16 January, 2012

Rooting the LG Optimus SOL

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Even with my recent success in rooting the Samsung Galaxy R, I thought, of course, with much hesitation, of rooting my daughter’s LG Optimus Sol phone. This time around, the anxiety is more, since the unit is no longer mine. Should something happen, my daughter, not to mention my wife, will give me a good scolding. Well, my wife usually give me a good dose when see sees me doing something that she thinks doesn’t benefit anybody in the house. Don’t we men usually go into this kind of preoccupation?

I’m done with the rooting of the Samsung Galary R phone. Now, I’m off to attempt the rooting of the LG Optimus Sol, E730.

I plugged in the device to my laptop using USB connection. I thought it was the same as the other phone: plug, click, wait, watch, success. But, it was a wait, watch, failure!

What has happened?

So it’s true what they say. A freshman enters high school and is blur all throughout the year, and eventually he learns a lot – but not all. Yet, on the second year, he thinks he knows everything already. So the term ‘sophomoric’.

I thought I knew it all about rooting. But I failed.

I tried many times. In fact, SuperOneClick didn’t work. So I tried searching for other one-click rooting tools. I downloaded and tried UnlockRoot, and it also failed. I also tried DooMLoRD's Easy Rooting Toolkit, but it also failed.

With the use of 3 different one-click rooting tools, and all failing, I was thinking that something else could be the problem. We all think this way when something doesn’t happen the way we want it, don’t we. But when it succeeds, we don’t, right?

Anyway, it took me about 3 days to finally determine that I lack one fundamental requirement for rooting: the USB drivers. And hey, it could not be my entire fault. Plug-and-play dictates that the drivers, not only USB, would be installed when a ‘new’ device is plugged in to a computer – which it didn’t.

Fortunately, I don’t give up that easily. I searched, and searched, and searched, until I found that there is downloadable software from LG: LGMobile Update, and from there, LG PC Suite IV. I was downloading the USB drivers from the LGMobile Update interface, but I found that after installing the LG PC Suite IV software, it did the same, and in auto mode at that. So finally, I got the USB drivers from the LG Optimus Sol device. And all the other drivers specifically designed from the Sol unit.

So what now?

Right after, I made a new attempt to root the device, and guess what. This time, it was a success. Of course, I was inclined to the simpler and more presentable interface of SuperOneClick root-er, so that is what I used, and just like with the Samsung Galary R, I clicked, and waited, and watched, and success!

Next: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V. but I haven’t found any effective rooting program yet for this one. I don’t lose hope. I know it will come. In time.

Till then!
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