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Old November 2nd, 2011, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This procedure worked for me:
How to get your phone back on the upgrade path...

Now to find a WiFi Thethering app that works....

Edit: On my Motorola Admiral

Things I did to setup *before* following the link abaove.

On my PC:
Install Android SDK
Install phone drivers. (The phone auto-ran a Moto Sync tool when I first plugged it in to my PC, which seemed to install these for me.)

On my phone:
Enable USB Debugging
Enable Non-market apps
Set USB connection to "None" when I plug it in to computer.

On my PC, I then ran "adb devices" in a CMD prompt to verify the debugger could see my phone. attached to this post is a screen shot of this CMD showing my device after running that command.

I then used the Windows-only 1-click-exploit in the link I posted above, from a CMD prompt. I'm not totally sure, but I think I may have had to run it twice. I think the first time it didn't find my phone, or had to restart the adb service or something.

Disclaimer. I am not telling anybody what to do. I do not know what differences there me be that will make this not work for anybody else. I am not responsible if anything bad happens. I'm simply sharing my experience with the community. I am not an expert at this stuff. I just know enough to adapt and follow others' posts and report results. Questions should be directed to the source.
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This procedure worked for me:
How to get your phone back on the upgrade path...

Not to find a WiFi Thethering app that works....
Is this for the Moto Admiral?
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 02:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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gonna give it a go now. The first thing I see is that you must first go to settings-Applications-Development and put a check in USB debugging. Before you start. Good luck and if you try this and brick phone please contact the OP for help.
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No luck not even the guys at XDA can ROOT the Admiral. Question for you is if you rooted how can you tell you are rooted?
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Now to find a WiFi Thethering app that works....
Have you tried Open Garden Wifi Tether (og.android.tether)? It works on the motorola photon as long as you don't enable security.
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Have you tried Open Garden Wifi Tether (og.android.tether)? It works on the motorola photon as long as you don't enable security.
I have a friend with a photon. What is the enable secruity setting you talk about????
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No luck not even the guys at XDA can ROOT the Admiral. Question for you is if you rooted how can you tell you are rooted?
Yes. You have to enable USB debugging. Also may need to enable "allow installation of non-market apps". And when you plug your phone in, and the phone notification asks you how you want to connect, select "None". (Versus mounting a SD Card as a drive for example.) I also downloaded the Android SDK to test basic USB debugging first.

Sorry I forgot that these steps were not in the link I posted. I spent so much time combing XDA Developers and following different things, I forgot where I learned what. When it finally worked, I was so happy I just wanted to share.

Oh, and I used the windows "1 click"

As to how I know it worked. An new app was installed called Superuser. When any app runs that requires superuser priveledges, it now pops up a dialog asking if you want to grant access. If you don't have the Superuser apps, these other apps will not work. (For example, the WiFi Tethering apps I've seen require superuser.) I tested Titanium Backup, which require superuser, and it seemed to work.
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Yes. You have to enable USB debugging. Also may need to enable "allow installation of non-market apps". And when you plug your phone in, and the phone notification asks you how you want to connect, select "None". (Versus mounting a SD Card as a drive for example.) I also downloaded the Android SDK to test basic USB debugging first.

Sorry I forgot that these steps were not in the link I posted. I spent so much time combing XDA Developers and following different things, I forgot where I learned what. When it finally worked, I was so happy I just wanted to share.

Oh, and I used the windows "1 click"

As to how I know it worked. An new app was installed called Superuser. When any app runs that requires superuser priveledges, it now pops up a dialog asking if you want to grant access. If you don't have the Superuser apps, these other apps will not work. (For example, the WiFi Tethering apps I've seen require superuser.) I tested Titanium Backup, which require superuser, and it seemed to work.
did you try Open Garden Wifi Tether? It is a super user app?
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Ok I will try it again thanks for the fallow up.
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Ok I got the SU apk and it says ROOTED when complete but when I try to run the open garden app it will not work says the phone is not rooted. Also when you run the 1 click did you watch for errors I did see a few. I think you are on the right track. I just think it is not a true ROOT access or the open garden app would work I think.
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Ok I got the SU apk and it says ROOTED when complete but when I try to run the open garden app it will not work says the phone is not rooted. Also when you run the 1 click did you watch for errors I did see a few. I think you are on the right track. I just think it is not a true ROOT access or the open garden app would work I think.
Interesting. I had no errors the time that worked.

May consider trying another root-required app. Maybe AdFree Android. Or Titanium Backup.
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did you try Open Garden Wifi Tether ?
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I did. It doesn't work. But it doesn't say it's not rooted. Superuser popped up to ask if I should allow it. I clicked Allow. Open Garden starts up my WiFi radio... then my phone reboots itself.

My guess is some combination of the radios (WiFi/Cell) and/or the CPU core (this is a Snapdragon v. the TIs most Motorola Androids use) is not compatible with some call that program is making.

An alternate theory is that the stock OS is missing some needed parts of the kernel. I think this seems unlikely, because there is a WiFi internet sharing app built in that supposedly works with the right plan. (Assumption here is that they'd be implemented similarly.)
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Bummer. Well thanks for all the effort. I got free wifi thether for rooted users working on my Nexus S 4g and love it. To bad we can't get it working on this device.
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1 last thing might be a good idea to share what you have on XDA so others can build on it. Thanks Again for all the hard work.
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Are you using the phone's Direct Connect abilities? Work uses nextel and I just got the Duramax and I'm less than thrilled with the DC capability/clearity. Call setup is just as fast but voice quality through the speaker phone is downright terrible.

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Must be a bad phone we have started switching to the new Duramax and the admiral useing the new Sprint Direct Connect and we have over 400 phones and so far the switch has gone GREAT. Try turning down the speaker phone some times to much volume on a speaker phone can be a bad thing.
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Must be a bad phone we have started switching to the new Duramax and the admiral useing the new Sprint Direct Connect and we have over 400 phones and so far the switch has gone GREAT. Try turning down the speaker phone some times to much volume on a speaker phone can be a bad thing.
Well comparing it to my old i576 (even the i305's beat this thing!) it's very static-y and just overall noisy no matter what the speakerphone volume is...so I may have a bad speaker I suppose. Either way it's going back. How is the sound on the admiral?
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Great. I have no problems. And yes it might be a bad speaker if it's that bad. What about when you make a cell call and put it on speaker?
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Great. I have no problems. And yes it might be a bad speaker if it's that bad. What about when you make a cell call and put it on speaker?
Still kind of sucks. Either way, I sent it back today and went back to my i576 for work. If the Admiral picks up a mod community I might grab that and nix my EvoShift.. we'll see.
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I got to say I'm really enjoying my Admiral for my work phone. I had the Blackberry 8350i and the i1 had the Titanium. But for sure the Admiral is the best of the bunch. When Sprint moves CDMA and LTE to the 800Mghz spectrum(Old IDEN spectrum)performance is really going to improve.
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I got to say I'm really enjoying my Admiral for my work phone. I had the Blackberry 8350i and the i1 had the Titanium. But for sure the Admiral is the best of the bunch. When Sprint moves CDMA and LTE to the 800Mghz spectrum(Old IDEN spectrum)performance is really going to improve.
Yeah i cant wait to see 800 mhz all over with sprint.. thats going to be very nice.
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I dont have an issue with clarity of the speaker, my issue with the admiral is volume of the DC. I literally have to hold the phone to my ear to hear a dc. not anything like the old iden phones that were "walkie talkie" loud. If there is any background noise at all, using the DC feature on the admiral is almost impossible.
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I dont have an issue with clarity of the speaker, my issue with the admiral is volume of the DC. I literally have to hold the phone to my ear to hear a dc. not anything like the old iden phones that were "walkie talkie" loud. If there is any background noise at all, using the DC feature on the admiral is almost impossible.
Heh.. that's a shame...

Come on Sprint, up with some real DC capable Androids... I'm tired of carrying two phones.
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Ran the rooting process as described: Worked like a champ. First try - Win.

@rheller219 - Don't want to derail this thread... But make sure the mute button isn't pressed (not the power, the other one at the top). No sound issues for me. Loud as clear: All the DC gloriousness as expected from having a rooted android with a walkie-talkie.
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If the mute was on, i would get NO sound. I get some sound, just no where near what it should be. I need a way to turn up the volume on DC calls
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My speaker is loud and clear. When you are in a DC call look at the screen and push the speaker button on the touch screen. In other words turn it on and off when the other person is talking to see if it make a diff. You might have a bad speaker. Good luck

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Definately rooted to a point. allowed me superuser access to uninstall apps that wouldnt uninstall normally. Big thanks!
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So it can be rooted? Is it perm root or temp root? Do root apps work?
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most of the rooted apps I tried are working for me. waiting for clockworkmod to get our phone in there so hopefully we can benefit from all that stuff.
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most of the rooted apps I tried are working for me. waiting for clockworkmod to get our phone in there so hopefully we can benefit from all that stuff.

Yeah if they get clockworkmod working that would be great. Any chance of pulling the direct connect .apk out?
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So it can be rooted? Is it perm root or temp root? Do root apps work?
I use AdFreeAndroid and Titanium backup, both of which require root.
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I use AdFreeAndroid and Titanium backup, both of which require root.
After thinking I had ROOT but now I find it did not work gonna wipe and try it again. Titanium did not work for me told me I was not ROOTED.
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I think my problem was running 1 click from windows and not a command promt
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So, you got it working now?!
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Yes got it,
Thanks again for the help. I have a few tether aps i'm going to try and get working on thing
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Thanks again for the help. I have a few tether aps i'm going to try and get working on thing
Excellent! Definitely post if you get Wifi Tether working. As I just posted to SprintUsers:

Klink, a USB tethering app, I've had working since Day 2.

Still no WiFi tethering. Yet. The one I get the closest on is http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/. I get no errors, but my client laptop doesn't get an IP address.

I was able to verify that the Admiral has the correct kernal options for that app though. So it *should* work....
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Downloads - android-wifi-tether - Wireless Tether for Root Users - Google Project Hosting
I'm thinking we have lots of testing to do.
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I tried 3 of them.

I wont tell you which 3 so that you independently verify!
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GREAT!!!!!
I'm going to have to wait this one out a few I'm work right now. I will spend the weekend testing and trying.
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I was able to unroot using the program from this site. also may root the machine but havent tried yet

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I avoided that one, because it specifically says 2.3.4 or earlier. Our Admirals have 2.3.5. Of course it may still work. Who knows.
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Ok I did it thanks SANDIEGO..But like you I still cant tether the wifi
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rheller219 or other folks who had success here and then removed apps, any chance you could list some of the apps you removed safely? I'd love to get rid of some of the Sprint/Moto junk but feeling a bit chicken.
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Hey fellas, try "Wifi Tether 3.1-beta2" (just Google that exact name)... I have used it on the Motorola XPRT and the Motorola Photon 4G with success. I imagine it would likely work on the Admiral as well, provided that it uses a similar kernel...

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PS-- Don't forget to go into the settings of Wifi Tether 3.1 beta 2 and select "Change Device-Profile", then pick "Motorola DroidX (CDMA)" ...

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You should be able to install a bootstrapped recovery after you are rooted (since Motorola locks their bootloaders, of course...except for the Xoom so far)...I used a bootstrap recovery on the XPRT and with the Photon as well.

Maybe check out the rooting info from the Photon over at XDA, you might be able to use the same bootstrap recovery from the Photon, it's called "Bootstrap_signed.apk" and should still be available there...who knows, maybe worth a try!

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You might also try "Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap" or one of the other Recovery Bootstraps made by Koush (ClockworkMod) that you can find on the Android Market...I found that the Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap worked on the Motorola XPRT quite well, not sure if it would work on the Admiral but who knows...

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Hey fellas, try "Wifi Tether 3.1-beta2" (just Google that exact name)... I have used it on the Motorola XPRT and the Motorola Photon 4G with success. I imagine it would likely work on the Admiral as well, provided that it uses a similar kernel...

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PS-- Don't forget to go into the settings of Wifi Tether 3.1 beta 2 and select "Change Device-Profile", then pick "Motorola DroidX (CDMA)" ...

Good Luck!

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Just gave it a go and no luck. But thanks for the heads up. I get a 'mobile IP registration failed'
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