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Manual method for rooting your BIONIC

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by johnlgalt, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
    Thread Starter

    Updated: 23 Sep 2011

    I noticed that everyone is using the one click method or Pete's method to root their BIONICs. Well, I prefer manual, and at least one person is having issues using the one click, so, without further ado, here is the manual method.

    First off, thanks to MDW for the original post that got me rooted: Root OTA GingerBread!!! And any other Motorola Device for that matter... - background on the bug exploited to give us root access, as linked in this post, can be found at Security Research by Dan Rosenberg

    OK, here we go.



    1. Connect your device to your USB cable, make sure that Charge only mode is set for USB Connection:

      Notifications --> USB Notification --> Select Charge only

      Manual root 1.jpg manual root 2.jpg manual root 3.jpg
    2. From a command prompt on your computer go to the {path}/Android/android-sdk/platform-tools/ folder, where {path} is the location of the Android SDK - it may be Program Files / Program Files (x86) is you downloaded the installer, or it may just be C: / D: / etc if you downloaded the .ZIP only

      manual root 4.JPG
    3. Run
      Code (Text):
      1. adb shell
      manual root 5.JPG
    4. Enter the following commands, one by one, into your new shell:

      Code (Text):
      1. mv /data/local/12m /data/local/12m.bak
      2. ln -s /data /data/local/12m
    5. Reboot the device by sending the command .
      Code (Text):
      1. exit
      2. adb reboot
    6. After the phone reboots, enter
      Code (Text):
      1. adb shell
    7. Enter the following, one line at a time (I recommend that you copy and paste to make sure you do not make any errors - they need to be typed in explicitly)

      Code (Text):
      1. rm /data/local/12m
      2. mv /data/local/12m.bak /data/local/12m
      3. mv /data/local.prop /data/local.prop.bak
      4. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_netmon_usb=0" >> /data/local.prop
      5. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_netmon_ih=0" >> /data/local.prop
      6. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_res_core=0" >> /data/local.prop
      7. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_res_panic=0" >> /data/local.prop
      8. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_all_adb=1" >> /data/local.prop
      9. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_all_core=0" >> /data/local.prop
      10. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_efem=0" >> /data/local.prop
      11. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_bp_log=0" >> /data/local.prop
      12. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_ap_mot_log=0" >> /data/local.prop
      13. echo "ro.sys.atvc_allow_gki_log=0" >> /data/local.prop
    8. Reboot the device by sending the command
      Code (Text):
      1. exit
      2. adb reboot
    9. After the phone reboots, enter
      Code (Text):
      1. adb shell
      You should now see the # sign instead of the $ after the word targa - this is how you know you are rooted and currently have superuser privileges.

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    10. Extract the contents of the su.zip into this platform-tools folder, or else extract them where you can and note the folder they are in (You can use explorer / other file manager to do this, but just extract, don't do anything else)
    11. Use the following commands: (if you exited / closed your cmd prompt window, you'll need to first run adb shell again before starting below)

      Code (Text):
      1. mount -o remount,rw -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk1p21 /system
      2. exit
      3. adb push '/home/user/location/su' /system/bin
      4. adb shell
      5. chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
      6. reboot
      replace '/home/user/location/su' with the full path to the folder where you extracted su.zip - include drive letter and all diretories that are parents[/I]
    12. Once the device boots back up, go to the market and install Superuser
    13. Install either Busybox or Busybox Installer (donation versions are acceptable too).
    14. Open Superuser
    15. When prompted, allow it to update to the latest su binary.
    16. Adjust any settings that you want, then close
    17. Open Busybox (installer)
    18. Install Busybox (I recommend 1.18.x or later, I'm currently using 1.19.x

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  2. PerCompLLC

    PerCompLLC Android Enthusiast

    Thank you sir! In my opinion, EVERYONE that roots should know how to it manually (without a one-click solution). It is the ONLY way to understand what is going on in the background.
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  3. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    While I agree whole-heartedly that everyone should know what's going on ... I've been there / done that so many times, I welcome the 1-click solution with open arms. Of course I wrote scripts to quicken the process with my OG Droid. But I write scripts everyday at work. When I 'play' at home, I don't mind if someone else does some of the grunt work for a change. ;)

    And FWIW, I don't think the average Joe learns anything but just typing that code in, or by copying and pasting. A few might pickup something, but not many.
  4. PerCompLLC

    PerCompLLC Android Enthusiast

    Agreed! I too use the one-click method these days as well (having done it manually so many times in the past)... I was just indicating that it really is a good idea to actually know what is going on before you take the plunge on something like rooting and modding when doing it with a $600 device - at least the first time anyway.
  5. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
    Thread Starter

    While I'd love to be able to say that manual is the only way, some people are simply not technologically savvy enough to grasp what needs to be done. I've included pictures, and kept the guide to as close to an 8th grade reading level as possible, but I know folks that will not be able to completely comprehend the steps, and others who simply have no patience for this sort of thing.

    I'm an old hack - Joe and I are probably very close in age, and while I don't write scripts for a living (or as a part of my job function) right now, I've written more scripts than I can possibly consider counting in a single day. I prefer scripts - Heck, I still write them now and again (like my automated script to download the latest versions of the Firefox and Thunderbird Nightlies, plus 2 specific add-ons that are also built nightly for Thunderbird using a batch file and the native Windows FTP command).

    The reason I made the guide, though, is that a lot of other guides assume that just because someone else wants to try the manual method that they are very computer savvy - I know better. I've already tried to help one user who had issues with the method using Pete's tool, and I figured I'd make the guide I used that much better (and thus, more easily readable) by including screenshots, warnings, and anticipating possible pitfalls.

    I wish I could just say "here, do this, and it will run" but I'm not patient enough to write up a batch file / .CMD file that will operate with the correct set of parameters to automate the manual process - but then again, this is what the one click method does anyway, so why reinvent the wheel? lol

    At any rate, I do appreciate the kind comments. Tehsusenoh has incorporated this and my other 'guide' into his ATR guide stickied at the top (almost verbatim, in fact) so it's here to stay.
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  6. OutOfPhase

    OutOfPhase Premium Member

    I agree and thought I would put some links up so some noobs can start to learn.

    Here is a good start for anybody wanting to set up sdk and learn some adb.

    [ HOW TO ] ADB AND WHY I LOVE ADB commands <3

    and a short version without the how to do sdk setup.
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  7. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
    Thread Starter

    The main guide is continuing to expand - thanks for these links. I'll find some of the old links I used to have elsewhere and see if they're still active as well. I had a link to one that was very in depth, and of course, there is always developer.android.com
  8. PerCompLLC

    PerCompLLC Android Enthusiast

    This thread might be a good candidate for being stickied... Just sayin...
  9. Vixer

    Vixer Member

    I believe the manual root process is already documented in the one stickied.
  10. Crazy_J

    Crazy_J Well-Known Member

    Having been rooting and un-rooting and re-rooting my phone and other peoples phones its nice to see someone post the full manual method. However the one click method is a time saver for re-rooting once the manual method has been learned. I too feel people should know the manual method to at least try and understand what is going on.

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