22 responses to “Review of and Rooting Lenovo K3 Note in Linux”

  1. hashan

    thanks bro…..

  2. Jelly

    Many thanks for this one, my Windows system could not recognized the usb device.

  3. Damos Resultados

    It worked on Ubuntu 14 and K3 Note, just you didn’t mention thet OEM lock must be disabled on developer options and also when be in fastboot mode type at terminal “fastboot oem unlock” without quotes.

    Thanks for posting

  4. don

    Got as far as flashing the recovery then it failed with message

    writing ‘recovery’…
    FAILED (remote: download for partition ‘recovery’ is not allowed
    )

    I had already tried a different rooting tool ‘k3 note manager’ which also failed although it had worked with an earlier k3 phone with a different build version of VBEUI_V2.8_1535_5.128.1_ST_K50-T5. The developer of k3 note manager says that ‘The tool is not working with the version VIBEUI 2.8 because it required bootloader to be unlocked, while the latest version VIBEUI_V3.0_1604_7.209.1_ST_K50-T5 is working.’

    so I think I’ll use lenovo system recovery to try and install the newer version (which does not include Gapps) and then retry your method in the hope that super su does load and work.

  5. don

    Edit – the grammar was unclear so try again ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had already tried a different rooting tool โ€˜k3 note managerโ€™ which also failed (although it had worked with an earlier k3 phone with a different build version of VIBEUI) My new k3 has VIBEUI_V2.8_1535_5.128.1_ST_K50-T5. The developer of ‘k3 note manager’ writes here (http://forum.xda-developers.com/k3-note/general/tool-lenovo-k3-note-manager-t3261285/page7) that :-

    โ€˜The tool is not working with this version VIBEUI 2.8 because it required bootloader to be unlocked, while the latest version VIBEUI_V3.0_1604_7.209.1_ST_K50-T5 is working.โ€™

  6. don

    Ok thanks for that update. I’ve downloaded the VIBEUI rom, the CWM image from your post above and installed the linux version of the flash tool from your link. Unzipping the rom reveals one file labelled scatter.txt but the flash tool refuses to recognise it giving the message.

    SP FLASH TOOL ERROR: (8417)

    The load scatter file is invalid!

    [HINT]:
    Please check the scatter file and select again!

    Is there something I dont understand here? Impossible ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. don

    I located a correct scatter file and flashed but got message “PMT changed for the ROM; it must be downloaded.”

    So I looked for explanation and found this advice (from different posts)

    “That error means that the partition table present in the phone is different from the partition table that the rom ur trying to flash to the phone needs, so u have to choose the Firmware Upgrade option, that will apply the new formatting table following the settings of the rom ur trying to flash. Try to take the preloaded section out of the scatter if you’re nervous to flash over preloader. Not sure that will work or not. The scatter file is built of different sections telling where to put each part. Just remove the preloader section. I solved this problem by editing scatter file with notepad++ and deleted sections:(17-18)

    Another thing to try is building a scatter for your phone with MTK Droid Tools and using that scatter instead of the one included with the ROM.

  8. don

    Hi and thanks for your help with this.

    Meanwhile I have installed the rom VIBEUI_V3.0_1604_7.209.1_ST_K50-T5 successfully using the lenovo recovery and the phone is working fine. However it comes without root permissions or Gapps so I’m working on that now. The Lenovo-Note-Manager program on windows still does not root the phone nor install CWM or TWRP recovery so I downloaded CWM recovery and the correct scatter file but the PMT error above stops further progress. As I’m trying this using Linux SP tools I’m wondering if my linux (Mint 17) has the driver for MTK preloader since that is an issue which seems to crop up in the forums in a Windows context.

  9. don

    Update, I tried using adb and fastboot. These ran ok so I guess the driver for bootloader is installed and working on Linux. But the message was
    dontt@Lenovo-G570 ~/Desktop/Root Android/Root Lenovo k3 Note $ fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    target reported max download size of 134217728 bytes
    sending ‘recovery’ (9214 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.443s]
    writing ‘recovery’…
    FAILED (remote: download for partition ‘recovery’ is not allowed
    )
    finished. total time: 0.446s

    I’m really stuck now.

  10. don

    Ok I kept working on the Windows partition using SP tools and eventually managed to flash CWM recover and play around with stuff beyond that. My k3 note is now rooted and running a nice version of Android 6.0 without any bloatware.

    Thanks again for your help.

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