Category Archives: Tutorials

Root Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean official firmware

Just a few days ago, Google pushed Android 4.2.2 for Nexus devices including Google Nexus 7. It comes with several bug fixes and performance enhancements. If you have updated your Nexus 7 to Android 4.2.2, then you might want to root it and in this post, you will learn how to root your Google Nexus 7 running Android 4.2.2.

Disclaimer: I won’t be held responsible if the rooting method described below does any harm or mishap to your device. Proceed at your own risk. Also, charge your device to atleast 40% and backup all your data.

How to root Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2

Step 1: Enable USB debugging on your Nexus 7 by going to Settings >> Developer options.

Note: If you don’t find developer options, please see this guide.

Step 2: Set up Android SDK on your computer. If you already have it set up, then skip this step and if not, please refer to this guide to install and set up Android sdk on your computer.

 Step 3: Download this file and paste it in platform-tools folder of your SDK. You can find platform-tools foler where you installed android sdk. In my case it’s at: C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk

Step 4: Download CWM recovery file and paste it in the same location i,e in platform-tools folder.

Step 5: Download SuperUser and paste it in the root of internal memory of your Nexus 7.

Step 6: Turn off the device and get into Fastboot mode by holding Volume down key+Power key for a few seconds.

Step 7: Make sure your device is plugged into your computer. Go to platform-tools folder. Hold down the shift key and right click in an empty area. Now choose Open Command Prompt here.

cmd

Step 8: Now in the command prompt, write the following and hit Enter.

fastboot flash recovery CWM-grouper-recovery.img

command prompt

Step 9: Once the process is finished, get into recovery mode by using volume key and power key on your Nexus 7.

Step 10: Once in recovery mode, go to Flash Zip from SD Card > Choose zip from sd card and select UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.04.zip file that you copied in Step 5.

Rooting process will now start. It can take a while. Once the process finishes, choose  Go Back and then reboot system now to finish the whole process.

Congratulations! Your Nexus 7 is now rooted.

[Thanks: masterleron]

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Root Galaxy Note Gt-N7000 on Android 4.1.2 official firmware

As Android 4.1.2 for Galaxy Note N7000 has been officially released by Samsung, users are looking to root their phone on the latest firmware. If you want to root Note N7000 on 4.1.2 jelly bean firmware, follow this guide carefully.

Things you need: 
Download and install Samsung Kies to ensure that you have all usb drivers installed on your computer.
Backup your data so that you could retrieve it in case of any mishap.
Download Odin flashing tool.
Download Root kernel for Android 4.1.2 Galaxy note N7000.

Rooting your Android device voids warranty. I will not be held responsible in case of any damage to your device. Proceed at your own risk.

Step 1: Enable USB debugging by going to Settings >> Developer options.

Step 2: Getinto download mode. To do that, turn off your device and then press Home button + Power button + volume down button simultaneously.

Step 3: Once in download mode, run Odin and connect your device with computer.

Step 4: Click PDA button on the right and select the root kernel file you downloaded.

Step 5:  Now hit Start button and wait for Odin to flash the kernel.

Once odin finsihes it’s process, your device will restart and a ‘PASS’ message will appear on Odin which indicates that the process was completed successfully.

Odin PASS

Congrats. Your Galaxy Note N7000 is now rooted on Android 4.1.2. You should now have Superuser app installed.

 

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Manually flash Android 4.1.2 on Galaxy Note GT-N7000

Android 4.1.2 for Samsung Galaxy Note Gt-N7000 has been released. If your Galaxy Note is still running Android 4.0.x, then it’s time to update it with latest Android jelly bean 4.1.2. You can update it either using OTA ( By going to Settings >> About Phone >> Software Update) or using Samsung Kies.

If Android 4.1.2 update for Galaxy Note has not reached in your region yet and you want to update it right away, then continue reading this guide to manually flash jelly bean firmware on your Galaxy Note.

Things you need:

  • Backup your device’s data
  • Charge your phone to atleast 50%
  • Download and install Samsung Kies.
  • Download Odin utility.
  • Download Android 4.1.2 jelly bean firmware file. Remember to extract the downloaded file.

Please keep in mind that this tutorial is only meant to be used for Galaxy Note GT-N7000 models. Verify your phone’s model by going to Settings >> About Phone.

Step 1: Let’s begin. Power off your phone and get into download mode by pressing Volume down button + Power button + Home button.

Step 2: Run Odin and connect your note n7000 with computer.

Step 3: Click PDA button and select the file that starts with CODE….

Step 4: Click Phone button and select the file that starts with MODEM… (Skip this step if now such file found)

Step 5: Click CSC button and select the file starting with CSC… (Skip this step if now such file found)

Step 6. Leave rest of the options unchanged and finally click Start button.

Step 7: Odin will now start flashing firmware file on your device. It can take upto 15 minutes. Once finished, Odin will say ‘PASS’ and your device will reboot.

Odin PASS

Congratulations. Your Galaxy Note has been updated to Android jelly bean 4.1.2. Enjoy all the new features of latest Android OS.

Troubleshooting:
If your device gets stuck on Samsung Logo after flashing firmware through Odin, take out the battery and put it back in. Now get into recovery mode by holding volume up button + power button + home button. From the recovery menu, Choose wipe data/factory reset and then reboot your phone. It should boot up now.

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How to find out if iPhone 3GS is an old bootrom or new bootrom

Apple iPhone 3GS models has either old bootrom or new bootrom. What is the difference between the two? Well, jailbreaking community found bootrom exploit for iPhone 3GS back in 2009. Bootrom exploit actually meant that hardware exploit for iPhone 3GS has been discovered and it can be jailbroken (untethered) on any new firmware that Apple might release in the future. To fix this, Apple started to produce new iPhone 3GS’s which had ‘new bootrom’ or ‘fixed bootrom’ after 9th of September, 2009.

So if your iPhone 3GS is an old bootrom, you can always jailbreak (untethered it) on any new firmware version. And if it has new bootrom, you still be able to jailbreak it but you won’t get untethered jailbreak until jailbreak communities find exploit for that specific firmware.

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can find if your iPhone 3GS has old or new bootrom.

Find if iPhone 3GS is an old bootrom or new bootrom

Step 1: Download Redsn0w [For windows] [For Mac]

Step 2: Connect your iPhone with computer and run Redsn0w.

Step 3: At the bottom of Redsn0w, see if it reads old BR. If it does, then your iPhone 3GS has old bootrom. Otherwise it has new bootrom.

old bootrom iphone 3gs

The picture above is an example of iPhone 3GS with old bootrom.

How to force any iOS device out of recovery mode

Are you stuck on recovery mode on your iOS device and can’t find a way out of it? Don’t worry. This tutorial will teach you how you can force your iOS device out of recovery mode.

How to get out of recovery mode on any iOS device

Download Tinyumbrella from this link and run it. Make sure you have iTunes installed on your computer. Now plug your device with your computer. Tinyumbrella should now detect your device and it will show your device under ‘Connected devices’ field.

Click on your device from the left window pane and choose Exit Recovery option.

tinyumbrella exit recovery

That’s it. Tinyumbrella will now force your device out of recovery mode. It can take a while so be patient.

How to Enable Battery Percentage in iPod Touch 5, iPod Touch 4

Battery percentage is enabled in iPhones and iPads by default but in case of iPod Touch, there is no option there in settings to enable battery percentage. With a little trick, you can enable it on your iPod Touch 4G, or iPod Touch 5G. The only thing you need is a jailbroken iPod.

You can jailbreak your iPod Touch 5 using Evasi0n jailbreak tool. Follow the guide posted here. If your iPod Touch 4 is running iOS 6, then you can use Evasi0n tool to jailbreak it. And if you are running iOS 5, search Google for Absinthe jailbreak and you will find out how to jailbreak it.

I assume that your iPod Touch is jailbroken by now. Go to Cydia, search for SBSettings and install it.

sbsettings (1)

Now open SbSettings app found on one of your page of iPod Touch. Scroll down until you see System Options. Tap on that and finally enable Numeric Battery option.

numeric battery ipod touch 5

 

Battery percentage is now enabled on your iPod Touch 4G/5G. There are many other tweaks available on cydia that can do this trick but sbsettings is the best tweak out there.

How to find if iPhone is 3G or 3GS

iPhone 3G and 3GS are completely different regarding hardware specs but when it comes to physical looks, they both look same. So can we find out if iPhone is a 3G or 3GS?

How to find if iPhone is 3G or 3GS

On the back side of your iPhone, look for Model No. If it reads A1241 or A1324, then is an iPhone 3G. And if it reads A1303 or A1325, then it is an iPhone 3GS. Here’s the picture of my 3GS:

iPhone 3GS model A1303

 

So this is how you identify iPhone 3G/3GS models.

Fix Hitman Absolution crashing after selecting difficulty

Today I downloaded Hitman 5 Absolution from thepiratebay.se. Sorry about not buying the game and downloading it illegely. I had already finished it on my Xbox and just wanted to give it a shot on my PC. Anyways, the game was crashing right after selecting difficulty level. Something like “Hitman 5 Absolution has stopped working” on my Windows 8 – 64 bit. I tired to lower the graphics settings but nothing fixed the crashing. Fortunately, after searching around on forums, I found a fix for that. And here’s how you can fix it too.

Step 1: Download Steam client

Step 2: Run the installer and install steam.

Step 3. After a short while, a pop-up window will appear stating that Steam is updating. Click Cancel.

steam updatig

Step 3.1. If steam doesn’t autmatically start after installation, manually run steam.exe from your desktop.

That’s it. Now run Hitman 5 and you won’t face up with crashing after selecting difficulty.