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Old April 30th, 2011, 03:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rooted - Acer Iconia Tab A500 HC v3.2.1

Hi, It's been a while... just a quick update.

XDA-Developers did it. Rooted my Iconia Tab A500, now rocking and rolling the way Android was intended... Super easy!

Check your HC version.
Honeycomb v3.0 you have to use Gingerbreak 1.20
Honeycomb v3.1 you have to use Iconiaroot-1.3

To upgrade to Honeycomb v3.2.1 you need to have a rooted device (any of the two HC versions as stated above) and use CWM to flash the pre-rooted/busyboxed stock version HC v3.2.1



Reference:
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How To Root An Acer Iconia Tab A500 HC 3.1
How to flash pre-rooted stock Acer Iconia Tab A500 HC v3.2.1

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Yeah I'm going to root mines and I still need to root my thuderbolt before my free wifi runs out.
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Apologies if I'm being stupid by why are you running Gingerbread when the tab alreqdy has Honeycomb on it?

Also keen to know what benefit you're getting from rooting this when there are no roms available yet? I rooted my htc desire so I could flash it with a Gingerbread rom just not sure I have any need to root this just yet.
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Apologies if I'm being stupid by why are you running Gingerbread when the tab alreqdy has Honeycomb on it?

Also keen to know what benefit you're getting from rooting this when there are no roms available yet? I rooted my htc desire so I could flash it with a Gingerbread rom just not sure I have any need to root this just yet.
sorry... I meant Honeycomb. heh.
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What does rooting actually do?? Is it like jailbreaking where you get all the apps for free etc? Sorry for being a noob lol
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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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OK thanks, doesn't sound like anything I'd need to do. I'd probably just break it anyways haha
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What extra did you gain rooting it?


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XDA-Developers did it. Rooted my Iconia Tab A500, now rocking and rolling the way Android was intended...

Super easy!



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P/s sorry... mentioned the wrong version.
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What extra did you gain rooting it?
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
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Now the freezing of unused apps sounds interesting is that easy enough to do once rooted?
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Now the freezing of unused apps sounds interesting is that easy enough to do once rooted?
Do not uninstall any app unless you really know it is useless bloatware... it is safe to uninstall LumiRead & Docs To Go.

So far the stuff that can be safely removed from system/app are:

AcerRegistration.apk
AcerSync.apk
Aupeo.apk
DocsToGo.apk
Email.apk
Email.odex
GameLoftStore.apk
HeroOfSparta.apk
HTMLViewer.apk
HTMLViewer.odex
LatinImeTutorial.apk
LetsGolf.apk
LinkToAdobeFlash.apk
LinkToAdobeFlash.odex
LinkToFacebook.apk
LinkToFacebook.odex
LumiRead.apk
MusicA.apk
NFS.apk
SocialJogger.apk
TegraZone.apk


For the rest of the apps (you may not want to remove) that are memory hoggers and/or battery sappers for example: Acer Sync (which I don't use) and Photo Browser 3D is always running in the background. So I froze them.


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Wifi Tether? How? the A500 doesn't have a cell connection.
How does the Xperia fit in?

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Added:
Adfree
Root Explorer

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
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Ok, now you got my attention. If clockwork can be installed, let me know.
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Wifi Tether? How? the A500 doesn't have a cell connection.
How does the Xperia fit in?
I just use my Xperia Arc as a wifi hotspot to tether 3G data to my Iconia Tab A500 so I can surf the net when I am out and/or without wifi.
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Ok, now you got my attention. If clockwork can be installed, let me know.
ClockworkMod Recovery for the A500 is WIP...
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ClockworkMod Recovery for the A500 is WIP...
When CWM is released, I will root.
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Hi, I am new here, I am still planing to buy the a500 if I am able to tether with my blackberry 9780 phone, Does any one now if that is possible ?
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I Will really appreciate some help with this question


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It should work. Just test it out! Go to a Best Buy and try it with the demo
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I already did , But I couldn't , its very easy with android phones but not with blackberry's

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thanks for root method post. sticky :-)
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What did you do to add the Exchange active sync support?
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Hi,

Got it from XDA-Developers Website. I just followed the instructions for post #6 by id10terrordfw

Exchange Active Sync Problem

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Rooted mine last night:

1. Activated unknown sources
2. Activated debugging
3. Set the tablet in portrait mode and lock it
4. Downloaded, installed and ran the 1.20 apk

It is THAT simple.

Rooted and then installed my Titanium Pro (put the pro liscense txt file in the sdcard root) & Busybox. All backed up now.

Need CWM and nandroid backup now.
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Having a problem. When i d/l the file directly to my A500 and try to run it it says it can't open file. So, I tried d/l to my pc then transferring it to the A500 but after I do I can't find it. I put it in the download folder but I can't find it on the device. What am I doing wrong?
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I have a noob question. If I root my Acer, can I 'unroot' it later? Basically can I restore it to factory settings?

I decided to give Best Buy's "Buypack" program a go and intend to turn this puppy in sometime in the fall but of course I'd want to have it 'reset' before I did that.

I'd love to nuke some of these pointless apps from the thing.

Also do you think we'll manage to get Honeycomb 3.1 on a rooted system before an official upgrade arrives?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm new to this whole scene.
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I have a noob question. If I root my Acer, can I 'unroot' it later? Basically can I restore it to factory settings?

I decided to give Best Buy's "Buypack" program a go and intend to turn this puppy in sometime in the fall but of course I'd want to have it 'reset' before I did that.

I'd love to nuke some of these pointless apps from the thing.

Also do you think we'll manage to get Honeycomb 3.1 on a rooted system before an official upgrade arrives?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm new to this whole scene.
Hi,

Yea... you just hit the unroot button on the Gingerbreak app.

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I bought the Acer Iconia last night and rooted it this morning after initial charge. I am excited about using wireless tether from my rooted Tbolt to bring LTE speeds to the A500!


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Hello,
Does freezing free-up more of the ROM?
Thank you,
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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
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Does freezing free-up more of the ROM?
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Freezing an app stops it running in the background so u get more batt life...

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Freezing is better than uninstalling, for two reasons:

1. Easier to backtrack and recover if you break something when "removing" apps
2. Before an official update, you can unfreeze and get the update. If you zap certain apps, it could break the update, depending on the install script of the update.
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I need to unroot my acer A500, but when i will start Gingerbreak, it will not start...helppppp..the application has stopt!....
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Yea... you just hit the unroot button on the Gingerbreak app.

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I need to unroot my acer A500, but when i will start Gingerbreak, it will not start...helppppp..the application has stopt!....
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 and ran the 1.20 apk
5. Then hit <Unroot> button

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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 and ran the 1.20 apk
5. Then hit <Unroot> button

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I unrooted my A500 yesterday. It was the last day of my 14 day BB return period and I wanted to try it before time ran out. Also I did it in anticipation of the upcoming 3.1 update.

The unroot process using the above steps worked perfectly. I will not hesitate to re-root post 3.1 update if the Dev's adapt this same root process for the new Honeycomb.
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I just use my Xperia Arc as a wifi hotspot to tether 3G data to my Iconia Tab A500 so I can surf the net when I am out and/or without wifi.
hi..i'm using iphone 3G's pdanet for tethering with my laptop(s)..it works..now, i got myself an Iconia A500 (rooted), but i still can tether it with my phone..could u pls explain the steps? thanks!
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hi..i'm using iphone 3G's pdanet for tethering with my laptop(s)..it works..now, i got myself an Iconia A500 (rooted), but i still can tether it with my phone..could u pls explain the steps? thanks!
ok..i managed to replace the wpa_supplicant file succesfully..the problem now is that, i can't detect the wifi hotspot created by my pdanet
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ok..i managed to replace the wpa_supplicant file succesfully..the problem now is that, i can't detect the wifi hotspot created by my pdanet
it's me again...i'm online!!!! wee..i got it right after understanding a little bit on CHMOD 775
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If my Acer Iconia is rooted
How can I freeze or remove or setup the device to connect to ad hoc?
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Old May 25th, 2011, 01:05 PM   #40 (permalink)
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If my Acer Iconia is rooted
How can I freeze or remove or setup the device to connect to ad hoc?
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Hi,

You can use Titanium Backup Pro or Bloat Freezer to freeze your trialware and bloatware apps.

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Old May 25th, 2011, 03:02 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Maybe I'm being obtuse, but why would you need to root the Iconia to tether it to a phone via Wifi? I get that you may need to root the PHONE, but my Iconia connects right up to my Droid X via Wifi perfectly, and neither are rooted.
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Maybe I'm being obtuse, but why would you need to root the Iconia to tether it to a phone via Wifi? I get that you may need to root the PHONE, but my Iconia connects right up to my Droid X via Wifi perfectly, and neither are rooted.
It's lucky for u tht can can connect ur Iconia using Droid X tether
Mine did not work when i tried to connect mybIconia to my Iphone WiFi tether
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Maybe I'm being obtuse, but why would you need to root the Iconia to tether it to a phone via Wifi? I get that you may need to root the PHONE, but my Iconia connects right up to my Droid X via Wifi perfectly, and neither are rooted.
Yeah, with my DINC wifi tether, i was able to get it to work without being rooted (i rooted later though so i could have NTFS support)
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I had mine rooted but after seeing that you cant really do anything with rooting other than freezing some apps and after I ad some trouble after that last update I decided to unroot it and restore back to factory specs. It is back to normal again and I really don't notice that much of a bloat in applications this way. So IMO it's better just to leave it as it is. Anyway My droid ins is rooted and works great as a wireless tether.
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Anyone can teach me how to enable my Acer Iconia so that it can connect to my Iphone tether?
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XDA-Developers did it. Rooted my Iconia Tab A500, now rocking and rolling the way Android was intended...

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Reference:
How To Root An Acer Iconia Tab A500

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P/s sorry... mentioned the wrong version.

My question is I bought the Acer Iconia a 500. 3.0.1. Already updated. I used the link and downloaded the gingerbreak from tablet. Executed the file then did root option. Said should take a few minutes then reboot. Well I sit there waiting for it to root but says executing exploit but nothing happens
Does this process take more than 2 minutes and I am not waiting long enough
I read some other rooting instructions and said gingerbreak had to be pushed to local bin. From adw connected to PC. Maybe I have a setting wrong?
In this thread I read where someone just downloaded from tablet and executed gingerbreak then rooted. Help would be appreciated
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So I am new to the tablet and Android world... Are there any downsides to rooting? Especially if it can so easily be undone.
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My question is I bought the Acer Iconia a 500. 3.0.1. Already updated. I used the link and downloaded the gingerbreak from tablet. Executed the file then did root option. Said should take a few minutes then reboot. Well I sit there waiting for it to root but says executing exploit but nothing happens
Does this process take more than 2 minutes and I am not waiting long enough
I read some other rooting instructions and said gingerbreak had to be pushed to local bin. From adw connected to PC. Maybe I have a setting wrong?
In this thread I read where someone just downloaded from tablet and executed gingerbreak then rooted. Help would be appreciated

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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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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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lol I am new to tablets. And didn't have a SD card inserted. I fixed the issue and rooted but ill wait to remove any apps. I really don't see any reason to remove any apps anyways. Everything seems to be running smooth and battery is lasting very long. Also doesn't that make the updater not work if you remove apps.
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Thanks for the link and info! Just a cople noob questions before I decide to root my acer tab: are there any things I should steer clear of doing once I root my device to make sure I don't frack it up, what are the first things I should do once I root it, will I be able to update to 3.1 when it comes out, or if not what is the best Custom firmware available right now?
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