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Rooting a Samsung SCH-I500 Mesmerize US Cellular Android Smartphone the Hard Way

Added by Daniel Curtis over 8 years ago. Updated almost 8 years ago.

Status:
Closed
Priority:
Normal
Assignee:
Category:
-
Target version:
-
Start date:
07/08/2013
Due date:
% Done:

100%

Estimated time:
3.00 h
Spent time:

Description

During my attempts to directly root my recently acquired Samsung Mesmerize, I found that all attempts failed miserably. I used the following methods to try and obtain root:
  1. SuperOneClick v2.3.3
  2. z4root
  3. zergRush automated linux script

However all of these methods failed to properly execute the exploit. This led me to replace the existing stock Samgsung ROM with the most current stable build of CyanogenMod 7.2. I had to enable USB debugging and push the file to the smartphones SD card.

Download CyanogenMod and push to smartphone

wget http://get.cm/get/95w
mv cm-7.2* update.zip
sudo adb kill-server
sudo adb start-server
adb push update.zip /sdcard/

Once this completed I attempted to put the device into recovery mode and apply an update from the SD card, this however resulted in an error stating the package was not signed. I needed a different recovery manager.

Installing Heimdall and flashing Clockwork Recovery

I downloaded Clockwork Recovery for the Mesmerize here but I have included a copy for posterity. Once I had Clockwork Recovery I needed to flash it to the smartphone using Heimdall, I have included two DEB packages to install Heimdall and Heimdall Frontend to install onto any Debian/Ubuntu system.

Install Heimdall

dpkg -i heimdall*

Flash Clockwork Recovery

tar xf cwm4-bml-i500.tar
heimdall flash --recovery recovery.bin --no-reboot

Install CyanogenMod from Clockwork Recovery

Once the upload completed I had to pull the battery to reboot the device. I held the Vol. UP and Vol. DOWN during boot to put the device into recovery mode.
  1. Select the option to wipe data/factory reset.
  2. Select install zip from sdcard
  3. Select choose zip from sdcard
  4. Select the CyanogenMod file you placed on the sdcard

You will then need to then confirm that you do wish to flash this file. Once completed the new ROM booted perfect. However Cyanogenmod does not include Google Apps, such as the Play Store, by default as Cyanogenmod takes an isolated approach. This means I needed to put the GApps on this device and was done by downloading the GApps provided by CyanogenMod; I have included a copy for archiving.

Upload and Install GApps via Clockwork Recovery

I bricked my new device numerous time during this process, one reason was due to mounting the system partition as read/write and tried to install the GApp while the system was running. This is a task better left to Clockwork Recovery.

adb push gapps-gb* /sdcard/
adb reboot

  1. Hold Vol. UP and Vol. DOWN while powering on the device
  2. Select install zip from sdcard
  3. Select choose zip from sdcard
  4. Select the CyanogenMod file you placed on the sdcard
  5. Reboot the device

Files

cwm4-bml-i500.tar (5.6 MB) cwm4-bml-i500.tar Clockwork Recovery for Samsung Mesmerize Daniel Curtis, 07/08/2013 01:39 PM
heimdall_1.3.2_i386.deb (41.4 KB) heimdall_1.3.2_i386.deb Heimdall for Debian/Ubuntu Daniel Curtis, 07/08/2013 02:07 PM
heimdall-frontend_1.3.2_i386.deb (91.4 KB) heimdall-frontend_1.3.2_i386.deb Heimdall Frontend for Debian/Ubuntu Daniel Curtis, 07/08/2013 02:07 PM
gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip (6.11 MB) gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip GApps for CyanogenMod 7 Daniel Curtis, 07/08/2013 02:07 PM
cm-7.2.0-mesmerizemtd.zip (98.5 MB) cm-7.2.0-mesmerizemtd.zip CyanogenMod 7.2 for Samsung Mesmerize Daniel Curtis, 07/08/2013 02:09 PM
#1

Updated by Daniel Curtis over 8 years ago

  • Subject changed from Rooting a Samsung ICH-500 Mesmerize US Cellular Android Smartphone the Hard Way to Rooting a Samsung SCH-I500 Mesmerize US Cellular Android Smartphone the Hard Way
#2

Updated by Daniel Curtis almost 8 years ago

The heimdall package is available in Ubuntu repositories. It can be installed with the following command:

sudo apt-get install heimdall-flash heimdall-flash-frontend

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