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Old 05-13-2024, 06:31 PM   #1
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Poke 3 Root and Firmware Updating

I've used my Poke 3 completely offline due to privacy concerns, and just discovered that rooting can help solve those issues thanks to this forum

I use KOReader for books and Tachiyomi for manga. Once rooted for a more privacy-friendly connected experience, I plan to use AFWall+, Syncthing, and Wallabag.
  1. Are there any downsides to rooting if I don't care for any Onyx or Google apps?
  2. Is Thomas' Random Hackery still the best guide to use for rooting the Poke 3? What else should I keep in mind so that everything goes smoothly?
  3. The Poke 3 is still on an older v3.1 firmware. What am I missing out on by not upgrading? If upgrading is recommended, which version and how do I get it?
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Old 05-13-2024, 07:07 PM   #2
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  1. Are there any downsides to rooting if I don't care for any Onyx or Google apps?
  2. Is Thomas' Random Hackery still the best guide to use for rooting the Poke 3? What else should I keep in mind so that everything goes smoothly?
  3. The Poke 3 is still on an older v3.1 firmware. What am I missing out on by not upgrading? If upgrading is recommended, which version and how do I get it?
One more:
  • How do I make a full backup of the pre-root Poke 3 and restore that to undo root later on?
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Old 05-13-2024, 10:16 PM   #3
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You can use EDL and make a full raw 32 GB backup.
Then you can restore in a single operation, no matter what you do.
Code:
C:\>edl.exe /lpoke3.bin /r bignastyfile
If you still have some Onyx stuff enabled you can download an update on your desktop, plunk it down on /sdcard/update.upx and tell Onyx to update (without your Poke3 being online).
Code:
$ am start -a onyx.settings.action.firmware
If you broke that, I have a recovery that you can install updates with.

The latest update is:
Code:
Model:  Poke3 (English)
Finger: ONYX/Poke3/Poke3:10/2023-12-12_23-45_3.5_4687b1901/12699:user/dev-keys
Link:   http://firmware-us.boox.com/729099b8ab981a2b2f4a3d29af22b0db/update.upx
Size:   1,669,183,019
MD5:    729099b8ab981a2b2f4a3d29af22b0db
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Old 05-13-2024, 11:50 PM   #4
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You can use EDL and make a full raw 32 GB backup.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I learned more about EDL from your website, and installed Qualcomm Sahara / Firehose Diag Tools for EDL on Linux. I'm having trouble figuring out how to correctly make the backup.
  • Is prog_emmc_ufs_firehose_Sdm636_ddr.elf the right programmer for the Poke 3? If not, where do I find the right one?
  • What is the command to make a full backup for safely restoring to my original v3.1 non-rooted Poke3?
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Old 05-14-2024, 12:15 AM   #5
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I ran the following with and without the above loader:
Code:
edl printgpt
In both cases, I get the same errors:
Code:
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:165: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\S'
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:166: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\['
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:207: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\['
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:456: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\S'
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:165: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\S'
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:166: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\['
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:207: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\['
/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/docopt-0.6.2-py3.12.egg/docopt.py:456: SyntaxWarning: invalid escape sequence '\S'
Capstone library is missing (optional).
Keystone library is missing (optional).
Qualcomm Sahara / Firehose Client V3.62 (c) B.Kerler 2018-2023.
main - Trying with no loader given ...
main - Waiting for the device
main - Device detected :)
main - Mode detected: sahara
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/bin/edl", line 4, in <module>
    __import__('pkg_resources').run_script('edlclient==3.62', 'edl')
  File "/usr/lib/python3.12/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 720, in run_script
    self.require(requires)[0].run_script(script_name, ns)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.12/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 1559, in run_script
    exec(code, namespace, namespace)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/edlclient-3.62-py3.12.egg/EGG-INFO/scripts/edl", line 393, in <module>
    base.run()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python3.12/site-packages/edlclient-3.62-py3.12.egg/EGG-INFO/scripts/edl", line 295, in run
    version = conninfo["data"].version
              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
AttributeError: type object 'req' has no attribute 'version'
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Old 05-14-2024, 01:36 AM   #6
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I decided to skip the EDL backup and dive into rooting.

I've gotten to the fastboot section, but cannot figure out how to boot the image to test before flashing.

Code:
adb reboot fastboot
# Works without issues
Code:
fastboot devices

# Displays the following:
B751CA90	 fastboot
Code:
fastboot getvar current-slot

# Displays the following:
getvar:current-slot	 	 FAILED (remote: 'GetVar Variable Not found')
Finished. Total time: 0.001s
Code:
fastboot boot magisk_patched-27000_lRCKS.img

# Hangs on the following
Sending 'boot.img' (13593 KB)                      

# Canceling the command shows this
FAILED (Status read failed (No such device))
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Old 05-14-2024, 02:54 AM   #7
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After a lengthy search with a healthy dose of trial and error, I found the following fix: use a USB hub!

I still couldn't figure out how to properly get an EDL backup, but the fastboot flash went through.

Strange solution, but it looks like I now have a properly rooted Poke 3!
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Old 05-14-2024, 07:40 AM   #8
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I learned more about EDL from your website, and installed Qualcomm Sahara / Firehose Diag Tools for EDL on Linux.
Ok, so you had Linux. OTOH, my native Windows version works with less drama.
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