Has anyone managed to root the LG Optimus S ?

Pretty much what the title says. I've tried every method I can find  - from one click and Z4 type apps to the more complex multistep processes.-   none of them succeed. The main thing I really want to do is get rid of all the bloatware. Overclocking could be nice but it's not all that important. 

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  • I used this procedure: http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/131297-how-rooting-ls670zvd-zvh-100-automated-zvj-automated.html

    You pretty much have to downgrade to ZVH, root it, upgrade to ZVJ, then root it again. Everything you need is in that article and the articles it links to. There is no present method for rooting ZVJ directly. I tried every method I could find to attempt it, but until I went to ZVH nothing would work.

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  • It seems someone has written a more complete and detailed set of instructions for this task: http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/175303-how-root-stock-zvj-downgrading-zvh.html

    In essence, download and install ZVH from http://www.lg-phones.org/lg-optimus-s-zvd-zvh-update-zip-download.html, then use the automated tool from http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/131297-how-rooting-ls670zvd-zvh-100-automated-zvj-automated.html, then update to ZVJ by replacing the update.zip file. Once all of that is done, run the automated tool again and it should take. Sometimes the zerglings will take more than one shot, so be patient with it.

     

    If this gives you any trouble, let me know and I will try to assist further. Try to include specific problems you run into so I can try to advise from there.

    Once you get it working, I highly reccomend Link2SD for removing apps you don't want and for moving other apps to the SD card to free up space.

     

     

     

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  • I successfully rooted my Optimus S yesterday using those very same instructions Curtis provided. It was my first root ever and I chose the HydroRom. So far I'm loving it. Happy rooting!

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  • Thanks for the advice, Curtis and for the encouragement, Lee.  I've been off the grid for a few days and haven't had a chance to acknowledge your replies or to try it all out.  I hope to get to that  tomorrow.  There's one slight problem. I'm starting from ZVD. Do I have to  upgrade  from ZVD to  ZVH and then to ZVJ ? Is there some other path I have to take from ZVD?  They sure don't make it straightforward and easy ... do they!

    Thanks again. 

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  • Lee is correct, if you are on ZVD, definitely DO NOT upgrade to ZVH for the purpose of rooting. I assumed that ZVJ had been pushed to your phone already (as it was one of the first things that mine installed when I got it), but if you are on ZVD you are ready to root.  ZVD and ZVH are easily rootable, whereas ZVJ is not. There is no advantage to ever being on ZVH for rooting (or any other purpose) except that if you are going from ZVJ it doesn't require wiping all of the data (I suppose because its the same major version). I personally would never suggest running ZVH as it has numerous flaws.

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  • Thanks so much, guys. Wow! That was easy.  But that doesn't mean I'm home free yet.  I still have ZVD but keep getting system messages that I should upgrade. If I accept,  it will install ZVJ.  Where will this leave me? Will I still be rooted or am I asking for trouble? Unlike a lot of people who go for root I'm not all that interested in mucking about with the system's innards. Just getting rid of bloatware and have access to some of the cool apps that require root is good enough for me.

    I really appreciate the help you guys have been giving me. I was starting to think that I'd never succeed and it's not like I'm computer illiterate. Sprint and LG really REALLY don't want people messing with the phones .. do they !

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  • I don't believe the system update will work for you from what I've read. 

    You can update to a ZVJ root with this thread:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/166929-how-automated-rooting-ls670zvd-zvh-zvj.html

    As for which version is best, probably depends on which custom ROM you would use, as they are usually version specific. Lot of good stuff for ZVD too. 

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  • If you use the rooted ZVJ update you will need to change your MMS server back to being the correct server for Ting, you can update that information by acquiring your MSL from Ting support and then editing the phone's data profile by dialing ##DATA# from your dialer.

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  • One last (I HOPE...Oh, how I HOPE) question please.  I'm rooted with ZVD.  I've done the carrier update and that stopped the endless annoying nagging about upgrading.  Now I'm flashing the ROM (Reborn ROM .. it's for zvd and I don't want to mess with anything further right now.)  The Nandroid backup phase isn't working. I  reboot holding down the power, home and volume down keys and expect to come up in the Xonia Custom Recovery Menu. But I don't. I come back to the standard Sprint startup.  Now, I've used Astro to try and locate Xonia but it doesn't show up. I did, however, see it on the screen at some stage of the rooting process, so I assumed it was still there. If it is I'm not accessing it correctly. I think I"ve been pretty good about following the directions but obviously something went wrong somewhere along the line. 

    Again, thanks for your help and I hope this is the last time I need to ask for it. You've been great!! 

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  • Steve, when you applied the update it removed your root and put you back to square one.  In essence, I think you need to downgrade, re-root then apply your ROM right away.  If you don't have time the apply the ROM right after rooting, just forget the nagging until you can get the ROM installed.

     I just got my Optimus S, but heven't moved it over to my main phone yet because I want to get everything setup and make sure I can handle going to Android from IOS (need to find all the replacement apps I need).  I just went thru the ZVD downgrade using the Sprint sanctioned files and method then did the ZVD root & ZVJ upgrade detailed in http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/166929-how-automated-rooting-ls670zvd-zvh-zvj.html  I followed the step-by-step and got a rooted ZVJ device, then I put the Team Hydro ROM on the phone all is one sitting(it took about 35 minutes start to finish).  

    It's a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT device.  Plenty of room in memory, the laggy screen swipes and button presses are gone, the Visual Voicemail style app still works and battery life seems much better.

    I would like to say that I am just glad Ting doesn't seem to have a fit when we do these type of things.

     

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  • Thanks, Mike.  Actually, I never did the upgrade and now have a rooted ZVD phone.  The nagging update was resolved when Shanna,  a Ting staff member who was following this thread, suggested that I do a carrier update and gave me instructions as to how to do so.  Now I'm rooted in ZVD and I have no nagging pop ups urging me to upgrade.  From here it's just a matter of flashing the appropriate ROM. I'm a bit concerned that I'm unable to get into Xonia when I reboot. I can't find it anywhere on the SD card but I know I saw it during the rooting process. I'll have to explore it a bit more tomorrow when I don't go to work. There appear to be a ton of other backup apps but, total noob that I am I want to make sure they actually are what I want .. not something else with a similar name.  We'll see what happens next.  I'm encouraged by your report of the improvements. I'm looking forward to seeing them on my phone.

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  • Yeah, when I first got the Optimus I was really disappointed with it.. I've used an iPhone for 4 years and the interface was just smooth and responsive but the stock Optimus had me ready to just bag it until if and when the S III came or they got the iPhone (if I'm gonna spend that much money, I don't want a year old phone, $300 yes, $500 to $600, no).

     

    If you get the stock recovery screen when you hold down power, home and volume down, you might just want to re-run the root process again.  I was amazed how un-eventful it was for me.  I rooted and installed CM7  on a Droid 1 I got from my brother when he upgraded about a year ago just so I could play with Android and this was a whole lot easier.  It does work, you might just have to start over a time or two.

     

    Now if I can just figure this whole Google Voice - GrooveIP thing, I'll be done.

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  • Mike, for me it was just as simple as installing both Google Voice and GrooveIP  then configuring them. Are you having any specific issues with it?

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  • BRICKED??? I am in big trouble!! I got as far as step 8 Install Titanium Zip from Backup (install zip from sd card .... choose zip from sd card ... chose Titanium....zip.  . The installation failed but it sent me to the Xonia screen and the reboot menu. I did the stupid thing and hit reboot. I ended up stuck on the Sprint (that's bad news, I assume) splash screen and I left it for about an hour. No progress.  So I tried rebooting into recovery. Nada.. zip.  So I tried turning it off. No luck. Did all of this several times. Still nothing so I pulled the battery. Tried to turn it back on. Got the usual Sprint startup and then froze again at the screen with the sprint logo....the same place where I was stuck when I hit reboot. 

    I fell like a total idiot. It was going so smoothly. I think I may just go back to tin cans and string. Sigh. Fortunately I have another phone on the account so I can at least make calls... to the numbers that I remember!

    Have a just made a paperweight? 

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  • No issues yet, I am still trying to wrap my head around how it all works.  The cell reception in my house is terrible no matter whose service I use(verizon, Sprint, AT&T, etc), I think it was built as a faraday cage before the walls were put up, so I really want to use my U-verse connection for out going calls when on my network.  I want it to appear with only one specific phone number on my outgoing calls no matter where I am at, no matter if I am on wi-fi or cellular.  Can that be done?  Do I need to manually switch between setups or can I set it up once and have the phone and apps do the switching automatically?  Those are what I am trying to figure out and setup and test now before I port my 6 year old cell number to google and have that as my main GV contact number.  Make any sense?   Any help/explanation would help this used to be tech literate,  but now not so much, old guy out.

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  • Can you boot into recovery?  If so, which one?

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  • I couldn't but after leaving the battery out for about half an hour and starting again I can. I assume the recovery is Xonia but I really don't know what I'm doing so it could just as easily be "Snidely Whiplash Recovery" as anything else. (My guess is that last reference makes me even more of an old guy than you!) I come back to a window that says Apply update from .zip file on

    and then I have the choices 1)apply sdcard:update:zip

    2) chose zip from sdcard

    3) toggle signature verification

    4) toggle script asserts

    According to the instructions I should be installing from the TitaniumBackup-5.3.2.zip . When I do this I get the message E:Error in /sdcard/TitaniumBackup-5.3.2.zip  (new line) (Status 0)

    (new line) Installation aborted

    Well, it's better than being stuck on the splash screen, I guess.

    I was on my way out of the house to go deal with the complexities of my coming lay-off and unemployment. I think I'll stick around just in case you see this in the next little while. Maybe I'll get lucky and be able to go out with a working phone today. At this point I don't even care if it's rooted!

     

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  • Does it look like this?

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  • If not, then you are in a 3rd party recovery.  Is the ZVD update.zip still on the SD card?  you could flash that back on because it could be 1) your Titanium Backup is corrupt or 2) it doesn't like the file name with the extra periods (.) before the ".zip" (not sure, just a thought)  or pull the card and edit TitaniumBackup-5.3.2.zip to just TitaniumBackup.zip and try to restore that.

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  • And be sure that  TitaniumBackup-5.3.2.zip is truly at the root of the SD card

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  • Mike, would you be willing to talk via voice or skype sometime today? I think I've bitten off more than I can chew and if I had any hair left I'd be pulling it out by now. I have to run out to do some paperwork having to do with my upcoming layoff but I'll be home in a few hours.  

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  • Sure.  Can you take a pic of what your screen looks like when you get to what ever recovery your phone ends up in so I an try to identify where you are at?

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  • Not getting clear resolution using my tablet. the webcam looks pretty good. If you have skype maybe that would be best. I could show you in realtime what's going on and I could be suretI'm sending you the information you need.  My skype name is sklarer

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  • here's the clearest shot I could get

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  • Steve,

    This is the guide I used to root the whole way up thru ZVJ and then put Team Hydro ROM on.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/166929-how-automated-rooting-ls670zvd-zvh-zvj.html

    Good luck!

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  • Mike, that was extremely helpful. Thank you so much. I _thought_ there was something odd about trying to run the TitaniumBackup before booting into the new ROM but it seemed as though that's what the instructions said.  I booted into the new ROM within minutes of our conversation. Now I have to figure out how to restore the TitaniumBackup since that's where things seem to have gone bad. I just downloaded a fresh copy in the hopes that it would see the .zip backup on the sd card but that doesn't seem to be doing anything. Right now I'm just going to take a break! And thanks for the links. I'll make sure to study them carefully. Thanks again for your help.

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  • No problem!  Glad it was just a corrupt ROM image and that you didn't "brick" your phone.  As far as that Titanium.zip file you were try to use, this thread might explain somethings.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1676417

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  • Hi fellow Tingers,

    I got tired of Verizon (story is long and annoying) and took a $150 early departure hit to come over to Ting. I think I will make that up rather quickly with this fine service. I'm very happy so far.

    I rooted two new LG Optimus S LS670 phones I purchased from eBay. I first rooted ZVD (2.2.2 Froyo) using the guide here http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/131297-how-rooting-ls670zvd-zvh-100-automated-zvj-automated.html

    I then updated the phones to a rooted ZVJ (2.3.3 Gingerbread) using the guide here http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-optimus-s-rooting-roms-hacks/166929-how-automated-rooting-ls670zvd-zvh-zvj.html

    I tried the Gingersnap rooting method but it didn't work for my phones. The methods listed above work great.

    If you need to downgrade to 2.2.2 Froyo from Gingerbread 2.3.3 in oder to root your phone just click the “more details” link here for instructions http://shop2.sprint.com/en/software_downloads/pda_smartphone/lg_optimus_s.shtml

    You can get drivers and a user’s guide for your LS670 here http://www.lg.com/us/support-mobile/lg-LGLS670

    Good luck and thanks for starting this thread.

    John

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