Downside to rooting?


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  1. magicfan1214

    magicfan1214 Member This Topic's Starter

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    I just got my Droid X after switching from Fascinate, and I'm considering rooting it. My question is, are there any major disadvantages to rooting? I know there are some warranty issues but if you unroot doesn't the warranty still apply?
     

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  2. xliderider

    xliderider Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the only disadvantage is the warranty issue, but as you stated, just return to stock before returning it.

    The advantages far outweigh the disadvantage, IMO.
     
  3. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

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    I haven't run into a reason to root my DX yet. It does everything I want it to do, and rooting just to delete the annoying bloatware doesn't seem like it's worth the effort. Now, when I got my iPhone 3Gs, I had that thing jailbroken less than a week after getting it, it needs to be done on there, the software gimps the hardware way too much. But haven't seen that on my DX.
     
  4. Exiled

    Exiled Well-Known Member

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    I suppose you could say that root gives you access to really screw up your phone since you have access to the system files. Like you could accidentally delete something and get stuck in a bootloop. Although, this is generally fixed with the sbf file, so I wouldn't really consider this a big issue.
     
  5. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    +1 -- I picked my X up on launch day and didn't really see a huge reason to root it right away. Its already a very fast device w/tons of free space for apps and it didn't really lack anything I wanted it to do. Custom themes and ROMs are nice, but I didn't really tweak-out my Eris that much--so the locked bootloader is so much an issue for me (at the moment).

    Then the 2.2 OTA came out and I decided to pull the trigger. Biggest advantage to me for rooting to get drocap2 (screen capture) and wi-fi tethering (just to have...haven't needed it yet). Any bloatware can stay for now as long as it doesn't honk me off ;).
     
  6. Pointguard1122

    Pointguard1122 Well-Known Member

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    If you think it is fast stock (unrooted), try rubiX blur free. MUCH faster + root gives you options you cannot have without it.
     
  7. haevn

    haevn Well-Known Member

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    best thing with root imo is the free tethering :p
     
  8. brandonmg99

    brandonmg99 Well-Known Member

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    the probable brick every now and then. but thats an easy fix. the possibilities are pretty much endless. i cant understand why someone wouldnt root. my sister and her boyfriend both have droids and i cant even get them change their icons. i like change. i dont want the same phone as everybody else on here. thats why i rooted...and the wifi tether.
     
  9. tcallahan

    tcallahan Well-Known Member

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    Ok.....i was in the same place as you...why root? There's no downside..people have mentioned in the thread that its fun to use wifi tether but what about everything else? Editing the build.props for better performance, changing the boot animation but #1 reason, themeing my x is so sexy right now...that ugly white bar gone, nice and see threw now. Went to verizon the other day everyone was so impressed with the sexy themeing options you get with root but I didn't tell them it was rooted lol, not one person in the place could put two and two together..i told them it came like that and from the vz reps themselves I heard I wish mine came like that...+1000 nextheme
     
  10. twister6

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    If I have my DX with an official 2.2 update, not the one which leaked out before the release, is there a working root for that? For some reason I thought you can only root 2.2 with that leaked release. Can anybody confirm?
     
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    D13 Well-Known Member

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    what...? you went into verizon with a themed phone:eek::rolleyes:
     
  12. dmiller2007

    dmiller2007 Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure the leaked froyo root methods work for the ota as well.
     
  13. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    Yes, you can root the 2.2 official OTA (that's what I did). I used How to: Root DROID X Running Official Android 2.2 - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog that is discussed in this thread http://androidforums.com/droid-x-all-things-root/185572-i-just-tried-root-didnt-work-out-all.html

    Took a couple of tries since the stupid Moto Connect drivers kept hi-jacking my browser (keeps launching/sending me to the Verizon website everytime I used it).

    Anyway, it works...

    P.S. / edit: be sure to get your Moto drivers from here:

    http://www.motorola.com/staticfiles/Support/Experiences/Global_Drivers/USB_Drivers_bit_4.7.1.zip

    (and not the stupid "handheld.softpedia.com" links listed in step 3 (you'll see a reference to these drivers in the comments that "KS" made shortly below the main instructions)).
     
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  14. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

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    I'll probably root eventually, but I'm in no hurry. Custom icons aren't too exciting to me, and I can live without themes. Probably after the next update (IF we get another update, it will probably be the last one since the EOL is March '11), because if I root then, it won't make a difference for future updates at all. But for now, I'm more than happy with my DX.
     
  15. Outlaw71

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    I can see both sides of this fence. I wasn't concerned with rooting when I first got my DX because 2.2 was just around the corner (turned out to be around a FEW corners), and I didn't want the hassel of having to unroot, return files, and all that jazz. So I didn't bother, and I was more than happy with my phone.

    Then the froyo ota hit my phone, and then I started looking into if they'd rooted the official version yet. I didn't find any one-click methods like they had for eclair, but it did work eventually (same as others have stated on here, if it doesn't work for you the first time just keep at it. Took 3 tries before mine finally rooted, but I'm a happy SuperUser now!).

    I'm not looking to remove anything, just freeze it with TiBackup. So when gingerbread arrives (I'm not sweating it's arrival at all at this point. I'm completely cool with the way my phone is now... if gingerbread were never to hit the DX I don't know that I'd care) I should have a pretty easy time of getting the phone ready for the OTA. Also, with froyo, some people didn't unroot and still got the update, so maybe that will be the case next time as well!

    But yes I'm going to sound like a broken record on here... Wireless Tether is worth rooting for all on it's own IMO. Sure Drocap2 is cool, but I wouldn't have rooted just for that. SetCPU (in theory anyway) is a much more effective battery saver than anything else on the market, and it's only available to SuperUsers. So Wireles Tether, SetCPU and Titanium Back-Up (best back-up app by a mile with the ability to freeze bloatware in the dotate version) are the 3 biggest reasons I rooted.

    ...... oh and 'AutoKill' requires root to work effectively as well. A quick explanation of what AutoKill does (no it's not your run-of-the-mill task killer)... Android is designed to end (or kill) apps that you aren't using when you are getting low on memory. But the buffer zone that they use is fairly small, so sometimes you can run into problems with it running out before it has a chance to do what it's designed to do. AutoKill allows you to increase that buffer zone so that it starts closing apps you aren't using much sooner than it normally would, leaving you less chance of running into memory problems than with the stock system running things.

    Just another reason to.... oh yeah and there's also AutoStarts, it... (ok I guess I gotta quit somewhere because the list can go on and on when you start looking into reasons to root!


    ;)
     
  16. Steven58

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    Steven is trying to think of reasons against rooting.....

    (Sounds of crickets chirping)
     
  17. xliderider

    xliderider Well-Known Member

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    For me, the number one reason to root the phone is Backups, Backups, Backups!

    I can't believe that the stock recovery does not include the backup option... if it did then some people might not feel the need to root their devices.
     

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