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  1. Chuckhound

    Chuckhound Member This Topic's Starter

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    I am new to the whole rooting process. I believe I have a general understanding, but I am not quite sure. Does it screw anything up with Sprint? Is the warranty still good on the phone? Is there anything that I need to know before I root the phone on why I should or shouldn't do it?Thanks.
     

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  2. Eguy

    Eguy Well-Known Member

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    Rooting in Android voids the warranty. It won't mess anything up unless you do something wrong :p. Make sure you read tutorials on root access in Android before you start anything.
     
  3. TheBiles

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    But you can always very easily un-root if you need your phone to be looked at or repaired by Sprint. It is much faster to get rid of root than it is to get it.
     
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    The Nexus One had issues when rooting where it couldn't be undone, even by HTC themselves without replacing the motherboard. Was this because it required that the boot loader was unlocked too?

    Will a simple factory reset un-root the phone on the Evo?

    Thank you!
     
  5. TheBiles

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    I hadn't heard about that with the N1. The entire rooting process hasn't been revealed for the EVO, but for the Hero un-rooting is as easy as flashing a Sprint RUU stock image.
     
  6. vengo97

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    So if you root your phone, do you need to install a custom ROM, or can you keep your phone pretty much stock, and just tweak a few things, and add apps that require root??
     
  7. stroths

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    From what I have read here, you can keep it stock. Rooting just gives you elevated privileges to run things as root (superuser) that you previously couldn't.
     
  8. nycbhh

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    Cool, so if I understand this correctly, we won't need to wait for custom ROMs to be cooked up before we can root?
     
  9. stroths

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    Correct. You can use the stock Android OS that's already installed.
     
  10. nycbhh

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    What about the Sense UI, will that still be on there?
     
  11. stroths

    stroths Well-Known Member

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    Yes

    The easy way to look at this is think of a typical business PC. Most of them are locked down so you are just a standard user with limited rights. You may not be able to install certain software or get to different directories. Now imagine you get access to an Administrator login for your PC. Now you have access to do pretty much anything you like. Rooting a phone gives you that root/administrator access. It doesn't change the ROM on the phone, but changes your access to it.
     
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  12. nycbhh

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    Good analogy. I think I finally got it :)
     
  13. mx7

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    How do you root the stock OS?
     
  14. MisterEd

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    I thought in order to ROOT you need to install a new ROM as part of the process. Pretty sure but not 100% positive. Of course the new installed ROM could very well just be the "original" howver I've never seen that. I do know some phones are easier to root than others and for some phones it's more dangerous (brick risk) than others. My MyTouch 3G was a 10 minute breeze.

    They should title this thread: "The ROOT of all EVO"
     
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    This came from the root guide just posted.

    "Now, I
     
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    Hehheh, clever. :)
     
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    What is the probability of bricking my yet-undelivered EVO? I understand that different phones carry different risks, and a VERY select few know what it's like to root an EVO right now, but as a general rule. Is this process really technically involved to the point that you can easily kill it? Or is it a deal where if you just pay attention to what you're fine? (barring something like the battery dying halfway though) Or is there much risk of just spontaneous brickage even though you do it all right?
     
  20. Bek

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    Impossible to answer given that technical details behind the process to root the Evo haven't even been released yet.

    Sit tight and let the pros do their work.
     
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    Once root is achieved, can we remove stock apps piecemeal? Or does removing them require a custom flashed ROM that is stock minus say....the Nascar App?
     
  22. slonlo350

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    That's about what I figured, just wasn't sure if there was a common theme to the process or not. I just learned that this whole "root" thing existed at all about 4 days ago lol. Didn't even know I was gonna have an Android phone anytime soon, really.
     
  23. Android 17

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    I've read before that rooting also opens you up to new potential dangers in the forms of viruses, and the like.

    Is there any truth to this? Have there actually been any cases involving such things?

    It seems to me that with the way smartphones are going, such as receiving full adobe flash updates and being able to browse the web with less limits than it past, it's inevitable that such issues will begin to pop up.
     
  24. MisterEd

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    Shortly after I rooted (rot?) my MyTouch3G I got the flu. If you wash your hands and your EVO BEFORE rooting viruses shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    I think if you washed your EVO, you'd have a whole slew of other problems =P
     

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