First timer needs help with rooting Eris and glashing custom ROMs


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  1. StDevious

    StDevious Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    So how do I do it ?

    anybody have a complete guide to rooting official 2.1 eris and then flashing custom ROM ?

    I got this Eris from ebay, anyway I can restore it to default official ROM if it is rooted and then go through the whole process ?
     

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  2. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    Have you double-checked your HBOOT version to make sure you can root?

    If you truly do have an original 2.1 OTA-only phone (and the HBOOT is 1.46.0000 or 1.47.0000), then you can use the instructions in this thread:

    http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-eris/53963-guide-stock-1-5-latest-root-2-1-a.html

    Suggest reading through the stickied-threads in the all-things-root-eris forum and this thread to help you along your journey:

    http://androidforums.com/all-things...oot-troubleshooting-guide-htc-droid-eris.html

    Good luck!
     
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    StDevious Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

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    Power your device off (completely; wait a bit after the screen goes dark).

    Then hold the volume down key as you press the power key. You'll see the "HBOOT" entry second from the top of the list of data.
     
  5. StDevious

    StDevious Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    i see it is 1.47.0000.

    nm, figured it out.
     
  6. McLovin823

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    Has anyone tried this app, available on the Market (Search: 1 click root eris)? If so, did it work for you? I'm a total noob, and I apologize for asking this question YET AGAIN, but, I'm just trying to figure this whole process out, and there's no instructions that come with the app, or on the developer's website for Eris...

    If this didn't work, could I get back to stock 2.1 that I got OTA?

    Trying to breathe some new life into this thing while I wait out our upgrade periods...looking at Incredible or Droid2 for the wife...

    Anyone? Little help?

    McLovin
     
  7. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    McLovin :),

    You are looking for this thread: http://androidforums.com/eris-all-t...is-app-apk-no-pcs-no-scripts-needed-easy.html which that app originates from.

    Read through the thread above for more information regarding the app. Also, if you want a much better idea about what is going on, have a look at this thread: http://androidforums.com/eris-all-things-root/127861-universal-eris-root-dummies.html which contains a lot of useful information and images for you to wrap your brain around.

    Yes, you can return to stock 2.1 if you need / want to via this method: [ROM][10/20/2010]FlashBack21 v1 -Return to Factory Stock - UPDATED - xda-developers

    The 1-click app is very simple to use...it will be helpful for you to read through the thread to get a feel for some of the pitfalls and questions that others have had that you too might run into too.

    Hope that helps. Cheers!
     
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  8. McLovin823

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    scary alien,

    So after flipping thorough these pages and reading up about the whole thing, I'm unsure of it all. I'm not to most tech-savvy guy, but would definitely like to be able to speed up my phone. Does Amon-RA's rom do this pretty well? Flashing a custom ROM would be cool, but I'm pretty sure I'd find a way to mess it up. Also, everything about doing a NANDroid backup is really confusing.

    I'm wondering if I should just minimize the risk and buy a new phone before my contract period is up...any ideas?
     
  9. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    I'm glad you've taken some time to read and research. Its better to be informed about what your options are and what you might be getting into (i.e., rooting does void your warranty and you'd have to un-root it before returning it to VZW should you need to).

    By the way, there are lots of threads and posts about ways to make your phone a little more responsive without rooting it. Things like uninstalling unused/unwanted apps, clearing app cache (especially for the browser), changing how often various apps (like mail) sync. They are not magic bullets, but they can help bridge the gap.

    I must say I had some trepidation before I rooted...my Eris was my main phone and didn't want do anything to mess it up. That being said, the old way that I rooted was a little more involved than the new way (i.e., the 1-click method). However, there are still things that you'd have to do like booting into recovery, making Nandroid backups (and possibly doing restores), and flashing custom ROMs or installable .zip files.

    These tasks and concepts are not "scary" :)D) to me anymore, but I've had a lot of time to "play" and research these things. Now that I have my Droid X as my primary phone, I do have the luxury of playing with my Eris a little more than I did before (somewhat without the worries that I initially had). It is actually very difficult to "brick" the Eris via rooting--but a prudent person would not undertake tasks that might lead to unpleasant consequences.

    I can totally understand (and very much appreciate) you having reservations. Its better that you know for sure that you want to root rather than root and regret it (and need to un-root--ironically needing to do all of the tasks that are daunting in the first place).

    You also have the option of doing an "in-place" root of your phone without installing a custom ROM. You will find that most of the root tasks are still involved in this process too and its not as well documented since most people don't do it this way (its fewer steps to just have one replace their Android OS with a custom ROM). Here's a post I recently made regarding what the in-place root involves that might help shed more light for you: http://androidforums.com/eris-all-things-root/45242-rooting-q-2.html#post1777086

    Also, here's quick summary of some root topics that might help put the pieces together for you:

    - rooting the Eris involves replacing the stock recovery partition with a custom recovery partition (usually Amon_RA's--there's another custom recovery, ClockworkMod, but this is not as widely-used and I personally have not used it)

    - after the custom recovery partition is installed, you have to "boot into recovery". This is really just restarting your phone by pressing a key combination that causes the custom recovery to be booted-up instead of the normal Android operating system.

    - the custom recovery was created to help automate some tasks that one might need to do to help recover/repair things on their phone. These tasks include:

    -> making a Nandroid backup of your phone's current state (basically a snapshot of all of the data on your phone); this backup is written for safekeeping to your /sdcard in the /sdcard/nandroid directory; this Nandroid backup can be restored (i.e. via the Nandroid restore) later to put your phone back to the state it was in when the backup was made

    -> doing wipes or wiping (clearing-out) various parts of the non-SDcard memory that contains user data ("Wipe data/factory reset") or the Dalvik-cache ("Wipe Dalvik-cache")

    -> flashing a custom ROM or other installable .zip files (such as rootme.zip or engtools3.zip); a custom ROM will basically replace the Android OS on your phone with that ROM's contents; an installable .zip usually just updates a subset of things, such as installing the su program and/or the SuperUser whitelist app; note, the su program and the SuperUser app are the things are what actually give you root and are already installed in the custom rooted ROMs so you don't have to install them separately.

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    Rooting (installing the su program) in and of itself will not make you phone any faster. Overclocking, removing bloated apps, and having more memory available will. Most custom ROMs already have overclocking baked-in as well as having much of what most people consider bloatware, removed. Some ROM developers such as zach.xtr (maker of xtrSense and xtrROM) have implemented additional memory-saving schemes to make even more space available.

    Anyway, take your time and carefully consider rooting. Remember, if you decide to root and later need to un-root, you'll basically be using the same tasks.

    I hope this has helped you. Good luck and cheers!
     
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