Hope this is the right forum for this, but here goes. I'm trying to get started with using ADB. I can start adb shell in the command prompt (using windows xp btw), and can see the directory I'm in (ls). However, I can't really use any other commands... at all. My command lines start with $ not # (from what I read I gather that's to do with access level). If I type devices I get "devices: permission denied", likewise with "adb devices". I can cd, but for example if I "cd data" and then type "ls" I get "opendir failed, Permission denied". Also I tried "adb root" and again "adb: permission denied" is the return message. Googling the problem gave me threads on other forums with advice like right after running adb shell using "su" or "adb root" and various different orders for putting in different commands, all of which give me permission denied. So... wtf am I missing? I haven't been able to find anything online that actually helps. I've found plenty that implies that simple commands like "devices" should work and give me a readout of connected devices, but it doesn't.