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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Post [GUIDE] Rooting Your Motorola Triumph.

I know there are a couple posts around here already that tell you how to root/unroot your phone. I am trying to take that information and put all the methods into one post. If you know of a method that is not included here, please let me know and I will add it.

I also want to say that you do not need to root the phone to be able to install a custom ROM. Since all the custom ROMs have root access enabled already, this would only apply if you want to run the stock ROM and have root access. It is also a good idea to install a custom recovery right before or right after you do this. You can find instructions for that here: [GUIDE] Installing CWM and a custom ROM on the Motorola Triumph and ClockworkMod Recovery for Motorola Triumph. Doing so will allow you to make a nandroid backup of your phone which is handy in case you ever mess anything up.

Now on to the details...

Method 1: GingerBreak

Step 1: Download the GingerBreak apk. You can get it here.
Step 2: Enable USB debugging (in Settings > Applications >Development) if you do not already have it on.
Step 3: Allow "Unknown Sources" (in Settings > Applications).
Step 4: Make sure you have an SD card formatted for your phone.
Step 5: Move the apk to the SD card.
Step 6: With your phone on, open a file explorer and find the GingerBreak.apk. Click on it to install.
Step 7: Once installed, open the app, and press the root button.
Step 8: Wait for it to do it's thing. This may take a few minutes. If it was successful the phone will reboot itself (which may take a while due to cache wipe).
Step 8a: If the phone did not reboot after a few minutes, you will need to do a battery pull and try it again until it does work.
Step 9: Make sure the Superuser app is installed on your phone. You can download it from the Android Market here.
Step 10: Install the BusyBox installer. You can download it from the Android Market here.
Step 11: Uninstall the GingerBreak app, it is not needed anymore. (Unless you want to unroot.)

To unroot a device that was rooted via GingerBreak:
Step 1: Download the GingerBreak apk. You can get it here.
Step 2: Enable USB debugging if you do not already have it on.
Step 3: Make sure you have an SD card formatted for your phone.
Step 4: Move the apk to the SD card.
Step 5: With your phone on, open a file explorer and find the GingerBreak.apk. Click on it to install.
Step 6: Once installed, open the app, and press the unroot button.
Step 7: Uninstall the GingerBreak, Superuser, and BusyBox apps if they are on your phone. You don't HAVE to do this, but they are just taking up space if you are not rooted.

Method 2: Terminal Emulator (taken from b_randon14's post here).

Step 1: Download Android Terminal Emulator from the market here.
Step 2: Open up the Emulator and type in sudo, you should get the # symbol.
Step 3: Type in the following code:
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ln -s /system/xbin/sudo /system/bin/su
ln -s /system/xbin/sudo /system/xbin/su
Step 4: Reboot and you should have root access.
NOTE: This will not install busybox, so if you wish to have busybox you will have to install it from the Android Market here. This method just provides you with root access.

To unroot using this method:
Open the emulator and type sudo then type this:
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rm -rf /system/bin/su
rm -rf /system/xbin/su
Method 3: Flashing Superuser/SuperSU zip in CWM
Step 1: Download the flashable zip. (superuser or SuperSU)
Step 2: Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery (power and both volume buttons simultaneously).
Step 3: Install the flashable zip (install zip from sd card and select the file).
Step 4: Reboot your phone.
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Figures I should know better than to trust a Dalek...

... brand new shiny Triumph.

Ran the Terminal script as directed. Rebooted into:

polling, get oemsbl_mode = 1

The Oncoming Storm is stuck, Dalek. Help?
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... brand new shiny Triumph.

Ran the Terminal script as directed. Rebooted into:

polling, get oemsbl_mode = 1

The Oncoming Storm is stuck, Dalek. Help?
Your just in download mode just pull the battery, wait 10 seconds and put it back in. Now power it on and your right never to trust a Dalek, even if it is a Christmas one! The easier way is with gingerbreak not the terminal commands .
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Figures I should know better than to trust a Dalek...

... brand new shiny Triumph.

Ran the Terminal script as directed. Rebooted into:

polling, get oemsbl_mode = 1

The Oncoming Storm is stuck, Dalek. Help?

You probably accidentally held the down volume button while booting. It puts the phone in download mode. It happened to me a lot at first.
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Hey guys,

I was just trying to root my MT and when I go to install Gingerbreak my Anti Virus pops up that GB is infected. Is this just because of the file being a root apk and it is actually ok to install or should I try a different GB apk file?

I got it from your link (xda).
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If it is the file from XDA, it is ok. I think my computer did the same thing. It's been a while, so I don't remember for sure. I use Norton Internet Security, and think it said that too.
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will this wipe the data on my phone? should i make a backup of all my apps and contacts?
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will this wipe the data on my phone? should i make a backup of all my apps and contacts?
It won't wipe anything. It will just allow root access.
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Why is this stickied, I thought guides go in the all things root post by scarey alien????
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Why is this stickied, I thought guides go in the all things root post by scarey alien????
It's in there as well. A couple of the stickies are there because new users (hell, even experienced users) don't know to look there. And hopefully they will find them easily to help answer their questions.
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It's in there as well. A couple of the stickies are there because new users (hell, even experienced users) don't know to look there. And hopefully they will find them easily to help answer their questions.
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I'm a little confused with your root directions. For the Gingerbreak installation you say to:

"Move the apk to the SD card."

In contrast to that, the link you give to the gingerbreak apk says:

"The APK must be installed to device, NOT SD card."

I was wondering if anyone could sort this difference out for me.

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I'm a little confused with your root directions. For the Gingerbreak installation you say to:

"Move the apk to the SD card."

In contrast to that, the link you give to the gingerbreak apk says:

"The APK must be installed to device, NOT SD card."

I was wondering if anyone could sort this difference out for me.

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It needs to be on your SD card in order to install it.
You put the .apk on your sd card and then restart your phone (or remount the SD card) and use that to install it on your phone.
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It's in there as well. A couple of the stickies are there because new users (hell, even experienced users) don't know to look there. And hopefully they will find them easily to help answer their questions.
This thread doesn't really need to be stickied since the other guide to install custom ROM doesn't need it, and most people just install custom ROMs instead of root a stock ROM.
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This thread doesn't really need to be stickied since the other guide to install custom ROM doesn't need it, and most people just install custom ROMs instead of root a stock ROM.
There are a number of people who want to root their phone for apps that need it (add blockers/titanium/file explorer) and may not want to flash a ROM yet.

I agree it isn't needed to flash a ROM, but not everyone does that.
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There are a number of people who want to root their phone for apps that need it (add blockers/titanium/file explorer) and may not want to flash a ROM yet.

I agree it isn't needed to flash a ROM, but not everyone does that.
There may be a few people who do that, but I'm guessing a majority don't. Besides, advocating rooting without installing a custom recovery is bad too because people will have modified their phones without a backup. Rooting + installing recovery + making a backup should be done together. A lot of people already experience problems with titanium backup because it modifies admin files and if things don't work as expected, they're in an odd situation.
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I'm one of them who doesn't want to flash custom rom but need root access so I can add/mod certain things. Until custom rom has camera working I will migrate. I'm very dependent on my camera specially when having young child learning this and that and want to capture the moment. Nice to have the HDMI functionality, but not needed like the camera.

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I agree it isn't needed to flash a ROM, but not everyone does that.
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I'm one of them who doesn't want to flash custom rom but need root access so I can add/mod certain things. Until custom rom has camera working I will migrate. I'm very dependent on my camera specially when having young child learning this and that and want to capture the moment. Nice to have the HDMI functionality, but not needed like the camera.
the only roms that don't have working camera are ICS roms. Every other rom has a working camera FYI.
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I don't see this in the guide, and was wondering if I am achieving full root or not. When I go back to stock or any unrooted rom, I have always just put in cwm recovery (if not already there) and flashed superuser.

It has worked for me every time as far as gaining root access with apps. I am still learning, but is there something I am missing or not gaining by using this method?
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I don't see this in the guide, and was wondering if I am achieving full root or not. When I go back to stock or any unrooted rom, I have always just put in cwm recovery (if not already there) and flashed Superuser-3.0.7-efghi-signed.zip

It has worked for me every time as far as gaining root access with apps. I am still learning, but is there something I am missing or not gaining by using this method?
that way should work just as well. That's what most other phones use that don't have an easier way to do it.
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I don't see this in the guide, and was wondering if I am achieving full root or not. When I go back to stock or any unrooted rom, I have always just put in cwm recovery (if not already there) and flashed superuser.

It has worked for me every time as far as gaining root access with apps. I am still learning, but is there something I am missing or not gaining by using this method?
Yeah, that would work. I can't test it, but many other phones do it that way. You can use the flashable SuperSU as well.

I will see about adding those instructions, or at least a note about it in the OP.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I figured as much, but wanted to make sure.
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Have you done something to check if you have root afterwards? I think there is a root checker app on the market, or through the terminal?

I don't have a Triumph anymore to test this on, so I want to double check before adding it to the guide.
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Have you done something to check if you have root afterwards? I think there is a root checker app on the market, or through the terminal?

I don't have a Triumph anymore to test this on, so I want to double check before adding it to the guide.
I just reverted back to stock to test it out with root checker.

So, I started out fresh, no superuser zip, only installed root checker and it said it was not rooted. Then rebooted, installed the zip and "Congratulations! This device has root access!" . I was pretty sure it worked, every app that required root worked as it should, I am just getting into the depths of android, I just wasn't sure if our phone was as special as it seems to be. I never really looked into what GingerBreak actually does. I know it seemed like it took forever and changing the recovery and then flashing the zip only takes a minute and your done.
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Hi,

The root using the emulator worked fine, now i'm trying to unroot it with the terminal codes you gave and i get this.

rm failed for -rf, no such file in directory

How can I get the the phone unrooted?
and can i do it using the terminal emulator?
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The root using the emulator worked fine, now i'm trying to unroot it with the terminal codes you gave and i get this.

rm failed for -rf, no such file in directory

How can I get the the phone unrooted?
and can i do it using the terminal emulator?
Did you make sure to run the command as sudo?
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Yes, i typed sudo and got # prompt. I installed busy box and super user. Didnt tamper with those, they didnt really seem to do much. Also installed clock work mod. N flashed recovery. All worked well. Tried sudo unroot three times doesnt unroot. I deleted super user and busybox.
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So I am a total newb with this kind of stuff - be gentle!

I tried using the terminal, typed in sudo and got the # prompt; typed the first line and hit enter and got "link failed File exists"

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Rooted my Gf's Triumph because she kept getting the low storage warning. Took care of the bloatware now
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The root using the emulator worked fine, now i'm trying to unroot it with the terminal codes you gave and i get this.

rm failed for -rf, no such file in directory

How can I get the the phone unrooted?
and can i do it using the terminal emulator?
I'm most likely way late in this but I got bored and decided to play with my phone using a custom kernal for the stock rom.

When issuing the rm command, there is no use for the -rf options. So just use
sudo
rm /system/xbin/su
rm /system/bin/su

the -r option removes directories while removing the files inside of that directory recursively.

the -f option just ignores non-existent files and overrides any confirmation prompts unless the directory is write protected.

So using the -r option, it's looking for the su directory and not finding it, that's why the error is popping up.

I suggest editing the original post to reflect that as to not confuse others.

Just my 2 cents.
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Somehow I lost root privileges and when I open the terminal emulator and enter sudo, it comes back saying SUDO: COMMAND NOT FOUND. Any ideas how I can fix this.
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Somehow I lost root privileges and when I open the terminal emulator and enter sudo, it comes back saying SUDO: COMMAND NOT FOUND. Any ideas how I can fix this.
Scroll down there is a post I created called ROOT Solved. Basically need to install b_randon's stock ROM and reroot with ginger break. Stay away from formating system partition in CWM. That solved all problems for me.
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I wanna install cwm and cm7 on my Triumph but the usb port on my phone is out,and im using another phone to charge my battery...any workarounds?
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I wanna install cwm and cm7 on my Triumph but the usb port on my phone is out,and im using another phone to charge my battery...any workarounds?
nope...well if you look around there maybe away to root and install cwm. idk i dont think it is doe.
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will this wipe the data on my phone? should i make a backup of all my apps and contacts?
hey, can you help me with my Triumph Please. I need to be on skype or phone to have someone walk me through this. this is insanse. not one of theese boards or youtube videos are helping me. my MT is rooted, but i cant seem to get cm7 on it. sooooo confused.
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To unroot using this method:
Open the emulator and type sudo then type this:
Code:
rm -rf /system/bin/su
rm -rf /system/xbin/su

I have tried to do this after successfully rooting in this manner (to delete alog_events file), but am getting an error message:

"rm failed for -rf, No such file or directory"

Now what?
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To unroot using this method:
Open the emulator and type sudo then type this:
Code:
rm -rf /system/bin/su
rm -rf /system/xbin/su

I have tried to do this after successfully rooting in this manner (to delete alog_events file), but am getting an error message:

"rm failed for -rf, No such file or directory"

Now what?
You might need to either make the /system directory writeable or change to root vie 'su'.
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See this thread http://androidforums.com/motorola-triumph/763517-unrooting-motorola-triumph.html
or scroll back up this tread a number of post to Syscrushers post

The -rf is not to be entered.

rm /system/bin/su
rm /system/xbin/su

thank SyScrusher and thangfish
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Only two months later and I'm stumped again.
1. How do I know if my phone is rooted or not?
2. While running Terminal Emulator, inputing "sudo" results in a message stating: "sudo: not found". Okay, so I try "su" which returns the message: "su: not found".
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How do i do the gingerbreak method. When i press the apk in 3 difrent explorers, it just opens them, and clicking the files within the zip just give me a text file. im confused on how to isntall the apk gbreak file.
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How do i do the gingerbreak method. When i press the apk in 3 difrent explorers, it just opens them, and clicking the files within the zip just give me a text file. im confused on how to isntall the apk gbreak file.
It's installed via the app manager. What is the exact name of the file you downloaded? It should be gingerbreak.apk
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