what 3rd party programs do i need to root?


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  1. SolidOrange

    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ok, so i am seriously considering joining the root party, but the number of 3rd party programs needed seems daunting. can anyone compile a list of all the software/download links you need to do it correctly? i have already read the following threads and am pretty set on using BuglessBeast 0.5 as my new ROM.

    http://androidforums.com/droid-all-...olution-droid-thread-d-d-latest-v2-0-4-a.html

    http://androidforums.com/droid-all-things-root/94115-painless-thorough-rom-switching-under-hour.html

    i know those threads mention Motorola Drivers, Soup or Root, ROM Manager, Nandroid, CW Recovery, and a few other programs. which ones do i absolutely need, and is there possibly an easier way than the one posted above to load BuglessBeast after i am done with the root? when i first started looking up info, i figured rooting would be the hard part; now it appears that loading the new ROM is much more complicated. i know there is alot of info already posted here, but sifting through it all for the useful bits is an arduous task. please be nice to the newb! :eek:
     

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    I just referred somebody to this method as well How to: Root Android 2.2 for the Motorola DROID - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog which will work if you aren't on FRG22 (check 'about phone' in settings to see version number) and they confirmed with me that it worked very well. The link will also show you screen shots of ROM Manager, cw recovery, and making a backup, described below.

    As for your other questions, nandroid and cw recovery are not additional apps. Those functions can be performed within the app ROM Manager. A 'nandroid' is a backup of your phone in case anything goes wrong switching ROM's, kernels, etc. and cw recovery is flashed within the app as well. It's a custom recovery to allow you to flash ROMs/kernels/themes and to backup/restore your nandroid.

    That link for switching ROM's is very informative and looks more complicated than it is. Basically: root, update all apps, download titanium backup (if you want to backup your apps), make a nandroid from ROM Manager (or manually in recovery by holding x and the power button), flash ROM and download titanium to restore your backed up apps.

    I don't backup my apps and normally they will just automatically redownload from the market. However, if you want to save settings, game data, etc. use titanium.

    After you make sure the ROM is running well, make another backup and you can start experimenting with various kernels (allow overclocking). If you use BB 5 it has an internal overclocking feature, other ROMs you'll need to use the app setcpu to control the cpu speed.
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    thanks! looking forward to getting this done ASAP. looks like there is plenty of help around here if i screw something up.
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    anybody got a link to a quick how-to on installing themes over a new ROM? i can't seem to find one anywhere. yes, 2 newb questions in one thread. :D
     
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    So you got it all up and running? Nice! Just download the theme and flash it just like you did the ROM. Piece of cake. :D

    What I do is make another backup (deleting old one afterwards, the can take up a big chunk of the sd card after awhile) just in case I don't like a new theme I'm trying.

    Otherwise you'll have to find a stock theme to flash for the ROM you're running, although you could just flash another theme on top, but you'll often get a mashup of the two. Just easier to restore a backup from before hand.
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    i will be tackling this tomorrow afternoon, thanks again for the info! one last question, and it is BuglessBeast specific. how do you use the built in overclocking feature, i assume it might be obvious once i have it installed, but i figured i'd ask beforehand. i am probably gonna go with 800 mhZ, but i have also heard that 1 ghZ is stable on almost all droids.
     
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    I don't remember specifically where the menu option for it is, but I think there's a new menu when you go to settings. It is pretty obvious, you'll see it. There will be an option to 'set on boot', to select the governor (ondemand, performance, powersave, conservative, interactive), and to set the minimum and maximum speed. Only check set on boot once you know the kernel you are using is stable for your Droid.
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ok, for some reason, my phone will not reboot into recovery. i have used both ROM manager and x+power, but both of them hang up on the M logo. if i pull the battery and boot normally, it works fine. any suggestions??
     
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    Try going into rom manager and flash alternate recovery then flash clockwork again
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    wow, thanks again for the fast and helpful response. you have been a lifesaver. 1 hour in and i am halfway home... this definitely seems like one of those tasks that could be done in a 1/4th of the time if i knew what i was doing. :p
     
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    np..I'm doin some work at home tonight so I'll be hanging out on the forums if you need anything else.
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    finally got everything up and running, now to restore all my apps/settings. thanks again for all of your help, i know i am going to end up doing this for about 10 of my friends/coworkers since i am now "the guy who knows how", lol.
     
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    lol. Good luck with everything. Just remember to always keep a backup. It'll save so much hassle. As long as you can reboot into recovery, you'll always be fine because you can just restore a working image of your phone.
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    yep, screenshots... because i can.

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    emdmao Well-Known Member

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    I apologize for my 'Canes whoopin you in Death Valley ;)

    You can get a football field background for launcher pro here if you're interested

    LP Docks
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    i can't hate, i don't think anyone has ever won a game with 6 turnovers. if we stop playing 8 man offense/defense and put some LBs and WRs on the field i feel like we'd have a much better shot, lol.
     
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    Howdy,
    Another noob getting ready to root this weekend. SolidOrange, did you have FRG22D before you rooted?
    Emdmao, your link above said, "if you aren't on FRG22". I am on FRG22D what do you suggest?
     
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    I still suggest this method:
    Root Droid 1 - regardless of OS version - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum
    It might seem daunting but it's really not so bad.

    If you don't think you can handle that, try this:
    http://androidforums.com/droid-all-...olution-droid-thread-d-d-latest-v2-0-4-a.html
     
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    SolidOrange Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    yep, frg22d. Soup or Root 2.04 worked like a charm for me. one click and done, it really is that simple.
     
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