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How To Root Samsung Captivate On Gingerbread With a Custom Kernel

captivate-gingerbread-rootIf you have recently updated your Captivate to the KF1 firmware by Samsung based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and want to root your device, there is a solution, a very easy one for that matter. The solution is kernel based, developed by XDA-Developers forum member designgears. So read on for more on the kernel and how to install it.

The kernel, is a pretty basic one for now as per the developer but gets you the much needed root with no issues as well, so missing out on some fancy features isn’t all that bad. Additionally you have init.d and furthermore, the kernel is insecure hence running adb as root.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the kernel from the link above.
  2. Put your phone into download mode.
  3. Run ODIN and click on PDA and choose the kernel when prompted.
  4. Once done, connect your phone to the computer via USB and once you see the device connected in ODIN, hit the Start button.
  5. ODIN will start flashing the ROM, and once done, your phone will reboot. You can unplug the phone from your computer.

All done! your phone should now boot up all rooted. for updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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  • Larry

    Wifi won’t turn on after rooting using this method.  Is there a way to unroot such that wifi will work again?

  • Brian

    I’m having the same trouble with Wi-Fi not turning on.  Wi-Fi keeps resetting, you turn it on, and as soon as it scans, it turns off by itself.
    Any resolutions??  Please!

  • Aye Tee Tee Sell Fone

    Yup, same thing. I am so dumb. I went buck wild and downloaded all kinds of apps. Took all weekend to narrow it down to the root kernel. 

    I loaded 2.2 and that fixed the wifi. I loaded Gingerbread, the wifi was still operational. I loaded said kernel, the wifi was NFG. 

  • Algesoft

    Samsung updates Froyo to Gingerbread 2.3.5. In fairness these instructions pertains to 2.3.3.  If you follow this procedure you LOOSE your wifi!

  • Jimbo

      Same….lost my wifi.  Did a complete factory reset. loaded all the upgrade thru Gingerbread and still NO Wifi.  BEWARE of using this!

    • Disgusted

      the worst thisng ever just reduced my phone to ruin

    • Disgusted

      the worst thisng ever just reduced my phone to ruin