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Old February 21st, 2010, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am running BB 7.8 and I am unable to get AdFree to work properly. I recently just used the Nandroid backup that Pete had posted, but I still can't get it to work.

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I was unable to get root access, without this you cannot install a replacement hosts file. Click OK to find out how to root your phone.
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Old February 21st, 2010, 08:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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there have been issues with some of the latest Bugless Beast versions where apps were being denied root access. it's a problem with the rom. updating to the latest version should fix it according to what i have read.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 12:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ok, thanks for the info! ill give it a shot
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Ok, cause I'm having this problem w/ Titanium Backup not being granted root access. I guess I'll have to update...again. lol.
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i just did a nandroid backup to 2.0.1 Bugless Beast V1.1 and it works just fine now
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i will wait for something else to come along to nandroid, haven't used root often
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I didn't use AdFree or any other app, but I now have ads blocked on my phone in both the browser and apps (sorry app writers, I'm trying to speed up browsing). I understand that AdFree basically does the same thing I did, but I wanted to do this manually.

As always, you should make a Nandroid backup before doing something like this.

I got the hosts file from:

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt

(you need to rename the file from hosts.txt to just hosts and possibly run dos2unix on a Linux / BSD / whatever machine to convert from a DOS text file to a UNIX text file)

and copied it to /system/etc (I made a backup of the original hosts first), changed file permissions (chmod 644 hosts) to match the original and have not see an ad on my phone since.

I liked doing it this way because I can see exactly what's in the hosts file before I put it on the phone and modify it to include or exclude whatever I want.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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conversely, you could use Ad-free, then copy the hosts file to your computer and verify what is in there and remove items you don't want / add items that you do.

In fact, the best possible scenario would probably be to merge the two files and then weed out the duplicates....
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