I wanna root my droid, but......


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  1. luckyheel

    luckyheel Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm still kind of tentative about it.

    I have a big fear of "bricking" my phone and making it unusable. I've read all of the guides and it seems pretty straightforward.

    Basically, if I'm just a normal user of my Droid 1 and would like to get rid of some of the bugs that seem to regularly occur, is it worth it for me to root? I don't plan on developing any apps and I'm not a heavy "gamer" on the device....

    Also, are there any requirements on the PC side in order to root without any issues?

    Please calm my fears or just tell me not to do it..... :eek:
     

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    GuillotineDream Active Member

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    This is the method i used: http://androidforums.com/droid-all-...oid-without-rsd-lite-up-including-frg22d.html

    The only problem i had with the process was finding a PC that would recognize my phone. The easiest way is to use a 32-bit windows pc.

    There are also 1 click methods: http://androidforums.com/droid-all-...olution-droid-thread-d-d-latest-v2-0-4-a.html

    I havent used this method but im sure there will be many people on the forum who can help you out if you have any problems.

    If you follow the instructions of these tutorials it would be near impossible to brick your device. Just make sure you do your research and dont jump into anything you arent comfortable with.
     
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  4. TKazNC

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    LuckyHeel—I was in your position a week ago. I made the plunge and could kick myself that I didn't do it a long time ago.

    I used the SuperOneClick method. The procedure I used was what you will find on the link here: [APP]SuperOneClick v1.5.5 (Root, Unroot, Enable Non-Market App, Get UNLOCK code) - xda-developers

    Just be prepared to search the known issues/solutions area in the link above if things go a bit wonky. Mine did but nothing a bit of research could not cure. (i.e. Steps for the newer version of SuperOneClick did not match up exactly with the video and I had to shut off my Droid during the root procedure and turn it back on again to solve a problem.) If you approach problems calmly it will make sense and you will figure it out. But if you can't, there are many good posts with cures to known issues and others that can help out.

    Allot enough time to download, install, read directions and finally, rooting. An afternoon is not out of the question; but it might only take you an hour if everything goes smoothly. Finally, relax, it will all be okay. There are lots of people here and on other forums that will help.

    Once you have root the real fun begins, ROMs and kernels. But one piece of advice, back-up, back-up, and back-up. Nandroid is your friend. Good luck and happy rooting!
     
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  5. MaxPacker

    MaxPacker Well-Known Member

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    You'll love your phone after rooting. Just read, read, and read, and ask questions if you need to, but the process has been tremendously reduced to a few short steps (hell you can even do the 1-click method, though I don't really care for those).

    I suggest going the RSD Lite way; it's longer, sure, but you end up better grasping what you've done to your phone, and how to move forward. A rooted, stock Droid won't appear any different than your phone as it is, until you install a custom ROM and overclocked kernel. I've seen a lot of people go the one-click route and end up with nothing but more questions... but they do work.

    Anyway, best of luck, and don't fear bricking. There's always a solution.
     
  6. luckyheel

    luckyheel Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Specific to your comment highlighted above, does this mean I can root my phone now and it will operate just as it does prior to rooting? Then, I can work with custom ROMs, Kernels, etc... to provide additional customization as I become more comfortable?
     
  7. MaxPacker

    MaxPacker Well-Known Member

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    Right. When you root your phone, you're just enabling yourself to be the "administrator" of sorts of the OS. There will not be any changes to your phone, with the exception of the Superuser.apk and your changed recovery.

    Rooting just gets you to the point where you CAN customize.

    With your new recovery (either Clockwork or SPrecovery), you can flash a custom ROM, and flash new kernels. Some of the ROMs have overclocking functions built in, though I'm pretty sure most still use the app SetCPU.

    There are a variety of ROMs and kernels, and no two phones are alike, so once you get comfortable flashing things, mess around and find the best fit. Most Droids can at least 1ghz, but even 800mhz will do you just fine.

    Biggest plus: Custom ROMS with 2.2 are way better than the Verizon update. They're pretty much forcing people to root. :p
     
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