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Samsung Galaxy Ace Technical Thread (Split from the "Hot Deals" thread by qca7e)

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dankup wrote:
Apr 30th, 2013 6:47 pm
Used post #30 samsung-galaxy-ace-technical-thread-spl ... 1126251/2/ but instead of the root_gb_ace(2).zip file I used AceGingerRoot.zip found at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpos ... ostcount=7

I just unlocked the Ace. Do I use Titanium Backup now and freeze all the bloatware or install Jellybean first through CyanogenMod and then do the Titanium Backup?
Install your ROM, then use TB to freeze/delete. Mind you, if you update your ROM. All the deleted apps will come back.
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dankup wrote:
Apr 30th, 2013 6:47 pm
Used post #30 samsung-galaxy-ace-technical-thread-spl ... 1126251/2/ but instead of the root_gb_ace(2).zip file I used AceGingerRoot.zip found at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpos ... ostcount=7

I just unlocked the Ace. Do I use Titanium Backup now and freeze all the bloatware or install Jellybean first through CyanogenMod and then do the Titanium Backup?
thanks got mine unlocked. There are a ton of ROMS out there for this version of the ace. I've never flashed a ROM before. Which JB one is the fastest and most stable? The back button on the stock Gingerbread 2.3.4 takes like 2-3 presses to activate.
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looniepincher wrote:
Apr 30th, 2013 9:25 pm
thanks got mine unlocked. There are a ton of ROMS out there for this version of the ace. I've never flashed a ROM before. Which JB one is the fastest and most stable? The back button on the stock Gingerbread 2.3.4 takes like 2-3 presses to activate.
Yeah I noticed, and I don't know which mod is the best I'm just starting out.
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UTSC wrote:
Jun 13th, 2013 8:50 pm
What is the best Root / unlock method available for Ace S5830 running 2.3.6 ? I was planning to try the following method:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthr ... ?t=1034145
There's 38 pages of info here....what you're looking for is all on the first post.
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gr8dlr wrote:
Jun 14th, 2013 10:40 am
There's 38 pages of info here....what you're looking for is all on the first post.

S.Chan's Unlock guide: samsu.../#post13871081

Yes I did try the above method a few days back but the files required are no longer available

for the Galaxy Ace, download this root_gb_ace(2).zip file from bleuwave's post: http://www.mediafire.com/?i3302znn0xb5azv
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Can someone please help me to unlock my phone. In ebay it is costing $15 to unlock. There is a guy offering to unlock for $9 but I have to grant him permission to remotely control my PC via team viewer which I don't like. I am willing to pay a reasonable fees to unlock.
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Sorry too many pages to read through. The method on the 1st pages is the best/easiest way to unlock the Galaxy Ace?
I read that you can just use an app to find the code. This is the one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... yaceunlock
has anyone tried that app before.

I dont own the phone but my friend is going to buy a Galaxy Ace locked to Telus but only wanted it if it could be unlocked easily..
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Tha DraGun wrote:
Jun 16th, 2013 9:48 pm
Sorry too many pages to read through. The method on the 1st pages is the best/easiest way to unlock the Galaxy Ace?
I read that you can just use an app to find the code. This is the one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... yaceunlock
has anyone tried that app before.

I dont own the phone but my friend is going to buy a Galaxy Ace locked to Telus but only wanted it if it could be unlocked easily..
Tha DraGun, you're correct. However you need to first root the phone before unlocking. I have the ACE with Android 2.3.6 and files required to root the phone are currently not available (have been removed / deleted)
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Please, I'd like to know if this guide is for installing Android 4 (I heard Android 4 is nicknamed "Ice Cream Sandwich"). If yes can this guide be used for the Galaxy Gio aswell; since both phones are very similar?
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Jun 16th, 2013 10:52 pm
Tha DraGun, you're correct. However you need to first root the phone before unlocking. I have the ACE with Android 2.3.6 and files required to root the phone are currently not available (have been removed / deleted)
Got the phone rooted okay. This phone has 2.3.4.
I just used this file:
https://hotfile.com/dl/178579596/5420e4 ... t.zip.html

If that doesnt work you can try this file:
http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=832963
That one wouldnt install for me, but it could be because of the version I have.

Now I'll try the app to unlock. Hopefully it works.

EDIT:

This app worked too! Busybox was a pain to install but I finally managed to get it.
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Will this work for the galaxy Ace 2 as well??

S.Chan wrote:
Dec 4th, 2011 9:54 pm
I wasn’t originally planning on updating my samsung-gio-79-99-fs-1084743/4/#post13510864]bml5 unlocking guide[/url], but due to the recent increase of PMs, here is an updated guide that works for both the Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830D and the Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660M.

And for those having difficulty finding your unlock code in the bml5.img file, I wrote a simple java program that’ll automatically find the unlock code for you.


Updated Android Terminal Emulator bml5 Unlocking Guide

Disclaimer
  • There is always a risk of bricking/damaging your phone when performing an unlock
  • Perform the following bml5 method at your own risk
What You Need
  1. Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660M or Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830D
  2. microSD Card with SD Card Adapter
  3. Windows PC with SD Card Reader
  4. (Optional) Windows PC with Java (JRE) installed
Preparation
  1. Fully charge your phone
  2. Do not put in a SIM card in the phone
  3. Turn off your phone
Rooting the Phone
  1. For the Galaxy Gio, download this root_gb_gio.zip file from psyfactor's post: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?jzvnlbhidsd5f6l
    Or, for the Galaxy Ace, download this root_gb_ace(2).zip file from bleuwave's post: http://www.mediafire.com/?i3302znn0xb5azv
  2. Copy root_gb_gio.zip (for Galaxy Gio) or root_gb_ace(2).zip (for Galaxy Ace) to the root directory of your SD card on your computer
  3. Insert the SD card into the phone
  4. Turn on the phone in recovery mode by holding the HOME and POWER button
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  5. Using the VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN buttons highlight the Install Update option and confirm the selection with the HOME button.
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  6. Using the VOLUME UP/DOWN and HOME buttons, select the root_gb_gio.zip (for Galaxy Gio) or root_gb_ace(2).zip (for Galaxy Ace) file and run the update
  7. Using the VOLUME UP/DOWN and HOME buttons, select the reboot option
  8. Verify that the SuperUser application icon appears on the last page (by default) of the menu screen
Obtaining the bml5.img File
  1. On your phone, download and install Android Terminal Emulator from Android Market over Wi-Fi
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  2. Boot up the Android Terminal Emulator application
  3. Using the on-screen keyboard, type

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    su
    A prompt will appear; you must select ALLOW to give superuser access to the application
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  4. Type

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    cat /dev/bml5>/sdcard/bml5.img
    N.B.: The l in bml5.img is the letter "L" and not the number "1"
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  5. Now turn off your phone
Obtaining the Unlock Code
Easy Method
N.B.: The Easy Method requires that you have Java (JRE) installed on your PC. If you do not have Java (JRE) installed, you can download and install it from Oracle Java’s website or use the Original Method below.
  1. On your PC, copy the bml5.img file from your SD card to your computer
  2. Download this bml5_analyzer.jar file: http://www.mediafire.com/?eveka9uyycmxxbq
  3. Run bml5_analyzer.jar and select your bml5.img file
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  4. Copy down your eight digit numeric unlock code (blacked out in screenshot below) and close the program.
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Original Method
  1. On your PC, copy the bml5.img file from your SD card to your computer
  2. Open the file using WordPad
    N.B.: As bml5.img is a 9 MB file, this may some time to open.
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  3. Under the EDIT menu, click FIND and search for a series of three sets of eight zeroes (i.e. search for "00000000")
    N.B.: In my file, the first set of eight zeroes appeared after clicking FIND NEXT 36 times
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  4. Your eight digit numeric unlock code (blacked out in screenshot below) will appear before the three sets of eight zeroes; copy this down
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Unlocking the Phone
Standard Method
  1. Put in a non-native SIM card into the phone (i.e. for the Gio a non-Bell/Virgin/Solo SIM Card and for the Ace a non-Telus/Koodo SIM Card).
  2. Turn on the phone.
  3. You will see a prompt asking for the network code.
  4. Using the on-screen number-pad, enter your eight digit unlock code.
  5. If successful a prompt will say "Network unlock successful". If not, then it will say "Network unlock unsuccessful"
  6. To double-check, bring up the lock status screen by dialing this number:

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    *#7465625#
    N.B.: All the locks on the screen should have "[OFF]" displayed
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  7. You have now successfully unlocked your phone! You can also uninstall the Android Terminal Emulator application if you like.
Alternate Method
N.B.: The commands in #2 below were found from a http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/s ... .google.ca]Google Search[/url] and have not been tested by me.
  1. Turn on your phone without a SIM card.
  2. Using the phone’s dialer, dial one of the following (replace CODE with your eight digit numeric unlock code):

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     #7465625*638*CODE#
    OR

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    *#7465625*638*CODE#
    OR

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    #0111*CODE#
  3. If successful a prompt will say "Network unlock successful". If not, then it will say "Network unlock unsuccessful"
  4. To double-check, bring up the lock status screen by dialing this number:

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    *#7465625#
    N.B.: All the locks on the screen should have "[OFF]" displayed
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  5. You have now successfully unlocked your phone! You can also uninstall the Android Terminal Emulator application if you like.
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