[ROOT] [RECOVERY] SCH-i535

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invisiblek

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Message for Verizon: http://i.imgur.com/2Cmoq.jpg

Important information:

- If you get to a point where you don't want to go any further, or things don't work, you can always flash the stock rom (extract the .tar.md5 from the zip) using Odin in your bootloader. Get that here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1755386

- Do not attempt this hack if you've disabled apps. Re-enable them first or use the stock ruu from above before attempting this. (You'll save yourself a bunch of time)



First off, you'll need some files. This basically flashes a custom system.img.ext4 which has your su binary. You then boot up and flash cwm or twrp

1. USB Drivers: http://tinyw.in/Fdoz
2. Odin: http://samsung-updates.com/Odin307.zip
3. One Rooted system.img tarball:
4. Recovery image:


Ok, lets get started....

1. Boot into Odin mode on the phone. Do this by powering off and then holding vol down, home and power to power on. Then press vol up to accept the disclaimer. Plug into your computer.

2. Fire up Odin (Heimdeil may work in linux, haven't tested) choose the PDA section and browse to wherever you downloaded rooted.system.img.tar then click flash. This takes awhile, be patient. Took me around 8 minutes to flash this.

3. It will auto reboot. It should boot up and thing should act mostly normal except that you'll be able to adb in and use su to take root

If you don't want a custom recovery, you may stop here. You are rooted.




Continuing on to get custom recovery on your device...

4. You'll need adb installed and working for this. If you don't know how, this isn't the thread for that. Open a command prompt and follow these commands:

<cd to the directory with the files you downloaded earlier>
(if you downloaded twrp8.img, use that instead of recovery.img in the commands)
Code:
adb push recovery.img /sdcard/
adb shell
su
dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
reboot recovery

5. Profit

EXTRA CREDIT: Hate the VZW boot logo and audio as much as I do? Flash this in CWM: http://www.mediafire.com/?m6urrypvx2c156p
Its a stock Samsung Boot animation (pulled from Blazer ROM)

You are welcome to join me in #verizons3 on irc.freenode.net for help

enjoy :)


Thanks to many people...
Epic 4g Touch Team
Samsung-Updates.com
rizdroid for this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=27801304&postcount=1 which i loosely followed to build our rooted system.img
Many others for bits an pieces for this whole thing


FAQ:

Q: It's not working!!! Keeps failing!!!
A: Try again. Turn the phone off (battery pull) and boot into download mode again

Q: Odin doesn't seem to be doing anything!
A: Be patient, it can take awhile sometimes. I've also noticed if you try to flash something, and leave the phone plugged in and try to flash something else it won't work. Unplug, then replug, then try flashing again

Q: Does this trip the flash counter?
A: No

Q: Can we flash custom kernels?
A: Not properly at this time. If we flash to our boot partition, we'll end up with this: http://i.imgur.com/Ci0gY.png We can still recover from this by booting into odin mode and flashing the stock boot.img, found here: http://goo.im/devs/invisiblek/i535/stock.kernel.tar
 
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adam80460

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Yeah buddy ..all I need now is my damn device ..

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
 

Ker~Man

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Doing This **** RIGHT Now! Got Out Of Bed Because I Literally Couldn't Stop Thinking About How Bad These VZW SGS3 Problems SUCKED, And Within 15 Minutes Here Comes THIS! Yeah Boyyy!!!
 
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Ker~Man

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The large system.img upload isn't finished uploading yet. Fingers crossed, nonetheless. I'm banging the "refresh" button on this page every 10 seconds or so!
 

bbeelzebub

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This is brilliant. I can't wait to get my phone now. Hopefully the BL is next.


As somebody that has made it his new goal to do everything Verizon doesn't want me to do for the next two years, I greatly appreciate this. :silly:
 

akanealw

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Does this trip the flash counter? From what I can surmise from other S3 root methods, the system image root method doesn't trip the counter. Is that true for this as well?
 

Neverendingxsin

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Well this might be difficult to download, it stops downloading randomly and my download speed just continues to drop and then eventually stops completely :(
 

Ker~Man

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For Those Who Haven't Been Able To Try This Yet, I Have One Word That Says It All -- FLAWLESS! Already Got Exactly What Is Described In OP - Root AND CWM - And It Just Works - PERIOD! Excellent, Excellent Job My Friend! Giving The "Thanks" A Little Tappy-Tap Right Now!~
 

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    Message for Verizon: http://i.imgur.com/2Cmoq.jpg

    Important information:

    - If you get to a point where you don't want to go any further, or things don't work, you can always flash the stock rom (extract the .tar.md5 from the zip) using Odin in your bootloader. Get that here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1755386

    - Do not attempt this hack if you've disabled apps. Re-enable them first or use the stock ruu from above before attempting this. (You'll save yourself a bunch of time)



    First off, you'll need some files. This basically flashes a custom system.img.ext4 which has your su binary. You then boot up and flash cwm or twrp

    1. USB Drivers: http://tinyw.in/Fdoz
    2. Odin: http://samsung-updates.com/Odin307.zip
    3. One Rooted system.img tarball:
    4. Recovery image:


    Ok, lets get started....

    1. Boot into Odin mode on the phone. Do this by powering off and then holding vol down, home and power to power on. Then press vol up to accept the disclaimer. Plug into your computer.

    2. Fire up Odin (Heimdeil may work in linux, haven't tested) choose the PDA section and browse to wherever you downloaded rooted.system.img.tar then click flash. This takes awhile, be patient. Took me around 8 minutes to flash this.

    3. It will auto reboot. It should boot up and thing should act mostly normal except that you'll be able to adb in and use su to take root

    If you don't want a custom recovery, you may stop here. You are rooted.




    Continuing on to get custom recovery on your device...

    4. You'll need adb installed and working for this. If you don't know how, this isn't the thread for that. Open a command prompt and follow these commands:

    <cd to the directory with the files you downloaded earlier>
    (if you downloaded twrp8.img, use that instead of recovery.img in the commands)
    Code:
    adb push recovery.img /sdcard/
    adb shell
    su
    dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
    reboot recovery

    5. Profit

    EXTRA CREDIT: Hate the VZW boot logo and audio as much as I do? Flash this in CWM: http://www.mediafire.com/?m6urrypvx2c156p
    Its a stock Samsung Boot animation (pulled from Blazer ROM)

    You are welcome to join me in #verizons3 on irc.freenode.net for help

    enjoy :)


    Thanks to many people...
    Epic 4g Touch Team
    Samsung-Updates.com
    rizdroid for this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=27801304&postcount=1 which i loosely followed to build our rooted system.img
    Many others for bits an pieces for this whole thing


    FAQ:

    Q: It's not working!!! Keeps failing!!!
    A: Try again. Turn the phone off (battery pull) and boot into download mode again

    Q: Odin doesn't seem to be doing anything!
    A: Be patient, it can take awhile sometimes. I've also noticed if you try to flash something, and leave the phone plugged in and try to flash something else it won't work. Unplug, then replug, then try flashing again

    Q: Does this trip the flash counter?
    A: No

    Q: Can we flash custom kernels?
    A: Not properly at this time. If we flash to our boot partition, we'll end up with this: http://i.imgur.com/Ci0gY.png We can still recover from this by booting into odin mode and flashing the stock boot.img, found here: http://goo.im/devs/invisiblek/i535/stock.kernel.tar
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    So what does this mean? Can we use the recovery image for custom kernel? Sorry if I'm jumping the gun, just really anxious

    Sent from my DROID X2 using xda app-developers app

    Yeah invisiblek just got it working. He booted a non-stock kernel on his S3 via the recovery mode workaround http://pastebin.com/eARk7r48
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    i diddnt want to say this but if vzw doesnt put a unlock or theres is a really REAllY
    good workaround for this by july 28th imma be pissed and prob trade in for an iphone or a nexus

    thats great, go get an iphone
    this thread is not for this type of discussion, please go to general
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    I plan on downloading it with my tethered Verizon Android phone. As a thank you to Verizon

    K
    4
    This phone has been in the wild for what, 48 hours?

    Droid X owners, you should have got the incredible, you would have seen what a good dev community can get done. This is not a Droid X. Chill out, relax and let the folks who know what they are doing work on it. Give them time, and in the meanwhile SHUT THE HELL UP. Whining and demanding get you nowhere.

    If you want a phone that is completely open, you should have got the Nexus.

    Never expect AOSP or flashing kernels on a phone that isn't a Nexus.