How to Root the Coby Kyros MID7015 Android Tablet on a PC

This is a beginners guide on how to root the tablet, install Clockworkmod Recovery to do a complete systems backup, and then install Google Market, which was originally written by Jason Andreas

This guide is written for new users who have no experience with the Android OS or this device. Use at your own risk. We are not responsible for what you do to your device. Rooting also voids your warranty with Coby and always runs the risk of bricking your device. Proceed with caution.

Here is a summary of the steps:

I. Setup your Kyros

II. Root your Kyros

III. Install the ClockworkMod Recovery App

IV. Install Google Marketplace.

I. Intro Steps – Setup Your Kyros

1. Put your device in USB Debugging mode: From the main menu, press Settings, Applications, make sure “Unknown sources” is checked. Press Development, and make sure that “USB Debugging” is enabled.

2. Turn on your WIFI: Go to Settings, Wireless & Networks, click WIFI, and then Wi-Fi settings. Select your Wi-Fi access point.

3. Open AppsLib: press the search hour glass icon, type File Manager, and press Search. Find “File Manager” by mmaapp and install it. Close AppsLib.

II. Rooting your Kyros Tablet

By rooting, you will have full control over all of the files and folders on your Coby Kyros tablet. This is a good and a bad thing: good because we can add programs, bad because you can delete files that you shouldn’t, so don’t mess around.

1. From your PC, download z4Root and copy it to your micro SD card.

Z4Root can be found here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953

2. Put the SD card in your Coby Kyros tablet, and open File Manager.

3. In File Manager, Press SD card, then press z4root.x.x.x.apk (x indicates the version number), and press install.

4. Press Open. Z4Root will open. Press “Permanent Root”. Once it is done rooting, it will reboot your Kyros.

Installing the Windows software and ADB drivers

1. Download and install The Java Development Kit here (you will need to register on their site first):

2. Download and unzip the android-sdk-r07-windows.zip file to the C: drive on your computer.

3. Go to the android-sdk-windows folder that you unzipped

4. Launch SDKManager.exe

5. Under choose which package to install, click accept all. As a part of what it is downloading, it will download the Android USB drivers. This part takes 30 minutes or more to complete.

6. Once the download is done, close the SDK Manager.

7. You should now see a folder called “usb_driver”. Open that folder.

8. You will see a file called “android_winusb.inf”. Open that file in a text editor like Notepad.

9. Right underneath the section labeled [Google.NTx86] paste in the following:

%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_DEED
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_DEED&MI_01
; Android Eclair
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_0BB4&PID_0C01
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_0BB4&PID_0C02&MI_01
%SingleBootLoaderInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_0BB4&PID_0FFF

10. Right underneath the section labeled [Google.NTamd64] paste in the following:

%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_DEED
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_18D1&PID_DEED&MI_01

Thanks goes to phygman at XDA-Developers and lschroeder at tipster.the-talk.net for the code here to get the ADB driver working in XP.

11. Save the changes in the android_winusb.inf file.

12. Plug in your Kyros device. Windows will still not find the driver for the device, but go into the Device manager, and select AndroidEclair, and update driver, browse my computer, let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

13. Click “Have Disk” and browse to the c:android-sdk-windowsusb_driver folder. Double click on “android_winusb.inf”.

14. Select Android ADB Interface. It will then come up with some messages about this being unsigned, are you sure you want to do this, click yes or continue. It will then install the driver and detect the Kyros tablet.

III. Installing ClockworkMod Recovery to Back Up the Kyros

1. On your PC, download recovery.img and place it on the root folder of your sd card ()

2. Put the SD card back into the tablet and then plug the USB cable into the tablet, and then your pc. Make sure your tablet is powered on.

3. Open the Command Prompt in windows (cmd.exe).

4. Go to the android-sdk-windowstools folder. Since I placed the android-sdk-windows folder on the root of my C: drive, I typed cdandroid-sdk-windowstools and pressed enter.

5. Type adb shell and press enter.

6. Type su and press enter.

7. Type flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img and press enter.

8. Press and hold the CTRL button, then press C.

9. Type adb reboot recovery and press enter.

10. Your Kyros tablet will reboot. Clockwork Mod Recovery will then load. When Navigating through ClockworkMod Recovery, here are the keys:

Home is down
Menu is select
Back is back

11. Press the Home button until backup and restore is highlighted and press Menu.

12. Backup should already be selected. Press Menu.

13. It will now do a complete system backup. This is ESSENTIAL as it is VERY easy to play around and break your Kyros to the point that it is useless.

14. It will say “Backup complete” once the backup is done.

15. Reboot system now should be highlighted. Press Menu to reboot.

IV. Installing Google Marketplace

Note, it may be possible to install Android Market without rooting.

1. Remove your SD card and put it back in your PC. Download the file gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip and place it on the root of your sd card ().

2. Connect the USB cable to the Kyros and the PC.

3. Put the SD card back into the tablet and then plug the usb cable into the tablet, and then your PC. Make sure your tablet is powered on.

4. Open the Command Prompt in windows (cmd.exe)

5. Go to the android-sdk-windowstools folder. Since I placed the android-sdk-windows folder on the root of my c drive, I typed cdandroid-sdk-windowstools and pressed enter.

6. Type adb reboot recovery and press enter.

7. It will boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery menu.

8. Press Home until install zip from SD card is selected and press menu.

9. Press Home until choose zip from SD card is selected and press menu.

10. Press Home until gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip is selected and press Menu.

11. Press Home until Yes – Install gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip is selected and press Menu.

12. It will then install the Google Market.

13. Once the install is done, it will say Install from SD card complete.

14. Press the back button.

15. Reboot system now should be highlighted. Press Menu.

16. It will reboot the Kyros. You will see a Wizard appear. Go through the Wizard.

17. You now have the Android Marketplace installed on your Kyros.

18. I would also recommend installing the AppBrain app from the Google Market. It gives you the ability to install more apps then just the Google Market alone.

Thanks again to Jason Andreas for compiling this set of instructions.

2 Responses to “How to Root the Coby Kyros MID7015 Android Tablet on a PC”

  1. world clock says:

    How to Root the Coby Kyros MID7015 Android Tablet on a PC | Coby Kyros MID Tablets – just great!

  2. Pat says:

    I cant get past installing the driver part. I copy/pasted exactly as required but no go. Please help me.

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