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Samsung Galaxy S in boot loop after following cyanogen mod's full update guide

I have been following this guide to root my Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. I've followed it to the letter, but after I load the new kernel to the phone, the phone gets stuck in a boot loop. The phone ...
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Why does rooting the Android voids it's warranty? [closed]

Why does rooting the Android voids it's warranty? Why is it so bad, I guess that rooting would be like opening my program folder and editing some files, is this wrong?
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Get root or re-install the OS without a USB cable?

Usually, the guides for getting root or re-installing the OS on an Android device (I have a Samsung Galaxy S, which I'm mostly inetersted about) tell to flash the device from another computer through ...
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How do I root my device with Mac OS X?

Similar to How do I root my device?, except using Mac OS X. Everywhere I try to find the answer to leads me to Windows applications. Are there any guides or tools for OS X?
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Does rooting mean I will always run my device as root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How exactly does “root” user access/account works? Do all applications run as root on my phone after rooting? I understand the root user under Linux and the ...
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How can I use su again after OTA-upgrading my rooted phone?

I had previously rooted my droid when it was running 2.2 froyo. Using the OTA upgrade, i got a gingerbread (2.3.4) for my phone. As obvious, the root privileges were gone..but the superuser app and ...
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Problems rooting Samsung Galaxy S: SuperOneClick stops responding at step 7

I am having an awful time trying to update my new Galaxy S to ICS. I found a well rated ROM .zip on code.google.com but first I need to root the phone so I can unlock the bootloader. I have been ...
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Difference between ways of rooting device [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can't the su binary simply be copied (techical response please) What is the difference between flashing device with root ROM and simple pushing su utility to ...
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Why can't the su binary simply be copied (techical response please)

I have rooted several Samsung devices and the underlying "goal" so to speak seems to be to get the su binary in /system/xbinand install Superuser.apk. My question is why does one have to jump through ...
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Root Samsung Epic Galaxy 4G (SPH-D700) on FC09 Gingerbread?

I have been searching for a while and am trying to figure out if I can root the SPH-D700 on the FC09 update. I just cant find any information regarding that. Id like to Root the phone, either if I ...
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How can I root my Samsung Galaxy S3? Should I defer the system update?

I pre-ordered a Verizon SGS3, and it shipped to me before it was even available in stores. Since then I have not updated any programs that were Verizon-related. If at some point I want to root my ...
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Is there a way to log into and root my device without using ADB?

With the Android SDK it is possible to run the "adb shell" command to shell into an Android device plugged in via USB. I would like to know: Is there another way to log into an Android device and ...
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If I root my Asus Transformer, will I still get and install the manufacture updates?

I have an Asus Eee Pad Transformer which I recently upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean from the manufacture. If I were to root my device, will I still be able to get updates from the manufacture? Its great ...
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Force debug in safe mode via USB?

I did something so stupid I'm almost kind of proud of it. I rooted my LG Optimus T (Froyo) using Gingerbreak, cleaned out a bunch of stuff, and accidentally deleted the home screen launcher. No big, ...
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My new phone came with super user but I didn't root it

I've just got a new Samsung Galaxy Y from Unique Mobiles (http://www.uniquemobiles.com.au). The package was still intact when I picked it up and the "don't accept this if this sticker is broken" ...
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Latest Cyanogenmod doesn't want to be rooted?

I just saw that if I need to install the latest Cyanogenmod on my tab (Galaxy Tab 2 7 (GT-P3113)) I don't need to root it. Is this true? Any one have more information on this? So will it be easy to ...
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What if I accidentally checked CDMA/LTE instead of GSM/HPA+ in the Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit?

I tried to use WugFresh's Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit to root my device, but I accidentally selected CDMLA/LTE while I have a GSM model. I tried flashing CWM recovery afterwards, but it didn't work. ...
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Beginner's questions on tweaking non-branded Android phone (rooting, update recovery, update rom) [closed]

I have some beginner's questions for clarifying some concepts in Android phone. I am using a non-branded phone (ASK SP404) running Android 4.0.3. The Android OS in the phone comes from the ...
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Object reference not set to an instance of an object. SuperOneClick

Im trying to root my Motorola Defy (not plus) and when going to root it with SuperOneClick (1.9.5) I get Object reference not set to an instance of an object. What can I do?
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How to root the Xperia Mini ST15i

I searched it a while and found some articles regarding Xperia Mini X10 also on XDA but I couldn't understand them easily. So I want help from you geeks who can give me the lighted way with simple ...
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Working root method for myTouch 4G Slide?

Is there a working root for the myTouch 4G Slide? I have Android 2.3.4. I tried Revolutionary as advised by rootzwiki, which failed with the following message. Your device: doubleshot, with HBOOT ...
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Rooting Motorolla X2 adb shell problem

i tried this tutorial and in step 1 i followed method 2. I try step 3, and when i try adb shell it works fine. but the line after, sh /sdcard/motoroot-step1.sh, I get sh: Can't open ...
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Root Motorola Defy XT

I am still trying figure out how to root the new Motorola Defy XT. It runs Gingerbread 2.3.5. Can someone help me with this? Last time (many years ago) I rooted a phone using Z4root however, as I read ...
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Root and then unroot afterwards?

On my device, I have a bunch of stock applications. Some of them I don't need. Some of them are outdated. Here's what I want to do: Root my device. Uninstall all my unnecessary apps (no changing of ...
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How to root Coby Kyros - mid7016 tablet [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I install apps on phone without using the Android Market? I am trying to install APK files which are not downloaded from Android Play/Market and they are not ...
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Consequences of rooting HTC One X?

All I want to be able to do on my device is to be able to use Titanium Backup. I don't want to install custom roms, I want to keep everything as-is but be able to run apps that need root like the ...
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Device rooting fails, but doesn't brick?

I've was trying to root my Vodafone 858 Smart (Froyo) using super one click but it stopped in the middle of the operation and the program was non-responsive so I closed and it was closed while ...
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How to root a Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance/S II Lite?

What are the steps to root this phone? As I understand, Samsung has been using an internal counter that will void your guarantee if you install a custom kernel, I'd like to avoid that.
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Why can I not access the cyanogenmod zip on my sd card?

All right, I have fouled up my Galaxy S while trying to install Cyanogenmod after rooting with Odin. I now have the clockworkMod Recovery 2.5.1.0 and I am trying to select the cyanogen Update .zip ...
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Rooting my phone and installing CyanogenMod. Can I ever go back? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to unroot a device? Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device? I have a HTC Desire HD with HTC Sense and I was thinking of rooting my ...
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su (sudo) command not found Galaxy S Vibrant

I was wondering if any of you has seen this behavior: I have an unrooted Galaxy S Vibrant and I was trying to root it permanently with z4root, unsuccessfully. While I try to do it permantly it seems ...
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How do I root my Kyocera Echo?

I've seen instructions for many other devices, but nothing for the Kyocera Echo. How do I root my Kyocera Echo without completely screwing up my phone? I've tried the Z4root to no avail. What are my ...
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Will rooting my phone improve its battery life?

I've had an HTC Desire HD with HTC Sense for about a year and I'm quite happy, except for the battery life. After upgrading to the latest version, it lasts about 24 hours with moderate/low usage. I ...
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Galaxy Nexus Official 4.0.4 update and root

Since the official 4.0.4 that be downloaded from Google's servers seems to be an update (39mb) can I update my rooted Galaxy Nexus wuthout losing root?
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False “Internal memory space is low” on tPAD - need a root access

A friend of mine has a chinese Teclast tPAD with Android 2.3.1. After some time of usage we start to get system notification "Internal memory space is low". Yet there are tons of free space in all ...
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Root Nook Color without removing Nook OS

I have a Nook Color 1.3.0 and a Mac OS X computer. I have a microSD card with ClockworkMod and such for installing the Android OS, but I would like a solution that would allow me to root so that I ...
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How to root but not root Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

Recently my family signed up for an offer from Google called Screenwise Select. As a part of the deal we got a smartphone used to connect to our TV and monitor TV shows that we watch. The phone is a ...
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How do I root Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro (MK16a/i)?

I am kind of new to Android and smartphones. Phone: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro Model number: MK16a Android version: 2.3.4 So far, I have been able to find the following sources: I first saw this ...
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How does rooting work?

Or, how do I root my device without a rooter? Rooting instructions for Android devices that I have seen are typically of the following form: Download Gingerbreak.apk Run Gingerbreak, click “root ...
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One click (or easy) way to Root Motorola Droid X with Morotola update 4.5.621

I read that the new DROID X build 4.5.621 prevents the most common Rooting methods. There is a more complicated method but I'm hoping there is a one-click method (less chance of me screwing up and ...
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Rooting GT-i9100G under linux

What is the safest method to root a Samsung Galaxy S 2 i9100 G under a GNU/Linux system? (ArchLinux). I am a programmer (without android programming experience, only desktop and web), it does not ...
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Get root access without going through replacing things?

I'm totally new to rooting and I would like to simply have root access to my phone. I don't want to do any customization whatsoever to the insides of it. Is this doable? I mean like, in terms of a PC, ...
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'Failed to access device' when trying to root Samsung Galaxy S 2.3.3 with Heimdall

I want to install CyanogenMod on my Samsung Galaxy S. In order to do that it needs to be rooted first of course. For that I followed the the explanation on the CyanogenMod wiki to the letter. ...
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Ramos W16 Android Usb driver

Have an issue with my Ramos W16. Upgraded to the last firmware. Now I want to root device, but can't install drivers. Here is hardware Id's USB\VID_18D1&PID_4E22&REV_0231 ...
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How to root my Epic 4G on mac?

Hello i am trying to root my samsung epic 4g (galaxy s) with my macbook air. I was going to use superoneclick but i cant find a version for mac, does anybody know how i can easily root my phone using ...
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Failure to boot after rooting LG Optimus V and installing CM7

I recently bought an LG Optimus V (VirginMobile) to replace my current Samsung Intercept. Upon reciept, I rooted it following the procedure at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1070018. ...
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Rooted HD2 shows unrooted as status

I have successfully installed Android Gingerbread 2.3.2 on my HTC HD2 device. While installing the DSTV app, I first tried to unroot it for sometime using the VoodooOTA Rootkeeper app. The problem is ...
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If I root my phone, can my service providor tell if I am using my phone for USB tethering or as a WiFi hotspot?

Looking at the responses to this question, it seems that a mobile service provider can't automatically detect whether or not a phone user is tethering their phone or not. Though they can infer it by ...
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Root hboot 2.18.0001 without computer (HTC EVO 4G)

My EVO 4G's charging port is broken and I am trying to gain root access on my device. Is there anyway to do so without using the USB port to connect to the computer?
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Rooting and unrooting Apex Launcher

I read the ApexLauncher FAQ and there is this line: Move the APK file to the /system/app directory manually. Make sure you set the file permission properly. Please reboot your device if the ...