Rooting Samsung Transform Ultra

Has anybody had any success rooting this phone?

I've tried all the methods I can find via Google, and none work (either with Windows or Linux).

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  • you have to ODIN back to 2.3.4, install voodoo root locker (from market) then backup root with it, then upgrade to 2.3.6 via OTA update (will eventually download and popup)

    after the OTA update downloads and you install it to upgrade to 2.3.6, you will lose root. go into voodoo root locker and click restore root.

    this is the only known way to get root running 2.3.6 on the transform ultra. i have all the files, but they are quite large. just search forums on getting back to stock (ODIN downloader) 2.3.4, aka, EG30.

    the file you are looking for is SPH-M930_REL_EG30_PRODUCT.tar

    do not flash anything for boost mobile, you will brick.

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  • Thanks for the info, but I haven't been able to make it work.

    I located the .tar file, and found the ODIN multi downloader (v4.43)

    I booted to download mode, and the first 7/12 files went fine, but then it hung on the system.img file.

    After about 15 minutes, I just quit ODIN, and rebooted the phone by taking out the battery.

    It booted right up to android 2.3.6, nothing lost.

    I've done this half a dozen times now, and it always hangs on that file.

    Any ideas?

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  • Ok, now my phone is stuck in a loop, booting to a screen with a box and a little green android guy. a bar goes yellow across the bottom, then it reboots. over. and over. and over.

    I can use the 3 finger salute to boot to the download, but ODIN just gets stuck.

    I just read that there are different versions of ODIN for different phones, which one did you use, Tim?

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  • If ODIN hangs at a certain point I'm pretty sure your ODIN isn't setup correctly (wrong OPS file, wrong checkboxes, etc)

    Use the attached ops file and ODIN 4.43 downloader along with your tar file which should be 448,801kb (obviously too big for me to attach)

    Check boxes 'one package' 'auto reboot' 'protect ops' and 'reboot 300 seconds'

    Make sure all other boxes are unchecked.

    Three finger salute, with right drivers installed ODIN will detect phone and click start.

    This will put you at 2.3.4

    Install voodoo OTA root locker from market, backup root, and don't change anything after you root or the OTA update may fail. When the OTA update downloads and starts nagging you, go ahead and install it. You will lose root after the update completes, but you can use voodoo OTA root locker to restore it. Keep this program installed with the original root backup incase another OTA update comes out.

    Good luck. It's a great phone after you use Titanium Backup to remove all the sprint crap (wallet, sprint ID, Qic, etc) and run ADW Launcher (the lightest weight launcher for Android) and use a CPU utility to set ondemand and noop scheduling to make the phone run smooth with good battery life. These are the best settings you can do without an alternative kernel, which requires a custom rom or some good linux know-how to incorporate...

    I've had bad luck with all custom roms for the Transform Ultra. I use a Conquer 4G, the TU is my wife's, and pretty much every custom ROM had the screen bug, even if they say they include the new kernel that had the screen bug resolved, they lie. Stick with stock, especially since rumor is a new OTA is right around the corner...again.

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  • Phew. I found a message indicating someone had used ODIN v4.43, and downloaded that. Then I found the original USB cable that came with the phone, and plugged it into the back of the Windows machine (instead of the front), and tried again. When it stopped at the system file, I just left it plugged in and went to bed, enough frustration and anxiety for one day. When I woke up this morning all was fine with the world, the phone is operating at stock 2.3.4

     

    Now I'm going to try to root it, protect root, OTA upgrade to 2.3.6, and restore my apps.

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  • Thanks, Tim. For some reason, your post didn't appear hear until after my previous post. Anyway, I was not able to restore root via voodoo. I've now flashed back to 2.3.4 four times (not so scary after the first time). I finally got root to restore by not using voodoo at all, only Android Root Toolkit. It places a newer su binary (which is supposed to work better after OTA) and provides the protect/restore functions. I now have a fully rooted 2.3.6 Ultra. Do it enough times, it almost seams easy;)

     

    My main reason for rooting this is just to get rid of the stupid bloatware: QIK (I use Skype), ThinkFree (I use KingSoft), Sprint ID, Sprint Wallet and Sprint Zone. I do use Zeam as my launcher, but was unsure if I could just delete the stock launcher. Is that all you did? 

     

    I will look into the CPU utilities, a little longer battery life would be nice.

     

    Anyway, thanks again for your help!

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  • The other easy solution to improve Transform Ultra battery life is a $12 3600mAh battery pack off eBay. My wife charges her phone twice a week now. Sure the phone looks a little pregnant, but until recently so was she, so it was fitting...hah.

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  • Ah, we think alike. I've actually already ordered one of those, and I just checked the tracking number, it will be delivered today! I'm going on vacation soon, and wanted to make sure my phone had enough juice to keep me entertained while traveling.

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  • I've been reading all the threads over at androidforums.com regarding rooting this phone, seems like a lot of people have bricked their phones.  Want to root mine but kind of scared about buggering it all up.

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  • I haven't been able to find the rar file you mention.  Is it on the web?  Are the instructions here still current?

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  • The link is at the end of the first paragraph, here:  http://androidforums.com/4380885-post1.html

    Make sure you use the right version of ODIN, I found that out the hard way.

    Be patient, and let it finish, don't stop it before it's done.

    Do you know how to do the "3 finger salute" to put the phone in the right mode?

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  • All I see is an error that says "No thread specified."  Perhaps it's out of date?

     

    I've got the 4.3 Odin mentioned earlier in the post.  I've been looking at a lot of forums, but this one is most specific to my phone, so I'm accepting it over anything else if there seems to be a contradiction.

     

    The 3-finger is power, camera, volume down for download mode, yes?

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  • Also, don't forget that you need to enable "unknown sources" in Settings/Applications, and also USB Debugging in Settings/Applications/Development. You'll need those enabled when you go to root the phone, too.

     

    I did this again just the other day, so I know it still works. Google Play kept asking me to update the SuperUser app, and I did. When I was looking around in there after the update, I saw it could install an even newer version of the SU binary, which I did - and promptly lost root, so I had to start all over again. You DO need the newer version of SU from the Android Root Toolkit in order to successfully save/restore root through the OTA update (don't forget to turn 3g off, and turn wifi on before you allow that update, so you won't use up MB).

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  • volume down and camera before you press power, and hold until it starts. It will ask you to verify you want to go into that mode by asking you to Volume Up. Then you can plug it in to the USB and start ODIN.

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  • Fortunately I still have a  copies of those files laying around, so I uploaded everything you need to MediaFire.com:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?rvzqek8qbdi4l1d

     

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  • If your phone updated to build fg11 of android 2.3.4 you might find you have problems finding a rom that your phone will accept that is not for boost.

    I don't know what the boost rom will do to a sprint phone so I haven't used it, but so far nothing I have found seems to want to flash 

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  • damnit meant version 2.3.6

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  • Paul, my SPH-930 is GINGERBREAD.FG11, and Android 2.3.6. The files I linked to will take it back to 2.3.4, then you can root, use Android Root Toolkit to update the SU binary, and protect that binary, then let the phone OTA update back to 2.2.6. Then use Android Root Toolkit again to restore root.

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  • Ok... Just rooted mine.. there is a much faster way to do it.

    Over at phandroid.com follow the instructions to install CWM from here:  http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/517341-odin-flashing-return-stock-samsung-transform-ultra.html

    And grab the tu_root_ file from here: http://androidforums.com/transform-ultra-all-things-root/554589-root-unroot-stock-2-3-6-devs-power-users.html

    Once you get CWM installed boot into recovery mode and install the tu_root_ file using install from sd zip (you should have placed the file on your sd card before you start)

    Reboot and you're rooted! 

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  • Well, Paul, I just read through those instructions, and that looks a heck of a lot more complicated and involved than what I did. I just ran ODIN, selected the 2 files, for OPS and TAR, then clicked Start. When it was done and the phone rebooted, it was back to 2.3.4 stock. Rooting was as simple as running the run.sh script file (for Linux, but there's a version for Windows, too), enclosed in that zip file. 

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  • Not complicated.. didn't have to wind back to 2.3.4 just installed 1 little zip file to root it at 2.3.6 fg11

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  • Basically you put the root file on your sd card.

    Use Odin, like you do with the transformultra.ops file and the other file specified, like you do...

    Then reboot into recovery and flash the root zip and it's done... took me 2 minutes tops, no ota udates or anything

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  • And when they release an OTA update for this model, what do you do then?  Will yours even notify you its available? Will it even install?

    I've also read that the CWM ROMs for this model all contain the touchscreen bug, which is why I never even considered it. Can you verify that has been fixed?

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  • Firstly, I didn't install a rom... I am still running the stock kernel, just rooted.

     I would imagine it will notify me if a new update becomes available given nothing else has been changed, and I have Titanium backup installed so I can temporarily remove root should I need to for the purposes of updating.

    I've been sat here playing with the phone constantly since rooting it and have experienced no touch screen problems at all.

    I'm no pro at rooting phones but as the pro said 

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    I made zips for myself to root and unroot the new TU 2.3.6 stock GB and I was not going to release them but I have decided that they might help other developers so here they are:

    tu_root_ - Minus

    tu_boost_unroot_ - Minus

    tu_sprint_unroot - Minus

    This ^^^ Sprint unroot zip is untested.

    Quick instructions: Odin this:  tu_CWM_recovery - Minus

    Make sure you pull the battery right after the phone reboots or your newly flashed CWM will disappear when GB boots all the way.

    Boot into CWM and flash tu_root.zip. Reboot into GB and install Superuser and update su and busybox. This zip also prevents stock GB from overwriting CWM with stock recovery.

    If you want to return back to stock 2.3.6, flash the unroot zip for either Boost or Sprint. YOU MUST HAVE THE STOCK KERNEL FLASHED FOR THIS TO WORK CORRECTLY. It will unroot 2.3.6 and upon reboot, stock recovery will be back. Then if another update comes along you can just flash the ota and it should update fine.[/quote]

    Looks to me like I can use the unroot to get the ota update and then reroot just as easily.

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  • Well I hope it works well for you. What was your main reason for rooting it?

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  • I wanted rid of that stupid qik video thing that seemed to want to be constantly updated.  That and the sprint wallet and stuff.

    Not to mention there are certain apps out there that work better on a rooted phone, avast's anti theft settings for one.

     

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  • I looked into McCullock and Sargeant's ways of rooting and settled on Sargeant's because the forums he linked to were more specific.  As a recap, it goes like this:

    1. Get the Transform Ultra drivers from Samsung
    2. Download tu_root__ above and put it on the SD card.
    3. Get the transform ultra ops.  http://min.us/m3vuOyqvX
    4. Get the CWM recovery.  Sargeant links to it just above.
    5. Get ODIN.  There's a link to that above.
    6. Run odin, set the ops, tell it to install CWM.  Set a reboot delay of a couple minutes.
    7. Install CWM.  Once ODIN says you're done, unplug it and strip the batteries.
    8. Put the battery in and start up the phone with volume down.  Remove your finger from power on when the samsung logo appears (if you get this slightly wrong, you have to do 6 and 7 again).
    9. From CWM tell it to install a .zip. 
    10. Select tu_root__ from your card.

    I don't know why I posted those instructions.  It's a lot less stressful to follow the forum and then the YouTube video.  Anyway, thanks for the help, guys.  

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  • Glad it helped you ;)

    I spent a couple of days trying to work it out before I finally found that and realised where I had gone wrong.  They do say on the phandroid forums that the TU is one of the toughest to root, just don't put rom manager on it now you have it done, or you'll brick your phone.

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  • That is to say I spent a couple of days on the other methods, wish this forum had the option to edit

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  • Have been trying to find a way to easily root the TU and have failed many times.  Finally, following Sam Jones list I got it.  I will add one important bit to what Sam Jones listed.  Step 5.5 should be to set your phone to download mode.  How to do that is turn the phone off and restart while holding the volume down button + Power + camera, it will ask if you want to enter download mode plus a fairly stern warning about bricking your device.  Once it is in download mode plug it into your computer and follow the rest of the steps.  After I got root I installed superuser, busybox, android root toolkit and titanium backup. Now just trying to figure which custom ROM to install first.

    One more thing:

    Do not use ROM manager on the TU as many people have bricked their TU using it.

     

    I thank all the devs for all their hard work.

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