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13/Jan 1.2 - Superboot - rooting the Tattoo


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Update: This is not currently working - please read the thread.

Introducing.... Superboot! :)

Superboot is a boot.img that when flashed, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash the system partition, no need to use ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just flash the boot image using the instructions below and you're done!

APPLY THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Superboot - download (Mediafire Pro)

How to use Superboot - Windows, Linux and OSX

- Download the Superboot zip file above and extract to a directory
- Your device should be at the normal 'home screen'
- WINDOWS - double click 'install-superboot-windows.bat'
- MAC - Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type 'chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh' followed by './install-superboot-mac.sh'
- LINUX - Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type 'chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh' followed by './install-superboot-linux.sh'

A nod to benhaam for his pointer towards the bootloader command used in this superboot.

Finally, if you would like to show your appreciation for the ROM, please consider supporting MoDaCo by signing up for a MoDaCo Ad Free or MoDaCo Plus account, which also gives you early access to Beta ROM releases and the online ROM kitchens.

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I should point out that without a Tattoo I have had to guess a couple of bits of this superboot, but it's safe - you shouldn't be able to permanently damage your device (although you use this at your own risk of course!)

If 1.0 doesn't work we'll work together to get it going... :)

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First, sorry for my english, i´m spanish men,i read your post and...wow! root in the "tattoo". i download the zip file and try it but my tattoo doesn´t nothing. Can you explain to me what I have to do stepwise? thanks for all

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OK, so let's do it manually...

Extract the zip then type...

adb-windows shell reboot oem-78

fastboot-windows boot tattoo.superboot.img

And let me know if it boots?

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Version 1.1 uploaded.

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adb-windows shell reboot oem-78

fastboot-windows boot tattoo.superboot.img

first command replies 0 (reboots device with HTC screen)

second says :

downloading 'boot.img' ... OKAY

booting ...

hangs there !

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OK, right, that's progress. Is this using 1.1 right?

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No that was still manual.

For 1.1 :

please correct to "choice /T 10 /C ON /D O > NUL" for correctness

command "fastboot-windows oem-78" is invalid (gives syntax help)

results same as above (hangs on booting)

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Could try the 1.1 image and alternate image manually?

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same results with both images either with script or manually :)(

always hangs in booting !

How long should be this step when it succeed ?

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Uploaded 1.2 with the script fixes.

What should happen...

- the device should reboot (adb shell reboot oem-78)

- the device should boot the superboot image (fastboot boot tattoo.superboot.img) and appear to boot normally, adding su and superuser.apk

If the main image doesn't work, i'd expect the alternate image posted above to!

Hmm...

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Not sure if this will work, but booting normally, could you post the output of:

'adb shell cat /etc/fstab'

and

'adb shell mount'

You may need to enable USB debugging.

Cheers!

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1.2 hangs in the same spot.

It never reaches the fastboot reboot command.

C:\1.2-tattoo-superboot>fastboot-windows boot tattoo.superboot.img

< waiting for device >

downloading 'boot.img'... OKAY

booting...

I'll post the output of those adb commands shortly.

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Here you go, Paul.

C:\1.2-tattoo-superboot>adb-windows.exe shell

$ cat /etc/fstab

cat /etc/fstab

/etc/fstab: No such file or directory

$ mount

mount

rootfs / rootfs ro 0 0

tmpfs /dev tmpfs rw,mode=755 0 0

devpts /dev/pts devpts rw,mode=600 0 0

proc /proc proc rw 0 0

sysfs /sys sysfs rw 0 0

tmpfs /sqlite_stmt_journals tmpfs rw,size=4096k 0 0

/dev/block/mtdblock3 /system yaffs2 ro 0 0

/dev/block/mtdblock5 /data yaffs2 rw,nosuid,nodev 0 0

/dev/block/mtdblock4 /cache yaffs2 rw,nosuid,nodev 0 0

/dev/block//vold/179:1 /sdcard vfat rw,dirsync,nosuid,nodev,noexec,uid=1000,gid=

1015,fmask=0000,dmask=0000,allow_utime=0022,codepage=cp437,iocharset=iso8859-1,s

hortname=mixed,utf8 0 0

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