The bootloader is started shortly after the device's basic checks and is responsible for loading the Android OS. It can be used to boot different rooms besides the stock firmware, if the bootloader is unlocked.

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What is S-OFF? Why would I want to do it?

I always root my android devices, but there's something called obtaining S-OFF for certain devices, and I have no idea what that means. What exactly does the term S-OFF relate to? Why would I want ...
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Galaxy s2 will not boot, wrong bootloader

My Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I1900 won't boot. I tried to update to ICS with Kies which crashed, wherefore I unplugged the USB to start over. Now my phone had no OS, and wouldn't respond to Kies anymore. ...
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Nexus One stuck in loading screen - How to save application data? (ROOTED)

I have my N1 rooted and after I installed BlackRose and change the partitions with password protection I wasn't able to start Android ever again. It show this screen: I can access to the adb shell, ...
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Is it possible to s-off without wiping out phone memory? [closed]

Is it? I don't want to wipe out my apps.
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Do custom ROMs like CyanogenMod modify your bootloader?

Does a custom ROM like CyanogenMod come with their own bootloader or does it just overwrite the /boot kernel and /system? Does the bootloader take responsibility to lock your SIM card on a carrier? ...
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How to and from where install ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on GT-P1000?

Currently I am trying to upgrade my Android OS from 2.3.3 to Cyanogenmod 9 not with "Odin" but via the bootloader and SD-card. Now I had a problem with "Signature verification failed" described here ...
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Problem with unlocking the HTC Wildfire bootloader with HTC unlocker

I tried to unlock HTC bootloader by the official tool but I get to the stage when I issue the command: fastboot oem get_identifier_token Unfortunatly I get error ... (bootloader) [ERR] Command ...
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Is it possible to get multi-user support on Android with help from the boot manager?

I know that a common problem with Android tablets is that they lack multi-user support. I wonder if there isn't already a solution that allows me to select the user on boot by linking/moving/changing ...
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How do I unlock the bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

I have a LTE (Verizon) Samsung Galaxy Nexus. How do I go about unlocking the bootloader such that I can root the device?
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How do I unlock the bootloader on my Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro?

I own a "Sony Ericcson Xperia Mini Pro" (model number SK17i) running Android 2.3.3 (Kernel 2.6.32.8-perf, build number 4.0.A.2.335). It's branded by Orange Austria. I'm looking for a way to root it, ...
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Unlocking the Bootloader on a Nexus One with S-On

I'm interested in rooting my (Very recently bought) nexus one, and installing Cyanogenmod over Fastboot. However, on the boot screen of my device I've noticed the first line tells me that security is ...
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Xperia play bootloader locked?

Hi guys i've been trying for quite a while to unlock the bootloader of the phone i've bought. It's from hong kong and branded to vodafone it's not sim locked as I tried an optus sim and it worked. I ...
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Can I get back to root-able HBoot version by doing a factory reset

I have a HTC Wildfire (Buzz) that originally came with Eclair. I now have Froyo on it and the Unrevoked tool doesn't work as the HBoot version is not supported (too new for Unrevoked). At this point, ...
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Does the Samsung Galaxy S II come with an unlocked bootloader?

Does the Samsung Galaxy S II come with an unlocked bootloader as earlier promised by Samsung?
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How to unlock Nexus S 2.3.3 bootloader without having to wipe all device data?

The usual way is to execute: fastboot oem unlock But this will erase all my private data.