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I'm trying these steps to root my Samsung Galaxy i7500L.

When I get to step 9, recovery mode, I just see a yellow exclaimation-mark icon over a phone icon. I can reset my phone to OEM settings, but I can't see any menu or enable SU/Root.

I tried copying the rectools.tar.gz to my root folder (I assume this is the folder that opens as a drive when you plug in to your PC via USB and select "open files/folder" -- I think you need Mass Storage mode enabled though). Is that the right place?

Also, even if I reset and then just run straight recovery (without running fastboot to flash first), I see the same screen.

What am I missing?

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For some reason you're not successfully replacing the stock recovery (the "yellow exclaimation-mark icon over a phone icon") with the new one they instruct you to download. Step 7 is key:

7) Type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

This is where they have you 'flash' (copy/format) the modified recovery over the stock recovery. Is this step working for you? Simply copying the 'RECTOOLS.tar.gz' to your device's storage or SD card isn't sufficient.

On a separate note, have you investigated other means of rooting your device besides manually flashing via ADB? My favorite guide is Lifehacker's, and if I read it right you might simply be able to use SuperOneClick.

In any event, as always, tread lightly and read carefully.

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Tried SuperOneClick, didn't work. It's not about flashing the new recovery; I cannot boot the stock recover mode, under any circumstance. This is my issue. –  ashes999 Jan 8 '12 at 22:46
    
@ashes999: Per your question, the screen with the yellow exclaimation-mark icon over a phone icon where you can reset your phone to OEM settings is the stock recovery. Stock recovery won't let you Enable SU/Root, that's a function of a 3rd party recovery that must be flashed in place of your stock recovery. –  Mr. Buster Jan 9 '12 at 1:36
    
Really? That's interesting. But then, there's no way out of it without wiping your phone completely. I definitely didn't get step 7 to work, but now I can't afford risking another wipe-out. –  ashes999 Jan 9 '12 at 2:55
    
@ashes999: Well it's worth noting that flashing a new recovery shouldn't wipe your existing ROM or data, it would only change the recovery partition (a good explanation of the difference is here). Every time you're talking about recovery or rooting, though, you should make backups and be prepared for possible data loss. –  Mr. Buster Jan 9 '12 at 21:30
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