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How To Root T-Mobile LG G-Slate Honeycomb Tablet On Linux

T-Mobile-G-Slate-rootThe G-Slate is the first 4G capable Honeycomb tablet from T-Mobile and LG. It is the first tablet to feature 3D capabilities including the much talked about 3D video recording. Packed with a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, this device definitely deserves root access to unleash the beast inside it. Well guess what? The G-Slate has been rooted, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member Chandon. However the guide is meant for Linux users right now. More on how to root your G-Slate after the jump.

Now the reason for this rooting method being Linux specific is the need to mount an ext4 filesystem. Windows lacks ext4 or other Linux file system support but there are ways around it and if you know one, feel free to try it out using the Windows version of the tools at the first download link but attempt this only if you know what you are doing. For the Linux users though, here is the guide.

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. Download the G-Slate root package, extract its contents and place them into your ~/v909 folder.
  2. Launch a Terminal window and enter this command:
    cd ~/v909
  3. Power your G-Slate off and connect it to your  computer via USB.
  4. Press both the volume buttons of the tablet and while keeping them pressed, briefly press and release the power button. This will put your G-Slate into APX mode. Don’t worry if the tablet appears to be off.
  5. In the Terminal window, enter this command:

    If you see an output similar to ‘0955:7820 NVidia Corp.’, the tablet is properly connected in APX mode.

  6. Now enter the following commands in the Terminal window one by one:
    ./nvflash --bl bootloader.bin --getpartitiontable ptable.txt
    ./nvflash -r --read 8 system-orig.img

    Be patient while the second command copies 400MB of data.

  7. Once the data has been copied, continue by entering these commands:
    cp system-orig.img system.img
    mkdir system
    sudo mount -o loop system.img system
    sudo cp su system/bin
    sudo chmod 4755 system/bin/su
    sudo cp Superuser.apk system/app
    umount system
    ./nvflash -r --download 8 system.img
  8. Now wait patiently again as the data is copied back to the tablet and once it has been copied, enter this last command in Terminal:
    ./nvflash -r –sync
  9. Finally, reboot your tablet by pressing the reset button under the SIM card cover.

If done right, you should boot into the OS with root access. For any queries related to the instructions or otherwise, contact the developer on the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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