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what is rooting?

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  1. Avalonx3

    Avalonx3 New Member

    So if its like iphones jailbreaking...does that void my warranty??

  2. fabler

    fabler Well-Known Member

  3. Avalonx3

    Avalonx3 New Member

    If I got It correctly, rooting allows faster processing spd of the phone and allows you to customise the phone the way u want It??
  4. fabler

    fabler Well-Known Member

    Customization is right.. But faster speed.. hmm.. I don't think so.
  5. Avalonx3

    Avalonx3 New Member

    o_O okay thanks a lot.:)
  6. fabler

    fabler Well-Known Member

  7. tsp_2177

    tsp_2177 Well-Known Member

    you can change your processor speed by rooting, but you really want to be careful with that you could burn up your processor quick if you don't know what you are doing.
  8. rambo47

    rambo47 Well-Known Member

    Everyone should be warned that if something goes awry during the rooting process, like a loss of connection with the pc, a power loss, etc, you will brick your device. Unrecoverable. And if you take it in for a warranty exchange, they will laugh at you and throw you out of the store. You're totally on your own.

    And if you root your phone and then something else breaks. like the screen, you're on your own. Warranty voided.
  9. HustlinDaily

    HustlinDaily Well-Known Member

    If it is possible to start your phone (or get into recovery/fastboot), you can always flash stock rom/recovery to unroot it and send it in for warranty repairs.

    But yes, if your device is completely hard bricked through a loss of power or something like that, you are on your own.
  10. chroma601

    chroma601 Member

    America can be a laugh riot for Aussies. We have signs that point out places for "Emergency Pulloff"...
  11. mr-bisquit

    mr-bisquit Member

    I have to look at this differently.
    Do I want to run the "native" OS on it? Then rooting is of no concern.
    Do I want to modify the OS to include compilers, other folders, and non-standard but compatible drivers? Then yes, I should root it.
    Do I want to be able to boot another system on it from an SD card- say NetBSD or OpenBSD or even a homebrew linux? Then yes to rooting.

    No one here seems to be aware that a lot of Linux code came from reverse engineering- which can be also called "rooting."
  12. Vmanisme

    Vmanisme Well-Known Member

    To overclock you will need a custom kernel that allows it, that process is much more complicated than just simply rooting.
  13. Bk2fut

    Bk2fut Active Member

    Great thread.

    One quick question:

    I essentially only want to root my phone (LG GT540) in order to run App2SD when/if the official 2.1 upgrade becomes available.
    Will I be able to root the phone, use this app, and essentially then just ignore the fact that I've rooted it?
    I.e. just ignore all of the wow zap new Super User feature I'd rather not mess with as an amateur?

    Will the phone still update via the official LG update software if it's rooted?
    Will this un-do the rooting?

  14. Moonmeat

    Moonmeat New Member

    Hi, just started looking into android for a few days now, so totally new, but I also have a question about rooting and updates.

    The more I read about the slurry of phones on the market, the more I feel like I should be careful which carrier/ui they use on their phones as some either rarely get updated in a timely fashion after an update has been released or just get stuck with a 1.6 update forever.

    So if this has been answered I apologize, I looked through every post, but I don't have enough android lingo knowledge to fully understand.

    So to my question.

    If you have a device that isn't receiving anymore updates due to your carriers UI like MOTOBLUR or Touchwiz or whatever, does rooting cause your phone to basically take off the overlayed carrier UI and revert it back to the standard Android UI featured on the Nexus One allowing you to get updates (froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ice cream, jellybean, kiwi, lollipop, etc) whenever they are released? Or am I completely misunderstanding the benefits to rooting and would my best bet here is just to wait for another android ui phone to hit the market (possibly the Nexus S I'm hoping)?
  15. jons0n

    jons0n New Member

    to get a good understanding of root, read this

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    1. [URL="http://www.linfo.org/root.html"]What is root? -- definition by The Linux Information Project (LINFO)[/URL][URL="http://www.linfo.org/root.html"]
    2. [/URL]
  16. +1. That's the only purpose I'd have for a rooted Moment. Internal storage space is laughable.
  17. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    rooting = Rooting Explained + Top 5 Benefits Of Rooting Your Android Phone | Android News, Reviews, Applications, Games, Phones, Devices, Tips, Mods, Videos, Podcasts - Android Police

    ROM = Custom ROMs For Android Explained And Why You Want Them | Android News, Reviews, Applications, Games, Phones, Devices, Tips, Mods, Videos, Podcasts - Android Police

    bk2fut and Knightprincess13...
    you are confused ... i suggest you read the 2 links above.
    once root.. you can do what you want.. and forget it; if you choose.
    You can accept updates from carrier, but it might kill your root and close it. this might affect some apps that require root (ex: apps2sd). which will affect all apps that was used in apps2sd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you have to wait for dev to put out the update in rooted version. takes less than a weeks for someone to do. It normally happens within 24hrs!

    you can also choose to use a ROM with no skins or a different skin. up to you.

    you should also read the 2 links above.

    Rooting does NOTHING to your phone's look or feel or function!!!!! it does 1 thing: give you full access to your phone's root directory and control over it!
  18. I'm merely stating that as a user who KNOWS that rooting & ROMs are WAYYYYYY over her head, the only thing I've considered either for is better storage space. I'm an artsy type... writing, reading, the occasional anatomy text book- my specialties. I don't take after my superhacker father. So, I'm not going to delude myself into thinking I can handle having a rooted phone. This is me, not being a moron.

    Although, if my boyfriend lived closer, I'd trust him to do it. Although I'm not completely clueless, he's much more technologically savvy.

    But thank you Dan, I have a much better understanding of what each entails. I'll just wait until I can upgrade to have better storage space.
  19. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    never said or suggested anyone was a moron. just confused about the subject.
  20. Galo1950

    Galo1950 Active Member

    I have been looking for the "what is root" question/explanation and am glad I found this thread. The info presented here is VERY helpful.
    I also want to state that I REALLY like the way everyone communicates without being rude/smart-aleckly(?) or a jerk! This is why I joined this site.

    Thank you AND kudos to all for your incite, knowledge and friendliness!!!
  21. flipakine

    flipakine Member

    Heres the real question.. if I root my phone will that break any kind of insurance rules and fail to cover me if the phone breaks at all..

    I've been looking into rooting but have yet to take the plunge for this reason. sorry if OT a bit..
  22. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    yes.. root voids your warranty!

    but it is not easy for them to notice root.. unless they are looking for it and know what to look for.

    must phones have an official RUU from the carrier/mfg... that will put the phone back to stock and kill root. so then they will never know.
  23. JR866Gooner

    JR866Gooner Well-Known Member

    Flashing a custom ROM, does that void warranty?
  24. LnGwStX

    LnGwStX New Member

    I'm so glad I found this thread. Now I have a place to start reading. Thanks for the links! Maybe I will begin to understand now.
  25. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    Rooting voids warranty.

    To flash a ROM ... you must first be rooted!!!

    so.... answer is ... YES

    i also think.. Flashing a ROM will also void the warranty... so you will void it twice. does to negatives make a positive? so then the warranty will be unvoided?? :cool::rolleyes:

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