Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version

How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version - Today's guide is about rooting, now i wanna share how to rooting Lenovo S920 running Android KitKat. This guide only can be used for ROW firmware only so if you are using CN firmware sorry you cannot try this guide, But before following this guide i am very recommended you to do full backup, follow How To Make Full Backup Mediatek Device this backup can be restore using Flash Tool.
Before starting the guide i must tell you that this guide have possibility to brick your device and had chance to fail, so please very consider if you wanna follow this guide.

Disclaimer :
This guide for educational purpose only, We not responsible if your device bricked after following this tutorial. Even this guide is already tested but it has possibility to brick your phone, (DWYOR)


How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version

Downloads :
  • Lenovo Standard Recovery  ↦ 4.8 Mb, this contains Lenovo S920 Android KitKat Row standard recovery, Used this for backup or in case there is something bad happen. Flash using SP Flash Tool. But if you have full backup then recommended to use your full backup recovery.img
  • CWM for Android KitKat ↦ 5.6 Mb, contains custom recovery CWM for Lenovo S920 for using in Android KitKat ROW version.
  • USB VCOM Driver  Install this driver first on your computer, Turn off your device and remove the battery, using USB cable connect your device while look at My Computer  Manage  Device Manager there will be MTK65xx Preloader Devices show up for 5 second than disappeared, before disappeared right click on it and select Update Driver Software point it to USB VCOM Driver extracted folder. When it finish disconnect and connect again there will be Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Port on your device manager.
    How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version

  • SP FLash Tool 3.1324 Tool for flashing recovery file to your device, this is primary tool for MTK devices.
  • King User v3.4  root application that can be install via custom recovery. don't extract this file.
How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version
  1. Download all required files to your computer, places all downloaded files on one folder for easy organize it. Please make sure that USB VCOM driver are installed completely before continued to the next step. 
  2. Move or copy King User v3.4 to your external SD Card.
  3. Extract CWM for Android KitKat and SP FLash Tool 3.1324 on the same folder. go to SP FLash Tool 3.1324 extracted folder and run Flash_Tool.exe, on the Flash Tool check DA DL All with Checksum option this is important option that must not forgotten. Click on Scatter-Loading button and point it to CWM for Android KitKat extracted folder and select MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt, the recovery.img will be automatically load with check box already checked.
    How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version

  4. When everything already set up, now press Download button or hit F9, this will trigger warning that warm all not images completely load, confirm it with press Yes button
    How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version

  5. Turn off your device and remove the battery, wait 5 second then connect your device to your computer. SP Flash Tool will begin recognize your device and start the flashing process, The process will take only 5-10 seconds and when you see Green Circle in the middle of Flash Tool that mean you can disconnect your device. 
    How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version

  6. Done, now custom recovery already installed on your device. Disconnect your device and turn on with press and hold Power Button + Volume Up + Volume Down and release until you can see CWM main menu.
  7. on CWM main menu go to Install Zip from SD Card ↦ Choose Zip from SD Card point it to King User v3.4.zip
    How to Rooting Lenovo S920 with Android KitKat ROW version

  8. Wait the process and you are done.
now you are successful rooting and install custom recovery on your Lenovo S920 running Android KitKat Row version, I hope this guide can help you solve rooting Android KitKat problems, if you have problems regarding this guide please leave comments so i help you with your problems.

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103 comments:

  1. Thank you for yr advice. I get root on my ph. Thanks a lot:-) :-)

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    1. Hi,
      No problem, glad this guide can help you

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  2. nice guide... can u share unroot process?

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    1. hi,
      thank you, but for now i still don't have guide to unroot it. but i will make one of course.

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  3. Hi Andy,
    Is this guide can be apply to my s920 which was updated with Android KitKat 4.4.2 OTA recently?

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    1. hi,
      if your kitkat is ROW version then you can foolow this guide, but if your kitkat is CN than don't it will brick your phone. CN and ROW can be see at about phone build number...

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    2. Oh..i see. Thanx a lot for this sharing..

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  4. THANK YOU SO MUCH! WORKS LIKE A CHARM!!! GOD BLESS YOU MAN!! :D

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  5. Sorry, something went wrong in my sisters phone though, I'm using another computer for hers and I can't extract the CWM For Android KitKat as it keep saying the disk image file is corrupted. So when I open the flash tool and press the text, no image check box was checked and there are no address or location when I check one of it so it didn't complete, please help

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    1. hi,
      could you just copy the file from you pc to hers, because as far as i know corrupt downloaded file can be happen because bad internet access. no image check because flash tool cannot select the image file, maybe corrupt or missing image file

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    2. Oh ya, didn't thought of that, thank you

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  6. Andy I need your help, on step 7 I keep getting cant mount sd card, any ideas?
    Fotis

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    1. Hi,
      Are cwm already installed successful? What in sd card then ? Don't put root file on the folder inside sd card put it on the outside

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    2. tried that but ...."cant mount /emmc/"

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    3. Try to maunt manual, go to mount and storage at cwm main menu, then try mount /emmc but sd card not mount on /emmc so why this problem bother you? Are you modified your partition? Maybe get bigger /data partition? Or something, because only you that get error cannot mount sd card

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    4. Andy I got it to work, I used a different recovery image renamed it and all went well, THANKS A LOT for you guide and your help
      Fotis

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    5. Ok nice to hear that, good job. if you can please share the other recovery image so maybe there is someone out there get problem like you,
      Anyway thank you for visit

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  7. I have the file but cant be sure of a link you see i've done a lot of searching and studying can I send it to you somehow?

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    1. Ok send to my email andychin21@gmail.com, i will try to upload it if someone needed it, anyway thank for your help

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  8. andy,,when i downloaded usb vcom driver,,there is no installer on the folder..can you renew it.thank you

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    1. Yes it not an exe file, you must manually install USB VCOMbto your computer, it already describe how to install it on your xomputer. You can see it at usb vcom download link, just read more careful and implement it to your computer

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    2. it's always disappear after install driver?
      i use 3 PC on xp n 7, same result (always disappear), even i download 3 time's and use another cable.
      when using flash tool device must on or ? it's on battery or without?
      please help me
      #Pusing ahh

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    3. hi,
      turn off device and remove battery, connect your device while open device manager. it will pop up on PRT & LPT section for 2-3 second before disappear, before disappear right click it and point to USB VCOM extracted folder. done, try to begin flashing if flash tool not detect your device then try once again.

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    4. Done.Thanks a lot .fast respond
      maybe need more specific on after install driver (device off no battery) then unplug cable, after that run flash tool with step 3 and plug device (device off no battery) and so on so on.
      5 Thumbs up for u

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    5. great job, and thank you for your suggestion, i will try to make more clear. thank you

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  9. Dear Andy,

    Thank you for what you try to help others with sharing these information,

    My s920 has be apdated to VIBUI version, i tried to bring it back with different ways that you explained but i always got error message number (8038) please advice what to do?

    Regards

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    1. Hi,
      Are you trying these guide for vibe ui? It for ROW, not for cn firmware or vibe ui 2.0 or vibe ui 1.5 ot for international ROM

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    2. Thank you fro fast reply,
      My phone system was Android and updated to vibe ui and now i need to bring back to android, can you advice?

      Regards

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    3. Hi raad,
      Vibe ui is an android. Lenovo has 2 kind of firmware which is android. China version and international version. China firmware is only has 2 language english and china and the international firmware also called ROW is has multi language and has google applications inside it. I guess your firmware is china versiin with vibe ui 2.0, look at about phone. And vibe ui is just user interface. This guide is for ROW version or international version root guide.

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    4. Dear Andy,

      Thank you so much for fast reply, yes the vibe ui in my phone is china version which did not accept to install google play, can you guide me to re install android again to my phone so i can install google play?
      I tried to install google play following your instruction but the Root Explorer in chines only which i cannot understand, also i tried to root my phone system following your instruction but i got FLASH TOOL ERROR (8038) hope you can explain how to go over that error,
      I do appreciated your help

      Regards

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    5. if you still wanna use china firmware then please refer to this guide http://bit.ly/1xWiRfv but if you wanna change your firmware to international version that already contains google applications and multi language support than please refer to this http://bit.ly/1AZkkTH.
      of course flash tool error 8038 it because tha above guide is for international rom on china rom, you cannot use international rom guide on your china rom.

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    6. Dear Andy,

      Thank you so so much, i follow your instruction and its worked 100%, i do appreciated, wish you all success in your life, keep doing what you do.

      Best Regards

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    7. your welcome, and nice this guide can help you (y)

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    8. Dear Andy,

      I was try to do root to same phone after i install 4.4.2 following your advice, now and after i restart my phone as you describe in paragraph 7 i cannot find INSTALL ZIP FROM SD, i only find update from sd, please advice

      Regards

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    9. First make sure the phone used international or row version firmware. Look at about phone, see at build number. Second please make sure cwm is completely install on your device. Step 3- 5 is installing cwm custom recovery that need to install king user application.

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    10. Dear Andy,
      Thank you for fast reply, my phone is international firmware, that what you guide me to do last time.
      About steps 3-5 i do successfully and every thing go smooth and it show the green OK after connect the phone, but when i disconnect the phone and start by push and hold powe+volumup+volumdown and after I can see CWM main menu, the option for ( Install Zip from SD Card) Does not exist in CWM main menu.
      Please Advice
      Regards

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    11. hmm that weird, you said you has done this before right ? i suspect you do wrong flashing cwm file. because cwm, twrp, carliv, etc always have install zip from sd card menu.
      but sorry you have to verify that you flash the right cwm file.

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    12. Dear Andy,

      I download all the files you uploaded above in one folder, i transfer King User v3.4 to my external SD Card, and after that i follow exactly the instruction and every thing go well, after the green download message i disconnect the phone and start it following your instruction, i did not find the ( Install Zip from SD Card),
      Note:I did not extract King User v3.4 when i transfer to my phone i keep it as ZIP file,also i do download 2 time after i did not find ( Install Zip from SD Card) and on the phone in the way you described and same thing, no ( Install Zip from SD Card) in the list.

      Hope you can advice
      Regards

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    13. hi ahmed, for recovery download file there is 2 files. and all is recovery.img ( Lenovo Standard Recovery and CWM for Android KitKat) so i am afraid that you wrong flashing file. just download CWM for Android KitKat only. so don't download all. i think maybe that the problem

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    14. Dear Andy
      Thank you so much, i choose CWM update and it works 100%, thank you soooo much

      Best Regards
      Raad

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    15. good job, and thank you for leaving positive comments
      glad this guide can help you.
      Thank You

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  10. Andy, I regret upgrading to 4.4.2, do u know how to get back to 4.2.1?

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    1. Hi,
      Look at this guide http://bit.ly/1qR6IIG, it flashing stock rom android 4.2.2

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  11. sir how to use kinguser to allow permission to my apps also i cannot see all apps in it can i use another thing for same ?

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    1. Hi,
      When you run an applications that required a root access it will pop up the option wheater to allow it or deny it. If you never allow an applications it will jot shiw on king user application when you see it. It can but not recommend to do.

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  12. How can i root for my 8gb row version..using this can or not..my leno is s920I_ROW8G

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    1. hi,
      for 8Gb i cannot guarantee it work. this is using 4Gb Lenovo S920. But if you have courage to try and share the result to us i will very glad to know it.

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    2. thank you for your information, i hope everybody now know that this guide not work for Lenovo S920 8GB

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    3. Hmmm...I also tried it with my Lenovo s920 8GB internal memory.....It doesn't work....Anyone know how to root my phone?

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    4. My default guide is forlenovo s920 4gb if you are using 8gb i cannot guarantee it work

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  13. HI Andy ,
    Thanks for you reply. I am using ROW version of Jellybean right now. Can I root my KITKAT and use the SUPER USER option after rooting it like in Jellybean ??
    Is there a new Framaroot app for Kitkat rooting available ??

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    1. hi,
      yes you can, but the method we use to install SuperUser is different on Jelly Bean you can use framaroot, on KitKat framaroot cannot be use. so on kitkat we need to install custom recovery first then install king user from recovery mode, king user is same like super user, superuser cannot be use in KitKat.
      no until now there is now framaroot that can root android kitkat.

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  14. SU UPGRADE FAILED, MISSING ROOT PERMISSION. when open king user, can u help me

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    1. Hi,
      Root installed conpletelt, please re install root. Try navigate to /system/xbin and locate binary SU if you cannot find it then root not install completely

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  15. Salam.. saya gagal rooting.. while using flash tool it become SP FLASH TOOL ERROR 8038.. please use firmware upgrade instead of download. saya punya s920 memang sudah upgrade kitkat row 4.4.2

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/l9zbskjt96zjxl2/Untitled.png?dl=0

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    1. hi,
      this happen because scatter files you use for arrange the partition on your device is different with scatter files from this guide. if you can make your own scatter files you can try to use it instead use scatter files from this download

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  16. hey andy, my flashing stucks after the red bar... its upposed to be mjust few seconds to replace the recovery but..mine is taking minutes and still no green circle...

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    1. Stuck again?? Lol, try using the same flash tool version like you flash the ROM, maybe your device not fit with the flash tool

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  17. hai andy,, my phone is lenovo 920 kitkat and i cant konect it to pC .. cant u help me ( i was make usb debug is on...)

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    1. Hi,
      Try different cable and try another usb port. If it hardware failure i cannot help you sorry

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    1. For unroot i still don't have the guide yet, but if you wanna do manually you can just delete su at /system/xbin and the remove kinguser application on /system/app with root explorer

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  19. Hi

    after I run the flash tool, unable to do the recovery. when I select the MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt file .. getting the error.ia
    initializing scatter file failed. please check the name f the scatter file is legal..
    Kindly help.

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    1. Hi,
      Check for china character on the scatter file folder. Remove it or change ot if you found one.

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  20. Mine is -

    Basebad Version
    S920.V103,2015/01/07 10:11

    Built Number
    VIBEUI_V2.0_1503_7.74.1_DEV_S920

    Is this version is possible to root Mr Andy ? Pls Help !

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    1. hi,
      no it cannot root your device, it will brick your device because your device firmware is china version and the guide is for ROW or international version. For vibe ui 2.0 or china version try using http://bit.ly/1us9bvb

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  21. Hi Andy,

    My lenovo has upgraded to S920_ROW_S221_150119.
    Do you think it can be rooted using this method?
    Thanks.

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    1. Hi,
      Yes it can. This guide is for use to international version ROM or ROW. So try it and good luck

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    2. Done!! It's work. Thank you.
      Then, do you have suggestion how to do repartition on the internal memory?

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    3. Good job for you,
      For repartition Lenovo S920 KitKat i don't have , i m only have for jelly bean, but it include on ROM so you need to flash the rom with memory already parted, try using 3rd software like mateos or etc

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  22. i have problem..when i insert my sim it detect.. but cant make a call or send sms.. but when i insert at other phone it work well like nothing happend..i think its is disable with some app or disable someting .. please help me fix this problem..

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    1. Hi,
      Try dial *#06# and if it show invalid then try to see thisguide http://bit.ly/1teLvmQ

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  23. i have try that one.. it cant connect with device.. i think maybe because Android_Gadget_CDC that given link to download is for win xp setup..not win 7,..

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    1. Hi,
      I am using windows 7 and i can install the driver perfectly, do manual installation for the driver.

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  24. why my windows has determined the driver sofrware ?
    and mediatek preloader usb vcom always dissapear?

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    1. hi,
      after successful install the driver, device will disappear from device manager, but flash tool can recognize your device so to test that your installation is right just go to the next step

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    2. and usb vcom driver cant update?
      so whats the problem , what should i do?
      when i try CWM its work.

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    3. try install again, find the guide how to install usb vcom on youtube for more clear,
      i don;t know what the problem because you just say can't install, and never say the error, and description about what you do.

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    4. Hi Andy,

      Does it work for S920_ROW_S213_140714 ??

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    5. Hi,
      As long your operating system is kitkat it can be use.

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  25. Will this work on my lenovo s920 kitkat 8g row?

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    1. hi,
      i think it will not work for 8GB ROW, but if you have courage than you can try it but becareful to brick your device.

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    2. thanks! I will just wait for updates on this hopeful you can post it anytime as soon as it available.

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    3. I will try update for Lenovo S920 8Gb when i have time, thank you for your visit

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  26. hello sir,do you have guide how to fix youtube buffering on lenovo s920.your help is much appreciated.

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    1. No it software problem or provider problem not firmware problem, so sorry

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  27. Its okay sir.still many thanks to you for fast response.

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    1. Your welcome, thank you for visit this blog and leave comment

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  28. while rebooting my phone i am getting an error:"have been in meta mode, long press the power button and the normal boot" -- What do I do?

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    1. it not error, lenovo have 3 different boot, normal boot, meta mode and recovery mode.
      meta mode is while booting, volume up is pressed for 2 second
      so it might be volume up is pressed when you do rebooting.

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    2. There seems to be a problem with the volume up/down button no matter how i try it ends up in meta mode or reboots to normal mode, any suggestions to enter the boot menu without pressing the buttons (power+vol(up+down))?

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    3. If you know about adb command you can reboot using adb. But if you flash recovery why you need to reboot? You flashing with device off right then when you want to go recovery just press power button + volume up + volume down from off state

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  29. Hi Andy,
    If I down the android open source code file and flash it on my lenovo 8g row kitkat, will it be the same as rooted? Thanks!

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    1. No, you must install the driver add the wifi driver and edit some to make the pure source work to your device.

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    2. thanks andy! i dont know anything yet about open source. hope you can provide a root for lenovo s920 kitkat row 8G.:)

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    3. try using one click root method, like king root, kingo root or vroot. your welcome thank you for visit and leave comments

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  30. is there any success report with lenovo s920 row 8gb yet?
    nice guide btw, I wanted to try but It'll be a problem if my sis's phone got bricked

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    1. i dont know about 8Gb, my guide is usually using 4Gb device, my suggestion is if you afraid then dont do it, you will get a lot of problem if you device bricked

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