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Old June 21st, 2011, 10:49 PM   #51 (permalink)
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My AVG Antivirus Pro popped up with this warning when I tried Gingerbreak:
"Antivirus Warning: Installed package: eu.chainfire.gingerbreak is infected"
I clicked the "Fix" button and that uninstalled the package. Guess I'll have to rescan my system now.

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Im new to the Android platform. If I root my tablet will it effect the programs that are already installed on it?
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I've got this strange problem, I used GingerBreak to root the device and can use Root explorer to set the root "\" to R/W, but cannot set the system folder to R/W.

It's quite a long story, I bought the A500 a few weeks ago and rooted it and then was able to set the system to R/W and rename the phone.apk thus eliminating the cell standby and worked like a treat.

Then there comes the 3.0.1 update which I was not able to install. I then did a factory restore which bricked the A500 because I forgot to rename the phone.apk to it's original name.

I sent the a500 to Acer who resurrected it and installed the 3.0.1, now I can root it but not able to set system folder to R/W.

Android version - 3.0.1
kernel version - 2.6.36.3-00001-gf991e5d
Build number - Acer_A500_1.016.04_COM_GEN1

Anyone else has the same problem? Any way to set the system folder to R/W?
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it's me again...i'm online!!!! wee..i got it right after understanding a little bit on CHMOD 775
I am trying to do the same thing. Can you explain how you got tethering to work with the iphone?
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Root gives you full access to the device. Right now there is not much you can do being Rooted but some things you can do are remove any pre installed app and you can install a new kernal that allows tethering to ad hoc phones like the D1.

Eventually you will be able to install custom versions of HC and overclock the device to make it run faster.
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Anybody else have a problem with unfreezing programs.
After I unfroze my apps the text under the icon are either doubled or scrambled.
Not a big deal just checking.
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Should I update to 3.1 before root or after it??
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Hi,

did you follow the steps?
1. Activated unknown sources
2. Activated debugging
3. Set the tablet in portrait mode and lock it
4. Downloaded, installed the gingerbreak apk (using Astro) and ran the gingerbreak 1.20 app

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I have followed the steps over and over and over and over and all I get is a an i in a white circle followed by

GingerBreak

an then below is this list

Rooting...
Running Exploit...
This may take a few minutes!
Device will reboot on success!
with a rotating circling dash mark

Well, this is the 15-20th time and this time it has run for 1 hour and no change. I have unloaded, reloaded, downloaded re downloaded, etc., etc. with no positive results, something is definitely interfering with this process, but I can not find it, with every change I have tried it has failed!!!!!!!
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HELP!

Well I rooted and i thought maybe Titanium pro would work at backing up, uninstalling and then restoring acer sync and acer sync helper.

Well it didn't.

Can someone grab the appropriate apks for it, and kind of show me how I would reinstall it?

I assume I need it when an OTA comes rolling by.
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HELP!

Well I rooted and i thought maybe Titanium pro would work at backing up, uninstalling and then restoring acer sync and acer sync helper.

Well it didn't.

Can someone grab the appropriate apks for it, and kind of show me how I would reinstall it?

I assume I need it when an OTA comes rolling by.
Fixed it!

Found the file in the unbrick update zip at post -----//forum.ppcgeeks.com/acer-iconia-a500/143732-unbrick-your-acer-a500-iconia-tablet-restore-1-141-07-ota-update.html. Copied acer sync apk and acer sync helper apk to sdcard, used astro and clicked the apks and installed. it KEEPS FCing till you reboot. Works fine after reboot.

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I have followed the steps over and over and over and over and all I get is a an i in a white circle followed by

GingerBreak

an then below is this list

Rooting...
Running Exploit...
This may take a few minutes!
Device will reboot on success!
with a rotating circling dash mark

Well, this is the 15-20th time and this time it has run for 1 hour and no change. I have unloaded, reloaded, downloaded re downloaded, etc., etc. with no positive results, something is definitely interfering with this process, but I can not find it, with every change I have tried it has failed!!!!!!!
I am having this same problem.

yes, i have enabled external sources
put it in portrait mode and locked it there
activated debugging
inserted mini-sd
and downloaded, installed and ran the gingerbreak app.

It sits for as long as long as I'll let it run with the rotating circle.

Is there a minimum size for the sd card? What goes on it? I only had a 1 gb miniSD. Could this be the problem?
What else could there be? I allowed the system to update to latest version.
Thanks for some answers!
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I am having this same problem.

yes, i have enabled external sources
put it in portrait mode and locked it there
activated debugging
inserted mini-sd
and downloaded, installed and ran the gingerbreak app.

It sits for as long as long as I'll let it run with the rotating circle.

Is there a minimum size for the sd card? What goes on it? I only had a 1 gb miniSD. Could this be the problem?
What else could there be? I allowed the system to update to latest version.
Thanks for some answers!
e
Don't bother with gingerbreak. The rooting tool i used was iconiaroot, [HOWTO] Root for stock HC3.1 - xda-developers.

And yes its that simple.

BTW: once u get your rooting going, can you help a fellow a500 owner out. If you are from the US, would you make it available your backups once you get clockworkmod (find Acer Recover from the android market)?

I accidentally (actually it was super file managers fault for wiping my SD card, complained to the developer already) deleted my backup. I would like to return to stock someday if necessary.

If you need help on how to find the backup files, just post here, or PM me .

My Iconia was last at acer_A500_4.010.13_com_gen2 software version in the about tab..

Then I got all smart and got honeyvillian but I can't get back to stock HC 3.1 for USA since I lost my backup.
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Don't bother with gingerbreak. The rooting tool i used was iconiaroot, [HOWTO] Root for stock HC3.1 - xda-developers.

And yes its that simple.

BTW: once u get your rooting going, can you help a fellow a500 owner out. If you are from the US, would you make it available your backups once you get clockworkmod (find Acer Recover from the android market)?

I accidentally (actually it was super file managers fault for wiping my SD card, complained to the developer already) deleted my backup. I would like to return to stock someday if necessary.

If you need help on how to find the backup files, just post here, or PM me .

My Iconia was last at acer_A500_4.010.13_com_gen2 software version in the about tab..

Then I got all smart and got honeyvillian but I can't get back to stock HC 3.1 for USA since I lost my backup.
Why is it always done the hard way when there is an easy way?
Have a look here... and just follow the instructions.

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I've just rooted. I'm going to use titanium backup as everyone says it's the best one. What should I be using to remove the unused stock apps/ bloatware. Does Root Explorer do the job? Is there anything better?
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A few questions about rooting the A500:

(1) If the tab is rooted and a new version (or an update) to the OS comes up (or the unit needs to be sent back for servicing), should the device be unrooted then updated and then re-rooted?

(2) Irreparably bricking the tab is the biggest danger in rooting. Am I correct in this?

(3) After rooting, it is possible - or so I have read - to install custom roms. But is there an intermediate process that needs to be executed before installing the custom rom?

(4) Do custom roms sometimes include full versions of apps (like some of the office apps - I am particularly thinking of Polaris)?

Apologies in advance if these seem stupid questions and thanks for your help.
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Hi kristalsoldier,

Just to answer your questions:

(1) If the tab is rooted and a new version (or an update) to the OS comes up (or the unit needs to be sent back for servicing), should the device be unrooted then updated and then re-rooted?

Ans: Preferably, Iconia A500 should be unrooted then updated then rooted again.
BUT... I have updated from 3.01 to 3.1 with my rooted device, it was unrooted after the update and I rooted it again without issues.


(2) Irreparably bricking the tab is the biggest danger in rooting. Am I correct in this?

Ans: Rooting will not / does not brick your device.

(3) After rooting, it is possible - or so I have read - to install custom roms. But is there an intermediate process that needs to be executed before installing the custom rom?

Ans:
1) You need to install Thor2002ro's ClockworkMod Recovery,
2) you need to download the custom roms then use ClockworkMod to flash your custom rom.


(4) Do custom roms sometimes include full versions of apps (like some of the office apps - I am particularly thinking of Polaris)?

Ans: you can install Polaris Office without the need to install custom roms.
What you need:
Polaris Office
Root Explorer

What to do:
- Root Acer Iconia A500
- download Polaris Office; unzip and copy all three files to sd card
- install Polaris Office apk
- use Root Explorer copy and paste the other 2 files to /system/lib
- reboot your Iconia A500


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Does rooting the icona allow the connection of ntfs removable hdd?
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Does rooting the icona allow the connection of ntfs removable hdd?
yes, there is a free app (Drive Mount) you can download from android market.

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Added:
Adfree
Root Explorer
Exchange Active Sync

Added Functions:
Wifi Tether -> Xperia Arc
NTFS support

Backup:
boot.img
recovery.img

Uninstalled:
Docs To Go - bloatware (using Google Docs)
AUPEO! - bloatware (don't listen to radio)
LumiRead - bloatware (using Aldiko)
clear.fi - bloatware (rubbish app)

Freeze: (Resource/Batt hoggers)
AcerSync
Photo Browser 3D
Media Server
My Location
SocialJogger
TegraZone Games
Top HD Games

I have regained 25% battery life each charge cycle...

and... did a whole bunch of stuff that I cannot mention because it might incriminate me
Hi,

a total newbie/non-techie with an NTFS question: after you rooted your tablet, you say you got NTFS support. Did you have to download any software for that and installed it after rooting the tablet, or does did you automatically get NTFS access after rooting? (I'm currently having trouble connecting a 1+ TB external storage device from Seagate to my Acer Iconia 500).

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If you want to keep root: Never take OTAs/updates from Acer. The OTA/Update you take may not have the same root exploits in it and rooting utilities may not be able to root your device afterwards. Always wait for a dev to take the update patch and make it flashable in clockwork. Usually this will happen within a few days of the update being available.

If you want to send it back, make sure you restore it to factory settings. That means that you should make a backup (NANDroid) before you ever flash any non-stock ROM. So install Acer Recovery, flash Clockwork, then immediately go to backup, do a full back up. That way you can always go back to the stock ROM and you just have do a factory reset. Make sure you also clear off internal memory. Root apps, like Titanium Backup, leave files on internal memory. Those files can betray the fact that you were rooted, even if the device isn't currently rooted. Plus, some of the apps you back up might have personal info in them.
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a total newbie/non-techie with an NTFS question: after you rooted your tablet, you say you got NTFS support. Did you have to download any software for that and installed it after rooting the tablet, or does did you automatically get NTFS access after rooting? (I'm currently having trouble connecting a 1+ TB external storage device from Seagate to my Acer Iconia 500).

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A few questions about rooting the A500:

(1) If the tab is rooted and a new version (or an update) to the OS comes up (or the unit needs to be sent back for servicing), should the device be unrooted then updated and then re-rooted?

(2) Irreparably bricking the tab is the biggest danger in rooting. Am I correct in this?

(3) After rooting, it is possible - or so I have read - to install custom roms. But is there an intermediate process that needs to be executed before installing the custom rom?

(4) Do custom roms sometimes include full versions of apps (like some of the office apps - I am particularly thinking of Polaris)?

Apologies in advance if these seem stupid questions and thanks for your help.
1) Like I said in a previous post, never take an update from Acer if you wish to keep root.

2) If you load Clockwork recovery and then make a full backup in the backup/restore submenu, your device is practically un-brickable. If you ever have problems, use Acer Recovery to go into Clockwork and restore your backup. If you can't get the device to boot up fully (it bootloops and never gets to the lockscreen): turn off the device, hold Vol Down and then hold Power. The device will boot up in Clockwork. Do a full restore of a backup. Reboot and you should be good to go. That reboot after restore is an important step. Always reboot after restoring a backup.

3) Always make a backup first. Then wipe Cache and Dalvik Cache (found in advanced settings). Then it is highly recommended to do a full data wipe, but not always necessary. Then you can flash the ROM. If you fail to do any of the previous steps, the flash may be successful, but you run the risk of problems. If you do have problems, restore the backup then reboot. After it boots successfully, go back into clockwork and wipe everything (dalvik, cache, and full data wipe) then try reflashing.

4) Yes. Virtious Xoom has Polaris. Others may, as well.
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my iconia is rooted. I'm trying to remove docs to go apk (dtg.apk).... It is in read only so I cannot uninstall it. I have root explorer, so far... Any help would be great! Thanks!
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my iconia is rooted. I'm trying to remove docs to go apk (dtg.apk).... It is in read only so I cannot uninstall it. I have root explorer, so far... Any help would be great! Thanks!
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If you are using Root Explorer... navigate to /system/app
just <click><Mount R/W> before you delete DTG.apk

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Added:
Adfree
Root Explorer
Exchange Active Sync

Added Functions:
Wifi Tether -> Xperia Arc
NTFS support

Backup:
boot.img
recovery.img

Uninstalled:
Docs To Go - bloatware (using Google Docs)
AUPEO! - bloatware (don't listen to radio)
LumiRead - bloatware (using Aldiko)
clear.fi - bloatware (rubbish app)

Freeze: (Resource/Batt hoggers)
AcerSync
Photo Browser 3D
Media Server
My Location
SocialJogger
TegraZone Games
Top HD Games

I have regained 25% battery life each charge cycle...

and... did a whole bunch of stuff that I cannot mention because it might incriminate me
Thank you very much for this list I am enacting similar schenanagans now!
I, however, used titanium backup...

Cheers!
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Ok, quick question (if this was answered in this thread, I missed it).....
If I root the A500 I'm buying in less than two weeks, prior to upgrading
to HC 3.2 (XDA), what will that (or the upgrade) do, if anything, to the
warranty?

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Ok, quick question (if this was answered in this thread, I missed it).....
If I root the A500 I'm buying in less than two weeks, prior to upgrading
to HC 3.2 (XDA), what will that (or the upgrade) do, if anything, to the
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All things root voids your warranty

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Its amazing how much faster this thing runs once all the bloat crap is frozen...two questions though:

1 is it safe to freeze "Acer one time init" ?

2 is there a way to disable the software from asking if I want the system update to 3.2? Will just unchecking the box in system settings do it or will it still occasionally ask me?
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I have a new A500 which came with 3.2 already installed. What's the current procedure for rooting 3.2?
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Can I use Acer Iconia A500 with Iphone 3 or do I have to have Iphone 4?
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Waiting for an update for the 3.2.1 version… I got it for christmas and can't find a way to root it.
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From what I've seen over on XDA it looks like the only way to get 'full' root from 3.2.1 is to downgrade back to an earlier version of tree OS, such as 3.0.x, and proceed from there. I'm still researching how I want to go about doing that. Based upon info just posted, it seems unlikely anyone will present a root for 3.2.x, as the devs have moved on to working on ICS. So until that is released, we have no option but to do the above. And it reads as a rather complex chore. So lots of reading before doing.

If one of the knowledgeable members could update this thread for pertinent info on rooting 3.2 it could help those of us with new 3.2 A500s in sorting this out.

As for now, I'm reading this thread in preparation:

http://www.chdcomputers.gr/en/mnu-kb-en/mnu-kb-android-en/mnu-kb-android-devices-en/mnu-kb-android-a500-en/254-art-kb000005-en

Edit - this is old information. Read on for how to easily root the A500 on 3.2
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Here's an easy way to root the A500 running 3.2. The instructions in version 3 aren't "complete", as they just point out changes since version 2. So downloading both version packages and melding the instructions gives a better overall picture of what to do. But he did streamline version 3, so there are less steps. Actually, it was so easy that at first I thought I had to be missing something. Everything you need is zipped into the download, and his main script handles the whole rooting process after you obtain the serial number with another script. You do these steps from your PC, but you don't have to manually do anything with ADB. That all happens transparently. Also, it seems to work best on a Windows 7 PC, from what I have read. That's how I did mine.

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Here's an easy way to root the A500 running 3.2. The instructions in version 3 aren't "complete", as they just point out changes since version 2. So downloading both version packages and melding the instructions gives a better overall picture of what to do. But he did streamline version 3, so there are less steps. Actually, it was so easy that at first I thought I had to be missing something. Everything you need is zipped into the download, and his main script handles the whole rooting process after you obtain the serial number with another script. You do these steps from your PC, but you don't have to manually do anything with ADB. That all happens transparently. Also, it seems to work best on a Windows 7 PC, from what I have read. That's how I did mine.

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this is what I used and it worked great.
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Added:
Adfree
Root Explorer
Exchange Active Sync

Added Functions:
Wifi Tether -> Xperia Arc
NTFS support

Backup:
boot.img
recovery.img

Uninstalled:
Docs To Go - bloatware (using Google Docs)
AUPEO! - bloatware (don't listen to radio)
LumiRead - bloatware (using Aldiko)
clear.fi - bloatware (rubbish app)

Freeze: (Resource/Batt hoggers)
AcerSync
Photo Browser 3D
Media Server
My Location
SocialJogger
TegraZone Games
Top HD Games

I have regained 25% battery life each charge cycle...

and... did a whole bunch of stuff that I cannot mention because it might incriminate me
I can't believe how much more battery I am getting by freezing these apps!

So far, after 8h 40m on battery (admittedly a lot of it with the tablet just idle) I am only down to 85%.

Previously I would loose 15% per hour on average.
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Here's an easy way to root the A500 running 3.2. The instructions in version 3 aren't "complete", as they just point out changes since version 2. So downloading both version packages and melding the instructions gives a better overall picture of what to do. But he did streamline version 3, so there are less steps. Actually, it was so easy that at first I thought I had to be missing something. Everything you need is zipped into the download, and his main script handles the whole rooting process after you obtain the serial number with another script. You do these steps from your PC, but you don't have to manually do anything with ADB. That all happens transparently. Also, it seems to work best on a Windows 7 PC, from what I have read. That's how I did mine.

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Does this also work with A501? (A500 with 3G)
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Unless Timmydean over on XDA tells you it does, I would presume it does not. Rooting procedures are different for every device, and I don't know how much different the 3g version really is. I suggest you make sure before trying it. You may find some reference to the 3g version if you search the thread supoorting that rooting process over on XDA.
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I beleive it does work on the 501 -
The software on these is Identical - Only missing the 3g radio.
Check like Zo said.....but...it SHOULD work
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Root gives you full access to the device. Right now there is not much you can do being Rooted but some things you can do are remove any pre installed app and you can install a new kernal that allows tethering to ad hoc phones like the D1.

Eventually you will be able to install custom versions of HC and overclock the device to make it run faster.
Rooting also allows you to do a FULL backup---apps, their data, and all settings, which you can't
do without root.

But be advised, with some methods for rooting, you have to do a full reset (thus wiping out all
of your apps/data/settings) before you root your device to back up all of your apps/data/settings.

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