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Old February 19th, 2010, 07:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A guide to how to Root the Nexus One w/video

Kinda surprised nobody has posted this yet. Anyway this guide isn't mine but its pretty good guide to follow for noobs.

First..you will need to unlock the Nexus Ones bootloader (doing this voids the warranty) Guide here:
How To: Root the Nexus One (Updated 01.11.10) | The Unlockr

Disable any kind of adblocker so the how-to video comes up (it loads in the black window at top) For me..I had to disable adblockplus on Firefox.

Then once that is done, you then can save a recovery file to your N1/load your custom rom.
Guide here:
How To: Load a Custom ROM on the Nexus One (Updated 1.11.10) | The Unlockr

You will need your computer to be able to recognize the Nexus One for all this to work..

You can either do it this way (which I believe just installs the USB drivers)
Getting Nexus One ADB/USB Mount working (Driver) - xda-developers

Or you can download the Android SDK
Android SDK | Android Developers

Once installed, I clicked on "download ALL updates" so I would recommend doing that just to be safe.

Please keep questions like "what does rooting bring" this thread is for a how to guide only.

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I forgot to add that you might come across 2 problems, the first major one is if once you got it rooted and rom installed and everything and you go to reboot the phone and if it gets stuck at the loading screen..you got a corrupted rom download..so do the same step as you did when you installed the Rom but delete the rom off the phones sd card and re-download the rom again and go through the same step of putting the rom back on the sd card. (but with doing a wipe before installing new rom)

The other problem that you will more than likely run into is the Google apps not being installed, on this link:
[ROM] CyanogenMod-5 for Nexus One (STABLE) [02/14/2010 / 5.0.2] - xda-developers

Choose the download where it says Google Addon, the direct link is
gapps-passion-ERE36B-2-signed.zip and put the Zip file of that directly on the phones sd card..don't put it into a folder (you also don't put the rom in any folder)

(That link might get deleted though)

This is for the CyanogenMod..the Google Apps addon might be different if you chose the "MoDaCo Enhanced rom"

MY advice is just go with the CyanogenMod rom.
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eh. the issue i'm coming across is with driver support with vista64. i can't seem to find a driver that will support the phone for this os. probably going to have to wait till monday and root @ work. i've been trying all day on my desktop and laptop. neither appear to like the drivers.
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eh. the issue i'm coming across is with driver support with vista64. i can't seem to find a driver that will support the phone for this os. probably going to have to wait till monday and root @ work. i've been trying all day on my desktop and laptop. neither appear to like the drivers.
The androidsdk program should work fine as windows 7 works the same.
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I posted the USB drivers in my OP. But its easier to just download the AndroidSDK program and do "all updates" when that program is installed.
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still having the same issue. i think i'm just gonna have to try and root via a trusty dust xp machine.

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eh. the issue i'm coming across is with driver support with vista64. i can't seem to find a driver that will support the phone for this os. probably going to have to wait till monday and root @ work. i've been trying all day on my desktop and laptop. neither appear to like the drivers.
Drivers are fine on Win7x64, so really shouldn't be different in Vista.
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Sorry for a noob question. Whats rooting for? Can anybody enlighten me? Thanks. Im new to Andriod...
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i mean, whenever i plug in the phone, it asks me to install the drivers. i've dl'ed some from modaco but they didn't take, and it ends up asking me to insert the "disk" that came w the nexus one. we all know the problem with that. i looked at the sdk link that someone posted, but i'm an android n00b. i'm not really getting what i'm looking at there. it looks like mostly dev stuff.
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Sorry for a noob question. Whats rooting for? Can anybody enlighten me? Thanks. Im new to Andriod...
rooting gives enables you to put custom "roms" or images on your phone. basically a custom version of your current os, or a totally different os all together. someone else mentioned dual booting, and although i havent read about it being done on the n1, i have heard of it being done w android on a nokia device... i suppose if you were knowledgeable enough...

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i looked at the sdk link that someone posted, but i'm an android n00b. i'm not really getting what i'm looking at there. it looks like mostly dev stuff.
Read what I posted..you download the androidsdk program and do "all updates" when that's installed. This will let your computer recognize the nexus one which you will need it to do to root.
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rooting gives enables you to put custom "roms" or images on your phone. basically a custom version of your current os, or a totally different os all together. someone else mentioned dual booting, and although i havent read about it being done on the n1, i have heard of it being done w android on a nokia device... i suppose if you were knowledgeable enough...

i am not
I don't own an Andriod device yet. Waiting for X10... I suppose X10 is able to root???

Am I right to say it's equivalent to Iphone's jailbreaking?
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Sort of, except for a difference in attitude and the extent of what rooting gives you. Apple hates jailbreakers with a great, burning passion. Google... made rooting easier than ever before with the N1. Moreover, an Android phone out of the box will let you do nearly everything you can with a jailbroken iPhone.
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Sort of, except for a difference in attitude and the extent of what rooting gives you. Apple hates jailbreakers with a great, burning passion. Google... made rooting easier than ever before with the N1. Moreover, an Android phone out of the box will let you do nearly everything you can with a jailbroken iPhone.
Ok... So by rooting the Nexus, what am I able to achieve? Getting free paid apps, etc????

Sorry. I'm really new to Andriod....
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You don't get free paid apps, no--but paid apps have been pirated and are available if you care to look for them; you can also install them on a stock Android phone without root access required.

Rooting lets you change the ROM, essentially the OS, which allows you to flash, say, HTC's Sense UI onto your Nexus One, or flash the X10's Timescape onto your Desire, and so on and so forth. Many custom ROMs also enable apps2sd (lets you install apps to the SD card, freeing internal storage), himem/.32 kernel (lets your phone use more of its memory), and fixes some of the issues found on stock phones (louder volume hack, for example). Oh, and of course you can get updates ahead of time. It's how some Droids already run Android 2.1. There's even a 2.1 ROM for the Hero, I think.
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You don't get free paid apps, no--but paid apps have been pirated and are available if you care to look for them; you can also install them on a stock Android phone without root access required.

Rooting lets you change the ROM, essentially the OS, which allows you to flash, say, HTC's Sense UI onto your Nexus One, or flash the X10's Timescape onto your Desire, and so on and so forth. Many custom ROMs also enable apps2sd (lets you install apps to the SD card, freeing internal storage), himem/.32 kernel (lets your phone use more of its memory), and fixes some of the issues found on stock phones (louder volume hack, for example). Oh, and of course you can get updates ahead of time. It's how some Droids already run Android 2.1. There's even a 2.1 ROM for the Hero, I think.
Grainysand, thanks for the insight. By your posts, I've got an impression of what's rooting all about. Is it dangerous to root? Will I be able to un-root it? I would love to have some pirated paid ROMs in my phone, just that I don't know where to start looking for them...

1 main issue is that the Nexus 1's volume is not loud & I love to have my volume loud...

Seems like I do need alot of work understanding Android
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I forgot to add that you might come across 2 problems, the first major one is if once you got it rooted and rom installed and everything and you go to reboot the phone and if it gets stuck at the loading screen..you got a corrupted rom download..so do the same step as you did when you installed the Rom but delete the rom off the phones sd card and re-download the rom again and go through the same step of putting the rom back on the sd card.

The other problem that you will more than likely run into is the Google apps not being installed, on this link:
[ROM] CyanogenMod-5 for Nexus One (STABLE) [02/14/2010 / 5.0.2] - xda-developers

Choose the download where it says Google Addon, the direct link is
gapps-passion-ERE36B-2-signed.zip and put the Zip file of that directly on the phones sd card..don't put it into a folder (you also don't put the rom in any folder)

(That link might get deleted though)

This is for the CyanogenMod..the Google Apps addon might be different if you chose the "MoDaCo Enhanced rom"

MY advice is just go with the CyanogenMod rom.
i must say that if you have a corrupted rom you also need to do a wipe before you delete and re-download the rom and do the same steps again.
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im scared to try this lol
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it can be frustrating, but if you have patience it should be a piece of cake.
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it can be frustrating, but if you have patience it should be a piece of cake.
yea i bet...i might try it later..i just got my N1 on friday lol
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im scared to try this lol
Nah, it's a piece of cake once you've done it the first time. If all else goes wrong, just wipe and restore backup. You don't like the ROM you're using, wipe and flash another one--the folk at xda-developers have made it really, really easy even for beginners. You just need to familiarize yourself a little with some adb commands.
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You mean there are different roms for rooting?

Why the different roms?
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Different customizations and optimizations. Some of them look different and come with their own boot animations, graphical modifications, preinstalled apps. Some have himem kernels, some have the real .32 kernel, some don't; some enable apps2sd out of the box, and others might not. Even the three currently available Desire ROMs aren't identical. Etc.
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Different customizations and optimizations. Some of them look different and come with their own boot animations, graphical modifications, preinstalled apps. Some have himem kernels, some have the real .32 kernel, some don't; some enable apps2sd out of the box, and others might not. Even the three currently available Desire ROMs aren't identical. Etc.
can you break this down into some n00b language?

i wondered this when looking over modaco. what are himem kernels?
i'm assuming that apps2sd means the ability to fully utilize your SD card, ie run apps from it, and not be limited to your phones internal memory(yuck).

you also mention that the three desire ROMS are different. are you aware of what the differences are? since this rom is generating a huge amount of interest, people are going to want to be as well educated as possible.

on that note, i just got that pesky driver installed finally. going to try to root one final time on this machine before i give up and go get a netbook!
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drivers installed, i can haz root!
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I would love to have some pirated paid ROMs in my phone, just that I don't know where to start looking for them...
This makes me so cross! People work really hard making the apps, and they're never more than a couple of $s, not exactly bank-breaking amounts.

I'm all for piracy, it's great, but what makes Android great is the huge variety of inexpensive apps. People aren't going to bother writing them if they're not reimbursed for their time.

Also, I always think if you can't find the illegal stuff to download with a few mins of Googling, you shouldn't be downloading them at all.
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I'm all for piracy, it's great, but what makes Android great is the huge variety of inexpensive apps. People aren't going to bother writing them if they're not reimbursed for their time.
lol WAT?!?!?

now that i've had a laugh, just threw sense on my N1. awaiting a reboot to start playing around with it.
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Also, I always think if you can't find the illegal stuff to download with a few mins of Googling, you shouldn't be downloading them at all.
Agreed. Plus, it's a bit of a dick move to pirate apps made for a new, growing and open-source OS made by people interested and enthusiastic about said OS enough to develop for it. Not that I think we should pay for those silly babe-pics apps, but the ones that do function well, are polished and look good? Pffft, at least paypal a few bucks to the dev. And I say this as someone who gleefully pirates blockbuster AAA games and such (though even then, I've bought a few after torrenting them and finding out that they're really good).
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Can we please keep this on topic of my OP, if you want to know why to root there are other threads to look at.
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i must say that if you have a corrupted rom you also need to do a wipe before you delete and re-download the rom and do the same steps again.
Thanks, forgot that part, added it in.
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Thanks, forgot that part, added it in.
am i supposed to be wiping to get the oem image off?

loaded a sense ui... stuck at the splash screen. i assume a corrupted rom. i'll try wiping and reloading, if it doesn't take, i guess i'll just go to a modaco / cyanagon rom. i was planning to anyways till sense got out of alpha... just wanted to play with it a bit.
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am i supposed to be wiping to get the oem image off?

loaded a sense ui... stuck at the splash screen. i assume a corrupted rom. i'll try wiping and reloading, if it doesn't take, i guess i'll just go to a modaco / cyanagon rom. i was planning to anyways till sense got out of alpha... just wanted to play with it a bit.
You do a wipe to get the corrupted rom off. I don't recommend downloading the HTC Sense rom..yet. Its still in Alpha stages. Like I said earlier, I recommend the CyanogenMod rom.
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You do a wipe to get the corrupted rom off. I don't recommend downloading the HTC Sense rom..yet. Its still in Alpha stages. Like I said earlier, I recommend the CyanogenMod rom.
yeah i know it's still in alpha. i just want to fiddle with it a bit. i figure i'll run it for a week or two, then run either cyanogen or modaco. not real sure what the benefits of either are though,. i'll have to research them.
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Wow. Talk about frustrating.

I've gotten all the way to the point of installing the custom ROM and no matter where I get it from (CyanogenMods page included), it aborts and says it's "bad".

Anybody know what I'm doing wrong?
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Wow. Talk about frustrating.

I've gotten all the way to the point of installing the custom ROM and no matter where I get it from (CyanogenMods page included), it aborts and says it's "bad".

Anybody know what I'm doing wrong?
Assuming you did everything correctly & are sure that you have successfully achieved root (presumably you have, as you are trying to flash the ROM from recovery), I would possibly try and put a post on XDA forum (Nexus thread linked from Cyanogen's site) and ask there......that is where a lot of knowledge is, rather than necessarily here.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Will the current Cyanogen roms work with the AT&T band Nexus? (Assuming I don't upgrade the radio)?
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Alright I'm trying this again.

I'm on the Cyanogen site and am in the download section. At the bottom of the list there's two files for 5.0.5.3:

update-cm-5.0.5.3-N1-signed.zip.md5sum

and

update-CM-5-1

Is this all I need? Is the next step just dropping these on my SD and flashing them from recovery?

Edit: Same thing this morning. Here's what I'm seeing:

Install from sdcard...
Finding update package...
Opening update package...
E:Can't open /sdcard/update-cm-5.zip
(bad)

Installation aborted.

What am I doing wrong?
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Not sure what that cm-5.zip is but the cm 5.0.5.3 is the latest from cyanogen. You should be able to flash just that zip.
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Also get the "gapps" file. Put that on root of SD card and flash that too. It's the Google apps. package
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Alright I'm trying this again.

I'm on the Cyanogen site and am in the download section. At the bottom of the list there's two files for 5.0.5.3:

update-cm-5.0.5.3-N1-signed.zip.md5sum

and

update-CM-5-1

Is this all I need? Is the next step just dropping these on my SD and flashing them from recovery?

Edit: Same thing this morning. Here's what I'm seeing:

Install from sdcard...
Finding update package...
Opening update package...
E:Can't open /sdcard/update-cm-5.zip
(bad)

Installation aborted.

What am I doing wrong?
Make sure you are downloading from the following page:Cyanogenmod For Nexus One V5.0.5.3 (03/23/2010) - CyanogenMod Forum

You need the 5.0.5.3 zip rom file, plus the Google Apps zip. Radio is optional at the moment for you (don't do it at the moment).

Make sure both files download OK to your computer then transfer across to your SD card. Do the wipes (factory and dalvik cache) before flashing. Make sure you do an m5 sum check as it sounds like you may be getting corrupt downloads.


PM me if you still have problems. Make sure you have successfully done a Nandroid, Titanium Backup of your apps and system data, and back up your SD card to your computer as well just in case.

I am assuming you are not doing the apps2sd at the moment (basics first!).
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Alright I'm trying this again.

I'm on the Cyanogen site and am in the download section. At the bottom of the list there's two files for 5.0.5.3:

update-cm-5.0.5.3-N1-signed.zip.md5sum

and

update-CM-5-1

Is this all I need? Is the next step just dropping these on my SD and flashing them from recovery?

Edit: Same thing this morning. Here's what I'm seeing:

Install from sdcard...
Finding update package...
Opening update package...
E:Can't open /sdcard/update-cm-5.zip
(bad)

Installation aborted.

What am I doing wrong?
I know the problem you are having.

-wipe and start over

-then make sure you 'nandroid restore' to your first backup
(you should have done this after you flashed Amon RA's recovery image)

-then flash the 'cyanogen 5.0.5.1' rom
-then do another nandroid backup
-after that finally flash the 'cyanogen 5.0.5.3' rom. (newest rom)
-do another nandroid backup.

[if you flash 5.0.5.3 first it wont work.]

get both files (5051 & 5053) from cyanogen's site.

btw - im not sure if that '5-1 cm update' you have is the '5.0.5.1' - if its not. get 5051 and delete that file you have.

AFTER YOU GET 5053 WORKING: then worry about the google apps program.
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[if you flash 5.0.5.3 first it wont work.
Not sure if this is correct.....this was the issue with 5.0.5.2, hence the new ROM 5.0.5.3 was released.
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Not sure if this is correct.....this was the issue with 5.0.5.2, hence the new ROM 5.0.5.3 was released.
aye! don't make that frownie android face at me! lol

i helped someone root last night and they had that problem.
it worked for them.

on the other hand i had the issue you were talking about.
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Make sure you are downloading from the following page:Cyanogenmod For Nexus One V5.0.5.3 (03/23/2010) - CyanogenMod Forum

You need the 5.0.5.3 zip rom file, plus the Google Apps zip. Radio is optional at the moment for you (don't do it at the moment).

Make sure both files download OK to your computer then transfer across to your SD card. Do the wipes (factory and dalvik cache) before flashing. Make sure you do an m5 sum check as it sounds like you may be getting corrupt downloads.


PM me if you still have problems. Make sure you have successfully done a Nandroid, Titanium Backup of your apps and system data, and back up your SD card to your computer as well just in case.

I am assuming you are not doing the apps2sd at the moment (basics first!).
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I know the problem you are having.

-wipe and start over

-then make sure you 'nandroid restore' to your first backup
(you should have done this after you flashed Amon RA's recovery image)

-then flash the 'cyanogen 5.0.5.1' rom
-then do another nandroid backup
-after that finally flash the 'cyanogen 5.0.5.3' rom. (newest rom)
-do another nandroid backup.

[if you flash 5.0.5.3 first it wont work.]

get both files (5051 & 5053) from cyanogen's site.

btw - im not sure if that '5-1 cm update' you have is the '5.0.5.1' - if its not. get 5051 and delete that file you have.

AFTER YOU GET 5053 WORKING: then worry about the google apps program.
Thanks to both of you. I'm at work and won't be home til later tonight but I'll give it another try before I find somebody to do it for me.

Another thing... since I rooted, my wifi has been out. It says "unable to start wifi" when I try to turn it on. I hope it's not permanent...

Any ideas?
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Another thing... since I rooted, my wifi has been out. It says "unable to start wifi" when I try to turn it on. I hope it's not permanent...
Any ideas?
Hmmm, I have seen this mentioned on the posts on the Cyanogen Nexus ROM thread on the XDA Developers forum (hit on the link to it from the CyanogenMod site - the ROM page). What I suggest is that you do a keyword search on this thread I have mentioned for your symptom - you may be best signing up to XDA & posting for help there......

If you are having problems with your wifi without having successfully ran a custom ROM (and are therefore, still on the stock version), then you may well have an issue.

My best advice is to post a question on XDA and you will get the best answer from there honestly. A bit beyond my experience/knowledge - you may well be advised to reflash the Stock ROM but I am not sure. Post to XDA and they seem to be pretty quick to respond (plus there are loads of techies on that forum - a good thing!).


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=623496
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Hmmm, I have seen this mentioned on the posts on the Cyanogen Nexus ROM thread on the XDA Developers forum (hit on the link to it from the CyanogenMod site - the ROM page). What I suggest is that you do a keyword search on this thread I have mentioned for your symptom - you may be best signing up to XDA & posting for help there......

If you are having problems with your wifi without having successfully ran a custom ROM (and are therefore, still on the stock version), then you may well have an issue.

My best advice is to post a question on XDA and you will get the best answer from there honestly. A bit beyond my experience/knowledge - you may well be advised to reflash the Stock ROM but I am not sure. Post to XDA and they seem to be pretty quick to respond (plus there are loads of techies on that forum - a good thing!).
I've already registered and asked around there. The best I got was to check my md5 sum and to try a different sd card. Sadly, I don't have an extra laying around.
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unlocked my bootloader, rooted (superboot), Amon RA recovery, nandroid backup (right through the RA recovery tool actually - quite slick), Wipe, then installed the MoDaCo Desire ROM (Alpha19 version)... no issues, went pretty smooth...

used my macbook pro for the bootloader unlocking, rooting (superboot)... just couldn't get my windows workstation at work to even see the Nexus (driver problems...)
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Im on windows 7 machine and cant get anything working. Been on several sites already and nothing seems to help. My biggest problem seems to be getting ADB done. Ive tried eveything i can read and im stuck. Any help would be appreciated.
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Im on windows 7 machine and cant get anything working. Been on several sites already and nothing seems to help. My biggest problem seems to be getting ADB done. Ive tried eveything i can read and im stuck. Any help would be appreciated.
What do you mean by "getting ADB done" - I notice you are also referencing SDK.

Are you wanting to root your phone or do something else?

If it is the latter, should be easy doing it via Windows 7 (that is what I used).
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