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"Bricking" Your Droid Using Root Access

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by theicemonkey, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. theicemonkey

    theicemonkey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I've been thinking about rooting my Droid for a little while, but I would like some clarification on the risks before I begin. I know almost nothing about Linux (but I am a tinkerer), but there seem to be very straightforward instructions on how to do everything I'm interested in.

    When people say that you could "brick" your phone by deleting/moving/renaming the wrong file, I want to make sure I understand the usage of "brick". My definition of bricking a device was that it was literally only good as a brick. It is BROKEN. For good. Kaput. Like a brick. However, Blackberry users (when I was tinkering with my Blackberry Storm) use the word "brick" to describe a phone that just needs its operating system reloaded. I have no problem reloading the Android ROM if I had to (provided a dump of the Droid ROM exists...) but will I have the option?

    Does "brick" around here mean the phone is 100% broken, or that it needs the Android ROM reloaded?

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  2. mcadam

    mcadam Well-Known Member

    I bricked my phone early this week. Froze at the Moto logo when you restart. Verizon was able to flash the ROM and get me going again. I played dumb as to how it happened. They weren't too concerned about it.
  3. Dragoro

    Dragoro Android Enthusiast

    At this point, theres no reason to root, not much has come out to do with a rooted phone yet.
  4. esocid

    esocid Well-Known Member

    When that Milestone ROM eventually gets released, I'll be very tempted to try it out.
  5. Dragoro

    Dragoro Android Enthusiast

    Unless they come out with the rom soon, you got only a few weeks till the 2.1 update that might very well do the same thing without rooting.
  6. theicemonkey

    theicemonkey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Is there a dump of the 2.0.1 Droid ROM available on the internet should I accidentally screw things up, or do I have to do what mcadam did and return it to the Verizon store for them to flash it?
  7. droidpcguru

    droidpcguru Android Enthusiast


    Be prepared for some serious Linux-tech talk.. but the process is there..
  8. theicemonkey

    theicemonkey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Score. Nice work everybody.
  9. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    Back in the good old days of flashing linux on the compaq ipaq, bricking meant you have a really pretty paperweight. That's the correct definition. Most people call borking your os on the phone "bricked". If you, or the guys at the Verizon store can flash the device, it's not bricked, just screwed up.
  10. theicemonkey

    theicemonkey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    THANK YOU. That's my opinion too, hence the word "brick", not "heavy thing I need to put software back on". That doesn't have nearly as nice of a ring to it, though.
  11. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

    Oops, works pretty well. ;)
  12. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast

    With the recovery console installed properly and a good nandroid backup. you should be pretty brick-proof.
  13. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA

    Indeed, if you have the custom recovery installed and make a nandroid backup then you can't brick it. However if we get into flashing new SPL's then you have the potential to truly brick it.
  14. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt Lurker

    Just to be quite clear. With the new 2.0.1, if I accidentally screw something up, or want to go back to a non-rooted version of the OS, I could do the following and start my OS from scratch, but with my verizon plan still in tact:
    -shut down

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