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Old July 29th, 2010, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thanks to CRPercodani and UBRocked for originally putting this thread together. And thanks to Rootyourdroid.info even though the site is gone it provided a wealth of information.


What you need to know first:



Benefits of Rooting





Avoid Bricking





Preliminary Skills:





Now onto the good stuff.....


How to Root 2.1 from Windows without losing app data





How to Root from Linux





How to perform a nandroid backup





How to Flash a custom rom





How to Flash a kernel





How to change recoveries




How to revert back to Stock 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.1, or 2.2





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Since this is no longer stuck I opened this thread up.
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Why isn't this and how to root 2.2 still a sticky?
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Not stickied b/c the powers that be are consolidating all the {old} stickies into single informational stickies with links to the {old} stickied posts.
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theres now this thread instead

http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid/163053-motorola-droid-guide-updated-01-30-bst-aug-31-2010-a.html

It cleans things up and gets rid of the clutter of having lots of stickies in each forum.
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OK thanks. I wasn't sure what was going on.
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OMJ, you should make another root guide for this subforum and post all the important root threads such as this one in it. Kelmar and I are doing the same for some of the forums as this will help alot in terms of being able to have all the relevant info right infront of users.
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I never had that in there. The reason for that is because there are so many different ways to do themes that its best to follow the instructions of the themer
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Ohh ok. I thought i've seen it here before. Gracias amigo
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is this only for the droid, not the incredible
this is written for the droid although I suppose some of it could pertain to the incredible but I do not know what.

I wouldnt suggest using any of this on any device other than the Motorola Droid unless you are 100% sure it will work with your phone.
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Ok OMJ bit of a noob here and considering Rooting. I haven't done any kind of programing since windows 3.1 and have what might be a bit of a silly question. what's the dif between a ROM and a Kernal, and do you need both? From my antiquated recolection to extrapolating conclusions here, the Kernal is your bios (clock speed, etc) and the ROM would be your OS (for lack of better term)?
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Your assessment of rom and kernel is pretty close. You dont need both or either but most roms do come with custom kernels.

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nope...Paying for apps supports the developers and brings more developers to android. The more apps that get paid for the better the market will get.

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I have the dumbest question your probably ever going to hear. I do not have a computer, my Droid is my computer, it seems pretty obvious to me that I cannot do this without one. Am I correct in that conclusion? Thanks.
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Well if you are on frg22d then all the current root methods require a computer.
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Well if you are on frg22d then all the current root methods require a computer.
Yes -- if you were on FRG01B you could have upgraded to FRG22D rooted without a computer, but if you're already on FRG22D you need to at least flash a custom recovery to be able to install the root tools even if you dont want to flash a ROM.
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Yes -- if you were on FRG01B you could have upgraded to FRG22D rooted without a computer, but if you're already on FRG22D you need to at least flash a custom recovery to be able to install the root tools even if you dont want to flash a ROM.
It's funny cause I was FRG01B when I started reading this thread. I did a factory reset and came out the other end at FRG22D.
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Your assessment of rom and kernel is pretty close. You dont need both or either but most roms do come with custom kernels.
OK good because I love my droid as is, Nice and vanilla, but I hate bloatwear and was thinking about bringing up my CPU clock (nothing fancy I was thinking about 800 would do well for me). Where would there be a function for that or would i need an app to do that (I think I read about one in another forum)?
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you just need the app setcpu. The stock kernel can actually OC to 800mhz.
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OMFG so i did 2.2 sbf to unroot and my RSD took forever then said FAIL!!! said that is was not flashed and then my phone said completed...booted back up and perfect! So people if you try this and it says fail, then you still may have a chance.
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So on the last last line of reverting back to stock you said you will be at 2.0.1 but that's just if you chose that one. If you do 2.2 that's what you should be back at right? Also will I begin to receive OTAs again in the future?
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thats correct on both accounts. The 2.0.1 thing is just a left over from the original guide. I will edit it out now.
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If anyone has anything that they think should be added to this let me know now. I only have my droid until monday or tuesday so after that I wont be able test things out for myself which will make it much harder to update this thread.
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i have one more question! when i unroot will i be abe to recieve future updates via OTA?
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Instructions:
1. Download all of the files above including the 32-bit OR 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers.
2. Install RSDLite AND the 32-bit or 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers (Depends on your system most will need 32-bit some will need 64-bit)
3. Connect your phone to USB and turn it off then turn it back on, while your phone is booting hold up on the DPAD. (Some users have said it is easier to hold the volume down button and camera button instead.)
4. Run RSD Lite 4.6 as Administrator (For all you Vista and 7 folks out there. If you are using XP you may not need to run as Administrator)
5. Click the ... next to the filename box and browse to where you saved the .sbf file and double click the .sbf file.
6. Hit start and below it should give you completion progress and all of that.
7. Once your phone is done being flashed (It may take a while so don't unplug it) it will reboot and you will be back at stock no root.
8. Done

At first I wasn't able to run RSD as administrator. I had to go into properties and check the box for it (no menu item when right-clicked). However, once I select the .sbf file I cannot hit start. It is faded out. I'm lost as to how continue. Please help or direct me to something that can.

I downloaded the 2.1 .sbf and now the program works. It's flashing now. I'll post the results after.

The flashing was a success. I then loaded the newest OTA update to the phone. Now I cannot root my phone using Easy Root or Universal Androot. Is this due to the newest update?
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Instructions:
1. Download all of the files above including the 32-bit OR 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers.
2. Install RSDLite AND the 32-bit or 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers (Depends on your system most will need 32-bit some will need 64-bit)
3. Connect your phone to USB and turn it off then turn it back on, while your phone is booting hold up on the DPAD. (Some users have said it is easier to hold the volume down button and camera button instead.)
4. Run RSD Lite 4.6 as Administrator (For all you Vista and 7 folks out there. If you are using XP you may not need to run as Administrator)
5. Click the ... next to the filename box and browse to where you saved the .sbf file and double click the .sbf file.
6. Hit start and below it should give you completion progress and all of that.
7. Once your phone is done being flashed (It may take a while so don't unplug it) it will reboot and you will be back at stock no root.
8. Done

At first I wasn't able to run RSD as administrator. I had to go into properties and check the box for it (no menu item when right-clicked). However, once I select the .sbf file I cannot hit start. It is faded out. I'm lost as to how continue. Please help or direct me to something that can.

I downloaded the 2.1 .sbf and now the program works. It's flashing now. I'll post the results after.

The flashing was a success. I then loaded the newest OTA update to the phone. Now I cannot root my phone using Easy Root or Universal Androot. Is this due to the newest update?
Those apps wont work anymore try the method in this thread
http://androidforums.com/droid-all-things-root/171056-rooting-droid-without-rsd-lite-up-including-frg22d.html
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First thanks for all your help, I'm rooted now and LOVEING IT. I mean seriously, just rooting increased my quadrant score and cleaned up a lot of lag in my Launcherpro. Now I just have one question, how do I remove the bloatwear!!?? I looked in the settings>applications, no dice. I saw that someone said you can delete them with TiBU but I didn't see it (or maybe it's an option only for paid version). Help!!
BTW says you don't have a Droid anymore, What did you get and why!?
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First thanks for all your help, I'm rooted now and LOVEING IT. I mean seriously, just rooting increased my quadrant score and cleaned up a lot of lag in my Launcherpro. Now I just have one question, how do I remove the bloatwear!!?? I looked in the settings>applications, no dice. I saw that someone said you can delete them with TiBU but I didn't see it (or maybe it's an option only for paid version). Help!!
BTW says you don't have a Droid anymore, What did you get and why!?
Titanium is the easiest way to remove apps. Its what I use. In titanium press on the Backup/Restore tab. The just select any app that you want to remove and there is on option to uninstall.

I got a DX. I got it cause I like the bigger screen and a physical keyboard is not important to me. I also just wanted something new and work was willing to buy me a DX if I gave my Droid to a coworker. So I was able to get a new phone for free without extending my contract. I wanna get another Droid 1 but I am not willing to spend much on a phone that I wont be using as a phone.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 08:33 AM   #34 (permalink)
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If I do this to downgrade to a stock 2.2 will this get rid of this custom ROM that's installed on the phone.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 09:11 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Ok well at first, sorry for the long post. I was happy with my vanilla droid OC'd at around 700 (my Duke nukem is soooo awsome now). But after the favorable responces to my phanboy post, I figured I'd wet my feet on something easier first before I took the plunge. I have Rom Manager, TiBu, and SetCPU and I noticed in ROM manager it had a section "download ROM." Thought to myself "hay this might be a way to do it without my comp," and dove in. Since it had good RRS scores I figured I'd get LiquidFroyo and just do the stock one. Did (several) nandroid backups (thank the gods that be that I learned to listen to the wise ones here) and hit download. Took a while but it eventually said download complete and came up with "perform backup" and "Wipe data and install." Well being the anal individual I am (job requirement, backups of backups and data out the yang) I hit perform backup. I know everyone says wipe data (a few times according to issanne) but I figured that was after the backup. Next thing I know it says installing Liquid and I got stuck in a boot loop. Recovered and I'm back to my vannila just fine but now I can't find the new rom? What happened?

NM - I got it. I reflashed CwMod as I saw someone post in the app section of the forum. I just tried to DL LiQFroYo again and it went straight to the "perform backup" and "Wipe data and install" (I guess RM kept the ROM I DL'd all though where I haven't a clue). Hit the wipe and viola!! I have LiQFroYo!!! So incase any other noobs want an uncomplicated version.

1. BU in RM - name something (stable or something like that).
2. BU apps not in market in TiBu. (lost a few here but nothing important)
2.2 BU Launcher Pro if you have it. Saves a lot of time and skull sweat remembering where things are at.
3. DL rom in RM, when prompted hit "Wipe data and install"
4. WAIT!!!!! Your apps will come back after a while. (took about 20 min for all of mine install and all.)
5. If you have Launcher Pro (I love it and refuse to use anything else.) restore your settings. You might have to repaste a few widgits but that's no big deal.
6. ENJOY ROM'ing!!!!!!!!!!

this is worse than crack!!! I'm already thinking of another rom and maybe a kernel or two.
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This video does not work....i have tried it many times and can not get it to work....just thought I would let you know.
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Thanks to CRPercodani and UBRocked for originally putting this thread together. And thanks to Rootyourdroid.info even though the site is gone it provided a wealth of information.


What you need to know first:



Benefits of Rooting





Avoid Bricking





Preliminary Skills:





Now onto the good stuff.....


How to Root 2.1 from Windows without losing app data





How to Root from Linux





How to perform a nandroid backup





How to Flash a custom rom





How to Flash a kernel





How to change recoveries




How to revert back to Stock 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.1, or 2.2





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Installing Flash_image





Installing Busybox





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Does this work for the fascinate?
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This guide is for the Moto Droid. Try here ---> http://androidforums.com/fascinate-all-things-root/202118-root-guide-samsung-fascinate-2-november-2010-6-45am-central-u-s-time.html
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how about a section about how to and where the OTA updates are stored on the phone and how to capture, save, export one BEFORE you do the update.
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I am looking to root my D1 again and still have RSD Lite on my computer and the ese81.sbf file from back in july. I have the latest version of 2.2.1. so can I use that sbf file or is there a current version?
 
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Is it just me or do the links not work on the buttons of the top post?
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Notsure question about these instructions/reverting...

hey guys, what a great post, thank you to OP. it's really nice to see that people are willing to take so much time out just to help others.

i am trying to revert from android 2.2.2 back to 2.2.1. the update causes alot of lag on my phone, and has screwed up a few of my games/apps, and my main goal is to revert the update. i have an LG Optimus S (LS670) and it's my first android phone. so, i got to step 3 before realizing that this is the motorola droid forum. how depressing. so i figured it can't hurt to ask, just to make sure..... is this guide indeed only for motorola? i'm obviously somewhat new to doing extra add-ons and such to my phone. i always thought i was relatively cell-savvy until i started trying to research android and saw all these forums about rooting, and XDA and all that good stuff. i have been looking all over the net on how to revert for weeks. it seems as though it's harder to find instructions because my phone is unrooted. i didn't see any posts concerning reverting, such as this one, in the LG Optimus S forum. everytime i find something that looks like it might help me, it either a. seems to be for anything but the LS670, or b. scares me away. i know you guys aren't about people posting about their phones in the wrong forum, but i didn't know where else to go, and out of all the sites/posts i've seen regarding reverting, this is the most legit sounding one yet, and i've seen a buttload. if anyone is willing to give me any kind of help i'd really appreciate it.. even if you could just steer me in the right direction i'd be forever indebted to you thanks in advance guys. and just know that there's tons of people like myself out there that could only wish to have half of the knowledge about technology/cell phones in general that some of you have. it never ceases to amaze me that people even know how to perform these tasks. thanks again

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I have a rooted motorola atrix and now the only way to get online is through wifi. Anyway to fix this? thank you
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Welcome to the Forum,

This is the forum for the Droid 1 all things root.

Try posting your question in the below forum (Atrix - All Things Root) and someone there will probably be able to help you better.

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hey guys, what a great post, thank you to OP. it's really nice to see that people are willing to take so much time out just to help others.

i am trying to revert from android 2.2.2 back to 2.2.1. the update causes alot of lag on my phone, and has screwed up a few of my games/apps, and my main goal is to revert the update. i have an LG Optimus S (LS670) and it's my first android phone. so, i got to step 3 before realizing that this is the motorola droid forum. how depressing. so i figured it can't hurt to ask, just to make sure..... is this guide indeed only for motorola? i'm obviously somewhat new to doing extra add-ons and such to my phone. i always thought i was relatively cell-savvy until i started trying to research android and saw all these forums about rooting, and XDA and all that good stuff. i have been looking all over the net on how to revert for weeks. it seems as though it's harder to find instructions because my phone is unrooted. i didn't see any posts concerning reverting, such as this one, in the LG Optimus S forum. everytime i find something that looks like it might help me, it either a. seems to be for anything but the LS670, or b. scares me away. i know you guys aren't about people posting about their phones in the wrong forum, but i didn't know where else to go, and out of all the sites/posts i've seen regarding reverting, this is the most legit sounding one yet, and i've seen a buttload. if anyone is willing to give me any kind of help i'd really appreciate it.. even if you could just steer me in the right direction i'd be forever indebted to you thanks in advance guys. and just know that there's tons of people like myself out there that could only wish to have half of the knowledge about technology/cell phones in general that some of you have. it never ceases to amaze me that people even know how to perform these tasks. thanks again

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Sorry no one got to your post sooner. I hope this is not to late a response, but this is the Droid 1 forum.

The forum you need to post your question in is the one I linked below. It is the LG Optimus S All-Things-Root-Forum and the people there should be able to help you better.

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I don't know why it's not working. I press start and NOTHING HAPPENS! Why? Can someone explain me? I even made a thread stating what happened to my cellphone!

Ok i flashed the file. It worked but now i rebooted and i'm in the ! TRIANGLE area. Nothing else. Did i miss something? Am i suppose to make it go into OS?
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I can not get anywhere with this device. Not sure of the correct drivers, adk, adt plugin? I have read this whole forum but i am unsure of what kernel versions to pick as well as my 2.3.3 os version im a newbie can someone please help?
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If i were to unroot back to 2.2.2, would I lose all of my data (texts, pictures, app data, etc.)? If so, what would be the easiest way to keep them safe while still unrooting? Thanks!
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If i were to unroot back to 2.2.2, would I lose all of my data (texts, pictures, app data, etc.)? If so, what would be the easiest way to keep them safe while still unrooting? Thanks!
Texts and app data yes. Your pics should be on your sdcard so no worries there. MyBackupPro will save texts, call logs, and app data, but if you're unrooted, I don't know if it will restore them all, definitely not app data. Besides, I wouldn't backup/restore app data ever anyways. Usually causes too many problems.

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