Root Now you can live without fear of bricking

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  1. raphytaffy

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    Finally deciding to get into the rooting scene after applying the 2.1 OTA update. So reading through this thread, it flashes everything back to stock fw but keeps everything on your SD card intact. I don't really know too much about the folder structure on the Droid or where all of my settings are kept, so I was wondering if these would all be deleted?
     

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  2. jasonwuzthere

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    You don't have to delete them, but all of your personal stuff you should back up on your computer, as I believe it flashes (and reformats) the entire system. Don't worry about the folders that you didn't put there.

    Also make sure your contacts are synced to google, or you'll have to put them all back in.

    Good Luck!
     
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  3. rjoudrey

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    I think on a 32bit platform the file name can not be more than 32 characters long.
     
  4. Jeffruby

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    i have windows xp.....would that be 32 bit option from top of thread?
    thx
     
  5. fox

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    probably, but to double check follow these steps.

    right click on My Computer (if you deleted that shortcut open some sort of file folder and find it)
    hit properties.

    it should say somewhere, either 32-bit or 63-bit operating system.
     
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  7. raphytaffy

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    Alright, so that was pretty quick and painless. After the flashing process, RSD Lite gave me a "Failed flashing process" status, but my phone boots up just fine and shows FW 2.0.1. One suggestion I would make is to clarify to hold down up on the D-Pad, or the volume down and camera button before booting up your phone. Took me a few reboots before I figured this out on my own.

    Now as far as rooting goes, I think I want to give Cynanogen's ROM first. So I'm a bit confused by the first step. It says to unlock my device and install ROM Manager from the Market. Did flashing back to 2.0.1 do this or do I need to take additional steps?

    EDIT

    Never mind, this forum is pretty informative and the users kick ass.
     
  8. Viconi

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    Sweet what an easy guide, downgraded to 2.01 CM here we go. Thanks for all the help!
     
  9. amdpowered

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    Just tried using this method after failing to load a bekit rom via ROM Manager. After trying to reflash I got the typical 99% then fail after a timeout (Loading RAM Downloader for bootloader). Now it will only have code corrupts on reboot. I do have to manually remove the battery to get it to reboot.

    I have tried flashing multiple times with the same result. Any suggestions?
     
  10. amdpowered

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    Hmm, so after the 4th reflash, it actually failed out, but said completed SW flash and self rebooted. I have no idea what happened before.
     
  11. Trident

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    RSD Lite has compatibility issues with Win 7.. even when running as Administrator. You might add that to the OP.
     
  12. raphytaffy

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    Oh snap.. this worked perfectly for my phone the other day, but today while attempting to flash my uncle's phone, it hung at 92% and then came back with a result of FAIL.

    Wow, I was going to ask what I should do but it seems like if you wait the phone automatically reboots and the SW completes just fine. I waited about 10 minutes, freaking out about the fact that I effed up my uncle's phone the whole time lol
     
  13. Trident

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    I get the "Fail" message every time. Always ends up just fine.
     
  14. jgw1985

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    My start button stays grayed out, can't click it to start reflash. Anyone know how to fix this?
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    Okay..so I put the .sbf file in the folder with RSD lite and it recognized it that way. I hit start and instantly get status "Failed flashing process.Failed flashing process. (0x7100); phone connected"
     
  15. Trident

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    You're not running Windows 7 are you?

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
  16. urmomFTW

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    still stuck with the grayed out start button.

    tried shortening the name like was mentioned but to no avail.

    running Vista 32 bit......any more help?
     
  17. rjoudrey

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    Look above. Must be 32 chars or less.
     
  18. urmomFTW

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    Yeah thats why I said I tried shortening the name...didnt work though... :(
     
  19. jgw1985

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    Yes I'm running Windows 7 64 bit.
     
  20. rjoudrey

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    Put the sbf in your c root. Total path less than 32.
     
  21. urmomFTW

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    ok that did get me Start button access. however upon hitting start, it immediately fails with the status on RSD saying "Failed flashing process. Failed flashing process. (0x7100); phone connected.

    sigh...now what?
     
  22. jgw1985

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    Same exact issue that I am having.
     
  23. urmomFTW

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    LOL..fantastic...
     
  24. rjoudrey

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    Is your Droid being recognized?
     
  25. urmomFTW

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    yes, but only if under Config, I change DeviceID options to First Come First Serve
     

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