[GUIDE] Unlock Atrix Bootloader!


  1. kpenning

    kpenning Well-Known Member


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  2. epilot

    epilot Member

    May the custom roms begin!! Lol
  3. k00ey

    k00ey Well-Known Member

    Hopefully we will see our Atrix community grow more with the bootloader now open, as well as GB coming very soon(hopefully)
  4. kilasix9

    kilasix9 Well-Known Member

    Whats the difference between the ROMS made now, like Gingerblur, and what the ROMS that can be created with an unlocked bootloader?
  5. james27007

    james27007 Look into my Eye VIP Member

    The best thing is not only do we get real ROMs so we can reall install gingerbread or maybe even CM7+ :D the other big thing is we Dan now use custom kernels, which means new features, overclocking and many, many other true hacks and mods. The current ROMs are really only system file and theme replacements.

    Also 3 BIG warnings/issues to anyone thinking of unlocking your bootloader
    #1 (confirmed) Unlocking your bootloader not only voids your warranty but it also places a note that the bootloader has been unlocked on the boot animation/splash screen, which is a big give away that you have hacked your phone and have no warranty. With that being said, we have issue 2...

    #2 (not confirmed) it looks like this cannot be undone, which means, once you unlock it, it is stuck that way forever (maybe) and lastly...

    #3 (not confirmed) there is speculation that by doing this, you will not be able to get OTA updates to your phone. Which means you cannot get the official gingerbread update when it comes out, at least for now

    So really think this through before you unlock your boot loader. Just my $0.02
  6. ultradroid

    ultradroid So many android phones... VIP Member

    Good points you raise. I'm reasonably optimistic that someone will do for the Atrix what P3Droid and Team Black Hat did for the Droid X, so maybe your third point will not be a big factor.

    Thanks James! :)

    -Mike
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  7. james27007

    james27007 Look into my Eye VIP Member

    I sooooo hope so :D and yes that would make the 2nd and 3rd point completely moot. I just hate to see people say, hey I did not know that it would void my warranty and cannot be undone
  8. xSaintias

    xSaintias Member

    I'm going to wait and figure out if the second point is going to be true because i dont want the option of reverting back to stock gone...
  9. ultradroid

    ultradroid So many android phones... VIP Member

    Well, I may be lacking in a lot of nerve, but I followed the instructions and now have an unlocked bootloader on my Atrix. :D

    I am so pleased with myself, because I do NOT consider myself a tech expert and the installation/conversion - whatever you want to call the process - was pretty challenging for me. The only visible change is that now when you reboot or start up, you see in the upper left hand corner, the word unlocked.

    -Mike
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  10. kilasix9

    kilasix9 Well-Known Member

    While its cool that the bootloader was finally unlocked, there doesn't seem to be a good reason to actually do this ourselves yet. Especially with the 2.3.3 update coming soon which might have an unlocked bootloader.
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  11. ultradroid

    ultradroid So many android phones... VIP Member

    I have faith in the custom rom developers, who should now be flocking back to the Atrix. I've seen what those guys did for the Droid X with it's still locked bootloader - they turned out AMAZING custom roms, in large numbers. I hope that they'll do the same with Gingerbread for the Atrix.

    -Mike
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  12. xSaintias

    xSaintias Member

    Lmao i know its cause they are all really talented. What if they all got together and created a phone based off of what they knew o_O
  13. ultradroid

    ultradroid So many android phones... VIP Member

    The custom rom developers, who mostly hang out on the xda forum, are incredibly talented and are a major asset to the android community. That being said, their skills appear to lie in the area of creating software for existing (and sometimes new, unreleased) phones - not in the creation of phones from scratch. That is more of a hardware thing, and Motorola excels at the hardware end of cell phone creation (they're just not real good at software, as evidenced by MotoBlur), so the two areas of expertise tend to be perhaps, mutually exclusive.

    I'd guess that if the custom rom developers tried to create a phone from scratch, and built the hardware themselves, the results would not be very attractive.

    -Mike
  14. xSaintias

    xSaintias Member

    No,no,no you misunderstand. I did not mean from scratch but rather were given the opportunity to outfit say a new Motorola creation with something thats not ugly like motoblur... I realize that they would not be able to build a phone per say (unless they actually do know how which would be wierd) but would rather make a kick ass phone if another big company created the phone part :p. I realize i was being vague before sorry I misspoke
  15. ohrai

    ohrai New Member

    Hi. I just have a quick question. Does bootloading make it so we can now get the "unknown sources" option under applications?
  16. ultradroid

    ultradroid So many android phones... VIP Member

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