How do I speed up my Eris? What's the whole root thing?General


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  1. heyjoojoo

    heyjoojoo Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I keep hearing about rooting... is this like reinstalling Windows 7 on your PC?
     

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  2. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    lol...wouldn't necessarily phrase it that way...:p

    Have you read through this thread first? http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-eris/45242-rooting-q.html

    Rooting is basically giving you access / permission / ability to do and install things on your phone that VZW and HTC didn't intend on you necessarily doing. This would include things like overclocking (making your phone run a little faster--albeit sometimes at the expense of using up your battery a little faster (although not necessarily so)); wi-fi tethering (i.e., making your phone into a wireless hotspot); installing root-only apps that require special, admin-level privileges; removing bloatware (apps you don't want/need); and other things.

    There are several options for rooting nowadays (didn't used to be so). For example, you can simply add root capability to your phone as it is (you'll still have more to do to do some of the things I listed about like overclocking). Or, you can flash/install a whole, new custom ROM (replacing your phone's current operating system) which a developer has created that highlight certain features that the dev chose (like removing bloatware, special icons, built-in overclocking, different operating system versions, etc.).

    Your best bet is to just start reading through the threads (in the http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-eris/ subforum) to get an idea about what people are doing and saying about rooting. You'll learn a lot and start to form your own impression about what you might want to get out of it.

    Hope this helps. Cheers!
     
  3. heyjoojoo

    heyjoojoo Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks scary alien! Love your avatar or profile pic. did you create that?
     
  4. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

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    You are welcome.

    Actually, my daughter cobbled them together for me with Photoshop...took her about ten minutes (she's pretty good :)). The eyes are actually the red Droid eyes if you zoom in a bit.

    I've got the alien head (without the "X) as my background on my screen too.

    Cheers!
     
  5. heyjoojoo

    heyjoojoo Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well, sounds like she's a graphic designer. Pretty cool indeed.
     

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