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[HOWTO] [ROOT] No Tripping Flash Counter - Stock Injected [TMO/MCT/GLW/VTR]

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mrRobinson

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These are root injected FACTORY Stock Odin Flashable Images. You flash them in Odin just as you would the completely stock ROM from samsung. I've simply injected the su binary and SuperSu app so you now have rooted stock image.

Big thanks to my one beta tester stevessvt as I don't own this device and he requested this and then tested a few of my broken tries before this one worked.

So if you want to keep your device stock yet have the functionality of root without tripping the counter or messing up OTA updates then this would be your best bet. Also helpful if you flashed other ROMs or kernels and just want to get back to a good base to start from, this is all stock but will still leave you with root to easily move forward.

You can get ODIN here
and the drivers for the SGH-T889 so ODIN can detect your phone can be found at Samsung's site. Click on the Manuals & Downloads tab at the bottom and then on Software for the latest driver.

MCT: Mobilicity
GLW: Wind
VTR: Videotron


Instructions:
First, Download Image:

Tmobile Rom
JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVUCMK7_2.7z

JellyBean Release 4.1.2 (June 2013)
Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVBMD1.7z

JellyBean Release 4.1.2 (March 2013)
Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVBMB4.7z

JellyBean Release 4.1.1 (January 2013)
Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVALL4.7z


Mobilicity Rom
JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
Mirror: root66_MCT_T889VVLUCMK4.7z

New Jelly Bean Release 4.1.2 (January 2013)
Mirror 1: root66_MCT_T889VVLBMA3.7z

Original Jelly Bean Release
Mirror 1: root66_MCT_T889VVLALJ4.7z

Wind Rom
JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
Mirror: root66_GLW_T889VVLUCMK4.7z

New Jelly Bean Release 4.1.2 (January 2013)
Mirror 1: root66_GLW_T889VVLBMA3.7z

Original Jelly Bean Release
Mirror 1: root66_GLW_T889VVLALJ4.7z


Videotron Rom
JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
Mirror: root66_VTR_T889VVLUCMK4.7z

New Jelly Bean Release 4.1.2 (January 2013)
Mirror 1: root66_VTR_T889VVLBMA3.7z

Original Jelly Bean Release
Mirror 1: root66_VTR_T889VVLALJ4.7z

Second, Extract and Flash:
Extract the root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5 from the .7z file you downloaded.
Use Odin, put phone into download mode [with phone off, hold vol. down + home + power ], connect to computer and open Odin.
once in odin click the PDA field and select the root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5 you downloaded.
Leave Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checked.
click start and
when done let phone reboot.
If you have issues flashing with Odin please ensure you are using the microusb cable that came with the phone, users have had issues using other cables.
If you just want a stock, rooted phone with no custom recovery, no plans to flash custom roms, etc. then you can stop HERE.

Optional, Recovery (will trip counter):
It seems loading any custom recovery will trip the download mode flash counter. Loading a non stock recovery will also prevent you from successfully applying any OTA updates however here is a procedure for any who want a non-stock recovery:
Currently I see TWRP has support for this device so the instructions here will install that recovery.
Option 1: Download GooManager from the Play store. Once installed click the menu and select "Install OpenRecovery Script".
Option 2: Download the TWRP recovery image here. Copy it to the /sdcard of your phone.
Connect your phone to your computer and use adb
type adb shell
once in the shell run su
then
dd if=/sdcard/openrecovery-twrp-2.3.3.2-t0ltetmo.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p9

Alternate if unfamiliar with adb commands
Grab android terminal emulator from the play store and run the same commands starting with su and then the dd command.

De-Bloater
If you've made it this far with a stock, rooted phone with CWM or TWRP and you don't want to flash a custom rom (which will do its own de-bloating) you can check out my mrRobinson Note II De-Bloater to easily get rid of bloat system apps you no longer want to see. Simply flash in CWM or TWRP like anything else and you will be presented with a menu system to choose what to remove. If you are unsure it is safe to pick Minimal and still get a decent de-bloat.​

Bonus Downloads:
CWM Flashable Modem: modem_CWM_T889UVALK8.zip || modem_CWM_T889UVALL4.zip || modem_CWM_T889UVBLL4.zip
ODIN Flashable Stock Recovery: TMO_recovery_T889UVALK8.tar.md5 || TMO_recovery_T889UVALL4.tar.md5 || TMO_recovery_T889UVBMB4.tar.md5 || TMO_recovery_T889UVBMD1.tar.md5

History:
I've injected root into other stock images and those threads have a lot of valuable information which could answer some questions that may arise here. If you have time to do some reading here are a few of the informative ones:
Samsung Galaxy S3 [ATT / Bell / Telus / Rogers / Sasktel ]
Samsung Galaxy S3 [TMO / Wind / Mobilicity]
Also did sprint and vzw but there isn't much there that won't be covered above.

FAQ
  1. Does this remove the T-mobile bloatware?
    A: No. It is same as stock, nothing is removed.
  2. Does this use an unsecured boot.img
    A: No. This flashes the stock boot.img in the UVALJ1 image.
  3. If my flash counter has been tripped, and I flash this and reset the counter, will it stay at 0.
    A: Yes, as long as you don't then flash a non-stock recovery.
  4. More to come...
 
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rebadc

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Need some help please

Very new to this but willing to take the dive.

If I follow this procedure I will have a Factory (Stock) N7105 phone without all of the T-Mobile bloatware???

Thanks.
 

stevessvt

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No...the is bone stock TMo t899uvalj1, it just happens to be rooted already. Complete with all the pre installed bloat like stock. It won't trip th flash counter though and your status says normal, not modified.
 

zoome9

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Some have had issues resetting the flash counter because of it being modified. Anyone able to confirm that with this + flash reset counter will make it 0?

I suppose I could be the guinea pig..... will report back!

Edit: I would like to confirm that this.... WORKS! Flash counter shows 0 after it was stuck at 1 for me.
 
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konceptz

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thanks so much for this!

I've used this on the sgs3 and felt so secure knowing that i just need to uninstall su and i can walk into a T-Mobile store and return it.

one question, can i manually write any recovery without tripping the counter like on the sgs3, or is the note 2 different in the way it detects a trip?
 
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mrRobinson

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thanks so much for this!

I've used this on the sgs3 and felt so secure knowing that i just need to uninstall su and i can walk into a T-Mobile store and return it.

one question, can i manually write any recovery without tripping the counter like on the sgs3, or is the note 2 different in the way it detects a trip?

Without the device I'm not clear on that myself. It seems that once a non stock recovery is there the device either won't allow a reset ot increments the counter.
 

mrRobinson

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Added recovery section to OP. Would be curious to see if installing a custom recovery that way after rooting with this method trips the counter or still prevents it from being reset. Anyone willing to try and report?
 

deeznutz1977

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Added recovery section to OP. Would be curious to see if installing a custom recovery that way after rooting with this method trips the counter or still prevents it from being reset. Anyone willing to try and report?

I will, since i had to replace my phone. The micro usb port wouldnt charge or connect to pc. Edit: Still says modified
 
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    These are root injected FACTORY Stock Odin Flashable Images. You flash them in Odin just as you would the completely stock ROM from samsung. I've simply injected the su binary and SuperSu app so you now have rooted stock image.

    Big thanks to my one beta tester stevessvt as I don't own this device and he requested this and then tested a few of my broken tries before this one worked.

    So if you want to keep your device stock yet have the functionality of root without tripping the counter or messing up OTA updates then this would be your best bet. Also helpful if you flashed other ROMs or kernels and just want to get back to a good base to start from, this is all stock but will still leave you with root to easily move forward.

    You can get ODIN here
    and the drivers for the SGH-T889 so ODIN can detect your phone can be found at Samsung's site. Click on the Manuals & Downloads tab at the bottom and then on Software for the latest driver.

    MCT: Mobilicity
    GLW: Wind
    VTR: Videotron


    Instructions:
    First, Download Image:

    Tmobile Rom
    JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
    Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVUCMK7_2.7z

    JellyBean Release 4.1.2 (June 2013)
    Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVBMD1.7z

    JellyBean Release 4.1.2 (March 2013)
    Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVBMB4.7z

    JellyBean Release 4.1.1 (January 2013)
    Mirror 1: root66_TMO_T889UVALL4.7z


    Mobilicity Rom
    JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
    Mirror: root66_MCT_T889VVLUCMK4.7z

    New Jelly Bean Release 4.1.2 (January 2013)
    Mirror 1: root66_MCT_T889VVLBMA3.7z

    Original Jelly Bean Release
    Mirror 1: root66_MCT_T889VVLALJ4.7z

    Wind Rom
    JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
    Mirror: root66_GLW_T889VVLUCMK4.7z

    New Jelly Bean Release 4.1.2 (January 2013)
    Mirror 1: root66_GLW_T889VVLBMA3.7z

    Original Jelly Bean Release
    Mirror 1: root66_GLW_T889VVLALJ4.7z


    Videotron Rom
    JellyBean Release 4.3 (December 2013) - New!
    Mirror: root66_VTR_T889VVLUCMK4.7z

    New Jelly Bean Release 4.1.2 (January 2013)
    Mirror 1: root66_VTR_T889VVLBMA3.7z

    Original Jelly Bean Release
    Mirror 1: root66_VTR_T889VVLALJ4.7z

    Second, Extract and Flash:
    Extract the root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5 from the .7z file you downloaded.
    Use Odin, put phone into download mode [with phone off, hold vol. down + home + power ], connect to computer and open Odin.
    once in odin click the PDA field and select the root66_TMO_T889UVALJ1.tar.md5 you downloaded.
    Leave Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checked.
    click start and
    when done let phone reboot.
    If you have issues flashing with Odin please ensure you are using the microusb cable that came with the phone, users have had issues using other cables.
    If you just want a stock, rooted phone with no custom recovery, no plans to flash custom roms, etc. then you can stop HERE.

    Optional, Recovery (will trip counter):
    It seems loading any custom recovery will trip the download mode flash counter. Loading a non stock recovery will also prevent you from successfully applying any OTA updates however here is a procedure for any who want a non-stock recovery:
    Currently I see TWRP has support for this device so the instructions here will install that recovery.
    Option 1: Download GooManager from the Play store. Once installed click the menu and select "Install OpenRecovery Script".
    Option 2: Download the TWRP recovery image here. Copy it to the /sdcard of your phone.
    Connect your phone to your computer and use adb
    type adb shell
    once in the shell run su
    then
    dd if=/sdcard/openrecovery-twrp-2.3.3.2-t0ltetmo.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p9

    Alternate if unfamiliar with adb commands
    Grab android terminal emulator from the play store and run the same commands starting with su and then the dd command.

    De-Bloater
    If you've made it this far with a stock, rooted phone with CWM or TWRP and you don't want to flash a custom rom (which will do its own de-bloating) you can check out my mrRobinson Note II De-Bloater to easily get rid of bloat system apps you no longer want to see. Simply flash in CWM or TWRP like anything else and you will be presented with a menu system to choose what to remove. If you are unsure it is safe to pick Minimal and still get a decent de-bloat.​

    Bonus Downloads:
    CWM Flashable Modem: modem_CWM_T889UVALK8.zip || modem_CWM_T889UVALL4.zip || modem_CWM_T889UVBLL4.zip
    ODIN Flashable Stock Recovery: TMO_recovery_T889UVALK8.tar.md5 || TMO_recovery_T889UVALL4.tar.md5 || TMO_recovery_T889UVBMB4.tar.md5 || TMO_recovery_T889UVBMD1.tar.md5

    History:
    I've injected root into other stock images and those threads have a lot of valuable information which could answer some questions that may arise here. If you have time to do some reading here are a few of the informative ones:
    Samsung Galaxy S3 [ATT / Bell / Telus / Rogers / Sasktel ]
    Samsung Galaxy S3 [TMO / Wind / Mobilicity]
    Also did sprint and vzw but there isn't much there that won't be covered above.

    FAQ
    1. Does this remove the T-mobile bloatware?
      A: No. It is same as stock, nothing is removed.
    2. Does this use an unsecured boot.img
      A: No. This flashes the stock boot.img in the UVALJ1 image.
    3. If my flash counter has been tripped, and I flash this and reset the counter, will it stay at 0.
      A: Yes, as long as you don't then flash a non-stock recovery.
    4. More to come...
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    OP Updated latest root66 based off T889UVBMB4

    Bonus Files section has the stock recovery and the MB4 Modem as a flashable zip.
    10
    i know its early and 4.3 just kicked off, but does anyone know if there will be a mr. root66 version for the new update? Thanks in advance.

    Yes. And here it is:
    Download :: root66_TMO_T889UVUCMK7.7z

    Note, I've gotten the root successfully injected on 4.3 on a GS3 but not yet on a Note2. (something seems to squash it).
    I don't have a note2 so can't test myself. This will flash fine, remove CIQ and Knox, but report back if you have working root after this.
    8
    Hope you can get the odin version with the new update to uvll8 i think.

    Sent from my SGH-T889 using xda premium

    OP Updated with new T889UVALL4 Jelly Bean release

    Bonus Files update with CWM/TWRP flashable modem from that release and an Odin flashable stock recovery from that release.