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By Jhyrachy, Senior Member on 12th October 2015, 05:54 PM
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Compatible models:
Original posts by @miau9202: (Go and leave a thanks to him!)
>ZE500KL
>ZE500KG

Compatible System Version:
>WW_12.8.5.118 (Original relase)
>WW_12.8.5.156 (Tested by me and some user) [There is also the version made by @gavrila with the new kernel version, see above]
>WW_12.8.5.172 (Tested by @aschitaka and @96DANGER96 )

How To:
1 - Install adb and fastboot driver (follow THIS guide)
>Now you can connect the phone to your computer
2 - Reboot in fastboot mode with one of the following method:
a -Volume Up while booting up
b -With adb, after enabling USB debugging in developer settings, using:
Code:
 adb reboot bootloader
3 - When you are in the bootloader, run this command:

Code:
fastboot boot mod_boot.img
IMPORTANT: DON'T FLASH IT OR YOU WILL GET BOOTLOOP!!!

>Now your phone should automatically reboot with root installed and working!

Bug:
>While not everyone had it, there was a case where com.asus.services started crashing every boot after rooting, the only way to fix it was to reflash the OTA and wipe the data partition
>While new version come out, new bug may appear, please let us know!

Note:
NO ONE IN THIS FORUM, NOR THE FORUME ITSELF, IT'S RESPONSABLE OF YOUR ACTION!
THIS GUIDE COULD BRICK YOUR PHONE, FOLLOW IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Download:
ZE500KL: Original Post - Mirror
ZE500KG: Original Post - Mirror

Version .156 kernel made by @gavrila: Original Post - Mirror

Tested root apps:
Code:
Link2SD - Working
ES File Browser - Working
No-frills CPU Control - Not Working (feqs locked)
ADB Shell - Working
Xposed Framework - Working
AdAway - Working
Greenify - Working
Titanium Backup - Working
ROM Toolbox - Working
To install Xposed framework go HERE!

To remove root:
1 - Download from the Asus site your firmware version or above
2 - Put it in your external sd card (IMPORTANT. It will NOT work if it's in the internal memory)
3 -Reboot your phone and enter in recovery with one of the following methods:
a -Volume Down while booting up
b -With adb, after enabling USB debugging in developer settings, using:
Code:
 adb reboot recovery
4 - When in recovery select "Install from zip" and select the zip you downloaded
5 - When done, wipe cache and reboot your phone. Now root is gone and all the system apps are back.

Credits:
@miau9202 - Original developer
@shakalaca - For technical and knowledge support
@Jhyrachy - Tester ZE500KL
@96DANGER96 - Tester ZE500KL
@visioncored - Tester ZE500KG
@gavrila - For updated root and twrp

Resources (for Asus ZE500KL)
> Asus Official Firmware and Kernel Source
> Original boot.img
> Decompressed original boot.img (with unpackbootimg)
> Official recovery (linked by @miau9202, credits to @shakalaca )
> Original dt.img (extracted from official recovery)
> Device Tree
> Rooted boot.img
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12th October 2015, 06:01 PM |#2  
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Hi everybody!

First of all i want to say I'm not a "devoloper", just a guy with a phone and a little background in programming, so anything i may write is an interpretation or an idea i made up of something and probably it's wrong, so feel free to correct me (obviusly with proof and documentation)

In another thread we (people with a ze500kl) started to think a way to root our phone and made some try (especially thanks to @wiiliamchung )

Actually we menaged pretty nothing but since we are a community we can share tought and ideas to try to make something working!

For now our best bet is inspired from the root method of the ZE551ML (Point 3.1, method 2)

So we are trying to compile a new recovery to push supersu in the /system folder

@williamchung already tried compiling the CWM but it didn't worked.

Actually i'm downloading on a server the Omnirom source to compile the TWRP.

For compiling TWRP and CWM you need the boot.img, that I have extracted from the official Asus firmware , that is a simple .zip file, so i just opened it and extracted the boot.img, that you can also download HERE, if you don't want to download the 1.3Gb of firmware.

Using THIS guide we can extract the required info from boot.img and start building our recovery, at least in theory!

I'll update this post when we discover something new!

Nice! I used cm10.1 to compile cwm6 on the previous build and at the time of this writing, I'm compiling cwm on the cm12.1 branch. Let's just hope it works!
Good luck on your twrp build!
Edit: I'm also doing a twrp build too. What branch are you using? I'm using Omni 5.1 or is it 5.0 I have to check again
12th October 2015, 06:03 PM |#3  
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Have you managed to extract Boardconfig.mk after all?

i had trouble dumping boot.img so i downloaded the firmware
12th October 2015, 06:07 PM |#4  
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Have you managed to extract Boardconfig.mk after all?

i had trouble dumping boot.img so i downloaded the firmware

Nope. I keep getting errors. I think I need to re-sync the branch as I think I'm missing some stuff.
12th October 2015, 06:08 PM |#5  
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Nope. I keep getting errors. I think I need to re-sync the branch as I think I'm missing some stuff.

Well, on my 30Gb server i finished the space and i needed to expand it!

Btw, download the boot.img I uploaded, maybe it will works.
12th October 2015, 08:23 PM |#6  
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Btw, download the boot.img I uploaded, maybe it will works.

Sure, I'll check it out. Did you get it from the WW…118 or the WW…106 firmware?
12th October 2015, 09:25 PM |#7  
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Sure, I'll check it out. Did you get it from the WW…116 or the WW…108 firmware?

i downloaded the WW118
12th October 2015, 11:04 PM |#8  
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UPDATE: thansk to @bigbiff and @Dees_Troy in the TWRP chat i learned that BoardConfig.mk and recovery.fstab are not included in the boot.img

I will study how to make them
13th October 2015, 07:57 AM |#9  
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Originally Posted by Jhyrachy

UPDATE: thansk to @bigbiff and @Dees_Troy in the TWRP chat i learned that BoardConfig.mk and recovery.fstab are not included in the boot.img

I will study how to make them

This can help you

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1943625

People already compiled twrp for s4 mini plus, that has got same cpu
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13th October 2015, 11:31 AM |#10  
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This can help you

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1943625

People already compiled twrp for s4 mini plus, that has got same cpu

thanks, but sadly is not just a copy paste :/

Also looks like their cpu is slightly different, but i'll take a look
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This can help you

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1943625

People already compiled twrp for s4 mini plus, that has got same cpu

s4 mini is totally different in comparison of ze5500kl or ze550kl.
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