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New All-in-One D2G recovery & Root CD for .629 update(EzSbf method) **D2G A956 only**

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:58 AM #1

I have put together a modified version of 1KDS EzSbf CD's, combining the necessary tools to unbrick and root devices that have taken the .629 update.
I have tested it several times on my own phone, and it has worked well.
As with everything, I have done my best on this, but can provide no guarantees that it will work for you. It worked well for me, and others have used all of these tools, but like everything else here, use this at your own risk.
Updated version:
The CD is a combination of the tools from the following sites.

EzSbf from http://www.droidforu...-ezsbf-d2g.html
phifc's D2 preinstall method found at
http://rootzwiki.com...nd-droid2-r2d2/


Suggested reading before starting:
http://www.droidforu...-ezsbf-d2g.html

http://rootzwiki.com...nd-droid2-r2d2/

Thanks to phifc and the preinstall exploit he wrote about, we have an improved method available to root the D2G, and no longer need to brick our phones (presuming all goes well) in order to root them. Since there is now a direct rooting method of .629 available, I put it together with an EzSbf style CD of the full .629 SBF.
One item of note with this CD, it does require at least 1GB of RAM in order to work properly. Also, if you only have 1GB of memory, and you need to both SBF and root your phone, it will be necessary to reboot the computer after flashing the .629 SBF. If you are unsure of the amount of RAM that you have, go ahead and reboot to be on the safe side.
Also, I noticed that I forgot to include instructions for putting the phone in bootloader mode before a full SBF flash. (not for rooting, just the full SBF Flash) To put phone in bootloader mode, power on the phone while holding down the volume down and camera buttons.
Here is a link to download the ISO if you would like to try it. As with everything, I have done my best on this, but can provide no guarantees that it will work for you. It worked well for me, and others have used all of these tools, but like everything else here, use this at your own risk.
https://rapidshare.c...-and-RootCD.iso
and the MD5 is
579d7d5095fc2560205033456db150a2
If anyone finds the CD helpful, and would like to upload it to a mirror, they are welcome to. If they give me the link to a mirror, I will be glad to add it to this post.


Older items still working but obsolete
Hopefully these have served their purpose, but should now be superseded.
The CD is a combination of the tools from the following sites.
EzSbf from http://www.droidforu...-ezsbf-d2g.html
The original unbricking thread at http://rootzwiki.com...g-root-d2g-629/
The Linux zergRush script I found and modified at http://forum.xda-dev...502#post8615502
Voodoo OTA RootKeeper from supercurio
Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap from ClockworkMod


What this CD does
Flash the .608 Full SBF, to take the phone back to a rootable state (initially bricked)
Flash the repacked .629 sbf (contains only CG31, CG35, & CG47) to make the phone bootable.
Root the phone with zergRush script
Also, since access to the market is difficult before .629 is fully restored, I have set the root script to install the OTA RootKeeper, as well as the Droid 2 Recovery bootstrap.

Suggested reading before starting:
http://www.droidforu...-ezsbf-d2g.html
http://rootzwiki.com...g-root-d2g-629/
This CD is a combination of the two, so I would suggest reading the first post of each.


Detailed Instructions: (all these instructions are also on the CD prompts)
This is ONLY for the Droid 2 Global, and more specifically only for the Droid 2 Global that has already had the 4.5.629 OTA update. If your phone has not had the OTA update to .629, I recommend you do not use this.
If using a CD, burn ISO to disc, and boot from that. It will come to a prompt with instructions.
If using USB stick.
Use Unetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/) to install ISO to USB drive, and when booting choose the Slitaz option.
1. Make sure your battery is charged, and get your phone in Bootloader mode, if it isn’t already there. If you are bricked, you will already be there. To get your phone in Bootloader mode, power off, or remove and replace the battery. Either hold down the up arrow on the slide-out keyboard, or hold down both volume buttons while powering on the phone. This should put your phone in Bootloader.
2. Connect the phone, and select one of the options on the screen. If you have already flashed .608 previously, and are currently bricked, you can simply choose option 2, and flash the repacked .629. Otherwise choose option 1, which will flash .608, and give you the options of continuing with the next steps. While flashing .608, your screen will likely go black, due to the amount of time it takes to flash. This isn’t a problem, you can either wait till your phone is back to bootloader, or hit the shift key to wake the screen back up.
3. When .608 has been flashed, you will be presented with the option of flashing the .629 repack. At this point your phone should be bricked, displaying Bootloader DO.11 err:a5,70,70,00,1f. This is normal for those of you who have the OTA update (the only ones who should be using this CD). If it isn’t bricked, and is booting normally, then don’t flash .629 repack.
4. If your phone is at bootloader, as mentioned above, then flash the .629 repack. This will be quick, as only a few small parts are being flashed, just enough to enable the phone to boot.
5. Boot to recovery, and wipe data and cache. This is an important step. Some people have been able to boot without this step, but then have trouble maintaining a phone connection. To boot to recovery, hold down “x” on the slide-out keyboard while powering on, and hold down “x” until the Android symbol and triangle appear on screen. Then press both volume buttons at once to enter recovery. You can navigate with the volume buttons, and select with the power button.
6. Reboot the phone, and either activate, or bypass activation. To bypass activation, tap the 4 corners of the activation window (above the emergency dial buttons and below the top bar showing signal strength etc.), starting at the top left and going clockwise.
7. Turn on USB Debugging. It can be found under Settings/Applications/Development.
8. Connect your phone (if you disconnected it) and change USB mode to Charge Only.
9. The CD should prompt you asking if you want to root the phone. Follow the prompts, and it should root your phone, and install Voodoo OTA RootKeeper and Droid 2 Bootstrap, then reboot your phone.
10. If you will be applying the OTA update (everyone except Band Unlockers), then open Voodoo OTA RootKeeper on your phone, and protect root, then temp unroot.
11. If you don’t already have the OTA update zip on your SD card, then change your USB mode to Mass Storage. You are now finished with the CD other than copying the OTA Update from the CD to your phone, so reboot and copy the Blur_Version.4.5.608.A956.Verizon.en.US.zip file to your SD card. Do not unzip the file, and it must be on the root directory of the SD card.
12. Turn off your phone, and boot to recovery, To boot to recovery, hold down “x” on the slide-out keyboard while powering on, and hold down “x” until the Android symbol and triangle appear on screen. Then press both volume buttons at once to enter recovery. Choose the Install Zip option, and choose the zip file you copied. It will take a while, and when it is finished, reboot.
13. Open OTA Rootkeeper, and restore root.
If all has gone well, your phone should be rooted, and running Android Version 2.3.4, on system version 4.5.629

Credits:
I did not develop any of the software used, I just compiled it into one location.
Credit should go to:
1KDS for developing the EzSbf method, and for helping me as I was putting the CD together
My Wife Has Milk for finding and posting the method for unbricking and rooting 629.
Revolutionary, DooMLorD , CrimsonSentinel13, paxChristos, and amishxda for the zergRush method and port to linux
Supercurio for the Voodoo OTA RootKeeper
ClockworkMod for the Droid 2 Bootstrap recovery

Thanks to itsRelay for being the first to try this CD out

I uploaded it to Rapidshare at
https://rapidshare.c..._OTA-Update.iso
and the md5 checksum for the iso is
45dff90da46bd30c33f005c853e058d1 (Updated CD including the OTA Update

Here is also a clean Nandroid backup of rooted .629.
This would be useful for the band unlockers (those want to use this phone on AT&T or T-Mobile), or for those that would prefer to restore a backup instead of taking the OTA update. Once you have rooted the .608, you bootstrap recovery, and restore this nandroid backup.
You will need to extract it, and place the folder in the sdcard\clockworkmod\backup folder. Hope this is helpful for someone.
The link to download the file is

https://rapidshare.c...629-Nandroid.7z
and the MD5 checksum is
c43101a5b01d7c69887a0668be24e5c9



Additional Mirror:
Rapidshare has had some trouble recently, but thanks to themib for putting up a mirror that has most of these CD images as well. They can be found at
https://docs.google....Tx-41f3h4/edit#

Edited by beh, 06 December 2012 - 05:32 AM.

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Chaos2092

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:23 AM #2

Honestly, I've been quite okay with sticking with stock because of how insane my battery life has been, but if there are multiple reported successes of this EZSBF method working, I may have to give you unfathomable numbers of thanks for finally giving me the stones to attempt rooting my .629 phone.

I've been working a lot lately and in my downtime I've generally needed my phone so taking a risk at spending a whole afternoon just trying to get my phone up and running again hasn't been very promising sounding to me as it's pretty much my only real method of contact with people, so having it up is a must for me

Many thanks to those braver than I to try this too!
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itsRelay

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:37 PM #3

Well. I had no problems running through with it. Pretty straight forward, step by step.. I doubt it took me longer than a twenty minutes to half an hour, though I can't say I was really timing myself.

As long as you are paying attention to the prompts on the screen you'll do fine, I should think.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:03 PM #4

Thanks for verifying that it worked for you. I will try to get up some more complete instructions, for those who aren't familiar with the process.
The one thing lacking from this is having to get the OTA update from somewhere else, maybe I can put it on the CD so that it can be copied from the CD to the phone SD card, and then not need to find the file at another location.
I will try it, and see how feasible it is.
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1KDS

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:03 PM #5

Nice work B!
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OP beh

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:22 PM #6

Nice work B!

Thanks, most of it was actually your work and the work of a few others.
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itsRelay

itsRelay

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:19 PM #7

Actually.. Hmm. I mean.. Basically what this setup does is mirror what is done in the My Wife Has Milk post, right?

I don't know why this could be or if it is really going to make a difference, but when I had originally used the prior method for about a week or so I couldn't access the 'About Phone' information to check on my System Version, but eventually I was able to see that it claimed to be working on .629. For the heck of it I checked it on my way to work not long after my original post and it says I am working on .608.

Edit: Oooh, wait. I didn't do it because it isn't clearly defined as a step, I'm so silly. Still have to reinstall the full .629 update, correct? I'm suprised it hasn't prompted me to.. And I seriously hadn't thought of it myself as the phone has been working pretty much perfectly without it.

Edited by itsRelay, 11 June 2012 - 11:26 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:21 AM #8

Actually.. Hmm. I mean.. Basically what this setup does is mirror what is done in the My Wife Has Milk post, right?

Yes, this pretty much just takes everything from that post, and puts it in one CD. Also, the experience of many people has been that wifi doesn't work until back on .629, so I had the root script install the RootKeeper (only installs it, one still needs to open RootKeeper and protect root, and according to instructions you referenced, temp unroot before taking the OTA). I also had the root script install Bootstrap Recovery, so the Band Unlockers can bootstrap recovery and restore a nandroid, without having to access the market, etc. For anyone on an unlimited data plan, it doesn't matter, but I for one have a very limited data plan, so only access the market over wifi.
I put together a new CD with the OTA update on the CD. It won't install the update, nor copy it to the phone SD card, but it is available on the CD so one can manually copy it over to the phone. When I update the instructions, I will also update the link to that CD.
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itsRelay

itsRelay

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:29 PM #9

Hmm. Since applying the OTA .629 update and restarting, both Bootstrapper and ROM Toolbox Lite have been denied SU, as well as Screenshot ER upon opening the program.

I haven't really seen anyone else putting up props for using this, but I think I'm going to try the process over to see if I get the same outcome, I think.. Unless there are any ideas. :]
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:42 PM #10

Hmm. Since applying the OTA .629 update and restarting, both Bootstrapper and ROM Toolbox Lite have been denied SU, as well as Screenshot ER upon opening the program.

I haven't really seen anyone else putting up props for using this, but I think I'm going to try the process over to see if I get the same outcome, I think.. Unless there are any ideas. :]

After applying update, you have to restore root with OTA Rootkeeper, presuming you protected it before taking the OTA update
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