How To Root Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G


12.04.2011

How To Root Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G is not out in the wild for too long, but it seems that only a month after it was released some guys found a way to root the device successfully. So, good news for you Verizon HTC Thunderbolt users, we have a tutorial that will show you how to root Verizon HTC Thunderbolt. But if you own a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt and you want t root your device, you came to the right place.

As you probably know (or not), Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G¬†comes with Android 2.2 Froyo. Before starting the root procedure for your¬†Verizon HTC Thunderbolt, you should know that to you have to downgrade your device’s firmware to a previous version. The older firmware could contain bugs, but we are not yet aware of their¬†existence. Rooting your¬†Verizon HTC Thunderbolt also involves loosing all the data stored on your device, so we¬†recommended¬†you to back-up the data stored on the phone.

But before proceeding to root your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt, remember that you must have Android Debug Bridge (ABD) on the computer you are performing the root from, also HTC Thunderbolt Rooting Toolkit and Old Official Thunderbolt Firmware.

Here are the download links for the pre-requirements to root Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G:

Now that you have all the applications required to root Verizon HTC Thunderbolt, extract the “HTC-Thunderbolt-Rooting-Toolkit.zip” file on your computer’s desktop, then rename the “RUU_Mecha_VERIZON_WWE_1.05.605.0_Radio_1.07.00.0108r_NV_8K_1.38_9K_1.54_release_166255_signed.zip” file to “PG05IMG.zip.”

  1. Let’s have a look at the steps you need to follow in order to root¬†Verizon HTC Thunderbolt:

  2. Connect your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to the PC via the USB data cable. Put your device in USB Debugging mode (do to it go to HomeSettings > Applications > Development and enable USB Debugging mode)

  3. In Windows, click the “Start” button, then in the search field type “cmd” (if you are an XP user, type “cmd” in the “Run” box). This will launch the Command Prompt window. In Command Prompt, go to the folder you extracted¬†”HTC-Thunderbolt-Rooting-Toolkit.zip” file (you should be able to find it on your desktop if you unzipped the file as instructed above)

  4. Once you navigate to the above mentioned folder, type in Command Prompt:

    • adb push psneuter /data/local/
      adb push busybox /data/local/
      adb push su /sdcard/su
      adb push misc.img /sdcard/
      adb shell
      chmod 777 /data/local/psneuter
      chmod 777 /data/local/busybox
      /data/local/psneuter

  5. Now ADB will restart as root. Confirm the MD5 of misc.img:

    • adb shell
      /data/local/busybox md5sum /sdcard/misc.img

  6. You should receive a code. If the code is different from “c88dd947eb3b36eec90503a3525ae0de,” go back to step “2″ and try again

  7. Copy the “misc.img” file to the phone:

    • dd if=/sdcard/misc.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p17
      exit

  8. Copy the “PG05IMG.zip” file to your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt SD memory card. In Command Prompt type:

    • adb reboot bootloader

  9. Now your phone should reboot and go to bootloader mode. The image file will now be checked

  10. After the bootloader finishes checking the image, you will be prompted to install it or exit the installation. Pressing “Volume-up” button will start the¬†installation, while “Volume-down” key will exit the installation.

  11. When the installation process is complete, you will be asked to reboot your device. Do this by pressing the “Power” button

  12. After your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt reboots, delete the zip file you copied on your SD memory card

  13. Get your¬†Verizon HTC Thunderbolt in¬†USB debugging mode again (using the above-mentioned method) and also turn “Unknown sources” on (by going to¬†Settings > Applications)

  14. In Windows Command Prompt, type the following commands:

    • adb push psneuter /data/local/
      adb push busybox /data/local/
      adb shell
      chmod 777 /data/local/psneuter
      chmod 777 /data/local/busybox
      /data/local/psneuter
      mount -o remount,rw -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk0p25 /system
      /data/local/busybox cp /sdcard/su /system/xbin/su
      chmod 4777 /system/xbin/su
      chown 0:0 /system/xbin/su
      exit

  15. Now launch Android Market, download and install Superuser application on your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt

  16. Reboot your device

  17. Congratulations you successfully rooted your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt

I know, you will say it took a lot of time, but now your Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G¬†is rooted. Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your impressions about your rooted device in the comments area bellow.

Tags: thunderbolt, htc, verizon, root, file, your‚†verizon, device, push, chmod, type, command, prompt, firmware, should, datalocalbusybox, datalocalpsneuter, datalocal, mode, exit, reboot, android, data, phone, applications, debugging, button, rooting, also, know, shell