[HOWTO] [ROOT] No Tripping Flash Counter [Tmobile / Wind / Mobilicity / Videotron]

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mrRobinson

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This is a completely stock ODIN flashable ROM with root injected into the system image.
This is a fairly easy way to get root WITHOUT tripping the flash counter that will void the warranty. If you don't care about tripping the counter then you can get root other ways.


4.3 Image Notes: With 4.3 images, KNOX is removed in order for root to stick. This will flag the Knox counter. Once you flash one of these 4.3 images you now have the latest factory stock bootloader, radio, etc. Flashing a prior bootloader can hard/soft brick your device. Please read and understand what you are doing.

You can get ODIN here
and the drivers for the SGH-T999 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.

First download the stock odin tar that has a rooted system image injected into it:
Note: Always check the MD5 sums before using any of these! Thanks :)
MCT: Mobilicity
GLW: Wind
VTR: Videotron


T-Mobile Image
March 2014 - 4.3 JellyBean - New!
Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVUENC2
Do not flash a prior release after flashing this, it has been reported to cause bricks, read the thread for more information.
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVUENC2.7z

November 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVUEMJC
Do not flash a prior release after flashing this, it has been reported to cause bricks, read the thread for more information.
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVUEMJC_2.7z

April 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVDMD5
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVDMD5.7z

January 2013 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVDLJC
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVDLJC.7z

Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVDLJA (October 2012 - 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVDLJA.7z


T-Mobile LTE Image
March 2014 - 4.3 JellyBean - New!
Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999LUVUBNC1
Download :: Download - root66_TMO-L_T999LUVUBNC1.7z

December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999LUVUBMK4
Download :: Download - root66_TMO-L_T999LUVUBMK4.7z


WIND Image
December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image GLW T999VVLUEMK5
Download :: Download - root66_GLW_T999VVLUEMK5.7z

June 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image GLW T999VVLDMF2
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_GLW_T999VVLDMF2.7z

December 2012 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image GLW T999VVLDLL1
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_GLW_T999VVLDLL1.7z


Mobilicity Image
December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image MCT T999VVLUEMK5
Download :: Download - root66_MCT_T999VVLUEMK5.7z

June 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image MCT T999VVLDMF2
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_MCT_T999VVLDMF2.7z

December 2012 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image MCT T999VVLDLL1
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_MCT_T999VVLDLL1.7z


Videotron Image
December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image VTR T999VVLUEMK5
Download :: Download - root66_VTR_T999VVLUEMK5.7z

June 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image VTR T999VVLDMF2
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_VTR_T999VVLDMF2.7z

December 2012 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
Note: This is based off of the stock image VTR T999VVLDLL1
Perm Mirror: Download - root66_VTR_T999VVLDLL1.7z


Second,
Extract the root66 tar file from the .7z file you downloaded.
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 tar 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.

If you are coming from a different rom base (non-stock) you will want to factory wipe/reset in recovery after flashing this.

OTA Updates:
Stock Recovery: Once rooted with above method, if you receive a notification for an OTA update, it has been verified you can use OTA RootKeeper to retain root through the update process.

Non-Stock Recovery: If you have loaded a non-stock recovery (per below) you can simply use it to flash the OTA update flashable zip I've created. This is the stock OTA just modified to be flashable in CWM and TWRP and not lose root in the process. As such it still does all the checks so if you have deviated from the rooted stock image above by modifying system files this will fail.
Download: OTA Update UVALJ4 to UVDLJA
Download: OTA Update UVDLJA to UVDLJC

Third, (optional)
Note: On Jelly Bean releases it is possible and I'd say probable based on my experience with the Note II that loading a non-stock recovery will trip the counter no matter how you install it.
If you want to get clockworkmod recovery loaded so you can flash whatever you want, nandroid, etc then continue on....
Once rebooted you can essentially follow this thread to load the clockworkmod recovery. As long as you flash the recovery using the dd method with adb (or use terminal emulator from the play store) then you will NOT trip the flash counter. If you use ODIN to flash a custom recovery you will trip the counter.

Third, alternate if unfamiliar with adb commands and uncomfortable using any command line
Decide if you want to use TWRP or CWM.
If you would like to install ClockworkMod recovery then grab Rom Manager from the Play store and in the menu select to install ClockworkMod Recovery.
If you would like to install TeamWin Recovery Project then grab GooManager from the Play store and select the option to "Install OpenRecovery Script".

De-Bloater
If you've made it this far with a stock, rooted phone with cwm and you don't want to flash a custom rom (which will do its own de-bloating) you can check out my Aroma installer based De-bloater to easily get rid of bloat system apps you no longer want to see. Simply flash in CWM 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 Recommended and still get a decent de-bloat.​

[Note: Flashing this with ODIN will not wipe /sdcard or /data. Keep that in mind depending on your usage.]

Bonus Downloads
Odin Flashable Stock TMO UVDMD5 Recovery - This is an Odin Flashable STOCK Recovery for TMO from UVDMD5 release - TMO_recovery_T999UVDMD5.tar.md5
Odin Flashable TWRP Recovery - openrecovery-twrp-2.3.1.0-d2tmo.tar.md5

Thanks
To get the injected root system image I followed pieces of
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=27801304&postcount=1
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=22798858&postcount=32

so thanks to those guys. Neither of those worked out of the box needed a bit of tweaking.
 
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silverton

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I'm confused about this counter... Is the purpose really just so samsung can say no to a warranty claim? Is there a limit to the number of times the recovery can be flashed? I want to flash the new touch CWM but am afraid to do so if I only have so many times to flash a recovery.
 

neotoky

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I'm confused about this counter... Is the purpose really just so samsung can say no to a warranty claim? Is there a limit to the number of times the recovery can be flashed? I want to flash the new touch CWM but am afraid to do so if I only have so many times to flash a recovery.

Yes, the purpose of the counter is so that the manufacturer can reject service warranty if they see it tripped. I don't believe there is a limit of how many times you can flash. I might be wrong.
 
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This is a completely stock ODIN flashable ROM with root injected into the system image. It is based off of T999UVALEM_T999TMBALEM_T999UVALEM_HOME.tar.md5
This is a fairly easy way to get root WITHOUT tripping the flash counter that will void the warranty. If you don't care about tripping the counter then you can get root other ways.



First download the stock odin tar that has a rooted system image injected into it:
TMO Image
Note: This is based off of TMO T999UVALEM that was posted in this thread, thanks to AdamLange.

Brilliant! Thanks!

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I717 using xda premium
 
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M9x3mos

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Awesome!
Just to make sure I have this right then.
We can Root, install CWM, and then install custom roms without triping the counter?!?!
And then if needed I assume you can flash stock odin!
All with no trip of the counter?
 

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If we use this, can we use the Galaxy S3 toolkit to install CWM? Or for that matter, can we just use the Rom Manager app from the app store and use it?
 
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mrRobinson

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Awesome!
Just to make sure I have this right then.
We can Root, install CWM, and then install custom roms without triping the counter?!?!
yes
And then if needed I assume you can flash stock odin!
All with no trip of the counter?
yes. Once there is a way to reset the counter people won't care as much about not tripping it. Unless the reset method is difficult or dangerous but for now as long as you never initially trip the counter you can simply flash back to stock and your phone is still covered under warranty.
 
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OK, I used this, and everything appears to have gone fine. I have root now. Curious though, when it booted back up, nothing appears to have changed, except superuser is there now. I thought it would have reset the whole phone back to factory new.
 

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OK, I used this, and everything appears to have gone fine. I have root now. Curious though, when it booted back up, nothing appears to have changed, except superuser is there now. I thought it would have reset the whole phone back to factory new.

Nope. it'll overwrite anything in /system you may have done. but doesn't touch sdcard or /data.
So that means if you had a cm9 or aokp loaded and used this you'd boot into a bunch of errors more than likely and would want to manually factory reset.

Edit: also i had no way to test this so you are confirmation it is working. prob should have put that in the first post but was late last night and forgot. So sorry and thanks!
(you weren't at risk of tripping counter, i've done this before, worst case was system image wouldn't flash and you'd have to load the stock one via odin)

Edit2: plus you are like 20 min from me so if I broke your phone I'd have come and fixed it ;)
 
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Speaking of if I ever need to odin back to stock, I have the stock T999 rom from samsung, and it has 2 files in the zip, a .dll and a .tar. How do I use these to revert back to stock? I guess the .tar goes under pda, where does the .dll go? Or does it?
 
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If you're worried about warranty just wait firva triangle away, personally I have insurance. I'll toss my phone in a lake and bring it back that way lol

Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2
 

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rakeshchn

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Awesome! i have been waiting for this. Does the rooted Rom comes with busy box installed?

Sent from my SGH-T999
 

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How Do We Know If We Tripped Counter

I have a question, how do we know if we tripped the counter? I used ODIN to flash Clockword.tar and then I went into Clockwork to flash Superuser and flash a Stock T-Mobile ROM from Whitehawk. Once I booted i downloaded busybox and installed it to complete the rooting process. I never seen any warning triangles, the only thing I worried about was flashing the custom recovery in download moad, but its not a ROM so it should not have tripped the counter and any ROM flashed I have done, all have been in Clockwork MOD Recovery, never in download mode through ODIN
 

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    This is a completely stock ODIN flashable ROM with root injected into the system image.
    This is a fairly easy way to get root WITHOUT tripping the flash counter that will void the warranty. If you don't care about tripping the counter then you can get root other ways.


    4.3 Image Notes: With 4.3 images, KNOX is removed in order for root to stick. This will flag the Knox counter. Once you flash one of these 4.3 images you now have the latest factory stock bootloader, radio, etc. Flashing a prior bootloader can hard/soft brick your device. Please read and understand what you are doing.

    You can get ODIN here
    and the drivers for the SGH-T999 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.

    First download the stock odin tar that has a rooted system image injected into it:
    Note: Always check the MD5 sums before using any of these! Thanks :)
    MCT: Mobilicity
    GLW: Wind
    VTR: Videotron


    T-Mobile Image
    March 2014 - 4.3 JellyBean - New!
    Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVUENC2
    Do not flash a prior release after flashing this, it has been reported to cause bricks, read the thread for more information.
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVUENC2.7z

    November 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVUEMJC
    Do not flash a prior release after flashing this, it has been reported to cause bricks, read the thread for more information.
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVUEMJC_2.7z

    April 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVDMD5
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVDMD5.7z

    January 2013 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVDLJC
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVDLJC.7z

    Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999UVDLJA (October 2012 - 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_TMO_T999UVDLJA.7z


    T-Mobile LTE Image
    March 2014 - 4.3 JellyBean - New!
    Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999LUVUBNC1
    Download :: Download - root66_TMO-L_T999LUVUBNC1.7z

    December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image TMO T999LUVUBMK4
    Download :: Download - root66_TMO-L_T999LUVUBMK4.7z


    WIND Image
    December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image GLW T999VVLUEMK5
    Download :: Download - root66_GLW_T999VVLUEMK5.7z

    June 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image GLW T999VVLDMF2
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_GLW_T999VVLDMF2.7z

    December 2012 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image GLW T999VVLDLL1
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_GLW_T999VVLDLL1.7z


    Mobilicity Image
    December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image MCT T999VVLUEMK5
    Download :: Download - root66_MCT_T999VVLUEMK5.7z

    June 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image MCT T999VVLDMF2
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_MCT_T999VVLDMF2.7z

    December 2012 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image MCT T999VVLDLL1
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_MCT_T999VVLDLL1.7z


    Videotron Image
    December 2013 - 4.3 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image VTR T999VVLUEMK5
    Download :: Download - root66_VTR_T999VVLUEMK5.7z

    June 2013 - 4.1.2 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image VTR T999VVLDMF2
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_VTR_T999VVLDMF2.7z

    December 2012 - 4.1.1 JellyBean
    Note: This is based off of the stock image VTR T999VVLDLL1
    Perm Mirror: Download - root66_VTR_T999VVLDLL1.7z


    Second,
    Extract the root66 tar file from the .7z file you downloaded.
    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 tar 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.

    If you are coming from a different rom base (non-stock) you will want to factory wipe/reset in recovery after flashing this.

    OTA Updates:
    Stock Recovery: Once rooted with above method, if you receive a notification for an OTA update, it has been verified you can use OTA RootKeeper to retain root through the update process.

    Non-Stock Recovery: If you have loaded a non-stock recovery (per below) you can simply use it to flash the OTA update flashable zip I've created. This is the stock OTA just modified to be flashable in CWM and TWRP and not lose root in the process. As such it still does all the checks so if you have deviated from the rooted stock image above by modifying system files this will fail.
    Download: OTA Update UVALJ4 to UVDLJA
    Download: OTA Update UVDLJA to UVDLJC

    Third, (optional)
    Note: On Jelly Bean releases it is possible and I'd say probable based on my experience with the Note II that loading a non-stock recovery will trip the counter no matter how you install it.
    If you want to get clockworkmod recovery loaded so you can flash whatever you want, nandroid, etc then continue on....
    Once rebooted you can essentially follow this thread to load the clockworkmod recovery. As long as you flash the recovery using the dd method with adb (or use terminal emulator from the play store) then you will NOT trip the flash counter. If you use ODIN to flash a custom recovery you will trip the counter.

    Third, alternate if unfamiliar with adb commands and uncomfortable using any command line
    Decide if you want to use TWRP or CWM.
    If you would like to install ClockworkMod recovery then grab Rom Manager from the Play store and in the menu select to install ClockworkMod Recovery.
    If you would like to install TeamWin Recovery Project then grab GooManager from the Play store and select the option to "Install OpenRecovery Script".

    De-Bloater
    If you've made it this far with a stock, rooted phone with cwm and you don't want to flash a custom rom (which will do its own de-bloating) you can check out my Aroma installer based De-bloater to easily get rid of bloat system apps you no longer want to see. Simply flash in CWM 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 Recommended and still get a decent de-bloat.​

    [Note: Flashing this with ODIN will not wipe /sdcard or /data. Keep that in mind depending on your usage.]

    Bonus Downloads
    Odin Flashable Stock TMO UVDMD5 Recovery - This is an Odin Flashable STOCK Recovery for TMO from UVDMD5 release - TMO_recovery_T999UVDMD5.tar.md5
    Odin Flashable TWRP Recovery - openrecovery-twrp-2.3.1.0-d2tmo.tar.md5

    Thanks
    To get the injected root system image I followed pieces of
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=27801304&postcount=1
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=22798858&postcount=32

    so thanks to those guys. Neither of those worked out of the box needed a bit of tweaking.
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    I disabled my phone's ability to OTA update, so I'll wait for the next rev of this awesome fix.

    OP Updated with the root66_TMO_T999UVDLJA.7z

    this injects latest SuperSU 0.98 and su binary.
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    Hopefully Mr. Robinson will give us the root66 file. Thanks in advance!

    OP Updated with :: root66_TMO_T999UVDMD5.7z
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    Well, as much as I appreciate all the hard work from the devs on this site, I'm not flashing this until the OP can answer why there is such a big size difference. I'm definitely careful with what I flash. Anyone on Wind Mobile should know that Wind's phones, unlike the bigger service providers, come with no bloat. It's a little discomforting that the OP hasn't answered back yet. So until then, I'll patiently wait. 500MB is a really big difference in size.

    There is more detailed info in my root thread for att. So peruse there in your free time. The gist of it is that Samsung uses a compressed image. The tool used to recompress the image once it was converted to an ext4 I could mount would never flash correctly in Odin. Hence I left it uncompressed. They are both tar. A tar doesn't compress. This adds 2 files to the stock image. An su binary and superuser.apk.

    To whoever said spyware or phishing stuff etc you have to be kidding. It doesn't take a genius to look at running process and system apps on android. You are rooted. You can dump a log cat and look at damn near everything. I've made a rooted stock image for att, tmo, sprint, rogers, bell, wind, Verizon, etc. They all add the same 2 files. Either I'm the biggest genius on this site to inject spyware into a ROM across 4 different carrier forums that no one is able to detect or I have a gs3, wanted to root the stock image and decided to share it. I'll let you be the detective to figure that one out.
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    MrRobinson, i used this method to root long back and still rocking UVALEM firmware which is the original version. Are you planning to update the thread when Jellybean OTA is out? Do you think that can be Odin flashed directly on top of T999UVALEM without losing apps and settings?

    Sent from my SGH-T999

    I'll keep this updated when the full stock roms are released through official channels. I won't update it based from leaks or from OTA's. Though usually once the OTA is out it typically isn't too long before the full stock of it hit's Kies. I only do this to ensure the image integrity. I think of this root method as the way to use if you messed up your phone and it will no longer boot. You can drop to download mode and flash this and ensure you are on stock yet with root so you can easily move from this point forward.