands work

I open the cmd and don't know if the " are suppose to be there or not and nothing works
 

kahei036

Senior Member
Oct 9, 2010
168
34
I guess I am stupid because I can't get anything to work.

downloaded everything

but I can't make any commands work

I open the cmd and don't know if the " are suppose to be there or not and nothing works

Have you switched to the folder that contains fastboot and those stuffs in command prompt?
 

Top Liked Posts

  • There are no posts matching your filters.
  • 32
    Hello folks,

    just wanted to share with you the subject. I'm not a developer, so I cannot go too deeply in the procedure below. what I can ensure is that is working on my personal device, Padfone 2 model A68, bought in Italy with stock firmware IMM76I.WWE_9.8.8.55-0.

    DISCLAIMER

    should you decide to go for it, remember, I'm just a simple user willing to share a procedure that worked for him, I'm not a smartphone OEM... Accordingly:

    I'll not be held responsible if you brick, melt, destroy your device, by following the below procedure... you are the solely and ultimate responsible of your actions and your property.
    if after you unlock or root your phone you need to lock it back, or put it in a Virgin "out-of-the-box" state.... cannot help. consider this procedure irreversible.

    If you understand the above and concur, well, you can go for the below procedure. otherwise you're kindly requested to stop reading here and NOT continue. tks a lot.



    Backgroung
    the rooting method is quite straight-forward, getting a stock boot.img and manipulate its ramdisk so that the device can then boot insecure.

    Credits
    A HUGE thanks to Schriss for his strong support in letting me understand what I was doin on my device:good:

    And also a thanks to ChainFire and his insecure adbd (here)

    WHAT YOU NEED

    1. a padfone 2 with more than 70% battery available, and the above firmware installed (you might wanna try also if your device has different firmware, but I cannot garantee on the results you'll get.

    2. this INSECURE ICS boot.img

    OR

    2a this insecure JB boot.img

    OR

    2b. you might wanna try this TW JB boot.img from TW JB

    3. a valid ADB and FASTBOOT package (lots available within XDA, or already available if you have andorid SDK installed from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html)

    4. a valid "su" binary, again you can find it in XDA or attached to this post.

    5. Valid usb drivers (see mama ASUS website)

    6. the infamous "UnLock.apk" (again kindly provided by ASUS)

    ONE CLICK procedure (script based) kindly provided by Padfone.cl

    here

    OR

    STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE (MS WINDOWS OS Only)

    0. place all of the files (boot.img, adb and fastboot exe's, SU binary) in one folder of your pc and open a cmd session in it.

    1. install drivers at point 5 above

    2. Unlock your bootloader: install the apk at point 6. above follows all the instructions to get a bootloader unlocked

    3. once done the phone can be put in FASTBOOT mode (black screen with "Fastboot MODE !!!" and ASUS LOGO) , with one of the two methods below.

    3a. power off device. then push and hold power on + vol up.

    3b. if your device is connected to your pc, verify it is in debug mode (under setup/development) and run "adb reboot-bootloader"

    4. if not already done connect the device to your pc and wait the drivers selfconfiguring

    5. check if fastboot.exe see your device, type in cmd "fastboot devices", if nothing is shown means you're missing drivers, or using a bad fastboot exe.

    6. check if your device boots with the insecure img at point 2. of what-you-need list. type in cmd "fastboot boot boot.img"

    6a. if it reboots normally... CONGRATS your device is ok with my boot.img and you can root your phone

    6b. if it goes into bootloop or bootlock or in QHUSB_DLOAD state, well sorry you cannot go ahead. just push and hold power on your device. it will reboot using its boot.img Sorry no root for you

    7. if you're lucky and you get 6a response, you can now ROOT your device

    7a. in cmd session type the below

    adb remount (system answer "remount succeded" that's a confirmation you can act as superuser)

    adb push su /system/bin/

    adb shell

    chmod 06755 /system/bin/su

    type exit, to get off the adb shell.

    7b. Collect superuser.apk at the end of this post and place it in same folders of adb.

    In cmd session type

    "adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

    adb shell chmod 06755 /system/app/Superuser.apk"

    IF YOU JUST WANT YOUR DEVICE ROOTED PROCEDURE STOPS HERE FOLLOWING IS JUST an ADDED-ON

    8. OPTIONAL just in case you want to keep the insecure adbd onboard, not necessary to mantain root condition.

    8a. put the device in FASTBOOT mode as above and type in cmd "fastboot flash boot boot.img", this just overwrite your stock boot.img:cowboy: and inoculate the insecure boot.img in your device on a stable basis.

    guess it's all.

    let me know if it's working for you gentlemen, and remember the disclaimer above and in general just make sure you always know what you're doin... I'll post the boot.img file shortly during today.
    9
    CWM building...

    Hi just a little update on the subject.

    at the moment I'm working on a bootable image for CWM recovery. so far I've now a quite ready image, that boots regularly except for the fact that the screen stays stuck on the ASUS logo.

    but the phone is fully reachable via adb in this state.

    currently the recovery binary is giving me a segmentation fault, so a memory allocation problem, so I guess need to recompile modding a little bit the graphics.c. additionally it also ask for a postrecoveryboot.sh and I'll also prepare this.

    if someone has some tip for me, I'm here.

    all the best
    9
    RE:How to Unlock/Root your padfone 2 A68

    Hello Ivalex,

    [EDITED] im unable to post outside link - the script has attached in this post. a google search 'asus-padfone2-root-tutorial' may finds my article :p

    an amazing work, good job and thank for your kind sharing.

    ive wrote a detailed article in chinese and made an auto-rooting batch script under windows platform.

    just connect the usb cable, change some settings and one click ..

    yes, it's really easy to get the root permission in minutes.

    im not a professional coder, but with this script may helps someone ;)

    Hello folks,

    just wanted to share with you the subject. I'm not a developer, so I cannot go too deeply in the procedure below. what I can ensure is that is working on my personal device, Padfone 2 model A68, bought in Italy with stock firmware IMM76I.WWE_9.8.8.55-0.

    ..
    5
    so the hardest part is made, good work :)

    is someone making a CWM?


    We are diligently work on it. This is our next step! Give me someday and guess we can have cwm recovery on our A68

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9360 using Tapatalk
    4
    reserved

    reserved
Our Apps
Get our official app!
The best way to access XDA on your phone
Nav Gestures
Add swipe gestures to any Android
One Handed Mode
Eases uses one hand with your phone