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  1. djkeller3

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    Okay - I love my Droid, but I don't like all the forcecloses I get with Helix, nor the sluggishness I get with 2.1. I want to root, but I don't have the nerves nor technical expertise to try it myself. Is there someone in the Lexington, KY area whom I can pay to do this?
     

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    It can't be that hard!
     
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    Im 13 and i did it...
     
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    Follow these instructions and you'll be fine:

    How-To Root your stock 2.1 Droid

    Make sure you have the latest version of RSD Lite, as well as the latest Motorola USB drivers. They install super easy. You don't really need to know anything to install those programs.

    A couple of other tips:

    * Once you install RSD lite, set it to run as administrator. Ask if you don't know how to do that. The easiest way is to find the program on your PC (the one that the desktop shortcut points to), right click on it and set it to run as adminstrator. Ask if you need help.

    * You will be installing an "SBF" file. This is just a file that you will be transferring to the phone using the RSD Lite program. Download the SBF file and put it directly on your C: drive, not in a folder. Don't ask why, just do it. :)

    * Make sure your phone is charged up. You don't want to deal with a dead battery while this stuff is happening.

    Other than that, this is pretty simple. Much easier than you might think. Once you've rooted it, download ROM Manager from the market and use it to install custom ROMs, like CyanogenMod.

    Ask if you need help. If you haven't noticed yet, there is a sub-forum here that is devoted to this sort of thing. I'm very new to it. I just rooted my Droid a couple of days ago (on an old one that is going back to Verizon) and again today on my new, working phone. Ask if you need help!
     
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    im 7 and a half and i did it........
     
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    If you still need some help, I will probably be in Lexington in a couple of weeks.
     
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    I'm [insert surprisingly young age here] and I did it.
     
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    You're 7 and a curse word is a part of your screen name. I'm telling your mommy.
     
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    LOL! I'm [insert suprisingly advanced age here] and even I did it too.:D
     
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    I'm [insert type of bacteria or other single-celled organism here] and I rooted my Droid!
     
  12. djkeller3

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    To those who were being helpful, thank you. I will attempt to root this week. And if I have questions, I WILL ask!
     
  13. djkeller3

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    Thank you... hopefully I won't need to bother you with it, but if I can't make it through the root instructions, I'll check in with you to see when you'll be here. Thanks!!
     
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    You want to do it yourself (you just don't know it yet). Rooting will give you the confidence to handle problems as you delve further into modding (and after seeing the potential at you fingertips once rooted, you will want to go further). We were all new to this at some point and learned as we went along. If you run into problems, there are many here willing to help.
     
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    I can attest to this! It took me a few tries, (issues with RSD lite and some files) but now I feel I can handle just about anything. I even have a custom rom installed and running right now, but plan on trying more--I'm itching to Overclock my baby!
     
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    Couldn't agree with this more. I'm not a computer whiz, but I found rooting my phone to be enjoyable and quite educational. And when you come across the inevitable hiccup once rooted you'll be better prepared to handle it. I used a combination of advice from members of this site as well as the following two videos (essentially the same directions as the link another provided earlier but just with a video of someone doing it with you).

    Step one: Video: Flashing SPRecovery SBF to Stock 2.1 | Droid Life: A Motorola Droid Blog

    Step two: Video: Installing a Custom ROM Using SPRecovery | Droid Life: A Motorola Droid Blog

    Good luck and welcome to rooting!
     
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    Okay the thing I don't understand is downloading the drivers?

    I downloaded them and unzipped them but my computer just says "Unable to program this method"

    I am running windows XP.

    Any insight please?
     
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    I can fully vouch to this guide it worked like a champ for me, there were just a few things different for me, like my device never showed in RSD Lite but no worries there. The screen shots are a life saver. Give it a try you won't regret it.
     
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    @ovenman...did you download the correct one? There's 32 bit and 64 bit versions. Go to the Systems in your Control Panel of your PC and it will tell you the correct bit. Make sure you download the correct one.
     
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    Are you still on CM 5.0.6.2? You haven't tried BB V1 yet? What about Fab's NexBeast version of BB V1? Just curious, that's all.
     
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    I've tried Bugless Beast and the derivatives of it but I like CyanogenMod better. There are more features there and it's synced with AOSP. No reason for me to stay with just the features that came with the official Droid ROM.
     
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    I will be in Lexington next weekend (21st-22nd) If you still need help, I'll be glad to help you out. I won't do it for you, but I will walk you through it and tell you how to do it step by step but let you "drive." I have all of the files needed and it will take under 1 hour to do. Just let me know
     
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    Sorry people are being this way to you but in many ways they are right, BUT here is the answer you may have been wanting, its called droidmod.org, the program roots your phone for you, makes backups, but in essence, youd be stuck with their roms which are fine...completely menu guided, has built in backups etc. Quickest way to do what you need.

    On your droid go to this site and install the app (go into settings to allow 3rd party apps)
    DroidMod Updater - DroidMod
     
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    I agree with you 100%... I know it's best I do it myself -- that is how I learn best - visually and by doing - but unless it (what I learn) is something I will repeat at least once in a while, eventually, I will forget how I did it.

    As long as DroidMod roms run fine, I don't think I would have any issues with rooting this way, just not sure exactly how this will limit me in the future. I assume I would still be able to install whatever apps I want from the market, install Flash when it's released, etc...?

    Also, I am running 2.1. Can I still just click to install, or will I need to restore back to 2.0.1?
     
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    I would be very grateful for your help and welcome the opportunity to learn this process myself (with someone like you there to make sure I don't completely screw up my Droid!). The technical side of this is still very new to me and am still only learning the big picture of what rooting is all about.

    I'm going to find out more about the DroidMod Updater option for rooting to see if this is how I want to root... I will decide on it within the next couple of days. If I decide not to go this way, I'd like to get with you sometime when you're in Lexington (21st-22nd) and go through the process. I very much appreciate your willingness to be helpful.
     

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