[HACKS] [HOW TO] Root your Verizon Galaxy S4

Discussion in 'Galaxy S4 Development' started by wicked, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Dusty

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    Rooted... Thanks guys!

    Let the fun begin!!!
     
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    I'm confused with a few things. My gs4 is running android 4.2.2 with VRUAME7 build and I read to root it I have to format my sd card to exFAT. can somebody tell me how to do this or what this means? I have a 32gb model phone and am using my 16gb micro sd card I'm hoping it'll work.
     
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    Nvm im rooted now
     
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    boot.img

    Everytime I download the VRUAMD2 Pre-release Kernel - Link & the VRUAMDK Stock Kernel - Link files I open and extract both of these files I get a boot.img, not a md5 file like in the video. Thus not allowing me to flash them onto my phone via Odin. Is there something wrong with the link or do I need a special unpacking prg? Thanks, xXJakeXx.
     
  5. FoxKat

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    Hmmm. Mine failed the very first attempt in the far left window with a big red block. The error on the phone was "secure magicode check fail". Any ideas?

    Is it more advantageous to go with this method of root or does the CWM or TWRP method offer better options, features, simplicity, etc.?
     
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    this method doesn't work on me7
     
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    Ok, my suspicions were correct. Thanks for the clarification. I am on me7 so I am out of luck. Is there a method that can root me7?

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    There is a link in xda how to root on me7, worked like a charm for me, you just download the zip, use the terminal emulator from the playstore and put in a string of codes and thou hast root
     
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    Not sure if anyone checks this thread but when using ODIN it fails when I try to load the stock ROM (SCH-I545_MD2_423399_Kernel.tar.md5) at the very beginning of the process... I tried the steps to get it working but it was to no avail, does anyone have any idea as to what I can do to fix it?
     
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    im having trouble installing the device drivers. it messes up at the MTP USB stage. I have tried multiple ways and times and still fails. This is so frustrtating bc i just want to root it so i can flash roms
     
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    Hopefully this saves someone some time, OP may want to update post to indicate that this works (at least I assume it does) on the MDK build and not ME7. The link posted by Dalvik-Cache does work (confirmed as of 9/25) for root access on ME7 but to my knowledge, and I searched high and low last night, especially after bricking my ME7 S4, the bootloader is still locked, the only custom recovery option is SafeStrap from one of the XDA devs.

    The only ROM I know of, I'd imagine there are others, is Hyperdrive ROM, but theoretically anything that's based on the stock kernel should work. Do NOT forget to re-flash the stock kernel after flashing the ROM of your choice. Also, as it turns out, there's a very good reason to check the MD5 of the ROM before you flash it. I tried 5 or 6 mirrors before I got a matching copy. If your MD5 doesn't match, you're probably going to boot to a black screen.

    WARNING!!!

    If you plan to try this, read the SafeStrap thread thoroughly. DO NOT forget to select ROM slot 1 (vs stock which is the default when you first launch it) or you will brick your phone. It's recoverable, but you'll need ODIN, the PIT file, and a working stock ROM. The ROM was the hardest part to find, I tried three different hosts before I found a version that wasn't corrupt. I'll get the link from my laptop and, if I remember, update this post with a link to the working ROM for any unfortunate enough to be in that situation.

    Feel free to reply or PM me if you have questions, I'll do my best to help you out.

    Edited on 9/27/2013 @ 7:38 MDT (8:38 CDT) - Got the custom ROM flashed and working. If there's any interest I could do a complete step-by-step write up.
     
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