Samsung Conquer 4g rooted and working flawlessly with 2.3.6

 Install Root on Samsung Conquer with the FC17 Update


Here are the files and instructions to get root and CWM on a Samsung Conquer 4G with the FC17 update. To enter Download Mode on the phone, make sure the phone is turned off and plugged into the wall charging. You should also make sure the phone has a good charge on it. Then turn the phone on by pressing the volume down and camera button and holding them while pressing the power button for a few seconds.

Here are the files you will need -

CONQUER-ROOT.zip

Unzip all the files on your computer and follow these steps.

1) Enter download mode on the phone and plug it into your computer. Open up the Odin program. Then press the OPS button and select the SPH-D600_FC17_CWM.ops file. Then press the PDA button and select the*SPH-D600_FC17_CWM.tar.md5* file. The press the Start button, the images should install and the phone reboot. Congrats, your phone now has a stock FC17 image with a CWM Recovery.

2) Next, copy the Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip and su-bin-3.0.3.2-efghi-signed.zip files to the root of your SD Card after booting up.

3) Once the phone boots up, go into settings, select Applications, then Development, then turn on USB debugging. Now you can restart the phone into recovery mode with adb. If you don't want to use adb, you can plug the phone into the wall and turn it on while holding the volume down and power button. Either way is fine, as long as you now get the phone into recovery mode.

4) The phone should now go into CWM recovery. Go to install zip from sdcard and select the Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip file you put on the sdcard and install that. Next select the su-bin-3.0.3.2-efghi-signed.zip file from your sdcard and install that.

5) Congratulations, you now have a rooted phone with the FC17 update. If you had CWM installed before, you can now do an advanced back-up, and just restore the data from your most recent backup and get all your data back.

http://www.mediafire.com/?pinr9novk8ay2p1 link to the files, (everything is included even odin)

Source:  http://androidforums.com/conquer-4g-all-things-root/535121-install-root-samsung-conquer-fc17-update.html

I have just confirmed my phone working awesome rooted with SU. Tested with ad blocker and custom recovery menu too. Now for some freaking roms or ice cream!

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  • Have you found any roms and which version of clockwork recovery do you have installed?

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  • I have not found any roms that were made for the Conquer that are 100%. There is a post somewhere on the internets about using a converted cyanogen 7 rom but according to comments there were SOME ISSUES that I was not interested in dealing with. 

    I currently have CWM 5.0.2.7 with the above instructions. I also installed Titanium backup pro which does indeed kick ass to remove all that sprint garbage until someone comes out with an awesome rom. Hopefully Ting will generate enough user base that their phones will get some mainstream attention.

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  • Mike,   I just followed the above instructions and all seems fine except for the market.  It isn't detecting preinstalled apps for updates unless i manually search for them and then update.  It's not linking the installed apps to the store for updates.  Did you have this issue?  I can't seem to fix it.

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  • I had no issues with that. You might try a factory reset. I don't remember if I did but I tend to on major changes for sport.

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  • Yeah I used this method as well and it worked flawlessly with mine. Now I need to find a stock recovery of the phone just in case I ever need to send it back for warranty replacement. If anyone knows where to find one please post it here. Also, there is some development of a custom ROM over XDA-Forums: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1611643. I haven't tried it out, but the comments look promising.

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  • Thanks for the link Pablo; if it were my phone I'd try it but I'm sure my friend (who uses the phone) is tired of my meddling :-)

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  • There's a bit of a snag. The USB tethering mode doesn't work once you use this method. Someone already posted on the previously mentioned XDA thread, so hopefully some dev will fix it. That or we wait until a stock recovery comes out.

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  • Is the usb tethering like a wired hotspot.

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  • Yeah. You connect your phone via USB to a computer. The person who mentioned this on XDA said only Google pages loaded and that everything else didn't. I just got the Google homepage to load. Everything else timed out.

    Does anyone know of a good and free wi-fi hotspot app?

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  • Did you remove the sprint hotspot?

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  • No, does that work? I thought, like visual voicemail, that was just a sprint only feature.

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  • Yeah that works for me.

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  • hmm... trying it now. Thanks for the heads up!

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  • I originally rooted my Samsung Conquer using SuperOneClick, primarily so I could turn off the annoying alarm that sounded in the middle of the night to let me know the battery was fully charged.  However, when the FC17 updated was pushed, it would not update yet kept trying every few days.  Each try resulted in a new download and thus extra data charges as the update process does not use a Wi-Fi connection and instead turns it off and uses mobile data.  I found the instructions in the first post above on the Android Forums website and managed to get my phone updated to FC17.  I ran into a few snags following the directions as I am a PC guy and had no experience with rooting Android phones. 

    So, after getting everything working, I rewrote the directions to make a little more sense for someone who isn't an Android guru.

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    Here are the files and instructions to get root and CWM on a Samsung Conquer 4G with the FC17 update.

     1)            Here are the files you will need - CONQUER-ROOT.zip

     2)            Unzip all the files on your computer.

     3)            The Odin file will have a .rar extension.  This is also a compressed format and needs to be extracted.  If you don’t have a rar extractor, search the web for 7-Zip and use it.  After extracting the rar file, you’ll have a file called Multi-Downloader.

     4)            Make sure the phone has a good charge on it before continuing.

     5)            To enter Download Mode on the phone, make sure the phone is turned off and plugged into the wall charging.

     6)            Then turn the phone on by pressing the volume down and camera button and holding them while pressing the power button for a few seconds.  The phone should boot into download mode with a “downloading” icon on the screen.

     7)            Make sure the phone is in download mode and then plug it into your computer. 

    Open up the Odin Multi-Downloader program.

    Then press the OPS button and select the SPH-D600_FC17_CWM.ops file.

    Then press the PDA button and select the SPH-D600_FC17_CWM.tar.md5 file.

    Then press the Start button, the images should install and the phone reboot.

    Congrats, your phone now has a stock FC17 image with a CWM Recovery.

     8)            Next, copy the Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip and su-bin-3.0.3.2-efghi-signed.zip files to the root of your SD Card after booting up.

     9)            Once the phone boots up, go into settings, select Applications, then Development, then turn on USB debugging.  Then, turn the phone off.

     10)        Now you can restart the phone into recovery mode.  Plug the phone into the wall and turn it on while holding the volume down and power button continuously until the phone is in recovery mode.  If you let up on the buttons too soon, it will boot into phone mode and you’ll have to power off and try again.  Alternately, you can use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to enter recovery mode.  Then, use the volume up and down or the menu, home keys to highlight one of the options.  The search key is then used to select the highlighted option.

     11)        The phone should now go into CWM recovery. Choose menu option “install zip from sdcard” and select the Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip file you put on the sdcard and install that. Next select the su-bin-3.0.3.2-efghi-signed.zip file from your sdcard and install that.

     12)        Congratulations, you now have a rooted phone with the FC17 update. If you had CWM installed before, you can use it to restore your data from your most recent backup.  If you had root before and used Titanium Backup to backup your apps and data, you can reinstall Titanium Backup and use it to restore all of your apps and associated data.

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    I highly recommend Titanium Backup.  It saved me much work in getting my phone set back up after the FC17 update.

    Hope this helps.

    DC

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  • Well, my laptop connects to the wifi hotspot but when I enter a website it takes forever. When I opened Firefox it loaded the google page ok. I typed in an address and on the bottom left corner of Firefox a notification popped up saying it was connecting and then transferring with the website I entered in the address bar.  I opened up Task Manager in Windows and I could see that my wifi connection was receiving approximately 8-12 kps. But the website would not load. I tried a bunch of other large commercial website (NYT, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, FOX) and nothing would ever load. This is kinda lame since one of the reasons I changed over to this was to use the hotspot mode.

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  • Pablo, I'm not sure what is going on with your situation.  I just tested both my USB tethering and my Wi-Fi hot spot and can confirm both are working with FC17.  The first time I loaded a page with USB tethering it was very slow but subsequent pages connected just fine.  I did have to go to Samsung's support page and download the drivers for the Conquer and install them on my laptop.  It wouldn't work until I did that even though it seemed to recognize my device.

    DC

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  • This was my tutorial, glad to have helped some people.  I'm currently going to work on a CM or AOKP ROM, or possibly a completely custom ROM.  You can find me around the Android Forums, Root Wiki, and XDA Developers.  Keep an eye open for some kind of ROM in the future.

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  • Thanks for the tutorial Brien! Hopefully some awesome roms will come out soon. I'd like to delete that stupid sprint id from my shortcuts. It is dumb that there is a gigantic ID button where the vanilla rom has the browser shortcut instead. Who uses sprint id anyhow?

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  • @ D C, I thought I would just check my device's settings in the Ting dash board and both the "Can access the internet" and "Allow other devices to tether to this device" were checked. I had a similar problem with this phone and another Conquer where in the device setting's page the service was selected (in the first case it was Voice Mail) but the phone was not able to use the service. In both cases I unselected each option and saved the new settings separately and then I turned each service on separately. This fixed both the no voice mail and no internet/tethering problems. Anyway, the phone is working perfectly again.

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  • Just an update on making a ROM for this phone.  I've got a ROM working now that has /etc/init.d script support, bootanimation.zip support, memory optimizations, and uses GoLauncher and GoLocker as the default launcher/lockscreen combo, and the stock lockscreen is disabled at boot, so there is no double-lockscreen that normally happens when you use an aftermarket lockscreen.  The ROM so far only supports launching GoLocker as the lockscreen on bootup, as making a script to launch any lockscreen in /etc/init.d was not working.  I can only actually launch an app by modifying the boot.img for now.  I picked GoLauncher, because I love the theme and customizations of it, and their lockscreens have many different themes, or you can make your own.  Since the lockscreen is an integral part of the framework, doing it this way allows for more user-friendly customizations.  I know a lot of people like ADW Launcher, but for anyone that likes GoLauncher, let me know, and I'll post a ROM for testing if you like.  You can always change the actual Launcher with one from the market if you don't like GoLauncher, but the only way for the phone to have a lockscreen at bootup with my ROM, is to have GoLocker installed.

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  • How do you get the Conquer over to the Ting network?  If I have a brand new Conquer how do you go about getting it on Ting's service?  Does rooting do this?  

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  • I figured out that I would need to switch the ESN / MEID number from a Ting phone over to the Conquer - do you still have to go through the process of switching settings in CDMA Workshop / DFS?  Or, since it's a phone that Ting provides as well does the ESN / MEID only have to be changed?

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  • I'd just like to bump the topic as I'm also interested in cloning this phone and in general.

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  • I'm currently running 2.3.6 rooted. I received a 10MB OTA update this morning. I already know installing the update will remove root, I'm just wondering if anyone has details on what this update is, and if they've had success re-rooting after installing it.

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  • For those curious, I took the plung, backed up my NAND in clockworkmod and tried to install the update. It progressed then failed with an exclaimation point in a triangle. The phone was unresponsive requiring a battery pull. But it booted back up fine and the update message is gone, however, I'm still on FC17.

     

    According to http://community.sprint.com/baw/message/430247

    Samsung Conquer 4G Software Update - FE16

     

    *Enhancements/Fixes: * - 4G Modem Update - not customer impacting  

    • Lock screen changes - swipe in any direction to unlock

     

    Important Notes: - Software version is GINGERBREAD.FE16

    • Download and install time is approximately 5 minutes - Released in stages with 100% of devices having received the update within 10 days

    • Refer to the Samsung Conquer 4G Software Updates blog for install instructions

     

    The update should 'upgrade' FC17 to FE16. However, after investigating, this update only does two things. It updates the PRL and Profile, and modify's the lock screen. The PRL and Profile can be updated manually (if you go into About Phone > System Updates, you can manually download the updates seperately from the firmware) and the lock screen modification is UNWANTED. It removes the left-hand swipe to silence the phone and makes it unlock the phone instead. So basically it 'removes' a useful feature of the lock screen.

    If it were adding a ICS-style lock screen, I'd be all for it, but after reading reports, I wouldn't recommend installing this update, even if your phone isn't rooted and it can be successfully installed.

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  • Investingating...this OTA update does patch the WiMax modem firmware. The update is a 922kb 'delta' patch so it can't be flashed directly as it is a differential patch (like the entire OTA update, which is why mine failed because it's attempt to patch some files failed as they are not stock system files.)

    I've extracted the modem_delta.bin from 687e56179345.update_SPH-D600_FC17_to_FE16.zip (OTA Update) which is really all I'd like to install. I remember a year back someone made  a delta install tool for patching the modem firmware on the Epic 4G. Provide email address if you want me to email you the OTA update zip, otherwise it should be a 10MB file in your /cache/ folder.

    I removed all the sprint ID crap from my ROM, which is probably why my OTA isn't installing. It likely has nothing to do with root. I looked through the install manifest and it doesn't appear to modify any file permissions (so will leave them 777) but if you are missing a file it attempts to patch, it will fail. If you have an incompatible version of a file it attempts to patch, it is set to bypass updating it.

    This update has patches for recovery and boot (in the form of boot.img.p and recovery-from-boot.p) so I assume it will also fail if you have CWM installed and it attempts to patch boot.

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  • Thanks for the update info Tim.  I received the update this morning but it failed as yours did.  I'm rooted using Brien's method above.  When FC17 was pushed it kept downloading the same 10MB file every few days, eating into my MB usage each time as for some reason it refused to use WiFi.  I hope this one doesn't do the same.  I only rooted to kill that annoying notification alarm for when the battery was full.  Maybe Brien will figure out how to incorporate any needed changes in FE16 to his method.

     

    DC

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  • I did the update, got the triangle of death. Pulled battery and restarted. I don't really care for the update as the phone works great. They need to patch the screen to amoled though that would be nice : )

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  • All I'm interested in is the WiMax modem firmware update. I'm going to ODIN back to stock and hopefully they'll dispatch FC17 and FE16 OTA's fairly quickly to me (since I can't locate them online) and assuming the update flashes the modem chip's firmware itself, I should then be able to reapply the conquer-root.zip above and keep the new WiMax modem firmware.

    I actually don't want the new lock screen. I use my lockscreen to silence my phone daily for meetings, dinner, movies, or just quiet time. My last phone was a HP Veer which has a physical silence button, much like the iPhone does. Being able to instantly silence a phone is among the most important features to have.

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  • Well, since the update has a worse lockscreen, I will go ahead and finish the FC17 ROM I am working on.  Currently, its sole purpose is to extend your battery life.  The only thing "fancy" I added, was a battery icon hack, which displays your battery percentage in place of the old battery icon.  You will not need to add an after-market battery monitor program, which will reduce one program to always have running on your phone.  I also changed the font to the ICS font, which looks nicer than the stock font.  It will also have a reboot menu on the shut down menu, where you can reboot, reboot into recovery, or reboot into download mode, although I haven't got the reboot into download mode working yet, I will leave it in, until I can get it to work.  I have also disbanded the GoLauncher and GoLocker route, and I am using the ADW Launcher and stock lockscreen, as it really is the best, especially for memory and battery use.  The whole ROM will also be deodexed and zipaligned and all bloatware removed, like SprintID, etc.  It has memory hacks and 3G hacks, and is more responsive, has longer battery life, and a way faster network when on 3G.  Once I complete the ROM, you will no longer be nagged to update, you will retain root, and most importantly, your battery will last, much, much longer.  The last time I charged up my phone, it lasted 2 days and 8 hours, before the battery reached 4% and I recharged the phone.  With light use, you easily get 2 days of life per charge, and with moderate use, about 1.25 - 1.5 days of use, and with heavy use, you should still get close to 20-24 hours of use.  I don't know about anyone else, but I could barely make it to the end of the day on a battery charge, but not now.  I can tell there is now a huge increase in battery life.  I would also suggest uninstalling any programs that automatically stop programs for you, as those will have the opposite effect when used with the tweaked settings in this ROM, and the program used to do this, will just be using up memory and battery life itself.  The ROM also allows you to change the boot animation, by doing it the old fashioned way, with a bootanimation.zip file in your /system/media folder.  I will have full instructions to add even more tweaks, how to change the bootup sound, and some other things as well.  I hope to make this ROM, the ROM everyone will want.

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