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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by carmendiva, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I know there are plenty of threads about this but I am looking for a dumbed down version of learning how to root the motorola droid.

    The ones i've seen are a wee bit complicated sounding and i don't want to mess up but i do want to try it

    1)I'd like to overclock it...not to a thousand but maybe like 800
    2)Add more screens
    3)Take a few features from 2.1

    1. Download the Forums for Android™ app!


  2. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    Obtaining Root | Root Your Droid

    That should do it for you...

    After rooting, go to alldroid.org and look in the development/motorola/droid section and look for Pete's subsection...

    You'll want to try Bugless Beast (7.8 is the current version).

    Adamz also makes nice ROMs...

  3. spartan141

    spartan141 Android Enthusiast

    it dont get more easier than that
  4. inssane

    inssane Android Expert

    YES - but read up on nandroid and test it out on your stock OS first, JIC.

    I "believe" Droid root helper" will make rooting and backing up easier for you.
    Just read first and maybe run your plan by the message board.

    I believe this was one of the better sites.
    Scroll down to the bottom.
    Root | Root Your Droid
  5. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert


    imho if that's not simple enough, then maybe folks shouldn't be rooting.
  6. inssane

    inssane Android Expert

    LMFAO - it's funny that so many want to root and they don't know why...
  7. YankeeDudeL

    YankeeDudeL Android Expert

    rootyourdroid.info is a nice lil place to learn about rooting. Very noob friendly in both atmosphere and instruction. It makes everything else down the road make a lot more sense.
  8. Decus22

    Decus22 Well-Known Member

    +100 You should go here and read it all, Even if do go the .zip easy way. Knowing this info could save your phone.


    Sorry I could not help myself. :D

    Also Droid Root Pro is a paid app but so worth it. Makes Rooting 1000 times easier.
  9. Jakbob

    Jakbob Newbie

    Hello everyone. I am like the TS, and in search of an 'easier' guide to rooting. :p. I have done some reasearch but would like to know how to go about doing my 'plan' the safest and easiest way. Ty.

    obtain root
    create a backup of my current droid rom 2.01
    install bugless beast rom.
    OC to 750ghz (cause imo it sounds safer than 800+ lol :D)
    Few questions: Do I have to root before creating a backup? and whats the easiest way to create a backup. And, whats the easiest way to install a custom rom ( such as BB) and if a new version of the rom comes out, how do i "update". Finally, in the event I want to restore to my original stock un-rooted, how would I do that? Thx! :D (Sorry for overflowing noobness)
  10. DjSmooth

    DjSmooth Well-Known Member

    for the past couple hours I've been feasting on all the information over at "Root Your Droid" that I'm feeling a little adventurous, but I think I had just a few shots to many of Patron, so I will save that, but the Site is very well put together for NewJacks (like myself and Seasoned Veterans) highly recommended; it has been Buzzed all over the place...
  11. Decus22

    Decus22 Well-Known Member

    I am not responsible if you brick your phone.

    OK here goes.

    1. Go to rootyourdroid.info/guides/obtaining-root

    2. Read it then do it and you will be rooted.

    3. buy DroidRootPro from the market Cheap and worth every penny!!!

    4. Open DroidRootPro, click menu - get the tools - READ CAREFULLY AND DO EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS!

    5. With the tools installed, Click Mount System Read/Write

    6.Click install BusyBox

    7.Click Install Flash Image

    8.Click Rename recovery-from-boot

    9. click Flash 99.2b recovery

    10. Click Mount System Read Only

    11. Click Sync

    12. Click Reboot to recovery

    Read The Red Writing So you know how to navigate the Menus. You can also use the Dpad on the keyboard and the Gold Button.

    13. Select Backup/Restore

    14. Select Advanced Nandroid Backup

    15. Put asterisks next to EVERYTHING!!

    16. Click Perform Backup

    Peform a backup before you Do ANYTHING major because if it goes wrong you can get back to where you were before you did it!!

    17. Reboot Phone

    18. Download the latest Bugless Beast update.zip to your computer

    19. Move it to your SDcard (Do Not Put It In Any Folders)

    20. Boot phone into recovery either with DroidRootPro or manually

    21. select Install

    22. Select allow update.zip installation

    23. Select install /sdcard/update.zip

    24. Reboot phone

    25. Downlaod SetCpu for overclocking and Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
  12. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    okay seeing how i have nothing to do till later tomorrow...i think i am going to try it...

    1) If for some godforsaken reason, I brick my phone...can i fix it or is it like that permanetely haha...Sorry for being so dense
    2)Once it's rooted and everything...is that the hard part...all the things i want to do to it AFTER it's rooted should be easy to do right? It's just the initial process of rooting that is a little difficult....
    3)How long in all actuality for a newbie like me does it take?
    4.and if i root and brick and can't fix it...i can easily call verizon and just pay for a refurb right? Like a 100 bucks or so?

    Thanks for the suggestions guys :)
    I agree with a post that people(like me) want to root but don't know what or how to haha

    and i've noticed that here in the droid forum it's a little more "techy" than in the eris forum which is more "Low-key"...i think i could learn a lot here haha
  13. Needsdecaf

    Needsdecaf Android Expert

    It should take you an hour or so.

    I would give serious consideration to studying Start Here | Root Your Droid as others have said. Really, it's almost foolproof if you study that. Just make sure, as soon as you have obtained root and installed the SPRecovery MAKE A NANDROID BACKUP. That way you will have a failsafe when (not if) something happens. Something always seems to happen, even (especially) to experienced users. But if you've got a nandroid backup, it's really easy to recover from.
  14. Shadowtech

    Shadowtech Android Enthusiast

    The Eris forum isn't as "techy" probably due to the device not being rooted yet.

    That aside, getting root on the droid is not difficult. There have been quite a few links posted to this thread alone, not to mention this subforum in general. What someone is going to be able to tell you here is really not much more than what you will read in those guides, in fact they pretty much quote them. IMO getting root on the phone is the easiest part. Then once you get sprecovery on it, it really doesn't matter what happens as you can always (pretty much)flash a backup.

    That said, if you can't afford to replace the phone (full price), and you don't feel comfortable taking the chance of bricking it, noone here is going to rush you. Expecting Verizon to replace it is a stretch. Rooting is not covered under warranty, you might get lucky, but it's that stuff right there that drives up prices for everyone.

    As for how long it takes, I guess that depends on your comprehension of fairly basic reading and typing a few commands. Getting root is literally as easy as downloading a file, putting it on your sdcard, booting into recovery (holding X while power up), and running the update. And if that is too difficult, you can download the SMUpdater (now DMUpdater) and have it do everything for you.
  15. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    okay wish me luck...im doing it now cuz im nervous and excited

    i swear if i do this right, i am going to actually take that computer class next semester haha

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