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Default MILESTONE 2.1 update and root guide

Intro
Here is my 2.1 update and root guide. Firstly I would like to thank the community for these files used in this guide, without them we would not have root.

I have tried this process on my UK MILESTONE using the following:
  • UK MILESTONE.
  • 2.1 UK SBF (non-service).
  • 90.73 bootloader.

I cannot guarantee you will have the same success as me if you try a different bootloader version or SBF country/version.

Before you start, a few points to make:
  • I am not responsible if your phone becomes bricked from this. It worked perfectly for me without a single hitch but for you it could be different.
  • Flashing a non-service SBF will WIPE the phone, so you will start from a blank slate.
  • If you don't know what root is, then read up on it first. It may not be for you. Chances are if you are happy with your phone and you don't find it lacking, then you don't need root.
  • Please read the WHOLE guide before starting, if you find yourself confused, then do NOT start. Ask first - you may break your phone.
  • It is recommended you do this on a computer that isn't going to crash or power down mid-update. A laptop plugged in with a good battery is recommended.

Prerequisites
Procedure
So, if you've got this far and have decided to take the plunge and downloaded all the prerequisites, then you're ready to get started!

Follow these steps carefully and you'll have your MILESTONE with rooted 2.1!
  1. Charge your phone battery up FULL. While your phone is charging, install the USB drivers and RSD Lite.
  2. When the phone has finished charging, shut it down and unplug the USB cable from the phone.
  3. Load the phone up into bootloader mode by holding the UP direction button on the D-PAD of the phone (up as in towards the screen) and pressing the power button until you see the screen light up.
  4. You should be presented with the following text:
    Code:
    Bootloader
    <version number>
    
    
    
    
    
    Battery OK
    OK to Program
    Connect USB
    Data Cable
  5. Connect your USB cable to the phone and the last two lines should change to:
    Code:
    Transfer Mode:
    USB
  6. Now you can load up RSD Lite using the icon on your desktop. Follow the steps in this image, selecting the 2.1 SBF you wish to flash (not the vulnerable recovery, that is later).
  7. Wait for RSD Lite to finish (The Status column will read Finished and the Result column should read PASS).
    If you get anything else or it seems to be taking forever, please ask here and do not interrupt the program or phone.
  8. When your phone boots up and asks you to set it up, shut it down and repeat step 3 of this guide.
  9. Once into the bootloader again, you can flash the vulnerable recovery SBF. Repeat step 6, but this time select the vulnerable recovery SBF and not the 2.1 SBF. This update should take a few seconds/minutes, and the phone will start back up once this is done with RSD Lite reading a Finished and PASS result in their respective columns.
    Again, if you experience problems as outlined in step 7, don't interrupt the phone/program. Ask in this thread.
  10. In Windows explorer, navigate to the SD card of the phone and copy the milestone_root.zip file over and rename it to update.zip.
  11. Once that has copied, shut the phone down once more and put it into recovery mode (not bootloader).
    To get into recovery mode:
    • For bootloader 90.78: X button on keypad
    • For bootloader lower than 90.78: Camera button on side of phone
    Hold the respective button as detailed above and the power button together. When the Motorola logo appears, release the power button but keep hold of the X/Camera button until this icon appears:
  12. Phew! If you made it this far then congrats, you nearly have root!
    Now hold the Volume Up button and press the Camera button to bring up the command menu.
  13. Select from the menu using the D-PAD and choose apply sdcard:update.zip. If all is well it should start saying Rooting your phone..., once it is complete the command menu will re-appear. Simply choose reboot system now.
  14. Once the phone has started back up again, go through the initial setup (or skip it) and you should have a new app called Superuser Whitelist.
    Whenever an app requests root access you will get a prompt screen like this:

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If you made it fully through this guide then you should now be able to download apps such as Root Explorer and be able to mount the various directories as r/w and be able to start going deeper into modding your phone.

One of the best bits of this is being able to uninstall the CRAPPY apps that come with the phone and clog up memory such as Facebook or Sim Toolkit (these are deleted from /system/app), you can find out more about modding with root by other various guides.

Just as a final note: I recommend turning off OTA updates as they wont work for a rooted phone, you'll need to use RSD Lite from the future (unless you unroot).

Well I hope you find this guide useful! Took me long enough to write it

Known Issues
  • Sometimes, even when you have done everything right in RSD Lite - the start button remains greyed out. You must launch it by command line on such occasions:
    Download this batch file, copy it and the SBFs you wish to flash into the RSD Lite folder and then drag and drop the SBFs you wish to flash onto it.
  • Sometimes RSD Lite is unable to restart the phone as it needs (RSD Lite will read: Please manually power up this phone). If this happens you must manually assist the phone in flashing. Thanks to tazd for reporting this issue and finding the workaround.
    1. Disconnect the USB cable and shut the phone down.
    2. Start the phone up in bootloader mode.
    3. Reconnect the USB cable. RSD Lite should continue now.


EDIT: Changed the link to SBF Files to the newest one and added RSDLite 4.9 link. Szadzik

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Hi,
Wondering if you have been able to overclock the CPU on your rooted device.
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hello. stuck at step 6. my start button is not active after i choose the sbf file. i selected the same as u did, the 2.1 UK (non-service)
i'm using windows 7. That's might be a problem?

yep. that was the problem. i tried in win xp and all was perfect.
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Wondering if you have been able to overclock the CPU on your rooted device.
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Unfortunately, no. Overclocking would require a custom ROM and because the bootloader is locked we cannot flash a custom ROM . You can still underclock however.

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hello. stuck at step 6. my start button is not active after i choose the sbf file. i selected the same as u did, the 2.1 UK (non-service)
i'm using windows 7. That's might be a problem?
If the start button does not become active, then you must launch it by command line.

I made a batch file a few days ago for such occasions (I had this problem once). Check the original post for the link under Known Issues.

Just copy the batch file and any SBFs you wish to flash over to the RSD Lite folder and drag and drop the SBF onto the batch file.
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Thank you, craigcrawford1988.

Mobile rooted in a 2 minutes - from the 2.1 update.
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Brilliant guide! I rooted my original 2.1 milestone in minutes..

Is it somehow possible to create a Nandroid backup too now??
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There is just can't find the howto right now as Alldroid.org has gone down but it will be back up in a few days according to the blog..
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I found a way to do a Nandroid backup using this new tool called Open Recovery

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Does this mean that with whatever update.zip does not go into the root of the sdcard anymore but goes in here located in "OpenRecovery/updates" folder so it can find the update.zip... Does it also change the nandroid location also ?
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Hey good work on the guide, It's nice to see something that's laid out well.

So even the overclocking apps won't work, right? The only reason I would root is for overclocking, so it's unfortunate that you can't without a different rom.
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Does this mean that with whatever update.zip does not go into the root of the sdcard anymore but goes in here located in "OpenRecovery/updates" folder so it can find the update.zip... Does it also change the nandroid location also ?
That's right, you can toss the update.zip in the "OpenRecovery/updates" folder. The backup created through nandroid is still located in a root folder called /nandroid/

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Ok imust be doing something really daft. I have followed this tutorial from step * as the phone had allready updated to 2.1 previously and all works til i get to

13.Select from the menu using the D-PAD and choose apply sdcard:update.zip. If all is well it should start saying Rooting your phone..., once it is complete the command menu will re-appear. Simply choose reboot system now.

even though i do as started it errors wiith the following message.
E:signature verification failed
Installation aborted.

Any ideas on sorting this would be most appreciated.
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Will this work on the Telus Milestone?
It should do. However, I remember reading that people lose 3G on Telus Milestones with root.

You could always try and then unroot if you do lose 3G of course.

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Ok imust be doing something really daft. I have followed this tutorial from step * as the phone had allready updated to 2.1 previously and all works til i get to

13.Select from the menu using the D-PAD and choose apply sdcard:update.zip. If all is well it should start saying Rooting your phone..., once it is complete the command menu will re-appear. Simply choose reboot system now.

even though i do as started it errors wiith the following message.
E:signature verification failed
Installation aborted.

Any ideas on sorting this would be most appreciated.
You need to flash the vulnerable recovery .
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Ok, thanks. My main concern was that when I was looking for the Telus SFB, on the site that is indicated in the initial post, and on the site it states that the SFB is un-rootable. Do I want to use the Canadian SFB or should I use another one.
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Ok, thanks. My main concern was that when I was looking for the Telus SFB, on the site that is indicated in the initial post, and on the site it states that the SFB is un-rootable. Do I want to use the Canadian SFB or should I use another one.
Yes, you need to use the Canadian (Telus) SBF. It says unrootable because it is unrootable by default, that is why we flash the vulnerable recovery .
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Ahh, OK, now I understand, thanks for clearing that up.I will give it a try this afternoon and post the results.
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Hooray I have root, it works perfectly and I still have 3G!!
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This is my milestone info:

firmware config version:gas_emea_usashls00rtint_p012

baseband version:3gsmepu91a_u_91.07.4ei

kernel version:2.6.29-omap1...

build number:shols_u2_02.31.0

I bought it in vietnam, android 2.1-update1 pre-installed.

Should I root? I hate some core apps and really am disappointed with the alarm bug. I would love to have speech to text function plus many more from the droid.
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This is my milestone info:

firmware config version:gas_emea_usashls00rtint_p012

baseband version:3gsmepu91a_u_91.07.4ei

kernel version:2.6.29-omap1...

build number:shols_u2_02.31.0

I bought it in vietnam, android 2.1-update1 pre-installed.

Should I root? I hate some core apps and really am disappointed with the alarm bug. I would love to have speech to text function plus many more from the droid.
Should you root is entirely up to you. If you are asking if I think you will be able to root then yes, I believe it would work.
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Thanks for your quick reply, craigcrawford1988. I've just found out something really really interesting by using Astro. I open /system/build.prop file and i reads my milestone comes from GB. Does it mean I can root mine with the guidline above? I'm so excited now. YAY!!!!!
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Thanks for your quick reply, craigcrawford1988. I've just found out something really really interesting by using Astro. I open /system/build.prop file and i reads my milestone comes from GB. Does it mean I can root mine with the guidline above? I'm so excited now. YAY!!!!!
Probably, yes. Though take a look at Settings > About Phone > Firmware configuration version. If it says GB in there then you can flash a UK SBF (if you have a sign on your keyboard is also a very good sign of a UK Milestone ).

In fact, as long as the frequencies are the same, and the firmware isn't simlocked, you'll be able to flash it (except for the keyboard button differences ).

Edit: I just looked at the Firmware configuration version you posted, to me it looks like you have a South-east Asia firmware and NOT a UK firmware.

I got that info from the filename:
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SHOLS_U2_02.31.0_UCASHLSMR2EMEAB1B805C.0R_PDS003_USASHLS00RTINT_P012_A011_HWp2a_Service1FF.sbf.gz

As long as you have 2.1-update1, then you should be able to jump straight onto flashing the vulnerable recovery and applying root rather than reflashing the whole device.
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My milestone's firmware must be south-east asia. And I rooted!!!! How simple it was! Thank you, craigcrawford1988. But I'm wondering if I can have speech to text function, home launcher like nexus one and the 3d gallery. What site suggest you?

One more thing, can I restore the unrooted version when needed? Do I just need to factory reset or reflash?
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One more thing, can I restore the unrooted version when needed? Do I just need to factory reset or reflash?
I believe the apps you are looking for are here.

Though for TTS, that should be built into the phone under Language > Text-to-speech.
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I believe the apps you are looking for are here.

Though for TTS, that should be built into the phone under Language > Text-to-speech.
Thanks for the site. I tried those apps before rooting. 3d gallery has bugs. I couldn't open camera. Viewing photos is ok. launcher is unstable. It force closes all the time.

Never mind. Can you tell me if I can restore back to the original firmware just by factory resetting in the phone?

Edit: Good news. Its now running like a charm. The launcher is awsome!!!! Thank you all. I love my Milestone now. 3Dgallery and Launcher are down! Speech to text to go and nothing more!!!!
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well stil having a problem here. When i flash the Vulnerable Recovery SBF it reboots the phone and the gives me the following message in RDS Lite

so should i disconnect the phone and reboot it and reconnect it to finish it or what . I left the phoone connected to a good 15 mins to see if i get the
Finished and PASS result in their respective columns but i do not.

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well stil having a problem here. When i flash the Vulnerable Recovery SBF it reboots the phone and the gives me the following message in RDS Lite

so should i disconnect the phone and reboot it and reconnect it to finish it or what . I left the phoone connected to a good 15 mins to see if i get the
Finished and PASS result in their respective columns but i do not.

Many thanks for any help
I says you have to manually restart your phone. Let's try! I've just rooted my phone and it worked pretty easily. You're closed to the finish line!
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well stil having a problem here. When i flash the Vulnerable Recovery SBF it reboots the phone and the gives me the following message in RDS Lite

so should i disconnect the phone and reboot it and reconnect it to finish it or what . I left the phoone connected to a good 15 mins to see if i get the
Finished and PASS result in their respective columns but i do not.

Many thanks for any help
As long as the phone has booted, you are ok to close RSD Lite/disconnect USB.
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Ok disconnected and gone to do the update file of the sdcard but i still get the following error

E:signature verification failed
Installation aborted.
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Try flashing using the tool provided in the Known Issues section.
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Ok disconnected and gone to do the update file of the sdcard but i still get the following error

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Installation aborted.
format your sd card and copy the update.zip inside again. Repeat the steps and u're way to go. GL
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format your sd card and copy the update.zip inside again. Repeat the steps and u're way to go. GL
That isn't the cure to the issue he's having. The signature verification error means the vulernable recovery flash hasn't been carried out.

His recovery is still preventing the running of unsigned update.zip files.
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Well formatted a brand new 16gb card and used the batch file mentioned and still have the same error message

E:signature verification failed
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Well formatted a brand new 16gb card and used the batch file mentioned and still have the same error message

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Installation aborted.
Have you loaded your phone up into bootloader mode? You can't flash via RSD Lite in recovery mode.
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Yep followed the instructions step for step...
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After the second flash (the 1st root ran quite well until I installed voicesearchwithkeyboard. It sucked and corrupted the whole system.), my Milestone sometimes (not often though) automatically reboots (usually when I install apks). Does anybody experience the instability after rooting???
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Yep followed the instructions step for step...
Did you try the batch file tool I suggested?

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After the second flash (the 1st root ran quite well until I installed voicesearchwithkeyboard. It sucked and corrupted the whole system.), my Milestone sometimes (not often though) automatically reboots (usually when I install apks). Does anybody experience the instability after rooting???
Root wouldn't really create instabilities, those are most likely due to something you have installed or removed.
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from what i gather, since we can't overclock (due to not being able to flash custom roms)....

does that mean we can't use apps2sd? we can't install apps to our sd card by rooting it because the kernel is still locked? or is there a way around it where we can still installs apps to the sd card?
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from what i gather, since we can't overclock (due to not being able to flash custom roms)....

does that mean we can't use apps2sd? we can't install apps to our sd card by rooting it because the kernel is still locked? or is there a way around it where we can still installs apps to the sd card?
I believe we can use apps2sd. I can move the cache to SD, so I don't see why the apps can't be moved.
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Yes i did try it using the batch file but still get the same error message.
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Yes i did try it using the batch file but still get the same error message.
Then I'm at a loss as to what is wrong.
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i just flashed the first time, with the 2.1 sbf....

and rsd rebooted my phone and for status it says "please manually power up this phone" and the result is in process...
the progress is at 100% though...

so should i just reboot the phone normally?



edit: just saw that tazd was getting the same error...i got it on the first flash though, not the second


edit again: i got passed those screens..you have to reboot the phone normally, while connected, then turn it off...then boot up again in bootloader mode (up and power), all while connected, and it'll finish by itself
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My milestone's firmware must be south-east asia. And I rooted!!!! How simple it was! Thank you, craigcrawford1988. But I'm wondering if I can have speech to text function, home launcher like nexus one and the 3d gallery. What site suggest you?

One more thing, can I restore the unrooted version when needed? Do I just need to factory reset or reflash?
Nice work on the root. I have a very similar model that I think originated in HK or there abouts. (I'm in New Zealand and the phone was never imported here)

My firmware configuration version is GAS_EMEA_UCASHLS00TRES_P013

Also running 2.1-update1

Did you jump straight onto flashing the vulnerable recovery and applying root or did you reflash the whole device first?
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Yippee i worked out what i was doing wrong. Where i was getting the message in RDLite saying Please manually reboot the phone i was rebooting it to it's normal start up not going back into bootloader mode. Once i booted into bootloader mode i got the Finished and pass results in RDLite and was then able to run the update.zip to get full root. It may be worth adding this little bit of info to the tutorial just in-case anyone else is a daft as me
And a big thanks to everyone here who took the time to help with my silly mistake and to all the folks here at androidforums.
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Yippee i worked out what i was doing wrong. Where i was getting the message in RDLite saying Please manually reboot the phone i was rebooting it to it's normal start up not going back into bootloader mode. Once i booted into bootloader mode i got the Finished and pass results in RDLite and was then able to run the update.zip to get full root. It may be worth adding this little bit of info to the tutorial just in-case anyone else is a daft as me
And a big thanks to everyone here who took the time to help with my silly mistake and to all the folks here at androidforums.
Added to the Known Issues - thanks!
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Nice work on the root. I have a very similar model that I think originated in HK or there abouts. (I'm in New Zealand and the phone was never imported here)

My firmware configuration version is GAS_EMEA_UCASHLS00TRES_P013

Also running 2.1-update1

Did you jump straight onto flashing the vulnerable recovery and applying root or did you reflash the whole device first?
Yeah, I did like craig said. Just flash the vulnerable recovery and done! If it says in the RSD that you have to manually power up the phone, just press and hold the power button to shut down and restart, you will probably finish the flash then. Restart again and enjoy the fruit!
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tazd - no problem for the help on the manually booting issue


craigcrawford - do you know how or where we can install apps2sd? sorry to ask a random question about this here but i had mentioned it in an earlier post and i have absolutely no clue how to get it running

or if anyone else can point me in the right direction, it'd be greatly appreciated...i'll start my own thread to see if anyone pops up there...
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I need help. The landscape mode is missing after rooting. Could the issue of frequently restarting harm the phone hardware???
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in reference to the whole rom/apps2sd issue...i just wanted to post a problem that some milestone users are getting:




no matter which way i've formatted it, i keep getting that reply...i've connected through the usb with and without memory card access before going to adb (obviously, with access doesn't work because you can't cd to it)
i've formatted with the apps2sd apk...i've formatted through various partition programs
they show up as fat32 (primary, activE) and ext2 (primary) on my partition programs, i can access them fine on the computer
but as far as installing it, it doesn't work


is it becausae of the kernel? (i have a canadian milestone, it's locked...) i know we can't install roms with our root...but apps2sd also?

i'm just posting this here because we have had reference to the installation of roms here and i'm wondering if it's all tied together...any help is appreciated!
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