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  1. scotty85

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    tcm just posted this link in another thread,but it is definately deserving of its own.

    Revolutionary

    looks like manual root may be becoming a thing of the past... and GB is now rootable :)

    sometime in the next couple days ill unroot and give it a shot :D
     

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    I will be looking for your thoughts on using this new tool for rooting. Thanks for giving me the heads up that such a thing was being made.

    Time to root!
     
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    Seems properly titled.
     
  4. scotty85

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    if you use it,definately pop back in and give us your thots. it should leave you with the permanent patched hboot that a few of us have allready flashed.

    im sure when its completely ironed out it will be plug and play simple,and being an hboot exploit should not affect any data you have.

    best thing is those who take the GB OTA despite all the warnings will still be able to root(or those that simply purchase the device with GB on it)

    in a couple days ill unroot and try it,and then prolly in a week or so archive most of the "rooting methods" thread :)

    in a way it makes me a little sad... while i do believe this method will be 100% better and safer for most folks, rooting your device with an old school ADB,sneeky exploit method makes you feel like youve really accomplished something when your done. its an experience im glad ive had. :D
     
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    I can't wait to hear how it works, now those "on the fence" people who have been scared off by ADB or having to actually read a thread for instructions should be able to take the dive. I can feel your pain scotty now when someone screws up makes a mistake when messing with things they shouldn't be they may need to learn ADB before getting their phone working again.
     
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    this is great news for those who havent rooted yet. i almost think you should post this in the general section also. yea i know it is root related but a lot of users who are on the fence might not come to the root section. :)
     
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    +1

    And if this is confirmed to root stock GB OTA then perhaps that sticky should be changed as well.
     
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    So 1.05.0000 is the new Gingerbread bootloader that breaks the old root method?
     
  9. scotty85

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    yes and no... it is the new GB bootloader,but it doesnt break the root method. it is likely a different version number simply because its been changed to include htc unlock support.

    what has killed the manual root method,is an exploit(gingerbreak exploit if you want to google it) that has been fixed in google source code. turns out it was not only a good doorway for gaining root access,but it was also a pretty major security flaw :eek:
     
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    since we havent gotten the OTA yet,id say its a lil hard to confirm ;) i see no reason it shouldnt work,but i think its maybe best that we leave the sticky alone for now. feel free,however,to go ahead and add something to the end of it. someone else can also add it in the general section as well. start a new thread,or link to this one,whateverr you think is easier :)

    im flashing mr2 as i type to unroot and test this out :D
     
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    Let us know how it goes.
     
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    Thread in non-root section...think it should be sticky and/or locked? If so someone should let worm know:D
     
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    yeah that was definately easier than manually rooting. ;) tho not near as fun,ill also venture to say :p

    so in prepration,i flashed the mr2 ruu in its entirety(so i could watch the perm patch hboot block the bootloader flash :D),then fastboot flashed my eng bootloader back. i then finally flashed the stock 1.04.0000 s-on bootloader in hboot and was back to 100% stock :eek:

    when you first download the software from revolutionarys site,a form pops up for you to enter your pc OS(linux or widows),your model,hboot,and serial number. it spits out a beta key. make sure you write this down or copy/paste it to a text document in case it disapears before you need it(i was glad i did)

    then you,just extract the files and click the "revolutionary" application inside and run it. a command window pops up,and is "waiting for device". plug in the phone in cahrge mode and assuming you have working adb/fastboot drivers,it spits your serial number back and asks for your beta key. type it in. once its accepted,it goes thru some stuff,boots to fastboot,reboots fastboot,then asks if you want to download clockwork. i told it yes for sh*ts and giggles. it then tells you "success!" and the command window disapears. i was hoping to copy and paste it for you guys,but it left of its own accord before i could :mad:

    assuming you want to run rooted stock firmware,at this point you just reboot,move the superuser app to your sd card,go back to recovery and flash it. thats it. just flash a file in recovery. no adb,no cutting and pasting. your other option would be to flash the custom rom of your choice.

    i spent 10 times more time putting my phone back to stock in prepration for this than it did to actually root with it,lol. it was quick and easy. no downgrades,no outdated upgrades,just download,run,plug in,tpye in beta key and bam! youre done.

    my only criticism is that its not well doccumneted at this point. if you were completely new to rooting,you might not be quite sure what to do,but in alpha/unrevo's defense,this IS a developer only beta version. im sure they will get it cleaned up and better documented for mass public release when that time comes.

    last and not leas,a couple pics for you guys:

    new bootloader. this must be their speical design,as its not the same perm patched one we were using... never seen that version number. "the
    revolutionary
    i think is somewhat cooler than unlocked ;)

    [​IMG]

    last and not least,the revolutionary clockwork recovery:
    [​IMG]

    if you were scared of the manual root this is for you. it leaves you with a safe,permanent hboot,and automatically adds your recovery if you want it to. you can even root your current,stock rom and not lose any data or setup.

    at some point ill update the rooting methods thread,and maybe add a step by step. i really wanted to flash the newes cm7 after all this,but im tired and 5am comes early so that may have to wait until tomoro.

    last and not least,i do want to commend everyone that stepped up and manually rooted the last couple days,despite the fact that this was coming... i hope you did enjoy the experience after it was over. if it was the most terrible experience of your life,i do apologize,i hoped and suspected this was coming,but had no concrete info. i promise i wouldnt have held out on ya if id know for sure it was coming this soon :D
     
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    Scotty, thanks for doing all that! This seems overly easy, like the days of z4root.

    So when the GB OTA hits are you willing to be the tester to see if it works :D, or are you just going to wait for the first person to flame all of us for the "Root before the GB OTA" pushing?
     
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    it was rediculously easy. :cool:

    i actually plan to restore a stock recovery and let myself OTA to GB. this is a permanent patch hboot(if i wasnt clear on that) and it will block the hboot flashing just like the patched 1.04.0000 that weve been using. so warm... so snuggly :D
     
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    I'm jealous of your bootloader saying "revolutionary" instead of "unlocked"...I might just have to unroot and reroot for that...or not, i'm lazy...maybe if i get bored
     
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    I just did this (actually about to move the su app to the SD card)

    I can't believe how easy this was.. reminds me of the unrevoked process for the Incredible. These guys are flippin geniuses.

    What I did differently was open the program from the command shell, so it didn't close out afterwards.

    [​IMG]

    Also, the phone has to be in USB debugging mode, HTC sync should be uninstalled prior to running, and HTC's fastboot drivers installed (explained here: public:revolutionary [RootWiki]
     
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    A blue CWR :eek::eek::eek::eek:

    I may have to unroot and root just to get this blue. Oh wait, no I don't. TWRP FTW! :D
     
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    From our buddy nate mills ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UK_CiB2SYk
     
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    Scotty you are one dedicated person. Just looking at the things you had to do to unroot makes it too much work for me to try this out.

    I used unrevoked for the incredible, and then manually rooted the bolt. I actually like manually rooting. It was fun, I learned some new things, and have a better understanding of how the rooting process works for this phone.

    Unrevoked/revolutionary is a good tool for beginners and everyone says you should at least read the manual root process so you know what it is accomplishing. I agree with that now.

    I also know most new users will see a simple root method and go blind, and not read into what it does or how, just like i did for the incredible ;)

    BTW who uses CWM anymore? That's so last month.
    Thanks for the post to help those out testing a new root method.
     
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    I'm no beginner when it comes to the root game, been here since my Droid Eris days all the way to my Droid X. But for some reason every time I go to put in the beta key it says invalid key and for the life of me and no matter what I try I can't figure out if it's something I'm doing wrong or something wrong on their side. Anyone got any ideas?


    *Figured it out, I'm a dummy*
     
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    I'm trying to figure out if he's dedicated, crazy or just bored.:D Most likely a mixture of all three.;) Either way I applaud you as well Scotty for helping out the community. I wish I had the time to help out more but with a promotion at work and two little girls at home my time is limited now.
     
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    Been toying with the idea of trying the manual root process but could never find the time or enough cajones. Anyhow, being a noob to rooting, I caved and took the revolutionary route. I was successful with two minor issues.

    1. Had a problem entering the beta key. I finally copied and pasted it from the revolutionary screen and it worked. Still don;t know what I was doing wrong.

    2. Small scare, unexpectedly lost communication to the device between the first and second fastboot. Noob mistake, make sure pdanet is disabled before starting this process! To resolve, I killed the pdanet on my pc, rebooted the phone, made sure the device showed up in ADB and took another crack at it. This time with no issues.

    Thanks to the Revolutionary folks, Scotty for his dedication confirming this works and everyone else involved for making this a seemingly bullet proof process
     
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    mostly the first 2,prolly a lil more of the 2nd :eek: i enjoy helping folks here,and i do thuroughly enjoy all the crazy testing i do. it always makes me giggle when i find new experiments to try ;)

    its cool you do what you can,im sure the little ones take up alot of time. family should always come first! :)

    thanks to all for the nice words,its great to know some find it helpful :cool:
     
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    Hmm this is interesting. Reminds me of the the 1-Click-Root for the Eris :)

    Giving the video a watch. Then gonna test it out!

    Hboot is 1.04 correct?
     

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