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Old December 30th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default VIDEO Tutorial on how to Root an Acer Iconia A500/501 from Stock 3.2

THANKS TO drkalo, sc2k and mrjay from XDA. Everything I know about rooting this tablet I learnt from your posts, all credit to you!!! THANK YOU!!!

I have made a video tutorial on how to Root and Install ClockWorkRecovery Mod on Acer Iconia A500/A501 running Stock Honeycomb 3.2/3.2.1

Please take a look at it if you are planning to do it.

Hope I helped someone

Tutorial: Root Your Acer Iconia A500/A501 from Honeycomb 3.2/3.2.1 + ClockWorkRecovery - Cursed4Eva - YouTube

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Dear. Thanks for the good explaining
But where can i find the file that makes downgrade from 3.2 to 3.0
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Dear. Thanks for the good explaining
But where can i find the file that makes downgrade from 3.2 to 3.0
You are welcome

You can find the link under description on youtube but I will post them below too

LINK 1: Multiupload.com - upload your files to multiple file hosting sites!
LINK 2: [HOWTO] Root for stock HC3.1 - xda-developers
LINK 3: Multiupload.com - upload your files to multiple file hosting sites!

Is there anything else I can help you with?

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What exactly are the benifits of rooting my tab? What does a rooted tab let me do that a unrooted wont?
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@akathekrisc

Adv. of rooting (off the top of my head)
1. Memory managers
2. Connect PS3 Controllers
3. Try different Roms
4. Titanium backup (helps backup all apps with one click)
5. Install screenshot apps
6. Toggle CPU speed
7. Linux Commands
8. Uninstall bloatware (excess apps given by acer)
9. Remove all ads

thats all I can think of ryt now 

In a nutshell it gives you complete control of your tablet
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@akathekrisc

Adv. of rooting (off the top of my head)
1. Memory managers
2. Connect PS3 Controllers
3. Try different Roms
4. Titanium backup (helps backup all apps with one click)
5. Install screenshot apps
6. Toggle CPU speed
7. Linux Commands
8. Uninstall bloatware (excess apps given by acer)
9. Remove all ads

thats all I can think of ryt now 

In a nutshell it gives you complete control of your tablet

what can we do with the ps3 controller connected and could you provide a guide on this also pa-lease
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what can we do with the ps3 controller connected and could you provide a guide on this also pa-lease
You can play games like GTA III with a proper controller rather than using the touch screen.

using this app:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.dancingpixelstudios.sixaxiscontroll er&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS 5kYW5jaW5ncGl4ZWxzdHVkaW9zLnNpeGF4aXNjb250cm9sbGVy Il0.

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Thanks for that info much appriciated will definetly consider rooting. Are there any downsides.

The PS3 and xbox 360 controllers already work fine as long as they are wired. I use them for playing my snes emulator, they work just fine for gta aswell. And my xbox one is works with the onlive app, got quite a few double takes at uni when i was playing unreal tournament 3 on my tablet.
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Thanks for that info much appriciated will definetly consider rooting. Are there any downsides.

The PS3 and xbox 360 controllers already work fine as long as they are wired. I use them for playing my snes emulator, they work just fine for gta aswell. And my xbox one is works with the onlive app, got quite a few double takes at uni when i was playing unreal tournament 3 on my tablet.
Not really... apart from warranty, Android has great community support, if you are experiencing any issue all you need to do is type it into google and surly sm1 had that issue before and youll find a fix, if not android forums and xda are always there.

I believe I paid for the phone, I own it.. not Samsung, not my carrier... So I decide what I do with it... not them... if you believe this then root

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Hello there Cursed4Eva,

I have watch your tutorial video and I'm impressed that you can explain it easily for me.

But just now, even there's already a lot of question like this, I want to ask again just to make sure.

My Iconia A501 is already upgraded to HC3.2, and I'm still trying to find out to root it without downgrading it.

I found this thread on here, root for 3.2

It says that it can root HC3.2, but I'm not really understand how it does.

And by the way, on your ROM link, it says that it's not stable. What kind of bad things I can have if I install this ROM, instead of rooted?

Thanks a lot for your information.
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Hello there Cursed4Eva,

I have watch your tutorial video and I'm impressed that you can explain it easily for me.

But just now, even there's already a lot of question like this, I want to ask again just to make sure.

My Iconia A501 is already upgraded to HC3.2, and I'm still trying to find out to root it without downgrading it.

I found this thread on here, root for 3.2

It says that it can root HC3.2, but I'm not really understand how it does.

And by the way, on your ROM link, it says that it's not stable. What kind of bad things I can have if I install this ROM, instead of rooted?

Thanks a lot for your information.
Bro, yup that seems to be an option, you can follow that thread, i dont see any downside to it... just check with sm1 on the thread if the procedure will wipe your stuff.

To answer your second question... this is the process in my video.

1. You are on 3.2/3.2.1 (which is unrootable)
2. We Downgrade to unstable 3.0.1 which crashes a lot (just for 10 mins)
3. We use the unstable 3.0.1 to run a root program and install cwm (cwm is what will help you install any rom you want)
4. We use CWM to install 3.2 stock ROM (thats the link3 ive given... if you want to use anything else you can too )

I hope I was precise and helped clear stuff up.

Please leave a msg if there are any more issues

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Thx 4 ur answer bro.

Btw, the 3.2 ROM links you gave is for A500, so I just wanna make sure if it's okay if I'm using it on my A501. Is it?

I'm just afraid if I'm gonna lose the 3G support if I'm using it. Thanks bro.
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Thx 4 ur answer bro.

Btw, the 3.2 ROM links you gave is for A500, so I just wanna make sure if it's okay if I'm using it on my A501. Is it?

I'm just afraid if I'm gonna lose the 3G support if I'm using it. Thanks bro.
Bro personally I havent used it on a a501 but if you check out the comments on the youtube page there are people with a501 who I have assisted with this and no one till now have informed me of any 3g issues...

Bro you are rooting your a501 so dont worry, if you dont like my link 3 hit up xda get a diff rom, repeat the link 3 step and ull b good... dont worry its very simple and you have android forums, xda and myself to support you in case there are any issues...

Take 30 mins to download all files from my vdo
the process will then take u 20-30 mins
Once done check out the rom, should work fine (99.99%)
if any issue go to xda a500 - android development - youll fine a lot of roms with pages and pages of user comments
Choose what you like again 20 mins to download and 10 mins to install

Remember once you get root, you can download titanium backup and backup everything (check my vdo root galaxy note from my utube channel for details on titanium backup) so whenever you install a rom or what ever screw up happens you get everything back in a tap of a button (by everything i mean even your home screens as the way you left it in most cases)

So dont worry... take the plunge and make your device yours

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What about the rumors that ICS 4.0 might come to these tablets in February.
If that is the case should we wait to get a rooted 4.x version?
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What about the rumors that ICS 4.0 might come to these tablets in February.
If that is the case should we wait to get a rooted 4.x version?
Bro the moment ICS is out the forums will be full of methods to upgrade to a rooted version and btw ICS roms (not stock) will come out even before acer releases the stock one... n I for one promise you my friend that I will make you a video tut to upgrade... happy now?
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Hello bro 4Eva,

sorry for late reply. Now I'm trying to root it after I finished downloading download_not_stable.zip. And now, when I try to do shut down, then I press Down Volume + Power together, yes it pops out "acer" and some text on top right of the screen.

It says,
Erasing Cache before SD update..

SD update cmd:recovery
--update_package=SDCARD:update.zip

Booting recovery kernel image



...... But I already waited for so long and the screen didn't change to Android image like your video, am I doing wrong?

Let me know if you know this issue. Thanks a lot
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Ah, sorry it looks like my mistake. When the text showed up, I unhold the button, he3.

Now I keeps the button holded up, and yes our Robots pops out, but then on the body of Android it has yellow triangle "!" sign. Anything wrong?
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did you copy the file "download_not_stable.zip" to your micro SD card?

if so, did you rename it to update.zip ?
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Okay, another mistake.

The SDCard that video mentioned is the external SD Card, not the internal sdcard folder.

Now I'm flash it back to unstable 3.0.1.

Will report again soon, thanks bro 4Eva.
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Okay, another mistake.

The SDCard that video mentioned is the external SD Card, not the internal sdcard folder.

Now I'm flash it back to unstable 3.0.1.

Will report again soon, thanks bro 4Eva.
yeah, it needs a micro SD not on the internal memory (sd)
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@pagdodd thanks a lot for helpin out bro

@chenx let me know how it goes, gluck
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no worries, this forum has helped me out many times
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Hello all, thanks for your support.

Now, I do all the same progress from bro C4Eva's video.

The process is quite simple, but one thing that happened to me but not on video is, when I still on 3.0 unstable, the Force Close is really quick, and I can't input anything because when the keyboard showed up, it will be forced to close. So, I have to using USB keyboard to input my search query "acer recovery install" on Android Market.

Now my Android version is 3.2 and it's rooted (I have icon superuser on menu), thanks a lot.

But, I have issue here, (fyi:my Iconia is A501)

1. The model number on "About tablet" is A500, not A501.
2. Looks like I'm missing my 3G Support, the signal says (No service) even if I already have SimCard inserted. I already tried to remove and insert it back.

I think I'm losing my 3G Support now. Can you help me about this issue?

Thanks a lot.
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Oh, again. My mistakes because I didn't read the full description from Youtube. Now I know why the 3G is not supported.

If I download the right one, and then I rename it to update.zip and do the same proccess again, will it fix the issue?
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Oh, again. My mistakes because I didn't read the full description from Youtube. Now I know why the 3G is not supported.

If I download the right one, and then I rename it to update.zip and do the same proccess again, will it fix the issue?
Yup, just download any rom meant for a501 (or the one from my link 3 for a501) repeat the last step and flash it... you are good to go

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Hello C4Eva, I finally downloaded it
(the speed here is so slow, it took many hours to download..)

Okay, now I'm trying to repeat from here.

- I copy the file to my sdcard root folder
- I rename it to update.zip
- I turn off the tab, and turn it on again with pressing down volume button
- Clockmod showed up, and I choose
1. "install zip from sdcard"
2. "apply /sdcard/update.zip"
3. "Yes"
- But, the result is Can't open /sdcard/update.zip (bad) Installation aborted

Hmm, any steps I missed? I try to unzip the file and it seems right, I can open it.
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Hello C4Eva, I finally downloaded it
(the speed here is so slow, it took many hours to download..)

Okay, now I'm trying to repeat from here.

- I copy the file to my sdcard root folder
- I rename it to update.zip
- I turn off the tab, and turn it on again with pressing down volume button
- Clockmod showed up, and I choose
1. "install zip from sdcard"
2. "apply /sdcard/update.zip"
3. "Yes"
- But, the result is Can't open /sdcard/update.zip (bad) Installation aborted

Hmm, any steps I missed? I try to unzip the file and it seems right, I can open it.
Check what is inside the zip file, is there another zip file?

Check the size of the file from the site and check the size of the file that you have downloaded

Next I am uploading a video on how to install roms and what else you need to wipe... follow that if you have any issues.
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Nope, inside the zip file is folders like "calibration, data, EC, META-INF, system" and files like "apkinstaller.temp, boot.img, flexrom.img, etc".

File size is exact.

What do you think if I try using the unstable ROM back, then I try again using the A501 ROM? Do you think it's dangerous?

Thanks. Will wait for your video bro
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Nope, inside the zip file is folders like "calibration, data, EC, META-INF, system" and files like "apkinstaller.temp, boot.img, flexrom.img, etc".

File size is exact.

What do you think if I try using the unstable ROM back, then I try again using the A501 ROM? Do you think it's dangerous?

Thanks. Will wait for your video bro
Just to confirm, you are placing it on the micro sd right?

And are you selecting "install zip from sd card" or "update from sd card"

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Yes I did place it on my external micro sd card.

And I selected install zip from sd card, it failed. I did try select update from sdcard,
and it's still the same.
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Yes I did place it on my external micro sd card.

And I selected install zip from sd card, it failed. I did try select update from sdcard,
and it's still the same.
try downloading a diff rom, just to test it, go onto xda developers and a500/a501 section, get a rom that you like, and try installing it

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If you are unable to find it let me know ill send you another link
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Just to confirm too,

have somebody tried and report this ROM that I downloaded? Is it working well with them?
(TLSS_A501_3.2_Little_Honey.zip)

Downloading another ROM will gonna be "time-consuming" for my condition right now, I just hope this ROM will works. I will still try to looking on another ROM, even I don't really understand. hehe.

Thanks bro Cursed4Eva
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Just to confirm too,

have somebody tried and report this ROM that I downloaded? Is it working well with them?
(TLSS_A501_3.2_Little_Honey.zip)

Downloading another ROM will gonna be "time-consuming" for my condition right now, I just hope this ROM will works. I will still try to looking on another ROM, even I don't really understand. hehe.

Thanks bro Cursed4Eva
If it didnt work try this one bro...

[ROM] Falcon Acer A501 4.015.01 & 4.031.24 & A500 7.006.03 [HC 3.2][CWM&root] - xda-developers

Since you said you dont understand let me try to explain it to you

ROMs are versions of the operating system that are edited/modded by various developers

Sometimes ROMS are left as close to stock roms as possible with the exception of just being rooted (like the one in my link for the a500)

Sometimes they are heavily modded like the latest video I have uploaded (THOR ROM)

To give you an example...

There is an app called QUADRANT that measures the performance of devices by giving it a value... The Stock Acer Iconia scores about 1600-1700 whereas the THOR ROM scores 3000+ (well unfortunately the thor rom is not available for a501)

So once you are rooted you can choose to install any version of the firmware(ROMS)

Watch my latest tutorial (that should be uploaded in about 2 hours from the time of this post) to understand how to play with ROMS, switching between them without losing any data... Once you learn and start doing this... you are never going to stick to the stock rom again.

Sorry to have gone on and on... just trying to explain

Hope I helped

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Hi,
I really like your video and I think I would be able to root my Iconia with your help, but the reason why I want to root it beacause it cannot see my SDcard. Now here comes the problem, how else can I root based on your video if the external Sd card is not working.
(I tried formatting with android phones, SD card formatter, put it in android phone and unmount properly, still nothing)
I have spent now about 3 nights trying to figure out different methods but nothing
Please someone help me out...
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Old January 18th, 2012, 03:56 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Hi,
I really like your video and I think I would be able to root my Iconia with your help, but the reason why I want to root it beacause it cannot see my SDcard. Now here comes the problem, how else can I root based on your video if the external Sd card is not working.
(I tried formatting with android phones, SD card formatter, put it in android phone and unmount properly, still nothing)
I have spent now about 3 nights trying to figure out different methods but nothing
Please someone help me out...
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Unfortunately you will not be able to format without the sdcard
1. Try accessing the sdcard via astro filemanager
2. You say you formatted with android phones which means your sd card gets detected with android phones and its not at fault.
3. In that case do a factory reset of the acer iconia a500 and try again, you will lose all data but the sd card should then work
4. If it still doesnt work that means there is a problem with your sd card slot, contact the service center, acer service is usally good and if its less than a year old they will get it done for free.

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Old January 18th, 2012, 04:15 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Thanks for being so quick.
Yes the card (I tried even different cards) work fine on any other devices.
I tried hard reset as well (is this from the menu>>Privacy>>Factory data reset???), no change at all.
Astro did not help either (it just show that there is no content avail.)

The only thing I do not get is that as far as I can remember the first time it was ok, I am not sure why it went wrong.
Is there a way to tell the Iconia to boot from the USB, or from a PC?
Because the USB port works fine and if I could choose where to boot from....

I might call Acer anyway see what they say.

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Old January 18th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Thanks for being so quick.
Yes the card (I tried even different cards) work fine on any other devices.
I tried hard reset as well (is this from the menu>>Privacy>>Factory data reset???), no change at all.
Astro did not help either (it just show that there is no content avail.)

The only thing I do not get is that as far as I can remember the first time it was ok, I am not sure why it went wrong.
Is there a way to tell the Iconia to boot from the USB, or from a PC?
Because the USB port works fine and if I could choose where to boot from....

I might call Acer anyway see what they say.

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Bro since you seem to be under warranty, i dont see any point in working with a busted sdcard slot... if the factory reset didnt fix it, i dont think theres much else we can do... contact acer get it fixed and once thats done, well have it rooted

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Old January 19th, 2012, 04:17 AM   #38 (permalink)
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To Cursed4Eva,

my Update for my Root Adventure.

I'm finally rooted my Acer Iconia A501... Yes you right, try another ROM and it will sure good. I haven't tried your link, and I tried this one :
[Rom] [30/12/2011] Moscow's A501 3.2 Alexandra II Rev4 OC/UV - xda-developers

And it's well done. The 3G works (the most important things), I have superuser, and some app that I still don't understand, hehe.

Thanks a lot for your support bro Cursed4Eva, I appreciate that

Btw, if maybe I have something wrong with my tab, and then I want to go service it, am I must root it back to Original Acer ROM to keep my warranty? And where can I find the ROM?

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Can your flashdisk read? I have tried when I put my flashdisk plugged, and I did Clockmod Recovery, it didn't read my SDCard, but my flashdisk. And I can choose the ROM file inside my flashdisk too. I can't guarantee it on A500, I think C4Eva knows better
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my Update for my Root Adventure.

I'm finally rooted my Acer Iconia A501... Yes you right, try another ROM and it will sure good. I haven't tried your link, and I tried this one :
[Rom] [30/12/2011] Moscow's A501 3.2 Alexandra II Rev4 OC/UV - xda-developers

And it's well done. The 3G works (the most important things), I have superuser, and some app that I still don't understand, hehe.

Thanks a lot for your support bro Cursed4Eva, I appreciate that

Btw, if maybe I have something wrong with my tab, and then I want to go service it, am I must root it back to Original Acer ROM to keep my warranty? And where can I find the ROM?

@markovacs
Can your flashdisk read? I have tried when I put my flashdisk plugged, and I did Clockmod Recovery, it didn't read my SDCard, but my flashdisk. And I can choose the ROM file inside my flashdisk too. I can't guarantee it on A500, I think C4Eva knows better
You can flash it back to stock easily... check out xda for the tut, am a little tied up at the moment, if you cant find it let me know, ill send you a direct link tomorrow... sorry juz too cot up ryt now.. congrats on the root... will post a msg explaining the "other icon"

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I am having a similar problem with getting through the initial stage. I copied the update.zip file to the root of the external sd. Then I hit the Volume down and power button. I get the initial text as I should but result in the android guy with the yellow triangle. I am not seeing what I am doing wrong.

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I am having a similar problem with getting through the initial stage. I copied the update.zip file to the root of the external sd. Then I hit the Volume down and power button. I get the initial text as I should but result in the android guy with the yellow triangle. I am not seeing what I am doing wrong.

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Link 1 right, i am guessing you renamed the file you downloaded to update.zip, dont do that, unzip the file you downloaded and you will find a file named update.zip, copy that over and youll be good to go bro

Dont worry I made the same mistake the 1st time I tried too

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am i to copy the update.z file or the contents of the update.zip file?
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Is there another way to download these files since megaupload is no longer available? Thanks!
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am i to copy the update.z file or the contents of the update.zip file?
you have to copy the update.zip file to the root folder bro

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Is there another way to download these files since megaupload is no longer available? Thanks!
I have changed all the links, megaupload is not listed anymore
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