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[HOW TO] Root Samsung Epic on FC09 with prerooted ROM

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KennyG123

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It has been brought to my attention that there is no thread for this based on files available on XDA so without further ado:

Make sure you have a good data cable preferably a heavy duty Blackberry cable. If you do not have drivers installed on your laptop you can either let Windows Update load them for you or download them from here: http://d-h.st/m0r (Thanks Dyehya for hosting)

Download Odin for the Epic 4G here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/32800014/Odin3+v1.85.zip

Download CWM 5.0.2.7 tar file from here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/32800014/cwm-5.0.2.7-epic4g.tar

Download FC09 prerooted stock deodexed ROM from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1580931
I recommend the MTD version to have more room for apps in storage. You can also use the ROM of your choice here such as The People's ROM, CM9 or CM10.

Put this ROM on your sd card where you can find it.

OK, now you are ready to root and install your ROM.
Unpack Odin onto your computer.
Open Odin.
Uncheck the auto reboot.
Place the cwm-5.0.2.7-epic4g.tar file in the PDA slot on Odin by clicking PDA and choosing the file from where you placed it when downloaded to the computer.
Now place your powered off Epic in download mode by pressing and holding the "1" key on the side out keyboard then add pressing and holding the power button until the yellow triangle shows up.
Now connect the cable from the computer to the phone (use the rear ports on a desktop or the one you used when installing the drivers on a laptop) A yellow box should show up with a COM number in Odin.
Hit START in Odin. It will run through in a mintute or two and say complete. The yellow triangle will still be on the phone.
Now disconnect the cable and pop the battery out and back in. DO NOT POWER ON YET.
Now press and hold the camera button, add pressing and holding the volume down button, then add pressing and holding the power button for about 5 seconds. It should boot into CWM 5.0.2.7
Now choose "Install zip from sd card" by using the volume keys to move up and down and the camer button to select.
Now pick "Choose zip from sd card"
Navigate to where you placed the ROM file you put there earlier and select that directory and then file.
The ROM should install. If you chose an MTD ROM it will reboot a couple of times to do the conversion.
Select reboot when all done and you should be rooted with ROM installed.

Here is a video by my pal qbking77 with links to the files as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9eaCtiS0Bo

DISCLAIMER: This is at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damages to your phone or for loss of data. Make sure your contacts are stored on Google. I am not responsible for the joy found by flashing custom ROMs. I am not responsible for your girlfriend leaving you, your favorite show being cancelled, or for causing the zombie apocalypse!

There is another method to just root without flashing a custom ROM that I will get to this week if needed.
 
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OK, thanks to my pal Flastnoles11 for suggesting this method. Can someone please test this and make sure it works? Thanks.

This should give you root only with stock recovery returned thanks to SamSprint for reinstalling stock recovery upon boot:

Make sure you have a good data cable preferably a heavy duty Blackberry cable. If you do not have drivers installed on your laptop you can either let Windows Update load them for you or download them from here: http://d-h.st/m0r (Thanks Dyehya for hosting)

Download Odin for the Epic 4G here: http://d-h.st/i1Q

Download CWM 5.0.2.7 tar file from here: http://d-h.st/nIo

Download SU.ZIP from here: http://d-h.st/zrf and place on your sd card where you can find it.

OK, now you are ready to root.
Unpack Odin onto your computer.
Open Odin.
Uncheck the auto reboot.
Place the cwm-5.0.2.7-epic4g.tar file in the PDA slot on Odin by clicking PDA and choosing the file from where you placed it when downloaded to the computer.
Now place your powered off Epic in download mode by pressing and holding the "1" key on the side out keyboard then add pressing and holding the power button until the yellow triangle shows up.
Now connect the cable from the computer to the phone (use the rear ports on a desktop or the one you used when installing the drivers on a laptop) A yellow box should show up with a COM number in Odin.
Hit START in Odin. It will run through in a mintute or two and say complete. The yellow triangle will still be on the phone.
Now disconnect the cable and pop the battery out and back in. DO NOT POWER ON YET.
Now press and hold the camera button, add pressing and holding the volume down button, then add pressing and holding the power button for about 5 seconds. It should boot into CWM 5.0.2.7
Now choose "Install zip from sd card" by using the volume keys to move up and down and the camer button to select.
Now pick "Choose zip from sd card"
Navigate to where you placed the SU.ZIP file you put there earlier and select that directory and then file.
SU should install.
Select reboot when all done and you should be rooted.
You may need to download and install Busybox from Play as well as update Superuser.

You can follow the same video in the first post except instead of the stock ROM you will grab SU.ZIP and that is what you will be flashing.

METHOD 3
@phonehunter59 has made an odinable root method here as well. It will install a rooted kernel and CWM.
 
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---------- Post added at 08:29 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:24 AM ----------

[/COLOR]I am trying to root my epic 4g. I followed the instructions. However, when it's time for me to go save ROM on sd card, there is no removable disk showing to copy on to from pc. Why would that be and what can I do to correct it and save ROM on sdcard?:crying: I have an xstream data cable and all usb ports are working properly.
 
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yes. I solve problem. Contact wasnt clean. Had crime city and other apps on sd card, they are now gone. Tried to redownload crime city, but get an error 492 at the end of download. Search here and online, but no answer. Any ideas?
 

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All because of a dirty connection? There might be some of that game's data and fragments on your sd card or in data folder on phone preventing a reinstall.

Sent from my PantechP4100 using xda premium
 

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Thank you for this How To. I haven't messed with my Epic in months (Since I got an EVO LTE on launch day). Following your How To and some other tips you posted in the FC09 Stock/Rooted rom thread, I've got this device working just how I need it to. Really appreciate you taking the time to document the process. Take care and have good holiday season or Merry Christmas if that doesn't offend you ;=-)
 

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I need to root and run Titanium Backup and Nandroid before installing the new ROM. Will this let me do that or will it not because it won't be rooted til the old ROM is overwritten?
 

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I need to root and run Titanium Backup and Nandroid before installing the new ROM. Will this let me do that or will it not because it won't be rooted til the old ROM is overwritten?

You can Odin in CWM and then flash SU.Zip and should be able to run titanium and a Nandroid backup. You will probably have to also install busybox to run TB.
 

flatulence

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So maybe I'm dumb. I followed the guide to the letter, but now the phone is dark. I used odin with the correct pit and cwm recovery and when the flash was finished the phone looked like it was rebooting but nothing lights up now. I can't get it to light up with the power button or usb cable. Does it sound like my phone is borked beyond repair?

Thanks!!
 

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Take the battery out and try to get into download mode with just the computer and cable. You can also try popping the battery in and out trying to get into download mode each time.

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Take the battery out and try to get into download mode with just the computer and cable. You can also try popping the battery in and out trying to get into download mode each time.

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Hey, KG.. I am coming back to stock from 10.1 march 3rd nightly...Do I have to check re-partition? Something is telling me I saw alot about 10.1 having a different partition structure? thanks!
EDIT: Oops dumb question... Sticking the pit in there with odin3 automatically checks it
samsung epic sph-d700 "back to stock" odin sph d700

EDIT2: WEird so I ended up going with victory_8G_100528.pit and SPH-D700-FC09-8gb_REL.tar.md5 in odin 1.87 Failed in 3.05 odin and 1.61 odin but yes worked in 1.87 :) stock!
 
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    It has been brought to my attention that there is no thread for this based on files available on XDA so without further ado:

    Make sure you have a good data cable preferably a heavy duty Blackberry cable. If you do not have drivers installed on your laptop you can either let Windows Update load them for you or download them from here: http://d-h.st/m0r (Thanks Dyehya for hosting)

    Download Odin for the Epic 4G here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/32800014/Odin3+v1.85.zip

    Download CWM 5.0.2.7 tar file from here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/32800014/cwm-5.0.2.7-epic4g.tar

    Download FC09 prerooted stock deodexed ROM from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1580931
    I recommend the MTD version to have more room for apps in storage. You can also use the ROM of your choice here such as The People's ROM, CM9 or CM10.

    Put this ROM on your sd card where you can find it.

    OK, now you are ready to root and install your ROM.
    Unpack Odin onto your computer.
    Open Odin.
    Uncheck the auto reboot.
    Place the cwm-5.0.2.7-epic4g.tar file in the PDA slot on Odin by clicking PDA and choosing the file from where you placed it when downloaded to the computer.
    Now place your powered off Epic in download mode by pressing and holding the "1" key on the side out keyboard then add pressing and holding the power button until the yellow triangle shows up.
    Now connect the cable from the computer to the phone (use the rear ports on a desktop or the one you used when installing the drivers on a laptop) A yellow box should show up with a COM number in Odin.
    Hit START in Odin. It will run through in a mintute or two and say complete. The yellow triangle will still be on the phone.
    Now disconnect the cable and pop the battery out and back in. DO NOT POWER ON YET.
    Now press and hold the camera button, add pressing and holding the volume down button, then add pressing and holding the power button for about 5 seconds. It should boot into CWM 5.0.2.7
    Now choose "Install zip from sd card" by using the volume keys to move up and down and the camer button to select.
    Now pick "Choose zip from sd card"
    Navigate to where you placed the ROM file you put there earlier and select that directory and then file.
    The ROM should install. If you chose an MTD ROM it will reboot a couple of times to do the conversion.
    Select reboot when all done and you should be rooted with ROM installed.

    Here is a video by my pal qbking77 with links to the files as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9eaCtiS0Bo

    DISCLAIMER: This is at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damages to your phone or for loss of data. Make sure your contacts are stored on Google. I am not responsible for the joy found by flashing custom ROMs. I am not responsible for your girlfriend leaving you, your favorite show being cancelled, or for causing the zombie apocalypse!

    There is another method to just root without flashing a custom ROM that I will get to this week if needed.
    8
    OK, thanks to my pal Flastnoles11 for suggesting this method. Can someone please test this and make sure it works? Thanks.

    This should give you root only with stock recovery returned thanks to SamSprint for reinstalling stock recovery upon boot:

    Make sure you have a good data cable preferably a heavy duty Blackberry cable. If you do not have drivers installed on your laptop you can either let Windows Update load them for you or download them from here: http://d-h.st/m0r (Thanks Dyehya for hosting)

    Download Odin for the Epic 4G here: http://d-h.st/i1Q

    Download CWM 5.0.2.7 tar file from here: http://d-h.st/nIo

    Download SU.ZIP from here: http://d-h.st/zrf and place on your sd card where you can find it.

    OK, now you are ready to root.
    Unpack Odin onto your computer.
    Open Odin.
    Uncheck the auto reboot.
    Place the cwm-5.0.2.7-epic4g.tar file in the PDA slot on Odin by clicking PDA and choosing the file from where you placed it when downloaded to the computer.
    Now place your powered off Epic in download mode by pressing and holding the "1" key on the side out keyboard then add pressing and holding the power button until the yellow triangle shows up.
    Now connect the cable from the computer to the phone (use the rear ports on a desktop or the one you used when installing the drivers on a laptop) A yellow box should show up with a COM number in Odin.
    Hit START in Odin. It will run through in a mintute or two and say complete. The yellow triangle will still be on the phone.
    Now disconnect the cable and pop the battery out and back in. DO NOT POWER ON YET.
    Now press and hold the camera button, add pressing and holding the volume down button, then add pressing and holding the power button for about 5 seconds. It should boot into CWM 5.0.2.7
    Now choose "Install zip from sd card" by using the volume keys to move up and down and the camer button to select.
    Now pick "Choose zip from sd card"
    Navigate to where you placed the SU.ZIP file you put there earlier and select that directory and then file.
    SU should install.
    Select reboot when all done and you should be rooted.
    You may need to download and install Busybox from Play as well as update Superuser.

    You can follow the same video in the first post except instead of the stock ROM you will grab SU.ZIP and that is what you will be flashing.

    METHOD 3
    @phonehunter59 has made an odinable root method here as well. It will install a rooted kernel and CWM.
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    I see said the blind man to the deaf woman told by the mute child.

    Just a little slow tonite.

    Well, if you guy are like me then you do most of your forums work late at nite, and thus it is very understandable.

    As an update,I did manage to clean up the phone's port and am now rooted:) now I have to find time to work on a project. Although it seems this phone is well supported.

    Y'all's help is very apperciated! Hope to see you around.
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    Thank you for this How To. I haven't messed with my Epic in months (Since I got an EVO LTE on launch day). Following your How To and some other tips you posted in the FC09 Stock/Rooted rom thread, I've got this device working just how I need it to. Really appreciate you taking the time to document the process. Take care and have good holiday season or Merry Christmas if that doesn't offend you ;=-)
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    I tried removing the drivers off of my main computer and that didn't work. And just for kicks I plugged the phone into my Linux box and thed phone responded. I think it has more to do with the computer than the OS, but it's a start. I have VMware loaded with W7 as w7 home premium doesn't support multi processors. If that doesn't work I'll have to find Vista Pro.

    I'm looking forward to helping the c,ommunity when I get things going.

    Windows is really good at saying it removed something when it didn't. I had a similar problem getting one device to work on the computer I used to root about 15 different phones. If you use a program called USBDeview, you can see what's still installed (driverwise) and nuke anything that doesn't belong. You'll be surprised by how many devices have left their drivers all over your system!!
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html