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Old February 22nd, 2011, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't really have a windows computer available...lol...

I wanted to root my atrix on a mac. Anyone have any experience with this?

Kind of new to android as well, but I love this phone already.

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In theory possible but surely you know someone with a windows or linux box? Worst case is download Knoppix.

It takes about 5 minutes start to finish if you have the files downloaded.

Probably possible on a Mac but you would be on your own... The big catch is if the USB drivers work as expected on a Mac.
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I'll look into Knoppix. Thanks for the tip.

I know people with a windows computer, maybe I'll just do it tomorrow on one.
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Um I am a Mac user, tried bootcamp? Load windows OS on that partition and use it just to root or whatever you need that is not available for Mac
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I had a bootcamp partition installed, but for some reason my mac isn't recognizing it anymore. I can't seem to even boot into it.

I do have a windows 7 disc to install from, but I don't have the time to sit and install it lol
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Oh well, I tried
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Hey don't get me wrong, I really appreciate the help!

Have you ever had an issue similar to what I'm having? OSX seems to not find your Windows partition anymore?
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I'm a mac user & I rooted my Atrix no problems following the instructions.
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I got errors on recognizing the phone... maybe because i didn't install the moto sync (sorry moto media link?) crap or whatever. Just did it in ubuntu instead.
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I'm a mac user & I rooted my Atrix no problems following the instructions.
The same rooting instructions?

Did you go into bootcamp?
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Is rooting the Atrix on a Mac an easy process for someone that has never rooted before?
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Oh nope my bootcamp is fine and never had issues I only have like a 20GB partition for somethings that I must use Windows for
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Oh nope my bootcamp is fine and never had issues I only have like a 20GB partition for somethings that I must use Windows for
Are you running snow leopard?

My partition disappeared once I upgraded to snow leopard.

It would show up in disk utility and finder, but option-clicking wouldn't let me boot to it at all.
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You can root using a Mac though I don't know what the directions are for the Atrix. No drivers needed
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You can root using a Mac though I don't know what the directions are for the Atrix. No drivers needed
I'm not sure if there's a one click solution for mac as yet though, or its there?
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Yes I'm on 10.6.6, by option clicking you mean at the start up soon as you here the boot sound and gray screen pops up you holding option down? If so should have the two drives appear and let you select one
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I'm really not sure what happened to my partition then :/
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Check disk utility and it should show Macintosh and another drive may say untitled if you didn't name it, I just named mines Windows 7
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Check disk utility and it should show Macintosh and another drive may say untitled if you didn't name it, I just named mines Windows 7
The name pops up, as well as the partition.

OSX isn't recognizing it as a bootable partition though. I can't seem to get the selection screen when booting the computer. It just disappeared.

I had it formatted in NTFS as well, which isn't directly readable/writeable through OSX. Maybe that had something to do with it?
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Well it's partitioned right could just be a bad install or glitch, may have to do reinstall
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Well it's partitioned right could just be a bad install or glitch, may have to do reinstall
I'm guessing so.

Looks like I'll reinstall :/


Hoping to see an OSX solution to rooting though, can't wait!
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I'm guessing so.

Looks like I'll reinstall :/


Hoping to see an OSX solution to rooting though, can't wait!
Hey OP, sorry you're having trouble! I haven't rooted my Atrix yet (and can't right now either, kinda busy but will tonight), but I think it will be much easier than you seem to be expecting... the rooting instructions for all other android devices I used had all these required drivers, programs, etc, but you should be good to go without having any of that stuff anyway.

just plug in your atrix over usb, turn on usb debugging (settings > apps > development), pull down the notification bar (the white bar at top that has time, signal, battery, etc), and you should see something about the usb connected... press that, hit mount, and if the option pops up anywhere, select "mass storage"

hope that helps - I'll give you a better rundown tonight, if you need it.
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Hey OP, sorry you're having trouble! I haven't rooted my Atrix yet (and can't right now either, kinda busy but will tonight), but I think it will be much easier than you seem to be expecting... the rooting instructions for all other android devices I used had all these required drivers, programs, etc, but you should be good to go without having any of that stuff anyway.

just plug in your atrix over usb, turn on usb debugging (settings > apps > development), pull down the notification bar (the white bar at top that has time, signal, battery, etc), and you should see something about the usb connected... press that, hit mount, and if the option pops up anywhere, select "mass storage"

hope that helps - I'll give you a better rundown tonight, if you need it.

What about running super 1-click?

Thanks for the tip man
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I wanted to root my atrix on a mac. Anyone have any experience with this?
Have you looked at this? There is a line there relevant to Apple users (you'll need Mono v1.2.6, which I see is compatible with OSX). Good luck!
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Have you looked at this? There is a line there relevant to Apple users (you'll need Mono v1.2.6, which I see is compatible with OSX). Good luck!
I've got Mono downloaded and installed, as well as Super One Click.

I have no idea how to use mono.

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I'll take a look at this later.

Basically the one-click uses the ADB (Android Debugger) to connect to the phone, pushes/pulls some files, updates some SqlLite files (if needed), etc.

I suspect you could just do everything manually with the SDK (for OSX), but I'll see about running this under Mono, which is basically a .NET development environment for the Mac (so what you're doing is running a .NET application without needing Windows, or the windows .NET runtime files).
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I'll take a look at this later.

Basically the one-click uses the ADB (Android Debugger) to connect to the phone, pushes/pulls some files, updates some SqlLite files (if needed), etc.

I suspect you could just do everything manually with the SDK (for OSX), but I'll see about running this under Mono, which is basically a .NET development environment for the Mac (so what you're doing is running a .NET application without needing Windows, or the windows .NET runtime files).
Awesome, thank you!

I'll be looking out for what you find!
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Well, the manual instructions are circulating, it depends how fearless you are

Honestly, if you're not familiar with terminal/shell type stuff, I probably wouldn't do it. Well, I would, but I'm kind of loopy
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Well, the manual instructions are circulating, it depends how fearless you are

Honestly, if you're not familiar with terminal/shell type stuff, I probably wouldn't do it. Well, I would, but I'm kind of loopy

Haha, I've used terminal before, so I'd be okay with the directions.

I'm just not too sure on how to get Mono working.

Where did you find the manual instructions?
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I got my hands on a windows XP netbook.

the 2.0 .NET framework won't even install, and the 4.0 doesn't either.

XP SP3 too, I'm not even sure whats wrong.

Rooting is starting to become a pain in the a$$
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I got my hands on a windows XP netbook.

the 2.0 .NET framework won't even install, and the 4.0 doesn't either.

XP SP3 too, I'm not even sure whats wrong.

Rooting is starting to become a pain in the a$$
Hey if it makes ya feel any better I'm about to go to work on mine - haven't started anything yet but I'm determined to make it quick and easy! seems like it might be tricky based on this thread though... but even i there is terminal shit, it'll still be cake, I can give you the exact phrases to paste in there.

I'm on a 13" macbook pro, snow leopard.

Good luck! Let's root this bitch
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aye! This really is turning out to be more of a head-scratcher than I expected. Worse is that apparently this "root" process won't allow custom recoveries, like clockwork mod, which means that everything will always be a pain in the ass for mac users I did everything out of clockwork mod... don't even know what to do without it. I guess learn adb??

Anyway, I think i'm going to try the mono route. these directions may be useful:

Install Mono
apt-get install mono

Install WinForms 2.0 for Mono
apt-get install libmono-winforms2.0-cil

Mark adblinux as executable
chmod 755 adblinux

Open application with mono:
For v1.5.1, it has to be launched from the same working directory as adblinux, so open terminal, browse to the folder and type
sudo mono SuperOneClick.exe
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aye! This really is turning out to be more of a head-scratcher than I expected. Worse is that apparently this "root" process won't allow custom recoveries, like clockwork mod, which means that everything will always be a pain in the ass for mac users I did everything out of clockwork mod... don't even know what to do without it. I guess learn adb??

Anyway, I think i'm going to try the mono route. these directions may be useful:

Install Mono
apt-get install mono

Install WinForms 2.0 for Mono
apt-get install libmono-winforms2.0-cil

Mark adblinux as executable
chmod 755 adblinux

Open application with mono:
For v1.5.1, it has to be launched from the same working directory as adblinux, so open terminal, browse to the folder and type
sudo mono SuperOneClick.exe

I came across those too, then I started to scratch my head haha.

I know thats for Linux, I'm assuming it works the same way on OSX though?

I downloaded and installed Mono with their own self extracting installer, but I have no idea where it went or how to launch it in terminal. Typing in those commands without a change in directory/cd doesn't seem to get me anywhere at all, they just go unrecognized.

I'm not sure what directory I should be switching to, but once I figure that out I think it shouldn't be so tough anymore.

Any further progress with you?
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UPDATE!

It seems that I've got SuperOneClick loaded through Mono!

The script was pretty damn easy too.

Steps:

Install the Mono Frameworks

Open X11

Type "mono /Users/YOURNAME/LOCATION OF SUPERONECLICK/SuperOneClick.exe"

It came up!

I'm not sure if this helps, but it's a start for me.
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Awesome thread. Did you install the latest ver. of Mono? 2.6.7 or the 1.2.6? thanks
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I dont have bootcamp running on my mac and I dont want to. Is there any way to still root my phone my mac? I downloaded mono but superoneclick wont obviously work because its an .exe file.
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I dont have bootcamp running on my mac and I dont want to. Is there any way to still root my phone my mac? I downloaded mono but superoneclick wont obviously work because its an .exe file.
See above about Mono. It's a native OSX development environment for .NET, that will run .NET apps.
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So I don't need superoneclick then? Im so confused. Maybe I shouldn't try to root this then. Hacking my blackberry's was easier than this.
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Ended up using my company laptop running XP. Just rooted the phone and downloaded Titanium Backup to confirm its working.

Now I dont know what Im supposed to do with it rooted lol.
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Alright guys, I couldn't get mono to work at all. It seems that the drivers of some sort still need to be installed.

I was able to get the app running but rooting always failed.

I ended up just using the little net book to get it done.

I still want to figure out how to get rooting done on the mac though.

Anyone have any progress?
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Well, now that I'm totally intrigued by this, I'm going to investigate a little further. I'm already root'ed via my/this Windersİ machine, but I want to see if I can do it on the Mac too.
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Ok, I was able to root in my Mac by using Parallel Desktop and Windows 7. I know not exactly the method you wanted to hear but that's how I got it done.
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Ok, I was able to root in my Mac by using Parallel Desktop and Windows 7. I know not exactly the method you wanted to hear but that's how I got it done.
That method will definitely work, but it also requires that you have a copy of Windows installed.

We're trying to find a way around actually needing Windows :P
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