HOW To Root Zenfone3 MAX ZC520TL ????? .... please

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fallen_13

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Would anyone happen to have the scatter file for the MT6737M version of the Zenfone 3 Max? I believe mine is different as the firmware is on 13.1.x instead of 13.0.x.

Or can anyone point me to a guide on how to create my own scatter file and custom recovery? I tried the MTK droid tool and realized it doesn't detect this phone. :(
 

jaykoerner

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Dec 4, 2014
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any clue how to root/install recovery on the us version? the model number in the settings reads ASUS_X0008DC, android version is 6.0 and the firmware is MRA58K.US_Phone-13.1.4.17-20161011

the hardware seems to be more or less the exact same as either the WW or CN phones but the firmware seems to be changed/updated, i also can not get the phone to boot into a firmware recovery mode by pluging it in, in a powered off state like the WW/CN phones. any help would be appreciated.

any other possibly relevant info,

the phone seems to have a fastboot mode that can be booted to by holding the volume up button in boot
, but it does not seem to respond to any command(most likely the mode is useless)

holding vol down when the usb is plugged in seems to go to a Chinese menu for diagnostic tests and clearing the EMMC flash, that is the most i can find out via google translate.
 

tcaudill01

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any clue how to root/install recovery on the us version? the model number in the settings reads ASUS_X0008DC, android version is 6.0 and the firmware is MRA58K.US_Phone-13.1.4.17-20161011

the hardware seems to be more or less the exact same as either the WW or CN phones but the firmware seems to be changed/updated, i also can not get the phone to boot into a firmware recovery mode by pluging it in, in a powered off state like the WW/CN phones. any help would be appreciated.

any other possibly relevant info,

the phone seems to have a fastboot mode that can be booted to by holding the volume up button in boot
, but it does not seem to respond to any command(most likely the mode is useless)

holding vol down when the usb is plugged in seems to go to a Chinese menu for diagnostic tests and clearing the EMMC flash, that is the most i can find out via google translate.

The bootloader on the US version is locked and my understanding is that until ASUS gives us the unlocker OR someone figures out how to unlock it, we are SOL.
 

jaykoerner

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Dec 4, 2014
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The bootloader on the US version is locked and my understanding is that until ASUS gives us the unlocker OR someone figures out how to unlock it, we are SOL.

We have fastboot, but i am completely unsure of its usability. Dirtycow could be used to chage the memory location to allow unlocking the bootloader, but that would require fastboot to be functional which i have no way of knowing. This is all beyond me, but there is enough info with the WW and CN devices to be able to work out a Exploit for dirtycow on the us version(pending major differences in the firmware and bootloader) that if someone with some knowledge could perform a pixel8 type exploit.
 

tcaudill01

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We have fastboot, but i am completely unsure of its usability. Dirtycow could be used to chage the memory location to allow unlocking the bootloader, but that would require fastboot to be functional which i have no way of knowing. This is all beyond me, but there is enough info with the WW and CN devices to be able to work out a Exploit for dirtycow on the us version(pending major differences in the firmware and bootloader) that if someone with some knowledge could perform a pixel8 type exploit.

I think the main problem we have is that there are different variations in hardware all under the "Zenfone 3" name depending on where they are located at on the globe and something developed for one doesn't work on another.
Being that this is a relatively new phone on the market, we only have a small number of units out there. Until it catches the eye of a developer with our version of hardware, we are kind of at a stand still.
 

jaykoerner

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Dec 4, 2014
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So, if we have still have a locked bootloader, how are we gaining root???? Is it a temp root?

Different versions of the same phone, china(cn) and the global versions of the phone are currently rootable, not so for the us version, its certainly a possibility, with the exploit i shared above its been used on other phones to great success, it all depends on wether we have a crippled fastboot, something that happens from time to time, or if it only functions when the bootloader is unlockable bit is checked? Dont ask me i can talk theoretical all day but i dont have the capability to do this exploit, someone else who has more experience might.
 

Da-fhone

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Dec 8, 2016
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Would anyone happen to have the scatter file for the MT6737M version of the Zenfone 3 Max? I believe mine is different as the firmware is on 13.1.x instead of 13.0.x.

Or can anyone point me to a guide on how to create my own scatter file and custom recovery? I tried the MTK droid tool and realized it doesn't detect this phone. :(

Hi,

I'm just received my Z3 max, equiped with MT6737M and firmware MRA58K.WW 13.1.0.x
Has anyone come across some tutorial for this model.

Thxs,
 
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fallen_13

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Hi,

I'm just received my Z3 max, equiped with MT6737M and firmware MRA58K.WW 13.1.0.x
Has anyone come across some tutorial for this model.

Thxs,

Unfortunately, the TWRP floating on the internet is for the MT6737T model of the Zenfone 3 Max. Which i believe is also the 2GB/16GB version of the 3 Max. There is none so far for the MT6737M (3GB/32GB) model.
 

tcaudill01

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Da-fhone

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Unfortunately, the TWRP floating on the internet is for the MT6737T model of the Zenfone 3 Max. Which i believe is also the 2GB/16GB version of the 3 Max. There is none so far for the MT6737M (3GB/32GB) model.

Hi,

Thanks for you reply, I'll be waiting and hopping that someone find a way and share it!
 

tcaudill01

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boxguy1

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here the my guide in italian
Here you go translated to English with google
1) Download the USB driver VCOM MediaTek PRELOADER this link

http://www25.zippyshare.com/v/lefGWqHS/file.html

unzip the zip file on your PC

2) Go into the Control Panel, then "Hardware" and then again " device management". Here you click on the name "COM AND LPT PORT" leaving the highlighted option, you will see that at the top, under "Action", will appear in the "Add Legacy Hardware" option.

3) Click on the following option, choose to install the hardware from a list and at this point you'll see a list of devices; select "Show all devices" and move on. Now click on your hard driver and go to manually select the USB driver folder VCOM that you unzipped earlier, here choose the subfolder Windows 7, then one of the usb2ser_Win7.inf or usb2ser_Win764.inf file, the second if you have a 64bit system (as almost all the modern pCs today), and dates ok.

4) In the new list of items that will appear select "MediaTek PRELOADER VCOM USB Port" and finish the installation.
NB If you have Windows 10, the entire procedure from step 2 to be made in the special mode of the digital signature off, otherwise the system detects that the driver is not signed and will not lead properly completed installation (or better to say he's brought them term, but the driver did not install properly). You can find the guide to access this special mode here

http://www.windowsblogitalia.com/...r-firm.../

5) now download the appropriate software for MediaTek devices called "SP Flash Tool" on this link

http://www115.zippyshare.com/v/k Ds BvmNY / file.html

and unzip the zip

6) download the TWRP recovery for Zenfone 3 Max and the related scatter file from this link

http: //www10.zippyshare. com / v / G0kVOAYR / file.html

and unzip the zip file in a folder at your leisure

7) Turn on the phone and uploaded to the internal memory of the same supersu.zip the appropriate file (without unzipping) found at this link

http: / /www59.zippyshare.com/v/mTo61OoW/file.html

8) Now open the SP Flash Tool software and the string "scatter-loading files" load the scatter file (in txt format) previously unzipped the folder, then in the menu dropdown below leave the mode "Download only" and again in "recovery" string put the check mark and clicking on the colored part without written in green (on the right) select the img file recovery ever previously decompressed. You should have a situation like this

http://imgur.com/a/xZAnd

Now phone is turned off and unplugged from the USB port of your PC, click the Download button at the top (the one with the green arrow pointing down) and only after you connect your phone to USB. So the flash will start the recovery. At the end, and just this once, to prevent the first restart overwrites the TWRP recovery again with the original, do not immediately restart the phone but immediately TWRP revenue from the situation in which you are holding the combination of volume up + power. Move with volume in the menu selection that will appear to select recovery and confirmed access with volume down. At the request of the password, select Delete and confirm the dates of the next request writable with a swipe

9) Now we just have to flash the supersu.zip file previously loaded on the internal memory (and 'important that this step you do it before leaving the recovery, otherwise the device could go bootloop when you restart). On restart you'll eventually see the app supersu and you have root privileges
 

xpatze85x

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i've totally bricked my zenfone 3 max after trying to root it by using a method i found on youtube ...
does someone here know how i can get my phone back to work? :-/
 

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    HOW To Root Zenfone3 MAX ZC520TL ????? .... please
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    here the my guide in italian
    Here you go translated to English with google
    1) Download the USB driver VCOM MediaTek PRELOADER this link

    http://www25.zippyshare.com/v/lefGWqHS/file.html

    unzip the zip file on your PC

    2) Go into the Control Panel, then "Hardware" and then again " device management". Here you click on the name "COM AND LPT PORT" leaving the highlighted option, you will see that at the top, under "Action", will appear in the "Add Legacy Hardware" option.

    3) Click on the following option, choose to install the hardware from a list and at this point you'll see a list of devices; select "Show all devices" and move on. Now click on your hard driver and go to manually select the USB driver folder VCOM that you unzipped earlier, here choose the subfolder Windows 7, then one of the usb2ser_Win7.inf or usb2ser_Win764.inf file, the second if you have a 64bit system (as almost all the modern pCs today), and dates ok.

    4) In the new list of items that will appear select "MediaTek PRELOADER VCOM USB Port" and finish the installation.
    NB If you have Windows 10, the entire procedure from step 2 to be made in the special mode of the digital signature off, otherwise the system detects that the driver is not signed and will not lead properly completed installation (or better to say he's brought them term, but the driver did not install properly). You can find the guide to access this special mode here

    http://www.windowsblogitalia.com/...r-firm.../

    5) now download the appropriate software for MediaTek devices called "SP Flash Tool" on this link

    http://www115.zippyshare.com/v/k Ds BvmNY / file.html

    and unzip the zip

    6) download the TWRP recovery for Zenfone 3 Max and the related scatter file from this link

    http: //www10.zippyshare. com / v / G0kVOAYR / file.html

    and unzip the zip file in a folder at your leisure

    7) Turn on the phone and uploaded to the internal memory of the same supersu.zip the appropriate file (without unzipping) found at this link

    http: / /www59.zippyshare.com/v/mTo61OoW/file.html

    8) Now open the SP Flash Tool software and the string "scatter-loading files" load the scatter file (in txt format) previously unzipped the folder, then in the menu dropdown below leave the mode "Download only" and again in "recovery" string put the check mark and clicking on the colored part without written in green (on the right) select the img file recovery ever previously decompressed. You should have a situation like this

    http://imgur.com/a/xZAnd

    Now phone is turned off and unplugged from the USB port of your PC, click the Download button at the top (the one with the green arrow pointing down) and only after you connect your phone to USB. So the flash will start the recovery. At the end, and just this once, to prevent the first restart overwrites the TWRP recovery again with the original, do not immediately restart the phone but immediately TWRP revenue from the situation in which you are holding the combination of volume up + power. Move with volume in the menu selection that will appear to select recovery and confirmed access with volume down. At the request of the password, select Delete and confirm the dates of the next request writable with a swipe

    9) Now we just have to flash the supersu.zip file previously loaded on the internal memory (and 'important that this step you do it before leaving the recovery, otherwise the device could go bootloop when you restart). On restart you'll eventually see the app supersu and you have root privileges
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    here the my guide in italian
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    zc520tl no root

    I have the same problem too to my x
    zenfone 3 max
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    Here the way you need to root Zenfone 3 Max

    https://youtu.be/Y2yKgvgftXk
    :highfive::highfive::highfive:

    ---------- Post added at 05:43 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:42 PM ----------

    See the Video i post above
    Pls .someone who can teach us the procedure of rooting this device .